Monday, December 15, 2008

Kids and Colds- Great Tips for Moms from It's Hip Hop, Baby!

It's winter and yes...cold season is upon us. I am always looking for great tips for making a bad winter cold more bearable. Especially when our cute little babies infect the entire household and everyone gets sick.

After some searching, I found a good article in January 2009 Parents Magazine titled, "Cold Season Survival Guide."

Some of the tips were pretty generic and often followed by most moms: prop up your child when they're sleeping- moisten the air with a humidifier- keep your child hydrated- wash hands frequently- and make sure your children get enough sleep. A bit obvious. But here were a few tips that I thought were worth writing about.

1. HONEY HELPS THE COUGH: for children 1 year and older, Parents Magazine says, "Recent studies show that honey is better than cough medicine for relieving coughs and helping sick child sleep better." According to researcher Ian Paul, M.D., dark honeys, such as buckwheat, may work best because they're higher in antioxidants. They say-- give a half a teaspoon to children ages 1 to 5 and 1 teaspoon to children ages 6 to 11. But never give honey to a baby under the age of 1; they can get botulism from bacteria in honey.

2. HOW TO LOOSEN UP CLOGGED MUCUS: Parents Magazine says, "Loosen up clogged mucus with a few drops of saline solution, then suck it out with a suction bulb.

PERSONAL TIP: my cousin once gave me a great tip for getting hardened mucus out of a child's nose. She said to roll a q-tip in a little Vaseline, smooth the Vaseline on the q-tip and do a sweep in your child's nose. Works like a charm :)


-They say it safely removes mucus with an aspirator you use outside of the nose

-a spray that washes away excess mucus

-a swab that you rub on the inside of your child's nose and helps reduce the risk of getting cold- causing germs for up to 8 hours.

-saline spray to soothe red noses

-adhesive strips that gently lift nasal passages so your child can breathe better at night.

I have to say, I've never used any of the products mentioned above by Parents but they all look like great cold solutions. I will be checking them out. We have a long winter ahead!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Eggnog Recipe from It's Hip Hop, Baby!

I came across a great eggnog holiday recipe I wanted to share. I found it on the Prevention Magazine website today (December 10, 2008).

What I like about it is that it's a different twist on regular eggnog. It's actually a pudding dessert. I plan on altering the recipe slightly because in my household we have 2 members of my family that are "lactose intolerant" so we'll be substituting the milk for soy milk or almond milk.

Here's the recipe. Enjoy.


In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Whisk for about 2 minutes, or until smooth. Add the whipped topping and rum or brandy extract. Whisk just until combined. Spoon the pudding mixture into 4 dessert dishes. Sprinkle with the nutmeg. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set.


Safe Christmas Toys for Babies and Toddlers- From It's Hip Hop, Baby!

There was a very helpful article on yesterday (December 9, 2008) about safe toys for babies and toddlers. I wanted to blog about it because I know moms are concerned about the rise in lead poisonings from toxic paints and other dangers caused by plastics and particle board in toys. This Christmas we have options for keeping our kids safe.

The article titled, "Bringing Up Baby with Safe Green Toys" really shifted my focus on the types of toys I'll be purchasing for my 5 year old son and baby (due any day).

CNN's expert, Dr. Alan Greene, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, gives the following advice about choosing safe and organic toys.

In his book "Raising Baby Green, The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care," he tells parents to take the time to examine the materials used in the toys.

"Choose natural toys, and those might be toys made out of solid wood, especially if it's not finished or has a non-toxic finish," Greene recommended. "Toys that are made out of fiber, such as cotton, especially organic cotton, wool or hemp, or toys made out of bamboo can be really nice choices."

He warned parents to beware of wooden toys made from pressed wood or particle board.

"Some of those will have toxic substances in the glue," he noted. "Unless you know it is safe, I would skip that this year."

Greene said toxics can be found in certain plastic toys, too. He worries the most about toys and baby items containing phthalates, PVC and bisphenol-A.

