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Creating a Kid-Friendly Lunch Buffet

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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It’s always the same routine when it comes to feeding my 4-year-old and 2-year-old their lunches. I ask them what they would like to eat and then I prepare it for them. I deliver the lunches (made with love) to my small people, and almost invariably, pickiness ensues.

I was really starting think that they simply didn’t want to their food because I put it in front of them! That’s when I had a moment of mommy brilliance. Maybe they want a little more freedom and the ability to choose the items for their plate.

I decided to create a little lunch buffet for the kids, featuring some of their favorite foods including fruit and veggies, a sandwich and Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers and Fruit Cup Snacks.

Chilren's School Lunch

It’s such a simple thing, but, placing a few choices on a mini-buffet in front of the kids and telling them they can choose items for their plates makes lunchtime so much more fun!

They still end up eating mom-approved foods, but, letting them feel like they are more in charge of the lunch process seems to make all the difference.

children's lunch ideas

My kids are pretty picky when it comes to what they will eat, and this lunch buffet really does wonders for making lunchtime a more pleasant experience for everyone involved, including me! Even if your kids aren’t quite as particular as mine, they will probably still enjoy mixing up the lunch routine with a fun, kid-friendly buffet.

School Lunch ideas

As you can see, Kara is a huge fan of the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers, and I love them because they contain 1 ½ servings of fruits and vegetables, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors.

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Starting August 1st and running through September 1st, Del Monte is asking consumers to share a photo of their kids’ favorite Del Monte snack: Fruit Burst Squeezers or Plastic Fruit Cups (Squeeze or Spoon?). Stay tuned to the Del Monte Facebook page for more details.

So, parents, tell me—do you have picky eaters? How do help encourage your kids to eat?

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Are Parents Going Too Far With ‘Infant Cocooning’?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

infant-cocooningThere are some things no new parent wants to be without when baby arrives. (See: lots of diapers, a mountain of wipes, and some onesies.) But for some moms- and dads-to-be, that must-have list now includes vaccinations — not just for themselves, but for anyone who will come in contact with baby.

The trend, called “infant cocooning,” may sound like the stuff of extreme parents, but down-to-earth, normal couples are also making sure Grandma is up to date on her diphtheria, influenza and pertussis shots before she can hold the baby, reports CBS’ New York affiliate. And this is music to the ears of the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recommend the practice because it help prevent infants from being exposed to infectious diseases.

Among the potpourri of vaccinations out there, the AAP recommends people get vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough. That’s because the respiratory tract infection is on the rise in the United States, and most babies have to wait until they’re 2 months old before receiving the vaccination, CBS reports. Plus, “a baby under 6 months of age is more likely to be hospitalized or die from whooping cough infection as opposed to a 2-year-old or 12-year-old who gets ill and has a bad cough,” says pediatrician (and Parents advisor) Dr. Ari Brown.

While some people think asking family, friends, and caregivers to undergo a round of shots before meeting baby is overkill, I’m siding with the experts on this one. After I brought home my newborn son, I stationed vats of hand sanitizer all around my home and nudged visitors toward them the second they took off their coats. And yes, my husband and I also asked our families to make sure they were up to date on their vaccinations before they came over to meet our son. We had no idea it was called “infant cocooning,” though — to us, it was just plain common sense.

Tell us: Would you ask your family, friends and caregivers to get vaccinated before they’re allowed to hold your newborn?

The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule

Should you worry about baby’s sniffles? Consult our Baby Symptom Checker to see if a call to the pediatrician is in order. And be sure to like All About Babies on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby news!

Image of vaccination courtesy of Shutterstock 

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Is Your Baby Teething? The FDA Updates Warning on Gum-Numbing Medications!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Asian baby girl teething ringIf your baby is crying because of sore gums from the beginning stages of teething, avoid giving local anesthetics to alleviate his pain!

The US Food and Drug Administration released a consumer update warning against drugs or products containing viscous lidocaine, a gel-like syrup that’s usually prescribed by doctors to patients with mouth or throat ulcers or patients undergoing chemo.

Parents who have given an unsupervised amount of viscous lidocaine have accidentally overdosed their babies, causing serious symptoms that include vomiting, shaking, seizures, increased risk of choking, and difficulty breathing. The FDA received 22 reports (some involving deaths) in 2014 related to viscous lidocaine, with parents reporting they soaked pacifiers and cloths in the gel or put it into baby formulas.

