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Hanukkah-Inspired Foods for Baby

Recipes to help you celebrate Hanukkah with your baby from four months to toddler.

by: Cheryl Tallman

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple after it was reclaimed from the Syrian-Greeks more than 21 centuries ago. Fried foods are traditional fare during Hanukkah, commemorating the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that lasted eight days when it should have only last one.

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  1. Holiday Sleep Schedules Tis the season for fun and festivities. But too many late-night soirées can make for a grumpy, tired child. Here’s how to find the balance between holiday fun and sleep, so you can enjoy the season with a happy, well-rested child. Holiday
  2. Is your child old enough to watch TV? It’s hard to find an infant or toddler who hasn’t watched at least some TV, but is it good for them? Here’s how to decide when it’s okay to let your children watch TV and how to get the most from children’s television
  3. 10 Ways to Get your Toddler to Eat Healthy The toddler years are an important time in your child's development, says Joanne Saab, a registered dietitian and co-author of Better Baby Food. "And because it's a time when children are generally still willing to explore new foods, it's
  4. Safe Co-sleeping with Baby The family bed, co-sleeping, shared sleep–no matter what you call it, it means that your baby sleeps with you, or very close to you. Co-sleeping is popular with parents (particularly nursing mothers) of young babies who wake throughout the night
  5. When Can You Add Spice to Baby Food? When it comes to baby’s first food, the blander the better – at least in those first few months. Here’s a look at some common questions parents have about when to add herbs and spices, and which ones are better for your baby. Does
  6. Help your Toddler Stay in his Bed The patter of little feet on the floor is never a welcome sound after lights out. "It's natural for a toddler or preschooler to search out his parents in the middle of the night for comfort and security," says sleep expert
  7. Trouble Toilet Training? One of the most common and frustrating toilet training roadblocks is when a child willingly pees on the potty but demands a diaper, or uses his pants, for bowel movements. Some children will actually hold their bowel movements and create severe constipation,
  8. Why Babies Smile It’s hard not to feel overjoyed when your baby gazes adoringly into your eyes and flashes a brief, but unmistakable smile. But is she really trying to
  9. Does your child need to nap? Naps are important for your child's health and development. A nap refreshes a child so she can maintain her energy for the rest of the day. Studies show that children who nap are more adaptable, have longer attention spans and are less fussy than those
  10. Healthy, Allergy-Free Birthday Cakes Just because it's a celebration doesn't mean you can't sneak in some nutritional value. Here's how to make your child's next birthday cake nutritious, delicious and allergy-free: The healthiest cake flavors Cakes than contain fruit
  11. When to Switch to a Toddler Bed Moving your baby from a crib to big kid bed can be an exciting time for your child. Whether you decide to move your child to a toddler bed, or skip that stage and go right to a big bed the steps are the same. Here's how to ease the stress of moving
  12. Outdoor Activities for Baby Getting outside with your baby is a mood enhancer for both mom and baby. The outdoors are also a great way to stimulate your baby and boost her brain power. Now sure where to start? Here are five ways to introduce your baby to the great outdoors.  1.
  13. Five Best Baby Toys There's a fine balance between having enough toys to stimulate your child and suddenly finding your home overtaken with clutter. The good news? Less is more when it comes to toys. "When children have too many toys, they bounce from one to the
  14. Does Your Baby Have Separation Anxiety? If you leave the room and your baby cries as if you’ve left the country, she may be suffering from separation anxiety. First of all, don’t worry that you’ve somehow spoiled her–nothing you’ve done has “made”
  15. Kids Vitamins No matter how hard we try to ensure our kids eat a healthy, balanced diet, the reality is many children aren't getting all the nutrients they need to thrive. Here's how the right vitamin supplements can boost your kid's health. Do babies need
  16. Teach Your Baby to Talk You probably can't wait to have a real conversation with your baby, but you'd be amazed at how much you can say to one another long before she says her first word. Whether you're chatting verbally or trying your hand (literally) at baby sign language,
  17. Medicine for Kids The rules surrounding cold and flu medications for children seem to change every year–here's what you need to
  18. Cold and Flu Prevention A few simple steps can make the difference between a year full of sick days and a healthy family. Here are four easy ways to help keep your family cold and flu-free this year. Wash hands often “Washing hands
  19. Turn the Terrible Twos into Something Terrific You're no longer operating in a totally sleep-deprived state and rarely have spit up on your clothes, but now your child is beginning to voice her concerns, needs and wants with actual words–and sometimes more forcefully than others. Occasionally,
  20. Baby Finger Food Recipes Self-feeding is an exciting developmental milestone for both mom and baby, but serving the wrong size or texture of food can put your little one at risk of choking. A few simple tips can help you take the fear out of introducing finger foods. How
