Friday, November 28, 2008
Best Parenting Tip: Get your little ones into a bedtime routine as early as possible. Since me daughter was born, we have followed the same routine before bed every single night. We begin by taking a bath, getting on pajamas, watching a short TV show (no more than 30 minutes), read a book, pray and sleep. It has worked wonders on her sleep habits and allowed things to remain "constant" when we were evacuated and living away from home following Hurricane Katrina.
Best Blogging Tip: I have found that Entrecard has been extremely beneficial for pulling traffic to my site. Networking and being friendly and helpful will also help gain your readership.
Find On: Partner at MomDot.com, Twitter at BridgetteLA
Baby Kid's Thoughts: Bridgette was instrumental in helping promote the new blogs-thank you! I also have an inside scoop on an exciting new feature on Not-So-Blog called the 12 Days of Christmas starting today. head on over to win some great free stuff!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Cool Tip: If you're new to the sites, be sure to subscribe either by RSS or email and become a follower to get the latest updates on great tips, picks and giveaways!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Parenting Tip: My 'best' tip is a simple one-listen. Listen to your kids, and to yourself and your instincts when it comes to your kids. So many times we get busy or distracted and forget to really sit down and listen to what our kids have to say.
Blogging Tip: One of the first and probably the most important thing that I found when I started blogging is that it truly is a community - of amazing people. So my tip is to get out there, find and read other blogs and get to know other bloggers. Not only will they respond by visiting your site as well, but you'll meet some awesome people and hopefully make a few new friends too.
Baby Kid's Thoughts: I consider Deb a blog friend and am grateful for her help on the launch. Her blogging tip is right on the money; I'm thrilled we've had the opportunity to connect. Be sure to check out her product review site at http://www.momstakeonthings.com/.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A brand new blog is born! Unlike the other Baby Kid blogs, Ask Baby Kid is directed by you, the reader. The baby sister of the bunch, it grew out of the many questions from friends and Cool Baby kid readers on topics ranging from parenting tips to all about blogging. Busy moms and parents want real, quick answers about where to find packing lists for family travel or how to start and maintain a blog. You can Ask Baby Kid a question and find your answer in an simple, referenceable answer.
Also launching today is Smart Baby Kid. Like it's mama site, it concentrates on product and resource reviews for youngsters. And while cool products are fun to find, educational ones deserve their very own site. Finally I'm able to utilize my expertise as an educator to help you sift through the toys, games, books, DVDs and other educational products on the market.
So why the birthing analogy? Gisele Jaquenod, the designer of all three sites, has worked nearly as hard creating these blogs as I did giving birth to my two children! OK, maybe not so painful. But she has worked relentlessly over the last few weeks to perfect every aspect of the new blogs; I can't thank her enough for all she's done. In just the last two weeks I counted over 100 emails back and forth (no kidding) and the adorable designs you see on the new blogs and re-design of Cool Baby Kid are the result. Gisele offers spectacular free blog templates for the brand new blogger and her Birdie Says shop has the cutest original designs you've ever seen. I would be eternally grateful if you's stop by her site and tell Gisele what a wonderful job she's done!
I have a round of other thank you's for those people who helped make the Baby Kid Blog launch a success starting with my husband who dealt with the laptop in the bedroom for the last few weeks and me complaining about the lack of sleep because of it. Thanks also to my mom, sister and friends who put up with multiple frantic "please visit my blog" emails last November when I first got started and had very little idea about how to gain blog readership. Finally, I would like to give a special thank you to the following launch partners who have helped get the word out today about the new Baby Kid Blogs. Blogging is a wonderful community and some of these ladies are not just blogging partners but friends as well.
- Bridgette @ The Not-So-Blog Blog
- Erin @ The Mom Buzz
- Deb @ Just a Mom's Take on Things...
- Emily @ Props & Pans
- Dawn @ Nursery Murals & More
- Kristina @ Mama Divas
- Sarah @ Sugahouse Ink
- Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities
- LaTonya @ Che’ Demi’s Boutique Blog
- Laura @ Work It: A Blog for Working Moms
Stop by all three blogs today to enter to win a unique launch prize pack on each one. Subscribe to the Baby Kid Blogs, become a Follower, grab a banner, ask a question, apply to become a featured blog, join me on Twitter or Facebook, and I promise to continue to deliver the coolest, smartest products and resources for moms, babies and kids with tips, picks, and of course giveaways!
Extra Cool Giveaway: Each of the Baby kid Blogs is giving away it's own special launch Prize Pack! Here, on Ask Baby Kid, you can enter to win one of two the "Customized Launch Prize Packs" which includes a gift certificate for a persnalized set of Goosie Cards! Click here to find out how to increase your chances. An email address is needed to contact the winner. Contest ends 12/2/08. Contest rules apply. A big thank you to the launch sponsors for supplying all of the great giveaway gifts on each blog!!
- Goosie Cards Customized Photo Flash Cards (2 winners!)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Cecelia Mecca, PhD, Editor Baby Kid Blogs & Blog Popz
A mother a toddler girl and baby boy, Cecelia has been working as an English teacher for over 10 years. With both college, middle school and junior high school experience, she specializes in Language & Literacy with a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from Penn State University.
Cecelia create the Baby Kid Blogs to share her knowledge of education products and resources on Smart Baby Kid, her passion for finding the coolest stuff out there on Cool Baby Kid, and easy to read resources on parenting and blogging on Ask Baby Kid. Her newest venture, Blog Popz, a blogger recognition program, aims to revolutionize the way bloggers give awards and network.
Ask a Shrink
Elizabeth Donovan, M.A., Founder ParentingPink.com
Ms. Donovan is a SAHM to three little girls and a mental health therapist with over a decade of experience specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She graduated from the University of Virginia and obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University. Her specialties include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Behavioral Disorders; Rape Trauma Syndrome; Depression; and Anxiety.
