• Top Of The Morning: Zoe Saldana Advises New Moms to "Breastfeed, Stay Home, Sleep"

    The celebrity mom urges new moms to give their body time to bounce back
  • 1. Zoe Zaldana calls out misleading post-baby body messages

    The “Star Trek” actress has been vocal about this issue since giving birth to twins in November last year. In an interview at the recent go90 app launch event in Beverly Hills,  she said there’s too much pressure on mothers to get their pre-baby bodies back--and it's misleading. Moms should give themselves some time to bounce back, she said. Her advice to moms who have just given birth and who feel pressured to be skinny again: “Breastfeed, stay home, sleep. Your kid is only three months old. Like, what are you going to the gym for? Catch up on reruns of some sort.” Zoe says she trusted her body was going to bounce back when it was ready so she didn’t push herself. (huffingtonpost.com)


    2.
    Pharrell Williams, Penguin books donating books to children in need                  
    With Penguin Young Readers, the singer, songwriter-producer, and author of the children’s book Happy (yes, the same title as his hit song) to be released next week, has partnered with FirstBook, a nonprofit literacy organization, to donate 50,000 books to children in low-income families. Penguin announced it on Twitter with the hashtag #ReadHappy, and also asked fans to post thoughts or images on why reading makes them “Happy.” “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy or reading, Pharrell said in statement issued through Penguin. (nydailynews.com)


    3.
    Secure your TV sets properly
    New research found that a lot of children between ages one and three suffer from natal neck and head injuries, which can be fatal—and the most common cause of these injuries is toppling TV sets that aren’t secured to the wall. The study, which was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics, found that between 2006 and 2008, there were 16,500 injuries and between 2008 and 2010, there were 19,200. Researchers from the University of Toronto urged parents to keep an eye on their tots, as 84 percent of the injuries happened when no adult was there to supervise the child. That, and anchor your TV sets to the wall. (today.com)


    4. Getting kids to eat more veggies
    Researchers at Texas A&M University have found that the secret to getting kids to eat more veggies is in what food you pair them with. The new study looked at the plate waste of 8,500 students and found a pattern. If you pair a burger with a side salad, kids wouldn’t even touch the veggies. However,serve a less appetizing dish  with a side salad, and they would most probably consider eating the salad. Also, favored vegetables such as baked potatoes are consumed when paired with less interesting entrees. (time.com)

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    5. New high-tech plush toy
    If Mattel has the new Hello Barbie, Fisher-Price also has a new line of plushies that comes with an app. They’re smart toys, or high-tech plush animals designed to interact with your child. A child can choose the plushie's name and his personality. Parents can direct playtime with a small deck of smart cards; choose from story, game, adventures, drawing, music, or snack time. Parents can also connect the plushie’s app to a Wi-Fi and give incentives to the child. It uses speech recognition technology which lets the toy adapt and grow up with your child. (mashable.com)


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