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What Is RIE Parenting?

Kids will be kids, right? Not necessarily for those parents embracing a style of parenting developed in the late 1970s that has seen a rebirth in recent months, thanks in part to both its celebrity following and media scrutiny. The... more

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U.S. Doctors Aim To Cut Cesarean Rate

It is hard to fathom why nearly one in three U.S. births involves surgery, but recent data show this to be true. While cesareans (c-sections) are sometimes necessary from a medical standpoint, they carry with them several risks, including longer... more

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Baby Talk Amounts To Big Vocabulary

The phrase “baby talk” conjures an image of grandparents gathered around a crib fawning over a newborn while making noises like “goo goo” and “gaa gaa.” In reality, baby talk—or parentese, as it is known in the scientific community—is a... more

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Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked To ADHD In Kids

Link any food, drink, or drug with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and you will likely garner a great deal of attention. An estimated 3 to 7 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, ranging from a low... more

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Preemies Thrive In Language-Rich Environments

Even before birth, babies hear and respond to the sounds around them. Their mother’s heartbeat… her voice… the beat of an often-played piece of music… Dad’s voice. The last weeks of a full-term pregnancy tend to be rich with examples... more

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Fluoride For Babies’ First Teeth Is Okay

Parents, hoping to keep their baby’s teeth cavity-free can now use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste as soon as those pearly whites appear (typically around 6 to 12 months of age). So says the American Dental Association (ADA), in... more

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Kinetic Kids: Cognitive Benefits Of A Physically Active Childhood

“Let’s get moving!” As a mom of two easily distracted daughters, I find myself often repeating this phrase when we’re running late for school, dance class, or a doctor’s appointment. But far beyond getting out of the house on time,... more

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10 Ways To Do Skin-To-Skin Care

All humans need touch, but babies need it most. The remarkable health and emotional benefits of skin-to-skin contact have been discussed elsewhere on baby gooroo and amount to one undeniable fact: it is every baby’s desire to be held in... more

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Skin-To-Skin Care Has Lasting Benefits For Preemies

“I need my mommy!” Research has shown time and again that if newborns could talk, that is what they’d say. As mammals, human babies rely on their mothers for close physical contact which in turn supports normal breathing, heart rate,... more

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Power Of Touch: 10 Benefits Of Skin-To-Skin

During pregnancy, babies are as close to their moms as they can be—getting warmth, food, protection, and oxygen from their mother’s body. Then, labor occurs and babies suddenly find themselves without immediate access to those essential needs. It is not... more