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Baby sling safety debate (Savannah parenting news)

Friday, March 12th, 2010

baby-slingThe safety of baby slings is in question as the government warns that some slings can be dangerous, even deadly for their little ones.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has investigated at least 13 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers over the last 20 years, including three deaths last year. One other case involving a fatality is still being investigated. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age, the agency said.

However, supporters of baby slings emphasize that the warning is for “bag slings” that are mass produced and sold under names like Infantino. The warning does not include ring slings and pouch slings that you can safely carry your children in.

For info on safe slings, click here

The commission is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months. It said that many of the babies who died in slings were a low birth weight twin, were born prematurely, or had a cold.

In its warning, CPSC said that slings can pose a suffocation hazard in two different ways.

–A sling’s fabric can press against a baby’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and suffocating a baby within a minute or two, the agency said.

–The other scenario involves slings where the baby is cradled in a curved or “C-like” position, nestling the baby below mom’s chest or near her belly. That curved position can cause a baby who doesn’t have strong neck control to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest, restricting the infant’s ability to breathe. “The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate,” warned the commission.

FREE Lactation Class at Just for Baby & More (Savannah breast feeding class)

Friday, March 12th, 2010

just-for-baby-new-ad-addressThere are many things to learn about as you prepare for your new baby’s arrival. If you are planning to nurse or trying to nurse your baby – here’s a FREE lactation class that is a great way to get ready.

Just For Baby & More @ 7701 Waters Ave will be hosting the free class for moms-to-be to gather information about nursing 6:30-8 PM Tues. March 23. Cate Glyn-Jones, a lactation consultant from Candler Hospital, will be teaching the class. Refreshments will be provided.

The first 15 registrants will receive a $15 gift card to the store. Please call (912) 355-4455 or email casey@justforbaby.net to register.

FREE Lactation Class, 6:30-8 PM Tues. March 23 @ Just For Baby & More, 7701 Waters Ave.

Winners of tickets to Savannah Music Festival children’s concerts

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

rogerday2001This week, SouthernMamas gave away FREE tickets to the the Savannah Music Festival children’s concerts.

Winners of  tickets to Shake up Your Brain with Roger Day and free copies of Roger Day’s new CD “Why does Gray Matter?” are:
Silvia Straub
Kasey Berman
Monica Patel
Yasmiene Shemdin

Winners of tickets to The Amazing Musical Rescue with RJ & The Upbeats are:
Brandi Zetrouer
Eliza Brooks
Gena Cox
Dusti Smith

Congratulations! For info on the concerts, click here.

The Wiggles live-concert movie comes to Savannah

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

wiggles-movie-in-savannahThe movie “The Wiggles Big Big Show in the Round” is coming to Savannah for four days in March at the Carmike Wynnsong Theatre 11

This circus-inspired Wiggly live concert movie has acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, trapeze artists and a ringmaster. Of course, the show also includes Sam, Jeff, Anthony and Murray and the world famous Wiggly dancers, as well as Wiggly friends Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.

Tickets are $10 each. Movie dates are March 20,21,27, & 28 2010. For more info, click here.

Newly remade Ellis Square includes kid-friendly spray fountain, life-size chess set

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

johnny-mercer-statue-savannahThe newly remade Ellis Square in downtown Savannah is open.

Ellis Square – one of Gen. James Oglethorpe’s original six squares – is now restored to public use and features an ellipses interior, interactive spray fountain, life-sized chess board, movable furniture and public restrooms.

It is the most environmentally friendly of Savannah’s squares, with water-efficient plants, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC system in the glass-walled visitors center, and a green roof on the public bathrooms to help reduce runoff.

The new kid-friendly interactive spray fountains at Ellis Square and the new spray fountains at Forsyth Park mean lots of cool options this summer!

Save Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens from being closed down

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

bamboo-farm-festivalBamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens is in danger of being closed down due to state budget cuts.

That’s right. The beloved Chatham County spot where you take the kids every year for u-pick blackberries and strawberries; the place that hosts such popular annual family events as Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch, Fall and Spring festivals; the place kids go for hayrides, field trips and more – may close down.

Because of the state’s potential $1.1 billion shortfall, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is at risk of undergoing $300 million in proposed cuts include closing half of the state’s Cooperative Extension offices and eliminating its widely popular 4-H youth program.

