About Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. JJ Levenstein is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2012 retired from her thriving private pediatric practice in Encino, California. She served on the staff of CHLA and Encino Tarzana Hospitals for 20 years and was consistently voted one of the Best Doctors in America® from 2003 through 2012. Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician moms. She serves on the board of United Cerebral Palsy LA, is an active writer and sits on the advisory boards of several child-centered websites. She is an accomplished chef and completed culinary school in 2013! She has had a lifelong interest in child nutrition and all things related to preventive health.

Is Your Child Safe in a Seat Belt?

Kids are now in full swing – the school year is wrapping up, which means school activities, extracurriculars, exams, and, of course, gearing up for summer time activities! That means parents will be driving more than just their own children to and from school and activities. As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that passenger safety is important […]

Practical, Low-Cost Ways to Baby Proof Your Home

Believe it or not, injuries in the household are one of the top reasons why children aged 3 and under visit the emergency room each year. Your child’s risk of injury starts from day 1, so it’s best to start thinking proactively about making your home safe and secure before baby comes home. Even before […]

Do Babies Need Shoes?

If the shoe fits, should a child wear it? Socks or booties are just fine to keep little piggies warm. And once babies start to crawl, pull to stand, and eventually walk, being barefoot can be beneficial in many ways. Why? Feedback from the ground directly to the foot means a baby can continue to […]

Why Do Babies Walk So Funny?

It’s so common for parents to be concerned about baby’s feet and legs during the first 3 years of life. Why, you ask? Because little ones are all over the map in the way they walk until the muscles and supporting structures necessary to carry them fully through life develop. After all, baby spends 9 […]

5 Ways to Promote Baby’s Speech and Language

Promoting your child’s speech and language development is crucial from the very beginning – this will lay the foundation for the rest of their learning, all the way through adulthood! While learning word associations, cadence patterns, and more, their little minds start growing, and communication starts becoming engrained. Here are a few ways to help […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Which Foods Can My Baby Eat Raw?

Shari: Many of the recipes call for you to cook veggies and even some of the fruits. Do you have to always cook them? What foods can be left raw and blended in the Baby Bullet to serve? Just started cereal with my 4-month-old this week. Trying to get a plan for next week. Dr. […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Eating with Sensory Issues

Kerri: My son is almost 2 and has sensory issues with eating. He gags when his food is a little chunky. He does see a therapist, but do you have any suggestions about what I can do? Dr. JJ: Sometimes when kids gag on chunks, it’s because they may have one of a few things […]

Surviving the First Few Weeks with Your Newborn

Okay, there are a million things friends, family, and the books tell you that you MUST do to be ready for baby’s arrival home. But let’s get real! Survival during the first few weeks with your newborn depends on you really knowing what is most important: eating, sleeping, eliminating, (being safe), repeat! (And that’s just baby, not […]

High Tech Injuries

We certainly can’t navigate our world these days without our necessities – a laptop or computer, a cell phone, a tablet, GPS, Bluetooth devices, and a connection to the internet. Without these tools of the modern trade, we feel lost! As humans have evolved, the powers that be probably didn’t have technology in mind when […]

Back to Sleep – Baby’s Bedtime Safety

There are two important interventions that you, as a new parent, can employ to help reduce the dangers of sleep for your infant during bedtime. The first is knowing how to provide the safest sleep space and the second is creating a safe sleep environment in order to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A […]