Friday, March 6, 2015

Daylight Savings Time: Tips for helping baby adjust sleep schedule

Bellyitch Rewind

It happens to everyone despite your best intentions and best efforts. 
Whether it is due to traveling, sickness, sleeping in a new place, changing for daylight saving time, or just a babysitter who could not get him into bed as scheduled, there comes a time when your little one gets off his sleep schedule.
While the disruption can be minor if it is not too much of deviation, getting significantly off a routine can not only throw your little one off, it can also make it seem like you have no time to yourself or time to get anything accomplished without having a tiny child under foot.
Shift the time gradually
This is the gentlest approach to moving a bedtime or nap time. Each day sneak up the time you put the little one down by five or ten minutes. It is a slow tactic, so for large disruptions this may take longer to reset a skewed bedtime than you want to take. But because it is slow, it is easier to execute and adjust without major fights.
Tire him out
If you are trying to get back to naps after missing a few, or trying to reclaim an early bedtime, a tired child will fall asleep easier than one who is well rested. Try increasing your child’s activity level. Take them outside to run around. Spend time at a playground chasing them. Add a playdate with active children. Try introducing a new game that requires plenty of running or jumping. Any activity that gets them moving will help spend energy. Be careful to time your activities; too active too early and your little one might just take a longer nap and still be wide awake when you want him to go down for the night. 
Create a calm environment
Trying to get a young one to go to sleep on time, let alone getting back on schedule, is hard to do when there is excitement.  If you know you will have your little one out of the house for a special event, or if you have visitors that can provide overstimulation, it is not the time to worry about resetting a schedule. Wait until visitors have left, schedules have settled down, and order is restored to your house. Once you have normalcy, you can create a calm atmosphere that will be more conducive to sleep. Remove all distraction and turn the light down.  Make being awake as boring as possible.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jaime King names Taylor Swift as her baby's Godmom

Jaime King announced this week that she has selected pop singer Taylor Swift to be the god mother of her soon-to-be born second child. 

The Hart of Dixie actress shared the above photo with the caption "And @taylorSwft will forever be looking over our new baby @kyle_newman - we all love you!!!! Xx" on Instagram this week.

Swift herself shared the news on social media, writing, "Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one... (ME)," Swift captioned the below photo.

King and her producer hubby Kyle Newman are parents to 1-year old James and married in 2007. 


VIRAL: Dad has hilarious interview with his new baby (VIDEO)

If you're snowed in like I am and looking for a little light humor to perk up your day, check out this hilarious viral video of vlogger La Guardia Cross of "New Father Chronicles" YouTube channel who sat with his then 6-week old baby Amalah for a formal interview.

Her responses (which daddy inserted and superbly edited for maximum comedic effect) are precious and perfect!

Cross posts new videos each Wednesday on "Music, Art and the Misadventures of a New Dad".


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Tamera Mowry-Housley plans to wear makeup for second birth (MAKEUP VIDEO TUTORIAL)

During a recent interview with PEOPLE magazine, mom-to-be Tamera Mowry-Housley said she plans to wear makeup when she delivers her daughter later this Spring. 

"I feel like I have to up my fashion game already," she joked to the magazine. "I want to be an inspiration to her from birth. I already know I'm going to do my hair, I'm going to do my makeup because it's so weird what having a daughter does to you. You just become more girly."

Some may wonder, huh, 'who is thinking of looking pretty in the middle of all that pushing and sweating?'

We totally get it. You get a lot of visitors after giving birth and will be in tons of photos also, for some, makeup just makes you feel more pretty and more beautiful and lifts the mood. It's not all about vanity. 

Here is a great video tutorial from Vlogger Carah Amalie for how to quickly do your make up while in the hospital as you prepare to deliver and/or receive visitors. 

[NOTE: If you are not expecting, this video is also GREAT for a natural look for everyday]

During the interview, Tamera also says while she was waiting for 8 weeks to tell her sister Tia Mowry Hardrict about the pregnancy Tia called her to ask if she was preggers. It's that twintuition, the celeb moms always talk about in interviews! Very cute!
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

35 Dr. Seuss Quotes for Adults! - Happy Belated Birthday, Doc!

Bellyitch Rewind

Monday was the anniversary of the birthday of that great children's book author Dr. Seuss (real name Theodor Seuss Geisel) who was born on March 2, 1904. He wrote over 60 books before his death on September 24, 1991.

