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February 2016 - March 2016 Volume 6 - Issue Thirty Three

A kids’ stuff magazine February 2016 - March 2016 Publisher | Editor Maybi Iglesias Contributing Writers Dr. Diana Hoppe Maya Author Jenna Wolfe/ Kelly Green Copy Editor Assistant Tony Iglesias Accounting Martha Gonzalez Distribution & Circulation Martha Gonzalez Miguel Perez Graphic Design Carlos Valle

CONTENTS WHO’S THE BOSS........................P.8 more women decide they are Pregnancy Fashions..................P.10 Editor’s Pick..............................P.15

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How Can I Make Teething Easier?

Welcome 2016! As tempting as it is to stay indoors, we must try to accomplish visiting a new place each year. Even if this means, save up every penny!

Although some babies find teething painless, others become cranky, have sore gums, and have disruptions in their usual sleeping and eating patterns. Often, teething babies have a desire to chew on things. Try giving your child something safe to chew on, like a rubber teething ring or a cold, wet washcloth. Whatever object you choose, make sure it's not hard enough to bruise the gums and that it can't break into smaller pieces. Objects also should be big enough that babies can't get the whole thing in their mouths. You also can try rubbing your baby's gums with a clean finger. Some babies prefer cool foods when teething. If your baby is still cranky, ask your doctor if it is OK to give a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for babies older than 6 months) to ease discomfort. If your baby has a fever, it's probably due to something other than teething and you should call your doctor.

There are so many places to explore in the US and around the world. Our parenting years are the best years to take on all these adventures. There will always be something that our children will remember when you plan and take on these family trips. If you find it hard to leave, there are always many places in your city or town that you may not have even thought of going. Many places that perhaps you have not been to. If this is your case, get out there and explore your surroundings. The children will love it and so will you! I want to encourage more outdoors for families this year. Take on adventurous trips and have an amazing 2016!

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Business woman offers advice to others ready to take the entrepreneurial plunge. The number of american women who own their own businesses is on the rise.

“I think many women are willing to branch out on their own because they decide that the benefits outweigh the risks,” says Dr. Diana Hoppe, founder of Amazing Over 40 Inc.


It’s estimated that more than 9.1 million women now lead their own enterprises. What’s more, from 1997 to 2014, when the number of businesses in the United States grew by 47 percent, those owned by women grew by 68 percent, according to a report published by American Express OPEN. One woman who is part of that trend – and is helping other women become their own bosses, too – says those statistics may not be that surprising. “I think many women are willing to branch out on their own because they decide that the benefits outweigh the risks,” says Dr. Diana Hoppe, founder of Amazing Over 40 Inc. (www. [1]), a health coaching certification program for women.

“We live in a time when people often re-invent themselves because job opportunities are limited or they are looking for new challenges.” Hoppe says that when you do that, it’s important to study the market to see where the opportunities are going to be and find a good fit for yourself. “The women I work with who are going into health coaching, for instance, understand that having a health coach is a major trend in fitness,” she says. “So look at the trends. Where will the opportunities be?”


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Dr. Diana Hoppe says there are plenty of advantages to starting a business. Among them: • BE YOUR OWN BOSS. When you own your own business, you can discover what it’s like to be fully independent, dictating your own path without anyone looking over your shoulder. You’re the boss and the decisions are yours. • SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE. Maybe you want to work a full 40-hour week, or maybe you are seeking a part-time schedule. When you are setting up your own business, you have more flexibility about when, where and how you work. • FIND WORK THAT FULFILLS YOU. Those who start a business can create a career for themselves that provides fulfillment. Hoppe says she has seen that in action with women who decided to become health coaches. They can personally change the lives of the clients they work with, helping them take charge of their health and discover their best selves. “I think it’s always important – whether you are launching a business or building a career working for someone else – that you find something you consider rewarding,” she says.

It’s also critical to have a strong business plan But it’s also critical to have a strong business plan so that you understand the market, have specific goals and know how to achieve those goals. “If you don’t focus on building a strong foundation for your business at the beginning, it is likely to fail or not grow as fast as it can,” Hoppe says. Among the factors to consider is that some businesses require more overhead than others. For example, if you are working from home, you don’t need to worry about leasing commercial space. Regardless, it’s crucial to make sure you have the necessary capital for whatever business you launch. That’s been challenging at times for women, according to the National Women’s Business Council. Research shows that businesses owned by women start with about half the amount of capital as men, the council reports. But don’t think you need millions of dollars, Hoppe says. Many successful businesses have been started with a relatively small amount of money. “One of the most frequent questions I get asked involves what the start-up costs are for becoming a health coach,” she says. “This is a good example of one of the less costly businesses to start. Mainly, you just need business cards, a cell phone, a computer and transportation. Of course, not every business is quite that simple.” Once a business is in full swing, one goal is to continue to grow the business while keeping current clients or customers happy, Hoppe says. “One thing you can do for your customers is develop a relationship with them by engaging them on social media or by keeping them interested with email content,” she says. “Customer service is a critical part of any business because once someone begins to use your product or service, you want them to keep coming back.”

