Rock-a-bye Mommy!

Sleep and What it means to Your Brain How much sleep do you need? Well, that answer depends on many variables.   Infants need to sleep approximately 16 hours a day, teenagers require about 9 hours on average, while most adults should get between 7 to 8 hours a night. When you’re sleep deprived, however, the amount of sleep your brain needs increases.  Getting too little sleep creates a "sleep debt," which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that you repay the debt. We don't seem to adapt to getting less sleep than we need; while we may get used to a sleep-depriving schedule, our judgment, reaction time, and other functions are still impaired....

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Rock-a-bye Baby

A universal human need, sleep plays an integral role in the proper development of a young child’s brain.  But the sleep patterns of a newborn can be erratic and difficult for parents to manage.  Developing a consistent sleep routine that works for both the caregivers and the baby proves one of the biggest challenges parents face through the first year of their baby’s life.   Why Sleep Matters According to experts, sleep deprived babies have a harder time learning and growing, and suffer from mood swings and fussiness.   Learning: While a baby sleeps, the brain works to consolidate memories which solidify the learning process. As babies learn, their brains need to work through those experiences and create memories.  Several...

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It’s all Fun and Games: Keep Toy Shopping Smart and Safe this Christmas

As you search for the perfect fun, safe, and educational gifts for the babies and toddlers on your list, you may feel overwhelmed by the many options available.  How do you know what to look for and what safety guidelines to follow?  Rather than spending the time to do the research yourself, use this as your informative shopping guide as you tackle the little ones on your Christmas list. Better to be Safe than Sorry Toy safety is no laughing matter—in 2015 alone, children experienced approximately 254,200 toy-related injuries that had to be treated in hospital emergency departments. When deciding what toys to purchase, make sure to keep in mind some simple, straight-forward safety guidelines approved by the safety experts....

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Focusing on What Matters: Most How Playtime Benefits Children and Parents

As the holiday season fast approaches, many of us get caught up in the whirlwind of business that so often accompanies this time of year. On top of work, there’s family to host, meals to cook, and shopping to finish, but this Thanksgiving, remember to focus on what matters most—your little ones.  This time won’t be wasted—spending just a few extra minutes a day providing one-on-one attention can help your baby, toddler, or school-age child with incredibly important brain development. Mind Blowing Development  According to the to the American Society of Pediatrics, when babies are born, their brains contain 100 billion neurons—the same number of stars contained in the Milky Way galaxy!  In their first years, babies grow trillions of...

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Building Baby’s Immunity

Autumn has arrived, bringing beautiful colored leaves, cooler temperatures, and other seasonal treasures. While there’s much to enjoy during the changing of the seasons, this time of year can have a negative impact on tiny immune systems, bringing allergies, the common cold, and even the flu. This article will help you make informed decisions that will protect your child’s immune system this fall. The cold, hard truth about colds Carol J. Baker, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston explains that most children under the age of 3 will have six to eight colds per year.   And unlike adult viruses, it’s perfectly normal for pediatric colds to hang on for up to 14 days. Although...

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The Balancing Act – Implementing a Personal Safety Net

The American family structure has experienced a great evolution over the past few decades, leading nearly half of modern households to feature two full-time working parents.  This means more moms and dads than ever struggle to juggle work, household chores, childcare and more. What do these shifts mean for parents and families? Researchers have been asking the same questions, and their findings offer helpful strategies as parents navigate life with two full-time jobs, children, all while establishing a sense of balance. What does the research say? According to Pew Research Center, in 2015 46% of moms and dads both work outside the home.  This group has grown from 31% in 1970, which means for the first time in history, the...

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How to Prevent the Dreaded Peanut Allergy

Peanuts are the most common food allergy. Many schools ban peanuts and foods containing peanut ingredients to protect students from having dangerous allergic reactions after coming into contact with peanut products. But is avoiding peanuts the best you can do to protect your child from developing a peanut allergy? Actually, you may want to do the opposite. That’s why we at Bambino’s Baby Food created the Peanut Mani Cookies. About Peanut Allergies About 1.5% of children have a peanut allergy. Diagnosis usually occurs before two years of age. They could grow out of it, but there is no cure. Peanut allergy reactions are often more severe than for other food allergies, and because so many food products use small amounts...

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Parenting Trends to Watch in 2016

As each new generation comes into their child-bearing years, the world of parenting makes a shift.  Just like fashion trends and math curriculums, parenting styles change and adapt over time.  Not only have parenting practices reacted to new technology, but other tried-and-true methods get left by the wayside.  Keep your eyes open for more of the following parenting trends as we move into the second half of 2016. Millennials wave “Bye-bye” to helicopter parenting. Many millennials grew up with baby-boomer parents who micromanaged every aspect of their day. From soccer practice to ballet lessons and a Spanish tutor, Millennials grew up as the most scheduled generation of modern culture.  In response, Millennials have adopted a new parenting style and come...