Many of the author's quotes from his various stories are actually beneficial for adults as well.  Here are 35 of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes that I rely on to motivate me and get me through life and various bumps in the road. They uplift and inspire and great to know and share! Enjoy!

1. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

2. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

3. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss

4. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

5. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

6. “A person's a person, no matter how small.”  ― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

7. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ― Dr. Seuss

8. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Dr. Seuss

9. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss

10. “You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”  ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

11. “If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too.”― Dr. Seuss

12. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”― Dr. Seuss

13. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

14. “Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”― Dr. Seuss

15. “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” ― Dr. Seuss

16. “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you'll be quite a lot!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go! and The Lorax

17. “Only you can control your future.” ― Dr. Seuss

18. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

19. “They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” ― Dr. Seuss

20. “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”
 ― Dr. Seuss

21. “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” ― Dr. Seuss

22. “Be awesome! Be a book nut!”― Dr. Seuss

23. “Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than to remember me and cry.” ― Dr. Seuss

24. “Think and wonder, wonder and think.” ― Dr. Seuss

25. “You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

26. “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ― Dr. Seuss

27. “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” ― Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

28. “Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

29. “Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind!” ― Dr. Seuss

30. “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” ― Dr. Seuss 

31. “You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?” - Dr. Seuss

32. “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.” ― Dr. Seuss

33. “Everything stinks till it’s finished.” ― Dr. Seuss

34. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.” ― Dr. Seuss 

35. “Sometimes you will never know the value of something,until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss

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Feds bust Cali 'Maternity Hotels' for foreign women to stay before birthing a US citizen child

On Tuesday, US federal agents raided over three dozen "maternity hotels" in Southern California that housed foreign women, mainly rich Chinese, who came to America solely to give birth to a US citizen baby.

In 2012, about 10,000 Chinese women gave birth in the US which more than doubles the 4,200 who gave birth in 2008, CNN reports citing Chinese state media.

Companies use social media to advertise the scheme promising to house women in these hotels and some apartment complexes in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The women paid between $15,000 and $50,000 for housing, transport food, but not necessarily medical care, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a report. 

Court papers indicate that bank statements for one maternity tourism company showed monthly gross receipts of $213,968.79 and annual income of $1,283,812.74.

The families are wary of the pollution and food shortages in China and they believe a US Passport could be a ticket for the family out of China in the future. The children would get access to good education and other benefits and can later petition for their entire family to emigrate to America when the baby turns 21.

Traditionally, such activity is associated with Hispanic American women and men from Mexico and south of the border nations who cross the border without authorization, settle in America and have children who provide ample opportunity to remaining in the United States. Some anti-illegal immigration advocates have previously used the derogatory term "anchor babies" to apply to such children.

This current scenario is certainly outside of that previous aspersion, but to some would arguably equally apply. Arguably, one can empathize with parents who are simply looking for better opportunity for their children and families. However ,the argument can be made they should not be exploiting the laws of the United States to jump ahead of legal immigrants waiting for visas or to get government aid especially when their families wouldn't have paid taxes up until the children grow up and get a job to support such aid.

This is not new either. Each year, and as recent as 2012, there were raids on similar birth tourism operations. It's an ongoing challenge for US immigration.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Comment below.

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Guide to style of most fashionable celebrity kids

Certain celebrity children have distinctive styles of their own. Whether it is selected for them by their uber fashion-conscious parents like North West or a product of their own eclectic individuality as we see with Willow Smith, there is no doubt they are and can be trend setters. 

Today, we break down some of the most talked about celebrity kids whose fashion aesthetic are highly desirable. 

Nori West - This tiny tyke can be seen on the front rows of all the couture fashion shows from London to Milan to New York. Most recently, the only child of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had jaws flapping over her $3500 fur coat at New York Fashion Week. Her color of choice: black, black and more black. 


Kingston Rosdale: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's oldest son has that casual boho South Cal look down to a tee. He's known for his spiky mohawks, seersucker jackets, graphic tees and high top sneaks. Kingston is a Santa Monica skater dude and Aspen skiing kid all in one. 


Blue Ivy Carter - This 3-year old is richer than most kids her age yet she has a cute typical toddler style of dress. Blue can be seen in age-appropriate frocks, while barefoot on the beach or in some ballet slippers at one of mom Beyonce's special fancy events. This globe-trotting jet setter looks a lot like dad Sean Jay Z Carter.


