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Thursday, March 20th, 2014
We all want to raise nutrition-smart kids, but where do you begin? Does a kindergartner need to know the difference between organic and processed foods? Aren’t babies just supposed to have breastmilk? And what about toddlers? Can we get them to do anything?
The good news is parents don’t need to go it alone in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. Local programs like The New York Foundling in New York City can help provide nutritional guidance.
“At The New York Foundling we empower our families by educating them on easy ways to incorporate healthy eating and the importance of nutrition,” said Bethany Lampland, COO, The New York Foundling. “We believe this is the most important step in enabling smart choices for years to come.”
To celebrate Nutritional Awareness Month, The New York Foundling’s Carlye Waxman, RD, CDN offers her tips on how and when to introduce healthy nutrition at different stages of a child’s life. And if you’re making feeding mistakes, don’t worry. There are easy fixes.
Prenatal: During pregnancy babies need vitamins, minerals and nutrients to develop properly. Get enough calcium by having 4 servings of dairy per day. Easy ways to do this – start your day with a yogurt (non-Greek has more calcium), have skim or low-fat milk as a snack, add cheese in your sandwich and have low-fat ice cream for dessert.
Babies: When your baby is around 6 months old, he or she can have more variety than just formula or breast milk. Introduce yogurt and cheese for necessary fat and calcium. Vegetables are important at this stage as well, not just for the nutrients they provide, but to encourage children eat their vegetables in the future. Be sure to introduce only one new food every few days to check for allergic reactions or intolerances.
Toddlers: Trying new foods may be a challenge if your toddler is choosy. Don’t force a new food if your child won’t accept it, but do try several times and don’t give up. Your child is also following your example, so eating healthy foods yourself will help him learn without even knowing it.
Kindergarten: This is the time to start involving your child in meal planning. Take her to the grocery store and ask her which vegetable she wants with dinner (present her with two or three options so she don’t get too confused). Serve foods that the rest of the family is eating as much as possible so they can learn by example. Don’t use desserts as a tool for children to eat their vegetables at this stage, or they may start to think of vegetables as bad or boring and simply a means to get to the real “delicious” foods after.
Tweens: The old adage is true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can influence test scores and help increase learning throughout the day. If you’re on-the-go a simple breakfast can include a slice of whole grain toast, low-fat milk with cereal and a banana. For mornings that you can prepare foods, try making oatmeal with low-fat milk. Buy plain uncooked oats and sweeten them yourself with natural sweeteners such as fruit and honey.
Kids of All Ages: Routinely have dinners at home as a family. Dinners together provide a balance of home-cooked nutrients, and serve as a time to talk about the day, the food or the meal prepared. Aim to include three things in your meal: a lean protein, a whole grain starch and a plethora of vegetables. Children will learn what constitutes a balanced, filling meal and take that knowledge with them as they grow up.
Take a look at our Food & Recipe Guide for healthy (and delicious!) recipe ideas.
Image: Happy Kid with vegetables and fruits sitting at the table via ShutterStock
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014
While working on 23 Clean Discoveries, our April issue’s ultimate spring-cleaning guide, I polled Parents staffers about their favorite tidy-up tools. By a landslide the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser was crowned everyone’s not-so-secret weapon. It may be an old standby for removing crayon murals from walls, but we discovered 17 other genius ways to put it to work. Test our editors’ and readers’ tricks: just wet the foam with water, wring it out, and get scrubbing!
- Shine shoes in a pinch, when you don’t have polish. (Julie Taraska, Shop Parents Editor)
- Lift food dye and paint from quartz countertops—that’s no mean feat! (Lisa Milbrand, Contributing Editor)
- Lightly buff hardwood floors to remove permanent marker without stripping the finish. (Gail O’Connor, Senior Editor)
- Rub-off shoe marks on floorboards and stairs in five minutes. (Karen Snyder Duke, Associate Editor)
- Remove dirt and fingerprints that collect around light switches. (Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief)
- Polish kitchen cabinet doors. (Chandra Turner, Executive Editor)
- Keep a white-topped stove in pristine condition. (Jessica Hartshorn, Senior Lifestyle Editor)
- Dissolve soap scum from textured, non-slip surfaces like bathtubs. (Laura Fenton, Lifestyle Director)
- Touch-up computer keyboards and electrical cords. (Amy Roberts, Contributing Writer)
- Scrub stains, spills, and scuffs from hard-to-clean tile floors. (Maryn Liles, Associate Editor)
- Get rid of adhesive gunk leftover from price tags, stickers, labels, and tape. (Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo, Editorial Assistant)
- Cut 1-inch strips for your toilet tank to keep it fresh and remove hard water stains without scrubbing—just don’t flush them! (Syndi Shoff via Facebook)
- Wipe away marks on vinyl siding (and campers!) that the power-washer can’t. (Marcia Workman via Facebook)
- Buff the plastic and painted parts of your car to mask small dings and scratches. (Keri Evangelista via Facebook)
- Take ink out of leather couches and car seats. (Erin Ford Weiss via Facebook)
- Swipe along shutter-style blinds and shades. (Ami McBride via Facebook)
- Get grime off the fish tank and its accessories—gently and chemical-free! (Melissa Rodriguez via Facebook)
For more help with spring cleaning, check out our room-by-room guides:
Download the Easy Chore Chart to get your kids in on the cleaning action.
