Transitioning from Baby Bottle to Cup: When Is the Right Time?
Sacha Davis’ son was dearly attached to his bottle. As a baby, he needed it for nutrition, but he kept on getting his milk from a bottle and eventually it just became part of his routine — a habit his mothers didn’t feel the need to change until he was ready. That didn’t happen until recently, wheRead More »
Family Dinners: Are They Important?
Perhaps this routine sounds familiar: As a nurse practitioner, Sammamish mom Gail Brown may work until 7 p.m. Dad works and frequently travels. Their 17-year-old-daughter, Lindsay, a competitive dancer, has classes that start after school and last as late as 9 p.m. several times a week. Fourteen-yeRead More »
Your Kid's Health: School Lunches and Nutrition
When I packed my kids’ school lunches, I relied on the tried and true: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; celery, overstuffed with cream cheese; a juice-box (fruit flavored!); and an Oreo cookie, maybe two. These days, that menu seems positively antiquated (so does the New Kids on the Block lunchbRead More »
Make It Green: Packing an Eco-Friendly Lunch Box
Summer’s coming, but packing lunches may still be part of your routine, as camps, picnics and family outings begin to fill the calendar. When the Seattle sun finally makes its appearance, the kids will be romping around the outdoors, and you can help protect that environment by packing an eco-friendRead More »
Grab ‘n’ go: Ideas for healthy dinners on the run
When you were expecting your first child, you might have made this common vow: “No child of mine is ever eating fast food!” Fast-forward a few years, and you find yourself whipping into the drive-through line for that all-too-guilty pleasure: the quick meal fix. Between soccer practice, errands andRead More »
Tips for Making Baby Food
Read our recent article, "Puree and simple." From Elisa Taylor, ParentMap's ad production manager: Cook fruit in a little water until soft. Puree in a blender - it works better for small batches and gets things smoother than a food processor. Keep a lid on the pot and use the cooking water toRead More »
Puree and Simple: Make Your Own Baby Food
“You make your own baby food?” a puzzled mom asks me. “Yes, it’s no big deal,” I say. “But aren’t you busy?” Busy? Yes! I have two jobs and a baby . . . and I still have time to make baby food! It’s not that hard. Most of the moms I’ve met seem to think there’s some kind of mystique to those litRead More »
Book Review: The Family Dinner
Writer Kathleen Miller met with movie producer Laurie David ("An Inconvenient Truth") during her recent visit to Seattle to promote her new cookbook/family lifestyle book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect to Your Kids, One Meal at a Time. What would it mean to your family if by doing one thiRead More »