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Growing strong

If you have children, you have to have a plan ... for everything! Proactive parenting helps children learn skills that will ultimately help them succeed in school and in life. We've got expert tips to help you along the way.  Follow the links below to learn about child wellness, nutrition, exercise and more.

Newborn and baby (0-12 months)

The first nutritional choice you will make for your child will be about breastfeeding. Visit BootsWebMD's  Newborn and baby guide to learn about baby nutrition, digestion and more.

Find out what solid foods your baby should be eating at each stage of the first year and how to prepare them.

It's never too early to start a good dental hygiene routine.  Find out more.

Toddlers (12 - 36 months)

The amount of sleep a child needs varies depending on the individual and certain factors, including the age of the child. Lean more.

Babies and young children can spend more than 20 hours a day indoors so here's how to ensure the air they breathe is as free from air pollutants as possible.

Playing is an important part of child development and learning. Read about the top baby games for one and two year olds.

Ideas for getting your busy toddler moving and playing.

Find out more about the developmental stage of pretending and stretching the imagination.

Find out how to arrange toddler playdates and how to make the best of the experience for your little one.

Find out which five nutrients your child needs the most, and stealthy tips to sneak more of those veg onto the plate.

Babies and toddlers explore the world with their mouths, but there are some things that should be a no-go. Read more.

Now that your toddler has a mouth full of teeth, it's a good idea to get them started on forming healthy habits.

Read these seven tops for protecting your child's oral health.

Learn more about the most common problems kids have with their oral health

Read more about brushing and flossing children's teeth.

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

Learn the basics of teaching your kids healthy eating habits.

What your child eats can impact oral health. Learn more.

What can you do to help prevent eye problems in your child? Find out!

A child's lifetime of eye tests begin shortly after being born. Learn more.

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, is a condition that occurs in children when one eye has poorer vision than the other.

Your four year old will be able to understand the rules of games - or even make up their own.

10 games that children will play at nursery and at home during the preschool years.

Schoolchildren (6-9 years)

Find out how you can help prevent your child from getting ill at school.

Not getting enough vitamin D has led to some children in the UK developing the rare bone disease rickets.

Do healthy kids need to take a daily multi-vitamin? Find out this and more.

Learn about ways of convincing a child to wear their glasses.

Children often have a progressive form of myopia or short-sightedness that worsens throughout childhood, but their vision is easily corrected with glasses.

Read more about how to get your child's nutrition on the right track.

Find out more tips and tricks for turning the school run into a stroll.

Do your kids prefer the durable, comfortable Crocs shoes?  Read what the experts have to say about this footwear.

Strategies parents can use to help a child overcome stammering.

Preteens (10-13 years)

Worried about your kid's size? A weight-loss expert provides handy pointers to help stop your children becoming obese.

Children who can handle the responsibility of having and caring for contact lenses take to them very naturally.

Read tips on how to keep your child drinking during activities, and how much hydration is needed.

Read more about keeping children safe during sport.

It’s important for children to understand the dangers of tobacco. Read more here.

Teenagers (14-18 years)

Young female athletes are at risk for a triad of problems that includes missed periods, eating disorders and brittle bones.

Find out the answers to teenager's most common questions about strength training.

Open communication is an important step in helping children stay away from alcohol and drugs.

Most teens want to understand more about alcohol. Communicating clearly can help teenagers make the right decisions.

Five steps to take toward a stronger, bulkier physique.

This article was written just for our teen audience to help identify unhealthy relationships.

Parents can help teenagers learn to make healthy food choices. Find out more.

Find tips from shaving professionals on how to get a smooth and painless shave.

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