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  1. Making the Transition From Breast to Bottle Feeding

    All nursing moms wean their babies sooner or later, whether it's when they add solid food to babies' diets, replace some breast milk with formula (for infants), or switch completely from breast to bottle or sippy cup. Everyone reacts differently to weaning. If you or your baby find it hard to adjust

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  2. 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 hel

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  3. Bottle Feeding and Formula: Expert Q&A

    From how to hold the bottle to how much to feed, new parents havemany questions about feeding. Here are some answers from board-certified pediatrician Renee A. Alli, MD, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in practice in metro Atlanta. What's the best way to choose a formula? Your pediatr

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  4. When They're Too Old for Time-Outs

    When children are toddlers, many parents learn to rely on a simple, short list of discipline strategies: redirect, distract, time-out (or "time-in"). But as kids grow and change, your disciplinary toolbox needs to grow with them. "With older kids, there really isn't a blanket 'consequence' to use fo

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  5. 3 Must-Try Recipes: Quinoa, Apples, and Carrots

    Delicious, yet good-for-you cooking is easier than you think. For inspiration, try these three recipes from Atlanta chef Megan McCarthy. Serves 4-6 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 2 cups water 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp Spike Seasoning or salt and pepper to taste 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 pe

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  6. How Clean Should We Be?

    Your baby drops a cracker on the floor. Does the 5-second rule apply, or do you quickly throw it away? Or could those germs actually be good for him? Well, kind of. There's a belief that says exposing people -- especially babies and young children -- to different kinds of germs early in life can kee

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  7. When Parenting Styles Differ

    When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, tensions can run high. Take the case of Leigh Henry, 37, of San Antonio, Texas. Leigh doesn't always agree with her husband, Ryan, also 37, on how best to parent their toddler and preschooler. Ryan, an attorney, makes "empty threats," she

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  8. 7 Mistakes Parents Make With Grade-Schoolers

    If you've got kids in elementary school, you certainly have your job cut out for you as you try to encourage healthy living and help them develop a positive self-image. Throw in the first signs of puberty and some social and emotional bumps along the way, and it is easy to see that some mistakes are

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  9. Communicate Effectively With Your Teen

    "Teens can seem so unreasonable and so rude," Laura Kussick, executive director of the Seattle-based Program for Early Parent Support, says. She's also the mother of a 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son. For Kussick and her kids, conflicts sometimes arise around the hot-button issue of how muc

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  10. 8 Mistakes Parents Make With Preschoolers

    Sometimes, it may seem like your preschooler has the innate ability to push you to the outer edge of your patience. And that's on a good day. Fear not, moms and dads. You're not alone. Preschoolers want to own their newfound independence. But they also want the close attention and love of their care

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