All ideas submitted have been edited and condensed.
Image: Gloved hand cleaning crayon via Shutterstock
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014
A recent Parents poll shows most moms spend 15 hours or more each week sponging, scrubbing, sweeping, and vacuuming. To help slash that time, we enlisted the help of our editors, as well as cleaning experts, to deliver clever tricks and products for every room in your home.
In December, I sent 22 editors home with more than 30 of the latest and greatest cleaning supplies on the market. I assigned everyone a mission and they each went home to dutifully vacuum pet hair from carpeting, scour bathroom grout, steam hardwood and tile floors, wash windows, and scrub stoves—hey, we’re not above manual labor! Every sponge, brush, vacuum, and scum-busting solution was put to the test and if our real moms and dads weren’t impressed, we cut it from our list.
To see which products shined, check out our room-by-room guide to spring cleaning:
The room that’s the heart of the home is also its most mess-prone. Food prep plus eating is a recipe for sticky counters, gritty floors, and crud everywhere else. Here’s how to cut kitchen cleaning time in half:
Your Living Room and Bedroom
These spaces have a lot in common: soft, comfy furniture, plush carpeting, and personal clutter. They also share the cleaning challenges of upholstery stains, dirty carpeting, and dust. Use our tips for tricky messes:
Make the place where your family gets clean spotless. Tackle soap scum, mildew, stained grout, and more:
Find The Best Vacuum for You
We tested the latest vacuums to find the right tools for your home’s carpet, tile, and wood. Find out which is right for your family:
Which family space do you need the most help keeping tidy? Let us know in the comments!
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Monday, March 10th, 2014
Your kids happily eat plenty of vegetables. They look forward to lettuce, zero in on kale, and beg for broccoli. Right?
Chances are, they don’t. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a four-year-old child should eat 1 1/2 cups of veggies a day. That can be a tall order especially when you have picky eaters on your hands.
Enter NYC mom of two VanTrang Manges. VanTrang began experimenting with green drinks for her youngest daughter when she realized that the toddler ate virtually no vegetables. One delicious drink led to another and VanTrang abandoned a career in finance to launch Green Mustache, a line of organic fruit and vegetable juice smoothies for kids. Green Mustache features three yummy flavors and is currently sold throughout the New York area.
If you can’t find Green Mustache at a store near you, or if you simply wish to DIY it, VanTrang shared with us a simple formula for blending up one of these nutritious drinks at home.
Start by enlisting your kids to help choose ingredients from each of these categories:
First, pick one of these for your base:
- Almond milk
- Rice milk
- Soy milk
- Low-fat cow’s milk
- Coconut milk
- Orange juice
Next, choose a green veg:
- Swiss Chard
Then, pick a fruit (or two or three):
- Kiwi Fruit
Finally, supercharge it with one of these power foods:
- Greek yogurt
- Chia seeds
- Nut butter
- Raw cacao
Then simply blend it all together!
More smoothie tips from VanTrang:
Make It a Family Activity: Allow your child to choose which ingredients she would like to try mixing together—experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun! And this simple formula is a great way to start teaching children about proportions and how to follow a recipe.
Color is Key: Use berries to help turn your smoothie a reddish or purple color, which might make it more visually appealing for your child. Or use lighter-colored ingredients like peaches, bananas, and mango for a paler shade of green.
Choose Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens contain high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals that support your immune system, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life-threatening diseases.
Freezer Fun: Keep some frozen fruits on hand, especially some of your favorite seasonal fruits to ensure that you can have your tasty smoothie anytime. Freezing fruits is also a great way to not waste ripe fruit. If you like your smoothies extra cold like we do, use at least one frozen fruit to help chill the smoothie. And of course, you can turn your smoothie into an ice pop and serve it to the kiddos as a healthy treat!
Smoothie Sweetness: You’ll notice we didn’t add any sweeteners to the smoothie formula. Using fruits like bananas, mangos, or apples will naturally sweeten your smoothie and help mask the “green” taste of the veggies.
2+2+3 Rule: Part of the fun of making smoothies is experimenting with all the different possible flavor combinations. But keep in mind the following proportions to ensure a tastier experience: 2 cups greens + 2 cups liquid base + 3 cups fruits. Adjust as needed to make it more palatable for your child.
Thanks for the tips VanTrang!
