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  • Saturday, October 04, 2008 1:00 PM | Claire (Administrator)


    One of our members have a family friend who is 16 years old and pregnant.  If you have any unisex clothing, toys or other baby items that you do not need and would like to donate please post a message here. 


  • Saturday, October 04, 2008 12:58 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    Hello, I have a variety of 0 - 6 months baby girl clothing that I would like to donate. I also have a Papasan Cradle Swing that I would like to donate.

    Please advise if  these items are needed.

    Thanks to Chandra for this wonderful donation. If you know anyone who is in need of these items please let us know.


  • Friday, October 03, 2008 6:59 AM | Deleted user
    My daughter is now 14 months, and was born at 4 lbs 13 oz.  When we brought her home in the car seat, she was tiny.  I thought she'd never outgrow it since there was so much room to grow!  Well, the other day as I was putting her in the SUV, I realize that she's grown so much that her legs can no longer be outstretched in the car seat and her feet are on the back seat even with her knees bent.  It just brought back memories of how much she's grown so far, and how proud I am of this little kid.  Now for some shopping for new toddler car seats... :) 
  • Thursday, October 02, 2008 3:10 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    my little munchkin did the cutest thing today and so I thought I would share,

    I was eating cereal and she really wanted some so I gave her some in her bowl with her spoon, she started copying me and actually got some on the spoon and in her mouth, she must have noticed that I got really excited everytime she used the spoon and not her hand to eat the cherious b/c towards the end she couldn't get the last two on the spoon, so she pick them up with her fingers, put them on the spoon and then put the spoon in her mouth.... soooo cute.

    Today I really love being a mommy... it's funny how these little things can make us feel so happy and so proud.

  • Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:00 AM | Deleted user
    Ladies, can we make these walks every Thursday at the same time?
  • AWW

    Friday, September 12, 2008 3:38 PM | EVADNEY
    One of my best awww moment would be, my son Jacob picking up his dirty pj, took it to the laundry room and attempt to place it in the laundry basket... the basket was much too high for him to reach, so his next move was to place it in the washing machine which was  higher than the first object, then I stepped in and help him, reach his goal.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2008 7:56 PM | Marina

    Written for BabyCentre UK
    Penney Hames answers:

    For the first six weeks -- and sometimes 12 -- most babies sleep erratically. You are lucky if you see a pattern emerging before this time. But after three to four months you can help your baby into a regular pattern of sleep so long as you act consistently and positively.

    It can be difficult to know what to do for the best, especially when there is so much advice available. But you are the expert on your baby, and you know what will work best for your family. So, decide what you want, and then go for it. Babies are remarkably adaptable -- you can teach your baby to sleep without you or with you, in your bed or his cot. The choice is yours. But you are much more likely to stick with a plan that feels right for you than one you happen to find in a book or magazine.

    Every time your baby wakes during the night, you will need to repeat whatever you do to help him fall asleep for the first time each evening. If you feed him to sleep, he will need you to do the same every time he wakes up; if you leave him alone to sleep, he will expect that.

    There are only two essentials for any plan:

    1. Once you begin a course of action, see it through. If you decide that you are not going to rock your baby to sleep, but instead place him in his cot sleepy but awake and return to whisper reassurances to him every five or ten minutes, don't give in after 45 minutes -- you will merely have taught your baby that it is worth his while to persist for as long as possible.

    2. Give your plan time to work -- at least a week or two. Each new plan that you try means that you are asking your baby to learn a whole new set of sleep habits. Old habits take time to disappear, and new ones time to become established. Don't confuse your baby by chopping and changing. Stick with your plan for at least one or two weeks.

    Your baby will be soothed into sleep by a predictable and relaxing bedtime routine, and you will be more ready to say good-night once you have spent some time being close with him. He will also be more likely to sleep if you try to avoid letting him fall asleep in the late afternoon.

    If your baby still does not sleep in spite of your best efforts, you may find it useful to talk to your health visitor.


  • Wednesday, July 23, 2008 8:10 PM | Elena


    My 3 month old baby seems to take only short naps (30-45min). Rarely she would sleep for an hour or two when she is outsided.  She wakes up tired, and need another nap within an hour. Any suggestions? I know that every baby is different, and this might just be her "style", however, if anyone experienced that, i would like to know if their kids outgrew it. Thank you.

  • Saturday, July 12, 2008 8:59 PM | Cheryl

    My 9 month old son has never liked the bath.  He screams from the time he is approaching the water, until he is taken out.  We have tried to keep the room warm, give him toys, sing to him, etc.  I thought that it would get batter, after a few months. 

    He doesn't seem to mind having a shower when Daddy holds him.  The problem is that it is not practical to only give him showers.  He needs to get used to being in the bathtub. 

    Has anyone else experienced this with their babies?  If so, please share anything that may have worked.  I am open to any suggestions at this point.

  • Thursday, July 03, 2008 2:55 PM | Marina

    Expert Answers

    Paul Offit, infectious disease expert

    There's clear evidence that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. Autism, a serious developmental disorder that causes problems in communication, social interaction, and behavior, has been on the rise since the 1970s and, by some estimates, now affects one in 160 children in the United States. No one knows what causes the condition or why it's becoming more prevalent, so parents are understandably alarmed.

    Concern about a link between the MMR vaccine and autism began in 1998, after the British medical journal The Lancet published a study connecting the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with autism. The researchers were investigating the theory that intestinal problems, like Crohn's disease, can result from viral infection and can contribute to the development of autism. The study was very small, however (only 12 children participated), and has since been called into question by several of the original researchers.

    Another British study, published in 2002, seemed to suggest an association between measles (not necessarily the vaccine), intestinal bowel disease, and autism or related developmental disorders.

    In that study, researchers found measles virus fragments in 75 of 91 children with intestinal bowel disease. Traces of measles were found in only five of the 70 controls. But the way the study was designed made it impossible to know whether the MMR vaccine caused the bowel disease and developmental delays or if the association was a coincidence.

    In 2004, a much larger study in The Lancet compared 1,294 children with autistic spectrum disorders with 4,469 unaffected children and concluded that the MMR vaccination doesn't raise the risk of autism or other autism spectrum disorders.

    A number of other studies have compared the incidence of autism among children who received the MMR vaccine and those who didn't, and concluded that autism isn't more common in vaccinated children.. Ten studies performed on three continents involving tens of thousands of children have now clearly shown that MMR does not cause autism.

    Most experts think that autism may be at least partly genetic, and point out that there's no plausible way for a vaccine to trigger it. After all, there's no known connection between measles, mumps, or rubella and autism. It doesn't make sense that a vaccine would cause a condition that the disease itself doesn't cause, since a vaccine is essentially a symptomless infection.

    It's also important to point out that the MMR vaccine never contained thimerosal, the mercury-based preservative that some people believe may be linked with autism. (Thimerosal has now been removed from all childhood vaccines except the flu vaccine, so it's no longer a concern.) Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control continues research in this area to try and resolve the issue.


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