New Sleep Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has endorsed the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's (AASM) new guidelines for recommended sleep for children from infants to teens. These guidlelines outline the amount of sleep children need to be at their best health. These guidelines were created from a panel of 13 sleep experts wo reviewed 864 scientific articles relating to sleep duration and the health of those children.

Here are the hours of sleep recommended -
-Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

-Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

-Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

-Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

-Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health

Babies younger than 4 months are not included because there is such a wide range of sleep patterns in newborns, and there is not enough research to offer guidelines for them.

Children with little sleep have been linked to poor memory recall, weight gain, feeling drowsy, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, depression and many other health problems. 

The National Sleep Foundation has found that over 85% of teens do not get adequate sleep and research also shows that sleep-deprived teens are especially at risk for self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

Dr. Lee Brooks, an attending pulmonologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said, "We should get away from the idea that sleep is for slackers. It's something important to make you function during the day. It's been around for a billion years. It's biologically really important and we need to respect that."

They found when children and teens do get enough sleep they see better behavior, better attention span, learning, memory, emotional regulation, and overall quality of life. 

How to get better sleep -
The AAP suggests that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime. They also suggest that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed at all in children's bedrooms.

For infants and young children, establishing a bedtime routine is important to help children get the proper amount of sleep each night. Start with brushing teeth, reading a book together (even infants as young as 6 months can enjoy "reading" a book with parents), and then get into bed around the same time each evening.

Splash Into Summer Giveaway!

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The first day of Summer is almost here! BBQ's, cold lemonade, watermelon and pool parties! We're ready to celebrate Summer with you! We're giving away two pools and one slip and slide to help you stay cool all Summer long! Read on to find out how to enter!
  • 2 winners will win a Summer Escapes 15' x 36" Quick Set Round Above Ground Swimming Pool with Filter Pump System (Retail Value: $120.00 each)
  • 1 winner will win a Slip & Slide (Retail Value: $25.00)
This Giveaway will run from 6/1 – 6/14 11:59 PM EST. Make sure to complete as many of the entries below as possible for the BEST chance at winning! We also have a bonus entry you can do every single day! (Bonus Entry: Tweeting a message about the Giveaway!) No entries are mandatory.
Enter below and Good Luck! (This giveaway is NOT being sponsored by Summer Escapes)
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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or in association with, Facebook, Twitter, Summer Escapes, or any other social media network. Chances of winning vary based on the final number of entrants. Giveaway ends June 14th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email on June 15th, 2016. Each winner has 48 hours to respond or they may forfeit prize. My Momma Taught Me will be responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact mymommataughtme@gmail.com.

Baby's Beach Day!

Summer will be here before we know it and it's time to start planning all the gear you'll need for that little swanky baby of yours.  Here is a list of the items you might want to have and I found these fun and baby safe items on Amazon for you to check out. 

The UPF 30+ cabana pops up and folds down easily, protecting baby's skin from 98% of UV rays. It keeps little ones cool, with airflow panels and a ventilated roof. It also has roll-down privacy shades, carry case and zippered mesh front.




Water Socks - $10.95
Not quite a shoe; not quite a sock, but it will protect against hot sand, burning sun, and slick, yucky ocean and lake bottoms. They have non-skid soles and toe caps to offer traction for walkers and crawlers. The UPF 50+ fabric shields the top of the feet from sun burns.
                   


Babiators - $35.31
Babiators sunglasses give kids the sun protection they need with 100% UVA and UVB protection lenses. Their aviator frames are made of 100% rubber, so they’re flexible, you can twist or flatten or bend them, and they’ll still return to their original shape! Their lenses are also impact and shatter-resistant.



Puddle Jumpers - $16.11
This life jacket is made from woven polyester and is designed for children between 30-50 pounds. It is Coast Guard approved and perfect for young child learning to swim




These very comfortable straps will never pull on your child's hair like the rubber straps can. They can be easily attached to most swim goggles or  they sell it with goggles too. They are easy to put on and off and stay put when swimming.




