Ask Dr. JJ: Solid Meals for Baby

Question: I would like to ask if I can feed my 6 month old baby rice porridge? – Edna Answer: Hi Edna, first check with your healthcare provider to make sure that initiating solids is okay. That said, commercially prepared infant rice cereals contain added iron, which is important as their blood cells are ramping […]

Allergy Myth Busters

A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies and other allergies just aren’t true. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. Let’s take a look at 10 commonly held beliefs: Myth: Most People Who Believe They Have Food Allergies Actually Do. Fact: Up to […]

Food Substitutions for Baby (and You)

We no longer live in a “meat and potatoes” era. Many families have opted out of meats, gluten, and other foods out of choice. Some have had to opt out based on food allergies or conditions like celiac disease. And if you make these choices based on personal preference or health concerns, you naturally may […]

All About Food Safety

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that 1 out of 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year. That’s 76,000,000 Americans! That translates to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 preventable deaths, many of which are children. No doubt you’ve read about food recalls over the last several years, with culprits like Salmonella, Listeria, Norovirus, Giardia, Campylobacter, […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Heating Up Purees and Getting Baby to Listen

How do I heat up my baby’s purees?  Hi, I just prepared my baby’s first solid food (sweet potato) using the Baby Bullet, and have now stored it in the fridge as I am planning to feed it to her tomorrow. Would it be okay to use the bottle warmer to heat up the cup, […]

Is it Colic? What Your Fussy Baby Could Be Trying to Tell You

The medical definition of colic is when a healthy baby shows intense, unexplained fussing/crying lasting more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks. However, not all crying is colic, and not all colic follows this definition. What causes colicky behavior in a baby? True colic peaks at 6 […]

Childproofing for Your Crawling Toddler

So now your little one is on all fours, engines running, ready to go! We’re going to continue baby-proofing from the bottom up – because those are where the risks are – right at ground zero, until your baby is walking and climbing. For more childproofing tips, click here. Absolute musts: electrical outlet covers, anti-tip […]

Ask Dr. JJ: When Should My LO Try His First Food and More

When should my little one try his first food? In 2 weeks, it’ll be time for my LO to try his first food. I’m so excited, yet terrified about screwing it up. I plan on giving him puréed carrots to start, but I’m wondering: when is the best time for this ‘meal’ to happen, and […]

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 […]