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How Much is Too Much? Guidelines on Screen Time for Children from Reach Out and Read

One of the biggest challenges that many parents face when encouraging their children to read is competition from screens. Between television, computers, tablets, and smart…
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Limiting the Spread of Germs in Child Care

Perhaps because of my dual roles as both a pediatrician and the owner of a child care center, I find myself asked about the unwanted…

Indoor Activities for Cold Winter Months

Looking for creative, engaging ways to keep your little ones busy indoors during on cold winter days? Here are my five favorite suggestions for indoor play and learning: Take a “dream” vacation or field trip. The imagination is a powerful thing and with the help of a few props, you and your family can go on a lovely spring picnic or vacation to a tropical island. Everyone just has to suspend disbelief and enter into the fun to make it…

7 Tips for Enjoying Holiday Meals with Your Infant

This holiday season will be my daughter’s first. She turns 1 year old in January. While she is eating a wide variety of foods and textures, she isn’t quite to the point of eating everything we do. For our holiday celebrations I will have to make some modifications so that she can enjoy our traditional foods and feel involved while still eating appropriately for her age. She is quite the headstrong little lady who wants to eat everything we eat…
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Maintaining a Positive Potty Training Perspective

When it comes to potty training, it seems that one of the biggest parental challenges facing parents today often has little to do with the…

3 Ways to Tailgate the Child-Friendly Way

Football season is in full swing. Tailgating is as much an event as the game itself – whether you are there in person or having people over to your house to watch. Children can take part in the festivities and with a little bit of planning, can add to the game-day fun while still keeping with your family’s health goals. Here are three tips to tailgate the child-friendly way:Get moving! Tailgating is the perfect time to encourage family physical activity…

Tooth-Friendly Tips & Tricks

So here we are – the month after what we all know to be one of the year’s most celebrated candy holidays. While Halloween has admittedly always been one of my favorites – first as a child and then as a parent – it is hard to sugar coat the fact that all of the celebratory treats inevitably bestowed upon our children this time of year have the very real potential to stand in the way of insuring they have…

Building Blocks: Introducing Solids to Baby

For parents, introducing food to your baby is an exciting and thrilling time. It can also be nerve-wracking and full of self-doubt: Am I doing it correctly? Will I taint my child’s taste buds with my own eating likes and dislikes? How do I know what to do and when? These are all understandable questions. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently updated their recommendations on  the transition to solid foods. Traditionally, it has been recommended to start with a…

Childproofing Your Home

One of our most important jobs as parents is to ensure the safety of our children and families. In fact we hear over and over from parents that health and safety is the number one priority for their children. Childproofing the family home is high on the list of important preventative safety measures you can take, but it isn’t always easy to know where to start.Anticipation is the key to successfully childproofing each room and it’s something we get better…
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