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  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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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. “Green” Family Tips – Going Beyond Recycling

    Boy With Recycling BinMany families are taking an active interest in living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Nevertheless, getting there can sometimes feel a bit daunting.

    Here are ways to help “green your family”:

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    Categories: Living Green
  3. 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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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. 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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  5. How to Prepare Your Child for His or Her First Brother or Sister

    Older Sibling Meeting New Little SisterCongratulations, your family is growing! Each new child brings joy and excitement to your life, but preparing your child for a new sibling can be challenging. You want your first-born to continue to feel special, unique and important, while also welcoming a new baby into the family. It’s essential to recognize what this transition means for you, your child, and your family, and to offer parental guidance to your first-born to help ease the transition into the new role of being an older sibling.

    How you’ll approach preparing your first-born for a new sibling depends on such factors as the age and gender of your first child, and the reasons why your family is changing – such as pregnancy, adoption, step child or foster child – among other factors.

    Use these tips as a guide, adjusting them to meet your particular circumstances:

     

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    Categories: Parenting Tips