Children's Health

Nutrition Tips for Parents and Kids

April 17, 2017

Whole Foods Market

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from our partners at Whole Foods Markets Marin, with locations in Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Novato.

If you’re confused about what’s healthy and what’s not, we understand — there’s plenty of conflicting information out there. Although dietary fads come and go, here’s a rundown of basic principles of good nutrition and healthy growth.

Don’t forget: We make it easy for you to shop with confidence by doing all of the research for you. Check out our Quality Standards for all the details on what’s not allowed on our shelves.

Debunking Common Infant Sleep Myths

January 22, 2017

sleeping toddler or babyMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin parent coach, infant/toddler sleep researcher, and family therapist Angelique Millette.

Very often when I am speaking at workshops and conferences or working with parents in their home, common questions include opinions about infant sleep and sleep development. There are many sleep books available to parents that are "opinion-based" sleep books and not evidence based sleep books. This can be very confusing for parents who want to make an informed choice about how best to help themselves and their babies sleep. Also, misconceptions abound as the field of infant sleep research is limited and the research is primarily focused on one area: behavioral changes. A field of infant sleep is changing very quickly and new researching is debunking much of what we knew about infant sleep.

This article will debunk some of the common sleep myths while helping parents to make informed sleep choices that support their parenting philosophy as well as their infant or child's developmental needs.

Babies' sleep patterns are fully developed at birth.

Babies sleep patterns are not fully developed at birth. In fact, one of the most common reasons babies aren't able to "sleep well" is that the part of the brain that organizes sleep is just beginning to form in the first three to six months. The development of circadian rhythms, the biological temporal rhythms that help our bodies "know" a 24-hour day and the difference between day and night, begins the day your baby is born. The development of your baby’s circadian rhythms is dependent on their environment, i.e. caregivers, environmental cues, light exposure, consistent routines. Parents can help their babies cue their circadian rhythms by bringing them outside, opening the shades in the nursery and other rooms where the family spends time, introducing feed, play, sleep routines, and feeding frequently during the day.

Get Healthy at the Fifth Annual Mill Valley Family Fun Run and Health Fair

January 10, 2017

Mill Valley Family Fun Run

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Mill Valley Recreation.

Get out your running shoes, walking shoes, and friends and family! Join other active members in the community at the Fifth Annual Family Fun Run. This event is held in conjunction with the annual Health and Wellness Fair. This fun family event has options for everyone, from competitive runners to parents with little ones in strollers or those who just want to stroll among friends! The Mill Valley Community Center will be buzzing with all sorts of events from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday January 14. Race start times vary by event from 8:30 am to 11:45 am.

Yoga Classes for Kids in Marin and the Bay Area

January 10, 2017

Kids' Yoga Class Photo: iStock

It's never too early to get fit, and yoga is a fantastic way to get healthy, develop mindfulness and body awareness, build concentration, manage stress, and more. So say "om" and check out one of these local Marin and San Francisco Bay Area kids' yoga classes. We've listed them by location, and included classes in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County.

Corte Madera

Yoga Center of Marin
518A Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera 94925
www.yogacenterofmarin.com
(415) 302-8457

Yoga Center of Marin in Corte Madera offers a variety of yoga classes for kids and youth, including Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Yogapowerment for Girls. Classes are taught in eight-week sessions.

Infant & Child CPR Classes for Marin Parents

September 26, 2016

infant CPR trainingLearning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important part of any first-aid training, and knowing how to properly administer this technique can save a life! Parents and caregivers in Marin County can learn how to administer CPR to infants and children through many different resources. Here are a few places to learn pediatric CPR in Marin. Most of these classes also cover other first-aid skills like automated external defibrillator (AED) basics and the Heimlich maneuver. If you know of a class that's not on the list below, please let us know and we'll add it!

The Novato Fire District provides CPR classes on the third Thursday of each month. Classes cost $15, and cover adult, child, and infant CPR, AED familiarization, and the Heimlich maneuver. Certificate is valid for two years. For more information, visit their website or call (415) 878-2690.

Find the Most Effective Sunscreens with EWG's 2016 Sunscreen Guide

June 7, 2016

Fun in the sun at the beachSummer is almost here, and that means you and your family will spend a lot of time outside—at the beach, by the pool, playing sports, or enjoying the outdoors. It goes without saying that your family needs adequate sun protection. While the only sure-fire way for you and your family to avoid all the sun's damaging UV rays is by covering up with shirts and hats and hanging out in the shade, that may not always be an option, so we need to resort to using sunscreen. What would summer be, after all, without the ritual of slathering up the children with gobs of UV-blocking goo?

While many sunscreens promise a lot to the consumer (especially those with sky-high SPF 50+ ratings), do they really deliver the protection the advertise? Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group's 2016 Sunscreen Guide is available to help sort the good sunscreens from those that won't help much.

Be Prepared with kidSTAT and babySTAT First Aid Kits from Three Mommy Doctors

October 4, 2015

Three Mommy Doctors First Aid KitsA first aid kit is a household must-have, especially for families with kids. Wouldn't it be great if you knew some doctors, who also happened to be parents, who could recommend first aid kit essentials for you? The new kidSTAT and babySTAT first aid kits are exactly that! Created by three moms who are also emergency room doctors (hence their company name Three Mommy Doctors, or 3MD), these kits contain everything a parent needs to be prepared for almost any emergency situation.

We got to check out a review sample of the 3MD kidSTAT kit, and it's really a fantastic resource, stocked with hospital-grade first aid items and detailed instructions and packaged in a neat plastic case. The case is divided into different sections—"aches + sprains", "bites + burns", and "cuts + scrapes"—and each section is packed with the supplies needed to treat injuries in each category, with plenty of bandages, pads, an instant cold pack, burn gel, ointments, and even a pair of EMT shears. There are 91 items—way more than we can list here, but you can get a complete rundown on their website.

Understanding Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

May 10, 2015

mother and babyMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin parent coach, infant/toddler sleep researcher, and family therapist Angelique Millette.

May is Postpartum Mood Disorders Awareness Month and it seems fitting to write about postpartum depression and anxiety since they are so often linked to sleep deprivation in parents. In fact, very often when parents do reach out to me to make sleep changes, not only may they be experiencing sleep deprivation but they may also have symptoms of depression or anxiety or both. In fact, depression and anxiety are so common postpartum that up to 15 to 20% of women will experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of their child, making mood disorders the most common postpartum disorder. In addition, new research is showing that up to 10 to 15% of fathers will experience a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression following the birth of their child.

NewborRN Solutions Offers Support from Pregnancy to Parenthood

September 23, 2014

Karmi and WendyNewboRN Solutions is a local registered nursing corporation created by Marin mom and former hospital administrator Karmi Soder and her business partner Wendi Karam, a pediatric RN. The mission of NewboRN solutions is to help educate new parents and provide them with the information and support they need.

Their resources and services include CPR certificaiton, childbirth education, sleep consultants, night nurses, doulas, acupuncture, personal trainers, and more. They server Marin and the North Bay, San Francisco, the East Bay, and the Peninsula. We asked Karmi to tell us a little about herself and NewboRN solutions.

Please tell us a little about yourself

I am a mother of four, pediatric nurse practitioner, and former hospital administrator who wants to help other families! I love being a nurse and getting the "awww" reaction. I love having my children know about my business and how hard parents work to be better parents- and that it is a lot of work but can also be the most fun job ever!

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