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Archive for March, 2008

Getting savvy about toy recalls

Monday, March 31st, 2008

toy-recalls.jpgThis helpful parents.com article comes complete with photos of toys that were recalled and the dates that the risky toys were sold.

If you’re overwhelmed by the recent plethora of toy recalls, be sure to click here to peruse this article and see if any of these toys on in your child’s room.

You can also sign up to receive free emails about toy recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Click here.

Wanted: more activities like this for babies

Monday, March 31st, 2008

oatland-wildlife-center.jpgDon’t forget, Tuesday (tomorrow) is the debut of toddler story time @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s main building.

Here at SouthernMamas, we often hear from parents who say our area doesn’t have enough activities for really young kids. So when pre, pre-schooler activities are offered, let’s support them, whether it’s a new story time like this, or the Little Jumping Bean indoor inflatable play area, or the new soft play @ the Savannah Mall.

Oatland Island’s Toddler Tuesdays story time, 10:30-11:15 am, is for children ages six months to 4 years. Each week, a new 45-minute program will be offered and may feature stories, games, songs, crafts and animal visitors.

Free with regular Oatland Island admission. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 4-17; children ages 3 and younger are free. 912.898.3980.

For more story times in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island area, click here.

Tastefully Simple Gourmet Basket Giveaway

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

tastefully-simple.JPGLess time in the kitchen. More time to enjoy your life.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Our newest sponsor, Tastefully Simple, sells convenient, easy-to-prepare gourmet foods that help you do just that. Some of the foods can be enjoyed right out of the package or prepared within minutes.

The products are primarily sold at home taste-testing parties by independent Tastefully Simple consultants such as April Langteau here in the Savannah area. Online sales are also available.

One lucky SouthernMamas subscriber is going to win a $45 basket of gourmet goodies including mango margarita mix; blue aztec chips; cilantro & olive salsa; corn black bean salsa; giddyup guacamole mix. YUMMY.
To be eligible to win, email us the correct answer to this quiz question: Tastefully Simple has yummy products including easy-to-prepare desserts. The $5.99 apple cake mix is named for everyone’s favorite relative. Who is it? Visit the Tastefully Simply Web site by clicking here to find the answer under “Shop Our Products.”

Email the answer and your name to anne@southernmamas.com. Deadline is 11 pm Thurs. April 3. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it Friday on SouthernMamas.com.

Remember, you have to be SouthernMamas subscriber to be eligible. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

If you’re ready to host a Tastefully Simple party, be sure to do so via consultant April Langteau. (And don’t forget to invite SouthernMamas.com!)

Check out Brown’s Guide to Georgia

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

browns-guide-to-georgia.gifPlanning a trip in Georgia, but not sure where to go, what sights to see, where to eat or even where to stay? Visit Brown’s Guide to Georgia. The listings are arranged by region, category and just about every way the sharp Web designers @ eMarketSouth could think of.

Attention mompreneurs, the user-friendly site is also a place to promote your businesses. Businesses can add a listing to Brown’s Guide for FREE! The listing gets your business in the database. You can then upgrade, if you so choose, for a small fee.

Brown’s Guide has more than 5,000 profiles of Georgia travel and recreation resources. The aim is to someday include every professional travel and recreation resource in the state. The site will also include photos and videos and eventually allow the rest of us to contribute comments, photos and videos about our own experiences traveling in Georgia.

Puppet People to visit Live Oak libraries

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

puppet-people.jpgAngela Beasley’s Puppet People are a longtime Savannah childhood tradition.

If your kids haven’t had a chance to be dazzled by the Puppet People, they will have several chances during National Library Week (April 14-19) at some Live Oak Public Library branches.

The Puppet People will present “Discover the World through the International Jukebox @ Your Library!”

