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Five Tips for Instilling Healthy Eating Habits in Your Baby

Please think back to your own meal time experiences for a moment -- when you were growing up, were you forced to clean your plate? Did your parents bribe you to eat your vegetables before you were able to have dessert? If you're like many parents today, you want to give your baby the best nutritional start by by teaching her to choose healthy food options and listen to internal hunger cues. How, though, do you go about doing so?  One important aspect to keep in mind is that food is not a one-size-fits-all equation. Babies are born at different sizes and with different genetic make-ups. Some babies will grow faster than others, and this does not usually indicate that one baby is healthier than...

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Safe Water Play Ideas for Baby

With temperatures heating up across the country, water play is a great way to keep your baby cooled off and entertained. Not only is water play fun, but it’s a stimulating way for your baby to practice motor skills. Understandably, many parents are also concerned about water safety during these warmer months. We’ve compiled five safe water play ideas that you and your baby can partake in together. 1. Bucket, Scoops, and Spoons This simple water play activity is perfect for babies to learn spatial awareness, as well as practice their pouring skills. Take a small bucket with various measuring cups and spoons that you already have around the home and let him splash and engage! 2. Water Table or...

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The Building Blocks of Healthy Sleep Habits

The first three months of life are often referred to as the fourth trimester when your little one is still adjusting to life outside of the womb. During this adjustment, baby is depending on your to lead in building healthy habits – including healthy sleep habits.  At first you may be overwhelmed with your little one’s irregular sleep patterns. While it will be a gradual shift to sleeping more consistently at night, it will happen. So, how can you help support your little one through this transition during the first few months of life?  Educate yourself on newborn and infant sleep patterns. You can expect your baby to sleep between 16-18 hours per day for the first month and 11-15...

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The Dreaded 4-Month Sleep Regression

The Dreaded 4-Month Sleep RegressionHi there! My name is Lauren, the founder of Sleep and the City Child Sleep Consulting, and I was so excited to share my expertise with this subject when the Ollie World asked me to contribute and weigh in! The 4 Month regression is often the most difficult for parents, and there is actually nothing we can do to stop it. What does it look like? How do you know that your baby is experiencing it? And what can you do to stop it? Let’s dive in……So your'e baby has finally begun to sleep all night, and your'e high-fiving yourself for all the hard work that got you up to this point (or working tirelessly to...

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Sleep Consultant Taking Cara Babies

I am excited to have the opportunity to introduce Cara Dumaplin, Founder of Taking Cara Babies. She is a Registered Nurse with 18 years experience in Neonatal ICU, Labor & Delivery, Antepartum and Postpartum Care. Cara is married to a pediatrician and is a mom to four. She is an educator and sleep consultant who helps families all across the nation. I was able to spend time with Cara and discuss some of our top questions.  1. Tell us about your background. I had been a nurse for many years when I brought my first baby home from the hospital. I believed my background in neonatal nursing and being married to a pediatrician would mean having a new baby would be...

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