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.
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