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Solid Foods3Mashed sweet potatoes, applesauce, pureed chicken: When your baby is ready to start solid foods, a whole new world of flavors and textures opens up — and a whole new way for your baby to make a mess. But parents often have questions about when and how to start feeding their child beyond the bottle. Here are a few tips from the experts.

Lowcountry DoulaAs a Lowcountry doula, I am hired by a pregnant woman to help her navigate the medical jargon of pregnancy and childbirth. Time often seems to slow down during the early months of pregnancy — and then before you know it, the weeks are flying by and it feels like you’ve got a million questions and not nearly enough time to ask them all.

Immune systemCHILDREN’S IMMUNE SYSTEMS DEVELOP FROM BIRTH

No one likes to have a cold — the runny nose, the sneezing, the sore throat. Adults can expect to get the sniffles, plus a few other minor illnesses, a couple of times a year, but kids will probably suffer a little more.

Kids get sick more frequently than adults because their immune systems are still developing, experts say.

PreschoolStarting preschool is a momentous occasion — for everyone in the family, not just the child heading off to school. But for parents, finding the right school and the right time to start can raise as many questions as a preschooler asks in a day.

Should your child go full or part time? Is one curriculum better than another? What factors should go into deciding which preschool is right for your child?

TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S CAR SEAT OFFERS MAXIMUM SAFETY

Not only is installing a car seat difficult and tedious, but even if you get it strapped into the car you might not be using it correctly. Many parents accidentally turn their children’s car seats around too soon — or they might not even know that infants’ car seats should start off facing backward. And other parents who might know better often are afraid to correct their friends’ car seat usage for fear of unintentionally hurting their feelings.