Locally, that would mean closing the Burton 4-H Center at Tybee Island, ending the Mommy and Me program at UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island and closing down the Bamboo Farm.  

The proposed Bamboo Farm closure would take away a truly precious local resource. Our area is already lacking in kid-friendly educational centers. Let’s do what we can to keep the Bamboo Farm and other local programs open.

You can help save the Bamboo Farm and other local educational programs by  letting the Board know you disagree with these proposed closures. Do so by signing this petition

You can also show your support by attending the Spring Festival at the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens,  9 AM-4 PM Sat. March 20. Sponsored by the Friends of Coastal Gardens, this fundraising event includes educational lectures, activities for children, plant vendors, and arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free but there will be a $2 charge for parking. Some activities are free, while others have a small charge.

Help bring a missing student home: Bryce Tarter Benefit Event

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

AASU student Bryce Tarter, 19, missing since Jan. 31

AASU student Bryce Tarter, 19, missing since Jan. 31

As the search continues for a missing Armstrong Atlantic State student, the family of Bryce Tarter is looking to friends and supporters for help and prayers.

The public is invited to a Bryce Tarter Benefit Event on noon-5 PM this Saturday March 13 at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Sports Center. All proceeds from this kid-friendly benefit will go towards the campaign to bring Bryce home.

The benefit will include pony rides, face painting, games, inflatable bouncy, raffle prizes, t-shirts, Bryceletts, food and more.

If you would like to help, please email Megan at help@bringbrycehome.com or call 912.604.5829. Volunteers still needed.

The 19-year-old Tarter was last seen around 5 AM Jan. 31, leaving the AASU campus. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working on the case and Tarter’s family and friends have also launched massive search efforts.

Tarter was driving a white 2000 Nissan Frontier with Maine license plate 9447QD. There are an Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons stickers on the back window. If you have any information, you’re asked to call AASU Police at 912-344-3333 or the Center for Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131. For more info in the case, visit the Bring Bryce Home Web site by clicking here.

Saturday Mommy & Me Aquarium Program for Working Parents

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

aquarium-logoLocal moms who work outside the home often tell SouthernMamas they wish there were more weekend mommy-and-me programs.

Wish granted.  A monthly mommy-and-me program for working parents will start @ UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium soon. 

The first Saturday Mommy and Me will be 10-10:45 AM  April 10.

The educational programs for children between the ages of 1 and 4 include learning techniques that allow for the development of motor skills, understanding of different sizes, shapes, weights, and movements among a variety of marine animals native to Georgia waterways and the ability to identify the difference between fish, crabs, turtles, and invertebrates. The programs will include hands-on experiences with different animals, arts and crafts, a story time, and a game.

Advanced Registration required. Maximum of 15 children. $6/child for non-season pass holders, $4/child for season pass holders.  UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium is at 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island.

To register, call 912-598-2496, email fish@uga.edu.

Savannah Children’s Photographer Offers a SouthernMamas Discount

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

britt-anderson-photography-spring-1Easy, breezy, beautiful.

That’s your idea of a spring portrait session with your kids. Spring is the perfect time to have new portaits taken before the not so easy-breezy summer heat.

One of our top local shooters, Savannah photographer Britt Anderson , makes kids portrait sessions click. Even better, Britt offers SouthernMamas a discount.

Anyone who mentions Southernmamas.com when booking will receive a $50 print credit with any basic session, or an additional $100 print credit with any collection session booked before April 30th (Sessions must be completed prior to July 31st).

britt-anderson-photography-spring-2A whiz with natural light, Britt takes advantage of the wonderful natural backdrops our area has to offer for relaxed shoot sites. She serves the Savannah, Rincon, Pooler, Richmond Hill areas, as well as Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Is. areas. 

Britt playfully captures the natural connections between loved ones, the sweetness of a newborn, the energy of a child. She specializes in maternity to newborns, toddlers to teens.

Chances are you’ll agree with Britt that while quality portraits are an investment, they are a valuable investment of memories for today, tomorrow and forever.

To keep up to date on Britt’s regular photography specials, become a fan of Britt Anderson photography on Facebook here or visit her Web site

Contact Britt via her Web site or email contact@brittandersonphotography.com.

Coastal Gold Exchange opens in Savannah Mall

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

coastal-gold-exchange-logoThat gold necklace from a less than golden ex-beau has been collecting dust in your jewelry box for too long.

