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A Chubby Baby Is Not A Sign Of Obesity

With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?

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Guide to Infant Formula

Feeding infants can be tricky as they are unable to eat like adults. In their first six months of their life, they require special nutrition in the form of liquids. The best option is their mother’s breast milk. However, it does not always work out for everyone. If that is the case for you, rest assured that formula still provides adequate nutrition for your baby.

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Guide to Breastfeeding

The saying "breast is best" aptly describes how breast milk is nutritionally the ideal food for your baby. It is gentle on your baby's digestive system, but beyond that, the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby also provides nurturing intimacy as the two of you bond in this shared activity.

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Feeding Guide: Infants

Your baby grows more quickly in the first year of life than any other time, which makes healthy eating so important during this time. Early healthy eating habits also set the stage for healthy eating patterns throughout their entire lives.

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Feeding Guide: 6 to 8 Months

When a baby is 6 to 8 months old, their feeding habits begin to change as they start solid food. During this time, most babies are adventurous with new foods, so it is a wonderful chance to encourage healthy eating habits.

This overview will help you keep track of how much, what and when to feed your baby.

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Categories: nutrition, development,


Feeding Guide: 9 to 12 Months

As your child approaches his or her first birthday, their appetite will begin to vary. Your baby’s growth rate slows around this time, and he or she may not be as hungry as they once were.

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Feeding Guide: Transitioning to Table Food

There are many changes to a baby’s diet in the first year. While all these changes can be stressful, staying sensitive to your baby’s needs will help make the transition to table food safe and enjoyable.

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Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a serious, long-term disease characterized by an excess of body fat. While it is challenging to calculate a direct measure of body fat, doctors utilize a guideline known as the body mass index to compare the standards for children of the same age and gender.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


How to Raise Kids Who Are Lifelong Movers

Physical activity is important for all stages of life. It affects our mood, perception of self, and our overall health. As a general rule kids enjoy being active, but as we age our activity level and amount of movement decreases which could lead to health problems later in life. So how do we raise kids who value being active throughout their lives? How do we bridge the gap between the fun, active child and the sedentary adult?

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Does Halloween Candy Go Bad?

It's almost time for trick-or-treaters! It is estimated that 170 million people will celebrate Halloween this year with over three-fourths of households planning to hand out candy. We will purchase over 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, with candy corn weighing in at 20 million pounds. 

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


Back to School - Back to Snacking

It’s back-to-school time – which means after-school (and in-the-car) snacks. Busy parents also need snacks which are easy to make and grab for both the child and the parent.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


S-P-I-N for School Success

I tell parents to remember S-P-I-N to create success for their kids in school. This acronym makes it easy to remember the areas that really impact school performance.

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Introducing Solid Foods

I remember the day we first gave Bastian solid food. My husband and I were so excited! We had been putting Bastian in his highchair for a little over a month during meal-time to get him interested in what goes on at the table. We waited to try solids with Bastian until he was 6 months old. I decided that introducing vegetables first would be the best option for us. I made my own sweet potato puree and was sure he would just love it. We were so excited to see him gobble down his first bites of real human food…but after one bite he was done. We were so sad! I thought to myself, 'he will never eat!' 'I have a picky eater!'

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Let's be honest, we all had our picky food moments. I did grow up loving broccoli and spinach and many foods that kids would turn up their noses. On the other hand, I would not eat brussel sprouts or tuna noodle casserole. Now that I'm an adult, I am proud to say I will still not eat tuna noodle casserole. But I did embrace the brussel sprouts, as long as they're fresh and roasted - none of this frozen stuff for me. They get squishy... yuck.

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Categories: nutrition,


I have the fun job over here at ParentSavvy of being the amateur foodie and general lover of Christmas time. So what's any Christmastime-foodie, working for ParentSavvy to do but decorate sugar cookies with a few wonderful kids.

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Categories: nutrition, lifestyle,