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Archive for February 8th, 2011

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We just learned that fitness guru and Biggest Loser host and star, Jillian Michaels, is about to become the biggest/best mommy! She announced this past December that she would be leaving The Biggest Loser to concentrate on starting a family, 

“I’d like to take a year off of television and really focus on — I’m in the middle of the adoption process — and really focus on that and hopefully becoming a mother in the next year and putting all my energy into that for awhile.”

Michaels is unsure whether she’ll be welcoming a baby boy or girl — but insists at her age there is no preference! She will hopefully be bringing home a future kiddo in the next 6 months. We hope Le Top’s latest arrivals will be on the top of her list to buy for her child’s fitness and stylish wardrobe.

Le Top's Ship Ahoy collection for boys and girls - Click on photo for link

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Is breast best? I was just speaking with my good friend Megan yesterday about how long she plans on breast-feeding before she starts her twins on solid foods. She wasn’t sure, but knew she was surely going to start weaning in the next few months now that they are a little over 4 months old. New mothers are often faced with a dilemma about how long they should breastfeed their babies and when they can start their little ones on solid foods.

According to World Health Organization recommendations, babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months. In addition, the current US guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should be fed solid foods after six months of age. But some argue that delaying the introduction of solid foods might actually promote unhealthful eating habits by preventing babies from developing tastes for such things as bitter foods (including leafy greens).

It was announced yesterday that the “AAP’s journal, Pediatrics has published the results of a research carried out by the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard University scientists who found that babies who were fed solids before they turned four months old, are six times as likely to become obese, by the time they are 3 years old. This was seen in babies who were never breastfed or were weaned away before they completed four months. However, in children who were breastfed, the timing of introduction of solid foods had no effect on the obesity risk, at age three.”

In the study, researchers tracked 847 babies, 33% were on formula feeds while 67% were breastfed. Researchers collected and analyzed data about the timing of introduction of solid foods, height and weight for the three-year period, and measured fat on skin folds, to arrive at the results.

Why is this all so important? The study explains:
The researchers point out, “Our data suggest that increased adherence to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines has the potential to reduce the risk of obesity in children in the United States, given the relatively high prevalence of infants who are formula- fed or breastfed for less than 4 months. Approximately one-quarter of infants in the United States are never breastfed, and approximately half are breastfed for less than 4 months.”

What do you think about this study and do you think this study rings true with your children? Please share your experiences!

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Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon a.k.a “Miranda” and her partner Christine Marinoni welcomed a son yesterday, Monday, February 7th, named Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni. Not many knew that the couple were expecting a baby. Their son joins the family that includes Cynthia Nixon’s daughter Samantha, age 14, and son Charles, age 8, who are from her past relationship with photographer Danny Mozes.

So who is Christine Marinoni?

Christine Marinoni is a education activist in New York City. We are thrilled for the couple and their new baby boy – we think our new Le Top Baby “All Aboard!” Collection striped sunsuit and shirt would be a perfect warm weather outfit for the Los Angeles based couple. 

Le Top All Aboard sunsuit - Click for link

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Getting sandy in Santa Cruz! (Paulo is wearing "ship ahoy!" from Le Top's 2011 spring / summer collection.)

That’s right! While it was snowing in other parts of the United States, California had temperatures ranging in the 70s with full sun last weekend. Not a cloud in the clear blue sky! And instead of being cooped up at home watching the Super Bowl, we spent the day enjoying the beautiful summer-like weather in the middle of winter.

In typical Bay Area fashion, we dressed in layers leaving the house wearing pants and sweatshirts (and even throwing a coat in the car just in case). But I couldn’t believe that we all stripped down to shorts and t-shirts by lunch time! My daughter even wished she brought her bathing suit.

I guess the groundhog not seeing his shadow is true because spring is on its way over!

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