Contrary to popular belief, regular exercise is encouraged by doctors for expecting moms because it can help a woman stay healthy and alleviate some of the discomforts like stiffness, back pain, leg cramping, or constipation. I love how the following famous females are staying active during their pregnancy but not overdoing it. Let's see who they are!
My nephew is as sweet as sweet can be. But, from the moment I take him outside to go for a walk, it's like chasing after an Olympic runner. I can't figure out how he can shift so quickly from being calm and collected to acting like someone who just escaped from a mental asylum.
I've learned that once kids begin to walk, they no longer want to feel the restrictions of a hand, a stroller, a harness, or anything else that undermines their new-found freedom. But because a parent's number-one priority is the safety of her child, it's often difficult to keep a toddler close and safe while still allowing them to roam free.
- Be Clear About What You Want First things first, you should always stress to your child that they need to stay with you. Especially in crowded areas, where a child should be no more than three feet away from you. Every time you cross a street, hold hands, look both ways, and proceed to cross the street — explaining every time why it's important to do so. Eventually holding your hand will become second nature for your child.
Snack time is often a blessing for moms because it keeps tots quiet, content, and occupied for at least a few minutes of the day — just enough time to make yourself a snack or put your feet up! But similar to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, snack time often means sticky hands, crushed crackers in the carpet, and spills you wish would just magically disappear. No more! Your cleanup count will drastically drop with the following inventions that keep food where it belongs — in the bowl, plate, or cup it was served in, and in your toddler's mouth. Ta-da!
Living in a landlocked city when the temps are through the roof isn't the most appealing way to spend your Summer. Add kids to the mix and you'll find yourself on a first-name basis with the staff at the local pool! But what happens if you don't have access to a public pool, or lake, or ocean, or anything else that can instantly cool you (I mean, your kids) off? If you have a plot of grass and a garden hose, the following water-friendly devices will turn up the fun factor in any backyard on a hot Summer's day.
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With road trips, soccer practice runs, grabbing groceries, daycare drop-offs, and more, it's important that your car is economical, built to last, and offers some family-friendly features to make it easier for you to transport your tots. The good news is more car companies are incorporating nifty kid-oriented characteristics into their cars to qualify a vehicle as a family car. And because of this, parents are left with a wide variety of choices to suit their particular needs. Here are some 2011 models that are taking the "kid-friendly" motto to a whole new level.
There are ebook apps for kids, online social networking sites and videos created just for kids, and even iPhone apps to inspire the artist within your child — needless to say, if you want it, there is an app, website, or gadget that's probably got it.
Next up? The iPad. If you've purchased one of Apple's latest inventions, and you can't keep it out of your child's hands — don't worry. There are lots of ways to keep it safe and protected — and rather than let them sneak a peek at your apps, why not download some apps that will keep them captivated and intellectually stimulated at the same time? Here are some of my top picks, best suited for kids ages 1-5.
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They're huggable, lovable, extremely cozy and soft, and kids love 'em. The irresistible playful pals I'm referring to are buddy blankets. Unlike regular baby blankets, buddy blankets are a bit smaller, usually come trimmed in satin, and have an adorable plush animal attached to them.
Because of their two-in-one appeal — featuring a blanket and cuddly stuffed animal in one — it's no wonder kids go gaga over them. Most are machine washable and dryable, so they are low maintenance for mama, and because they are smaller than traditional blankets, you don't have to worry about your little one dragging it on the floor or the ground outside.
For the perfect gift, or an addition to your baby's crib, here are some different animals and colors to choose from!
The muggy, warm weather has arrived. And for moms, this can mean trying to calm a baby in a hot stroller while out running errands. Baby carriers — unlike slings, which are worn diagonally and have been recalled — are a great way to carry your baby since they keep your hands free and provide the comfort of being held for your baby. To help keep you and your baby cool this Summer, I've found these stylish, lightweight, and very comfortable baby carriers, which are sure to do just that.
Homemade baby food is convenient, inexpensive (especially if your baby is accustomed to eating Tyler Florence's gourmet baby food!), and packs lots of health benefits for your babe by using fresh nutrient-filled ingredients. Most LilSugar mamas say they make their lil one's food themselves, so what's your technique for steaming and pureeing? If you're ready to make the leap to homemade baby food, I've rounded up some gadgets that will make the transition that much easier for you.
And once you get the hang of it, here are some simple homemade baby food recipes to expand your recipe book!
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A trip to the grocery store with your little one may seem like a simple, safe outing, but are you aware of all of the shopping cart-related accidents that happen each year? And aside from falls, within the few seconds you put your child in the cart, he or she is exposed to a wide variety of bacteria and germs. According to researchers at the University of Arizona, shopping carts are dirtier than bathrooms, with fecal contamination and E. coli bacteria showing up on more than half of the carts sampled. To help keep your toddler safe (and stylish!) here are some chic grocery cart covers that will provide a nice barrier of protection for your child while you check items off your shopping list.