Violet Affleck

Willow Smith - This free spirited rocker child of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has a singing and acting career and is so over school. She has the best individual style and doesn't follow any trends but rather can be seen setting them in her Monster High lace up boots, leopard shawls, colorful arm gloves, ripped jeans and wild hair. Whether cropped and purple, mohawked or whipped, Willow has experimented with it all. 

Mason Disick - This preppy tot is the apple of mom Kourtney Kardashian and dad Scott Disick's eye. He's mischievous and playful and can be seen playing hide and seek on TV in nautical boat shoes, smart vests and straw hats. When out and about, Mason looks comfortable in khaki shorts and doesn't seem to squirm when outfitted in a collared shirt and a bow tie. He's quite the stylish little boy. His style is akin to Skylar Berman, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman's kid.

photo: starcast, Parenting
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Why you should sterilize newborn's bottles & brand new clothes before use

Folks who are having their first baby are bombarded with advice and tips. They read and everyone tells them that they should wash the baby’s clothes before wearing it on him. Few may wonder if it is just a right of passage or if there is reason behind the advice. For several reasons it is a good idea, including (1) the fact that many hands touch children’s clothes in stores before they are bought and (2) there are many allergens, agents and other chemicals that are used at manufacturing, shipping and packaging plants that transport clothes. It is so easy and very common for a baby to develop a rash on account of having their sensitive skin exposed to un-pre-washed clothes.

Dreft and Ivory Snow make mild detergent that is great for washing clothes of babies, and especially those with allergies or prone to break outs, or with extra sensitive skin.

Similarly, it is so easy to want to cut corners and save time and skip sterilizing the baby’s bottles ever so often after a use or two. Little babies immune systems aren’t developed enough to fight off the friendly bacteria that grows inside moist bottles after time. Case in point, my nephew (again, my infant example for everything these days) caught an awful cold. Of course, her mom blames me and my kids who came to visit that weekend, but that I am defending the kiddies on this one and pointing the finger at lax bottle sterilizing.

The absolute best and my favorite tool for quick easy sterilizing is Phillips Avent Express Microwave Sterilizer. The product is marketed with the Avent bottles, but the contraption itself can be used with any brand bottles, but especially the shorter smaller bottles.It retails for about $50.00 and is a MUST ADD baby registry item, if you ask me. You load up the washed bottles, add water and pop it in the microwave for several minutes. Voila! instant sterilization. 

Now, if you are one of those folks concerned over the latent or unknown future effects of microwaves on plastics, you may want to stay away from this product made of sturdy plastics. I swear by it and used it for all three children.

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Carrie Underwood welcomes son, Isaiah Michael

Congratulations to country singer Carrie Underwood on the birth of her firs child, son Isaih Michael Fisher

The American Idol champion announced the news today on her Twitter account:

This is the first child for both Underwood and her husband, NHL hockey player Mike Fisher.

The actress and multi-platinum and multi-award-winning performer announced the pregnancy on September.

10 Tips for caring for your Middle Child

Atticus Shaffer, Eden Sher and Charlie McDermott  of ABC's The Middle"

Middle children tend to get lost in the sibling shuffle, so to get your attention, their behavior may range from one extreme (acting somewhat rebellious) to the other (being a people-pleaser). Here, how to use their birth order traits to your parenting advantage.

1. Reassure your child. To counteract the attention you lavish upon your overachiever firstborn and spotlight-hogging lastborn, the middle-born child needs to experience acceptance exactly for who he is -- mistakes included, write Cliff Isaacson and Kris Radish in The Birth Order Effect (Schwartz Books). If you child makes a mistake, you need to emphasize that his punishment is not related to his siblings, nor do they change the fact that you still care about him. Explaining the reason behind the punishment is especially crucial when dealing with a middle-born child, who's already feels lost in the mix.

2. "First the worst, second the best... third the one with the hairy chest" is how the children's playground taunt generally goes. And considering the fact that middle children can be somewhat rebellious (presumably to draw some of the attention away from their siblings), middle-children might be the ones likely to be reciting this taunt in the lunch room.

"Middle children often go to an extreme to get attention, which is why some dye their hair purple or become a fanatic about a particular singing group -- because they need an identity really bad," says Meri Wallace, a child and family therapist for over 20 years and author of Birth Order Blues (Owl Books). One way to avoid this type of behavior is to give your middle child enough attention in the first place so he doesn't feel the need to act out. By lavishing praise for his incredible easel paintings, your middle child will be less inclined to finger-paint Picassos all over the living room wall to get you to notice him.

