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Brushing by Themselves

grow, LIVE By April 13, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Q – My 3 year old wants to brush ‘by himself’.  How can I tell if he’s doing a good job?

A – Your 3 year old is not able to do a good job brushing his teeth.  Children do not have the dexterity required for adequate brushing until 7 or 8 years of age. 

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Toddler Brushing Teeth

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Q – How many times a day should my toddler brush his teeth?

A – Your child should have her teeth brushed at least twice a day, once in the morning and at night before bed.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Baby's First Teeth

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Q – My baby is 10 months old and doesn’t have teeth yet – should I be worried?

A – This is not a cause for concern.  Although the average age for first tooth eruption is 6 months, some children begin teething earlier, around 3 or 4 months, and some later, not until 14 or 15 months.   

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Breastfeeding in Public

eat, LIVE By March 17, 2009 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Breastfeeding in PublicYou and your new baby decide to go on your first outing since he was born. You change him, dress him and nurse him before you leave the house. He falls asleep in his car seat on the way there. Perfect! He’s fed, changed and sleeping peacefully.You’re all set to shop and you’re sure you have at least an hour and a half to get your shopping done before he wakes up and is hungry again. A half hour into your shopping he wakes up and you know he’ll be hungry soon. What do you do?

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Favourite Kid's Activities

LIVE, play By March 10, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

Thanks to all of you who entered our JP Lizzy diaper bag contest, and congratulations to Susan Ryder, who won the draw!  We’ve compiled a few of your answers, as the activities while pregnant and with kids are inspiring.  We are thrilled to have so many readers who are so in love with life!

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Mother Goose

grow, LIVE By March 9, 2009 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Mother Goose ProgramOne of the hardest parts of being a new parent is the isolation you can feel.  Are you doing the right thing?  What are other babies like?  Do I know my baby’s cues?..  Parent-Child Mother Goose is a phenomenal program offered across Canada that can provide you with insight into your child, give you wonderful rhymes and music to sing, and connect you with other parents. 

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Explaining Death to a Child

grow, LIVE By February 17, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The other day, my toddler wanted to know where his daddy’s mommy was.  She died ten years ago of cancer, and I was stunned that he was already sensing the absent family connection.  How young is too young to explain death?  Experts agree that the correct terminology is a good place to start.  ‘Passing away’, ‘expiring’ or ‘putting down’ simply don’t compute with the little ones.  

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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time change and jet lag

Time changes and jet lag when traveling with kids

LIVE, play, ROAM By February 1, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

A big concern many parents have about traveling is how time changes and jet lag will affect their child’s routine and sleeping patterns.  It’s a valid concern; we all know how jet lag makes us feel (zonked and cranky), and who wants to cope with a toddler in that same state?  According to pretty much any book or article you read, children cope with time changes and jet lag much better than adults do, acclimatizing much faster.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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green nursery tips

How to make your nursery a little more green

LIVE, wash By January 13, 2009 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

The best thing about being green is that simple is best.  Choices are (fortunately or not) less plentiful, and certain decisions are a given.  Low VOC paint?  Check.  Carpet?  Nope.  Particleboard furniture?  Uh, uh.  The basic concept from a health standpoint is the toxins in the substances.  Volatile organic compounds as well as the glue used in making pressboard, particleboard and chipboard, and chemicals in carpeting are released into the air over time.  No number of spider plants will eliminate the chemicals forever.  Choosing wood furniture can be a better choice, not only from an environmental perspective, but from a financial one.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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