This blanket is easy to fold and compact.  You can unfold the cooler bag, which holds food and drink, and convert it to a compact messenger/cooler bag.  You can carry the blanket or convert it to a backpack.  It is machine washable, durable and has a water-resistant canvas backing.



These sunsuits have UPF50+ sun protection which blocks 98% of all harmful UVA and UVB rays.  .  They are lightweight, breathable, and comfortable.   They also have flat lock stitching to prevent rubbing against skin, which kids really love.  It also has an easy open front zipper with protection flap.



This PABA free sunblock is non-chemical and fragrance-free sunblock stick. It employs a highly micronized, non-whitening titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. It glides on smoothly for easy application.




This kids' swim vest, which fits ages 2-4, slips easily over swimsuits, and the buckled anchor strap keeps it in place. Allows kids to paddle freely, yet still feel secure. Provides a full 360 degrees of floatation, building water confidence as kids learn to swim. Swim tube inflates by mouth in 2 minutes and the safety strap adjusts for comfort.




Pop-up pool: $53.48
This sturdy vinyl pop-up play place can be used as a pool, ball pit, sandbox, and more. Its protective sunshade will pop up to protect kids from the sun's rays, so it's perfect for play all day. Take it with you and play anyplace-just pop it in the car in its convenient carrying case.



Red Nose Day



If you have been watching NBC or shopping in Walgreen's, you most likely have heard about Red Nose Day. You may even remember it from last year.  According to their website-  It is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. Helping children by raising money and having fun? Sounds like a good idea to me!

50% of the grant money will be used to help children and young people in the United States. The other 50% of the grant money will be spent in some of the poorest communities in the world in Asia, Africa & Latin America.   The money will be used to help keep kids safe, educated and keep them healthy.

http://rednoseday.org/

There are many ways you can help raise money in your community. If you are interested please click HERE to see their fundraising ideas.  Don't forget to buy your red nose at Walgreen's too!

Last year we all watched Nick Cannon complete a 24 hour dance-a-thon to help raise money for Red Nose Day. 

Also, Matt Lauer completed his Tour de Red Nose by cycling 226 grueling miles across four states in five days. All to help raise money to help children.



Don't miss the show! Tonight will be a three-hour celebrity filled entertainment show all to raise money for kids in poverty. There will be music by Elton John and Blake Shelton, comedy from Tracy Morgan and appearances by more than 60 other celebrities! It will feature superstar actors, comedians and musicians, original sketch comedy, hilarious parodies and amazing musical performances.  Sounds like a fun show for the whole family and call in to donate too!


If you want to donate to help these children please go to: www.rednoseday.org
 

Earth Day Inspired Baby Names

Today is Earth Day and if you had a baby today or having one soon, you may want to consider these earthly names for your little one.

Girls

1. Sage
2. Clover
3. Olive
4. Flora (the Roman goddess of flowers)
5. Coral
6. Luna
7. Ivy
8. Willow
9. Peony
10. Avani (of Sankskrit origin, meaning "earth")

Boys
1. Storm
2. Pax (Latin for "peace")
3. Hunter
4. Garth (of English origin, means "garden")
5. Condor
6. Stone
7. Cyrus (of Persian origin, means "sun")
8. Ash
9. Basil
10. Forest


This list is from Cafemom.com

Earth Day Themed Books For Kids

Happy Earth Day everyone! 
Every year on April 22nd over 100 different countries celebrate the planet we all live on. Today, we all stop and appreciate nature and learn to protect our environment more.   If you want to learn more ways to help our planet please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency at epa.gov.  Today it has a special Earth Day welcome page where you can share some tips with your family. 

I wanted to share some Earth Day themed books for kids. 

