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Five important technology rules for your babysitter

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 8:37 AM

When you hire a babysitter you spend time showing them around your house, telling them about bedtimes and other house rules. However, have you considered talking to them about your policies regarding cell phones while watching your children? You want to make sure your sitter’s attention is focused solely on your children - not the latest SnapChat story. Take some time in advance to establish clear rules about your expectations regarding technology to help ensure the safest environment for your children when you’re gone. 

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Leaving kids home alone for the summer

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Child care during the summer months can be a challenge for working parents. It’s harder to find care for elementary age children and expensive too. How do you know when your child is ready to be home alone? If they (or you) aren’t ready for that step, what options do you have? 

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Infant nutrition: making the transition to solid foods

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Is it time for infant cereal? Rice, oatmeal, or barley? What baby food will you serve after that? Which comes first fruits or vegetables?

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Recommendations for a healthy breastfeeding diet

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 8:50 AM

It’s true, breastfeeding moms need more calories - 500 more calories each day in fact. If you’re breastfeeding, make sure those extra calories come from foods that will help you stay healthy, keep your energy up and best support your baby’s development needs. Experts recommend following a diet high in antioxidants, protein and other key nutrients. Wondering how that translates into your grocery list? 

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Tips for soothing your infant

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 8:36 AM

When your little bundle of joy spends hours as a fussy baby, it can be hard to know the best way to calm him down. It is not uncommon for infants to be fussy at night or after eating - or you might even have a fussy baby all the time. Different soothing tricks work for different babies so try not to be discouraged if you’ve tried every piece of advice from family and friends with no luck.

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Should you be concerned about your child’s weight?

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Each time you visit the pediatrician’s office, your child will be weighed and measured to calculate body mass index. At wellness visits, these stats will be charted and compared to previous years to monitor growth patterns. If you have concerns about your child’s weight, ask to review these measurements with your pediatrician. You and your child’s doctor are the best partners for your child’s health now and in the future. 

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Getting into a breastfeeding routine

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Breastfeeding on demand means feeding your baby whenever he signals that he's hungry rather than according to a set schedule. Some parents are worried that they might be overfeeding their baby if they follow a breastfeeding on demand schedule but babies will only eat when they are hungry. Breastfeeding on demand - or on cue - can help you and your baby establish a strong breastfeeding routine and help establish your milk supply.

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Is it allergies or a cold?

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Springtime brings open windows, bike rides and playing outside. For some kids it also brings runny noses, itchy rashes and sneezes. Those pesky symptoms might just be a common cold but they could be a sign that your child has seasonal allergies.

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