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New Rules for Three Meals

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    I think the long-standing belief is that the day should start with heart healthy grains and cereals.  The dairy and grain industries have spent billions of dollars to make you believe this and they’re now raking in trillions …

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

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  Recently the National Sleep Foundation revised its recommendations on sleep needs by age.  Max Hirshkowitz, PhD, Chair of the National Sleep Foundation Scientific Advisory Council states that “the public can be confident that these recommendations represent the best guidance …

Helping Your Baby Take Longer Naps

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The first though that comes to mind when you think of babies not sleeping well is that they wake up a lot in the night or they are difficult to get to sleep. But, one of the most common problems …

Staying Healthy this Cold & Flu Season (Part 3: Lifestyle)

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Part 3: Lifestyle   There are a number of preventative measures you can take to stay healthy this cold & flu season. This is the third in a three part series looking at foods, supplements, and lifestyle strategies you can …

Seven Tips for Helping your Baby Sleep

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I have been a pediatric sleep counselor for almost 4 years, and during that time I have been asked many times, “what is the secret to getting babies to sleep?”   Of course, there is no ONE secret. Teaching a …

Why Everyone Should be Eating Gelatin

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Gelatin is the original “protein powder”.  It is a combination of pure amino acids and essentially nothing else.  The dominant amino acids in gelatin are glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.  There are several others present also, but in much smaller amounts. …

A New Take on the Role of Cortisol in Pediatric Sleep

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When most people hear the words ‘cortisol’ and ‘infant/child sleep’ in the same sentence the typical thought is that sleep training causes the baby’s system to flood with cortisol and it’s dangerous to baby. But the reality may be a …

Navigating the Nap Transition

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Kids are funny. Just when you’ve started to pat yourself on the back for getting your child to sleep like a champ, he decides that naptime is no longer for him. Your once peaceful mornings and afternoons, those blissful hours when all was right again in the world had turned into a chaotic battle for naptime supremacy. If this sounds like your life with baby right now, welcome to the turbulent realm of the nap transition!

Tips for Travelling With a Baby or Toddler

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For most parents the thought of travelling with a baby is overwhelming, and the idea of travelling with a toddler can evoke sheer dread! Until your children are old enough to sit for long periods of time entertained by a …

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