Creating a Safe Neighborhood

The top thing that should be on our minds when evaluating the area we live in is the safety of the neighborhood. It is our responsibility as parents and residents of the neighborhood that we live in to do our best to make the neighborhood as safe as possible. Making sure that we feel safe inside and outside our homes is very important when considering the dynamic of the neighborhood. There are many things that can be done to increase security to prevent potential attacks against our home and our family.

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Virtual Victims: Protecting Yourself and Your Children Against Cybercrime

Cybercrime is at an all-time high. The Department of Homeland Security explains that as Americans become more reliant on modern technology, they become more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Criminals aren’t just stealing your physical property anymore, they are robbing you virtually. Every single time you use the internet, you are at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime and you should always use caution. As technology advances, so do cyber attacks. Learning about cybercrime can help protect yourself and your children from becoming virtual victims. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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RSV 101: What Every Parent Needs to Know

As summer winds down, we begin bracing ourselves for the cold: thick coats, gloves, winter boots are all moved to the forefront of our closest.  While we may have a love/hate relationship with Old Man Winter, we can all agree that the illnesses that present themselves during this time are by far the worst part.  One potentially serious illness that affects our young children is Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV.  RSV is a very common virus, but has the potential to do some serious damage to infants.

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A Mother’s Intuition: Skin-to-Skin Brought Her Baby Back to Life


What would you do if you were told your baby had died during birth? Can you even imagine the heartbreak? For Kate Ogg, this is exactly what she had to experience. However, her desire to hold and comfort her “dead” son actually saved his life! This is one feel-good story you don’t want to miss.

After three years of struggling with infertility, Kate Ogg and her husband were blessed with a twin pregnancy. Premature labor at 26 weeks lead to the early arrival of her babies, a boy and a girl. Shortly after her son, Jamie, was born, doctors told her he didn’t make it. Her beautiful act of love and desperation, brought him back to life!

Grab some tissues and watch this short video to see for yourself the power of a parent’s touch. 

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Want to star in a new reality series?

Young Families Nationwide Can Enter The First Years “Welcome to The Family” Video Series Contest for a Shot at Becoming the Stars of a New Online Reality Series,
Plus the Chance to Score $7,500+ in Prizes

The First Years, a leading manufacturer of juvenile products for more than 60 years, is a brand that embraces an honest view of parenting – babies don’t come with an instruction manual, and there is no such thing as a perfect parent. To celebrate the real journey of parenthood, The First Years is looking for a cast of characters from a wide variety of backgrounds to star in their “Welcome to The Family” (or WTF!) online reality series. 

You could win:

  • A starring role in the “Welcome to The Family” (or WTF!) online reality series
  • iPad Air 2
  • $2,000 worth of baby products
  • $5,000 savings bond

Who Can Enter:

  • New parents (with children ages newborn to 20 months) and parents who are expecting a new arrival before June 1, 2015 are invited to enter the contest beginning February 1, 2015 through March 1, 2015 at

How to Enter:

  • Submit a Story: In 100 words or less, parents will be asked to describe what makes their new family totally unique by giving an up-close-and-personal look at the parenting journey their family is taking. The more individual their story is, the better!


  • Submit a Video: Parents will be asked to share a 30- to 60-second video that shows what parenting moments are really like in their home – the good, the bad and the “I-can’t-believe-that-happened” moments. Think reality TV, only actually real – no holds barred!
Visit for all the nitty gritty details and to get the entry process started!


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Measles Outbreak at Disneyland

It’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth, but lately, it’s become kind of a scary place. 59 cases of the Measles have been confirmed with the Disneyland theme park in California being the common place visited.

Staff have been tested and immunizations have been offered and administered according to the Disneyland Public Affairs web site. California Department of Public Health has said: “CDPH is urging caution to individuals who are not vaccinated, especially infants under 12 months.”

For more information on the outbreak and visiting the parks:

Disney Land Resort 714-781-4565

As always, contact your doctor for any specific questions or concerns.

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Discover the secret to keeping mittens on toddlers

Tobogganing, building snowmen, snow forts, who doesn’t love to romp and play around in the snow? Parents of toddlers. That’s who. Constantly having to tuck mittens back under coats so the snow doesn’t get in and little hands turn to popsicles, losing mittens half way down the sled hill, looking (for what seems like hours) only to find it’s disappeared into thin air. It’s a never ending battle: parents vs toddler mittens. Well, these parents finally had enough of being on the losing end and figured something out (cue victory battle scene music).

Introducing! MittGrips! A genius, simple solution to keeping your toddlers mitts on, and the snow out. Why someone hadn’t thought about this years ago is a mystery, but parents and future parents? Worry no more!

Brilliant invention? Skeptical? Let us know what you think!

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Find out why every college bar memory you have is a LIE

If you have ever shut down a bar at the end of a fantastic evening, chances are you’ve heard the song “Closing Time.” If you’re not a bar goer, and haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard it on the radio, on MTV (when they actually played music), or in college during one of your boyfriend’s band jam sessions. Great tune.