One would assume that with all the milk babies drink that they don't need any more fluids. But because babies have relatively small fluid reserves and high metabolic rates, they can easily lose electrolytes and water, which are crucial for their little bodies to function. And if your baby is having a bad bout of diarrhea, she'll also be susceptible to becoming dehydrated more quickly than usual.
Dehydration is reversible, but it's important to take action as soon as possible. If a baby's fluids aren't replenished over a long period of time then it even be fatal. Here are some important signs to watch for to know if your baby is dehydrated.
Kids and messes go hand in hand, especially when there's markers involved. . . how can one purple marker end up in so places?!
I love the artistic creations kids whip up when they are armed with markers or crayons, but I can't help get worried when they get all over their hands, their clothes, and especially when they wind up in their mouths. Rather than circle like a helicopter when your kids are engaged in arts and crafts time, why not invest in some edible markers and crayons? Cause you know if they are edible, they can wind up in their mouths and it won't be an issue.
I'm obsessed with these Edible Veggie Crayon Nuggets ($10) because unlike regular crayons — which could contain toxic additives — these crayons are made with organic fruit and vegetable powders. They are also vegan and don't contain wheat or sugar if your little one has any food sensitivities. Choose from green, yellow. orange, red/pink, and purple.
And for markers, there's these Gourmet Writer Food Decorator Pens ($17) that are especially fun to use to decorate the icing on any baked goods. Just make sure the food is dry and firm, and away you go. Each pen contains only US certified food color, so they are perfectly safe to eat.
A month or two before a new baby arrives, it's often protocol for parents to stock up on diapers. The problem is, if you buy a lot of one particular size and your newborn baby is larger (or smaller) than you predicted, you have to go back to the store to get the right size.
Quite commonly, hospitals will provide you with newborn diapers to get you through your first day or two. If this is the case, you can send your partner on a diaper run after the lil one is born for the right fit. For mothers who are on their second, third, or fourth child, note that every baby can differ tremendously. Just because baby Alex was born weighing 7.5 pounds doesn't mean his brother Jack will weigh the same. Most mother's find that the newborn-size stage is gone before they know it, so only buy enough for a week or two. Here are a few more tips and tricks for getting just the right diaper fit:
- "Too big" is never an issue: It's always better to go larger rather than smaller, because your baby is going to grow like a weed! Even if you are stuck with big diapers, rest assured your baby will grow into them.
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When you first have a baby, it's hard not to get swept up in the joy and excitement, and going overboard on purchases is usually a given. Granted, there are many items your baby doesn't really need, but there are a handful of products that are best to buy new. Here's what you should refrain from borrowing, or from buying used or secondhand to keep your baby happy, healthy, and most of all, safe!
- Car Seats: I know a car seat may be the last thing you want to buy new for your baby, but here's why you should: car-seat designs are constantly changing and evolving. Older car seats may have been recalled (many are), or maybe it was in a crash or has missing parts. Even if a secondhand car seat looks perfectly fine, you don't want to take the chance and put the safety of your baby in jeopardy.
My first go-to gift for any new mother is always a plush, organic, baby blanket. Regardless of how many blankets she's already been gifted, another baby blanket can never go amiss. When a blanket is organic, the cotton used to make it is free from pesticides, so it is nontoxic and safe for your little one. What's great about all of these luxurious blankets is that they can be used to swaddle your baby, to keep your him warm in his crib, and to cover your lil one while running errands. Here are a few of my favorite organic blankets!
Food allergies afflict more than three million children in the United States, with peanuts, shellfish, milk, and eggs topping the allergy list.
A recent study was just released that studied the relationship between birth order and allergies. Researchers found that firstborn children were more likely to have hay fever and pink eye due to a food allergy. The results were as follows: the prevalence of food allergies was 4 percent in firstborn children, 3.5 percent in second-born children, and 2.6 percent in children born later.
This is what Dr. Takashi Kusunoki, author of the study from the pediatrics department at Shiga Medical Center for Children and Kyoto University, had to say about the findings: "It has been established that individuals with increased birth order have a smaller risk of allergy. However, the significance of the effect may differ by allergic diseases."
Further research needs to be conducted on this matter to make any final conclusions, but it is an interesting correlation on an already interesting topic — studies have shown that birth order has a lot to do with how we turn out as adults and which career paths we choose. I'm the youngest of three girls, and we all seem to have varying food allergies, so I can't say my oldest sister was more prone to hay fever or pink eye than the rest of us. Which leads me to my next question (see below). I can't wait to see the results!