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Babies Acquire Listening Ability before Birth

Baby 30th July 2018

First of all, a baby learns the sound of her mother's voice in the womb. Since the sounds and voices coming from outside travel through the mother's abdominal tissue and amniotic fluid, the voices prenate hears are muffled around the fourth month...
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5 Tips for Baby

Baby 12th June 2016

Babies pay attention to our emotional signals and tone of voice. They notice when we are responsive, and they learn fundamental communication skills when we talk to them one-on-one...
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A glimpse into the workings of the baby brain

Baby 17th February 2017

MRI scans reveal surprising similarities in activity patterns of infant and adult visual cortex. In adults, certain regions of the brain's visual cortex respond preferentially to specific types of input
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Babies Remember Pain

BABY HEALTH 19th Jan 2016

In the feature below, David Chamberlain, PhD, birth psychology pioneer and co-founder of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, APPPAH, shares his insights into how and why babies feel pain in this classic and fully-cited essay. Read More

Baby's Brain Begins Now: Conception to Age 3

Baby Health 05th June 2016

The fact that children are affected by their surroundings is too obvious to bear repeating. Child development specialists have produced decades of research showing that the environment...
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Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys

Baby 12th January 2017

We often hear that boys need to be toughened up so as not to be sissies. Parent toughness toward babies is celebrated as "not spoiling the baby."
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The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch

SCIENCE 19th Nov 2015

My three sons are nearly all teenagers, but I remember the minutes immediately after each child's birth as sharply as if the boys had entered the world this morning...
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What your baby sees in you - the look of love

PARENTING 29th Jan 2016

Many people seem surprised to find how aware newborn babies can be. A healthy newborn can look as if he or she sees right into you. My daughter was just minutes old when our eyes met for the first time,Read More

Controlled Crying, Cortisol, and Attachment: A Critical Look

Science 12th June 2016

New research from Australia is making international headlines telling parents that they have "proven" that one form of extinction sleep training...
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Do We Need A Declaration For The Rights Of The Baby?

Baby 29th October 2016

A few years ago, a 23-year-old released a video of her judge father beating her at age 16. Such abuse violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child (signed by most nations except for the USA and Somalia...
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Infants 1 Kg Or Less at Birth at Greater Risk for Bullying, Mental Illness

HEALTH 20th Feb 2016

A new study from Canada's McMaster University finds that infants born at an extremely low birth weight are more likely to be bullied later as children, and this significantly increases their odds for developing mental health problems as adults.
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Infants Judge People From The Tone of Their Voice

PARENTING 2nd Sep 2015

Infants prefer positive over negative voices, but it wasn't known if this information affects their social preferences. The ability to evaluate people's actions and intentions is an important skill.Read More

Is love the key to baby brain development?

Baby 15th January 2017

We're all familiar with the saying that there is 'nothing stronger than a mother's love', and now it seems that scientists have proved this to be true – at least in terms of baby development.
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New research finds babies should wake at night

SCIENCE 20th May 2015

The study led by the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences asked mothers with a baby aged 6 - 12 months how often their child woke in the night and whether they fed their baby when it did.Read More

Stress in Babies

BABIES 15th Sep 2015

Nobody wants a stressed-out baby. The stress is contagious, and chronic stress has long-term health consequences. When babies are exposed to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol...
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Staying in Touch With Real Babies: Correcting the AAP

Baby 15th October 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) guide to sleep gives professional recommendations on how parents can "help baby develop healthy sleep habits during different stages of infancy...
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Babies tell their stories. - Nikki Lee Health

BABY 12th Dec 2015

When I worked as a nurse in labor & delivery, and in postpartum, I was very good at avoiding circumcisions. I had a 6th sense about when they were due to be performed,Read More

How brain cells move through newborn babies' brains

Science 25th October 2016

It's mind-blowing. These fuzzy green blobs show how brain cells move around inside a baby's brain. Continuing for months after birth, armies of neurons migrate through a baby's brain...
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How cranial osteopathy can help soothe away your baby's colicky cries

Baby 27th January 2017

Get a group of new parents together and it won't take long before they start talking about sleep. Or more likely, the lack of it. The advice to 'sleep when your baby sleeps' is all well and good,
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Is your Birth Experience still affecting you Today?

