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    1. Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

      There’s nothing more adorable than a picture of a happy baby contentedly smearing food on his face -- and everywhere else. (Until it’s time to clean up, of course.) Starting your baby on solid food can be fun, playful, and messy! For some parents, introducing solid foods can also be confusing. When

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    2. Smart Sips for Healthy Kids

      You know it’s important to fill your kids’ plates with healthy food. But what you pour into their glasses matters, too. If your children are guzzling lots of the sugary stuff, it’s time to rethink their drinks. So what can you give them instead? The answer is simple. “There are really only two thing

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    3. 12 Healthy Snacks Kids Will Love

      While adults can get through the day without many between-meal snacks, kids can’t. Children "can’t get all of the key nutrients they need with just breakfast, lunch and dinner," says Melissa Halas-Liang, RDN, a nutritionist based in Los Angeles. "That’s why parents should think of snacking as a way

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    4. 16 Kid-Friendly Breakfasts

      Mornings get hectic, so it can be easy to skimp on breakfast. Maybe you give your toddler the same frozen waffle with butter every morning. Or you’re lucky if your teen grabs a granola bar on his way out the door. But experts say the a.m. meal is so important that you and your kids deserve better. “

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    5. Nutrients Your Kids May Be Missing

      Stephanie and Rick Darby spend lots of time and energy choosing healthy foods for their two kids. “We want them getting the right nutrients for their growth and brain development,” says Rick, who lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Both parents scan food labels for amounts of sugar, protein, and vitamins. It

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    6. How to End the Picky Eating Struggle

      Last week, your child pushed away that plate of veggies. Today, he refuses to taste a bite of your casserole. Sound familiar? “With young children, a certain level of pickiness is normal,” says Angela Lemond, a dietitian in Plano, TX. “After all, they’re experiencing new foods and flavors for the fi

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    7. Baby-Led Weaning: Is It Right for Your Child?

      When Jennifer Fliss gave her 7-month-old daughter solid foods for the first time, she did it without using a single spoon. “We roasted sweet potatoes and cut them into about 1-inch square pieces,” she says. “We sat her in her chair and put them in front of her.” After that, Fliss says, she sat back

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    8. Infant Gas: How to Prevent and Treat It

      Babies can be pretty gassy. It’s common for them to pass gas 13-21 times each day! Why so much? Infants have plenty of chances to swallow air, like when they: Eat, whether food comes from a breast or bottle Suck a pacifier Cry When air gets trapped in your baby’s belly, you may notice that she: Burp

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    9. How to Care for Your Baby's Teeth

      When your baby flashes his gummy smile, caring for teeth that have yet to sprout is probably the last thing on your mind. "The surprising thing to a lot of parents is how early you need to start," says Amr Moursi, DDS, PhD, associate professor and chair of New York University's Department of Pediatr

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    10. Baby's First Year: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

      New parents tend to fret about lots of things: every fever, every early morning awakening when their baby still isn't sleeping through the night. Elaine Donoghue, MD, FAAP, understands. She's the co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood. Her insights might help

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