Children can enjoy world-renowned puppetry from the Puppet People and discover new and wonderful facts about the world around them just by visiting the library. Best for ages ages 5 and older.
10:30 am Tues., April 15, @ Hitch branch
4:30 pm Tues., April 15, @ Effingham (Springfield) branch
10:30 am Wed. April 16, @ Tybee branch
4:30 pm Wed., April 16, @ Oglethorpe Mall branch
2 pm Sat., April 19, @ Midway branch
10:30 am Tues. April 22, @ Port City branch

Call your local branch for more information.

Mary Poppins lands in Savannah

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

mary-poppins.jpgThe real super nanny is coming to Savannah next weekend.

Children from the Academy of Dance in Savannah will present the Mary Poppins Ballet on Sun. April 6 @ the Trustees Theater in downtown Savannah.

The shows will be at 2 and 6 pm. Costumes in this family event are custom made. General admission tickets can be purchased at the Trustees Theater box office through the day of the performance. Click here for ticket purchasing info. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students older than 12 and $10 for children, military and seniors.

Should kids younger than 2 watch TV?

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

elmo.gifIt’s so tempting to plop a child down in front of Sesame Street while you scramble to get a few things done.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics says children younger than 2 should watch no TV. Yet, many of us ignore such advice, do it anyway and, as a result, feel guilty every time we hear Elmo’s squeaky voice.

I write about the “TV or No TV?” struggle in my confessional, or rather, my column in Sunday’s Savannah Morning News Accent section: “Bad Mommy: My toddler watches the boob tube.” You can read the column by clicking here.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the “TV for toddlers” question and whether you think “edutainment” is really good for children younger than 2. Or if the term educational TV is just a euphemism to make us feel less guilty.

Baby-wearers unite! Attachment parenting group open to new members

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

mother-child1.jpgYou believe in gentle discipline, not spanking.

You believe in co-sleeping or sleeping near your baby, not letting babies “cry it out.”

And you definitely prefer “wearing your baby,” not going the stroller route.

If that describes you and you’re looking for new friends with similar parenting styles to yours, then check out a local attachment parenting group. It’s open to all like-minded parents including pregnant, new birth or adoptive, says member and Southern Mamas fan Laura Langlois Zurro. Click here for more info.

For other social moms groups in our area, click here.

When to question your pediatrician

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

norman-rockwell.jpgWe’ve all heard the stories of moms who suspected something was wrong with their child and voiced those concerns to their pediatrician. The moms were either dismissed, or, even worse, told they were imagining things. The moms turned out to be correct.

So just when are you supposed to question your pediatrician? It’s a tough topic and one tackled in this interesting CNN article. Basically, don’t argue when your pediatrician dispenses medical fact such as that your newborn needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat or a child with a 105-degree fever needs to get to the doctor’s office immediately.

But do try to differentiate medical advice from a pediatrician’s personal opinion. Examples of physician opinions – where there’s plenty of room to disagree – include:

  • Don’t pick up your baby in the middle of the night
  • Baby should be home with Mom
  • You must take the pacifier away

Read more here.

Resource Fair for parents

Friday, March 28th, 2008

childs-drawing.jpgYou suspect your child will need speech therapy, but when should you start it? Or you’re worried your child has some other developmental concern?

Get your questions answered at the Children’s Resource Fair, 5-7 pm Thurs. April 3 @ Children’s Therapy Center, 11550 Abercorn St. (behind Checker’s near Mercy Boulevard). Refreshments will be served. Physicians, teachers and parents are invited.

Experienced speech, occupational and physical therapists will be available to answer questions about how to help children with developmental concerns or neurological disorders and how to tap into the resources available to them. They can also help explain insurance eligibility and available funding sources.

Find out more about therapeutic activities that interest children and make motor development more fun and exciting. Therapists will provide written information on programs available through Children’s Therapy Center such as biking and aquatic therapy. They will also demonstrate the Interactive Metronome, a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program that develops and improves the processing ability that affects attention, motor planning and sequencing and strengthens motor skills.

So if you have a child with developmental concerns, take time to attend this event or send a friend in your place to find out what local resources are available. Because we all know the importance of early intervention when it comes to helping kids.