Sunday, 22 December 2013

Cops Say Man Broke Baby's Leg When Diaper Change Interrupted His Game

A Florida man is in jail without bond after authorities say he broke a one-month-old child's leg when he was interrupted from a video game to change the infant's diaper.12

Paul Lejeunesse, 20, of Citrus County Fla. faces a charge of aggravated child abuse and, according to a report filed by child protection authorities, appears to have admitted to causing the injury. The grandmother of the baby said Lejeunesse had become increasingly frustrated with the diaper change attempts, noting that the infant would cry throughout, but would be silent if she made the diaper change herself, reported WTSP-TV of St. Petersburg.

Lejeunesse's relationship to the child was not described in news accounts. He is said to spend most of his time at home, unemployed. The baby's mother lives at the home but attends school during the day. The incident allegedly occurred Dec. 11, when the baby's grandmother asked Lejeunesse to change the diaper. He was playing "an Xbox game at the time," reported WTSP "and became upset that he was interrupted."

Lejeunesse told authorities that when he lifted the baby's legs during the change, he heard a pop and the infant's right leg went limp. He alerted the grandmother, the baby was taken to a hospital, where the fracture was discovered. The baby was treated and released.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

How She Got the Mother, of All Roles

For the record, Cristin Milioti is not engaged. “No, I swear to you I’m telling the truth!” she nearly shrieked upon hearing a morsel of Internet gossip. “My boyfriend’s going to get such a kick out of that.” She grinned conspiratorially. “But we’re very happy,” she said of the man in question, the furniture maker Jesse Hooker.

As an actor you know you’ve made it when the speculation begins. And Ms. Milioti, 28, is generating a high-pitched buzz as she prepares to step out with brown boots, yellow umbrella and electric bass on Monday night as the Mother on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” — a reveal eight seasons in the making.

“I got really lucky this year,” she said, her enormous doe eyes winged in liner and her tiny body adorned in fitted black T-shirt, white high-tops and cutoffs ending a few inches above some “righteous tan lines.”

What a year it has been. While performing the hits of Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard as the Girl in the Broadway musical “Once,” she channeled the 1980s as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street,” coming out in November. And in March, a day after leaving “Once,” for which she received a Tony nomination, she began filming as the Mother, who was introduced in the final moments of last season’s finale.

In a recent interview the endearingly frank Ms. Milioti — a New Jersey native and Brooklyn resident who has played a Mafioso’s daughter on “The Sopranos” and a kittenish writer on “30 Rock,” and still has nightmares about her middle-school Eddie Munster phase — spoke with Kathryn Shattuck about her transition from the stage to the set. Here are excerpts from their conversation.

Q. So, how did you land the role of the Mother?

A. You know, it was a very roundabout way. There weren’t really auditions for it. There were, like, meetings. I met with [the show’s creators] Craig [Thomas] and Carter [Bays] over Skype, and I didn’t know what it was for. And then people started coming to see “Once.” It was so secretive that I was like, “O.K., I think I know what this is about.”

I read that Neil Patrick Harris mistakenly congratulated you on the role while you were still testing. Had you met him at the Tonys?

Maybe we met, but I don’t think we did, because you rehearse all morning, then you go to your matinee, then you do hair and makeup, then you do the red carpet, then you sit for four hours. And you never really have a meal. I imagine it’s like getting married or something. People are handing you tequila shots and Champagne. Suffice it to say I don’t remember much of the evening.

The Mother is a bass player in a band. And in “Once” you played the piano and sang. How’d you come to have an arsenal of instruments?

For “Once,” I learned the piano, essentially. For this, I’m attempting to learn bass. I mean, don’t ask me to play in front of anyone anytime soon. And I’ve always sung — way longer than I’ve acted. I just, like, couldn’t get a musical to save my life.

Then you landed “Once.”

I actually played a different role at a workshop in the beginning, and the only instrument I played was the sticks. John [Tiffany, the show’s director] really pushed for me to play this other role. We have a shorthand that is very special to me. We also can stay up and watch Beyoncé videos all night. She’s my bomb.

Did Beyoncé ever see the show?

One night I came out of my dressing room and there were Secret Service guys everywhere. And I got so excited. “Oh my God, Beyoncé is finally here!” And then it was Joe Biden — which was awesome, and he is so lovely. But Beyoncé never came. You know who did come and I lost my mind? Liza Minnelli, and I just died. She came out afterward and was like, “Oh my God, your energy.” I went completely silent.

And now you’ve got a role in a Scorsese film.

It’s a very fun role and I’m unrecognizable. I have a huge perm, acrylic tips, I’m spray-tanned and have a thick Queens accent. It’s a big role. Or at least I think it is. I constantly live in fear that I will show up to see it and they will have replaced me with Don Cheadle.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Caring for your child's teeth

Looking after your child's teeth can be tricky, particularly as they grow so quickly – how do you know which type of toothbrush is best? How can you clean their teeth properly?