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How Antioxidants Benefit Your Baby

In the early 1990s, the health and wellness community introduced a new term to our common vernacular: antioxidants.  Now a popular buzzword, “antioxidants” is a term that gets thrown around to encompass a whole family of disease-fighting molecules.  While some of us understand that we can absorb antioxidants into our body through eating fruits and vegetables, most people don’t know exactly why antioxidants provide health benefits and how those benefits can directly affect our children’s nutrition.  Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress Explained As you age, workout, and digest food, your body tissues suffer from “oxidative stress” due to the process of oxidation. Oxidation occurs when molecules within your body lose electrons to electrically-charged molecules of oxygen in your blood stream....

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Three Things to Keep Clean

 As your baby enjoys Bambino’s Organic Baby Food, and even before he/she’s ready for solid foods, he/she will probably need bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers. In this post, our Bambinos team will share: The pros and cons of different types of bottles to choose from for your baby because chemicals may hide in plastic bottles. Tips for cleaning bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers Bottles and Sippy Cups—Plastic or Other? Plastic baby bottles and sippy cups are light and inexpensive, but there is more than weight and cost to consider when choosing a bottle for your baby. Cleanliness and health are two essential factors. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in many plastics that may cause harm to your baby....

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How to Reduce Food Allergy Risks for Your Baby

Food allergies and various forms of food sensitives can range from annoying to life-threatening, but is sheltering your baby from certain foods beneficial? The traditional parent approach has been to delay the introduction of certain foods as to not trigger an allergy.  According to the latest research, however, parents who introduce highly allergenic foods later than 4 to 6 months produce a higher instance of food allergies in children.  What Does the Research Say? In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics released information recommending that parents delay the introduction of certain foods, which are known for being highly allergenic for infants: cow’s milk until age 1 year; egg until age 2 years; and peanuts, tree nuts, and fish until age...

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DHA – Your Pregnancy & Your Baby

Scientific research is constantly expanding our knowledge of nutritional needs during pregnancy, as well as for our infants and toddlers to ensure optimal physical and brain development. Among the most recent developments in this field is the importance of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) in both the development of a healthy baby and in the health of the mother. Omega-3s, a family of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids - essential nutrients for health and development, are not produced by our bodies and must be obtained via our diet or supplementation. Today we are focusing on the DHA component. DHA omega-3 is found throughout the body, but is the most abundant in the brain, eyes, and heart. In fact: 97 percent of all...

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Is My Baby Ready to Eat Solid Foods?

As your infant begins to hit important growth and developmental milestones, many parents agonize over when to introduce solid foods.  Experts and physicians differ on the exact timing—between 4 and 6 months is a big window—and they also disagree on which types of foods babies should start eating first.  You could spend hours scouring the Internet for the most up-to-date research and opinion articles on this complicated subject, but thanks to the creators of Bambino’s Frozen Baby Food, you don’t have to. In this article, Bambino’s will debunk some myths about introducing solid food that circulate and confuse parents. In addition, we will explain the primary signs your baby is ready to begin eating solid food. Myth #1: Leading experts...

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Alaska Dispatch News:
Build a better baby food? That's just what one Alaskan set out to do

Reported from: http://www.adn.com/food-drink/article/anchorage-woman-starts-company-build-better-baby-food/2016/04/29/ Build a better baby food? That's just what one Alaskan set out to do By SHANNON KUHNPublished: April 28, 2016 Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas is an Anchorage resident who launched Bambino’s Baby Food. Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas is a mom on a mission to make baby food more nutritious -- and better tasting, too. Maroudas-Tziolas is the founder of the Alaska company Bambino's Baby Food. Maroudas-Tziolas' family moved to Alaska in the '80s from a Greek island village off the coast of Italy when she was 4 years old. "Like every ambitious immigrant, my parents wanted to create opportunities for their children," she said. Soon after settling in Anchorage, they opened Spenard's iconic Pizza Olympia across from REI. I went there recently,...

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Alaska Business Monthly:
Alaska Grown from Farm to Freezer

Reposted from: http://www.akbizmag.com/Alaska-Business-Monthly/April-2016/Bambinos-Baby-Food-is-Alaska-Grown-from-Farm-to-Freezer/ Bambino’s Baby Food is Alaska Grown from Farm to Freezer Manufacturing start-up expands production, plans dedicated facility BY HEATHER A. RESZ Published: April 29, 2016 Dr. William Campbell watched Zoi Maroudas growing up working in her family’s Anchorage restaurant. These days, he’s watching with interest as she creates her own business out of giving baby food a nutritious and delicious makeover. As a psychiatrist, he says he’s fascinated by Maroudas’ effort to introduce tasty food that is good for babies early in life. “The fact that this baby food tastes really good is a huge step,” Campbell says. Bambino’s Baby Food line—including Yummy Yams, Googly Carrots, Hungry Munchkin, Salmon Basket, and Happy Peas—is formulated to be nutritionally balanced...

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Should You Feed Your Baby On Demand?

