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.