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058: Jackie Elnahar — Keeping Your Family’s Health & Immunity Strong Through Nutrition

058: Jackie Elnahar — Keeping Your Family’s Health & Immunity Strong Through Nutrition 1024 512 Chase Jennings

Nutrition is important for everyone but especially for growing little humans in critical development stages. From infant to toddler, tweens to teens, it is important to take a look at the food and diet we give our little ones to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need and proper nourishment.

During the pandemic, we all are hyper aware of our health and are eager to learn ways to boost our immunity, as well as our kids, as we stay safe.

Jackie Elnahar is a registered dietitian, attorney and founder of TelaDietitian- the premier telehealth solution for nutrition counseling that was recently acquired by Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC). Jackie has successfully counseled many patients in nutrition using the latest evidence based research on diet and nutrition science. She believes in a nutrient dense approach that maximizes health boosting compounds such as phytonutrients and minimizes harmful ingredients like neurotoxins. Jackie has been featured in Today, Shape, Dr. Oz, Women’s Health, Glamour, Huffington Post, among others.

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Baby Proofing Must-Haves

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Each milestone in your baby’s life comes with a host of changes you have to make to your own lifestyle. As newborns, they can only placed down on their backs, then explore the joys of tummy time, start rolling over, crawling, cruising, walking, and before you know, your little one is running around the house amuck, curiously exploring every corner and gadget he can find. We are in the thick of our twins toddler phase and took these precautionary measures to baby proof our home (without having to compromise our interior design and aesthetic!) 

Baby Gates

We use the Retract-a-Gate mesh, retractable gate for all our stairways. Firstly, these gates are the only ones that fit our broad main entrance steps. Secondly, they’re discreet and retract away when not in use. When they are locked in place, they’re fixed and taught so the kids can’t push their way through.

Child Safety Locks

We use Magnetic Child Safety Cabinet Locks which have hooks that you place inside your cabinet drawers and a magnetic opener which you hover over the hook to open it up. I bought small 3/8″ circle felt black stickers to use as indicators from Etsy. You can’t see them at first glance and they match my white and black kitchen.

Crib Rail Covers

For the first two years of their lives, kids have to grapple with teething and gnaw at everything in sight! My husband and I were shocked to find that our twins left teeth marks in the wood of their cribs and the paint had chipped off. Not only is the wood & paint toxic for the little ones to ingest, their beautiful cribs look worn out. I came across Trend Lab Waterproof Crib Rail Covers, which are perfect for covering the crib rails, protecting the kids teeth since the fabric is a soft felt/shearling, and they’re waterproof and easy to throw in the wash as needed.

Play Yard

One of the first things you want to buy when your toddlers are walking everywhere is a play yard. Throw their toys, games, and books in there so they can play in this confined space. We have this North States Play Yard at home. As a DIY project, I covered the play yard rails with felt/shearling fabric that I bought from JoAnn Fabrics and had my tailor sew in strings every 10 inches to tie around the rails. They get the job done and protect our little teethers much like the crib rail covers.

Play Mat

Lastly, invest in a good play mat for your kids. We have the Skip Hop Geo Grey/Cream Playmat, which matches our cream/grey decor. Your kids will tumble and wrestle and bang their toys on the floor, so the thick foam cushioning protects them (and your home!)

What baby proof items do you have at home that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comment section below!