Parents want to provide the right nutrition to their infant at times that match his/her physical needs, encourages healthy development, and promotes infant contentment.  But establishing a successful method can be difficult when also trying to learn your baby’s cues and create a routine.  Most experts stand behind one of two types of feeding styles – on demand and scheduled. Learning the benefits and drawbacks of both methods can greatly help parents manage their ideological and practical needs. Demand feeding:   An on-demand approach to feeding simply suggests that parents should watch their baby for hunger cues and respond by feeding when their baby is clearly hungry.  This style of feeding has moved away from a clock-directed method, and instead encourages...

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The Plusses and Pitfalls of Pacifiers

There’s no denying the magical soothing effect a pacifier can have on a crying infant.  Still, is it safe to use a pacifier in all instances? T help you make the best decision for you and your baby, we’ll review some pros and cons of using pacifiers. Benefits of Pacifiers: Suck reflex: Babies love to suck, and there’s no doubt pacifiers can often step in and provide comfort.  Even when your baby’s tummy is full, the pacifier can satisfy that urge to nurse. Decrease chance of SIDS: Research has linked pacifiers to a decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Self-Soothe: If you have a night-waker, a pacifier can assist your infant in falling back to sleep without disturbing...

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Taking a Stance against Food Pouches

Taking a Stance against Food Pouches As a modern parent who inevitably juggles a busy schedule, eating on the run can seem necessary for survival.  While grabbing a protein shake or smoothie instead of a sandwich can save time for you, there hasn’t been a way to speed our children through the eating process—until now. In the early 2000s, food pouches hit the baby food market, but began to take off in more recent years.  When introduced, the product was designed with squeeze ability and a little nozzle to simplify the food-to-spoon process for moms, allowing them to feed their babies more easily.  As the pouches were more widely adopted, parents discovered how easily babies could suck the food directly...

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Top 8 Organic Foods to Maximize Your Baby’s Nutrition

In a previous post, I outlined why Bambinos nutritionists have identified organically sourced foods as the best choice when it comes to feeding your little ones. (Add hyperlink to post)  Understandably, it’s not always possible to exclusively buy organic, especially when organic foods come with a high dollar price tag. Still, making even just a few changes to your purchasing habits can greatly benefit the overall health of your baby.   Nutritionists agree on 12 particular fruits and vegetable that should always be purchased from your grocer’s organic section—this list is called “The Dirty Dozen.”   For children, however, this list can be modified to include the food items they eat most frequently.  Not many 5-month-olds are munching on celery, for...

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Is Organic Right for My Baby and Me?

As you begin introducing a wide spectrum of produce, grains, and protein into your little one’s diet, you will most likely have to answer the following question: “Is organic food the right choice for my family and me?”  Before you can answer that question, it’s important to understand what the term “organic” means.  According to Organic.org, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. And animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs or dairy do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. Bambino’s nutritionists recommend that all your food come from organic sources, and here are a few reasons why: Antibiotics 80% of the antibiotics sold in the...

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Paving the Road to Optimum Health.
Part II: The Royal Ten

In our last post, we shared the first five markers in your journey to your optimum health. Have you taken the first steps? Are you excited to hear more? We can’t wait to hear your stories as you move forward. Here are tips 6-10.  6. Fruit – your best option for “sweet.” Fruit makes a great dessert or snack. Eat with nuts – the protein will balance the glucose tolerance factor. Variety is always a plus. 7. Learn to enjoy seeds, nuts, and legumes. Choose them as a delicious replacement for high-sugar, high-carb processed foods. Skip the sweetened ones – go for roasted with sea salt. They make a great salad topping. Beans make a great source of protein and fiber...

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Paving Your Baby’s Journey to Optimum Health Begins with Paving Your Own.
Part I: The First Five

Feeding their babies tasty meals that provide optimum nutrient levels for healthy physical and mental growth is a high priority for caring parents. Of course, one of the best ways to acquaint babies’ taste buds to healthy choices and to teach our children to choose and enjoy these same foods as they grow is to set the example in our “grown-up” diets. Research continually documents that people who put an emphasis on produce, fish, whole grains, and healthy fats not only weigh less, but also improve their armory against heart disease, depression, and dementia. It seems obvious and yet, sometimes we all need a little help and guidance, so Bambinos put together ten basics tips and guidelines to helping you...

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Feeding Your Baby’s Brain

The first two years of a child’s life are filled with incredible growth milestones.  They begin crawling, walking, and even saying their first words.  Watching our baby’s brain develop as he/she learns about the world around him/her is one of life’s rarest joys, which is why it’s so important to introduce baby to the proper nutrition. But what exactly should you be feeding your baby? If you follow blogs and articles on health and wellness, you can quickly become overwhelmed and exhausted—there are so many opinions and ideas out there, that it’s hard to keep up! However, your baby’s brain development is no joke, and trustworthy health authorities swear by healthy fat, Omega-3, specifically DHA, as brain food.  Here are...

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