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Your baby is most open to new flavors at ...

  A.6 to 12 months. B.12 to 18 months. C.18 to 24 months. Answer A. Your child can learn to like almost any food from the time he starts solids until he hits the picky-eater phase, which usually begins when Baby starts walking and peaks between ages 2 and 3. Start building your budding foodie's repertoire sooner rather than later.

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You can ensure your baby's healthy-eating future by ...

A.Making healthy food choices yourself. B.Discussing your baby's diet with your pediatrician or nurse practitioner. C.Both of the above.   Answer C. When Mom fills up on healthy bites, her toddler is less fussy about what's on his plate and shows more interest in eating well, reveals research in The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, so start laying the good-for-you groundwork now. In another study, scientists at Pennsylvania State University found that when nurses taught new moms healthy feeding practices (such as avoiding calorie-laden, low-nutrient foods), their babies were more likely to accept veggies and new foods. But, please,...

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Safely Introducing Solid Foods to Baby

Starting your baby on solid foods can be stressful. Here's how to keep him safe and healthy as he begins his eating adventures.  Introduce Allergens Carefully Eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of food allergies: milk, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, and fish. Berries, citrus, seeds, and corn can also be problematic.  Choose Full-fat Dairy Products Growing babies need fat and calories. Low-fat dairy products don't offer enough and nonfat options often call on additives and preservatives, sugars, and salt for texture and flavor enhancements. While your baby won't start drinking cows' milk instead of breast milk or...

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Kitchen

WHAT'S RIGHT Kitchen is gated. Because the room is full of risks, it's a good idea to make it off-limits when you're not around. Lower cabinets are protected. Cleaning products like drain openers, automatic dishwasher detergents, and furniture polish are toxic. Either secure the cabinet with a magnetic lock, use a traditional latch along with a childproof locked box, or place chemicals high up, well out of reach, recommends Jim Schmidt, M.D., a pediatric emergency-room physician and cofounder of Child Safety Housecalls, a childproofing and safety company in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dishwasher is locked. The biggest hazard is ingesting the detergent, says Dr....

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Bathroom

WHAT'S RIGHT Tub faucet is covered. Rubber spout covers can protect your toddler from bangs and bruises. Also, because your child could burn himself if he turns up the hot water, make sure your water heater is set to 120?F. If you live in an apartment building and can't adjust yours, install an anti-scald device on the faucet itself. These have sensors that stop the flow of water when it reaches a dangerous temperature. Wastebasket has no liner. It may be easier to empty the bathroom trash when you line it with a plastic shopping bag, but the convenience isn't worth the...

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