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Down Syndrome and What that Means for Your Baby

by Kathryn Walsh of "Mamapedia"
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Babies born with Down syndrome can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives, but it’s still a daunting diagnosis to receive. We talked with Jennifer Weida, MD, a maternal fetal medicine specialist in the Indiana University Health system, about what Down syndrome means for your family…. More

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5 Dinner Ideas When You Are Too Tired to Cook

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The life of a parent is absolutely exhausting. If you are lucky enough to have children who sleep through the night, you are undoubtedly woken early with requests for snacks and screens (I know it isn’t just me). And after a busy work day either at or outside of the home, whipping up a healthy home cooked meal can sound like torture and make you yearn for the golden arches. But wait! You don’t have to give in to fast food on those nights when you are short on time and energy. Here are 5 dinner ideas for when you are too tired to cook:… More

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Tricks for Getting Your Infant to Walk

by Pam Martin of "Mamapedia"
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Milestones in a child’s life are exciting for parents, and it can be hard to wait for them when a baby nears the “typical” age for one. It can be tempting to push a little one to try to speed up the process, but that’s not always a good idea. In fact, “most children, given enough time on their backs learning how their bodies work, learn to walk and walk well and safely by age two. A useful criterion to use is ‘if she could, she would. If he could, he would.’ Forcing an infant to ‘learn to walk’ earlier than they’re ready to on their own leads to a lot of problems: balance issues, right side/left side issues, front/back issues, mapping issues, vision issues. Movement creates mapping in the brain – newly mapped areas have to be explored and refined before ‘growth’ can express itself.  Children protect their head-heavy bodies from falls by not walking until they’re able to safely balance that heavy head over their pelvis without losing balance with every upper-body or lower-body movement,” according to Janet M. Patterson, RN, BSN…. More

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A Warning for Parents: Beware, Pics of Your Kids are Being Stolen

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Nelson updated his Facebook profile with the cutest pic ever. The CUTEST. It was a little kid wearing an oversized sweater which had mistakenly gone through the dryer and no longer fit her dad. So dad had given the sweater to his daughter and it fit just right. She had the biggest grin. How’d I know all this? No, Nelson didn’t tell me. Nelson didn’t write about it either. In fact, I don’t know where in the world Nelson is. We’ve never met. But I know that kid. She’s MY daughter. And somewhere around the world, someone I’ve never met has been using her photo as his Facebook profile…. More

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Raising a Confident Toddler

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This girl’s fiery spirit is an inspiration.

I’m not sure what I was like at her age… my earliest memory doesn’t register until four or five. But as a child, teen, and even still as an adult, I’ve always been a pretty reserved person, afraid to rock the boat, always coloring in the lines, caring a little too much about what people think of me. I don’t mean to sell myself short by any means; I’m an accomplished individual and have always had the work ethic to make things happen. But when I look back on my 29 years and think about the opportunities I could have taken, paths I could have pursued, and accomplishments I could have known, I wonder what my life would be like right now if, in those moments, I had been more confident, more take charge, and more, well, fiery…. More

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