SuperBaby Book Review

Is your baby a SuperBaby? Of course I am a firm believer that everyone has a SuperBaby, but what do I know I am just a NH Mom. Today I share with you a great book that hit shelves on September 7, 2010! I received an advanced copy of SuperBaby for review and boy did I enjoy this book. I already knew that the first three years of a child’s life is when you should be teaching them a wide range of knowledge, I just didn’t do it with my first two children but I certainly hope to take advantage of teaching Baby K a few things before he is off to school.

I wanted to share with you an article written by the author of this book because it’s something I struggle with in my home often. I am famous for turning on the television or Wii game for my sons so that I can get dinner done. I hope this article helps you out and shows you why the SuperBaby book may be a great resource for you as a parent to a little one!

How to Make Dinner for Your Family without Turning on the TV: 10 Tips

By Dr. Jenn Berman

Most parents know that The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends no screen time (television, computers, DVDs, electronic games) before the age of two and many of the studies show that screen time can be detrimental for those under the age of three. Most of the moms I know struggle with this guideline. One of the greatest challenges with a young child is to make dinner without succumbing to turning on the television. In my book SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years I list some options. Here are 10 ideas to try.

  1. Put him in his crib while you keep the baby monitor near you.
  2. Create a gated play space off of the kitchen.
  3. Let your child help with age appropriate tasks like putting prepared ingredients into a bowl.
  4. Put your child in a high chair and roll it up to the counter so he can watch you make dinner while you narrate everything you are doing.
  5. Keep a kitchen cabinet filled with things your child can play with, like wooden spoons, unbreakable bowls, and safe containers.
  6. Have a special stash of toys that your child gets to play with only when you are cooking in the kitchen.
  7. Make a special kitchen book box filled with interesting board books including some baby friendly family albums with photos.
  8. Keep a stack of child-friendly magazines and catalogs in the kitchen for your child to look through.
  9. Play music in the kitchen that your kids love to dance to.
  10. Have a magnet board or art easel for your child to play with while you cook.

Before television became a universal fixture, parents somehow managed to make dinner, take care of their children, take a shower, and attend to household tasks. Parents went out of their way to help their children learn tasks that might occupy them long enough to allow the grown-ups to get dinner on the table. I can tell you from both personal and clinical experience that if you teach your child to enjoy solitary play from the start, your life without TV will be much easier. Your child will also benefit tremendously. The television-free babies I see in my practice have longer attention spans and need less stimulation to remain interested and engaged.

Connect with Dr. Jenn Berman on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Sterling Publishing sent me a free copy of SuperBaby to review. I have written this post based on my own personal opinions.

Miranda Lambert I Love Her

I must admit I am a die hard Miranda Lambert fan, I don’t know what it is about her but I love her songs, her voice and I just can’t get enough of her music. This song is just one of my favorites by her, but I also like Crazy Ex Girlfriend! Below is the song More Like Her by Miranda Lambert …

What do you think? Do you like her, love her, hate her?

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Just an FYI – No Internet One Week

For those who don’t already know. I will be without Internet from today quite possibly through til November 1st. I have schedule all posts for this whole week on this blog and my Mom’s Vacation Land blog. New content will be automatically published on both sites at the days and times I scheduled, I hope to come back online to lots of comment love. I will have access to email from my Verizon Wireless Blackberry Curve but other than that I will be limited in what I can do online in regards to usage of Internet.

I hope to access Internet through wifi at my mom’s or dad’s house at least two times this upcoming week but can not guarantee I will actually do that. So please bear with me while I survive no internet and take a much needed week vacation so to speak!

I do have access to Twiter and Facebook from my Blackberry so you can always contact me via email or Twitter and/or Facebook (links in sidebar). Have a wonderful week! Oh yeah and October 28th is my bday so please stop by then to say Happy Birthday – I will be the big 29!

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Disneynature: Oceans Available on DVD & Blu-ray Disc

DISNEYNATURE Oceans

For Every Purchase Between October 19 and 25, Disneynature Will Make A Contribution To Help Protect Coral Reefs!


In celebration of World Ocean’s Day, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announces the release of Disneynature OCEANS as a Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu- ray + DVD) and 1-Disc DVD, October 19, 2010 and the extension of the “See OCEANS, Save Oceans” efforts – an initiative developed between Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy to help establish new marine protected areas.

Disneynature OCEANS is helping to conserve more than 35,000 acres of coral reef in The Bahamas on behalf of moviegoers who went to see the film during its theatrical opening week. In continued efforts, Disneynature has committed to carry on the “See OCEANS, Save Oceans” initiative by contributing a portion of sales to The Nature Conservancy through Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund for every Disneynature OCEANS Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD purchased between October 19 and 25. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy is widely recognized for its efforts to protect vital marine habitats.

OCEANS on Blu-ray Hi-Def will take viewers on a breathtaking and unprecedented high-definition journey to discover nature’s mysteries, showcasing creatures captured on film for the first time and state-of-the-art imagery of the colorful symphony that lives under the sea. With crystal clear picture, and theater-quality sound, OCEANS puts audiences in the very heart of the action, racing along amid a school of traveling tuna, leaping with dolphins and swimming shoulder-to-fin with whales that will entertain kids and parents alike.

What the Happily Blended Family Thought

First let me start by saying I have watched Oceans on DVD over and over again. My sons absolutely love this DVD! The video quality is amazing and we had fun learning about the ocean and seeing creatures we would not normally have a chance to see. I think my sons favorite part of the movie involved seeing the whales because they were in awe over the size! My four year old says to me “Mama look how big that whale is” and “that whale is huge”. I giggled a little bit because this is a kid who rarely shows interest in more than a video or computer game! The word huge is apparently his new favorite word for something that is large in size and that was cute too!

The bonus features include Make a Wave which is Disney’s friends for change music video featuring Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato. Our family is big on music so we enjoyed this bonus feature the best!

About Disneynature:

Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in over 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife subjects and stories with theatrical audiences. Disneynature EARTH, the first film to premiere domestically under the new label on Earth Day 2009, garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, winning 8 Academy Awards®. For more information about Disneynature, go to www.disney.com/oceans; to become a fan on Facebook link to facebook.com/Disneynature; and/or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Disneynature.

Overall Opinion

As a Mom who enjoys educational, documentary type videos I think this is a great film that the whole family can enjoy on movie night.


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