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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A simple Google search or a quick scroll on social media usually offers outdated information or conflicting advice on when and even how to...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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What’s the Deal with the Four-Month Sleep Regression? safe sleep sleep success Dec 09, 2020

No, you aren’t imagining it. The 4-month sleep regression is real. The good news is that it’s normal and temporary.

I often talk to parents about this stage in the baby’s life, because they are usually exhausted and confused about what to do next. If you’re in the same...

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The Science Behind Sleep Training sleep success Dec 09, 2020

“Is sleep training safe?” 

I get this question all the time from parents, in my office, in emails, in Facebook comments, and even in text messages. As a pediatrician and a father, my answer is always a resounding “yes.”

I’ve reviewed dozens of current,...

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How to Decide Where Your Baby Will Sleep safe sleep sleep success Dec 02, 2020

Cribs. Bassinets. And inclined sleepers! Oh my! With so many different sleeping options for your newborn, it can be hard to decide which one is the safest. After all, you may be tempted to go with the piece of furniture that has all the bells and whistles. (I’m looking at you, Snoo!) But,...

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Four Ways To Practice Gratitude With Your Kids family time Nov 24, 2020

The holidays are usually a time for gathering together with your friends and families around food. Unfortunately, traveling for Thanksgiving is risky and not advised at this time, according to the CDC. Even though gathering in groups is out this year, expressing gratitude is always in style....

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What You Need to Know About Postpartum Depression postpartum depression Nov 19, 2020

Did you know that roughly one in eight women experiences postpartum depression? In some areas of the country, stats are as high as 1 in 5 women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

These stunning statistics highlight a real and common problem — as a...

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Five Newborn Essentials Every Parent Needs and One They Don’t sleep success Nov 14, 2020

 

Shopping for your new baby can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. It’s tough not to get analysis paralysis and FOMO spending five minutes perusing Amazon for new baby gear. Of course, there are obvious essentials, like diapers and wipes. However, there are a few baby...

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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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