Here are some tips and tricks to look after your little one's pearly whites.

If your child is under 18 months and teething, look for a soft toothbrush with a small brush head and use plain water.

If they are 2 or older, it's a good idea to introduce a children's toothpaste which contains a safe amount of fluoride to help prevent their growing teeth from decay.

Remember, the toothpaste you use and the toothpaste they use are made differently, so avoid using adult toothpaste with your kids. There are ranges of children's toothpaste designed for kids under 7, so you can rest assured that you're using the right products.

Q: What type of toothbrush should my toddler be using?

Forming good oral care habits from an early age is important, but so is recognising that your child's teeth need different care and products to your teeth. Using age appropriate products is essential.

There are many types of toothbrushes designed for kids at every age. To help get the right brush for your toddler, look for a brush that has a small cushioned head (this will help protect their tender gums) and an easy-to-hold grip handle. This will help them as they learn to brush their teeth on their own.

To help make brushing more fun, parents can look for toothbrushes with their child's favourite cartoon characters on them.

Q: Should I tell my children about the tooth fairy?

There's nothing wrong with telling your children about the tooth fairy – it can make it more exciting for them when they start to lose their baby teeth.

The tooth fairy can help encourage good brushing habits by rewarding your child for leaving healthy teeth to collect.

Q: How do I look after my child’s teeth when teething?

When babies start teething, it's important to understand that their teeth need caring for straight away. There are products designed for children aged from four months which include a very gentle brush that gently cleans and massages baby teeth and gums, helping to make the task a little less daunting.

Before teeth come through, try using a clean wash cloth to gently wipe over your baby's gums. This can help prevent problems like decay and plaque build-up as their pearly whites grow.

There are different ways to help your baby through the teething process from topical over-the-counter treatments to teething rings. These can help soothe them if they're experiencing discomfort.

Q: What are the best foods to eat for good oral health?

There are food habits your child can adopt to help maintain good oral health.

    Lollies, particularly sticky sweets that cling to your teeth, should be kept to a minimum where possible. Instead of lollies give your child fresh fruit pieces or plain popcorn; the acidity levels are lower in these foods and they can reduce the chance of plaque build-up.
    Acidic drinks like soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices are not only high in sugar but can affect the tooth enamel. In some cases this can cause holes or enamel erosion. Try swapping these drinks for water where possible.
    Water can wash away the acidity of food eaten throughout the day. Tap water gives the added benefit of protecting the teeth because often it contains fluoride. Why not make use of the water bottles at home and fill them from the tap to have on hand in the fridge or school bag.
    Dairy foods like cheese and yoghurt are another good option as they help regulate the acidity caused by the sugary sweets and treats the young ones often like to eat. Best of all, these are easy items to pack in the lunch box which will save you time in planning their lunches.

Little tricks like these are simple ways for your child to form good habits and protect their teeth, and will give you the peace of mind knowing that their teeth have been looked after during the day.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Comfort & Harmony™, Company Behind mombo™ Nursing Pillow, Shares Food Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

Nursing moms need to eat, and they need to eat with baby in mind. Traces of food can sometimes get into breast milk, and this may affect a baby’s heath and behavior, said Avoiding certain foods and using the mombo™ nursing pillow can make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable for both mom and baby. Eating the right foods can maximize a nursing mom’s energy and help mom and baby get the nutrients they need.

Fish is one food breastfeeding women should avoid or eat in very small amounts. Types of seafood, including canned tuna and swordfish, are known to contain high levels of mercury. Mercury can potentially harm a baby’s neurologic development. Nursing moms should eat no more than two servings of fish a week, said

Nursing moms should also consider their family medical history of allergy. Avoiding known allergens during breastfeeding is recommended even if the nursing mom, herself, does not have an allergy. Some of the more common food allergy troublemakers are eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, corn, and milk. Citrus fruits, spicy peppers, broccoli, and garlic may cause irritation, discomfort or gas in babies. Caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate has the potential to affect a baby's mood and/or sleep.

Then there are smart, nutrient-rich foods that are believed to boost the energy and stamina of a breastfeeding mom. According to WebMB, nursing moms should seek out lean beef, legumes, blueberries, brown rice, oranges, eggs and leafy greens, among other foods.

For moms who want to breastfeed, the mombo™ breast feeding pillow, provides unique support for both the mother and the baby. The pillow’s Firm2Soft™ design features two sides. The firm side provides extra support for comfort while breastfeeding. The soft side of the pillow can be used for lounging, tummy time and as help for baby when she or he begins to sit up. Unlike any other nursing pillow on the market, mombo comes with a removable vibration unit.
About Comfort & Harmony™

The Comfort & Harmony brand is designed to exceed baby’s comfort needs while appealing to mom’s sense of style. Thoughtfully designed to create a supremely cozy environment for baby in sweet and heartwarming fashions that mom adores, the brand offers nursing pillows, swings, bouncers, shopping cart covers and rockers. Every Comfort & Harmony product incorporates nurturing features, such as ergonomic designs and plush fabrics that pamper mom and baby where it’s needed most.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Comfort & Harmony is one of the seven brands under Kids II, Inc., manufacturer, designer and marketer of toys and baby gear.

