3 Common New Parent Questions

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby. Though most parents wish their little one could tell them what’s keeping him or her awake, sometimes there’s no clear answer. To help parents who are looking for answers to the questions that keep them awake, including those regarding poop, sleep and tummy time, the experts at KinderCare, who’ve been caring for new babies for almost 50 years, offer this advice. 1. Why is my baby’s …

Want to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child?

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don’t taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it’s an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying “no” or jumping in when a baby discovers a new space. An Open for Adventure survey from Babyganics found a majority of parents (69 percent) believe a child can learn to be more confident if he or she is allowed to explore freely as a baby. However, letting go doesn’t always come naturally to parents. …

Want an amazing secret to Build Your Baby’s Brain?

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education (Family Features) Being stuck inside with a baby during the colder months can leave even the most seasoned parents feeling a bit stir-crazy. Consider these activity ideas from Ann Fisher, an award-winning teacher at KinderCare, that you and your baby can do together no matter the weather or where you’re traveling. Because these ideas involve materials you likely already have at home, that means you can entertain baby without going out to buy new toys or materials. “The important thing is to show your baby how excited you are to teach them …

Hug More, Stress Less

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness. As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by “The Guardian.” Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety. However, according to the article, hugs are on the decline. Among the reasons for this decline in hugging are busy schedules and the prevalence …

Talking Turkey Thanksgiving Facts & Figures

117 Million-Number of households across the nation-all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday. 28-Number of places in the US named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. 3.8 Billion Dollars-Forecast receipts to farmers from turkey sales. 1.3-Retail cost per pound from a frozen turkey in December. Which state leads the US in the production of turkeys? Minnesota Which state produces the most cranberries? Wisconsin Which state produces the most sweet potatoes? North Carolina Which state produces the most green beans? Wisconsin Why did the cranberries turn red? They saw the Turkey Dressing. Happy …

Common New Parent Questions

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby. Though most parents wish their little one could tell them what’s keeping him or her awake, sometimes there’s no clear answer. To help parents who are looking for answers to the questions that keep them awake, including those regarding poop, sleep and tummy time, the experts at KinderCare, who’ve been caring for new babies for almost 50 years, offer this advice. 1. Why is my baby’s …

Winter Rompers are TOG rated

ergoPouch says babies sleep better in natural fibers An Australian company, ergoPouch is renowned for high quality, innovative, and award-winning Swaddles Sleeping Bags, Sleep Suit Bags, Winter Rompers, and Layers (PJ’s/Rompers) all made from natural fibers for safe & comfortable sleeps. Babies sleep better in natural fibers for the simple reason that they improve breathability and keep the body at an even temperature. And it’s for this reason that all ergoPouch products are made using natural breathable fibers including organic cotton and bamboo. All ergoPouch products are TOG (warmth) rated to suit every temperature and season and convertible for multi-functionality. …

SnoofyBee™ makes for happy diaper time

Company designs Clean Hands Changing Pad in several patterns/colors. Parents of five children, Amy, and Michael Perry had a problem. Their 8-month-old son was so curious about the world around him that the squirming, reaching, and grabbing made diapering so difficult it required two people. The active family sought a portable solution to make diaper-time easier. They wanted something less restraining than changing table covers and diapering pillows on the market. With the help of grandma’s sewing skills, they created a few prototypes and eventually developed the Clean Hands Changing Pad. The portable changing pad features a thin foam-filled section …

Eight the Plate promotes healthy eating habits for picky eaters

Designed to reduce mealtime drama and encourage picky eaters to try new foods, 8 the Plate was invented by a mom and dad—behavioral analyst and aerospace engineer. After implementing behavioral strategies to get their daughter to eat, they designed a product that could facilitate all of the strategies. 8 the Plate is a divided plate that spins inside a clear cover and designed for ages 2-6—the “picky eater” years. The plate only spins one direction so parents pick the order of the food presented, yet the child is able to spin the plate themselves. Made from Tritan from Eastman, the …

Fertility Tracker wins award for best of baby tech

iXensor, maker of the PixoTest® platform that enables multi-biomarker testing through a smartphone, recently won the Best of Baby Tech Awards in Fertility and Pregnancy. Receiving the Best in Fertility and Pregnancy award has established Eveline as a leading innovation in ovulation tracking and testing solutions, according to the company. Providing women a seamless and integrated way to better target their ovulation, ultimately helping couples conceive faster is the Eveline mission. The Eveline Smart Fertility System consists of an ovulation test kit, a validated ovulation prediction algorithm, and a fertility tracking app for iOS and Android. Its patented technology uses …