Ms. Donovan is also a published author and parenting expert for Parenting Magazine, Listen Magazine, and Guideposts Sweet Sixteen. She is currently the founder and editor of ParentingPink.com, a site dedicated to moms and dads raising daughters.
Ask a Gear Extraordinaire
Victoria Arya, Editor Life Starring Ellie & Eve & Founder of Ark Adventure
Victoria Arya is a SAHM to two girls, Ellie and Eve, and she also claims two furry babies in the form of cats, Nero and Necia (notice a pattern in her way of naming do you?). Arya love finding the coolest, most fun, and trendy gear for babies, kids and moms; as such her area of expertise would be anything oriented towards shopping, baby gear, kids' gear, mom gear, or anything else that might be fun, cool or trendy. She also loves to do research so throw something at her she might not know!
Ask a Mom of Multiples
Ask a Family Travel Expert
CanCan, Editor Mom Most Traveled
CanCan is a globe trotting mother of two and subsequent family travel expert. She offers tips, tricks and advice about travelling with little ones at Mom Most Traveled which also has cool travel photos, sweet videos and giveaways galore!
Ask an Professional Organizer
Editor, Multi-tasking Mama and owner, Organized Life by Design, LLC
Melissa Smallwood (aka Multi-tasking Mama) has worked with seniors and families as a professional organizer for several years and is the owner of Organized Life by Design, LLC. She has an extensive human services background. She is also the mom of three active boys (one of which has special needs). She enjoys helping people get their lives, calendars and homes organized so that they have time to see and enjoy their blessings! Melissa has written many articles on organizing for various websites and organizations including Online Organizing.com, Show Mom the Money, Pink Lemonade of Life and more. Her articles have also appeared in local publications including the Winchester Star, Herald Mail and Frederick News-Post, Senior Living Edition.
Ask a Blogging Expert
Courtney, Mom Giveaways & Faith Approved
Courtney is a Christian, a wife, and stay at mom to two wonderful but exhausting children. She enjoys cooking, reading, movies, photography, scrapbooking, keeping up with technology, and most of all spending time with her kids and family. Courtney has been blogging for almost two years and is the founder of MomGiveaways, a premier contest and giveaway listing site, and Faith Approved, a Christian product review site.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
1. Revise, Edit and Proofread: Every blog improvement site I've read mentions good content. Write well, and they will come. But as an English teacher and writer, one thing I can say with confidence is that the good reviser is what makes the good writer. My top revising strategy: save your posts and come back to them a bit later with a fresh perspective
2. Use Entrecard: I first read about Entrecard on Problogger and never expected when first trying it out to bring so much traffic so quickly. In a nutshell, you sign up and create a "card." You drop (click) on other Entrecards and earn credit for doing so. Using those credits to buy space on blogs, it essentially amounts to free advertising on sites you may not normally get exposure on. Look the entrecard on Cool Baby Kid for instance (left sidebar). You'll see a blog who "bought" space on my site by earning credits and "purchasing" the spot. Cool huh?
3. Read Problogger: Darren Rowse makes a living blogging. I've been reading Problogger faithfully since the first month I started out. I've learned more from his site than you can imagine. Warning...the sheer amount of information can be overwhelming. Start with his article "Blogging Tips for Beginners," subscribe to the site and learn what you can whenever you have a few extra minutes to spare.
4. Read Other Blogs: It is important to begin building blog relationships which means reading and commenting on other blogs. Though my personal blogroll isn't huge, I read those on my list regularly to get ideas, add to conversations and get to know the authors.
5. Commit to Constant Improvement: There's just no easy way to build a great blog overnight. And because there are so many different facets to blogging--SEO, design, networking--it's easy to become overwhelmed. (Notice I mentioned that twice!) I've build a list of resources I use, so set aside some time each week, get away from the daily tasks such as writing posts and sending emails, and work on improving your blog. And have fun doing it!
Submitted by Jamie
Sunday, November 2, 2008
OK. I submitted my own question. But the bottle battle (as it affectionately become known in our house) is the reason I started this blog. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to find information on how to get my daughter to accept the bottle that actually worked. After talking to our doctor, lactation consultant, friends, and fellow parents on message boards, my husband finally found an answer in a Babycenter archive of articles. I assume you've tried to usual suspects: different people, positions, nipples, bottles, temperatures, not waiting until baby is starved etc. On a side note, we tried every bottle sold at Babies R Us and she did eventually take Dr. Brown's bottles which we swear by. Full disclosure- the following method worked for us though it may not work for you. After weeks of taking the bottle just fine, my four month old breastfed baby who needed to also take a bottle because I was returning to work, would scream bloody murder when tried to give one to her. Our trick? We fed her in the tub. Yes, you read correctly, in the tub. The advice was to feed the baby during an activity he/she loves. We tried during Baby Einstein without success and gave the bathtub a shot as our second option. While distracted by splashing we gave it to her and...done. She took a bottle in the tub for nearly a week until we were confident enough to take her out. Who would have thought?
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
So many Baby kid readers ask about blogging basics I created a list of the resources I used when first getting started and continue to use to improve my blog. After creating the blog and writing quality content, your best bet is to spend some time looking at blogs in your niche, explore their links, and comment when you have something valuable to add to the conversation. Enjoy and feel free to comment with questions; I'll be glad to answer!
Blog Platform & Support (Start Here!)
Technical & "How-To"
Making Money: Affiliates & Advertising
- Affiliate Future
- Blog Ads
- Commission Junction
- Finding Advertisers: The Ultime Guide
- Google Adsense
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