He advised parents to look for recycling symbols on plastic toys. "If it has recycling symbol number 1, 2, 4 or 5, that means it does not have those chemicals in there," he said.

I feel lucky to have come across this article. Especially since I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet! I hope it helps you too.

Candi Carter

CEO and Founder, "It's Hip Hop, Baby!"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Affordable Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Kids from It's Hip Hop Baby!

photo credit: Joey with Santa

It's Hip Hop Baby! winner of the iParenting Media Awards is a fun holiday gift! The educational DVD, It's Hip Hop Baby! is filled with energizing dance numbers for your favorite toddlers ages 2-6.

This Holiday why not teach the children through hip music? As an iParent Award Winning Product you can be assured It's Hip Hop Baby! products are fun, a value, and a quality product that is fun to watch for parents and children. It's Hip Hop Baby! has a long play duration with toddlers, and is educational in nature and uniqueness.

It's Hip Hop Baby! helps kids of all levels learn faster while having fun! Teaching Children through hip music and energizing dance numbers for kids ages 2-6. The perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite little one features familiar toddler tunes with family friendly hip hop beats. The captivating songs about letters, colors, numbers a animals encourage learning through music, movement, language, sounds and rhythms will guarantee hours of educational fun.

The Emmy-winning TV talk-show producer Candi Carter and It's Hip Hop Baby! founder will release four new Children's educational DVDs February 24th. Our Holiday Elves tells us that Its Hip Hop Baby! DVD's and CD are a popular children's favorite on Santa list, assuring fun for the new year to come.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Four New Video's From Its Hip Hop Baby!

Emmy-winning TV talk-show producer Candi Carter and Winner of the iParenting Award is introducing four new Children's educational DVDs. With her unique teaching style Candi Carter produced It's Hip Hop Baby! to help kids of all levels learn faster while having fun.

All new Music CD or DVD's that are education and fun all wrapped up in one! It's Hip Hob Baby! has launched four new children's TV shows that hip moms and dads can use to help their children get smarter. Captivating songs encourage the exploration of music, language, sounds and rhythms.

These 4 new educational DVD feature child-friendly dance routines that help your child develop listening skills and the ability to follow simple directions. Your toddler will experience the joys of learning their ABC's, animals, body parts, and numbers through fun-filled musical performances and interviews with the hip hop kids. Look for It's Hip Hop Baby! newest educational video's to be available in stores this February 2009.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Its Hip Hop Baby on XM Radio Oprah and Friends

Listen to It’s Hip Hop Baby! Founder Candi Carter with Gayle King today on Oprah and Friends XM radio channel 156. Emmy Award winning TV Producer, Candi Carter talks with Gayle King and XM listeners about her interesting award winning educational entrepreneur business, It’s Hip Hop Baby! Gayle King is the popular television personality, who regularly appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show, is the Editor-at-Large for O, The Oprah Magazine and for O at Home.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Its Hip Hop Baby! Featured in Chicago Tribune

A wonderful article by Kelly Haramis in the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune entitled, Hip-hop gives hope for speech, featured Emmy-winning TV talk-show producer Candi Carter and her son.

Its Hip Hop Baby! founder Candi Carter wants to help more children learn through music and movement and announced she will expand the series with three more DVDS. Carter will also add new education via online video content, with her newly launched You Tube Channel. “Combine music with educational content, you've got accelerated learning” states Candi Carter who is a winner of the iParenting Media Award 2007.

The “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” DVD & CD are available online at, and specialty toy retailers across the country.

The “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” YouTube channel is

Saturday, March 15, 2008

How To Find a Babysitter this Spring

With spring right around the corner many of us are thinking about hiring a babysitter so we can step out without our kids in tote for a spring shopping trip to buy Easter basket goodies and squeeze in some "me" time.   This is the time of year we all enjoy spring shopping for new colorful spring outfits.  At Its Hip Hop Baby! we have educational advice and information from CEO & Founder of , Genevieve Theirs. Ms. Theirs will educate and help you to learn, how to properly screen a babysitter. 

