Blog post category: Ages/stages

How to Choose a Preschool

For this week’s installment of our Expert series, we interviewed Stephanie Agnew, Assistant Director of the Parents Place (a leading resource center here in the SF Bay Area) Peninsula location.  She is an expert on school selection (among many other things!) who frequently delivers workshops and talks on how to choose the right preschool for your child.  We are thrilled to share her insights with you on different types of preschool philosophies and programs and how to make the best choice for your child and family.

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19 Easy DIY Valentine’s Cards for Kids

Hey, we’ve all been there — buying cheap store-bought Valentines at the drugstore the night before the big exchange at school. 😮  Do what you gotta do, mama!  However, just in case you’re feeling aspirational this year 😉, we’ve scoured the web and rounded up our favorite DIY Valentine’s card ideas for kids — with an emphasis on the easy and/or candy-free (however, we did make exceptions for a few candy ideas that were simply too cute to resist!).   Most of these would work great for not only for classmates and teachers, but also family members (e.g. Dad or Grandma)!

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Making the Most of Winter Break with the Kids

Doing a stay-cation this winter break?  The thought of a week or two at home with the kids need not instill fear in your heart.  With a little bit of planning, you can take advantage of the great opportunity the break affords to spend some great quality time together as a family!  Here are some ideas for making the most of your time together — keep it handy and pull it out over the break whenever you need some inspiration!

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Raising a Healthy Eater:
Tips from a Family Nutritionist

For this week’s installment of our Expert series, we’re doing a Q&A with Jennifer Stimson, MS, RD, ICBLC, a Registered Dietitian focused on kid & family nutrition in the SF Bay Area.  We are thrilled to share with you her insights on topics ranging from basic baby and kid nutrition to baby-led weaning to how to deal with picky eaters!

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The Best New Baby Gear for 2017: Round-up from ABC Kids ’16

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We recently returned from the ABC Kids Expo ’16, the largest annual baby & kids products trade show in North America.  For those of us who work in the industry, wandering the floor is a bit like being a kid in a candy store!

Here’s a sneak peek at all of the latest & greatest products coming out for 2017.  If you like a product, click through to the TotScoop page to see more info or “Want” it!

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Must Haves for the First 3-6 Months: A Curated List from Nancy Held, R.N., IBCLC

Nancy Held knows a thing or two about babies.  She’s an RN (former nursery nurse), IBCLC, and the founder of DayOne Baby in SF — which pretty much makes her an all-around baby expert!

Nancy recently collaborated with us to put together her list of 45+ must haves for baby’s first 3-6 months — from newborn sleep to breastfeeding to developmental toys — on TotScoop.  If you’re expecting or have a new baby in the house, you won’t want to miss her picks!

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Nourishing Mama: A Nutritionist’s Tips For Great Prenatal & Postnatal Nutrition

For the second installment of our new Expert Series, we caught up with Kyla Brown, a certified nutritionist and owner of Healthy Belly nutrition consultancy in San Francisco.  We chatted through topics ranging from healthy eating during pregnancy to postpartum nutrition to shedding baby weight safely.

Q: Let’s start by talking about the pregnancy stage. What are the key concepts of prenatal nutrition that are important for moms-to-be to understand? What does the body need to nourish a growing baby and prepare for delivery?

A: The number-one nutrient that a pregnant mama needs is protein. Women who aren’t pregnant need a minimum of 60g protein each day; pregnant women need 80-100g daily. This is harder to get than most people realize, especially towards the later stages of pregnancy when it’s uncomfortable to eat big meals. Ideally, eat 20-30g per meal of protein from cold-water, wild-caught fish; grass-fed meat and dairy products; pasture-raised chickens and eggs; and beans and other legumes.

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Promoting Speech-Language Development in Babies & Young Kids

For the first installment of our new Expert Series, we caught up with Kim Christensen, M.S., a Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of SF Speech for Kids! in San Francisco.  We chatted with her about typical speech/language milestones for young kids; what parents can do to help promote healthy speech/language development; and what to do if you are concerned that your child may not be “on track.”

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