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Babycook Baby Food Maker

Babycook Baby Food Maker is a must for homemade meals. Credit: buybuy BABY

Virtual Valium. Ever find yourself a little desperate and coming up with bizarre birth control alternatives when you can't find your pills or a condom? Come on, admit it; plastic wrap has totally crossed your mind. Well, you've got nothing on these crazy ideas gathered at the Momversation blog for their story called, The 9 Most Bizarre Birth Control Methods.

Crib Sheet. Parents who try to make their own baby food know how time-consuming and difficult it is to deal with double boilers and cutting boards while your 6-month-old dangles off your hip. The Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker is a French-made appliance that cuts down on mess, saves time and doesn't require you to hold our baby near a hot stove. An all-in-one steamer, defroster, blender and warmer whose components are BPA-free, you simply put raw vegetables in the basket, set it to steam, and go play with blocks while the food cooks safely in the kitchen. The wonder-machine is now available at buybuy Baby, which means you can add the $149.99 appliance to your baby registry.

Trends. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is considering recommending that heterosexual male adults, and possibly homosexual males, get circumcised to help prevent the spread of HIV, new attention is being paid to an ancient tradition. The Atlantic Monthly's bloggers for The Daily Dish have been going back and forth on the topic, raising questions like is it fair to perform the procedure on a newborn who has no say in the matter? For more on the debate, check out Hanna Rosin's post, Foreskin's Lament.

Contest. The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision contest is now open to K-12-graders who form teams and create a unique vision of a technology of the future. Any science skill level is welcomed and all kids will develop their teamwork skills and have fun letting their imaginations run wild. Entries are due Feb. 2, 2010. Four first-place teams will win a $10,000 bond, a trip to Washington, D.C., and more.

Thumbs Up. Toys "R" Us published its 2009 "Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids" that matches toys to specific skill sets and offers tips to caregivers on how to avoid playtime injuries. Mega-star mom and grandmother Whoopi Goldberg appears on the cover of the guide and made a video for the Web site. You can pick up the catalog for free at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" US, or get the information online. Read up even if your child isn't differently abled; your friends with kids who have special needs will appreciate it.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.