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By Holly Lebowitz Rossi of Parents News Now

Did you know that the Grammy Awards has a category called “Best Children’s Album”?  And that not one of the five albums nominated this year has anything to do with wheels on busses or Old MacDonald‘s Farm?  These nominees’ work is a testament to the fact that there’s a huge body of award-worthy music out there that parents and kids can enjoy together–without parents fretting about their kids’ desires to “get lucky” or experience “blurred lines.”

All Grammy winners will be announced on Sunday, January 26,  The Children’s Music winners won’t be part of the televised award ceremony, but fans can follow along at grammy.com

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By Patty Adams Martinez, Parents.com 

Zach Braff’s longtime buddy, and former Scrubs costar, Donald Faison bestowed upon Zach one of the greatest honors a parent can give someone: the title of godfather. In true celeb fashion, Zach turned to Twitter to announce the big news with an adorable photo of him and baby Rocco (similarly, Jaime King recently announced that Jessica Alba and Topher Grace are her son James’ godparents on Instagram). The funnyman couldn’t resist a silly caption: “Me and my god son. Made with @donald_faison’s sperm.”

But choosing Godparents is no laughing matter, and it can be a daunting task—one that takes more thought than you’d think. It’s not just about picking your sister or your BFF, you really need to think about who will be the best fit for your family in every way.

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By Karen Cicero, Parents Magazine

Here are five more great kid-friendly cities, with suggestions of lots of fun activities.  Again, thanks to our partners at parents.com for allowing us to share excerpts of this story.  For a lot more great info on these places, visit Parents Magazine online.

The sky’s the limit when you choose one of these family-friendly and affordable urban hubs for your next trip.

The fastest way to create priceless vacation memories: Go somewhere with lots to do. Big cities boast the coolest museums for families, the bulk of the historical treasures, and massive parks. But navigating them can be a hassle. To find places that make it easy to bring the kids, we looked at the number, quality, and cost of family-friendly attractions; hotel prices; walkability; airport play areas; public-transportation options; crime rate; and more in each of the 100 largest American cities. Use our list of winners and special discounts to map out a last-minute family trip.

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By Karen Cicero, Parents Magazine

Thanks to our partners at parents.com for allowing us to share excerpts of this story.  For a lot more great info on these places, go here. Here are the first five best cities for family travel: stay tuned for the rest next week.

The sky’s the limit when you choose one of these family-friendly and affordable urban hubs for your next trip.

The fastest way to create priceless vacation memories: Go somewhere with lots to do. Big cities boast the coolest museums for families, the bulk of the historical treasures, and massive parks. But navigating them can be a hassle. To find places that make it easy to bring the kids, we looked at the number, quality, and cost of family-friendly attractions; hotel prices; walkability; airport play areas; public-transportation options; crime rate; and more in each of the 100 largest American cities. Use our list of winners and special discounts to map out a last-minute family trip.

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By Catie Bielecki from Parents Magazine

Grandparents, friends, and society flood parents with well-meaning advice, but how can Mom and Dad be sure they are receiving accurate information? With help from Dr. Andrew Adesman and his book Baby Facts,  we separate baby myths from reality.

Baby’s Sleep Position

Myth: It’s OK to put your baby to sleep on his side.

Reality: To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, healthy babies should always be put to sleep on their back — not their stomach or sides.

Dr. Adesman explains: “Part of the reason for the confusion is that when the government first came out with its ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign, it said side or back, but just a couple years later, it modified this recommendation because sometimes babies roll from their side onto their belly. The safest sleep position for babies is on their back. Unfortunately, some pediatricians are still giving parents misinformation.”

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