(Circle the Year With Holidays)
        written by Janet McDonnell and illustrated by Diana Magnuson.




 written by Norman Bridwell




        written by Nancy Luenn and illustrated by Neil Waldman




         written by William H. Hooks and illustrated by Kate Duke




  written by David Morichon





 written by P.K. Hallinan

Earth Day Activities

This Friday, April 22 is Earth Day. Here are some fun activities you can do with your kids to teach them all about going green. Since you probably don't have time to do all these on just one day, you can start tomorrow and make this Earth week!

*Plant some flowers - Pick out some fun colors, some non-toxic gardening soil and get your hands dirty!

*Homemade flowerpot - Use a tin can from a canned food item, paint it for decoration, add soil and flowers!  Good craft for a pen holder too! 

*Check out books from a Library - what a fun way to show how easy going green can be! Be sure to use a recyclable bag to carry them home in!

*Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop - Have a grown up cut off the top of a used, but cleaned out laundry detergent bottle.  Add some felt stickers or paint to decorate and start scooping food for Fido!  What a fun way to teach that new pet feeding chore too!  (wink wink!)

*Turn it off! - take your toddler from room to room saying "lights off" while letting them turn it off if they are able. You might even add how it's good for the planet and your pocket book. You can do the same with the appliances and water faucets for the older kids too.


*Earth Day printables - Click HERE for easy coloring pages, word scrambles and puzzles.

Autism Spectrum Awareness Month

The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The US recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. The last 20 years have witnessed a huge increase in autism numbers.  Please check out the Autism Society's website for more information or visit AutismSpeaks.org to learn more about the disorder.

Did you know that the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids in Egypt plus more are all lighting it up in blue in celebration of United Nations World Autism Awareness Day today! To show your blue please click Light It Up Blue.

Not only is Autism Awareness month  important to help educate everyone about Autism, but these wonderful blogs are too. Babble.com has created a list of the top 30 Autism Spectrum blogs and I thought I would share a few of them with you. Please click HERE to see all 30.

Adventures in Asperger's - This blog is about the busy life of Tom Hibben, an EMT, professional photographer, and father of three boys, the oldest of whom has Asperger’s.  Unlike many text-heavy blogs, Hibben’s blog is essentially a yearbook of gorgeous photographs and witty captions.

Adventures In Extreme Parenthood -
Four years ago, Sunday Stilwell was igetting divorced, had a fulltime job and two young sons both on the severe end of the autistic spectrum. She is now remarried, a SAHM, and her husband helps her care for the “Trouble Brothers.” What has remained constant is her sense of humor, her grace under pressure, her love for her kids, and the excellence of her blog.

Autism and Empathy - Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg’s site, which operates as a hub of science-heavy posts featuring well-informed guests — researchers, parents of ASD children, and autistics themselves — seeks to dispel prevailing myths about autism, such as the widely-held belief that autistics lack empathy.

Hope Saves The Day - Hopes Saves the Day is a weekly podcast on the Autism Network. Paul Cimins, who has a son with Autism, is a self-styled Autistic Spectrum Chef, and is a strong proponent of the theory that the effects of autism can be mitigated by a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. Not only does he share GFCF recipes, but he is a great interviewer. This is a great podcast for listeners interested in varied autism-related topics.

From Inside The Heart -
Miranda is the 16-year-old daughter of the author D.S. Walker and the inspiration for Walker’s novel Delightfully Different, whose protagonist, Mia, like Miranda, has Asperger’s. But Miranda and Mia are not one and the same. What became of the character in the book, the pat happy ending, Miranda explains, “is what my mother wishes had happened. I find it my duty to tell my story and to give my opinions so that hopefully I can prevent at least one other kid from going through the same things.” Miranda’s frank dispatches suggest that while art may mirror life, the latter is always more complex.

Best Baby Products of 2016

Baby Center asked its readers to vote for the best products for their Moms’ Pick Awards and 95,000 readers voted!  If you are like me, you want to know what products everyone loves, so here are some of the winners...


Best Baby Bathtub


Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub 
$23.93






Best Baby Bottle









Best Baby Carrier











Best Baby Monitor









Best Baby Toy











Best Breast Pump

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump 204.99







Best High Chair

Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair $49.99










Best Infant Car Seat











Best Play Yard








Best Swing or Bouncer









There are many other winners and you can check them all out HERE.  Happy shopping!







