Category Archives: babies and toddlers

More than baby talk

Communication devices are the growing edge for expectant parents.

Although in later years technology might tend to divide families, before birth, pre-birth baby talk is the focus. Beginning with apps that allow moms to track and manage fertility to smartphone accessories that count fetal kicks, tech companies have discovered a hungry audience.

Parents-to-be, who grew up with digital tech, are welcoming these increasingly innovative gadgets.

One implication is clear: the cost of attending a baby shower just went up.


False positive?

High tech baby monitors are advertising as offering “peace of mind,” but for some parents, constant monitoring and falsse positives trigger worry.

Because the newest devices (wireless electronics in socks or onesies, motion sensors and light-shining pulse probes that measure blood-oxygen levels, etc.) aren’t defined as medical equipment, their accuracy and effectiveness is not regulated.

Before buying any vital signs monitor, get a recommendation from your pediatrician.

Tech savvy=Smart?

Tech gives kids a head start. At least according to a recent study, that’s common thinking among parents.

And it is pretty amazing to see an 18 month old swish across a tablet or respond to the dancing images.

Researchers say 2 out of 3 preschoolers have access to a tablet, but parents don’t have an automatic love affair with tech. They worry about exposure to inappropriate content.

That’s a preventable problem. It simply won’t happen when the tablet is only used with mom or dad.

As an early childhood educator, I still need to ask, “What would a young children be doing if he wasn’t playing on a tablet? Would he be learning to ride a bike? drawing pictures with sidewalk chalk? setting the table for supper?

MLB Diapers

You read the title correctly: Major League Baseball has team- branded diapers.

Infants and toddlers can now showcase their baseball fandom for the Red Sox, Cubs, Cards, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants.

Now exclusively available at Target, the fashion-forward diapers will have wider distribution after May 1.

Book baskets

During a recent interview, the host and I discussed how books are a perfect “add” to Easter baskets.

Books that address worry and anxiety are traditional standards in a children’s emotional tool kit.

Perhaps living in the DC area makes me more sensitive to the climate and tone in the culture, but Easter is a great opportunity to choose titles that focus on empathy, compassion and caring.

For toddlers and very young children, try my new release, First Feelings for Toddlers. Click link:

Pint size A-listers

“Stylish parents choose designer brands” is the headline this spring as high-end children’s clothing and decor lines begin to flood the market.

The price tags for children’s luxe collections from Diane von Furstenburg, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Gucci rival the cost of fashions for adults.

Can a “Best-dressed List” for five year olds be far behind?

Babies and books

Young and very young children lead the good news in Scholastic’s sixth edition of their Kids & Family Reading Report.

More than three-quarters of parents read aloud to their child before the age of one; nearly half begin with three-month olds.

Data breaks out for African-American and Hispanic families. An interesting read. Click link: