Celebrate Summer with a Book

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Kids Summer Reading Books

School is out and the lazy days of summer are here. It’s time to enjoy the pool, the beach and our friends. As parents, we may feel our children are maxed out and need a break from working their brains. However, all that hard work they put in throughout the school year can slowly slip away over the summer months. In fact, research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. This has prompted some systems to extend their school year or modify their school calendars. 

Fortunately, there is a fun and easy way to keep the learning going! Reading over the summer, even if just for a few minutes each day, will help keep your child’s mind active and engaged. 

Check out the summer reading challenges being offered at your local library or sign up for one at Barnes & Noble. There are also national reading challenges, like the one from Scholastic, in which your whole school can participate in.  

Below are some suggested titles from The Washington Post. For the full list, click here

Summer Reads

Grades K – 3

A Nest Is Noisy 
By Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long. $16.99. Grades K–3.
Whether it’s the foamy home of a frog or the sandy one of a sea turtle, this book reminds readers that all nests bustle with activity.

Ice Cream Summer 
By Peter Sís. $17.99. Grades K–3.
Sís cleverly slips lessons on history, vocabulary, and math into this tale of summer fun as Joe narrates everything he’s learned in a letter to his grandfather.

Grades 4 – 6

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer 
By Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath. $16.99. Grades 4–6.
In letters to her dearly departed abuelita and others, Sophie worries about missing L.A., her dad’s unemployment, and poultry thieves. Her voice rings true in this tale of family, adventure, and raising chickens.

Gone Crazy in Alabama 
By Rita Williams-Garcia. $16.99. Grades 4–6.
The award-winning author rounds out a trilogy about three sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Alabama to visit their grandmother.

Grades 5 – 9

By Alice Hoffman. $16.99. Grades 5–8.
In a place where monsters might be real, 12-year-old Twig stores up her hurts “as if they were a tower made of fallen stars”—until she finds a friend to help her break a curse and release her family’s secrets.

By Pam Muñoz Ryan. $19.99. Grades 5–9.
Set before and during WWII, this magical tale follows an enchanted harmonica and the lives it touches as it travels through space and time.













Colgate Mattress Honored Again

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EverTrue Diamond Mattress Readers Award


America’s favorite crib mattress manufacturer, Colgate Kids, continues to win honors for its quality baby products, recently adding its eleventh consecutive Baby & Children’s Product News Readers Favorite Award. The Evertrue Diamond, Serene and Natural I were among notable collections featured in the mattress category. The award adds to a growing list of kudos bestowed on Colgate by various parent groups and publications, including a recent “Best of Baby 2015” award by 

“This honor is especially humbling because it comes from our independent retailers and specialty store owners, some of whom have been customers for decades,” said Alan Wolkin, president of Colgate Kids. “In many ways, this award reinforces Colgate’s longstanding reputation as a trusted advisor to both our retail partners and the families they serve. We are grateful for their vote of confidence eleven years in a row!”

Colgate crib mattresses have earned the coveted GREENGUARD Gold children and schools certification and carry JPMA’s distinguished seal of approval for meeting the industry’s toughest safety standards in the world. Available online at and at specialty stores in the Brixy network, mattresses highlighted include:

  • Colgate Natural I – Made of 100% natural components. Unlike most mattresses marketed as “natural” or “organic,” the Colgate Natural I is truly metal and plastic free. The mattress is constructed using real coir fiber made from coconut shell husks, all-natural latex from plants and renewable cotton batting interior, with a certified organic cotton cover. 
  • EverTrue Diamond – Part of Colgate’s “total safe sleep system” the EverTrue consists of three components that ensure enhanced airflow and improved oxygenation for baby. It has a celliant waterproof fabric cover, cool gel memory foam and a proprietary, breathable honeycomb mesh core engineered for enhanced air circulation.
  • EverTrue Serene – A 5” think, dual-firmness mattress with advanced safety, health, and comfort features throughout development. Dual-firmness design provides both the firmness infants need for safety and proper development and the added comfort toddlers prefer. The Serene also features plant-oil infused eco foam™ and ultrasonically welded side seams for added durability.

Baby and Children’s Product News is a leading publication in the juvenile products trade industry. Winners of the Reader’s Favorite Awards are announced in its June/July issue.

