How much food should your Toddler or Preschooler really eat? Here’s a visual guide!

How-much-Toddler-eat-Icon Sometimes, we are guilty of loading up my children’s plates, believing the more they eat, the more energy they will have and the better they will sleep. This kind of thinking is somewhat misguided, and can actually be harmful to children’s relationship with food. Come and have a look at this really clever visual guide on portion control for young children, and hear what a dietitian has to say about children’s eating habits.

While we’re told children need to eat from the five food groups each day, it can be difficult to gauge just how much to serve up.

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Top 12 Dangerous Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

12-foods-to-avoid-pregnancyWe all want what’s best for our kids, starting from the day we know they exist! Do you know some of the most dangerous foods for your baby are the most common ones you eat? Need help understanding what is safe to eat during pregnancy?

Start with the basics in pregnancy nutrition. Understanding what foods to avoid during pregnancy can help you make the healthiest choices for you and your baby.

Please note that though a lot of research has been done regarding pregnancy and babies, a lot more needs to be done. Experimenting with fetuses/newborns/babies has many moral and legal complications and obligations, so most of the information available to you is through based on research done by collecting responses of mothers who may/may not observe and keep a close eye on everything they eat, drink and do and in what amounts! So, use your discretion when following pregnancy advice and remember, it is better to be safe (and avoid) than be sorry later.

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15 Useful Tips for Smarter Baby Formula Shopping!

1.   Don’t Stock Up Before the Birth

If you’re planning to use formula, ask your pediatrician for a recommendation, but don’t buy much of it until after your baby is born.

Your baby may prefer one type of formula or be able to tolerate only a particular brand, so be prepared to experiment. No matter what brand you settle on, if your baby shows signs of intolerance, such as gas, a rash, persistent vomiting, bloody stools, diarrhea, or any other unusual symptom, consult your pediatrician. You may need to switch brands or change to a hydrolyzed or soy-based formula, or to a formula specially formulated to combat your baby’s condition.

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