What If Your Kid Was Your Boss?

What If Your Kid Was Your Boss?

My friend has a picky eater — her first, only child. It’s one of her persistent struggles with her son, the kind that has its ups and downs but is always there. We all have them, I think, the things that you as a parent, or adult, just can’t get your child to see the same way. Or can’t quite grasp about your child’s behavior. And more than that, we can’t bring ourselves to let go of the conflict. You deeply want “X” for your child or your child to do “X,” without even being fully aware of it. I remember the first time I stepped onto a soccer field with my child, excited for her practice, and how deep the fear — my own fear — ran when she spent most of the time crying. I was surprised by my own emotion as much as hers. It’s possible they’ll hate the things you love. But it’s also possible that they’re just that age — 2, 3, 4, etc. Read more

Reasons You're Not Losing the Baby Weight

12 Reasons You’re Not Losing the Baby Weight

As many experienced moms will agree, the term “baby weight” can be as misleading as the term “morning sickness.” Just as morning sickness can plague a pregnant woman at all hours of the day, baby weight tends to hang on to mom long after the baby’s evolved to a toddler, preschooler, and beyond. And there’s a reason for that. Here, 12 factors that may be inhibiting your ability to ditch that extra “baby” bulk — whether it’s been a few months, or a few years since your bundle of joy was born.

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If My Baby Could Talk

If My Baby Could Talk

It’s safe to say my baby has figured out she’s been born into a house of crazy people. She hasn’t said anything yet, but I know she’s thinking it. I can see it in her eyes.

Which got me thinking – what else would she say if she could talk?

Here’s a list of things I’m confident my baby would say to me if she could: Read more

6 Cloth Diapering Myths, Debunked

6 Cloth Diapering Myths, Debunked

With a new baby in the house comes many decisions — crib-sleeping vs. co-sleeping, nursing vs. bottle feeding, pacifier vs. thumb sucking. And diaper method (cloth vs. disposable) is no exception!

There are many misconceptions about cloth diapering, some of which used to be true while others were never the case. I wanted to debunk the most popular ones so you can make an educated decision for your baby.

Now let’s get down to the truth … Read more

children and allergies

Children and Allergies

A child who sneezes or coughs a lot, who frequently develops a rash or hives, or who gets a stomachache, cramps or nausea after eating certain foods may have allergies. Any child may develop allergies, but they are more common in children from families with a history of such reactions.

Early identification of childhood allergies will improve your child’s quality of life, reduce the number of missed school days and help you avoid having to use sick time or vacation days to care for your child.

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Baby Reveal Surprise

Baby Reveal Surprise

Who needs a gender reveal party when you can have a surprise baby reveal? On March 12, Sharon Rademacher entered West Florida Hospital to give birth. When family and friends came to visit her, they couldn’t wait to see if she’d had a boy or a girl. But they were in for the surprise of a lifetime when they pulled back the hospital-room curtain and saw Rademacher holding two baby girls in her arms. Read more

Cow's Milk: When and How to Introduce It

Cow’s Milk: When and How to Introduce It

Why do experts recommend waiting to introduce cow’s milk until a baby is 12 months old?

There are several reasons to delay the introduction of cow’s milk until your baby reaches his first birthday.

Babies can’t digest cow’s milk as completely or easily as breast milk or formula. Cow’s milk contains high concentrations of protein and minerals, which can tax your baby’s immature kidneys. In addition, cow’s milk doesn’t have the right amounts of iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients for infants. It may even cause iron-deficiency anemia in some babies, since cow’s milk protein can irritate the lining of the digestive system, leading to blood in the stools. Finally, cow’s milk doesn’t provide the healthiest types of fat for growing babies. Read more

Crossed Eyes

Crossed Eyes (Strabismus) in Kids

While it might seem obvious that being cross eyed means your eyes don’t line up normally, there is a lot more to crossed eyes than their appearance.

Strabismus is the official term for crossed eyes, but other names for it include tropia, eye turns, wall eyed, and wandering eye. Contrary to common opinion, being cross eyed is not the same as having a lazy eye, although strabismus can lead to a lazy eye. Read more