ABOUT DR. DIANA HOPPE Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is the founder of Amazing Over 40 Inc. ( [1]), a health coaching certification program for women. She also is an author and speaker whohas been featured on a number of TV shows, including “Dr. Oz.”

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Charlotte’s Litter Program HONORING THE BOLD LIFE OF

CHARLOTTE BACON Nonprofit and two new books uniquely celebrate Charlotte’s passions, while providing comfort to grieving families and teaching the unmatched value of therapy dogs

After the events of December 2012, the world felt helpless, nobody more so than the Bacon family. At six years old, Charlotte Bacon lost her life in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. Though her name became known worldwide and her family – her dad, Joel, mom, JoAnn, and brother, Guy – thrust into the public eye because of her death, it’s Charlotte’s life, her passions, and the difference she continues to make in the world that begs to be known and to inspire. Following the tragedy, therapy dogs were brought to school to help comfort the grieving children, one being Charlotte’s older brother, Guy. The dogs sat patiently as students read to them, petted them, and spoke to them, and provided a much-needed calming presence for both children and teachers. Once the Bacons witnessed the wonderful influence of the dogs, they knew Charlotte had something to do with it, as she had loved animals fiercely – especially dogs. Not long after, Charlotte’s Litter was formed, which aims to advocate for and support appropriate therapy dog programs in educational and societal settings by connecting resources, as well as experienced people, while providing input and guidance to parents and educators. The Bacons hope to promote the use of therapy dogs to aid in both children’s literacy as well as emotional support. “We grieve every day for our beautiful, spirited Charlotte, and we will grieve every day hereafter. Our advocacy work and our books are an outlet for our grief. It brings us closer to our little girl and allows us to honor her. We also hope that, through it, we can offer resources, help, and hope to other families,” JoAnn says. In addition to Charlotte’s Litter, two books have been published to bring light to Charlotte’s life, to help in the Bacons’ grieving process, and to provide more information about the wonders of therapy dogs: Good Dogs, Great Listeners: The Story of Charlotte, Lily and the Litter and The Dogs of Newtown.


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Good Dogs, Great Listeners: The Story of Charlotte, Lily and the Litter, written with the help of awardwinning author Renata Bowers, is a beautiful children’s book based almost entirely on Charlotte’s actual life and adventures, with true-to-life illustrations by Michael Chesworth and a touching message. Charlotte, Lily and her faithful litter of stuffed animals embark on adventures sparked by Charlotte’s curiosity and lively imagination, and along the way Charlotte discovers a love for reading to and alongside her most beloved companions.

The Dogs of Newtown by Guy Bacon introduces the world to the therapy dogs that visited and helped the students, teachers, families, and community of Newtown, CT, following December 2012. Written and compiled by Guy, Charlotte’s brother, it emphasizes the unique personalities and attributes of each therapy dog and the impact that each has made in the lives of those it touched. As Guy writes, “these were some of the most special therapy dogs that visited my friends and me at school and helped lick the tears away.”

Joel, JoAnn and Guy Bacon are the parents and brother of Charlotte Bacon, who died as a result of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Charlotte was just 6 years old but left a bold impression on everyone she met. The Bacon family has founded and developed a number of projects to honor their spirited Charlotte, share her joy and beauty, and advocate for what has helped them most as they grieve. Both books, Good Dogs, Great Listeners and The Dogs of Newtown, are able to stand alone, but are also used as tools for the Charlotte’s Litter Program. Charlotte Bacon’s bold story, the things she loved, and the Bacon family’s own grief process have contributed to a brand that is unique to their family. The Bacon family lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. They will always be a family of four. For more information, visit and www., and connect with Charlotte’s Litter and Good Dogs, Great Listeners on Facebook and Twitter. Good Dogs, Great Listeners can be purchased from com. The Dogs of Newtown can be purchased from

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We are loving these Cozy Booties. Soft soles with comfy ankles for those little tiny feet!

The weather is just right for this Cable Cardigan. Your little one will always be styling with this piece.

The fashion drool bib! So cute and stylish, yet keeps your baby from getting wet!

I See Me Personalized Children's Books are one of our favorite in this issue's Editor's Pick! Your child will love to see his or her name spelled out throughout the book. Not only will they be reading but they will be learning the different fun facts throughout the book!

Glows in the dark Two BPA-free pacifiers; Curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face; MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple stays comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture ; Symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw development; Textured surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe ; Storage case is reusable and can be used in the microwave to sterilize pacifiers. One of our favorite BB Creams! It goes on smooth making your complexion look and feel radiant!


