Miranda Kerr… breastfeeding


“Flynn is Miranda’s nearly 4-month-old (he was born on January 6) son with husband Orlando Bloom.

Miranda, who chose to share a photo of herself breastfeeding son Flynn just two days after his birth, has become an advocate for breastfeeding. “I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can,” she wrote on her blog in January. “My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development and to all mums out there I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby.”

As for how she has kept in top shape through pregnancy, the 28-year-old said recently, “I remember I was on the elliptical machine when I was pregnant with Flynn. I think if you really eating the right foods, putting the nutrition into your body and doing yoga and breastfeeding; those things have helped me get back into shape.”

There’s no denying motherhood looks good on her!”

via Miranda Kerr: Red heels & breastfeeding | BabyCenter.

Miranda Kerr makes a statement for breastfeeding and working. Granted all moms do not have this luxury at work but I have to give her credit for this pro-breastfeeding photo sharing!

Best Children’s Boutiques


This weekend may be somewhat sunny in Chicago.

So it will be a perfect time for some strolling and shopping with your kids. Here is a list of children’s boutiques where you can find some ‘hot’ items for summer.

So take a stroll and take a peek at the latest fashions for your children.

“The only time we’re not worried about clothes getting spilled on, torn, outgrown, or just plain ruined is the one time we actually should be concerned. The overwhelming cuteness and general adorable squishiness of clothing for babies and children can make us forget all practical sense. Kick your shopping cravings into high gear and behave like a kid in a couture store. We picked our favorite Chicago children’s boutiques, and we’re letting you know what to score once you’re there. From organic onesies to toddler-friendly Fendi, these shops carry our teeny-tiny, style-savvy favorites.

via Chicago’s Best Children’s Boutiques.

Pregnancy, Exercise and Heart Health


“Now, new research suggests that the bond may be stronger than had been suspected. When you exercise during pregnancy, your baby is not, as most of us would have thought, a passive, floating passenger and ballast on the bladder. Instead, he or she may be actively joining in the workout, with the fetal cardiac system growing stronger and healthier as a result of the workouts.”

This is such important information…when a pregnant woman exercises it is beneficial to her fetus. Although this seems to be something that we should just assume to be true when it comes to health it needs to be proven. Now it is!

“Unborn children, as it turned out, did exhibit a training response, even though their mothers were seemingly doing all of the work. When Dr. May examined the fetal cardiac readings, in an earlier report published last year, she found that fetuses whose mothers had exercised showed lower heart rates and greater heart-rate variability than those whose mothers had not worked out.”

So there should be no excuses for us not to exercise when we are pregnant. If we want to be healthy and we want our fetus to be healthy then exercise should be included in prenatal care just like healthy eating and going to prenatal check-ups.

The exercise that we do during pregnancy seems to have healthy effects that last and are detectable in the newborn.

“The babies born to exercising mothers continued to have lower heart rates and greater heart-rate variability four weeks after delivery than the babies born to the other women. The effect was especially robust in the children whose mothers had exercised the most, Dr. May said; they had the slowest heart rates and presumably the strongest hearts.”

There is no excuse…we must find time to exercise when pregnant for the health of the fetus and the newborn.

The jury is still out as to whether these healthy findings will continue into toddlerhood and thereafter.

via Phys Ed: Pregnancy, Exercise and Heart Health – NYTimes.com.

Spanking not allowed…

I do not believe in spanking.

Plenty of people out there that agree but there are also many who still believe in “spare the rod…spoil the child”.

There are so many ways to deal with discipline…one of my favorite books is…Dr. Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Toddler on the Block .  It is a easy read and full of information that is extremely helpful.

“Sendek says spanking can lead to physical-abuse cases, when a parent loses control. She points out the ways to win cooperation and solve problems by using consequences with your children, but first warns it’s important for parents to take a time-out when they feel heated.

“Then you can say to your child, ‘You know, I feel bad you don’t have your bike but that’s the consequence; you made the choice for your behavior, and now this is the consequence of it’, and you don’t have to feel guilty about the discipline.”

Sendek adds that studies show spanking can make children aggressive as well as cause low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

SpankOut Day USA, which falls on April 30, the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, was initiated in 1998 to raise awareness about the need to end physical punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of disciplining. Informational events will be held throughout the state this week, and on April 30, all caregivers are encouraged to refrain from hitting children and look for alternative methods of discipline.

via Public News Service.

Keep your fruits and veggies healthy…

From your friends at the MARCH OF DIMES

Wash your fruits and veggies

When I was pregnant, I couldn’t seem to get enough eggplant. Whether it was sautéed, grilled, roasted or breaded, I had to have it! And since eggplant falls into the veggies section of the food pyramid, I often indulged my craving. When preparing veggies or fruits, be sure to wash them thoroughly.

Recent studies in Environmental Health Perspectives found that for some pregnant women, being in contact with pesticides during pregnancy may affect their baby’s brain development in childhood. Pesticides are sometimes used on crops to protect them from insects and other organisms. Pesticides can be found in soil or on certain foods like fresh fruits and veggies.

However, don’t shy away from fruits and veggies!  It’s important to get plenty of veggies and a fruits in your meals, especially if you’re pregnant. If you’re concerned about the pesticides on your fruits and veggies, just be sure to clean them well before eating or cooking, even if you plan on peeling the food. If you prefer to buy organic, that’s fine, too.