Spring Inspired Baby Names

Spring is a wonderful time of year, especially if you are about to have a baby. If you are looking for a baby name that captures the season, be sure to check out these spring inspired names from babycenter.com. 

Girl Names
April
Blossom
Chrysalis
Clover
Daisy
Dewi/Dewy
Easter
Flora
Honey
Lily
March
May
Nectaria
Pastelle
Petal
Robin
Spring
Sunny
Tulip
Windy

Boy Names
Branch
Bud
Chrisilis
Cloud
Dewey
Greene
Leaf/Leif
Nectarios
River
Springer

Unisex Names
Bird/Byrd/Birdy/Birdie
Breeze/Breezy
Brooke/Brook
Dew
Rainn

Any other names you would add to the list?  Happy Spring everyone!

Date Night Conversation {Just for Parents}

You have a great Valentine's date night planned with your significant other, but you want to talk about something other than the kids, money, work, stress.....  

If you are ready to change up your conversation, then check out this "Date Night Cheat Sheet" from Parents Magazine.  I saw this and put the questions right to work on my husband.  I actually learned something new!  Hopefully these questions or your version of them will give you a fun night out.  I'm not going to list all the questions, but be sure to check out the magazine if you want to see them all.  Enjoy asking!

Over drinks and appetizers
*Name 3 countries you'd like to visit.
*How would you spend 10 million dollars?
*If you could try out any occupations for a year, what would it be?

Over the entree
*How would you spend a perfect day alone?
*If you could rewind to any point in your past, what would you want to relive?
*If you could take lessons to become an expert at anything, what would it be?

Over dessert
*Hollywood called. They want to make a movie about your life. Who would play you?
*What's the one item you own that you know you should get rid of but never will?
*What's something positive about me that you don't say often enough?

Children Books About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Monday we celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here are a few books for your kids that may help them understand the important role he played in the civil rights movement.



                                         Age Range: 4 - 8 years   Grade Level: Preschool - 3





Age Range: 2 and up




Age Range: 5 and up




Age Range: 4-10




        I Have a Dream (Book & CD)      
                   Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12       

Santa Is On His Way!

Have those cookies ready and don't forget to leave water for the reindeers because...Santa is coming!  You can track Santa using these fun sites!

NORAD
You and the kiddos can track Santas whereabouts using the Official Santa Tracker.


Google
Check out their Santa tracker HERE


Google Maps
This year you can also use NORAD to track Santa's flight from your phone. On December 24th, open Google Maps for mobile and do a search for "Santa" to see his latest location.


Google Earth
In addition to tracking Santa on the NORAD Tracks Santa homepage, you can also track his flight in Google Earth.  Google Earth plugin is not installed on your computer. Download it by clicking HERE.


Santa App
Yes, there is an app for that...Santa that is! You can download the Santa Tracker HD app HERE. For $1.99 you can count down the days until Christmas with daily messages from Santa Claus and his elves and then track his flight around the world from the North Pole to your town on Christmas Eve!


Santa-T
Games, Santa tracker and you can send Santa a wish list.  Click HERE


Santa Update
Give out pre-launch updates and the latest headlines from the North Pole.  Click HERE.


To add more Santa fun....

Have your kids get a phone call from Santa! Check it out HERE or another website HERE.

Your kids can email Santa HERE.



Merry Christmas everyone!

Top Baby Names of 2015

 
The list is out!  The top baby names of 2015 are out and the top spots are repeat winners. 
They are...

GIRLS - Sophia
 
BOYS - Jackson 

 
Sophia has topped the girls' list for the sixth year in a row and Jackson leads the boys' list for the third year. This list comes from Babycenter.com and their data comes from more than 340,000 parents who shared their baby's name with Baby Center thorughout 2015.
 
*The names that moved up the list the fastest were Paisley for girls and Muhammad for boys.
 