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Kids love these shoes! Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling for everyday wear!

Super Baby Food Blueberry Purée • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) • 1 cup water. 1. Put water in a pan and bring to boil. 2. Add blueberries and reduce heat. 3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes; blueberries should be soft and tender. 4. Remove blueberries from pan using a slotted spoon and transfer directly to a blender or processor. 5. Purée away. 6. Freeze any leftovers.

Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding 3 tablespoons black chia seeds • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1 sprinkle ground cinnamon • ¾ cup raspberries • In a bowl, mix chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Let sit for 15 minutes or refrigerate overnight. Add raspberries or other colorful fruit when set.

Recipes reprinted with permission, Super Baby Food Cookbook, by RuthYaron (Nov 2015)"


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Single Grain Super Porridge • ¼ cup brown rice (organic, if possible) • 1 cup water 1. Measure 1 cup of water and place into a pot on the stove to boil. 2. Pour rice into your blender. Grind well, for about 2 minutes. (It’s going to be very loud, but it’s important to let the blender grind the rice down.) If you have a coffee grinder, you may find it works better than a blender. Do not use a food processor, as it does not grind grains well. 3. When the water starts to boil on the stove, turn the heat down to the lowest setting. 4. Sprinkle the ground rice into the water while stirring briskly with a wire whisk. 5. Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. 6. Whisk frequently to prevent scorching and to remove lumps. 7. Let cool. 8. Adjust the consistency with some breast milk or formula.

Puréed Cooked Carrots 1. Select small to medium sized carrots that are firm. 2. Wash thoroughly and peel. 3. Cut off and discard the ends. 4. Cut into uniform pieces. 5. Steam pieces for 20 minutes or until tender, reserving the liquid. 6. Place pieces in blender with some reserved liquid. Purée away!

Great Pumpkin Pancakes • 1 beaten egg • 1 cup canned pumpkin • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses • ½ cup Super Flour (see page 57) • ½ teaspoon baking powder • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Mix in all ingredients in a bowl and cook as you would regular pancakes. Top with a mixture of yogurt and orange juice, blended to the consistency of syrup.

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“Jenna is great at mixing things up, pushing you in different ways, and getting you out of that all-too-safe comfort zone that we all tend to settle in, in our workout ruts. This book is a great way to get started in the easiest, most accessible way.” —Natalie Morales, news anchor, The Today Show

THINNER IN 30 Small Changes That Add Up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 Days

A personal trainer and most recently the first-ever Today Show lifestyle and fitness correspondent, Jenna Wolfe, gives readers 30 days of fitness and health guidance to create lasting change in THINNER IN 30: Small Changes That Add Up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 Days, which Grand Central Life & Style will publish on December 29, 2015. This book offers an accessible, extensively tested program focused on making small changes—1 per day—for maximum results. It is intended for a wide audience, from the health-conscious to those who wish to lead more healthful lives to parents and many others. Jenna inspires many people with her stamina and fitness, especially as a mother of two young children. Fads in food and exercise come and go. And they work for 10 days. That’s why Jenna created her famous 30-Day Fitness Challenge on the Today Show in 2014. The challenge was wildly successful because of its unprecedented and simple approach to health and fitness, showing viewers how to make small changes that added up to big results.


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Now, in THINNER IN 30, Jenna takes her fool-proof program to the next level, giving readers the tools and motivation they need to achieve their wellness goals in the long run. Included are very doable workout routines and lots of tips on food and nutrition. Some of the small but impactful changes Jenna asks readers to incorporate include: • Drink 20 Sips of Water the Moment You Wake Up. • Pick Two Exercises [per Jenna] and Do Them 50 Times Throughout the Day • Redo How You Chew: When you take a bite of food, chew a minimum of 20 times before swallowing; take a sip of water after every bite; and once your plate is empty, wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds. • Covertly Work Your Core throughout the Day (e.g., “Plank While You Lounge”): Tighten your core throughout the day, from when you take a shower to when you walk or drive. • Don’t Eat More Than Three Servings of Food with More than Five Ingredients. Using her trademark humor and roots as a personal trainer, Jenna guides readers through easy (and fun!) steps to lasting fitness in THINNER IN 30. Using this program, health and wellness are truly achievable, just one small change at a time.