Kids II has been inventing and reinventing baby and infant toys and gear for more than 40 years and has quickly become one of the world’s fastest growing baby product companies. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids II spans globally with operations in six continents serving customers in more than 70 countries. Driven by innovation, design and a comprehensive brand portfolio, Kids II is the next generation leader of baby and infant products.

Kids II designs, markets and distributes more than 400 unique infant and baby products, selling more than 22.8 million items per year. On average, it launches 125 new products a year. Under its flagship brands, Kids II has produced more than 100 award-winning products.

The brand portfolio strength runs deep under the Kids II umbrella, which includes its signature brands Bright Starts™, Ingenuity™ and Comfort & Harmony™, as well as licenses to design and manufacture products for Disney Baby™, Baby Einstein™, Oball™ and Taggies™.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Busy Mommy Makeover: 10 Tips for Feeling Beautiful After Baby Arrives

Having a baby is a life-changing experience, whether it’s your first child or your fifth. The first few months are a tough transition for many working moms, having to swap a nine-to-five routine at the office for the never-ending days and sleepless nights of caring for a newborn. No matter how long or short your maternity leave, it’s essential to take some time for yourself during this stressful time. By looking and feeling your best, you can improve the experience of parenthood. Here’s a must-have guide for every working mother.

1. Take advantage of extra help. According to certified nurse midwife Mary Murry of Mayo Clinic, it’s very important for new moms to accept help when it’s offered. Whether it’s a neighbor, sister-in-law or close friend, those who care about you are happy to lend a hand to help you adjust to motherhood. So, don’t hesitate to let someone watch your little one so you can sneak to the spa for a quick mani or pedi – or even a must-needed haircut.

2. Set up a babysitting swap. After the first few months, you might find that extra help and spare time are a little harder to come by as you settle into a routine and maybe even go back to work. Still, it’s essential to set aside some “me” time. Consider enlisting a few other moms to set up a babysitting swap where, on a few afternoons each month, you take turns caring for each other’s little ones while one lucky mom goes to the salon or spa. With the money you’ll save on a babysitter, you can splurge on an extra treatment or two!

3. Pamper during naptime. Moms – especially working moms – feel pressured to prioritize housework during the precious moments when babies are napping. Instead, let yourself put the housework aside once a week or so and use naptime to enjoy a soothing bath, at-home pedi – or even just some beauty rest. For bath time, simply draw some steamy water in the tub, and add some aromatherapy to improve your mood. Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath and Shower Oil Collection is ideal as it includes scents to boost every frame of mind including Relax Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil to encourage sleep and rest and Support Equilibrium Bath and Shower Oil to balance out uneven moods.

4. Take advantage of the sleepy newborn stage. For the first few months, your baby will eat, sleep and repeat. In fact, according to online family health resource Kids Health, it’s not uncommon for newborns to sleep more than 16 hours a day!

Once you get a good sense of your baby’s schedule, don’t hesitate to pencil in a little spa visit during one of his or her many daytime naps in the stroller. Experienced moms say that this stage is actually the easiest to take baby out to the salon or on a long-awaited trip to the mall, since they spend so much time asleep. And, you may even be lucky enough to have a spa that offers on-site childcare nearby. This service is still rare, but it’s a growing trend to help accommodate post-natal pampering for new moms. Just remember to arm yourself with a bottle (if you no longer breastfeed), some extra diapers and the mindset for relaxation.

5. Put on a little bit of makeup – every day. Being sleep-deprived means that priorities change. But taking a little effort to put on a dab of foundation or your favorite lip-gloss can do wonders for how you feel – especially when unexpected company drops by. And don’t be afraid to downsize from the makeup regimen you may normally wear to work or when going out on errands. Stick with the basics – a foundation or tinted moisturizer, a bit of mascara and gloss is really all you need to look and feel a bit more put together.

6. Sign up for baby and me yoga classes. Getting active as soon as the doctor allows is a great way to boost energy and get out of the house. If you don’t have someone to watch the baby while you hit the gym, consider signing up for a baby and me yoga class so you can take your little one with you. This is also a great way to bond with your bambino while meeting other new moms. Or join a gym that offers drop-in child care services for a small hourly fee; many accept infants as young as six weeks old.

