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Helping With Walking and Standing
by Vicki Lansky

During the first year of life, a baby goes through a series of stages of physical coordination that won’t be repeated. It is fascinating to watch this human development, this urge to be upright, to stand, to walk. It is […]


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Eating In A Restaurant
by Vicki Lansky

Finding good places to eat with little ones can be difficult when traveling. You might even want to consider choosing a drive-in if you’re traveling with a very fussy baby. Or at least pick a noisy restaurant where you won’t […]


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Sleeping With Parents
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

It’s not harmful for your children to sleep with you, but don’t start until you have all the facts. • First, your child does not need this arrangement to be secure and happy. • Second, this is not quality time. […]


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Weaning From The Bottle
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Weaning from the bottle to the cup should always be done gradually. Trying to wean fast will make your child angry, clinging, and miserable. • First, reduce bottle feedings to three or four per day, and don’t allow your child […]


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Walkers: A Health Hazard?
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Yes, infants like to be in a walker, but is it worth it? Over 40 per cent of children who use walkers have an accident requiring medical attention. They get skull fractures, concussions, dental injuries, and lacerations. There have even […]


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Preventing Overweight Babies
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

A fat baby is not necessarily a healthy baby. From the beginning, try to teach your child to stop eating before she reaches a point of satiation. By that I mean a sense of complete fullness and reluctance to eat […]


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Breath Holding Spells
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Breath holding spells occur in some children who are able to hold their breath long enough to actually pass out. Only five per cent of children have this abnormal reflex. They are healthy in every other way. Following a triggering […]


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The Blocked-up Nose
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Babies are simply miserable when they have a cold. If their nose is blocked up, they can’t nurse or suck on a bottle. Here’s how we open that nose: • First, if there’s a watery discharge, just remove it with […]


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Adding Solid Foods: What and When
by Barton Schmitt, M.D.

Bottle fed babies don’t need solids until four months of age and breast fed babies are fine until six months. Introducing strained foods earlier just makes feeding more complicated without helping your baby in any way. • Between four and […]


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Obesity
by Alvin Eden, M.D.

If you see that your toddler is gaining weight too fast, especially with a family history of obesity, it’s time to act. The longer your child remains fat, the greater the chance she’ll always be fat. Remember, during these years […]


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