My 5 best tips from THINNER IN 30 1. STOP EATING SIMPLE CARBS AFTER 6PM. (no sugar, bread, white rice, white potatoes

etc. Nothing that comes out of a box) This is where and when we do our most damage. We’re tired, hungry, lazy and distracted so we let our guards down. If we’re out at a restaurant, we attack the bread basket and the apps before we ever even see our main course. If we’re home, we snack, graze, eat dinner followed by more dinner followed by a snack and maybe desert. Follow this tip and you’ll save hundreds of calories a night. 2. EAT ONE LESS BITE AT EVERY MEAL/ CHEW YOUR FOOD 20 TIMES BEFORE SWALLOWING

Finishing every last morsel on your plate feels right and seems ok, but studies show you can save 75 calories a day by leaving one last bite over. And if you chew your food longer, you’re extending the time between bites. It takes about twenty minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full, and in those 20 minutes you could do so much damage! Chewing your food 20 times before swallowing could add up to 112 fewer calories per meal. 3. DRINK 20 SIPS OF WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. Don’t count ounces or glasses

or cups, just swallow 20 times. That’s it. When you wake up in the morning, your body is already dehydrated. Drinking 20 sips (almost 9 ounces) will wake you up, kick start your metabolism and even curb some of your hunger pangs. 4. DOWNLOAD A NEW WORKOUT MIX AND ARRANGE YOUR MUSIC THE RIGHT WAY!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jenna Wolfe most recently served as the Today Show lifestyle and fitness correspondent. She spent 12 years as a sportscaster before joining the Today Show in 2007. A self-proclaimed dare devil and thrill seeker, she is a certified personal trainer. Visit Jenna Online @JennaWolfe on Twitter @JennaWolfe on Instagram

Don’t just put your music on shuffle. Instead, arrange your songs from least favorite to most, so your best songs won’t play until about halfway through your workout. That way, you’ll get a boost just when you need it most. 5. KEEP A STRICT FOOD DIARY 3 WEEKS A MONTH. Write down every last bit of food you

eat over the course of the day. Doesn’t matter what you eat, wwjust write it all down. Want to take it up a notch? Email that list to a friend every night. You will begin to make changes to your diet on your own. When we’re held accountable for our own actions, we suddenly become responsible for them. Do this for 3 straight weeks and then take a week off and compare how much you eat during both stretches.

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Emotions at Play Play Dates. Many parents introduce play dates now. Toddlers enjoy having other kids around, but don’t expect them to “play” cooperatively with each other or to be thrilled about sharing toys. Have plenty of toys for everyone and be prepared to step in when they don’t want to share. Older siblings can be role models when it comes to teaching, sharing, and taking turns. Emotions. Tantrums are more common during the toddler years, so expect your child to get frustrated from time to time. If you see a tantrum coming on, try to create a distraction with a book or interesting toy. Avoid letting your child get too tired or hungry, particularly while trying to master new tasks, as this can set the stage for tantrums.

Learning, Play, and Your 1-to-2 Year Old What Your Toddler Is Learning Kids transition from babies to toddlers during the second year of life, as tentative first steps give way to confident walking. As your toddler starts exploring, be sure to childproof your home to prevent household accidents. Language. Kids this age also make major strides in understanding language and figuring out how to communicate. At 12 months, most say their first word and start to use hand gestures and point to things. Gradually, their vocabulary will grow from one or two words to 50 words or more. Your child will learn about language through interaction with you and other caregivers. During year two, a toddler's vocabulary increases slowly over the first 6 months and then expands quickly during the second 6 months, when many start to use simple two-word sentences. By the second birthday, you'll probably lose count of the number of words your toddler can say! Understanding of language also improves — most toddlers understand much more than they can express. Playing. Hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity will also improve. Toddlers gain better control over fingers and hands and can explore toys and surroundings more than before. Look for toys that encourage this, as mastering age-appropriate toys and games gives toddlers a sense of satisfaction and encourages them to move on to more challenging tasks. How kids play also changes. As an infant, your child may have "played" with toys by shaking, banging, or throwing them. Your toddler now is aware of the function of objects, so is more likely to stack blocks, listen or talk into a toy phone, or push a toy car. In addition, the concept of pretend play starts. Your little one may pretend to drink from an empty cup, use a banana as a phone, or imagine a block is a car.


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While learning to walk during the second year of life, kids start becoming increasingly independent. But expect your toddler to go from wanting freedom to clinging to you for comfort and reassurance, and back again. Allow the freedom to explore but be there when you're needed. If it hasn't come up yet, your child may develop separation anxiety, crying and clinging to you when you try to leave and resisting attention from others. The start of separation anxiety — and how long it lasts — varies from child to child. It often starts around 9 months of age, but can be later. It improves as kids master the language and social skills to cope with strange situations and start to learn that the separation is not permanent. Encouraging Your Toddler to Learn Once toddlers learn to walk, there's no turning back. Yours will want to keep moving to build on this newfound skill. Provide lots of chances to be active and to learn and explore in safe surroundings. Games that your child might enjoy include peekaboo, pata-cake, and chasing games. Toddlers love to imitate adults and are fascinated with housework. Provide age-appropriate toys that will encourage this, such as a toy vacuum to use while you're cleaning or pots, pans, and spoons to play with while you're cooking. • • • • • • • •

Other toys that toddlers enjoy include: brightly colored balls blocks, stacking and nesting toys fat crayons or markers age-appropriate animal or people figures and dolls toy cars and trains shape sorters, peg boards simple puzzles push, pull, and riding toys

Reading continues to be important. Your toddler can follow along with a story and point to objects in the pictures as you name them. Encourage your little one to name things he or she recognizes. Chat about the books you read together and the things you did that day. Ask questions and encourage your toddler to reply by waiting for a response, then expand on those replies. Remember that some toddlers develop slower or faster than others, and this variation is normal. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns.




