Here are five essential games to play that will expand your child’s self awareness, improve their attention, and support healthy connections with the world.
The fluctuating temperatures of Fall and Winter add complexity to an already stressful season when it can be a challenge to not only stay healthy ourselves, but keep our children and family healthy as well. If we aren't coming down with something, our kids are. Children are more susceptible to these changes as their immune systems are still developing and often provide an extra special challenge, dietarily.
With a little bit of planning, you can make your family's back-to-school transition as easy as A-B-C and 1-2-3.
The gut-tantrum connection is real. Learn how to control your toddler’s behavior with a healthy gut.
As a mom of two small kids and a health coach, I’m pretty mindful of what I feed my children. Now that they’re both in school, I have a lot less control over what they eat and a lot of the food they get outside the house is junk. The problem starts with our food industry. Food companies use deceiving marketing and nutrition buzzwords like natural, whole grain and antioxidant so we believe we’re buying something healthy. If you look at the ingredients of these “healthy” foods, it seems as if there are little to no regulations for these claims.
In 2013, I wrote a guest post for Dr. Lipman’s website that provided guidance on choosing the healthiest infant formula for your baby. We all know that breastmilk is better, but the fact remains that many conscientious mothers are looking for safe, natural, organic formula for their infants. With an ever-growing number of organic formula options, my private clients were increasingly confused about which was best choice, and I wanted to supply them with some clear guidelines for choosing the best formula possible.
Letting your baby taste some food for the first time is such a special moment. To see the reaction on their cute little faces as they try to figure out what just happened is pure entertainment! I remember watching my own boy grabbing his pear and sweet potato sticks and chewing away on it with his bare gums.So then comes the question too – what should I feed my baby?In this context it’s important to mention that the WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 5-6 months and supplemental breastfeeding (nursing as well as other foods) until 23 months.
Cheerios have long been a popular first finger food for babies; their size and shape make them a perfect snack for new eaters eager to practice the emerging pincer grasp. Sometime around the beginning of the twenty-first century, some genius invented the “baby puff” and boom: a whole generation of toddlers will never hold a Cheerio between dimpled thumb and forefinger. In my own extended family, these snacks have become so popular that my nephew’s first word was…you guessed it…“puff!”
At this point, we all know that when it comes to the wellbeing of babies, breastfeeding is vastly superior to formula feeding in every way. Still, for those parents who formula feed—whether by choice or necessity—they all want to know: what is the safest, healthiest formula I can give my baby? With so many organic options now available, choosing a safe formula seems easier than ever, but not so fast. There are many problematic ingredients in infant formulas, even the ever-increasing organic varieties.
Parenting comes with lots of joy, but it can also be stressful when trying to balance all the ‘should do’s’ in your life. As a practicing health coach and mom, I know one of my most important responsibilities is to make sure my child is well nourished-both emotionally and physically. I’m often asked how I find time to cook and actually get my toddler to eat my healthy meals.
Once again Influenza is in the news causing panic. The signs of influenza are consistent with past years: red eyes, red lips, muscle aches and of course high fever. To ease your stress, here are a few tips to help your child weather the flu this year.
Halogenated flame retardants are some of the most dangerous chemicals on the market, yet a peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Science & Technology Journal found that they’re pervasive in products made for babies and toddlers: car seats, breast feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam.