Coping with Kids: Baby-powered bouncing seat
Bouncer Balance Soft is a new, completely baby-powered bouncing seat that is supportive, portable and versatile. The seat rocks in response to a baby's movement without batteries or artificial stimulation, and folds flat for travel and storage. When the baby can walk, the fabric on Balance Bouncer Soft can be reversed to turn the seat into a comfortable sitting chair.
The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft is available in a variety of colors and fabrics and sells for $199.95 for cotton fabric to $219.95 for mesh and organic fabrics at stores nationwide.
Banda Bib's close fit catches drools
Designed in a bandana style, the Banda Bib's functional shape allows it to safely and comfortably fit closer to the chin than standard bibs, perfect for catching baby drool.
The Banda Bib's adjustable design allows it to effectively fit children from 3 months to 3 years old. The bib comes in a variety of colors and styles and is made from 100 percent soft cotton, which is free of harsh chemicals.
Cost is $12 at bazzlebaby.com, or call 800-519-3386.
Plan movie night at home with family
Hosting a home-based family movie night can be a fun way for members of the family to spend time together. Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, which creates a recipe for vanilla-caramel popcorn, offers the following tips for a successful movie night.
• Reserve time on your schedule for a weekly movie night.
• Pick a film that is age-appropriate for the children.
• Prepare a movie-worthy snack together, like a popcorn recipe.
• Put away cellphones and other distractions, and create the atmosphere for a movie.
• Don't stop when the movie is done. Use the opportunity to discuss the plot and themes with your children, and discuss any issues that the movie raises.
Number of abused U.S. children unchanged since 2008
The number of U.S. children who were exposed to violence, crime and abuse in 2011 was essentially unchanged from 2008, according to a new government survey reported by Reuters Health. Researchers who interviewed 4,503 children and teenagers in 2011 (the most recent year for statistics) found that two in five children reported being physically assaulted in the previous year, and one in every 10 kids was injured by that abuse.
MRI scans could make baby autopsies more acceptable
Bereaved parents who do not want to see their dead babies go through a conventional autopsy could, in the future, be offered a less-invasive option, which uses magnetic resonance imaging and blood tests to establish the cause of death, according to a report by Reuters. Scientists who investigated using a combination of full body scans and sample tests found this so-called minimally invasive autopsy was as effective in determining the cause of death as a conventional procedure, which involves an open dissection of the baby's body to examine the organs.
Send parenting news to Coping With Kids in care of Rebecca Killian, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or e-mail email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Reagan shooter Hinckley closer to permanent freedom
- Entertainment attractions going strong in Pittsburgh Mills mall
- Crosby’s 2 goals lift Penguins past Rangers, even series
- Fights reported, shots fired outside Monroeville Mall restaurant
- Steelers won’t be backed into a corner at NFL Draft
- Crosby says Edmonton would be good spot for prospective top pick McDavid
- Use of multiple contractors could leave oil, gas operators open to hackers
- Sutter steps up for Penguins in series-tying victory
- Marte jump-starts Pirates in win over Brewers
- Transportation challenges rife as Pittsburgh focuses on making fixes
- Car dealerships turn advertising, sales focus to women