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Infant Self-Regulation Problems May Lead To Increased TV Time

It comes as no surprise that in today’s hyper-digital world, children as young as 2 can navigate an app on their parents’ iPads and call Grandma via Facetime. Screens are such a common part of everyday life that parents are... more

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Is Dirt Bad For Babies?

Is it okay to let my baby dig in the dirt? I don’t worry about her messing up her clothes but I do worry about her health. more

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Helmet Therapy May Not Help Infant Skull Flattening

Helmet therapy is a common and costly treatment for infants who develop positional skull deformity—a medical condition known as plagiocephaly that is often marked by a flattening of the back of the child’s head during the first few months of... more

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Video Review: The Healing Power Of Mindful Parenting

Like many (perhaps most) parents, I am not a very mindful person. I am constantly multitasking, planning, and prepping in an effort to balance a plethora of activities. To just relax and live in the moment… who has time for... more

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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


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


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


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