At a new business in Savannah Mall – Coastal Gold Exchange – you can exchange  jewelry you never wear anymore for quick cash. Coastal Gold Exchange buys gold/silver/platinum jewelry items.

Do you have a broken necklace, bracelet or missing earring? Coastal Gold Exchange buys those as well. They will buy any gold, silver or platinum jewelry, no matter the kind or condition.

cge-savannah-kioskGold jewelry has become one of the more popular items on the market as of late, as the price of gold has increased and people are finding that they can turn their old and broken jewelry into jewelers and refineries for cash.

Just be sure to do your homework and find out what that piece of gold is worth before you decide to sell.

Coastal Gold Exchange is an alternative to the long-distance, mail-in cash for gold companies and pawn shops.

To find out more about Coastal Gold Exchange, click here.

Giveaway: 8 tickets to Savannah Music Festival children’s concerts

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

roger-dayWin a FREE ticket to the the Savannah Music Festival children’s concerts this week on SouthernMamas.

Thanks to Savannah Music Festival, we’re giving away FOUR tickets to Shake up Your Brain with Roger Day to FOUR winners and FOUR tickets to The Amazing Musical Rescue with RJ & The Upbeats to FOUR Winners. Winners of the Roger Day tickets will also receive a free copy of Roger Day’s new CD “Why does Gray Matter?”

rogerday200Here are the rules on how to win this month long contest.

  • To enter to win, tell us your favorite kids’ song or CD by commenting below this post (Just click on comments).  Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas.
  • Entry period closes: Thurs. March 11. We’ll announce the winner here Fri. March 12.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate! Subscribing is free. Click here to do so. Click here to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook.
  • THE AMAZING MUSICAL RESCUE: RJ & THE UPBEATS will be at 12:30 PM Sat. March 20 at CHARLES H. MORRIS CENTER
    Tickets: $10 adult 18 and older, $5 age 6 and older, under 6 are free. Buy tickets by clicking here.
    Open your imagination and enter the wonderful world of The UpBeats. Mischievous forces have sabotaged the creativity of music and it’s up to RJ & The UpBeats to save music.

    rogerdaySHAKE UP YOUR BRAIN: ROGER DAY, 12:30 PM Sat. March 27 at CHARLES H. MORRIS CENTER
    Tickets: $10 adult 18 and older, $5 age 6 and older, under 6 free.
    Two-time Parents’ Choice award-winning singer/songwriter Roger Day urges kids to reach their potential by using “body and brain, mind and muscle.” In this program for the entire family, he performs songs from his new album “Why Does Gray Matter? And Other Brainy Songs for Kids.” Buy tickets by clicking here.

    Stop proposed closures of Savannah’s kid-friendly resources

    Saturday, March 6th, 2010

    The Mommy and Me program Tuesdays and Thursdays @ UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island is just one of the local educational programs at risk of being cut.

    Because of the state’s potential $1.1 billion shortfall, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is at risk of undergoing severe cuts include closing half of the state’s Cooperative Extension offices and eliminating its widely popular 4-H youth program.

    This month, the University System of Georgia proposed $300 million in cuts to higher education, including 4,000 layoffs and dozens of program cutbacks. Locally, that would mean closing the Burton 4-H Center at Tybee Island and cutting other educational centers that provide invaluable information to thousands of area youth.

    You can help save our local education centers and keep the doors open at @ UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium and other kid-friendly spots. Let the Board know you disagree with these proposed closures by signing this petition

    Coastal Kids Market consignment sale March 11-13

    Thursday, March 4th, 2010

    coastal-kids-logoThose of you who’ve shopped at Coastal Kids Market, a seasonal, upscale children’s consignment sale in Pooler just outside Savannah, already know the amazing deals you can find there when it comes to high-end, gently-used boutique & trunk show clothing.

    But did you know that Coastal Kids will accept CREDIT CARDS at this month’s upcoming spring sale March 11-13 @ The Shops at Godley Station, Pooler Parkway? No more dashing to the ATM or hitting your friend up for cash because you didn’t plan on finding so many quality brand bargains.

    Brands you can expect to come across at Coastal Kids Market include Hannah Kate, Orient Expressed, Chez Ami, Kelly’s Kids, Bailey Boys, Ragsland, Strasburg, Matilda Jane, Lilly Pulitzer, Hannah Andersson, Potato Saks, and lots of NEW L’amour shoes.

