Tag: healthy kids

The toothbrush to clean toddler teeth, without the WWE-style neck hold

After ten years of parenting, I thought I had this whole toothbrushing thing figured out. I mean, it’s not that hard, compared to say potty training or tying shoelaces. But when my preschooler ended up at the dentist with three cavities, I realized brushing teeth well is more difficult than I had thought. It turns out the cheap packs of toothbrushes from the grocery store weren’t getting my kids teeth very clean. Like at all. So I was excited to try out Foreo’s brand new ISSA mikro toothbrush. And it’s not like we tend to get excited about toothbrushes around here — but this one is just so...

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The absolutely remarkable things you don’t know about St. Jude’s hospital, but should.

You’re probably familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — you’ve seen the ads with the adorably sweet, brave children, featuring Marlo Thomas, daughter of actor and St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas. You may have caught some of our suggestions to support them with a benevolent gift in our various gift guides. You might even know their reputation as the world’s leading cancer research hospital for kids. This hospital alone has helped raise cancer survival rates from 20% to 80%, and leukemia survival rates from 4% to 94% since they opened in 1962. Basically if, heaven forbid, your kid gets sick, St. Jude is the place...

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10 super simple tips for modeling healthier behavior for your kids.

We admit it, we’re not always the perfect models of healthy behavior. And we know our kids take in eeeeverything. But old habits die hard, whether it’s making a few questionable food choices in front of our kids (ahem), or driving two blocks to the store when we totally could have walked. (Come on, suburban parents, admit it — who’s done it?) That’s why we’re happy to team up with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. It’s providing health and wellness solutions to schools across America, and working to increase school breakfast awareness and participation, so that more kids can start their day with the fuel they need to...

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A look at the brand new curvy Barbie: Will you buy her? | Thinking: Parent

Well, after oh, only sixty years or so of women complaining about Barbie’s unrealistic figure, Mattel has decided to get with the 21st century zeitgeist and the changing look of the world, today releasing Barbies with three brand new body shapes — curvy, tall and petite. And you know, looking at them? They actually are curvy, tall and petite. Yes! Interestingly, they’re called the Barbie Fashionista line, which I suppose is a smart marketing move as opposed to calling them something like Barbie Body Shape. Or Bootylicious Barbie which I imagine was off the table immediately.   Of course we had to have...

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10 last-minute essentials to help you survive the Christmas holiday

As busy parent with Christmas right around the corner (ten days as of today, to be exact), I am thankful for places that make it easy to get all the last-minute stuff that I forgot to get but really, really need, in one handy place, like our sponsor CVS. Who you may know we’re kind of obsessed with around here. (Those ExtraCare Rewards receipts cannot be long enough for us.) Last month I shared my list of last-minute Thanksgiving essentials and now that I’ve blinked, and it’s time to get ready for Christmas, wow, they’ve got the place stocked with lots of stuff you need...

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11 last-minute essentials at CVS that help you survive Thanksgiving weekend

As a busy parent, I greatly appreciate the idea of a one-stop shop for, well…everything. But as a busy parent during the holidays, I really appreciate it. This is why we’ve all been huge CVS fans around here, and we’re so happy they’re our newest sponsor. And yes, we’re all also fans of the gihugic money-saving cashback receipts. Laugh if you will; that’s free money right there! So before my trip north for Thanksgiving this year, I made a quick stop with my girls to pick up a bunch of pre-Thanksgiving essentials that you might want to have on hand too, from the big brand stuff,...

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5 smart, simple, pediatrician-recommended winter skin care tips for babies and kids.

With cold weather pretty much here for lots of us, and on the way for the rest of us (wah!), this is the time of year we start getting more reader questions about baby and kids’ skincare. I know it’s hard to weed through all the info; I’m sure you’ve read all sorts of things about what to do, what not to do, which of those lotions and potions in your medicine cabinet to use, and how to differentiate a minor skin issue from something that might require more attention If you’re like me, by the time you figure out what you’re...

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11 natural cold and flu remedies for kids that can help them feel better faster

Fall may be our favorite season — with its cooler temperatures, hot coffees, and the chance to laugh at pumpkin spice everything. But cold and flu season most definitely is not our favorite. A few of us have already been feeling the sniffles, so we’ve put together 11 great natural cold and flu remedies for kids, that we all tend to turn to before heading the medicine route. The other thing we tend to do that’s all natural? Get out our thermometers to make sure our kids aren’t just faking their symptoms to get out of school. (Ha.) Fans of Cool Mom Tech know that...

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The quote that does more than inspire: It saves lives.

Sharing, liking, or commenting on this post donates one life-saving vaccine to a child around the world. Please read on for the full story.   One of the most wonderful things about social media is that it gives every single one of us a voice. One of the challenges however, is that sometimes it’s easy to stop at so-called awareness; we may discuss topics and causes we’re passionate about but that doesn’t always translate into tangible action. I get it. We’re all busy, and we’re all guilty of this from time to time. That’s why I’ve been so thrilled to be...

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Simple tips for getting kids to brush their teeth more independently. You know, beyond begging.

With four kids running around my house, that’s a whole lot of teeth to keep up with, and as much as I’d like to say my kids are always excited and enthusiastic about brushing their teeth on their own for those seemingly endless two minutes that’s recommended by our dentist, it’s just not true. Don’t even get me started about flossing. We’re thrilled to welcome our newest sponsor Reassurance Dental, which offers a dental discount plan that covers your entire family. It’s not dental insurance, but rather, a really affordable alternative; in fact, even if you have dental insurance, it can also act as a...

