Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life put quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Take the Stress out of Mealtime: Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthfully

    Whether it’s lunchtime and your child prefers French fries and chicken nuggets instead of hummus and veggie sticks, or at snack time wants a doughnut instead of a yogurt, you are not alone. Many parents struggle to figure out how to get kids to eat healthy foods, especially when unhealthy, overly processed foods are often more convenient.

    All kids face different challenges and circumstances, but, in general, if you want to get your kids to eat better, then consider these proven tips:

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  2. Research Shows That Early Births Without Medical Cause May Lead to Infant Health Complications

    Newborn Laying in IncubatorMedical researchers have found that the number of early births without medical cause is on the rise, as is the number of studies linking health complications to babies delivered before 40 weeks of gestation (pregnancy), compared to babies born after the full gestation period.

    According to a journal article in Medical Care, published by the American Public Health Association, a study found that 7.3 million babies were born before their full-term was complete.  

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  3. Is It Safe to Co-sleep with Your Baby?

    Mom & Baby Co-sleeping New parents often find themselves losing sleep over late-night wake-up calls, whether to feed a hungry baby or lull one back to sleep. It follows that moms and dads may turn to co-sleeping with their baby to make nighttime feedings easier or to help a nursing mother and her baby get on the same sleep cycle.

     

    Is co-sleeping with your baby safe? Evidence-based research and experts say no.

     

    Co-sleeping puts babies at risk of suffocation and strangulation, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Although research is ongoing to determine if there’s a connection between co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it has been shown that co-sleeping increases the likelihood of accidental death.

     

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  4. What’s a Healthy Weight for a Newborn Baby?

    Healthy BabyHealthy babies, like adults, come in a range of shapes and sizes. What new parents worry about most, however, is the weight of their soon-to-be born baby. Is he or she gaining too much? Is he or she underweight? Parents and medical professionals alike use weight as one way to assess a baby’s overall health. While you don’t want your baby to be obese, you also don’t want your baby to be underweight.

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  5. Six Daily Habits of Happy People

    Woman Smiling Each year, nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to a 2014 study published in the “Journal of Clinical Psychology” of the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania. Only 8 percent of the study’s respondents, however, reported actually achieving their resolutions.

    How can you become part of this elusive 8 percent? Consider the underlying goal behind your New Year’s resolution. Whether you’ve resolved to find a new job, eat more healthfully, lose weight, or travel more, for example, you actually may be pursuing something more abstract: happiness.

    Although the road to happiness is not a set path, some daily habits to brighten your outlook can be adopted. Here are six:

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