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Whether you've decided to formula feed your baby from the start, are supplementing your breast milk with formula, or are switching from breast milk to formula, you're bound to have questions. Here are answers to some common queries about formula feeding. What supplies do I need? From formula to bottles, from nipples to sterilizers, the choices can seem endless. But before your baby is born, it's a good idea to hold off buying — or registering for — too much of any one type of feeding product. After all, you may end up having to return them when you find that your baby doesn't like what you've chosen. Questions More on Formula-Feeding To get you through the first week or so, you'll need to have enough formula, water, bottles, and nipples. Burp cloths and a bottle/ nipple brush will also come in handy. Once you get in the swing of feeding your baby, you may find it's worth investing in more or different kinds of bottles, or items that can make the feeding process go a little smoother (like a bottle drying rack). A bottle sterilizer is not necessary, but you should sterilize all feeding supplies before the first use. What type of formula should I use? Many different formulas (at a wide variety of prices) are available these days, which can make the process of choosing one a little overwhelming at first. Ask your doctor about which brands might be best for your baby. You also can talk to other parents of infants about what they use and why. But remember, it's ultimately up to your baby. The many kinds of formula available today include: • Cow's milk-based formulas, which make up the vast majority of formulas. Most milk-based formulas have added iron, which babies need. Use only iron-fortified formula, unless advised otherwise by your doctor. Soy-based formulas, for parents who do not want their babies to eat animal protein, or for the very rare babies who cannot digest lactose. Many babies who are allergic to cow's milk also are allergic to the protein in soy formulas, so soy-based formulas generally don't help with milk-protein allergies. Use only iron-fortified formula, unless advised otherwise by your doctor. • Hypoallergenic formulas for babies who can't tolerate the basic formulas, like those with allergies to milk or soy proteins. The proteins in these hypoallergenic formulas are broken down to their basic components and so are easier to digest. • Specialized formulas designed for premature, low birth-weight babies.


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Most formulas comes in three basic forms: • Powders that require mixing with water and are the least expensive. • Concentrates, which are liquids that require diluting with water. • Ready-to-use (or ready-to-feed) liquids that can be poured right into bottles. These are the most expensive but are convenient if you’re traveling or can’t get to a sterile water supply quickly. All formulas manufactured in the United States have to meet strict nutritional standards from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so just because a formula is name brand (versus generic) doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best for your baby. Whatever kind you choose, make sure to check the expiration date on all cans and bottles of formula, and don't use formula from leaky, dented, or otherwise damaged containers. What about formula with DHA or ARA? DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid) are ingredients that can be found in some, but not all, formulas.

DHA and ARA are polyunsaturated fatty acids (considered the “good” kinds of fat) that may be linked to brain and nerve development and can be found naturally in fish oils and eggs. The fatty acids are also found in breast milk. By putting DHA and ARA in infant formulas, the manufacturers are attempting to imitate breast milk. But is it beneficial to buy an infant formula with these ingredients? The jury still seems to be out on that. Some studies have indicated that formulas supplemented with DHA and ARA benefit visual and cognitive development. But others haven't shown any significant improvement with DHA and ARA formulas.

How often should nipples be replaced? That depends on how the nipples you’re using hold up to cleaning, sterilizing, and everyday use. Be sure to check them regularly for signs of wear and replace them often. Also, as your baby grows, he or she might prefer nipples that come in different sizes and flows (the holes get bigger as babies get older and are ready to handle faster flows of milk).

What kind of bottle should I use? Bottles come in different shapes and sizes, can be made of glass or plastic, and may be reusable or have disposable liners inside. Some babies do better with certain shapes or bottles with liners on the inside. You may need to try a few different brands before you find the one that works best for you and your baby.

• Take advantage of all of the free samples and coupons you get in the mail the first few months after your delivery. Many times, new moms are placed on mailing lists for everything babyrelated, from children's book clubs to formula companies.