  21. Baby Tantrum Tamers Your baby's first tantrum can come as a shock, but don't take it personally. Baby tantrums are normal and, once you recognize the triggers, you can prevent the screaming from starting in the first place. Why baby tantrums are different from
  22. Introducing Solid Foods to Baby Whether you're perusing jars of purée in the grocery store or planning to mash up some freshly cooked sweet potato, here's what you should know before giving your baby her first spoonful of solid food. When to start Most experts
  23. Is Your Child a Picky Eater? Frustrated by your picky eater? Don't worry, your toddler isn't destined for a life of chicken nuggets and white bread. Here's how to handle a picky eater. Why are some kids picky eaters? Most toddlers are particular when it comes
  24. BPA, Phthalates, Cold Medicine–Is your Child at Risk? These are tough times for kids under two. Some of their coolest toys have been taken away, they have to be extra careful about what they put in their mouths and now they've been told they shouldn't indulge in many baby bath products. What's a kid (or
  25. Get Your Baby to Sleep If your baby isn't sleeping, neither are you. Here's what you need to know to make sure you both get enough rest. Why babies need sleep Sleep plays a huge role in a baby's development. And babies with good sleep patterns turn into
  26. Make your own Baby Food Introducing solid foods is an important step in your baby's development. While there is nothing wrong with feeding your infant jarred baby food, many parents don't realize that making baby food at home can be easy and less expensive. Other benefits
  27. Why Babies and Pets Don't Always Mix Your cat or dog may not have blinked an eye when you brought your baby home from the hospital, but now that she’s crawling all over them, it could be a different story. Here’s how to keep them both safe. Give your pets some space If
  28. Homemade Baby Food On-the-Go Just because you're away from home doesn't mean your baby needs to eat out of a jar. Here's how to prepare baby meals in motion. Make homemade purées to go For easy homemade fruit and veggie purées, simply cook fruit
  29. Circumcision Choices There are so many choices to think about when it comes to deciding whether or not to have your infant son circumcised. Religion, healthcare, pain, and tradition are all at the forefront of parent's thoughts when making this important decision. While
  30. When do Babies get Teeth? Your baby wants to put everything in her mouth – so she must be teething. Not necessarily, says Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green. Here’s how to tell if a visit from the tooth fairy is imminent, or if something else
  31. Is Your Baby on the Right Track? Does your baby blow you away with how fast he’s learning to do cool stuff, like hold his head up by himself? Milestones are developmental stages that (usually) happen naturally. Here are the main ones to watch for – and what you can do
  32. Baby's Developmental Milestones We all want our kids to have the brains of Einstein, the coordination of Michael Jordan and the grace of a prima ballerina, but just because your baby reaches a milestone ahead of schedule doesn't mean he's headed for greatness. (If he's a little slower
  33. Exercise Boosts Brain Power As a new parent it can be easy to lose sight of what physical activity is really about. From as young as 18 months we register our kids in gymnastics looking for signs to turn them competitive. Kids as young as three are playing hockey four times a
  34. Green Ways to Keep your Baby Clean If you're thinking of going green, your baby's body wash is one of the first places you should start. "Infant's and children's immune systems are less-developed than an adult's, making them more vulnerable to pesticides and chemicals," says Eden Somberg,
  35. Surviving Toddler Power Struggles It can happen anywhere, at anytime–your child wants something and you say "no." Before you know it, the arguing and negotiating have ramped up and you're in the middle of a power struggle. Fortunately, there is a fast way to fix the situation
  36. Treating your Child's Constipation Issues Causes of Constipation are often multifactorial, so treatments ideally target behavioral, dietary and physical influences for constipation. Treatment should
  37. Baby Constipation Constipation is one of the most common and challenging problems of childhood. It refers to a pattern of infrequent bowel motions associated with hard stools, straining and discomfort. There is a wide variation in the frequency with which children pass
  38. Kids And Stomach Flu Stomach bugs are common in kids–if your child is attending nursery school, going to daycare or simply hanging with friends at at a playdate, there's a good chance he'll eventually end up with the stomach flu. Here's what you need to know: How
  39. Secrets for Raising Smarter Kids Children are born with marvelous imaginations and a keen desire to explore the world–here's how you can help them hone those skills, boost brain development and set your child up for a lifetime of successful learning. How to Teach Infants
  40. Playing Nice Children resort to aggressive behaviors because of a lack of wisdom and self-control–it is not a sign that they are hateful or mean. Here's how to teach your child to handle his frustration and anger in appropriate ways. 1. Intercede
  41. Introducing Solid Foods — Beyond the Basics When it comes to introducing solids details like when to start new foods and how much to give your baby can be confusing.
