Baby Einstein Gifts Make The Best Baby Shower Presents

Baby Einstein Gifts

Baby Einstein Gifts

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Jun 13, 2011 – Baby Einstein toys are created from a baby’s point of view and incorporate simplistic earthy items like animals, nature, poetry, art and music into a baby’s world that is fun and age appropriate. Many of these toys accomplish this through interaction with books, CDs, DVDs and more. It’s a very easy way to transition a child from the world of his crib, into the world he will grow into. Items are geared toward both babies and toddlers.

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One of the best selling in the Baby Einstein genre is the Lullabye Wagon. It is filled with adorable products to make bedtime fun for baby. The cutie pie lullaby lamb and rattle can become a baby’s favorite cuddle toy. Included are products for baby’s bath such as a Baby Einstein bath book and Johnson & Johnson baby products. A lullaby DVD and CD will help baby go to sleepy land. All of these items are packed together in the beloved Radio Flyer red wagon. www.shopthegiftbasketstore.com also carries the Farm Wagon and a host of other Einstein gifts for the baby.

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Marriott to Spin Off Timeshare Unit

By ALEXANDRA BERZON And KRIS HUDSON
Marriott International Inc. is spinning off its timeshare business, a one-time booming profit generator for hotel companies that petered out during the recession.

The move will create what amounts to the world’s largest standalone timeshare business, with around $1.5 billion in unsold assets and 400,000 owners, according to Marriott’s chief operating officer, Arne Sorenson. The unit owns 71 properties with 33,000 rooms.

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Arne Sorenson
.Under the plan announced Monday, Marriott’s existing shareholders will own the new company, receiving shares when it is spun out, which is expected to happen by the end of this year. The new company, which has yet to be named, will control the management and planning of the timeshare properties, as well as unsold and under-construction properties.

Marriott’s timeshare business in 2010 had $1.2 billion in revenue, around 10.4% of the company’s total revenue.

The announcement came as Marriott reported a profit of $173 million in the fourth quarter, or 46 cents a share, up 63% from $106 million, or 28 cents a share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Overall revenue rose 8% to $3.6 billion.

Marriott’s revenue per available room, a key industry metric, increased 7.6% in constant dollars. The company said it expects revenue per available room to increase between 6% and 8% in 2011.

The gains come as the hotel industry broadly has shown a faster-than-expected recovery following a deep plunge during the downturn. The upswing has primarily been caused by more business travel.

The timeshare business, however, which relies more on consumer than business travelers, has continued to lag as sales have dwindled and buyers have difficulty qualifying under stricter financing standards.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Marriott’s timeshare sales fell to $201 million, a $2 million decline from the previous year. The unit’s revenue has dropped around 30% since 2007.

Mr. Sorenson said Marriott shareholders have lost their appetite for the timeshare business. “We’ve never really been interested in walking away from this business,” Mr. Sorenson said in an interview Monday. “But the last few years have been extraordinarily difficult. This recession was harder on the timeshare business than last recessions.”

Analysts say the Marriott spinoff won’t immediately put pressure on two of the other major timeshare players, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Wyndham Worldwide Inc., to follow suit. However, they may consider such a move if Marriott’s spinoff fares well with investors.

Timeshare sales account for roughly half of Wyndham’s overall sales, so Wyndham is less likely to split its business in that manner than the other two. In comparison, nearly 11% of Starwood’s sales come from timeshares. “Once you have this [spinoff] on a standalone basis, the world will tell us what a timeshare company is worth,” said Robert LaFleur, managing director at Hudson Securities. “We don’t have a pure timeshare company of this scale” already on the market to set a value.

Under Marriott’s plan, the new timeshare company will be a Marriott franchisee by licensing the Marriott names for the timeshare properties. At the helm will be Steve Weisz, the current head of Marriott’s timeshare unit. Its board will include both Debbie Marriott Harrison, the daughter of Marriott chief executive Bill Marriott, and William Shaw, a former Marriott president.

The company will be able to make deals with other hotel companies, Mr. Sorenson said.

The decision, which was made by Marriott’s board on Friday, will carve out a three-decade-old business that began in 1982 when Marriott bought a timeshare property in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and started building timeshare resorts across the country.

For years, the concept, which involved individuals buying permanent rights to stay for a portion of time at a resort, provided dividends. Other hotel companies poured into the business.

Hotel companies continued to invest in the timeshare business even as they divested of most other capital assets. Marriott, for example, in 1992 spun off its real-estate division to create what is now called Host Hotels & Resorts.

Mr. Sorenson said the company tried to partner with outside investors to build timeshare resorts but found that the model of providing management for third-party owners, which is the basis for the hotel business, didn’t work well with timeshares.

Several other hotel and timeshare companies, however, including Hilton Worldwide, are still seeking private investors for new timeshare properties.

As the business declined in recent years, Marriott restructured it using a point system that could be redeemed at any property rather than requiring owners to buy rights at a specific property. Mr. Sorenson said he doesn’t expect the planned change in ownership to affect timeshare owners.

Corrections & Amplifications:

An earlier version of this story said Hilton and other companies were divesting some timeshare assets by seeking private investment. In fact the companies are seeking private investment for new properties.

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Baby Gifts

Gift for a new baby

All of the hens will be clucking at the baby shower when the mom to be opens this unique and adorable “Chick Wagon” which is full of baby essentials. It even has booties that look like baby chick feet! An eggs-traordinary gift for a boy or a girl!