7. Hire a doula. A doula is a certified, experienced individual who helps assist moms before, during and after childbirth. For a reasonable price, you can hire a postpartum doula to come to the house to help you adjust to living with a newborn, assisting with feeding and caring for the baby, as well as light household work. In addition, doulas can be a valuable source of information when it comes to tips for caring for yourself during this transitional time, offering insight on how to maintain balance in your moods, eat healthy and survive the newborn stage. Working with a doula can help you get into a good routine and enjoy life as a new mommy.

8. Boost your body – no exercise required. It’s recommended that new moms take it easy following birth – and it’s generally recommended to wait six weeks before resuming a workout regimen.

Even after you’re cleared to resume your active lifestyle, you may feel so sleep-deprived that hitting the gym is the last priority on your to-do list. But don’t let that stop you from getting your body back to where you want it to be. While breastfeeding can help jumpstart weight loss naturally following childbirth, enlist the help of some special products designed to help tone and retexture skin following childbirth. Treat yourself to the Belli Body Bounce Back Kit which includes the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks, and the Body Firming Serum to help restore and tone the stomach, breasts and other areas needing a lift.

9. Focus on simple pleasures. In the few months after becoming a new mommy, take advantage of the time you get away from work. You’ll be busier than ever with around-the-clock feedings and diaper changes, and chances are, the idea of pampering may sound exhausting in itself. Instead, keep a few of your favorite products – think lotions, candles and body sprays – close at hand so you can benefit from on-the-spot and effortless aromatherapy. NEST Fragrances Votive Gift Set boasts six soothing aromas ranging from energizing grapefruit to soothing Moroccan amber to satisfy your ever-changing moods.

10. Sleep! One of the most common pieces of advice given to new mothers is to sleep when baby sleeps. Enlist the help of family members or friends for the must-do household chores – and never forget that it’s completely okay to let the dust gather a bit or the dishes pile up during the first few months after bringing home your bundle of joy. When it comes to looking and feeling beautiful, sleep is often the biggest factor. The more sleep you have, the better you will look and feel – and the more likely you’ll have energy to put toward nurturing your newborn – and yourself – before going back to work.

As a new mom, your number one priority is to make sure your baby is nurtured and well taken care of. Taking a bit of time to pamper and prioritize the way you look isn’t selfish. To the contrary, taking care of yourself can make you feel better, boosting your well-being so you can be the best parent possible.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Children Could Benefit from Medical Research, Study Says

You read about all these studies and research projects on ParentDish. Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I wish scientists from Pennbrook University would do medical research on my child"?

Most parents overlook the possible benefit of children participating in medical research. How do we know? Guess what? There's been a study.

Researchers from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health surveyed parents earlier this year and found one in nine adults have participated in medical research -- compared with only one in 20 children.

A university press release also reports that 68 percent of adults are aware of medical research opportunities for themselves. However, 84 percent of parents are not aware of medical research opportunities for children.

So, c'mon, kids, who wants to play guinea pig? It's not as bad as it sounds.

"Medical research is the backbone of improving medical care. Without volunteers, medical research cannot move forward," Matthew Davis, an associate professor at the University of Michigan's medical school, says in the release.

Participation in research is essential to continued medical progress, Davis says.

Over the last 100 years, infant mortality in the United States has been reduced by 90 percent. Millions of deaths from diseases such as polio, diphtheria, pneumonia and influenza have been prevented by vaccines.

Children with life-threatening diseases such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and diabetes now survive beyond childhood, into adult years.

All thanks to kids participating in medical research.

"Awareness about research opportunities, which is a necessary step before participation, is reasonably high among adults but strikingly low for children's research," Davis adds. "To improve participation rates among children, researchers and institutions evidently need to do a better job of getting the word out to parents."

Friday, 6 December 2013

Baby News For Michael Jordan, Evelyn Lozada

It's going to be an extra special holiday season for Michael Jordan, 50, and Evelyn Lozada, 37. Both celebs had baby announcements to share over the long weekend. The NBA legend is expecting with wife Yvette Prieto, while Lozada surprised fans with an Instagram pic of her six months pregnant belly while on vacation in Hawaii with her daughter Shaniece.

Jordan and Prieto, who tied the knot this past April in Palm Beach, Florida, will welcome their first child together this coming spring. This will be Jordan’s fourth child — he has three grown children with ex-wife Juanita Vanoy, whom he divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage.

Meanwhile Basketball Wives star Lozada, who famously split from her husband Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson last year after just two months of marriage, shocked fans with her pregnancy announcement. “I am so excited to announce a wonderful blessing — I’m pregnant!” she tells People, confirming that she is six months along. Lozada is keeping the identity of the baby’s father a secret at the moment.

“I’m excited about being a mommy all over again,” adds Lozada, who has a daughter, Shaniece, 20, from a previous relationship. “This is something I’ve been wanting for years and I can’t believe it’s finally happening.”

Congratulations to both families for the exciting news! is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.