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Most Doctors Succumb to Delayed Vaccination Schedule Requests Despite Concerns

Most Doctors Succumb to Delayed Vaccination Schedule Requests Despite Concerns

by / on March 3, 2015, 9:30 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends fourteen vaccines for children between birth and age 6, with different vaccines recommended at specific ages in order to boost the effectiveness of the vaccination. However, despite concerns about increased susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases, most health care providers succumb to […]

R Is for Robin Footprint Craft

R Is for Robin Footprint Craft

by / on March 3, 2015, 8:00 am

R is for robin! Help your toddler learn about the letter R by making a fun robin footprint craft. Materials Brown, red, and orange nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some brown paint onto the cardboard. Use a cotton […]

Bariatric Surgery Affects Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Bariatric Surgery Affects Risk of Pregnancy Complications

by / on March 2, 2015, 11:15 am

Obesity is a known risk factor for complications during pregnancy and birth such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, stillbirth, macrosomia, and birth defects. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, refers to a number of surgical procedures that help obese individuals lose weight. Now a new study published in the New England […]

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Coordinating Pairs Lesson Plan

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Coordinating Pairs Lesson Plan

by / on March 2, 2015, 8:00 am

Objective: To learn about coordinating pairs (two things that go together) Book(s): Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?: A Wacky Mix & Match Book by Nick Sharratt We Belong Together by Joyce Wan Music: “The More We Get Together” The more we get together, together, together The more we get together the […]

I See Me! ‘Speedster’ Personalized Book Review

I See Me! ‘Speedster’ Personalized Book Review

by / on March 2, 2015, 6:00 am

I love reading books aloud to my two children, and I especially love reading personalized books. My daughter already owns quite the little library of books personalized with her name right in the text including some personalized gifts from I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books. Thus, when I See Me! […]

P Is for Parrot Handprint-Footprint Craft

P Is for Parrot Handprint-Footprint Craft

by / on March 1, 2015, 8:00 am

P is for parrot! Help your toddler learn about the letter P by making a fun parrot footprint and handprint craft. Materials Red, yellow, blue, purple, and orange nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some red paint onto the […]

Month in Review (February 2015)

Month in Review (February 2015)

by / on March 1, 2015, 6:00 am

February started out pretty rough in The Parenting Patch household. My son came down with a cold as the month started. He developed a slight fever of 99.1 one evening and spent almost an entire week coughing, sneezing, throwing up mucus mixed with mama milk, and battling a stuffy nose. […]

Baby Sign Language: Walk

Baby Sign Language: Walk

by / on February 28, 2015, 8:00 am

Teach your baby the sign for the word walk in baby sign language with the following description and video. Walk Form both hands into a flat hand. With the palms facing down, move the hands up and down in front of the body to mimic the motion of walking.   […]

Baked Parmesan Flounder Recipe

Baked Parmesan Flounder Recipe

by / on February 28, 2015, 6:00 am

Ingredients 2 slices of whole wheat bread 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons of butter 1 pound of founder fillets milk salt black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 425°. Mill the bread until finely ground. Melt the butter in a shallow dish. Add the bread crumbs, Parmesan […]

I Is for Ibex Handprint Craft

I Is for Ibex Handprint Craft

by / on February 27, 2015, 8:00 am

I is for ibex! Help your toddler learn about the letter I by making a fun ibex handprint craft. Materials Dark brown and light brown nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some light brown paint onto the cardboard. Use […]

Van’s Easy Mealtime Hacks and Van’s Simply Delicious Giveaway

Van’s Easy Mealtime Hacks and Van’s Simply Delicious Giveaway

by / on February 26, 2015, 10:30 am

Mealtimes can be hectic in The Parenting Patch house. Fortunately, a little planning and some quick hacks make preparing nutritious and delicious meals for my family a little easier! Hello from Van’s Foods! We know how busy life can be for Van’s foods fans. Between work, working out, parenting, driving, […]

Intervention Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Among Women with Gestational Diabetes

Intervention Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Among Women with Gestational Diabetes

by / on February 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Gestational diabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes years after pregnancy among women. But a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that interventions such as intensive lifestyle intervention or medication regimens can reduce the risk. Diabetes is chronic metabolic disease in which high […]

Imagine Newborn Diaper Cover Review

Imagine Newborn Diaper Cover Review

by / on February 26, 2015, 8:00 am

About a year after I started cloth diapering, I purchased an Imagine one-size diaper cover to try out on my daughter. Because I liked the cover in general on my daughter, I decided to buy the newborn version while creating a small newborn stash for my second baby. I ended […]

Introducing Dragon Scales: New Limited Edition Shell from Best Bottom Diapers

Introducing Dragon Scales: New Limited Edition Shell from Best Bottom Diapers

by / on February 25, 2015, 11:15 pm

  Best Bottom Diapers just announced a new limited edition shell currently available for pre-order with an estimated shipping date of mid-March. Dragon Scales features a rainbow scale print, red trim, purple gussets, and navy snaps. Dragon Scales is available for pre-order from Nicki’s Diapers using my Nicki’s Diapers affiliate […]

Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Like IUDs and Hormonal Implants Increasingly Popular

Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Like IUDs and Hormonal Implants Increasingly Popular

by / on February 25, 2015, 9:00 am

Over the past decade, more American women have chosen long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal hormonal implants for birth control, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An IUD or coil is a small, usually T-shaped contraceptive device that is […]