Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Kind Reminder About Keeping Family Safe

Tis the season to remember our families and hold them can even find it in this simple and beautiful UK advertisement for wearing your seat belt.  Watch this work of art.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys

With the holiday season upon us, its a good reminder to research how 'healthy' that toy is before you purchase it. has been testing toys since 2007 and what they have found is shocking.  I hope their research will assist you in learning more about the products your children are asking for and what hints to pass along to those who want to buy a gift for your little one. 

For more information, please go to:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Breastfeeding Advertising Banned

Yet another breastfeeding promotional ad (from Brazil) that was banned from FB. If you look closely, you may realize that it is JUST a picture of a baby with the quote, "Made for each other.  Breast feed."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today --Research Findings

There is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants and toddlers called Zero to Three ( I have been blessed to have attended and presented at some of their conferences and often search their website for up to date research on child development. There was a recent report on Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today, Research Findings, Based On a Survey Among Parents of Children Ages Birth To Three Years Old, this finding was one that really struck me:

"Parents do not fully understand how deeply babies’ and toddlers’ social- emotional development is affected by certain early experiences. A significant majority of parents do not realize that by six months most babies can experience feelings such as sadness and fear (69%) and can be affected by their parents’ moods (65%). Many parents also are not aware that most children are capable of feeling good or bad about themselves between ages one to two, with a majority believing that this happens later in a child’s development."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Babywearing International of the Bay Area

Many families in the tum e time classes wonder what baby carrier to use. As the baby carrier market is flooded with choices and one size certainly doesn't fit all, its a difficult question to answer. Even in my house, my husband and I had our separate, favorite carriers for our daughter as she grew.

If you want to try out a carrier, have questions, etc.....I recommend joining the yahoo group or go to one of the Babywearing International of the Bay Area meetings. Here is the blurb that is posted on their yahoo group description:

"Welcome to Babywearing International of the Bay Area, Inc. (formerly known as Bay Area Babywearers).

"Babywearing" is the practice of holding a child in a cloth sling or carrier - using an item that you wear to keep your baby close and secure, while simultaneously keeping hands free for other important tasks. Babywearing International of the Bay Area, Inc. is one of a multitude of local babywearing support and advocacy groups across the country and around the world. If you are interested in either receiving or giving help for parents and other caregivers who wish to choose and learn to use a ring sling, pouch, wrap, mei tai or other baby carrier, you are in the right place!

Our group meets on the following days/times (with other events throughout the year as well). Please visit the calendar section or contact a leader for more detailed information on our meetings and playgroups.

South Bay Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:30am-12:30pm
East Bay Meeting: 3rd Saturday of the month, 11:00am-1:00pm
Contra Costa Meeting: 4rd Monday of the month, 11:30am-1:30pm

Subscribe to our e-mail list for access to additional resources, including member lists, our carrier and media lending library, and, of course, communications with our members. Please note that while local owners or associates of babywearing-related businesses are very welcome as members, NO SPAM (advertising products or services babywearing-related or not) is allowed on our e-mail list. Members are welcome to offer used carriers from their personal collections for sale. Please keep conversations on-topic (babywearing).

South Bay: Karisa ( and Sandra (
East Bay: Holly (
Contra Costa: Renita ("

From the Yahoo Groups webpage:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Changing Educational Paradigms

Education, for all ages, is always on my mind....Here is a video from Sir Ken Robinson on Changing Educational Paradigms:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bringing babies to work

It would be wonderful if babies were always welcome in a place of business....

These images are of  "Licia Ronzulli, an Italian member of the European Parliament as she is voting on proposals to improve women's employment rights."

Bringing her newborn to the voting session she said:  "It was not a political gesture. It was first of all a maternal gesture—that I wanted to stay with my daughter as much as possible, and to remind people that there are women who do not have this opportunity [to bring their children to work], that we should do something to talk about this."

from the website:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Children's Calendar in the Bay Area

There is a new resource in the Bay Area that posts up to date classes, events, festivals and more.  Head to this new on-line calendar to find events for you and your little one.

May you have many adventures!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Best of the East Bay 2010--East Bay Express

No better way to start my blog but with an award....

Voted Best Baby Massage!

"Tum e Time:  Creative Ways to Play With Your Baby

After spending twenty-plus years working at schools and hospitals with occupational, physical, speech and language therapists and working as a program coordinator for an early-intervention center serving special-needs babies, Oakland resident Kim Lyons became a mother.  Working and playing with her own baby inspired her to study time-tested techniques for infant massage- a delicate process, given that the body being massaged is tiny and fragile, but rewarding physically and mentally for both grown-up and child.  Lyons has also received training in doula support, CranioSacral therapy, and acupressure, and has earned certificates in teaching infant massage and yoga for special-needs children.  Experience has taught her that infant massage aids digestion, boosts the immune system, assists circulation and respiration, reduces stress, and offers relaxation and deeper sleep.  Believing that babies enjoy massage and benefit from it as much as people of any other age do, Lyons created Tum e Time, a program she offers in Oakland and Berkeley to teach parents and other caregivers techniques for infant yoga, infant massage, and other forms of creative play meant to strengthen bonds, promote relaxation, and alleviate gas."


You can view the digital version of the Best of the East Bay Issue here: (page 104)