*The most popular gender-neutral names were Wyatt for girls, while Piper for boys.  Other popular gender-neutrual names were  Riley, Lincoln, Karter, Maxwell and Carson.
 
*Formal names were also on the rise. The most popular were Royalty, Duchess, Reign Sultan, Princess and Tiara.
 
Instagram inspired names were also rising the lists.  For girls-  Lux, Ludwig, Amaro, Reyes, Hudson and Kelvin.  For boys - Valencia, Juno and Willow.
 
*Other big trends were names after the "Empire" tv show characters and names from the planets, such as Venus and Jupiter. 
 
Here are the top 10 names from this year. Did your baby make the list?

10 most popular girl names of 2015

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Zoe
  8. Lily
  9. Emily
  10. Madison
See all top 100 girls' names 



10 most popular boy names of 2015

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Liam
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Mason
  7. Ethan
  8. Caden
  9. Logan
  10. Jacob
See all top 100 boys' names

Christmas Inspired Baby Names

The holiday season is officially here and if you're due on or around Christmas, the folks at about.com put together some names that might be perfect for your baby.  The site said they had a little tougher time coming up with the boys names versus the girls names.  Maybe one of these names will be the one for your little Christmas baby!

Girls
•Holly - Anglo Saxon for the ivy tree. Think Christmas carol The Holly and the Ivy

•Gloria - Latin for glory. Also the name of a famous Christmas carol.

•Natalie (Natalia) - Latin meaning Christmas day.

•Tasha - From Natasha/Natalie in Russian for Christmas day.

•Mary (Merry) - Bitter from Hebrew. Mother of Jesus.

•Noel - Means Christmas in French. The First Noel is a famous Christmas Carol.

•Joy - The emotion. Also a Christmas carol - Joy to the World

•Angel - The heavenly being who spread the news of the birth of Jesus.

•Carol - English for hymn or song.

•Ivy - Old English for the plant. Think Christmas carol The Holly and the Ivy

•Star - The famous star over Bethlehem to guide visitors to the manger.

•Winter - Named after the season.



Boys
•Emmanuel - God is with us from the Hebrew.

•Christopher - Hebrew for God has judged. Could be spelled with a K for the popular character Kris Kringle.

•Noel - French for Christmas.

•Christian - Latin for follower of Christ.

•Timothy - Revering God from Greek.

•Gabriel - The Angel who announced the birth of Christ.

•Joseph - From the Hebrew - he will add. Father of Jesus.

•Nicholas - Greek for victorious people. Popular character - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, also a Christmas carol.

A Princess Dream Come True Giveaway!

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The Holidays are officially here! Santa and his elves are busy finishing up toys, trees are getting decorated and I can already smell the sugar cookies! We want to celebrate the Holidays with you! We're giving away a set of 7 Disney Princess Dolls! Read on to find out how to enter! This giveaway is being hosted by 12 bloggers who are full of holiday cheer! Please be sure to visit their sites.


Now onto the Giveaway! Here’s what the winner will get!
  • 1 winner will win a set of 7 Disney Princess Dolls. (Retail Value: $79.99)
This Giveaway will run from 11/17 – 11/23 11:59 PM EST. Make sure to complete as many of the entries below as possible for the BEST chance at winning! We also have a bonus entry you can do every single day! (Bonus Entry: Tweeting a message about the Giveaway!) No entries are mandatory.
Enter below and Good Luck! (This giveaway is NOT being sponsored by Disney) a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Giveaway Disclosure: No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. Void in Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories and wherever prohibited by law. Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Decisions of the Sponsor are final on all matters pertaining to Sweepstakes. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or in association with, Facebook, Twitter, Disney, or any other social media network. Chances of winning vary based on the final number of entrants. Giveaway ends November 23rd, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email on November 24th, 2015. Each winner has 48 hours to respond or they may forfeit prize. Sunshine N Savings will be responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact girlnamedjax {at} gmail {dot} com.
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