Daddy Diaper Doody Duty

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Happy Father and Son on sheets

Let’s face it, no one ever really wants to change a big ole stinky diaper. Sure, it is a lot more tolerable when the contents come from your sweet little angel, but all in all, it’s a job that parents continue to try to push off on one another. Traditionally, it was always mom who took the lead in taking care of baby. Honestly, it just wasn’t “cool” for a dad to rock, swaddle, feed, bathe or {gasp} change a poopy diaper…until now.

In fact, according to Pew Research, American fathers today spend nearly triple the amount of time on childcare than they did in the 1960s, while mothers spend four more hours per week.

Bring on the Diapers

Thanks to celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, who recently asked for more changing tables in public restrooms, Daddy’s are taking charge of diaper changing duties everywhere. Dads are taking an active role in parenting and even offering up advice to their comrades. Bloggers Andy Herald and Charlie Capen of How to be Dad take a hilarious approach to co-sleeping in their book, The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions: Survival Tips for Co-Sleeping Parents. We are even seeing male baby trend experts, such as Jamie Grayson [The Baby Guy], recognized as the “Best Baby Gear Guru” for his advice to new parents about the best products for baby.

Gear for Dad

Several companies are making products specifically with Dad in mind. Check out the diapers bags from The Diaper Dude. They are masculine, yet functional, and come in a variety of sizes to meet Dad’s needs and style.

Colgate also has something for Dad to take along on those big family car rides this summer – our 3-sided contour changing pad. This pad can turn almost any flat surface into a changing station. It’s lightweight, liquid proof and easy to clean. Plus, the dimensions are small enough to travel with ease. Daddy can easily take his diaper duty on the road!

The Colgate 3-sided contour changing pad is available online at Target or BuyBuyBaby for $45.99.

Pregnancy Awareness Month: Win a FREE Crib Mattress!

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May is Pregnancy Awareness Month

May is Pregnancy Awareness Month and we would like to celebrate all expectant mothers out there by giving away a FREE crib mattress.

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for families as they begin to prepare for the arrival of their child. For first time parents, choosing the right crib mattress can prove to be overwhelming. A few very important facts about crib mattresses are:

Babies and toddlers can spend up to 70% of their growth and development time on the crib mattress. That’s more than the stroller and car seat combined.

Babies can sleep up to 18 hours a day so it’s worth the effort to be sure you buy the safest, best crib mattress available.

About Pregnancy Awareness Month

Author & lifestyle expert, Anna Getty and social worker, producer and mompreneur, Alisa Donner, established May as Pregnancy Awareness Month in 2008. Their goal to educate and provide support to pregnant women has grown to now include a a wealth of online resources and several national events. To learn more about this great organization, visit

It’s Easy to Enter!

To enter for the chance to win a FREE Classica I crib mattress, all you have to do is follow us on Pinterest! Click this link, follow the easy steps and good luck!

Colgate Classica I crib mattress


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Introducing breathe-flex™ by Colgate Mattress

After years of research and development, Colgate Mattress Company, the oldest family-owned crib mattress manufacturer in the US, is proud to introduce breathe-flex™. The first crib mattress of its kind, the new breathe-flex marries technical engineering with practicality and safe design to create a healthier sleep environment for baby. Now available at select retailers, the affordably priced mattress is GREENGUARD™ Gold certified and features a soft, modern “baby owlet” cover.

The power of breathe-flex lies within its multi-layer Flex-PE™ foam, a breakthrough material with micro-channels designed to optimize airflow. Unlike traditional crib mattresses, breathe-flex’s innovative coil design enhances its overall breathability, while also providing firm support for baby’s proper growth and development. The durable breathe-flex cover is made with food-grade waterproof backing that prevents moisture and unwanted matter from penetrating the mattress.

“Colgate’s hallmark has always been its commitment to safety, quality and family, so when Moms asked for an affordable alternative to existing ‘breathable’ crib mattresses– we listened,” said Dennis Schuetz, director of marketing, Colgate Mattresses. “The result is a unique, thoughtfully designed product that truly meets the needs of both baby and Mom.”

