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Joovy Tricycoo - My Newest ♥

Monday, July 18, 2011

I spotted the Joovy Tricycoo at the ABC Spring Conference in Fort Worth in April. It was so cute that I had to let my son try it out during the show. After testing it out, I soon realize that it is great for balance and coordination and really grows with your child. I love that the Tricycoo comes in neutral colors! I get so sick of looking at primary colors all the time. This was a nice change. He tried it out and fell in love with it so much, that I had to take one home!


The Tricycoo works exceptionally well for a small toddler. It is perfect for that in between the stroller and big traditional tricycle stage. You can lock the petals so that your little one can just go for the ride. The removable side bars called “baby surround arms” are super handy for starting out and your child is still working on balance. Start off using them and remove them when they are no longer needed!

The Tricycoo comes with an adjustable handle so you can push and override your child’s steering. It also has pedals AND a foot rest. The great thing is that you can lock the pedals or remove the footrest depending on your child’s level and abilities.

Ringing the bell is a favorite of mine. It is an old fashioned bell that adds a classic touch to the Tricycoo. The large rear basket is great for long walks or taking a walk to a park for a picnic. The only think I wish is that there was a cup holder attachment for a water bottle somewhere.

The wheels on the Tricycoo are extremely durable and designed to be more quiet than others. I love that the wheels hold up on those not so smooth neighborhood sidewalks! The Tricycoo feels stable and sturdy. It is safe, fun, simple to use and a learning tool. Imagine that! What more could you ask for!

Visit Joovy for more information on the Tricycoo or click here to register for the Tricycoo giveaway through July 31st. There will be 4 lucky winners!


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Casey Anthony

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I can understand the outrage of the Casey Anthony verdict. I mean it’s seems like she did it right? What I cannot understand are the death threats and physical attacks. Recently, a woman in Oklahoma was mistaken for Casey Anthony and attacked

I think having passion for something is great. I feel like you don’t live life to the fullest if you don’t have passion for something. I just wish the people making the death threats could get passionate about improving our educational system or finding a cure for cancer.

One thing I do know is that the loss of a child saddens me. As a parent, I would lose my mind if something happened to my child. RIP Caylee.

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Supporting Local Arts

Sunday, July 17, 2011

On Thursday July 14th, Premier Baby Planning attended ALL THAT JAZZ, a benefit supporting Dance Houston. Founded by Andrea Cody, Dance Houston supports Houston’s the local children and dance community. The event was chaired by yours truly, me!


ALL THAT JAZZ was an amazing event that took place at the Knowles’ House of Dereon Media Center. Patrons enjoyed live entertainment and the menu included delectable bites from Hungry’s Bistro and Cafe, divine cupcakes from Southern Buttacup and drinks courtesy of Ford’s Bartending Service and Silver Eagle Distributors.

ALL THAT JAZZ major sponsors included Howard and Linda McCollum, Jay and Jackie Smyre, ConocoPhillips and many more. It was an honor to be able to contribute to an organization that offers programs for the children of Houston that focus on health, self-esteem, breaking down racial barriers and eliminating obesity.

Check out the photos from ALL THAT JAZZ here! Donations can be made via online at http://www.dancehouston.org/.


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Thoughts on Food Inc

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Over the years, I have become a bit of a food nazi. I especially became concerned and particular about the food that enters my home when I had my son nearly two years ago. I had never seen Food Inc, but did some research on my own combined with what I call common sense and voila, food nazi. I generally don’t like the term nazi, but it seems to fit the description that I’ve seen on quite a few message boards.

Packing my sons breakfast, lunch, two snacks plus emergency snacks because God forbid he eat school food, yup...that’s me. I am THAT mom! I buy organic chicken, grassfed beef, follow the dirty dozen and clean 15 and wash all fruits and vegetables with soap and water. 

I’d heard a lot about Food Inc and finally it turned up in our Netflix que. I thought the film was excellent and wish that it could be shown in schools, PTA meetings, child birthing classes, child care centers, and restaurants. You name it! Everyone should see it. I really wish that people could understand what we are doing to our food system. Let’s get to the root of the problem and stop subsidizing junk food and raising cattle, chickens and pigs in disgusting conditions. Sometimes going against nature backfires.

I am frustrated with the “system” as a citizen of the world and as a mother. I definitely vote each time I go the supermarket and hope that more and more will do the same. 

For more information on Food Inc, please visit http://www.foodincmovie.com/

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Diaper Pail Odor?

Friday, July 08, 2011
Looking for an easy way to keep your diaper pail smelling fresh? Try adding tea tree oil to your routine. Tea tree oil is a natural anticeptic, germicide, and antibacterial essential oil that has a fresh odor.