  42. Temper Tantrums By Age – How to Deal Acting out at age one can be very different from the screaming sessions that occur a year later. Here's how to handle temper tantrums at all ages: Handling Temper Tantrums: 12 to 18 months Why Temper Tantrums Occur:
  43. Another Reason to Breastfeed Yet another study is out to tout the benefits of breastfeeding. According to researchers at
  44. What's Waking your Baby? You may be the very obstacle that’s preventing your baby from sleeping through the night. As much as you may want your baby to sleep through the night, your own subconscious emotions can often hold you back from encouraging positive change in
  45. Stages of Baby Development While it's fun to track the stages of baby development (see baby development chart at end of this article), you
  46. Decoding Baby Talk What new mom hasn’t wished her baby could just tell her what she needs? Well, it turns out your baby can talk. The problem is, you just don’t understand her language. Here's how to decode baby talk and learn to communicate with your babyl Deciphering
  47. Is Your Child Orally Fixated? For infants and toddlers, there’s no such thing as the three-second rule – anything on the ground, whether it’s a fallen morsel of food, the dog’s gnarled chew toy or an old gob of gum, is fair game. And while it may not
  48. Stop Diaper Changing Battles Babies are little bundles of energy. Most simply don’t want to lie still to have their diapers changed. They cry, fuss or even crawl away. A simple diaper change can turn into an epic tug-of-war between parent and baby. Here’s how to make
  49. Does Hiding Vegetables Help? It’s frustrating when your baby turns her nose up at sweet potato puree, or your toddler pushes his peas and carrots off the plate. But is it okay to hide vegetables, just to get your child to eat them? Hiding vegetables has a lot to
  50. Your Toddler’s Language Skills are More Advanced than you May Think Your toddler may only be able to say a few words, but you might be surprised by how sophisticated her understanding of language really is. A new
  51. Your Guide To Baby Dental Care Most babies get their first tooth around six months and their last primary molars before they turn three. Your child will keep
  52. What Is Baby Acne? Contrary to popular belief, babies don’t always have the best skin. A rash often mistaken for acne can appear in the first few weeks after birth, says Dr. Miriam Weinstein, a pediatric dermatologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
  53. Preparing Kids For A Hospital Stay Every parent hopes their child will be healthy, but the reality is children get sick and sometimes need surgery, requiring an anesthetic. "We probably anesthetize 18,000 infants and children a year," says Dr. Larry Roy, chief of the Department of Anesthesia
  54. How Clean Is Your Kid? Most little kids have better things to do than worry about whether their hands are clean or their teeth are brushed – and many wouldn’t pass the white glove test. It can be hard to convince kids that good hygiene is important, says Jennifer
  55. Is Your Child Overly Sensitive? Highly sensitive children can be wonderful, but challenging to parent. They are emotionally delicate in many ways and as parents we worry about their ability to cope in the world with everyday struggles. Often these highly sensitive children are very
  56. Why Kids Need Toys When it comes to baby toys, is wood better than plastic? Dora better than Sponge Bob? Turns out toys are important for your child’s development – here's how to choose the best ones. How toys teach your baby Babies
  57. Expert Tips For Picky Eaters Plain pasta with butter? Grilled cheese? Chicken fingers and fries? If these are your child’s three favourite food groups, here are some easy, expert tricks you can try – guaranteed to tempt even the pickiest eater! Picky
  58. Overnight Visits with Baby Babies love new places! There’s so much to investigate and new things to touch. But many people aren’t too happy to have your little one crawling or toddling freely about the house exploring everything in sight. While you may think it’s
  59. Why Reading To your Baby is Important As I sat reading Goodnight Moon night after night to my unresponsive one-month-old, it was difficult to convince myself this classic was actually for his benefit. But experts recommend reading to your newborn from day one. "They won't understand
  60. Teaching your Child to Pour Learning to pour liquids is much easier if you give your child small pitchers with handles that are the right size for her small hands. They should also be lightweight and not too heavy for your child to control when they are full. The
  61. Does Your Baby Cry At Daycare? Heading off to daycare or preschool for the first time is a huge milestone in a child’s life. Some children happily run off to play, but others simply superglue themselves to your leg. If you have a superglue kid, here are some ways to help him
  62. When Should You Call A Doctor? The bad news about your baby’s first cold? It won’t be her last – in fact, she may catch as many as 10 colds in her first year until her immune system gets up to speed. The good news? You can help her feel better, symptom by symptom.