Two years ago, the FDA warned against gum-numbing medications containing benzocaine, an ingredient usually contained in over-the-counter products such as Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, Anbesol, and Hurricane. Prolonged use of benzocaine can lead to methemoglobinemia, a potentially fatal condition where the blood stream carries a reduced amount of oxygen. Symptoms include pale or blue-gray skin, lips, and fingernail beds, plus headaches, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, and increased heart rate.

Instead of giving your baby prescription or over-the-counter medications, provide a chilled (not super cold) teething ring or wash cloth to numb pain and decrease inflammation. Or use your finger (make sure it’s clean!) to gently rub and massage your baby’s gums. Try these other mom-tested teething tips to distract your baby and ease the tears.

How to Soothe a Teething Baby
How to Soothe a Teething Baby
How to Soothe a Teething Baby

Can’t wait to see which baby milestones are next? Take our Baby Milestone quiz to keep track of baby’s growth and development.  And remember to keep up with the latest baby news by liking All About Babies on Facebook!


Image: Asian baby girl teething ring via Shutterstock

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Believe It or Not, Dry Drowning Can Happen

Friday, June 27th, 2014

dry-drowningsWater safety is something we parents take pretty seriously: We hang on to our babies in the pool (and teach them survival techniques) and watch our older ones like a hawk, even if they already know how to swim. After all, drownings are common — they’re the number-one cause of death in children under 5 — and they can happen in the blink of an eye.

But drowning after leaving the water? That’s a new one on me. Thankfully, though, it’s something Tiffany Eidson was wise to last week when she noticed her two-year-old daughter choking in her sleep; she also spotted water coming out of the girl’s nose and mouth. Eidson had just watched a news segment on “secondary drowning” and realized that her daughter was experiencing those very symptoms, even though it had been hours since she was in the pool of the Kansas City, Mo., hotel where they were staying. Eidson rushed the little girl to a nearby hospital, where doctors were able to resuscitate her, according to USA Today.

Though very rare, so-called “dry” drownings occur when a small amount of water pools in the lungs and causes spasms that can close the airway, according to the World Health Organization. Drowning can occur up to 24 hours after leaving the water, and the big symptoms to look for are difficulty breathing and extreme fatigue. Bottom line: If you suspect your child has any of these symptoms, take him immediately to the ER. The sooner you get help, the better the chances of survival.

Tell us: Have you brought your baby into the water yet? Are you considering signing up for an infant swimming class?

How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water
How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water
How to Introduce Your Baby to the Water

Is all that ear tugging a sign of swimmer’s ear or an infection? Get the facts — and peace of mind — with our Baby Symptom Checker. And keep up with the latest baby news by liking All About Babies on Facebook!

Image of baby swimming courtesy of Shutterstock

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Moms Rejoice: A Too-Clean House Is Bad for Baby!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Put down the mops and step away from the sponges! It turns out that that old adage “A little dirt won’t hurt” is right—especially when it comes to allergies.

A new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that exposure to cat dander, a wide variety of bacteria and even rodent and roach detritus (ew!) when your baby’s under the age of one can help reduce the risk that she’ll develop allergies and asthma later on. (Kids who weren’t exposed to a wide variety of pathogens early on were three times more likely to develop wheezing and allergies as those who grew up in dirtier households.) But you’d better hurry and get her that kitten fast—if you start the exposure after age one, you’ll actually increase the likelihood that she’ll develop allergies. “It was the opposite of what we expected,” Dr. Robert Wood, chief of the division of allergy and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and co-author of the study, told NBC News. “We’re not promoting bringing rodents and cockroaches into the home, but this data does suggest that being too clean may not be good.”

The researchers theorize that the exposure to dirt gives the immune system something real to fight against, keeping your kid’s immune system from doing battle with harmless things like peanuts. It’s the exact opposite of what we’ve been told all along for allergies—my mom busted her butt keeping the house clean to deal with my issues with dust and pet dander.

So maybe you don’t want to start letting mice nibble in your pantry, but this is definitely a good excuse to hang up the mop and let your kiddo play on the (dirty) floor with you. And if your baby dips her binky in the dirt or sand before putting it back in her mouth, you probably shouldn’t worry too much!

Test your allergy knowledge with our quiz. And don’t forget to like All About Babies on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

Baby Care Basics: Allergies
Baby Care Basics: Allergies
Baby Care Basics: Allergies

Image: Mom cleaning by Martin Novak/

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