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This little character, Dashiell (6-months-old), is from the City of Angels. Love his name! He started solid foods about a month ago and love, love, loves mangos. In this photos Dashiell is sporting a new hat he got that day from his Mom, and was quite impressed with his new look. We are too! Thanks Mom for sharing your handsome baby boy with us. This kid has got IT! Congratulations to Dashiell on your Le Top Darling of the Day title.

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I was “one of those kids” with a very short attention span and ADHD only really became a common term in my generation when I reached high school. Some people may say that it “wasn’t treated before” and that doctors are just making up new “terms and conditions” for kids being young and energetic, etc., but I really believe in ADHD and how it can affect a child’s life, and especially their education and chances of success later in life. It important to recognize it as a chronic illness.  New Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say that children as young as four can be diagnoses and treated for ADHD.

The previous research was more than a decade old and covered children from 6 to 12, but with more research and understanding of the issues surrounding ADHD in children, the upper limit was also expanded to include teenagers to age 18.

Toddlers with ADHD have behavior issues that go beyond the normal challenges of early childhood. Anger is generally a problem, as are tantrums. A toddler with ADHD may refuse to sit in a high chair or stroller, and needs to be in seemingly constant motion. Even at this young age, they struggle with controlling their impulses—they may hit other children and become disruptive while playing with other children.

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Dr. Mark Wolraich, lead author of the report released Sunday at the AAP National Conference in Boston, “There is now enough evidence to address this broader age range,” he said. “We know that identifying and treating kids at a young age is important … because the earlier we can provide treatment, the better chance of success.”

ADHD affects some 8% of children and teens and is the most common neurological disorder in youngsters. Behavior such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, poor social skills and inability to follow directions are the main indicators. It is not thought best to medicate the youngest patients, rather try to help them over come the condition with behavioral therapy and parental training. Showing them consistency and structure around meal, bath and bed times can be important.

However Wolraich, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, who has been studying the condition since the 1970s says low doses of Ritalin can assist even the youngest cases where other therapies do not produce results.

Some studies have shown that those with ADHD are at greater risk of dropping out of school, car accidents, substance abuse and its well known they can be difficult to deal with; subject to tantrums and generally distracted.

For older children who are already in school the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends both medication and behavioral therapy.

Some doctors are applauding these new guidelines because kids who don’t get treated are at a much higher risk for everything from low self-esteem to poor grades to being socially immature. It is sometimes thought that they can go many years with daily reminders that they can’t do what other kids do, which wears them down. Parents have to be their child’s advocate and get them the help they need and get it early.

If you would take a child with a vision problem to an optometrist for glasses, why would we not treat kids who have trouble with their brain circuitry?

Here are some quick facts on ADHD in toddlers according to Reader’s Digest: 

  • Toddlers with ADHD seem to have a low sense of danger, so they require an especially watchful eye to help them avoid accidents.
  • No one knows what causes ADHD.
  • A child with ADHD will show signs of the problem very early on, but you may not realize there’s a problem until your child starts nursery school.
  • Problems with speech or hearing can also mimic ADHD symptoms.
  • Because ADHD symptoms often look like typical toddler behavior, it’s difficult to diagnose the condition in children under five.

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Mommy: I love you very much!

I love you very muchER!”

– Austin, age 4

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With Halloween just around the corner, besides a fun costume, kids love to have their face painted. Here are some fun (and do-able) ideas, plus how to pick out face paint.

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Apple picking is a family favorite activity this time of year in New York – of course there are all types of ways to cook up apples, but here is a fun (and sweet) treat for your children that looks like an apple, but will satisfy their sweet tooth.

The designs on this page start as Vanilla Cupcakes iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream — perfect for spreading in thin layers or sculpting into thick mounds (and licking from the bowl).