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It’s World Immunization Week. Here’s 3 ways you can help make sure more kids grow up healthy.

This year, April 24-30 is World Immunization Week, and based on the screams emanating from the pediatrician’s office on my last visit, I’m guessing this isn’t one my kids are thrilled about. But as they get older, they’ll know why they should be. Vaccines save lives—an estimated 3 million per year, in fact. As a mom, I want to do everything I can to make sure my kids aren’t at risk for contracting polio, measles, or any other disease once cut young lives short. Mothers in the developing world don’t always access to these immunizations though, and right now 20% of the world’s children aren’t getting the vaccines they...

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7 family-friendly asparagus recipes. For families who aren’t typically big on asparagus, but want to be.

There aren’t many vegetables that I don’t like, but asparagus is among my least favorite. When my kids bellyache about the green stalks (and, yes, how their pee will smell afterwards), I get it. I pretend like I enjoy asparagus more than I do but, really, I serve it on principle, and to save us from yet another night of string beans and broccoli. This spring, though, I’m on a mission to turn our attitudes about asparagus around. April is peak season and the perfect time to ditch the steamer for these super tasty, kid-friendly asparagus recipes. Or hey,...

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Sponsored Message: Amwell makes doctors’ house calls digital

This is a sponsored message from Amwell. When you’re a parent, anything that helps you save time is a lifesaver. A new one to add to your list: Amwell, or American Well, a smart app and online teleheath platform that’s saving parents tons of time, aggravation, and money where their family’s medical care is concerned. Sign up for Amwell and you can connect with top board-certified doctors online for live consultations about issues like your daughter’s out-of-nowhere rash on her face or the emergency antibiotics you need before you head out of town the next day. Everything about it is like a real doctor visit. Only instead of going into the office, you...

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Free labor! A helpful guide to chores for kids by age

With four kids in the house, you can probably imagine the amount of cleaning and vacuuming and picking up (oh, the picking up) that needs to be done on a daily basis. That’s also why you can bet my kids each have their own list of chores. I’m a firm believer in getting kids involved from an early age because not only does is it a huge help (free labor!) but it teaches kids important lessons about responsibility. As our friend Asha from Parent Hacks says, “Frame your kids’ chores as move-out skills. No one wants a roommate who...

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2 fun resources that can get a picky eater to actually eat.

Anyone who’s dealt with a picky kid (and who hasn’t?) knows that feeding a picky eater is the opposite of fun. And I’ve found two new parenting resources—one a book, the other a game—which aim to change that. Both were developed by moms to use children’s natural affinity for games, competition, and high scores, all with the aim of ending mealtime drama. No matter which you choose, I think the whole family can win big. Now I must say that I find that turning mealtime into a game takes more work than I’m personally willing to give. However many parents find...

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Sponsored Message: iTest lets you test for strep, right on your smartphone.

This is a sponsored message on behalf of iTest For so many parents, it could be a huge lifesaver to be able to tell the difference between a cold and strep throat before taking time off of work, wrangling a last-minute pediatrician appointment, and heading out with a sick kid.  That’s why iTest might just be the help that tons of parents are looking for. This revolutionary new testing system is like a medical lab in your pocket. It was designed to provide accurate strep test results right from home with the help of your iPhone, and can be used safely on your kids or yourself, anytime, and anywhere....

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The Blender Girl Smoothies app: Healthy eating inspiration right on your phone.

A peek into our food archive shows that we’re big into smoothies. But no matter how many awesome smoothie recipes we track down for you, nothing will compare to having a constantly updated collection in your back pocket from the smoothie master herself, Tess Masters of The Blender Girl. Her new The Blender Girl Smoothies app is making that one delicious reality. My kids and I are smoothie junkies. I love creating them, finding new recipes for them and we all love drinking them, so this app was meant for me. That said, I’m picky about apps, and don’t stick with them if the nav is frustrating and if...

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Tru-Colour bandages: Because kids come in different colors

I love every single thing about Tru-Colour bandages, from their story to their packaging–but most of all, how they celebrate and honor diversity. Adoptive dad Toby couldn’t find bandages to match the skin tones of three of his five kids, so he created Tru-Colour. They’re available in three shades, all packed in a resealable bag, so addresses one more issue, too.   While they are a bit pricier than regular bandages, with 30 in each bag for around $6 (plus free shipping), I’m happy to pay a bit of a premium in support of such a positive message. Sometimes it’s the simple things that help work towards big...

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Sponsored Message: Healthy school lunch inspiration that’s easy, too.

This is a sponsored message on behalf of Rock the Lunchbox It’s halfway through the school year and plenty of parents are finding themselves in a school-lunch rut. If you’re nodding your head, or just want to make your kids’ lunchbox a little healthier, you’ll want to check out Rock the Lunchbox, a new resource for parents that provides lots of healthy school lunch inspiration you can put into action right now. Brought to you by four brands beloved by parents–Annie’s, Applegate, Honest Kids, and Rudi’s Organic Bakery–Rock the Lunchbox features more than 300 simple ideas, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There are also video tips,...

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How to make a smoothie deliciously sweet without tons of added sugar: 5 smart tricks.

Smoothies can be a tasty way to take in—or feed your kids—a hefty dose of fruits and veggies. They can also be packed with sugar. The natural sugar that comes from whole fruit is definitely preferable to added sugar from juice, sweetened nut and seed butters, sweetened milks, flavored yogurts (which tend to have loads of refined sugars), honey, and other sweeteners that are called for in many smoothie recipes. So here are my 5 tips for how to make a smoothie that tastes great without tons of added sugar. 1. Swap in coconut water for juice. Coconut water contains...

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