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How to Select A Gift For A Baby Girl


After selecting a
gender-neutral gift for the baby shower, the long-awaited event has arrived, and it’s a girl! Now it’s time to go nuts selecting the perfect gift for the precious newborn, and you can have so much more fun shopping because you now know whom you are choosing a gift for. Get your checkbook ready and think pink

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The Diaper Diaries


I love finding cute an unique things for my own baby, )click here
but especially for baby gifts. I mean I guess it is nice to give a diaper warmer off someone’s registry, but it is even more fun to give something that they will remember you by. Well maybe the baby won’t remember, but hopefully the mommy will. So I am really excited to let you know about a few companies that are providing adorable things for you to bestow upon a lucky baby
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Newborn Baby Care In The Hospital

After your baby is born, a doctor or nurse will perform a series of tests to determine your baby’s physical condition. A routine evaluation, called the Apgar test, is used to identify whether your baby needs urgent medical care. After delivery, your baby will also be given a vitamin K shot, eye drops, and newborn screening tests. Your baby may also receive a hearing test and a hepatitis B vaccine. Click here for more info

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General Health Questions for Baby and Toddlers

Keeping your child healthy is a big job! Read all about common childhood aches, pains, and illnesses, plus how to take care of your child’s body from teeth to toes. Click here for more information:
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Maybe Birthing At Home Isn’t A Good Idea After All

Katie Drummond Contributor

AOL News 

March 9) — Death after childbirth remains a rarity among American mothers, but new research suggests that the tragic occurrence is on the rise — and experts are at a loss to pinpoint the reason.

 Despite being a leader in medical research and facilities, the United States places 41st on the World Health Organization’s list of safest countries for childbirth. As for 2006, 13 women out of every 100,000 died during or shortly after giving birth, which is higher than rates in Canada, the United Kingdom and Poland, among others.

That’s around 550 deaths out of 4 million annual births across the country.

The federal government had set a goal to reduce maternal deaths by 2010, but the new numbers are four times higher than what they’d hoped to attain.

Health experts aren’t pointing the finger at a specific cause, but they do hypothesize that more obese mothers might be a critical factor. Many maternal fatalities are caused by undetected health issues, such as asthma or heart disease — problems that are more common among obese people.

Pregnancy can exacerbate pre-existing health conditions, leaving obese women — who now make up 20 percent of pregnancies — more susceptible to potentially fatal consequences.

“Obesity can lead to hypertensive disorders, diabetes and other medical conditions, and thus can directly and indirectly present significant health risks for pregnant women,” Janet Hardy, a perinatal epidemiologist at the University of Massachusetts, said in a statement issued by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit health care accrediting agency.

Cesarean sections might be another important factor. The number of women scheduling cesarean births has increased by 50 percent, to 31 percent of all births, since 1996. And while the risks of C-sections are small, the procedure is still considered major surgery.

Those over 30 are at increased risk. So are black women: They face four times the risk of maternal death compared with whites.

And for every woman who dies in childbirth, another 50 suffer from dangerous health complications during or after delivery, the Joint Commission report states.

But once a woman reaches the delivery room, potentially fatal conditions are harder to control. That’s why most maternal fatalities aren’t considered “preventable” by studies, including a 2008 review in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, which concluded that “the majority” of maternal deaths in 124 hospitals couldn’t have been prevented in the delivery room.

Instead, advocates hope to see more preventive efforts earlier in pregnancies. That means improved awareness of complications among pregnant women and better screening efforts by doctors, along with thorough postnatal care.

Debate also persists over the safety of out-of-hospital births. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week concluded that they’ve increased for the first time in two decades. The births still make up less than 1 percent of all births in the country, but home births in particular were up by 5 percent.

The pros and cons of home births have yet to receive much study, and they don’t have the backing of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The agency cites concerns over health of baby and mother in advising against the nonhospital route.

“Despite the rosy picture painted by home birth advocates,” the group’s statement reads, “a seemingly normal labor and delivery can quickly become life-threatening for both the mother and baby.”

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Maybe Baby Educational DVDs don’t really work

Color me surprised. Another study has come out saying that educational videos for infants are not helpful, and in fact might be harmful. This latest study is set to be published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in May — and says that educational DVDs aimed at infants are not likely to help boost their word power.

Yes, I too am shocked (shocked!) that sticking your 1-year-old in front of the DVD player for an hour a day will not, in fact, turn her into a prodigy.

But, the APAM study is not the first of its kind — a study done almost three years ago by researchers at the University of Washington found similar results. Add that to an offer for refunds for the Baby Einstein videos this fall which, The New York Times notes, came after Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood complained to the Federal Trade Commission about marketing the videos as educational.

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The better question may be not whether infant educational videos are beneficial, but why parents keep buying them.

One possible reason is that they seem to work.

Here’s why: The videos are recommended for babies 12 to 24 months old, and 18 months is generally when a child’s vocabulary naturally picks up and he starts learning and using more words. At 18 months, a child’s grasp of language expands at a markedly faster clip — so much so that researchers from the University of Iowa who looked at language acquisition during that age termed it the period of “vocabulary explosion.” So, it’s likely parents do see their baby’s vocabulary beginning to build, even if it had nothing to do with the videos.

Researchers in the APAM study did note at least one correlation with vocabulary scores: Infants who watched DVDs scored lower on a vocabulary test as children. Next vocabulary word up: irony.

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