If you are using cloth diapers, tear a rag into small pieces, dab tea tree oil on a piece and toss it into the pail once a day. If you are using disposable diaper you can still use tea tree oil to keep the pail from smelling. Simply dab tea tree oil on a small piece of tissue instead.

Be sure to wash your hands after handling tea tree oil. While it is a safe ingredient, it should not come in direct contact with baby's skin.

Have a tip you want to share? Submit it to info@premierbabyplanning.com for a chance to have it featured in our Balanced Family newsletter!

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Tip - GPS Safety

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Technology can be brilliant at times, offering us ways of doing things faster, easier, and more convenient. However, criminals can use our innovations against us. Many of us have a GPS in our vehicles. Ever wondered what could happen if your vehicle is stolen? You may not be able to stop the thief from stealing it, but you can help prevent him from coming to your house! Do not save your home address in your vehicle GPS otherwise the thief will know exactly where you live and probably has your garage door opener! Instead, store the address of your local police station and lead the thief to where he really belongs!

Have a tip you want to share? Submit it to info@premierbabyplanning.com for a chance to have it featured in our Balanced Family newsletter!

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Ask Sheneq - July 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Question: 

My 18 month old gets diaper rash almost constantly and always has. We go through a large tube of diaper rash creme every month. Is this normal? 

Sheneq:  

No, it is not normal for a baby to almost always have a diaper rash but some babies are more prone to diaper rash than others. There are many reasons for diaper rash. First, how long do you go between diaper changes? Two hours should be the max except during sleep times. Of course, if you know that your baby has a poopy diaper and needs to be changed, do so right away. Next, have you tried changing the brand of diapers or wipes? Perhaps, your baby is allergic to something in those products. If you are using disposables, try chlorine-free or gel-free diapers. Earth's Best and Seventh Generation are chlorine-free options that are very easy to find. Nature Baby Care and Tushies are also worth a try. Tushies are gel-free. For a chemical-free solution, try switching to cloth diapers. Moisture may be an issue so you could allow your toddler to go diaper-free e longer during the day. Lastly, it could be something in your toddlers diet. Be sure to discuss all of this at your next pediatrician appointment.

Have a question for Sheneq? Email us at info@premierbabyplanning.com.

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Pool Safety

Friday, July 01, 2011

Summer is in full effect and swimming is one of the most beloved ways to cool down from the summer heat! From large community pools to private backyard oasis-styled pools to the blow up kiddie pool that you can set-up anywhere, we all need to take extra precautions.

On average, 300 children under 5 in the United States drown each year. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2011 there have been 48 drownings since Memorial Day!

Here are some tips to help keep your family safe by the pool so you can continue enjoying your experience.

  • Remove toys that attract children to pools once swimming time is over.
  • Remove ladders that make swimming pools easily accessible to children. Children can use the ladders to climb into the pool, even above ground ones like in a recent drowning in Nederland, TX.
  • Install pool fencing with a secure latch so toddlers cannot access the pool like in the Arelis Velarde drowning.
  • Install a door alarm system so that you know when someone opens the door.
  • Keep up-to-date on infant and child CPR and make sure your caregivers do the same
  • Enroll your child in swimming lessons and yourself too if you don’t know how to swim
  • Keep rescue equipment near the pool
  • Talk to your children about pool safety just as we teach them to look both ways before crossing the street
  • Have a buddy system and swim with another adult.
  • Whether you are swimming in a public pool or private residential one, the American Association of Pediatrics recommends a hands on approach meaning an adult is within arms reach of a child at all times, especially for younger children.

The rules do not change even if you have a kiddie pool. We get so used to doing housework or preparing dinner while our children are playing with toys. We keep an eye on them, but are not giving them 100% of our attention. When using a kiddie pool, do not multitask. Young children can easily drown in a kiddie pool so they need your full attention and should be within arms reach of an adult. 

If you have your own pool, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission publication on Safety Guidelines for Home Pools.

When many families install a residential pool, often times a hot tub goes right along with it. You want to ensure that the pool drain covers are operating properly. Children can become stuck to a hot tub drain if the cover is faulty. Learn more from the Virginia Graeme Baker story here.

Even if your child is able to swim, remember they can still drown. Treat swimming pools just like a bath tub. Do not get distracted by phone calls, texting, the doorbells, etc. Children need your undivided attention and supervision.

For additional resources on pool safety, please visit:

http://www.aap.org/family/tipppool.htm
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chdrown.html
http://www.poolsafely.gov
http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

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