April is the Month of the Young Child.  It’s derived from the Week of the Young Child, which will be April 8-12. There are five different themes, and we will share them with you along with activities you can do with your child all month long to encourage learning through every day experiences. 

Physical activity is important during every stage of life, even infancy. For example, activity can encourage rolling over, crawling, and walking, as well as cognitive development. And, it can lead to a preference for active play.

Looking for new ways to help your young child become a better eater? How about putting them to work in the kitchen?

A child's life is full of firsts. First steps, first words, first tooth and for parents who enjoy eating out we can add a child's first meals at a restaurant. For preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, the meals may be small but there are big lessons to learn about lifelong healthy dining habits.

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. All month we will share some helpful tips for parents to implement with their whole family. This week, we will share a few Food, Nutrition, and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Once any two of your child's teeth touch each other, it is time to start flossing.  Flossing helps prevent cavities by removing plaque and food particles caught between teeth.  It should be an important part of your child's dental routine.

Most children spend less than a minute brushing their teeth. Oral health care professionals recommend, however, that they brush for two to three minutes. Here are some tips on how help your children with brushing their teeth.

Tooth decay is now considered the most common childhood disease, affecting one in seven 3 to 5-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Untreated tooth decay and cavities can be bad news for your child's baby teeth, as well as their future oral health. While toddler tooth decay is a serious issue, it can be prevented by making proactive changes to your child’s diet and oral care routine.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is a time to increase awareness of oral health and promote good oral health habits. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. There are, however, safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth.  Throughout this month, we will discuss those measures. Parents, see below for oral tips for children 0-12 years old.

Baby having trouble sleeping? Crazy as it sounds to new moms, putting baby to bed in a burrito-style wrap—also known as swaddling—just might do the trick.

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