Tags: Baby, environmental exposures, healthy diet, healthy eating, pesticides, Pregnancy

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Conversations with baby….


Any time that you spend with your child should be quality time in my opinion.

Talking to your baby is so very important…

One of the most precious times for me was when I took my daughter for a stroller ride. I had a rear facing stroller which made it easy to share these moments with her because she faced me.

But since most strollers are front facing…meaning that your child is facing away from you…it makes it impossible to engage in eye to eye contact with each other. There are definite advantages of front facing strollers…the child can see what is going on and is stimulated by all the activity along the way. But the person he/she is most engaged with is really you.

So instead of talking on a cellphone while strolling make this a special time for talking to baby. Baby is much a captive audience and that should be considered priceless.

My other time for engaging in wonderful chatter was when my daughter was in her car seat… my kids, I found were perfectly content listening to me talking or singing along with them as I drove.

There will be enough time later on for them to watch DVDs and listen to iPods…and when we are the last person they want to listen to.

I recall a few years back…I was on the 2nd Avenue bus in NYC for about 45 minutes. I love to people watch so I was watching the interaction between two babies with their nannies. Both babies were sitting in the very front of the bus on the laps of their nannies and they were facing forward. The little ones were interacting with all the passengers that were getting on and off the bus at each and every stop. The sad thing was there no interaction at all between the nannies and the babies…I watched and watched for some sort of playful exchange but saw nothing….troublesome …right?

I thought of how the moms and dads had entrusted their children to these nannies and how no nanny-cam was there to capture this bus ride.

In my view, it was a sad loss of an opportunity for the nanny to share some loving time with the child on this long ride. I tried to make excuses…maybe the nanny and child were just tired but when I saw no interaction whatsoever I knew that this was a nanny that I would not want for my child…ever.

So that all being said…these wonderful opportunities that present themselves should not be taken for granted. Our babies crave our attention and what better time to share some chatter than when we are in the car or strolling with them.

“Mothers talked to their children twice as much during the 15-minute toward-facing journey, and they also laughed more. The babies laughed more, too.

Of course, infants do not spend all their time in strollers, but anecdotal evidence suggests that babies can easily spend a couple of hours a day in them. And research tells us that children’s vocabulary development is governed almost entirely by the daily conversations parents have with them. When a stroller pusher can’t easily see the things that attract a baby’s attention, valuable opportunities for interaction can be missed.

via Talking to Baby in the Stroller – NYTimes.com.

Meanwhile, the findings already encourage us to think again about how babies experience stroller rides — and other forms of transportation like car seats, shopping carts and slings. Parents needn’t feel worried, but instead curious about the elements of the environment that attract their children’s interest. The core message of our findings is simple: Talk to your baby whenever you get the chance — and whichever direction your stroller faces.”

Strutting that stroller…

Finally it is Spring and time to get outside with your little ones…STROLLER SAFETY is essential so here are some pointers from the March of Dimes. Happy and safe strolling!

Dig out those strollers…

Springtime is here and many moms are enjoying the spring flowers blooming while taking long walks with their babies or toddlers.  When you’re digging out and dusting off your strollers from your car trunk or garage make sure to also do a safety check on your strollers.  Some helpful tips include:

1) Test the stroller safety brakes. If you need to stop on your walk use the safety brake.

2) Check all safety straps, harnesses and seat beats to see if they are secure and properly working.

3) Always use the safety harnesses, straps and seatbelts when your child is inside the stroller. Unexpected sidewalk and street bumps are likely to pop up.

4) Make sure your baby can lie flat on her back in their stroller for sleep position

5) Inspect the wheels and make sure they are operating properly and there are no loose hinges or screws.

6) Check weight limits to see if the stroller is still appropriate for your child’s age, height and weight and do not create seats for older children where there are not official stroller seats and seatbelts.

7) If in doubt about your stroller, call your stroller manufacturer with your questions or purchase a new stroller that is appropriate for your child’s height, weight and growth.

Do not hang excessive bags, backpacks on your handlebars of your stroller, it could tip over.

These simple tips can help mom and baby or toddler stay comfortable and safe for those strolls in the park.  Happy spring!

Tags: stroller safety, tips for stroller safety

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Prenatal testing….

Pregnancy can be wonderful and exciting but then you start reading on the web and up come more questions than you can handle.

Here is a great review of all the tests that you could consider as an expectant parent. I would recommend reading it a little at a time. Try not to stress out and use this as a jumping off point for a discussion with your doctor.

Most of all enjoy all the excitement about being pregnant.

Prenatal testing can be a multi-edged sword. Usually, test results are reassuring, which puts expectant parents’ minds at ease. But some people argue that because birth defects are rare, these tests in most cases cause undue stress; others argue that they allow people to create “designer” children. Then there are the parents who discover very real, sometimes dire, problems with their babies and face the decision of whether to keep or terminate a pregnancy. Testing is a difficult and confusing issue, and what’s right for one family may be entirely wrong for another.



Yesterday there was what I consider an important article in the ‘New York Times Magazine’.

It concerned SUGAR and whether or not it is a toxin in its refined form which is how most of it is eaten.

This is a serious statement….

I have written another post which is about this article which I believe contains some critical information regarding the consumption of sugar in our diets.

Please read it at http://www.lorettelavine.wordpress.com