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Here is a list that caught my attention. I believe this was from Yahoo! a while ago.

Ten cities that spoil kids the most:

1. New York, NY
2. Brooklyn, NY
3. Miami, FL
4. Minneapolis, MN
5. Tulsa, OK
6. Dallas, TX
7. Atlanta, GA
8. Los Angeles, CA
9. San Diego, CA
10.Ft Worth, TX

I am surprised that LA is only 8th on the list. I thought it would be in the top 5.

What do you think about this list?


Baby Zone did an article on toddlers (between ages 2 1/2 – 3) that were happier and less anxious when they took 1 hour naps daily.

Easier said than done right? I don’t know why kids fight nap time. Given the chance, I would jump at the chance of taking a nap in the middle of the day. I think most moms would.

The article goes on to say that missing too many naps can lead to toddlers having more temper tantrums and set them up for “mood disorders and other mental health issues.”

Here are some things you can try to ease your toddler into a nap.

    Routines – It helps to keep the same nap time everyday. This way they know what’s coming.
    Play Soothing Music – Fast music will just get them all excited and wound up. We don’t want that.
    Read – Try reading a book or two.

Just know you are not alone, lot of kids fight nap time.


I received a flyer that states 24ct Crayola Crayons are 4/$1 today and tomorrow (April 27th and 28th) at Toys R Us. You must buy 4 to get this offer (reg price $1.29 ea). There is no limit listed.

It probably doesn’t seem like much but if you have kids you know how much they love to color and lose/break the crayons in the process. These are also great for travel, as additional gifts, grab bags, stocking stuffers, donations, etc.

You can also check out Babies R Us, they usually run the same sales.

photo credit: Toys R Us


We all know raising a child could be expensive but how much are we looking at? Here are two calculators that will give you an idea.

Baby Center – How much will your child cost you? Based on region, salary and age of child. – Gives you more specifics. You can choose the starting and ending age of your child.


Here is a free 10 points code to add to your Pampers Gifts to Grow Account.

Expires: April 23, 2012

While you are there, you can also sign up for their samples and coupon.

Image credit: Pampers

If you have kids and they go to daycare, you know how expensive it can be.  It’s like another mortgage payment.  According to, here are the Top 10 Least Affordable States for Center Based Infant Care in 2010 (Ranked by Child Care Cost as percentage of two parent family income).  

State (Average annual cost of care)

  1. Massachusetts ($16,500)
  2. New York ($13,650)
  3. Hawaii ($12,600)
  4. Colorado ($12,400)
  5. Minnesota ($12,900)
  6. District of Columbia ($18,200)
  7. Oregon ($10,750)
  8. Illinois ($11,800)
  9. Montana ($9,100)
  10. Pennsylvania ($11,300)

Although District of Columbia’s average annual cost of care is higher than the other states, it’s based on the percentage of State Median Income for two parent families.  

It’s not surprising than in 2010, in 36 states,

The average annual cost for an infant in center based care was higher than a year’s tuition and fees at a four-year public college.

Even care for four-year olds were higher than the tuition for public colleges in 26 states. It makes sense as to why some parents decide to stay home to take care of their children rather than go to work.  It’s an ongoing debate.

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