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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Not long after Huggies Brazil introduced the world to the TweetPee, another device is garnering attention in the wet-diapers-detection industry.
Engineer Eric Schuh, based in Michigan, developed a USB-looking keychain that lights up if a diaper is wet. The user just places the sensor up to the diaper and a light turns on if it senses wet fabric. Yep, it’s that simple.
According to the demonstration video, the device works through a fully-clothed child, as well. Say goodbye to these days of undressing your bundled-up child or waking up your sleeping baby.
Schuh placed the model up for auction on Kickstarter on Jan. 21 asking for $500 to get the project off the ground. To date, more than $5,500 has already been pledge and bidding is still open through Feb. 20. An individual device is going for $12 and expected delivery is between February and March. Schuh did note one setback though: he hasn’t been able to experiment on all forms of diaper-clothing combos.
As dirty diaper detection technology becomes available, is this something you’d invest in? Tell us in the comment section below.
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Image: Baby crawling and playing with pile of diaper via Shuttertock
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Monday, January 27th, 2014
The American Library Association announced the winners of its two highest literary honors: the Newbery Medal (for distinguished writing) and the Caldecott Medal (for outstanding artwork).
Well-known children’s book author (and recently chosen ambassador for children’s literature) Kate DiCamillo was awarded the Newbery for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, an illustrated novel about a tween who befriends a squirrel with superpowers. DiCamillo also won the Newbery in 2004 for The Tale of Despereux, a story about a mouse who yearns to become a knight. Her book Because of Winn-Dixie was also chosen as a Newbery runner-up in 2000.
For his illustrations in Locomotive, Brian Floca was awarded the Caldecott Medal. His book features a family of three taking their first trip (from Omaha to Sacramento) on the newly-finished Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Floca’s book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013 by the New York Times and the Top 10 Children’s Books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal.
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Friday, January 17th, 2014
** guest-edited by Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director for A Pea in the Pod
Warmth, comfort, and style are the keys to feeling and looking great during the colder months, especially during your last trimester.
Opt for a demure long-sleeve LBD for a winter baby shower like the Nicole Miller Long Sleeve Ruched Maternity Dress. For a more casual but polished look, try the Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Lace Maternity Shirt paired with skinny jeans or leather leggings. Add our Open Front Ponte Maternity Jacket and a statement necklace to complete your look.
The ultimate in comfort, our patented Secret Fit Belly® is a stretchy seamless panel available on your favorite bottoms from leggings to designer denim. The panel provides excellent support and can even be worn post-pregnancy as your body transitions. Plus you’ll still be able to wear your favorite designer styles from skinny to boyfriend jeans.
Layering is essential during the last few months of your pregnancy. Our seamless, adjustable strap and shelf-bra camis are great to pair underneath fitted blazers. A T-shirt, tank, or long-sleeved shirt with flattering side-ruching is perfect to wear underneath a cardigan or to layer with a sweater. They smooth out your look and add a layer of warmth.
Winter weekends are for lounging! Relax in style with our cozy Splendid® Long Sleeve Maternity Hoodie. Pair this hoodie with our super-soft French Terry Drawstring Maternity Lounge Pants; they adjust to accommodate your growing baby bump and are comfortable to wear even after baby arrives.
Winter months can be especially harsh on your skin. Basq Skincare’s Citrus Sugar Body Polish gently exfoliates and helps to brighten dull, tired skin. Basq also makes some fantastic body oils that are perfect for maintaining your glow; they moisturize, strengthen and tone your skin and have a soothing fragrance.
Is it mostly clothes for your workplace that you need? Check out this Parents video for a few more tips!
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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
It’s scary to think of all the harsh chemicals we ingest daily during harmless activities. Until recently, I didn’t even know that the shampoos, soaps, and cosmetics I was using contained ingredients that were actually dangerous for my health. Many moms are deciding not to take their chances and are instead switching to products made with natural, organic, and easy-to-pronounce ingredients for themselves and their little ones.
Gregg Renfrew, founder of Beautycounter, is one of these moms. After noticing a lack of safe yet stylish products on the market, Renfrew created the body and skin care line, which launched last spring. Renfrew’s Beautycounter products, such as the Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner, are vegan, gluten-free, and made without harmful petrochemicals. Bonus: they come in sleek, sophisticated packaging so you can feel good about replacing some of your old favorites on your vanity.
Of course, parents and their children appreciate different styles and tastes, so with that in mind, Renfrew has decided to extend Beautycounter to create Kidscounter. The line, which launched with its Bath Collection in November, is made with the same healthy goal in mind but with a kid-friendlier approach. The first three products of the kids’ line are the colorful and fruit-scented Nice Do Shampoo, Not a Knot Conditioner, and Squeaky Clean Body Wash, retailing for $16 each.
All of the Beautycounter and Kidscounter products are available for purchase at beautycounter.com or through a local Beautycounter consultant.
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