  63. Summer Health Hazards From heat stroke to bee stings, here are five common health hazards threatening to spoil your kids’ summer fun–and what you can do to prevent them. 1. Sunburns Prevention: There are three important things you
  64. Is Your Baby Gaining Enough Weight? Babies come in all shapes and sizes, but parents often worry that their infants aren’t gaining enough weight. Here’s how to tell whether your baby is eating enough–and what to do if you’re worried about her weight gain. How
  65. Toilet Training in a Day Some parents take weeks or even months trying to toilet train their child, but according to Wendy Sweeney, creator of Booty Camp toilet training in a day is possible. Sweeney
  66. Make Toothbrushing Fun Babies should start brushing their teeth as soon as they show through. Now imagine you're a baby and are experienceing toothbrushing for the first time. It can be intimidating to have anyone – even a parent – stick a foreign object in
  67. How To Make Your Own Baby Food Introducing solid foods is an important step in your baby's development. While there is nothing wrong with feeding your infant jarred baby food, many
  68. How to Swaddle a Baby There’s a reason all newborns are swaddled in the hospital: babies love to sleep when they're swaddled in a blanket. Why? A tight swaddle inhibits their startle reflex by gently restricting arm and leg movement, helping babies have longer, uninterrupted
  69. Best Tips For Potty Training Going from diapers to totally trained can take your toddler anywhere from three to six months or longer. Here are some of the best tips for potty training from one of Canada's leading parenting experts. When to start toilet
  70. Choose the Best Shoes for your Baby Before your baby starts to move, anything that keeps his feet warm and toasty will do. But once he starts to crawl and climb, you need to pay more attention to his footwear. Here’s how to find the best fitting shoe for your baby: Buy
  71. Baby's First Thanksgiving Don’t feel your baby has to celebrate Thanksgiving with a jar a pureed sweet potatoes. Any baby who has started solids can share in
  72. Is Your Child Afraid of the Water? You’ve planned a fun day at the pool; unfortunately, your child won’t go near the water. Here’s why children become fearful and how to help them enjoy splashing around. Why Children Become Fearful Children
  73. Does your Baby have Colic? Few things are more stressful than an inconsolable baby. If your baby cries for hours on end and you’re ready to tear out your hair, it could be colic. Here’s what you can do. Help for Colicky Babies The
  74. Plan the Perfect Nursery Is there anything cuter than baby décor? We think not. But before you head out on a baby bedroom shopping spree, check out our time-saving tips for planning the perfect nursery. The Planning Stage The drawback to stocking up
  75. Introducing New Foods Toddlers often turn up their noses at unfamiliar foods, but it’s important not to give up, says Lianne Phillipson-Webb, founder of Sprout Right Nutrition in Toronto. Here’s how to get your children eating new foods that are both fun and
  76. Learn to Read your Baby's Sleep Signals A baby who stays awake when her body craves sleep is often an unhappy, fussy baby. Over time, the pattern develops into sleep deprivation, which further complicates and interferes with her developing
  77. Coping with Ear Infections Ear infections are very common in infants and toddlers and most children will have at least one ear infection before they reach three years old. Here’s how to tell if your infant’s ears are infected: How can you tell if it’s
  78. Does Your Baby Have Eczema? If your baby’s smooth skin is marred by a bumpy red rash, it could be eczema. Eczema is common in infants–about 20 percent of young children develop the aggravating skin condition. Here’s why it happens and how to relieve the itch. Why
  79. Do Your Nipples Hurt When you Nurse? You've proably been told (over and over) that "breast is best," but it's hard to bond with your baby if breastfeeding is painful. If your
  80. Healthy Lunchbox Ideas Whether your child is off to preschool or starting kindergarten, getting her to eat a healthy lunch can be one of your biggest challenges. Here are a few tips to help make your child's lunch healthy and fun. Choose a Cool Lunchbox Let
  81. The Safest Toys for Your Baby There have been a number of toy recalls lately–everything from toddler tricycles to inflatable balls. Here’s what you need to know about finding the safest toys for your baby: Toy safety checklist Always consider the safety
  82. Creating the Perfect Sleeper When children aren’t sleeping, parents aren’t sleeping. That lack of sleep affects every minute of every day for every person in the family because lack of sleep isn’t just about being tired. Sleep plays a role in
  83. Should You Let Your Baby Cry? Does it takes forever for your baby to fall asleep? Does she only fall asleep if you feed, rock, carry, swing, take a ride in the car, or perform other elaborate rituals? Does she wake frequently throughout the night? Here’s