    Plus, the sale will be teeming with NEW overstocks from some local boutiques and designers.

    Eight local vendors will be at the sale including: Miles of Crafts, Stella and Dot, Arts-Anne-Crafts, Bella Reece, Touchstone Crystal, Kris’ Krinkles, Thirty-One and Babe Sak.

    Be sure to arrive early. Because the first 200 customers will receive goody bags filled with promotions and valuable coupons from 20-plus local businesses. So it pays to be first in line!

    More than 75 consignors are already registered, with room for more. Hurry, registration ends this Sat. March 6.

    Happy bargain-buying, SouthernMamas.

    SPRING 2010 Sale Dates:
    Thurs., March 11 6-8 PM
    Fri., March 12, 9 AM – 5 PM
    Sat., March 13, 9 AM– noon
    *Select items will be half price on Saturday

    Coastal Kids Market, March 11-13, The Shops at Godley Station, Pooler Parkway, Suite 202; 912.312.5800 or email contact@coastalkidsmarket.com

    Classic Kids clothing custom-made outfits perfect for Savannah spring

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

    classic-kids-clothing-1Get ready to swoon over Classic Kids clothing.

    Classic Kids is a locally-owned children’s clothing company made up of moms that have a passion for creating unique and captivating clothing for their children and yours.

    Each custom-made outfit is made from top quality fabrics with special attention to detail.

    Lucky girls will get decked out in wrap skirts in bright colors or sweet ribbon-top and pillow case dresses. For boys: madras shorts, personalized crab tees, and timeless preppy JonJons.

    Classic Kids specializes in classic and funky styles for both boys and girls.

    Designs range from time-honored standards to custom-made. CK will work with you to create your perfect outfit. Just drop CK a line at classickids@hargray.com.

    classic-kids-clothing-2Scheduling for CK home shows is under way though out the southeast.

    All home show guests will receive up to 20 percent off their home show order.

    All hosts will receive up to 50 percent off their home show order and a continuous 20-percent off for the remainder of the season.

    To see more examples of Classic Kids,  click here. Order online at the Classic Kids Web shop. Classic Clothes can also be found La Dee Da boutique in Rincon.

    Classic Kids, Classic Clothes for Everyday Kids!, www.ClassicKidsGA.com. Email classickids@hargray.com

    La Dee Da upscale children’s consignment boutique in Rincon

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

    la-dee-da1“La Dee Da” is an upscale children’s consignment boutique located in the heart of Rincon, Georgia, specializing in brands such as Kate Mack, Gymboree, Ralph Lauren, Feltman Bros and many more!

    In addition to children’s consignment apparel, La Dee Da supports our local women in business by showcasing and carrying their beautiful and unique work. Custom boutique clothing, hairbows, diaper bags, quilts, tutu’s, diaper cakes, purses, tutu bow holders, headbands etc; created by local artisans such as Classic Kids, 4 Angels Boutique, The Polka Dot Lady, Pretty Please Quilts,and Wild Olive Kids, just to name a few!

    Whether you are a consigning mom or grand mom, or simply shopping, La Dee Da welcomes you to stop in for a visit or visit La Dee Da’s Web site: www.ladeedakids.com or find La Dee Da on Facebook.

    La Dee Da looks forward to serving you and your child! La Dee Da – where consignment shopping is anything but typical! Proud retailers of Mudpie, Jewelry by Lorena and The Fizzy Baker.

    La Dee Da upscale children’s consignment boutique , 912-295-5470. Tues- Fri 9:30am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10 am – 3:30 pm
    Hwy 21 North, Rincon. Located in Burns Station next to the Bank of America and across from The Curiosity Shoppe

    Savannnah children’s photographer offers spring portrait sessions

    Monday, March 1st, 2010

    emmava-photography-easter-20101EmmAva Photography is offering special spring mini-sessions.

    The 30-minute sessions are $35. You will receive 15-20 pictures on disc with the copyrights. The sessions are March 20 and March 28.

    To book your session, email  EmmAva Photography at EmmAvaPhotography@yahoo.com or call 912.429.7454.

    Click here to view more photos by EmmAva Photography, which also is available for newborn, children, family, engagement, bridal shoots and weddings.