Coping with Kids: This pacifier won't drop on the floor
Parents and caretakers know how much children like to play the pacifier game, where they toss their pacifier to the floor so Mom or Dad can pick it up and hand it back, and the game starts all over again.
Not only does this get tiring for parents, it's also unsanitary when the pacifier falls to the floor. Mom Julie Tabor Thompson wanted to find a solution to this problem and keep parents and baby happy, so she invented the new PullyPalz toy.
PullyPalz was awarded the Huggies Mom-Inspired Grant Award and the 2013 Next Big Zing Award. PullyPalz is an infant pacifier retriever that works similar to a pulley system. The toy holds two pacifiers, so that when baby drops one pacifier it falls to the side, but another pacifier is still in view and within reach.
Baby will grab the one that's in view and pull it toward her mouth so then, the pacifier that was dropped will come back. Pacifiers will always stay attached to the toy so they will not fall to the floor and get dirty, or get lost.
The toy helps babies retrieve their own pacifiers and will keep baby entertained while Mom or Dad is busy in the kitchen.
The pacifier sells for $24.95 with free shipping at www.pullypalz.com.
Epidurals may make labor longer than originally thought: study
While an injection to relieve labor pains is known to increase the time it takes for women to deliver babies, a new study says the increase may be longer than originally thought.
Researchers found some women who received epidural anesthesia during labor took more than two hours longer to deliver their child, compared to women who didn't receive the pain-reliever, according to a report from Reuters Health.
Bedroom TVs tied to weight gain among kids: study
Putting a television in a child's bedroom may be setting them up for excess weight gain over the next few years, suggests a new study from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College that was published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Researchers found that children who slept in bedrooms with TVs gained more weight each year over the next few years than kids without TVs in their rooms. The JAMA Pediatrics article said an estimated one-third of U.S. children and teens are overweight or obese. Previous studies have also linked TVs in children's bedrooms to an increased risk of being overweight.
Help reduce teen stress during school months
A recent study from the American Psychological Association found that teens during the school months can feel even more stressed than adults. Consider these tips from Mandy Ginsburg, chief executive officer of Tutor.com for helping adolescents cope.
• Schedule homework time, so it's a routine — preferably, right before or after dinner.
• Set aside a space in your home for a homework zone.
• Help your kids set goals and prioritize, and figure out which assignments to do first.
• Know when to get help. If your kids take a break, then still have difficulty solving the problem, they might need help.
• Wrap things up each night, and have your child walk you through the completed homework. Keep them motivated by acknowledging their accomplishments.
Don't lose weight during pregnancy
Overweight and obese women who gain too few pounds, or even lose weight, during pregnancy may be putting their unborn child at risk, a new study suggests.
“While many people recommend that weight loss in pregnancy, particularly for very obese women is OK ... (there) may be adverse effects,” said Dr. Patrick Catalano, director of the Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth in Cleveland.
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.
- Pa., W.Va. and Ohio to coordinate efforts to attract shale-related business
- Rossi: Just wait until Ben comes back
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin dismisses clock run-off near end of Chargers game
- Tomlin on Bell’s late TD: ‘We were going to go for it’
- Water leak under Banksville Road doesn’t bode well for commuters
- Washington County woman dies from shotgun wound
- Pittsburgh considering self-insured health benefits to cut costs
- Steelers defense displays resiliency in victory over Chargers
- A farewell party for the Greenfield Bridge, then the headaches that follow
- Propane, oil prices expected to be lower over winter
- Export man accused of shooting woman over phone use