The cupcakes can be baked a week ahead and frozen, but decorate them no more than a day before serving. Set up an assembly line, and put kids in charge of affixing candy eyes, gumdrop cheeks, and other trimmings. Pack the cupcakes in a shallow plastic container, and stuff crumpled waxed paper in between. Then dole them out and watch kids marvel for a second before opening wide! How cute does Sami look in our Rabbitmoon sweater dress holding an apple? 

APPLE CUPCAKES

How-To
Lots of thick icing forms the rounded shape, and each gets a pretzel stem and a leaf cut from sour tape.

Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Makes: 24 cupcakes
(perfect for the classroom!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl, beat in vanilla.
  2. Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to assure the batter is thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting Recipe 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 large egg whites
  • 4 cups (8 sticks or 2 pounds) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place sugar and egg whites in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; it should feel completely smooth.
  2. Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don’t worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating. Add vanilla, and beat just until combined.
  4. Switch to the paddle attachment, and beat on the lowest speed to eliminate any air pockets, about 5 minutes. If using buttercream within several hours, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature in a cool environment. Or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, bring buttercream to room temperature, and beat on the lowest speed with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 5 minutes.

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Photos by Corinne McCombs (www.corinnemccombs.com)

Angelic and lovely, Grace Addison (4-months-old), loves to cuddle, laugh and smile. We’re told this precious little girl enjoys watching football and baseball games with her daddy. Awwwwww. Since she is the first granddaughter on both sides of her family she is very spoiled and loves every second of it! Already a girly girl Grace loves to wear pink and animal prints but is changing it up to be a baby cow for her first Halloween. It’s clear to see why Grace is the Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Black Bean Cat Crudités

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Lilah wearing a Rabbitmoon "Harmony" Sweater Dress

When I was leaving my daughter’s room after putting her to bed, she asked me not to close her door. I had done it the night before and she didn’t like it. I explained that I had closed it because we were talking loudly and I didn’t want to wake her. She said,

That’s okay mom. You don’t have to close it because I know how to turn my ears down when I go to sleep.”

-Lilah (age 4 1/2) 

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Courtesy Kristin Davis

Sex and the City star, Kristin Davis, confirmed that she welcomed daughter Gemma Rose Davis through a domestic adoption a few months ago. For those that don’t remember, the name Rose is the same as her character’s adopted daughter on the show.

Davis told PEOPLE. “This is something I have wanted for a very long time. Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed.”

Le Top "Fantasia" Collection Stripe Jumpsuit

We are so happy for you Kristin.  We think Gemma would look picture perfect in the Le Top “Fantasia” collection stripe jumpsuit. Congratulations on your little bundle of joy!

Anything but ordinary.
Made of luxurious soft cotton,
this teal blue jumpsuit features simple puff sleeves, contrast ric-rac neckline and lettuce-edge ruffle cuffs for ultimate comfort and style. Lime colored 3-D velour flower pops out of front pocket
for fantasy style. Back and underneath snaps for easy dressing.

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It’s official! The Office star, Fischer, and husband Lee Kirk welcomed son Weston Lee on Saturday, Sept. 24.  “Mom and baby are doing great,” the rep says.

Fischer’s character, Pam has a daughter and coincidently is expecting a son with TV husband Jim Halpert on the show.  “Pam and Jim snuck away last season on Valentine’s Day, and they had sex,” Fischer told New York Magazine prior to the show’s current season premiere. “The story is that they conceived this baby at that time and were keeping it a secret until we came back from the summer.”

“When we started shooting that episode, I thought to myself, ‘If everything goes well, this is going to be a very, very convenient coincidence,’ and I think I found out I was pregnant when we were shooting that episode,” she added.

Le Top "Ready for Takeoff" Stripe Coverall

All of us at Le Top are thrilled for you both. We think the Le Top “Ready for Takeoff” Stripe Coverall would look super cute on your baby boy!

Jet set in the cutest heathered air force blue, chocolate and grey rugby stripe long sleeve coverall with embroidered bear pilot and 3-D propeller plane appliqué on chest. Cozy jersey cotton and soft neckline for exceptional comfort. Sport shoulder and underneath snaps for easy dressing.

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