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2010 Holiday Survival Guide

Merry-making, life-saving tips from the StrollerTraffic Experts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song goes. To give the lyric a little street-cred, we asked the trusted StrollerTraffic Expert Panel for tips on what we can all do to get ourselves—and our tots—through the holidays safely, peacefully, joyfully, and in style.

For the MD Moms, our pediatric experts, the holidays are all about safety. “Every year, despite our best efforts, parental vigilence slips, and accidents happen,” says Dr. JJ Levenstein. Read their 10 safety tips, from using UL-approved extension cords for holiday lights to monitoring poinsettas and mistletoe for dropped leaves and berries.

Our sanity-saving behavioral experts at Seedlings Group dispensed some smart advice on surviving long visits with extended family. “Many parents fret about the potential repercussions of holiday revelry, particularly when it comes to the aftermath of constant praise and coddling (not to mention sweets overload), at the hands of the grandparents,” they say. Read their tips on managing the in-laws.

Fitness Buff Kristi Molinaro says you can combat holiday calories with a 15-minute at-home workout. “The holiday season can be a very challenging time to squeeze in trips to the gym, but let’s be honest - it’s probably one of the most important times to stick with your fitness regime.” Check out Kristi’s 30/60/90 At Home 15-Minute Workout—all you need is a second-hand on your watch or a timer on your cell phone, plus a chair and a little bit of space.

Gear Guy Jamie Grayson (a.k.a. The Baby Guy) can tell you exactly what to pack when schlepping infants and toddlers. Here are his top five travel essentials.

Our Party Pro, Amy Atlas, has a gazillion creative ideas for holiday entertaining. Check out her list of tabletop favorites for holiday feasts and fêtes.