It's important to note that some plastic bottles are labeled "BPA-free"— meaning that they do not contain the chemical bisphenol A, which is found in some plastics and may affect kids' health. Glass bottles are free of BPA and can last for a long time, but can crack and chip, so they need to be checked often to avoid harm to your baby. What kind of nipple should I use? Walk down the nipple aisle in your local baby center and it's easy to be completely overwhelmed. For starters, nipples come in silicone (clear) or latex (brown). But the options don't end there. The many different varieties include orthodontic nipples, rounded nipples, wide-based nipples, and flat-top nipples, just to name a few. And some are advertised as "being closer to the natural shape of a mother's breast." But which kind is best really depends on your baby and what he or she seems to prefer. After all, every baby is different. Nipples also often come in different numbers, "stages," or "flow rates" to reflect the size of the nipple's hole, which affects the flow (i.e., slow, medium, or fast) of formula or breast milk. For example, fast flows may cause younger babies to gag or may simply give them more than they can handle, whereas slower flows may frustrate some babies and cause them to suck harder and gulp too much air. But whether these different flows are necessary depends on each baby. Your little one may seem to prefer variety or may be content throughout infancy to use the same kind and size of nipple. If your baby seems fussy or frustrated with the nipple, you can certainly try a different kind (like one with a larger hole) to see if it makes any difference.

Formula can be pricey. Any way to cut costs? Just as you may do already for your groceries and other baby supplies, shop around for the best deals on the formula you've chosen:

• Clip coupons. You may even want to save some for different kinds of formula, in case you end up changing your baby's formula for some reason. • See if your child's daycare has a coupon exchange program in which parents bring in their coupons and other moms and dads take what they need. • Sign up for online coupon clubs that allow you to print and save coupons for only the things you indicate you need. • Sign up for formula companies' clubs and special programs (through the mail or online) that may offer discounts, coupons, and/or free formula and other products. • Compare prices on formula at online retailers. Some online stores have special "mom" clubs that allow you to save regularly on certain products every month, especially if you join a subscription service. • Check for specials at your local grocery stores and/or baby retailer. • See if your local wholesale/bulk items store offers your baby's formula for cheaper than local grocery stores. But don't automatically expect it to be less expensive in the long run just because it comes in a bigger container. • When you're buying in bulk — or in bigger sizes — be sure to do the math on how much you're spending per ounce. Sometimes, it may seem like a deal when it really isn't.

This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids, and teens. For more articles like this, visit or © 1995- 2016 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. © 1995- 2016 . The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.

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5 Tips for



Kelly Green is a mother of four, and the author of Back in the Game: My Year of Dating Dangerously, scheduled for release in early 2016.

When I found myself in the midst of detangling my marriage, I was struck by how fiercely I wanted to grab and retain a life that was familiar in some way. The disruption of what was mine was now lost. The fear of the unknown and the threat of loss was overwhelming. I knew that I wanted to understand and accept things on my own terms and my own time. I craved the ability to make choices for myself. Stability and constancy was my ally. I could only imagine how my four young children were going to feel when they were faced with such radical changes to the only life they'd ever known. In an empathetic effort to try and provide our children some stability, my ex-husband and I discussed the concept of nesting. "Nesting" conjures up a sweet picture of Disney characters with tweeting birds coming and going from a cozy nest. The reality is that it's a family law term, and most family law practitioners advise against it due to the sacrifices and emotional strain on the parents. In a nesting arrangement, the parents take turns living in the family home with the children. This allows the children to stay in their familiar environment. It’s not a common arrangement for several reasons, one of them being that it requires the parents to have a secondary place to stay—and many parents can’t afford or manage that. Nesting also demands the highest emotional maturity at a time when maturity can be precarious. However, if you and your co-parent partner are willing to make a vow of commitment to the arrangement—and you have the means to do it.


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Here are some tips to success and making the most of your transition nesting time. Set boundaries. Privacy is key. After a fresh break up it is normal to be curious about the other's life. This can be one of the greatest pitfalls to making nesting successful. Mutually agreeing to specific rooms or areas as off-limits or locked is a great way to avoid invasion of privacy before things take a negative turn. Set a time limit. And stick to it. Remind your partner along the way that this is for a defined duration. If the nesting arrangement is going well as planned, it can lead to bonding or friendly coparenting experiences. However, just because things are going well does not mean you have agreed to romance. Respect the space. It doesn't matter who owns the space, the goal is to providing a loving and safe environment for the children. Both partners should make an effort to have an environment that supports the other in being the best parent possible. Avoid tedious nagging by creating a checklist; Check in/Check out, as you would with a hotel. Talk to the children. Talk to your children throughout the process. Nesting is ALL about the children. Never forget that you and your partner are striving for the best for your children. Any therapist will tell you that children can only absorb and understand so much information at one time. Nesting provides the opportunity for them to understand what divorce means to them.

