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Top 5 Tips For Successful Baby-Led Weaning

My daughter is almost 10 months old and I can count on one hand how many times I've spoon-fed her food. She started eating solid food when she was a week shy of her 6 month birthday, when she grabbed a banana out of my hand and stuck it in her mouth, swished it around a few times and then swallowed it. Since then, she's happily fed herself with no problems. I had been toying with the idea of trying "baby-led weaning" with my daughter, a self-feeding method of introducing solids to a baby, but hadn't decided 100% whether we were going to go that route or not. When she took her first bite of that banana, and I witnessed first hand that she didn't choke or throw up, I knew then and there that she would do just fine. Now, before you give your special baby-food blender away and toss your ice-cube trays, realize that baby-led weaning isn't for … Read More...

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Sesame Chicken With Fennel and Orange Salad

  Spring is finally making an appearance in our city, although there are still many remnants of winter, with snow on the ground and a chill in the air. My son has been dying to play in the park and ride his bike and it's only been in the past week that we've been able to make that happen--even if only for 10 minutes at a time. Because it's been such a brutally long winter, I've continued to stick to our usual go-to winter meals--hot steel-cut oats for breakfast and warm comfort foods such as soups, casseroles, stir-fries and pasta dishes for lunch and … Read More...

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Moms: Five Tips For Staying Healthy When Life Feels Overwhelming

  Being a Mom is rewarding and amazing, but it's also the hardest job that I've ever had. When I had my daughter 9 months ago, I assumed that she would be a laid back, happy baby like my now three year old son was--a baby who slept through the night by three months, and rarely cried. Instead my daughter cried through her first 7 months of life, rarely napped for longer than 20 minutes at a time and didn't particularly like to sleep at night either. Having a rambunctious three year old and an extremely fussy baby made life seem *very* overwhelming … Read More...

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Setting Mealtime Boundaries For Your Child

As the parent of a preschooler and baby, I know firsthand how stressful mealtimes can be. They are certainly not relaxing by any stretch of the imagination, but they can be enjoyable and less chaotic if boundaries are set. It's up to us parents to set these boundaries and consistently enforce them, while at the same time, letting our kids explore food in a fun and unpressured way. Minimize picky eating and mealtime battles by setting these mealtime boundaries with your kids: You set the timetable: As a parent, you get to decide when mealtimes happen. … Read More...

Recipes

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Chewy Triple Ginger White Chocolate Cookies

That's a mouthful isn't it? And a delicious one! These chewy ginger cookies have been holiday family favourite for a few years now and I've been meaning to share the recipe for a while. The original recipe (Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies from the … Read More...

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