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Consumer Reports News: July 26, 2010 05:08 AM

Marketing to children and parents
“Pressure on food companies to stop marketing sugary cereals, soft drinks, and ‘junk’ foods to children seems to have worked—somewhat—and kids are seeing far fewer ads for unhealthy foods on television, according to a new study.”—MedPage Today

“It's not too early to begin thinking of Millennials as parents. Evenflo—maker of child car seats and other baby products—has already begun targeting them with a new Internet campaign, ‘The Savvy Parent's Guide.’”—Marketing Daily (MediaPost)

“The founders of Diapers.com … formally launched Soap.com, a new e-commerce site that enables people to buy household necessities, skin and hair care products and whatnot at competitive prices.”—TechCrunch

Gadgets for parents and children
“Baby Genius pre-school laptops to hit stores in spring.”— Kids Today

“Pregnant women can wear a special belt around their belly called the ‘Kickbee, the Twittering fetal activity monitor.’ When her baby rocks a roundhouse, she’ll feel the little (or big) movement and so with the Kickbee, which will send an update off to Twitter or Dad-to-Be’s iPhone, bragging, ‘I kicked Mommy!’”—inhabitots

Child safety
“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 5 to 0 to approve proposed new mandatory standards to address the hazards posed by full-size and non-full-size cribs.”—Kids Today

“Playground fun is a must-have experience of summer. However, your child’s fun may be secretly affected if he’s playing on arsenic-treated playground equipment.”—inhabitots

“Going for a swim is a great way to beat the summer heat. It's also a good way to pass the time during summer vacation. But parents need to be aware that floating pool toys can end up doing more harm to a child than good.”—nbc11news.com (Grand Junction, CO)

Parent and child wellness
“Most people assume that having children will make them happier. Yet a wide variety of academic research shows that parents are not happier than their childless peers, and in many cases are less so.”—New York Magazine

“First Lady Michelle Obama hosted her first live Web chat with AOL Health, personalizing the issue of raising healthy children by noting during the chat that her interest in the matter was rooted in her own learning experiences.”—Business Wire (via MarketWatch)

“First Lady Michelle Obama’s Apps for Healthy Kids competition website just posted 95 apps that aim to encourage kids (or encourage their parents) to make healthier decisions and help curb childhood obesity.”—mobi health news

“A&P has a special deal for members of the grocery chain’s Live Better! Wellness Club: free refills on prescription prenatal and children’s vitamins.”—Progressive Grocer


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