Talking throughout the nesting duration will ensure they understand the changes in an environment that is less chaotic and threatening. Enjoy your time away. I was the primary resident in our nest. This can put unnecessary pressure on finding a place to land every other weekend. However, if you plan ahead, you may find friends and family who welcome your visit. When was the last time you were able to visit with your parents and not have the children around? I took this opportunity to rent a room from one of my single friends. It gave me a private safe haven that was my temporary escape. It brought joy and youthfulness back into my life as we briefly lived like college roommates; sleeping late, brunching and catching up on dating. Married moms were envious of the time for myself! At the end of a nesting process, children are much more likely to embrace the changes with a positive and adventurous attitude. Although sometimes difficult, it was very rewarding to see our children flourish despite the disruptions of divorce. Springtime came and our nesting time was over. The entire family was ready to leave this nest and rebuild new ones.

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Baby teeth just fall out, so why do we need to take care of them? This is a common question that a lot of parents ask, and the answer may surprise you. Did you know that childhood cavities are actually the #1 childhood disease? And they are totally preventable. Baby teeth, even baby gums, are very important to children’s overall health, and they lay the foundation for future health. In fact, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, where attention is paid to taking care of infant and childhood oral health care. Heather Phillips, Registered Dental Hygienist and inventor of the Baby Banana Brush states, “By starting appropriate oral health care when they are young the healthier their mouth will be throughout their life.” Try out some of the following tips, tools and tricks this month to incorporate proper oral health care habits into your child’s routine… * Wipe infant gums with a soft cloth after breast feeding. * Never put baby down with a milk or juice bottle, the sugar sitting on the gums will lead to cavities. * Encourage brushing during the essential teething phase with a soft and safe teether. * Have a child sing a familiar song in their head while brushing to encourage they brush for recommended full 2 minutes. * Set a good example for your children, brush together! * Every child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourage parents to take their children to the dentist for the first time on their first birthday. Phillips states, “This first well baby mouth check-up educates the parents on appropriate brushing techniques, risks of baby bottle tooth decay and how you can prevent it, appropriate age for fluoride in toothpaste, how often to visit the dentist and other pertinent information. This first dental visit helps you as the parent to become a team player along with the dentist in providing excellent oral health care for your child.”

Your Child’s

Checkup: (NEWBORN)

What to Expect In the hospital, your baby's doctor and/or nurse will probably: 1. Check your baby's weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts. 2. Ask questions, address any concerns, and offer advice on taking care of your baby: Feeding. Breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants, but formula also provides the nutrients they need. Newborns should be fed on demand (when they're hungry), which is about every 1 to 3 hours. Your doctor or nurse may observe breastfeeding and help with technique. Formula-fed babies take about 1-3 ounces (30-90 ml) at each feeding. Burp your baby midway through a feeding and at the end. As infants grow, they start to eat more at each feeding, allowing for less frequent feeding times. Peeing and pooping. A breastfed baby may have only one or two wet diapers a day until the mother's milk comes in. Expect about six wet diapers by 3-5 days of age for all babies. Newborns may have just one poopy diaper a day at first. Poop is dark and tarry the first few days, then becomes soft or loose and greenish-yellow by about 3-4 days. Newborns typically have several poopy diapers a day if breastfed and fewer if formula-fed.


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Sleeping. A newborn may sleep 18 hours a day or more, waking up often (day and night) to breastfeed or take a bottle. Breastfed babies usually wake to eat every 1 to 3 hours, while formulafed babies may sleep longer, waking every 2 to 4 hours to eat (formula takes longer to digest so babies feel fuller longer). Newborns should not sleep more than 4 hours between feedings until they have good weight gain, usually within the first few weeks. After that, it’s OK if a baby sleeps for longer stretches. Developing. Newborn babies should: pay attention to faces or bright objects 8-12 inches (20-30 cm) away; respond to sound — they may turn to a parent's voice, quiet down, blink, startle, or cry; hold arms and legs in a flexed position; have strong newborn reflexes, such as: rooting and sucking: turns toward, then sucks breast/bottle nipple; grasp: tightly grabs hold of a finger placed within the palm; fencer's pose: straightens arm when head is turned to that side and bends opposite arm; Moro (startle response): throws out arms and legs, then curls them in when startled; 3. Perform a physical exam with your baby undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, listening to your baby's heart; feeling pulses; inspecting the umbilical cord; and checking the back, hips, and feet.