4. Caught between a rock and a hard place. However, being the middle child may also make her more mild-mannered. Sandwiched between two siblings, the middle child may act as a peacemaker during feuds. The eldest declares herself the Queen of the Crayons and refuses to share? Middle child is there to smooth things over. "Because second-borns hate anger, they tend to use logic to solve conflict," Isaacson and Radish write. But while toting the peace-pipe may seem like a very noble thing to do, make sure your child doesn't get trampled: When fights get too heated over what to watch on TV -- "Dora the Explorer!" "No, SpongeBob!" --it's your job to play referee, not your middle child's.

5. Make special time. "Tune into the middle child," advises Wallace. "If you're having dinner, ask the middle child, 'How was your day?' Spend time alone with the middle child. Set up a date on the calendar so he knows it's coming.'" By focusing on the middle child, you are reassuring her that she is equally as important as her siblings, and keeping her from feeling lost in the shuffle.

6. Make his achievements a big deal. Chances are after going through the whole firstborn circus of achievements, it's not quite as exciting when you second-born (or third-, or fourth-, or fifth-born) gets a gold star for his book report on Babar. Reassure your child with phrases like "you are part of the family," Isaacson and Radish write, but also recognize his individual accomplishments as ones worth celebrating.

7. Encourage differences. Your eldest is the district-wide spelling bee champ? While it'd be nice for your middle-born child to follow in her footsteps, it's a breeding ground for potential feelings of animosity and inferiority. Instead, encourage your middle child to find his own niche, be it academic, athletic, or artistic endeavors. In fact, "Middle children often can become artistic because it'll give [them] a unique spot in the family, particularly if the oldest one is good in school," says Wallace.

8. Maintain open communication. In a perfect world, we'd all be mind-readers. However, it can be nearly impossible for a parent to tell an "I'm hungry" pout from an "I'm upset" pout (and if you can, please, do share!). Even if your middle child is feeling ignored, he may not say anything. To remedy this, "Talk to him about the experience of [being] the middle kid," suggests Wallace. "Say, 'It's hard because we have to take care of the baby and your older brother is looking for a high school. If you feel left out, talk to us. Tell us, 'I need attention.'"

9. No more hand-me-downs! Well, maybe just fewer. "An occasional hand-me-down is fine, but your middle child may be particularly appreciative of something new, especially a key item, like a coat or jacket," writes Dr. Kevin Leman, in The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are (Revell). In the same vein, special privileges, like choosing and watching a movie without interruption from her siblings, can help your middle child feel special.

10. Capture the memories. "Above all, be sure the family photo album has its share of pictures of your middle child," Leman writes. "Don't let him or her fall victim to the stereotyped fate of seeing thousands of pictures of the older brother or sister and only a few of him or her! And be sure you take some of your middle-born alone, not always with big brother or little sister." 'Nuff said. 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Sara Gilbert and Wife Linda Perry welcome son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry

Congratulations to The Talk's  Sara Gilbert  who welcomed her first child this Saturday, February 28. 

She and wife Linda Perry of the defunct 90s rock band the Four NonBlondes named their son Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry. 

Her co-stars announced the news today LIVE on the show and shared his first photo. 

So cute!

Gilbert announced the pregnancy this past September. She has two children, 10-year old Levi and 6-year old Sawyer, from a previous long term relationship with Allison Alder but this is her first natural born child.

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Kate Middleton continues public appearances as due date nears

Kate Middleton is due next month and this second pregnancy is showing to surely suit the petite royal.  Her hair is looking shinier and healthier and more fuller than usual. 

She is still active despite the pending due date and today was spotted going to a re-opening of the Goring hotel.

She's staying stylish too.  Recently Catherine Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue "Gerbera" Max Mara coat from the 2014 Sports Max collection, under a Serpahine "Floirrie" dress, accented with comfortable JImmy Choo Georgia pumps and a clutch "Frome" bag from one of her mainstay Brit designers, LK Bennet while visiting the Emma Bridgewater Pottery and Cape Hill Children Centre in Straffordshire, England. 

Beautiful, Kate!

Check out the photos from the February 18 event at WhatKateWore.


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