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Birth Keepsake: Newborn Footprints on Dad’s T-Shirt

Birth Keepsake: Newborn Footprints on Dad’s T-Sh...

Preparing for your wife’s delivery day is a big responsibility for Dads. There are obvious things to pack and prepare (like a birth announcement email), but I wanted to share something that proved to be a great keepsake – a white t-shirt with my newborn daughter’s footprints on it. This task does not really take much preparation – what I did was wear a white undershirt on the day we were headed...
Dirty Diaper Blowouts and Ueber Parent Syndrome

Dirty Diaper Blowouts and Ueber Parent Syndrome...

“You haven’t experienced parenthood until you’ve had to cut a onesy off your baby,” explained a friend. I nodded, not thinking much of the comment – ok, so his kid has some abnormal bowel movements permeating through the diaper and soiling the baby’s outer garment. My wife and I did not have kids at the time and just thought it was some strange, mildly gross problem that our friend...
TV Review: Jack’s Big Music Show

TV Review: Jack’s Big Music Show...

Jack’s Big Music Show is an often forgotten and underestimated show currently in syndication on Nick Jr. most weekdays and weekends. From the research I’ve found on various sites, the show was produced between 2005 to 2007 and is not currently in active production, which is upsetting because this happens to be one of my daughter’s favorite shows. The format of the show is relatively standard –...
Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate

Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate...

Product Review: The Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate Summary: The Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate from Lascal is an extremely innovative and space-saving child gate, but the complexity of operating the locking mechanism and the noise made as the gate retracts may be a deal-breaker for some consumers. Baby or child-proofing the house is an exercise we all go through within the first few years of parenthood...
Tips for Sending a Birth Announcement Email

Tips for Sending a Birth Announcement Email...

If you’re a Dad like me, then you knew you had a key responsibility when your child was first born – sending an email announcement to your friends and family.  Now, unlike me, you may not have prepared for the delivery-day communication in advance with an predefined email template and recipient list. Here are some tips for completing this ever-important new-Dad task. Prepare an email group in advance - Include...
NYT: To Treat Bed-Wetting, Healthy Doses of Patience

NYT: To Treat Bed-Wetting, Healthy Doses of Patien...

To Treat Bed-Wetting, Healthy Doses of Patience New York Times, January 11, 2010 Found this article in the “18 and Under” section in the New York Times, which takes a deeper look at bed-wetting and some of the psychological and hormonal causes for prolonged issues. The article takes a look at steps parents can take to help with children who are perfectly fine with their potty-training during the day, but...
Hemangioma Q&A with Dr. Gregory Levitin

Hemangioma Q&A with Dr. Gregory Levitin...

Dr. Gregory Levitin After writing a recent post about my daughter’s hemangioma and the approach my wife and I plan to take, an internationally recognized physician and specialist in hemangiomas and vascular malformations, Dr. Gregory Levitin, read the article and made a comment about laser treatment.  I asked Dr. Levitin if he would be willing to engage in an online Q&A session about hemangiomas and treatment...
“What the hell is that?” So, Your Child Has a Hemangioma

“What the hell is that?” So, Your Chil...

Note: I’m not a pediatrician or dermatologist, but most of what I write here is information gathered from real doctors.  All situations are different, please always consult your physician when making decisions about your child’s health. My daughter was born with a hemangioma on the left cheek of her face and as of this posting it still appears somewhat prominently. Figured it would be helpful to post our...
NYT: Cancer From the Kitchen?

NYT: Cancer From the Kitchen?...

Cancer From the Kitchen? New York Times, December 5, 2009 Recent op-ed piece in the NY Times by Nicholas D. Kristof positions some compelling evidence about everyday kitchen chemicals and usage within the national health care debate.  He begins by pushing for more exploration and research into the potential causes of cancer, which tend to be one of the most devastating diseases, both physically and financially. While...
Recommended Toys for a 2 Year Old

Recommended Toys for a 2 Year Old...

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Piggy Bank: At first my daughter got frustrated with this toy because it was difficult for her to put the coins in the top slot of the bank.  For about a month she had to use 2 hands and go very slowly to get one into the bank.  The next month she was using one hand on the coin, but still going slowly.  The following month she was throwing them into the bank like it was no problem....

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