Signature features of breathe-flex™ include:

Breathable support — Innovative Flex-PE foam micro-channels improve airflow by acting as filter and providing more open spaces for air to circulate

Optimal comfort — As baby moves, coils flex to create an internal micro-climate that provides optimal comfort for baby

Waterproof layer — Durable cotton/poly cover protects the life of the mattress, keeping the inside of the mattress clean while also providing a soft surface for baby’s sensitive skin 

Safe and toxin-free — breathe-flex earned the coveted GREENGUARD Gold certification and is C.P.S.I.A. compliant to ensure there are no harmful chemicals. It passes Federal Flammability Standard 16CFR-1632 and 16CFR-1633

Lightweight Construction — Weighing fewer than 10 lbs, breathe-flex mattress’ light weight makes lifting and changing sheets easy

Best Value —10 year warranty; Suggested retail price, $199.99

“Colgate’s breathe-flex allows us to market a premium quality mattress at an affordable price,” Schuetz added. “The response has been extremely positive thus far, both in- store and online. Beyond safety and quality, the fresh modern cover design appeals to today’s stylish, new and expectant Moms. The new breathe-flex is a win-win for everyone.”

Motherhood: If I Only Knew Then, What I Know Now

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Motherhood: If I only knew then, what I know now.


Motherhood is a wonderful journey filled with beautiful moments, celebrations and milestones. It is also filled with anxiety, worry and, at times, even fear. For some it is a chance to relive their childhood and be a kid again. For others, it is a struggle to stay organized and prepared for all that parenthood throws at us.

It’s truly one of the hardest jobs out there. There are no owner manuals for raising kids. There are no “Cliff Notes” for parenting. A lot of it is going with your gut and flying by the seat of your pants.

Every mother looks back at some point in time and says to herself, “If I only knew then, what I know now!” So we decided to ask a few mothers to reflect on that question and share a piece of advice they would give to themselves about motherhood.

Here’s what they had to say:


10 Essential Apps for Parents

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10 Essential Apps for Parents

Is there an app for that? Some may be resistant to the fact that life seems to revolve around our smartphones while others praise the Apple Gods who created a phone that can keep our calendars, store our photos, give us quick advice and help us manage the chaos of everyday life. We recently rounded up some of our favorite apps to help today’s busy parents.

Here are some of our favorite apps:


Spring into Green

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With Spring and St. Patrick’s Day approaching, a lot of folks are getting ready for “the wearing of the green.” At the same time, more and more people are “going green,” and demonstrating an awareness of how environmental issues affect them and their children. More and more parents are now choosing organic products wherever they can, including the crib mattress their child sleeps on.

Who is the Greenest in all the Land?

Whether you call them natural, organic, green or eco-friendly, the same golden rule applies to all our mattresses: the firmer the better. Separating a quality, well-crafted organic crib mattress from the others is easy. Just remember that the higher the percentage of natural or organic products, the better the crib mattress. All of Colgate’s Organic crib mattress line meets the most rigorous GREENGUARD Gold standard, which is determined by the use of materials that don’t off-gas or use harmful chemicals. These include all-natural, organic materials, such as plant oil based foams and certified organic cottons.

However, some of our mattresses are still made with metal innersprings, which we all know are not organic, but provide a high-quality sleep area for your child. Therefore we prefer to call our mattresses “Environmentally Friendlier” in order to be completely transparent with our customers.

Coconut Husk? Why Yes!

The most important organic material used in the construction of Colgate’s organic line, is the renewable and durable Coir fiber, extracted from the husk of coconuts, between the shell and the outer skin. Coir is a strong and nearly waterproof fiber, valued for centuries in the construction of ropes and lines for sailing ships, as it is one of the few natural fibers which has been shown to resist damage by sea water.

Colgate Mattress’ Organic line has many different models to choose from, the flagship green product being the Natural I, a 5” thick crib mattress with 100% natural components. Any parent who is looking for a safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly crib mattress needs look no further than Colgate.

Cupid and the Colgate Crib Mattress

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us which means that diaper-clad flying baby, Cupid, will soon be shooting arrows at unsuspecting lovebirds everywhere. Where does that baby get all that energy? We’re going to let you in on a little secret. He sleeps on a firm Colgate Innerspring Crib Mattress. How else can you possibly explain his unflappable cheery disposition and boundless energy?