The secret to getting your kids to eat better
Sep20

The secret to getting your kids to eat better

Kids’ sense of taste is pre-programmed from birth to like sweets and to reject plant-based foods. However, their palates really are surprisingly malleable. The secret to raising a healthy eater is simple: you have to teach kids to choose healthy foods. Here are a few tips: Limit foods you don’t want them to like Kids start developing their tastes very early in life. When a baby starts eating solid foods, you’ll notice that...

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Latch-on: Simple solutions to common breastfeeding problems
Jun29

Latch-on: Simple solutions to common breastfeeding problems

Any mom who says breastfeeding is easy just doesn’t remember the first few weeks! At some point every new mother has difficulty breastfeeding. If you have been advised to supplement with formula, don’t give up on breastfeeding entirely. Every ounce of breast milk a baby gets will help them grow and thrive in ways that formula manufacturers will never be able to match. Fortunately, the two most common breastfeeding problems,...

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Don’t blame teething for baby’s ills
Feb18

Don’t blame teething for baby’s ills

Teething has had a bad reputation for over 5000 years. Hippocrates, Homer, and Aristotle associated teething with serious diseases1. Since then teething has been blamed for ailments from seizures, to infections like cholera, meningitis, tetanus and even penile discharge. In 18th century France, about half of all infant deaths were attributed to teething. Obviously, it’s ridiculous to blame the eruption of a new tooth for...

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What’s autism, what’s not?
Nov22

What’s autism, what’s not?

Don’t freak out if you catch your child head-banging, echoing others words’ or hand flapping. Yes, those are symptoms of autism, but they don’t define your child as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Every regular developing kid will do many of the same things that autistic kids do at some point. Many “autistic” behaviors are part of normal development and are simply stages kids go through as their nervous system wires itself...

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Righty or Lefty? When will you know?
Apr15

Righty or Lefty? When will you know?

Will your child be an accomplished athlete or mathematical genius? We grownups love looking for subtle clues to our child’s future self. Surely you’ve seen your baby reach with his left hand and wondered – could your genius-athlete be a lefty? A preference for one hand can be determined around 6 months. So if you suspect your baby is right-handed, you’re probably correct. However, children’s hand use fluctuates until...

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The secret to rolling over: an unpredictable milestone
Mar02

The secret to rolling over: an unpredictable milestone

When and how should a normal baby roll-over and what does it mean? Rolling over is the most mysterious of the milestones. Some babies roll from front-to-back before they roll back-to-front and others choose the opposite order. Some babies roll over once and never again, and some babies log roll to get around rather than crawl. And all of the above are perfectly normal. Four months is the most typical age to start rolling, but anytime...

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Kids be trippin’ (and stumbling)
May14

Kids be trippin’ (and stumbling)

Worried that your toddler is limping, has a neurologic problem, or worse, is just clumsy?  Toddlers walk with an awkward, unsteady gait because the angle between their thigh and foot has not yet established their normal set point. Kids need to spend a few years growing while bearing weight on their legs for the legs to straighten out correctly. Towards the end of pregnancy when their living situation gets a bit crowded, babies’ thighs...

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What’s the deal with baby drool?
Apr15

What’s the deal with baby drool?

Hint: It’s not caused by teething. Drooling is not a sign of teething. It signals that your baby’s salivary glands started working. Teething starts after 4 months (typically around 6 months) but a baby’s mouth fountain begins around 3 months. Some kids drool a little, and some a lot. And the only thing to worry about is the chin rash that will appear if your baby is an enthusiastic drooler. Babies don’t actually make much saliva until...

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Too early to start team sports?
Apr07

Too early to start team sports?

Four-year-olds running amuck on the soccer field are adorable, but what is your child learning from team sports at this age? Pick the right time to start sports and you’ll boost their confidence and develop skills. Starting kids in sports before they are developmentally ready can lead to frustration and quitting. One out of three kids in organized sports drops out every year. Proven benefits of team sport participation include finding...

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See the World through Baby-Colored Glasses
Mar11

See the World through Baby-Colored Glasses

What can a baby see? How can you help your little one’s visual development? Babies are born with eyeballs and a visual processing center in the brain, but their ability to see is not yet fully developed. It isn’t just that babies are near-sighted, with vision around 20/200. Their eyeballs are surprisingly light-insensitive. A one month-old baby needs fifty times more illumination to detect the presence of light than adults, because...

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Ready for responsibility
Mar04

Ready for responsibility

How do you know your child is ready for a sleepover, to get a pet or stay home alone? If your child asks for a new responsibility, it’s a good sign he may be ready. Here’s how you can prepare for the big leap: Step 1: What skills are needed? If you are considering leaving your child home alone, can they dial 911? Do they know your house rules? Step 2: Identify tasks that are mini-versions of the new responsibility. If your son...

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