4. Give first immunizations. While in the hospital, your baby should receive his or her first immunizations. Immunizations can protect infants from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary, so talk to your baby’s doctor about what to expect. 5. Perform screening tests. Your baby’s heel will be pricked for a small sample of blood to test for certain harmful diseases. Your baby also may get a hearing test. Looking Ahead Here are some things to keep in mind until your next routine visit at 1 week: Feeding If you breastfeed: Help your baby latch on correctly: mouth opened wide, tongue down, with as much areola in the mouth as possible. Don't use a bottle or pacifier until nursing is established (around 1 month). Pay attention to signs that your baby is full, such as turning away from the nipple and closing the mouth. Continue to take a prenatal vitamin or multivitamin daily. If you formula-feed: Give your baby iron-fortified formula; Follow the formula package's instructions when making and storing bottles; Don't prop bottles or put your baby to bed with a bottle; Pay attention to signs that your baby is full, such as turning away from the bottle and closing the mouth; Routine Care Wash your hands before handling the baby and avoid people who may be sick; Hold your baby and be attentive to his or her needs. You can't spoil a newborn; Keep the diaper below the umbilical cord so the stump can dry. The umbilical cord usually falls off in 10-14 days; For circumcised boys, put petroleum jelly on the penis or diaper's front; Girls may have vaginal discharge that may include a small amount of blood during the first week of life; Give sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off and a boy's circumcision heals. Make sure the water isn't too hot — test it with your wrist first; Use fragrance-free soaps and lotions; Call your baby's doctor if your infant has a fever, is acting sick, isn't eating, isn't peeing or pooping, isn't latching on or sucking well when nursing, doesn't seem satisfied after breastfeeding, looks yellow, or has increasing redness or pus around the umbilical cord or circumcision. Do not give any medication without consulting a doctor first. It's common for new moms to feel sad, moody, or anxious after the birth. Call your doctor if feelings are intense or last more than a week or two. Safety To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): Breastfeed your baby; Always place your baby to sleep on a firm mattress on his or her back in a crib or bassinet without any crib bumpers, blankets, quilts, pillows, or plush toys; Avoid overheating by keeping the room temperature comfortable; Don't overbundle your baby; Consider putting your baby to sleep sucking on a pacifier. If you're breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is established before introducing the pacifier. Don't smoke or let anyone else smoke around your baby; Always put your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat;While your baby is awake, don't leave your little one unattended, especially on high surfaces or in the bath; Never shake your baby — it can cause bleeding in the brain and even death; Avoid sun exposure by keeping your baby covered and in the shade when possible, sunscreens are not recommended for infants younger than 6 months. However, you may use a small amount of sunscreen on an infant younger than 6 months if shade and clothing don't offer enough protection. February 2016 • March 2016 ||


How To Protect More Than Your

Heart This Valentine’s Day 4 Ways To Make The Best Of A Potentially Bad Situation There may be no worse feeling than having your heart broken, especially on Valentine's Day. "But anyone who has had their heart broken – whether in a divorce or a long-term relationship where assets were an issue – knows that romantic heartbreak can extend to financial heartbreak," says attorney Hillel Presser of the Presser Law Firm, P.A., which specializes in comprehensive domestic and international Asset Protection. "Moving forward after a divorce can leave you guarded romantically, and most professionals would tell you that, at some point, you have to open up. But there's absolutely nothing wrong with protecting your wealth as your next relationship progresses." Knowing that your liability is limited, asset-wise, may even help hungry hearts in a relationship. Presser, author of "Financial Self Defense" (, offers four ways to start protecting your assets from a possible bad breakup in the future. • Get the prenup. One barrier to the pre-marriage agreement is

that intended spouses hesitate to raise the delicate subject of a prenuptial agreement. Few believe their marriage can fail, and many fear that a prenup communicates distrust. But a pre-marriage agreement is the safest way to protect yourself from a future divorce, Presser says. Consider a prenup as a mature consideration for those who can admit that not everything works out perfectly in a marriage.


• Don’t cohabit without a cohabitation agreement.

A cohabitation agreement defines the couple’s property rights. More than a few want to avoid the legal and financial complications from marriage – particularly when one party has substantially more wealth. Many of these folks are seniors who don’t want to disqualify themselves for Social Security or pension benefits. But if things go wrong your former partner may have a claim on your assets. • Write a post-nuptial agreement even if you're married. Married spouses may want to contractually agree on how they'll

divide their assets should they later divorce, and most states allow for these post-nuptial agreements. As with pre-marriage agreements, Presser says, the enforceability of the post-nuptial agreement requires the agreement to be fair; that both spouses fully understand the agreement; that neither party defrauded the other; and that each party had independent legal counsel. • Keep your good credit. Good credit is one asset you must diligently protect during divorce. You'll lose your good score if your spouse runs up huge bills on your charge accounts and credit cards. It's difficult to financially cope during the turmoil and expense of divorce, but there is a path, Presser says. First, immediately notify your creditors that you will no longer be responsible for your spouse's debts. Next, destroy and revoke all credit cards on which you have liability. Finally, publicly disclaim liability responsibility for your spouse's future debts.

"Knowing that your wealth and assets are protected is liberating," Presser says. "Whether or not you've been hurt before, don't fall for the idea that romance is perfect; it's not. When things go bad, the power of the positive can easily turn to the power of the negative. I advise folks to avoid fear by reasonably protecting themselves in marriage, cohabitation and divorce."

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