Brain food! Everyone knows that good nutrition is essential to just about everything regarding tots' development — mental and physical. Feeding lil ones a balanced diet is a good rule of thumb, but there are certain foods that have proven positive benefits for healthy brain development. Unfortunately, telling kids that something is "good for them" isn't the appetite stimulant parents would hope for, and anyone who's ever tried to get a decent amount of green vegetables down the gullet of a stubborn toddler knows that healthy eating can be a challenge. Click through for breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes chock full of brain-boosting ingredients so delicious the kids won't even have a moment to protest between bites.
There's no bigger germ catcher than children. On the playground, at a restaurant, or simply playing with friends, tots have a way of picking up germs wherever they go. We can keep them locked up inside in hopes of protecting them during cold and flu season, but that really isn't very practical. Rather, consider a few small changes to your daily routine to help protect them during the height of the germy season.
- Dapple Travel Size Natural Surface Cleaner Wipes ($4): When sitting down in a restaurant, one of the first things many mamas grab is an empty high chair for their tot. Who knows what was on the previous child's hands before you sat down. Dapple's travel-size wipes use natural ingredients like baking soda to quickly clean off surfaces.
- Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo ($13): Help teach older tots to take better care of themselves with a silly tale of a little girl who infects all of the animals in the zoo with a virus when she wipes her runny nose with her hand instead of a tissue.
- Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Antibacterial Hand Soap Mousse ($6): Tommee Tippee has just introduced an entire line of eco and baby-friendly antibacterial soaps to moms, so they don't have to worry about their lil ones ingesting chemicals when the tots decide to feast on mama's finger right after she's washed it.
- Scotch-Brite Botanical Disinfecting Wipes ($2): Made entirely of botanical plant extracts, Scotch-Brite's new line of cleansing wipes are safe for kids' toys, high chairs, and cribs, wiping out 99.9 percent of household germs.
- My Tiny Hands 'Please Wash" Sign ($8): Created by a mom who was tired of strangers reaching into her tot's stroller to stroke her hands and face, these silicone rubber signs attach directly to strollers and car seats, offering a warning to passersby and keeping germs at bay.
Forget about apples; maybe it's really a baby a day that keeps the doctor away! Two recent studies point to the health benefits of having children, and the first study, conducted at the University of California, San Diego, goes so far as to say that the more the merrier! Researchers followed 1,300 women from California and concluded that women who experience at least four pregnancies are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who have never given birth — mothers of large families are half as likely to die from a stroke.
A second study, conducted by Australia's Deakin School of Health and Social Development found that childless women appear to be in poorer general health, and rank lower on measures of vitality, social functioning, and mental health. Researchers asked themselves what came first — were the women in poor health because they didn't have children, or were they childless because they were in poor health to begin with?
Does the possibility of improved health make the idea of procreation more appealing?
Packed parking lots and crowded stores aren't playgrounds for kids, but most parents have to take their tykes shopping at some point. To ensure your children's safety during trips to the mall — especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season — check out these simple tips that provide peace of mind.
Despite Groupon's recent failed attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor concerning kids with peanut allergies, parents of tots with severe, sometimes life-threatening allergies to certain foods know there's nothing funny about a toddler's throat closing up.
According to FAAN, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, over 15 million people in the US have food allergies. Two percent of the population is allergic to peanuts and nuts — almost all having experienced onset as toddlers. At an age when they're too young to fully understand or communicate the nature of their allergies, playgrounds, snacktimes, family picnics, and other generally fun-filled events can feel like a dangerous minefield for concerned parents.
Keep reading for a selection of products designed to help keep tots safe — and ease mama's worries (at least a little).
Somebody call Jamie Oliver, because US legislators need a quick lesson in nutrition. Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture introduced new school meal nutrition standards created in the wake of our childhood obesity epidemic. Among the lunch-line changes were new standards limiting the use of potatoes and sodium and increasing the use of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the cafeteria.
Congress, it seems, doesn't agree with the revised standards. This week, the legislative body put forth its latest spending bill — including budgets for the USDA — that will put tater tots back on school menus and consider pizza containing two tablespoons of tomato paste a vegetable. Yes, the simple presence of tomato paste allows a white flour, fat-laden meal to classify as a veggie. Congress argues that the USDA's recommendations were too expensive to enforce.
What do you think? Should cuts be made elsewhere to ensure that kids receive healthier meals in school? Or is it OK to consider pizza a vegetable?
Brrrrr! Winter is here, and for most tots, that means delightful days of making snowmen, sledding, and getting in snowball fights. It's all fun and games until someone gets frostbite.
Not to be Debbie Downer here, but do you know the facts about the causes, symptoms, and appropriate responses to frostbite? Take the following quiz to find out.Take the Quiz
What's Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Sad, that's what. Kids with food allergies are used to hearing "no, you can't have that," often missing out on birthday cake and swapping snacks with their buddies. With a few checks of the labels and some creative substitutions, it's easy to whip up food that everyone at the table can eat, making the experience even sweeter.
Keep reading for the delicious pumpkin pie recipe that everyone can enjoy this Thanksgiving.
Quick — what's the leading killer of children under the age of 5? Not AIDS, not cancer, not even the flu. Pneumonia kills a child every 20 seconds, but that statistic can easily be improved with vaccinations and education. On the eve of World Pneumonia Day, I spoke with ABC News' senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Orin Levine from the International Vaccine Access Center about this preventable disease. Take this quiz to see how much you know about pneumonia and what we can do to bring down these deadly statistics.Take the Quiz
In an ideal world, new mamas bring a newborn directly to their breast, they latch on, and feeding/bonding experience begins. Reality isn't quite that simple. Luckily there are products out there to help with virtually every ailment the nipple or breast may encounter. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the products and accessories that are available to breastfeeding mums.