Find out when the event is happening, how to get involved, and check out pictures and a video from the 2012 Diaper Derby.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Burlington Mall held its first annual Diaper Derby this past Saturday.
There was a near overdose of cute at the Burlington Mall this past weekend as babies crawled their way to victory in the first annual Diaper Derby. Crawlers under 12 months were invited to compete in the race to earn baby-related prizes for their parents. The derby was well attended with enough competitors for multiple races, all cheered on by onlookers, parents and relatives. The event was regionally sponsored by WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Program, and Bay State Parent magazine. Multiple local vendors and providers of baby-related products were on hand to offer information and samples to parents. Check out our video and image gallery of the event.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
How parenthood can give the most squeamish person a stomach of steel.
I am easily grossed out. Bouts of nausea have been known to come on suddenly in the presence of messy food, bodily fluids, or unpleasant odors. Needless to say, in my pre-parent days I had always been a bit jittery around kids, who are notorious for embodying all of the previously mentioned icky things. Ask my sisters. They love to remind me of the times I would wrinkle my nose and point, uttering “Ew,” when some slimy substance had taken residence on their child’s face. Or the times I would scoff at the prospect of changing a poopy diaper. So when they heard I was to become a mom, I’m sure they secretly chuckled to themselves knowing firsthand what was in my future. My oh my, how quickly things have changed. It took parenthood to …
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Conquering the great nap time debate with your toddler.
This week, my darling daughter decided that her two-naps-a-day routine needed a shakeup. Specifically, she informed me with several temper tantrums that naps are optional in our house. Since I didn’t get that memo, we’ve been debating the issue four days running now. It’s doing wonders for my blood pressure, you know? Naps are important, though, and not just because mommy needs some quiet time. According to an article in Parents magazine, toddlers are racing through development stages and sleep is necessary. Most pediatricians recommend about 10-12 hours of sleep each night, with an extra 1-2 hours of naptime during the day. Whether that’s one nap or two seems to depend on your toddler, but a nap is important all the same. Now, in no…
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Make life easier with some of these handy gadgets in your diaper bag.
Now that it’s warmer outside (finally!), I find myself much more on-the-go with my toddler. Day trips, picnics, running errands all day with the windows rolled down, talking nice walks to the playground… you name it, we’re up for it. Call it Spring Fever, or whatever you will, but I’ve become much more of a Mommy on the Go since that snow finally melted. And as such, I’ve come to rely heavily on a number of handy products that make “mobile parenting” easier. If you’re living out of a diaper bag for a few hours or more at a time, you’ve got to think of everything before you leave the house. So I’ve taken to leaving a pre-packed bag handy at all times, stocked with the essentials: diapers, wipes, an extra outfit, an extra pacifier, and a…
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Teething can be less stressful for babies with good, pain management techniques.
There’s been a lot of fussing in my house lately, as my daughter endures four teeth coming in at once. At thirteen months old, she’ll have a total of six teeth when these ones are done torturing her. But I have a feeling there will be more soon on the way. Those molars are threatening too, says her pediatrician. Which is just plain super news, since I’m already sleep-deprived and a bit on edge. My daughter’s teething pain has made her a fountain of drool, picky about what she eats, desperate to chew on everything, and generally miserable. Her teeth aren’t always bothering her, but there’s no way for her to tell us when they do. Sometimes, when she’s especially upset, she smacks her hand against her forehead. This is our cue for the …
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Introducing your dog to a new baby can be challenging, especially once that baby starts moving.
Long before I had my daughter, my dog was my “baby.” And as many of my friends will tell you, my five-year-old Boston Terrier still acts like she’s an only child. That’s mostly my fault, since I’ve always had a soft spot for the little fur ball. But now that my daughter is mobile and interested in my dog, the balance of peaceful coexistence in my house has turned upside-down. Except at meal times. The dog just loves to hang around for cleanup duty. And my daughter, who doesn’t miss an opportunity to charm the dog, has taken to feeding her. Yes, she’s already giving the dog her unwanted food. For obvious reasons, I want to encourage this harmonious living, but not at the expense of my daughter’s nutrition. And despite my attempts at …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Baby's first cold is inevitable, but how you handle it as new parents is totally up to you.
So it’s winter and the snow’s piling up in Burlington. Meanwhile, indoors, it’s cold and flu season. Conditions are perfect for baby’s first cold. I’ve got news for the new parents out there: you can bundle up your baby and wash your hands, but it’s going to happen. And as a parent, watching your infant battle a stuffy nose won’t be pleasant. Yet, baby’s first cold is an experience you must have, a rite of passage all new parents must face. Just like a diaper change, no one’s going to like it but you’ll all be better for going through it. Fighting a first cold can help boost your baby’s immune system, while also boosting your parenting confidence. When my daughter caught her first cold, I had no idea where it came from. I caught it too…