BIRTH 22nd Jan 2016

Just as a seed contains the blueprint for the life of a plant, the creation story of a human has a profound influence on their life. According to the father of Transpersonal Psychology,Read More

Postpartum maternal oxytocin release by newborns: effects of infant hand massage and sucking.

BIRTH 21st Jan 2016

Newborns placed skin-to-skin with their mothers show an inborn sequence of behavior similar to that seen in other mammals. The purpose of this study was to make a detailed exploration of hand.Read More

The Myth Of "Breastfeeding Is Optional"


Breastfeeding is optional for a mother these days. She can choose not to do it. And without social support and pressure to be a "true" feminist, this seems like the "right" thing to do. Baby will usually stay alive with infant formula (despite its many risks including that it is the only consistent link to SIDS).Read More

This doctor pioneered a way to treat stress in children, a startling source of future disease

Health 9th November 2016

Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco, is advocating for all children to be screened for traumatic experiences, which, research shows, have a long-term impact on health...
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Parent Touch, Play And Support In Childhood Vital To Well-being As An Adult

CHILD HEALTH 21st Dec 2016

Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood.Read More

The Nurture Balance Sheet: How Much Is "Undercare" Costing Us? Part One

HEALTH 13th Feb 2016

In modern Western society, many parents are wrangled into ignoring or denying, to some degree, babies' natural needs for a high level of attention, bonding, and physical contact. Read More

The Nurture Balance Sheet: How Much Is "Undercare" Costing Us? Part Two

HEALTH 13th Feb 2016

To varying degrees, a compromised first year of life is the norm, because factions of our society rail against any aspect of parenting seen as interfering with women's career advancement. Read More

Why Babies Need
Dads Too

Science 22th June 2016

Fathers and mothers and other adults provide social experience for children throughout life. These experiences in early life establish how well the brain develops,not only for health and intelligence but sociality.
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Mom's voice activates many different regions in children's brains, study shows

Science 30th May 2016

Children's brains are far more engaged by their mother's voice than by voices of women they do not know, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.
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Study: Newborns, Especially Preemies, Experience Too Much Pain

BIRTH 20th Feb 2016

While not all premature babies experience complications, being born too early can cause short-term and long-term health problems. Preemies are more likely to struggle with everything from heart problems and breathing issues to delayed development and impaired vision.
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The social world of newborns Why babies are born to learn from our loving care

Baby 18th January 2017

Yes, newborns spend most of their time sleeping and and eating. Taking care of a new baby can feel like a series of mechanical tasks.But babies are much more than survival machines.
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Too Small to Fail

Science 10th June 2016

The same study that unearthed that nutritional tragedy also found that on any given day, almost half of American toddlers drink soda or similar drinks, possibly putting the children on a trajectory toward obesity or diabetes.
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Updated guidelines on infant sleep highlight danger of parents' tiredness

Baby 6th November 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its advice on how to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths in a policy statement released Monday...
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What A New Baby Expects – From Birth to Going Home

Birth 25th May 2016

As new mothers, we expect to parent the way we have learned to parent – and there are many different styles. But a baby's 'expectations' are not learned.
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What happens when your baby behaves better… with others!

Baby 14th July 2017

Such is the strength of the maternal-child bond that poets and saints have written verses on the sanctity and the aura of this relationship. There is no better feeling when you ask your child to do something and he or she immediately obliges.
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Why African Babies Don't Cry

Baby 20th October 2016

I was born and grew up in Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire. From the age of fifteen I lived in the UK. However, I always knew that I wanted to raise my children (whenever I had them) at home in Kenya...
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Why Babies Need to be Carried and Held - Breastfeeding Today

PARENTING 7th Sep 2011

I can't put my baby down! My baby always wants to be held. I can't get anything done." How many new mothers find themselves expressing these feelings after having had their first baby? When my fir...
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