8 Tips for Kids to Learn Healthy Eating Habits

teach kids to eat healthyIt’s so tough to teach kids to eat well these days. There are unnatural and unhealthy ingredients in our most inexpensive, most accessible foods. Kids can eat all the bad stuff they like as soon as they’re out of our supervision. It’s tough to monitor their diets. Even still, it’s important that we work to leave them healthy habits once they’re out from under our thumbs. Here’s how you can tech your kids to eat well.

1. Dinner time should be family time.

In our modern, busy lives it’s not uncommon for the family to eat separately. A couple people eat together, another eats in the car on the way to practice, one eats leftovers when she gets home, etc. When we grab something quick or eat in a rush, those foods tend to be unhealthy. Have everyone sit down to dinner together so you can actively monitor everyone’s food intake.

2. Involve your kids in the food shopping.

This isn’t always practical, but whenever possible, include your kids in the food shopping. As you shop, examine the packing labels and discuss the ingredients. Point out how not all foods are equal, and while some may quell hunger, they offer little or no nutritional value. The idea is to make understanding what they’re eating a part of the process.

3. Track down tasty foods.

Foods and snacks don’t need to be laden with sugar to be tasty. In fact, after a period of abstaining from sugar, you would notice that sugary foods are nearly unbearable. There’s a lot of tasty and healthy options out there, you just have to find them. The unhealthy stuff is usually front and center because it’s cheap and easy for stores to stock.

4. Limit sugar and salt.

These two ingredients are a big part of American food and while they’re fine in moderation, they a play a big role in the processed food we put on our store shelves. We don’t just find salt and sugar in cookies and candy, either. Large amounts are added into our staples, like bread, canned soups and vegetables and condiments.

5. Limit portion sizes.

Avoid filling your child’s plate and forcing them to finish every bite. This creates an unhealthy behavior of eating just because food is available. If your child is honestly full, don’t insist they keep eating. We tend to make larger portions for ourselves than we need, but we finish it before our brain registers that our stomachs are full. Eat a bit less and you’ll be surprised that you aren’t hungry.

6. Keep a positive attitude.

Kids (or anyone, for that matter) don’t like to hear what they can’t do. They like to hear what they’re allowed to do. When they ask what’s for dinner, tell them the menu with a positive attitude. Talk about how much you love green beans, peas, carrots and broccoli. Make it seem like a treat that they get to eat such great food. Praise them for eating well without being forced.

7. Serve as a good role model.

Like all parts of parenthood, your kids are going to behave like you no matter what you say. You can’t tell them to eat healthy if you don’t do it yourself. Piling salad on their plates will feel like punishment if you’re skipping that course. Eat the same healthy foods your kids eat and do it with a smile.

8. Set reasonable goals.

Creating hard, unbending rules is the best way to see them broken. If you banish sugary treats from your house entirely, you’ll make your kids crave them and binge when they get the opportunity. Most foods are safe in moderation, so don’t skip birthday cake because it isn’t healthy; let everyone live a little.

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10 Tips to Help Relieve Gas in Babies

relieve baby gasBaby gas is, unfortunately, unavoidable. It’s something every baby has to deal with while the brand new digestive system becomes more mature. Typically the gas comes from either air swallowed during feedings and crying, or harmless bacteria in the gut that breaks down sugars from food. Here are some ways to give your little one some relief.

1. Remove gassy foods from mom’s diet.

Babies might be gassy if their breastfeeding mothers eat gas-forming foods like broccoli, sprouts, beans, cauliflower, and onions. Cease eating these foods and you’ll probably see your baby’s gas abate.

2. Carry your baby around.

When you carry your baby, hold her in a way that puts pressure on her stomach. Carry her in the football hold (lying down on your forearm with legs straddling your elbow) or upright in a carrier or sling.

3. Manipulate her legs.

Often your baby can’t get gas relief because she isn’t able to manipulate her body (like you and I can) to move the gas bubbles down. Lie her on her back and move her legs in a “bicycle” fashion. This will put pressure on her stomach and move the bubbles out.

4. Spend more time on her tummy.

If you aren’t already, let baby spend more time on her tummy throughout the day. Not only will this strengthen her neck, back and legs, but it can help move gas bubbles down.

5. Burp during feedings in addition to after.

To prevent a buildup of gas that makes your baby uncomfortable, pause during a feeding to give your baby a quick burping. At the end of the feeding, burp again to make sure it’s all out.

6. Keep baby’s head up during feedings.

While you’re feeding your baby, make sure her head is elevated above her body. Tip the bottle slightly so the air inside rises to the top, rather than down through the nipple into your baby’s stomach.

7. Give an infant massage.

Everyone loves a massage, including babies. Lie her down on her back and give a gentle massage with your fingertips, starting from beneath the ribcage down toward her diaper. Looks for signs of discomfort. If you’re making her twitch in pain, stop immediately.

8. Feed baby before she cries.

If she’s getting gas into her system from crying, try meeting her needs before she gets to that point. Offer a bottle or your breast when you know it’s feeding time. Check her diaper often so you can change her before she’s irritated.

9. Make sure the bottle’s nipple isn’t too wide.

If you’re bottle feeding, a wipe nipple can cause air to pass down with the milk. Sometimes nipples can crack and expand after repeated use, so you’ll have to replace it.

10. Seek your doctor’s advice.

If your baby is still struggling with gas and you’ve done everything you can, you may want to seek your doctor’s opinion. Your doctor may prescribe a gas-relief aid (likely simethicone, sold as Mylicon) to help break up the bubbles, or something to help digestion.

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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