Listening to the song you’ve probably assumed what everyone else has: it’s about closing a bar down, time to go home. WRONG! Everything you’ve ever associated with the song is a lie! Dan Wilson (lead singer in the band Semisonic) revealed his hidden agenda behind the chart topping song and it’s absolutely beautiful. “I know who I want to take me home” has an entirely new (tear jerking) meaning now.

This is a longer video, but totally worth it. Grab a couple of tissues, just incase, and let us know how you feel about the song now that you know the truth!

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Grown man in a onesie needs “bunny” to sleep

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Every. Single. Night. I need water! I need bunny! I’m hungry! I need to pee!

Sound familiar? You probably have a 3-4 year old! Think of your nightly battles with your toddler. Now put a grown man whining and negotiating in his or her place. Funny? Weird? You be the judge! This video captures the hilarity of the nightly struggle with kids, but with a grown man in their place!

We want to hear your nightly struggles!  Let us know how you avoid them, fix them or even (sigh) play into them.

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Mom gives sons a verbal spanking on live TV. This is hilarious!

“Oh God, it’s Mom.” You think you have it bad with your kids arguing at the dinner table? Joy Woodhouse raised two boys that happen to both be in politics. On opposite sides. Imagine those holiday dinners!

Viewers got a peak into those dinners when Mrs. Woodhouse decided to spontaneously call into C-Span when her sons were appearing on the show. She warned them that they better get all their arguing out of their systems on the show before they were set to come to her house for Christmas. She ended with, “I love you both.”


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License, registration. Oh, and here’s a new TV.

Flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. OH NO! Getting pulled over will put a damper on your best day, not to mention completely ruin an already bad day.

How shocked would you be if you got pulled over and not only didn’t get a ticket, but scratched something off your Christmas list as well. Police officers in Michigan wanted to remind people that they to, are just human, with feelings, a heart and compassion.


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Safe Prenatal Testing with a Routine Blood Draw? A Reality!

We have great news for newly pregnant mommas!

 Natera, a genetic testing company, has released a new NON-INVASIVE prenatal screening test, Panorama.

Panorama is a safe and very accurate non-invasive prenatal test that screens for common genetic diseases. “Panorama is the only NIPT that uses Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) to differentiate between and analyze both the maternal and fetal DNA. It is a sophisticated blood test that examines placental DNA in the maternal bloodstream to determine whether your baby is at risk of Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13) or a sex chromosome abnormality, such as Turner syndrome.”
Through a simple blood draw that can be performed in a doctor’s office, Panorama can screen for chromosomal abnormalities as early as 9 weeks gestation. And great news for those of us who are more impatient than others, the test can determine the baby’s gender with the results available within 7-10 calendar days.

This is amazing news for those women who would normally select more invasive procedures, like amniocentesis that can result in a miscarriage or an infection.

Based on the recent survey of 500 new and expecting mothers, the majority of women are anxious before receiving prenatal resting results but after the testing comes up, they feel relieved, excited, calm and better prepared.  79% of moms surveyed decided to learn the baby’s gender before he or she was born. 

The results of the survey can be viewed in the Natera Infographic below.

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 This survey was sponsored by the new Panorama™ NIPT, created by Natera, that enables women in the first trimester of pregnancy to be screened for more than a dozen leading genetic diseases as early as 9 weeks gestation. Additionally, the test has an optional gender screening that is >99% accurate.  Because the test is performed with a routine blood draw, it does not come with a risk of miscarriage that more invasive tests (like amniocentesis) carry.

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A Baby’s First Hour

In a 2011 publication in Acta Paediactrica, researchers in Sweden created a timeline of the instinctual behaviors of newborns within their first hour of life. Below is a summary of some of their amazing discoveries of behaviors exhibited in the first hour and 10 minutes of a newborn baby’s life.

  • 0-1 Minutes: A loud, robust cry to wake up the lungs and take the first breath of fresh air.
  • 2 Minutes: The baby is briefly still and calm. Researchers hypothesize that this is due to babies trying to be still to keep away from predators. 
  • 2-3 Minutes: The baby opens his/her eyes and begins to move her/his head and mouth.
  • 8 Minutes: The baby becomes more active, begins to grow interest in eating by making “hungry” noises and moving hands toward their mouths. Their eyes are open for five minutes or longer at a time.
  • 18 Minutes: Time for another rest.
  • 36 Minutes: Using their strong sense of smell, the baby moves toward his/her mother’s breasts for their first meal.
  • 62 Minutes: Babies nurse (if available) and begin filling their tummy with colostrum, the pre-milk liquid jam-packed with immune molecules and protein. This early feeding also is beneficial to the mother–the suckling stimulates the uterus to contract back to its pre-pregnancy size.
  • 70 Minutes: Time for another rest–on a full belly.

Does this timeline sound familiar to your own experience with your children? Hospitals are beginning to take additional steps to become more baby-friendly by immediately laying the baby on the mother’s chest–even after a cesarean, and encouraging nursing mothers to breastfeed within the first hour. Hopefully studies such as this will further encourage these changes for both the benefit of the baby and the mother!

To read more, visit Science News and Acta Paediactrica to read the original study yourself.

Photo Credit: Joshua Rappeneker (CC)

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