The 4th of July, Independence Day. Barbeques, swim parties, parades, fireworks, flags – this is almost synonymous with summertime. If you’ve got toddlers or small children, they might not be able to partake in all of the holiday festivities – but there are still lots of activities they can do. Here are some fun crafts and treats to try with your kids, and who knows – maybe you’ll start a new tradition of your own!  4th of July Noisemakers When you think of the 4th of July, fireworks and parades often come to mind. Fireworks can be scary to… Read More

We are extremely excited to announce the arrival of a fantastic team of new pediatric providers and to welcome them to the Baby+Company family! It has been so much fun for us to start to get to know them and we know that you are going to love them as much as we do! Maggie Nicholson Quinn, PNP is a Knoxville native. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing from the University of Tennessee. Maggie has been working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Knoxville area since 2010. She loves working with children of all… Read More

Confession: I have never been a minimalist. Whether it’s packing for a trip, or packing my daily purse/tote bag, I always, ALWAYS have more than I could possibly need. Which means I tend to overpack my son’s diaper bag – but somehow, in the beginning, I’d overlook simple things. Like underestimating the amount of diapers needed, or only packing one spare outfit (ha!), or packing 6 books for an infant. Now, ten months into the game, I’ve learned to pack smarter. I’m a big fan of learning what works for you, but here’s a checklist for packing the diaper bag. Read More

Quick, what’s the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is poisoning. The third week in March is designated as National Poison Prevention Week, and has been, ever since President John F. Kennedy proclaimed it so in 1962. Nine out of 10 poisonings happen at home, which is why it’s super important to child-proof your house, make sure anything that could be poisonous or hazardous (including things like vitamins and makeup) is put safely away and out of reach, and have emergency numbers ready (the… Read More

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to read with your child about women who’ve made a difference in the world? The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911, and today, it’s a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It’s also a day to emphasize the need for gender parity. Each year, there is a theme, and for 2017, the theme is “Be Bold for Change.” The change they’re talking about is closing the gender gap in the workplace – with gendered… Read More

February may conjure up thoughts of Valentines and romance, but did you know it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month? According to the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Thankfully, it’s preventable. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this awareness month to promote the importance of oral health, even for babies and young children. This year’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” referring to the fluoridation of the water in most communities. An optimal level of fluoride in water can help reduce the risk of tooth decay… Read More

Kids love holidays, and Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to emphasize how important it is to let people know you love and care about them – not just on the day of the holiday, but every day. While picking out a box of store-bought valentines and filling them out is fun, if your schedule permits, why not get a little crafty with it and add a personal touch? Here are some Valentine’s Day activities you and your toddler can do together. Milk Bottle Sun Catcher I found this activity on Kids Craft Room, and it reminded me… Read More

The thing about kids is that they demand to be fed. Multiple times a day, every day. Depending on your schedule and their tastes, this can be stressful, time-consuming, or a downright drag. While it’s super tempting to order pizza or take-out, there are easy meals for toddlers that are healthy, too – and some don’t even require cooking! Make even the most mundane part of a meal more fun with ezpz Happy Mats or Happy Bowls. These silicone placemats suction onto the table, but are also plates and bowls. No more tipping food over! The Happy Mat also… Read More

Have you ever wished your baby could hurry up and talk, so you knew what they wanted? Baby sign language can help facilitate communication before spoken language is acquired. While it has aspects similar to American Sign Language, baby sign language is taught with speech – it is not meant to take the place of speech, and does not interfere with language acquisition. Basic baby sign language often contains signs for people/family, eating and drinking signs, and state of being signs (dirty diaper, too hot or cold, upset, etc). Once they get the hang of it, you’re free to add… Read More

Baby, it’s cold outside! No…seriously, it’s cold outside. If we’re shivering, what about our little ones? Babies can’t regulate their body temperature like we can, and so they tend to lose heat more rapidly. What’s the best way to go about keeping baby warm during the winter months? Read on to find out. In the Car There are all sorts of buntings and covers that attach to the car seat, but if you’re in a car accident, these can actually bunch up and cause injury to your baby, so it’s best to avoid them. And no matter how cute… Read More

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