  84. Is your baby in pain? Scraped knees and the occasional ouch are probably part of your child’s regular routine, but how do you know when her pain is something a kiss can’t make better? “Kids often aren’t able to express where, or how badly, it hurts,”
  85. Newborn Baby Massage Newborn massage is a great way to bond with your baby and enhance communication through touch. But baby massage has many more benefits. Just five to 10 minutes of gentle daily touch can stimulate digestion, boost immunity, and prepare your baby’s
  86. Babies who Bite Biting is normal in young kids and doesn’t mean your child will grow up to have behavioral problems, says Jennifer Kolari, author of Connected Parenting. Here’s what to do if your baby is a biter. Why kids bite •
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  88. Tummy Time for Babies Tummy time is important because it prevents flattening of the head and enhances motor development. “Tummy time teaches babies to push up on their arms,” says child development expert Lora Lesak. Motor development occurs from head to toe,
  89. What to do When your Child is Left-Handed Barack Obama isn’t the only famous left-hander. Four of the last five U.S. presidents have been left-handed. (The righty was George W. Bush.) In fact, a large percentage of the world’s creative geniuses, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to
  90. Homemade Baby Food On-the-Go Making baby food is healthy and economical. At home, it’s easy; but traveling or dining out doesn’t mean you need to resort to pre-made, jarred food. Just follow our tips for making baby food to enjoy on the go. Invest
  91. Preparing your child for a trip to the hospital Whether it’s for a routine procedure or a mad dash to the ER after a playground mishap, here’s what you need to know to make your child’s trip to the hospital less of an ordeal. Explain what’s going to happen ahead
  92. Your Top Five Food Questions Answered When it comes to what to feed babies and when, a lot of parents worry about doing the wrong thing. “It’s not an intuitive process,” says Dr. Jeremey Friedman, chief of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
  93. Encouraging Your Child to Eat a Variety of Foods Is your child a picky eater? Here are a few tips that can help you expand his taste buds and encourage him to enjoy more food
  94. How to Get Your Child to Sleep at Bedtime Bedtime can be the most challenging time of the day for a couple of reasons. First, kids don't get tired, they get wired, which means they are more likely to be wild, aggressive, teary, cranky or just plain silly when it’s time to settle down
  95. Coping with a Crying Baby I haven’t met a parent yet who doesn’t feel a tug at their heart strings when their child cries. At the same time, I think most parents understand that
  96. Ten Ways to Save Big on Baby Gear When it comes to buying baby products, there’s a lot to choose from–and there’s a lot of stuff you can live without. Here’s how to get high-quality, safe baby gear without spending a bundle. 1. Get more mileage from
  97. Keeping Kids Healthy As a pediatrician and mom, I know the flu often favors little ones who aren’t overly concerned about catching a bug when they’re jumping into a ball pit at an indoor playground. Fortunately, in addition to getting them the flu vaccine,
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  99. Preventing Food Allergies Food allergies can be an underlying cause of many childhood illnesses such as skin ailments, digestive issues or respiratory problems, but in many cases you can minimize, or even prevent, the onset of an allergic response. Here's what you need
  100. Attention-seeking Toddlers It can be frustrating when your child constantly interrupts you, but attention-seeking is a common toddler trait. Here’s how to teach them when it’s okay to interrupt­–and how to do it politely. 1. Teach when
  101. Helping Your Toddler Make Friends Studies show that children with friends have a greater sense of well-being, higher self-esteem and fewer social problems than children without friends. Here’s how to help your child find healthy, fulfilling friendships. The importance
  102. When to Start Sleep Training The first month of life is exhausting for parents, says Dr. Cathryn Tobin, author of the Lull-A-Baby Sleep Plan. Your baby can’t tell the difference between day and night and needs to be fed every two to four hours. When it comes to
  103. Nightmares, Night Terrors and Nighttime Fears If your child’s sleep is disrupted by nightmares and fear, it can affect her mood, behavior, health, memory and growth. Here’s what you can do to solve these common childhood sleep disrupters: Nightmares Children spend
  104. Changing from Two Naps to One Most children switch from two naps to one between ages 12 and 24 months. Here’s how to tell if your child is ready to drop his morning nap: Why babies need two naps The question of two naps versus one is about
  105. Summer Sleep Solutions Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or heading off to yet another summer BBQ, chances are your child is no longer on a regular sleep schedule. Here’s how to maintain nap and bedtime routines so your child gets enough sleep in the