At Its Hip Hop Baby! we think proper educational advice and knowledge of finding a babysitter is a great way for parents to hop into Spring! Spring meaning NEW, it is a time to spring clean the house, get a fresh new haircut, start washing the car outside again, planing our summer gardens, think new hair styles and adding color back into our families wardrobes again. It is also a natural time to start thinking abut putting the spring back into our marriage and family life.  

So how do we March into spring?  In the morning play the Its Hip Hop Baby! DVD for your child and watch them rejoice with song, while you sing along thinking about your romantic weekend dates with your spouse you have planned, thanks to the excellent information you learned on finding a Babysitter from Its Hip Baby! You Tube Channel.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dr. Lisa Thornton Featured on Its Hip Hop Baby! You Tube Channel

Its Hip Hop Baby! Is proud to feature Dr. Lisa Thornton on their You Tube Channel It’s Hip Hop Baby! Founder Candi Carter mission is to educate America's children in a fun and exciting way. “We are dedicated to providing stimulating educational products that are fun for the entire family. Watching Dr. Lisa Thornton's educational video’s on our channel will help families across the country with important educational information and inspire them to take charge of improving their health and their lives.

Dr. Lisa Thornton believes that childhood is the best time to develop good habits for the body and mind. A mother of three, she recognizes that parents are hungry for honest information from the medical community. Dr. Thornton is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Her medical practice is dedicated exclusively to the care of children with disabilities.

A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Thornton received her medical degree from the University of Michigan and her pediatric specialty training at Children's Memorial Hospital. Her rehabilitation residency was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where she also served as chief resident. She has also appeared on Good Morning America and CNN, and is a well known lecturer on topics including health and wellness, holistic health care, obesity and childhood disability.

Cool moms and parents should all watch It’s Hip Hop Baby! Dr. Lisa Thornton, You Tube videos. And visit and order your copy of "It's Hip Hop, Baby!" for your toddler.

Friday, February 8, 2008

“It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” Launches New Channel on YouTube!

Chicago based “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” announces the launch of its official channel on YouTube- The “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” channel features videos on parenting issues, babysitting, sign language, childhood development and much more! A variety of family experts provide important information for moms, dads, teachers and daycare providers. The channel will also showcase exclusive bonus features with the Hip Hop Kids, yoga instruction and Hip Hop dance classes for children.

“It’s Hip Hop, Baby! on YouTube is a natural extension of our desire as a company to educate and entertain the entire family,” says Founder and President, Candi Carter. She adds, “As a mother of a 4 year old, I’m always looking for information that appeals to both parent and child.”

“It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” is an innovative new DVD that features traditional songs spiced up with fresh beats and rhythms, encouraging children to explore music, language and sounds. Created especially for children ages 2 and older, the funky style of “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” can be enjoyed by the whole family.

“It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” includes original songs, as well as the classics we all know and love – “ABCs,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” – but on this DVD the music has a trendy, dance-worthy beat with a fun, positive message. It promotes the joys of learning ABC’s, animals, body parts, colors and numbers through captivating musical performances that sound like today’s hottest hip hop tracks.

The “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” DVD & CD are available online at, and specialty toy retailers across the country.

The “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!” YouTube channel is

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Celebrities Get Hip with It's Hip Hop, Baby!

It's Hip Hop, Baby! a children's DVD for ages 2 to 6 was a big hit with many celebrities at the "Boom Boom Room” at the 2008 Golden Globes swag suite, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Celebrities like Angela Bassett, Tori Spelling, and other Hollywood Parents with their kids, babies and their families smiled when they received the new educational dance DVD. It’s Hip Hop, Baby! was one of the hottest products for little ones of celebrities thanks, to Erin Gutierrez President/Founder of who is also a big fan of It’s Hip Hop, Baby!

It's Hip Hop, Baby! is an educational DVD that features child-friendly dance routines that help your child develop listening skills and the ability to follow simple directions. Your toddler will experience the joys of learning their ABC's, animals, body parts, and numbers through fun-filled musical performances and interviews with the hip hop kids. It's Hip Hop, Baby! the DVD and CD are available at or