Most moms shudder at the thought of starting the potty training process with their stubborn, independent, "perfectly happy in their diaper" toddlers. The key is watching for their signs of readiness and then making it a process that they can proudly do on their own.
I recommend you start teaching the basics around the age of 18 months. This includes defining "pee pee" and "poo poo" (or whatever words you use for it), showing them how you do it and getting a potty that they… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on January 30, 2011 at 4:19pm —
Every child should have at least an hour a day of free play time to expand their imagination, practice their social skills and learn important things about the world they live in. Please take a look at this great New York Times article as well as this recommendation from the AAP's Healthy Children website.…
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on January 10, 2011 at 10:23pm —
One of the most common questions I get is "how do I get my picky eater to eat healthy foods"? This is definitely a difficult task and unfortunately there is no quick easy solution.
I found this article in the New York Times that beautifully goes through the steps you need to take.
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on December 19, 2010 at 11:16am —
We pediatricians feel really helpless when it comes to the common cold. Children can be expected to catch a few a year and there really isn't much we can do to help alleviate their symptoms. Of course ibuprofen or acetaminophen work great for pain or fever. Saline and humidifiers can help keep phlegm loose. Honey can ease an cough. There is no evidence though that OTC cough and cold medicines help children, and there is the risk of significant side effects and unnecessary ER visits for… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on November 27, 2010 at 9:09am —
"The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all. Furthermore, all parents do their best job when they have a natural, easy confidence in themselves.… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on November 14, 2010 at 7:25pm —
My very favorite place to bring my girls is Pretend City in Irvine. It's a place where they are free to roam and explore freely, to use their imagination and learn new things by actually doing them. They can be waitresses in the restaurant, police officers at the police station, a doctor or nurse in the clinic, farmers plowing in the field or a construction worker building a kid size "house". They have watched chicks hatch from their shell, made pinwheels that really work, listened to many an… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on November 13, 2010 at 9:47am —
Just in time for back to school, the AAP has tips on how to prepare your little one.
It covers socializing, safety, nutrition, child care, study habits and more.
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on September 11, 2010 at 3:02pm —
This video is required viewing for all parents of all toddlers and infants. It shows just how important it is to keep your child rear facing in the car until at least 30-35 pounds.
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on September 3, 2010 at 10:21pm —
I love this site for good info on how to start foods for infants, how to ease them into table foods and how to prepare healthy foods for toddlers that they will want to eat!
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on August 13, 2010 at 12:34pm —
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I think the videos found on this amazing Stanford University website are worth a million! We all know that nursing can be a struggle in the beginning so if you have any expecting or recently delivered mothers, they will love you if you forward this link to them. It also has lots of great pictures of normal newborn physical findings, information on jaundice, the risks and benefits of circumcision and information on routine tests done in the… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on August 9, 2010 at 2:39pm —
Baby 411 by Dr. Ari Brown is the best book for new parents I've seen for a while. I recommend all pregnant and new moms get a copy.
Added by Jennifer Stahl MD on July 19, 2010 at 9:30pm —