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Summer’s here, which means a lot of us are traveling. A lot of parents avoid plane travel because they’re worried their child will panic and cause a scene. With a few simple tips, plane travel is usually not a problem. 1. Know the breastfeeding policy – If you’re nursing, know the breastfeeding policy of the airline. Even though you should have free rights, it’s not worth a fight. You might have to use pumped milk for a bottle. 2. Send supplies ahead – Rather than lug the stroller, infant seat,...

We all want the best for our children. We work so they can have better lives than ourselves. We want them to be smart, successful people who can make a comfortable place in the world for themselves. That means we have to give them the best tools we can, including a strong brain and confident disposition. Here are some ways you can boost your baby’s development. Give a healthy start – Stay healthy while you’re pregnant and nursing. Feed baby healthy foods and teach healthy eating habits. A healthy diet supports...

There’s no reason we can’t get our kids started living an eco-friendly lifestyle from an early age. The sooner they start practicing good habits, the better they’ll stick. As a parent, we obviously want to start our children out on the right path. Here are some ways you can raise a “green” baby. 1. Show don’t tell Babies are balls of energy, so there’s usually no trouble in getting them to exercise. As parents however, we should try our best to be active with our children. Being enthusiastic about exercise...

Recently I became aware of this animated infographic by Tabletop Whale. It shows a human embryo and fetus development from conception to birth. I think it’s a fascinating display and truly makes me marvel at the complexity of the human body. It made me consider just what happens during pregnancy, so here’s a week-by-week breakdown. Week 1 - Mom isn’t pregnant yet, but things are in the works. The conception date is determined by subtracting two weeks from mom’s last menstrual cycle. Week 2 - Mom’s body is ramping up progesterone,...

As your baby learns to navigate the world, she will not only need the mental skills to complete tasks, but the physical abilities as well. Often babies will be frustrated because they understand what they want and how to get it, but their bodies don’t cooperate. Here are some ways you can help your baby build muscle. Have lots of tummy time In the beginning, your baby’s neck and core will seem fragile and delicate. At just six weeks old, however, she will be able to lift her head for...

One of the toughest and most frustrating aspects of being a parent to a newborn baby is the issue of trying to figure out why they’re crying. Newborns will cry a lot and for so many different reasons, so getting a better understanding of what’s causing it will help you immensely. These are some ways you can identify your child’s cry and interpret what they need from you as a parent: Hunger Hunger cries have been described as fairly unrelenting and almost desperate. Other signs that your child may be...

As the weather cools off, you’ll start looking for indoor activities for your children. Arts and crafts are always fun because once you’re finished, you have a keepsake to hang on the fridge or a bedroom wall. Below are some simple arts and crafts that you can do with your toddler, even if he or she doesn’t have much skill. Click each link to read a more detailed explanation with steps. 1. Homemade Play Dough Play dough is a great toy to help your kids develop their fine motor skills. This...

Once you become a parent, a lot of things in your life are going to change. A quick pop down to the store that would usually take ten minutes will turn into an hour. A day trip to an amusement park can’t be planned that morning, it needs to be scheduled weeks in advanced. I think becoming a parent is one of the most magical experiences of a person’s life, but you will have to part with a few things… 1. Sleep Long stretches of deep, uninterrupted sleep are gone,...

Watching little ones try food for the first time is always exciting for me. Their facial expressions when the flavors hit their tongue are always worth a laugh. If you have the help, video your baby when you offer food the first time.  Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies, but there's no harm in offering some solid foods here and there. A smooth transition is always preferred to sudden weaning. The idea is to create a positive pattern of good eating habits so your child prefers...

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