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Family Matters: Diapers


Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.

I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving.  They are getting more absorbent and thinner.



Product Talk: Bananas


Babies and bananas go together like…..Mom and apple pie. Many pediatricians recommend bananas as the ideal first food, because they’re naturally sweet, very low on the allergy-potential list, and they’re creamy and healthy—no fat, no cholesterol and lots of antioxidants.

Fixing bananas for your baby is easy, too. Take a very-ripe banana, and mash it with a fork. And that’s it! If you think it’s a bit thick, stir in a few drops of water or milk. Start with just a tiny serving—one teaspoon is plenty for the first time out—and take it from there. If you prefer a more shelf-stable and convenient serving method, you can also buy bananas in jars of baby food. Read labels to be sure you’re getting bananas and only bananas!

Start a lifelong love of healthy fresh food by putting bananas high on your list of baby-friendly foods.



Family Matters: Baby’s First Craft Project


Are you coming up on Baby’s First Mother’s Day? Here’s a fun project that babies of any age can participate in, and it makes a great gift for moms, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.

Make hand print butterflies by dipping your baby’s hands in paint! Place both color-dipped  hands near the top of the paper with thumbs about two inches apart. Then dip their hands in another color of paint and have their hands go in opposite direction (just below the other hands) with the thumbs about 2 inches apart again (sometimes it’s easier to rotate the paper instead of the baby’s hands!).

Let the hands dry and paint a body down the middle. Write “A Handful of Love” on the butterfly body and place a small photo of the child on it. Add pipe cleaners on the head for antennae.

Older children can make the same project with much less help from you!

Note: take lots of photos of this project. You’ll want to remember it!



Product Talk: Spinach


Popeye was right! Spinach is a super food that really helps your body grow and be strong. And if babies start out eating spinach, they will learn to enjoy it for the rest of their lives. When they’re very young, babies may have a bit of trouble with spinach, because it’s full of fiber—and chewing. So you can start with jarred baby food! Spinach is full of iron, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. As your child gets older, steam or cook spinach and blend or stir it into just about anything—oatmeal, scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce—it’s the perfect camouflage veggie. As years pass, use spinach in place of lettuce for salads and in sandwiches. Add a few leaves to quesadillas and pizzas, try cream of spinach soup….and you get the idea. 

If you had a hard time liking spinach in your life, it could be because you had bad spinach. Boiled and squishy spinach can be hard for anyone to enjoy! Instead, get a big handful of leaves and steam them very briefly—just enough to wilt. You can put them in the microwave with a spoonful of water and cover with plastic wrap. Cook 1 or 2 minutes and that’s it! Lightly steamed spinach is amazingly better than the soggy stuff.



Family Matters: Those Growth Spurts Do Slow Down!


In those early months, babies grow—and eat—at a tremendous rate. They nearly triple their weight and grow nearly 12 inches by their first birthday. It’s important to remember that this growth rate will slow down a bit after the first year. Babies will lose their “baby fat” and slim down a bit.

Preschoolers only need about half the calories per pound of body weight than babies do! If you’re not ready for it you may worry that your child is eating less and perhaps has a health issue. 

Kids often go on ‘food kicks’ where they develop extremely picky habits, refusing to eat whole food groups, or insisting on eating the same food every day. For the most part, that’s really not anything to worry about, though it’s also a good idea to suggest kids “try” foods whenever they’re served…to help develop new tastes. Experts say it can take 15 or more tries before a new food becomes one a child will eat. 

It’s important to remember that some people love to eat  and others only eat to survive. If your child isn’t a recreational eater, don’t worry! It’ll be easier for him to eat healthy when he’s not tempted by all sorts of goodies!



Product Talk: Cosmetics


Does your baby use cosmetics? Of course not! Babies don’t wear perfume or makeup! But actually, cosmetics include shampoo, moisturizers and lotion. Baby cosmetics are extremely gentle to delicate, sensitive skin. They are often fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and free of unnecessary chemicals. 

 And for those reasons, many adults choose to use baby shampoo, lotion, oil and cream. You’ll find a wide range of  baby cosmetics in Brookshire’s stores. In addition to the national brand names you know, you’ll also find our store brand, Top Care, on the shelves. Top Care products are guaranteed to be just as high-quality as the other brands, or your money back! This is a great way to stay on your budget, but still keep your baby’s skin—or your own skin—clean and baby soft!



Family Matters: Swaddling a Baby: Why?


For thousands and thousands of years, babies have been swaddled—you’ll read references in the Bible. This is when a blanket is wrapped snugly around the baby, holding the arms by his side. 

Why swaddle? Many experts believe that swaddling helps a baby feel secure and warm—much like his pre-birth environment, which was a little tight and cramped. It may also mimic the feeling of being held in Mother’s arms, as well—that close warmth is comforting. 

Something about it must work, or otherwise, mothers for centuries wouldn’t have carried on this tradition. If your baby gets fussy, give swaddling a try!



Product Talk: Electrolytes for Sick Babies


If you’re a parent, you know what electrolytes are. They are the magical substances that help your baby get over an illness. Specifically, your baby needs electrolytes when he’s dehydrated—and that often accompanies a fever. 

The most common brand name for electrolytes is Pedialyte. It’s a liquid that helps restore the amino acids, electrolytes and nutrients quickly. When babies go a day or so without eating or drinking much, they rapidly become dehydrated, and electrolytes help restore the crucial balances. 

Getting your baby or toddler to drink his electrolytes used to be a real chore—it’s a type of medicine, after all! But recent advances have brought fruit-flavored electrolytes and also frozen fruit pop electrolytes! Now babies don’t balk as much when faced with electrolytes—because they’re yummy! 

Brookshire’s health care line, TopCare, has its own line of electrolytes, in the fruity and frozen varieties, as well as the standard liquid. Because it’s TopCare, it’s at a lower price and is guaranteed to be equal in quality to the national brands.



Family Matters: Super Cereal!


One of Baby’s first foods is cereal—baby cereal. It’s mushy and soft, just like a First Food should be. Once babies get a bit bigger and have a tooth or two, they once again begin cereals: real cereals. They make great finger foods and are easy to digest. Until recently, many of the well-known varieties have been full of sugar. It really limited the options for health-minded parents. 

 

Just recently, General Mills announced that it will lower the sugar content of its children’s cereals to 10 grams per serving (it used to be 25% higher!). This is good news for families who like familiar brands, but want to eat a bit healthier! The General Mills announcement follows a similar one by Kellogg’s. 

Isn’t it interesting to see how manufacturers actually DO respond to customer demand? Never hesitate to let a company know how you feel about their products. Since you’re responsible for their profit or loss, they WILL listen!



Family Matters: Baby’s First Christmas


Merry Christmas! Is this the first time your baby has experienced the excitement of Christmas? How do you know how much celebration is the right amount?

A lot depends on how old your baby is. If your little one is 11 ½ months old, the celebration will be different than if he’s just a newborn. Newborns hardly notice the event, and all observations really benefit everyone else. A baby who is nearly a year old will often be walking, babbling and into everything. They can really enjoy the lights and packages and songs!

Moderation usually works well, no matter what age your child is. Over-stimulation often results in fussy crying and sleepless nights. Space out the big events, skip the unimportant ones, and think about making your own family traditions. When you have a little one, long trips to visit relatives might not be the wisest choice; how about if the relatives come to visit you, instead?

If your baby is mobile this Christmas—either walking or crawling—you’ll want to keep safety in mind. Make sure dangerous plants and objects are out of arm’s reach, and take precautions to be sure your Christmas tree is safely anchored.

Happy Holidays—and for Baby, too!



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