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How Much Sleep Your Children Need

April 14, 2017

Sleep is important not only for your children's mood and productivity, but also their development. As your children grow older, the amount of sleep they need will change each day. Understanding these needs will allow you to set a routine to ensure they're getting enough sleep. By setting a schedule that provides sufficient sleep for your little ones, you're giving them the best possible opportunity to mature into healthy, young adults. Newborns 1 week - 4 weeks old The total sleep duration for an average newborn ranges from 15 to 18 hours each day. Sleep at this age is characterized by short...Continue Reading

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3 Fun Ways to Keep the Kids Active as the Temperature Drops

March 3, 2017

Fall is upon us which means it's time for our favorite pumpkin spice latte, football on the weekends, leaves changing colors, and colder weather. As the temperature drops, finding ways to keep your kids active and healthy can be a challenge and it's easy to fall into the trap of video games and other indoor activities. Fortunately, we've put together five of our favorite autumn weather activities to keep your kids on the move this fall. Autumn Nature Hunt Put together a list of your favorite fall nature items and turn it into a game by putting together teams and seeing who can find all the...Continue Reading

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Sensory Development Milestones in a Newborn's First 12 Months

March 1, 2017

Your baby's development during their first year of life is greater than it will be during any other period of their life. If you watch close enough, you can actually see as your newborn's sensory development accelerates during these first 12 months. Life through the Eyes of a Newborn Newborn – When your baby first arrives their color vision is very limited. Their eyes will be drawn to areas of contrast, especially bold designs with big contrasting colors against each other. 2-3 Months – Eye coordination will begin to improve and they may be able to watch an object as you move it around in...Continue Reading

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The 5 B’s of Children’s First Aid

November 28, 2016

As parents, you're expected to be experts in more areas than ever before. Not only do you need to be able to help with math homework, teach them how to throw a curve ball, feed them a healthy (and tasty!) diet, and even play the role of doctor when they hurt themselves. While we may not be able to teach you advanced calculus or how to throw the perfect curve ball, we wanted to share with you not only what you should do when you're tasked with tending to the inevitable bumps and bruises your little ones will encounter, but also the things you should avoid to prevent making things worse. Lucky...Continue Reading

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5 Tricks to Help Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits

November 25, 2016

Obesity has become an epidemic of the developed world, with more than 35% of adults categorized and 17% of children and young people between the ages of 2 and 19 being categorized as obese according to the State of Obesity . These are worrying statistics, especially since obesity can cause a wide range of health problems, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and more. These risk factors make it imperative for children to learn healthy eating habits as young as possible. Healthy kids become healthy adults, and to achieve this, education about...Continue Reading

Preventing Common Youth Sports Injuries

Preventing Common Youth Sports Injuries

August 30, 2016

Every year, more than 38 million youths engage in organized sports in the U.S., while many more take part in various informal recreational activities. While taking part in sports offers a wide range of health and social benefits, it can also lead to injuries. Some can be mild, but some can be severe with long-term repercussions, which is why preventing injuries in youth sports is so important. Read on for some of the more common injuries and how to prevent them. Sprains, Strains and Growth Plate Injuries When a ligament is injured, it is referred to as a sprain. Ligaments are the tough bands...Continue Reading

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