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Spooked By The Latest Plastic Health Scare? Here Are 5 Of The Best Worry-Free Products To Switch To ASAP

This week’s plastics scare is pretty worrying. Apparently even those BPA-free products touted as being super-safe have a mounting body of evidence suggesting they could be a time-bomb health hazard. Bad news for, well, pretty much all of us. I can’t think of many parents who don’t have a stack of Tupperware, plastic sippy cups or baby bottles crowding their cupboards.

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Five NY Kids Labels That We’re Obsessed With (And The One Website Where You Can Buy Them All)

Given NYC’s capital-of-fashion status it’s little wonder that we’re swamped with covetable kids labels. From designers up-cycling mens shirts into sweet summer dresses and Kickstarter-funded ‘Dope’ tees to these adorable wood and pastel beaded accessories – there’s so much to choose from, we say, why buy anywhere else? Which is why we love the ethos behind new online retailer Fantaserini, which launched last October and will focus on NY-based children’s designers. There are 17 so far, but they have plans to expand in 2014 with knitwear from Misha & Puff and Lucky Fish’s ultra comfy hand silk screened t-shirts as well as more one-off collaborations like these limited edition stripy merino leg warmers.

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The Couple Who’ll Let You Name Their Unborn Baby (But It’ll Cost You $20,000)

Just 12 days after celebrating the birth of her daughter Kylie (above), Heather discovered she would never be able to conceive another child when a hemorrhage led to her being rushed into ER. “Blood flowed out of me like a faucet,” recalls Heather. “I remember shifting in and out of consciousness and a firefighter standing in front of me with a blank look on his face and muttering the words to effect of ‘holy crap’. My parents had arrived while I was being wheeled out. I remember telling them I loved them and saying good-bye to Kylie. I thought this was the last time she’d see her mother alive.”

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Snow Day! Six Valentine’s Day Crafts To Fend Off Cabin Fever

A peek outside reveals that Brooklyn is cloaked in a thick blanket of snow – up to 12 inches in some places. Cue schools shutting, shops staying closed and a day when it’s perfectly acceptable to resort to a cartoon marathon. Because that snow ain’t stopping (even worse is turning to slushy ice-rain this afternoon – urgg!) To help fend off the inevitable apartment fever, we’ve rounded up some of the best crafty Valentine’s Day activities, which all utilize bits you probably have lurking in the back of your cupboards anyway – because seriously, who wants to embark on a glue gun expedition on a day like today.

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Tom’s World: One Mother’s Story Of Having A Son With Aspergers

One night, when putting Tom to bed, I told him that he was the best boy in the world and if I could have picked any baby from all the millions and billions in the world, I’d definitely have picked him. He replied to say, ‘But Mommy! It doesn’t work like that! The babies choose the family. When I was in the other world, I had goggles on and I looked down at all the families and I looked at their names and surnames. When I saw you, my goggles froze.

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This Man Thinks Your Child Could Be The Next Mark Zuckerberg

Meet Reuben Steiger. He’s a charismatic, smartly suited, archetypal silver fox. And he happens to think your little one might just be the next A-list entrepreneur; a budding Bill Gates, the next generation Tory Burch or perhaps Mark Cuban in training. Steiger – who’s a serial entrepreneur himself (Linden Lab, Millions of Us and Virtual Greats all lay in his wake) – is the founder of 8 And Up, an educational program designed to change the way kids think about their own potential. The concept is simple: armed with a $50 budget, children meet over the course of six weeks and by the end, they have a product they invented that they sell.

 

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30 Gorgeous Prints That Are Perfect For A Kids Bedroom (PS. You Can Buy Them All Online Now)

My rule for finding art to deck out a kids room is that you should love it so much that you’d happily put it elsewhere in your home; after all when they hit their teens it’ll probably be given right back to you to make room for One Direction posters anyway. As our picks below prove, there are reams of stunning prints that skirt the line between kids and grown ups. PS Did you know it’s a proven theory that looking at art makes you smarter? What better excuse do we need to go shopping…

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Big Mother Is Watching You: How Parents Are Turning To Sophisticated Robots To Track Their Kids

GPS parenting is on the rise. But is it any wonder? Just days after missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo was laid to rest, we hear reports of a 4-year-old walking home from a Bed Stuy school undetected. The idea of our children going missing or falling seriously sick when we are out of sight is obviously a disaster scenario no parent wants to contemplate. But increasingly smart gadgetry is on hand to help parents keep tabs on their children (it’s now a booming industry is now worth $10 billion.) Here’s our sneak preview of 2014’s most family-focused devices.

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Behind The Scenes: Being A Baby Model In NYC (Plus The Do’s And Don’ts You Need To Know)

Like every mother, I think my baby girl is beautiful. But I’ve never considered baby modeling until a friend forwards me an email; Pampers are looking for a brunette mother and newborn baby of Caucasian persuasion. Tick, tick and tick. I am suddenly intrigued. I email over a quick note plus some photos to the agent and am invited to a casting at a studio in Chelsea the very next day. Delphine is just 12-weeks-old so I’m still pretty neighborhood-bound. But baby stardom beckons so we Ergo-up and catch the subway from Park Slope to the city.

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The Dinner That ALL Kids Love: Our Favorite Food Blogger On The Meal That’s Never Got A Thumbs Down

So, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to devising kids meals, reason being I’ve got far from perfect eating habits myself. I’m a croissant-for-breakfast type of gal, have a once-a-week mac n’ cheese habit and (aggghh!) there’s an ice cream store underneath our apartment (FYI they hand-make their own waffle cones which are amazing.) Anyway […]

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