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What a Pediatrician Wants You to Know About Heavy Metals in Baby Foods Jul 10, 2022

You never want to see “toxic” and “baby food” in the same sentence, so hearing about heavy metals found in popular store-bought purees is certainly a concern to parents and pediatricians everywhere. News reports over the past year or so have shared that heavy metals are...

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How to Handle “I Want a Snack” Syndrome Jun 05, 2022

One parent recently told me that the toughest part about pulling her child from daycare during the pandemic was the constant snack requests. 

Who can relate?! 

I think I saw every single hand go up …

So how do we handle this?

There are a few schools of thought on this. Some say...

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What to Expect on Your Baby’s First Two Nights at the Hospital May 01, 2022

If you are awaiting your first baby’s arrival, this is for you. Also, if you’ve had multiple babies but those first couple days were a blur, this is for you (and you are SO not alone in feeling that way!). 

Knowing what to expect the first couple days with your new baby will help...

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A Pediatrician’s Tips for Getting Through the 4-Month Sleep Regression Apr 03, 2022

First: The term sleep regression indicates a setback or interruption, when really it’s a sign of developmental progress. 

Second: There are at least four things frequently mimic sleep regressions:

  1. Teething—typically in the 6- to 9-month age range and typically go down...
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A Pediatrician’s No. 1 Tip for Stress-Free Potty Training Feb 10, 2022

This one’s going to be pretty short. It’s just one tip, and it’s simple. 

My No. 1 tip for stress-free potty training is … 

Don’t push it.

That’s it. Just wait. Wait until they’re ready. That alone will save you SO MUCH STRESS. And paper...

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Preventing a Flat Head & The Fuss Over Tummy Time Feb 06, 2022

Your concern for your baby’s proper development is one of the many things that makes you such a great parent. As someone who wants to be a great pediatrician to great parents, I am here to tell you that you needn’t obsess over flat heads and tummy time. 

Flattening of your...

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Baby Sh*t: What to Expect & When to Worry About Your Baby’s Poop Jan 02, 2022

You wouldn’t believe the sh*t I hear about in my office … sometimes it’s seedy and yellow. Sometimes it’s mucousy or even a little bloody. Sometimes it’s runny but other times it’s a little too solid.

I’m talking about baby poop.

The number of poop pics...

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How to Help Little Kids With Big Emotions family time Jan 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, but it’s been especially difficult for our kids. The academic, social, and emotional upheaval of the last year has affected our children in ways we may not fully understand for years to come. According to a recent NBC News article, mental...

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Which Sleep-Training Method Is Best For You? safe sleep sleep success Jan 11, 2021

As your baby approaches the four-to-six-month-old mark, you’re exhausted and overwhelmed. You probably can’t remember what a good night’s sleep feels like. In fact, you’d likely do just about anything if it meant you and your baby would sleep through the night. I know...

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Food Allergies and Baby: What to Expect unpicky eating Jan 04, 2021

Introducing solid food to your baby should be a joyful time, but many parents I speak with are often concerned about food allergies. I’m not surprised.

A simple Google search or a quick scroll on social media usually offers outdated information or conflicting advice on when and even how to...

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Pump and Dump is a Myth breastfeeding newborns Dec 28, 2020

If you’ve ever talked with a nursing mom, you’ve probably heard her speak with frustration about the return of alcohol into her life.  Many moms excitedly look forward to the chance to enjoy a glass of wine, can of beer, or their favorite mixed drink after nine...

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4 Strategies for a More Restful, Less Stressful Nap Time safe sleep Dec 21, 2020
With a new baby comes a new sleep schedule, which can be one of the hardest adjustments to make when your bundle of joy arrives.

Fussy babies make sleepy parents. And that’s not good for anyone. Establishing a daytime nap routine can be a lifesaver for exhausted parents, but it’s more...

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About Me

My name is Dr. Phil Boucher. I'm a husband, father of five young children, and board-certified pediatrician in Lincoln, Nebraska. I help parents balance their priorities, keep things in perspective, and feel confident in all stages of their parenting journey.

There's no one-size-fits-all solution to parenting, but if there's one thing all parents can agree on, it's that parenting isn't easy. But no matter the ups and downs, all you need is a little empowerment to become the present and productive parents your children need you to be.

I’d like to share my experiences, knowledge, and expertise with you so you can worry less and enjoy parenthood more. You already have most of what you need, but I can give you the quick tips, confidence, and reassurance that you can do this.

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