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    The 9 Best Germ ‘Hacks’ for Protecting Your Baby

    The 9 Best Germ ‘Hacks’ for Protecting Your Baby

    Don’t be sheepish about being a germ-fighting champion for your new baby!  Because, if you don't defend your baby…who will? Babies are like a fortress with few soldiers inside…infections are kept on their skin and the lining of their mouth and nose. And, breast milk gives babies a wonderful supply of infection-fighting white blood cells that literally coat the intestines (and even swim over to the lungs to vigilantly police against invasion). However, once the mean germs get inside a...

    Is the Cardboard ‘Baby Box’ the Safest for Your Baby?

    Is the Cardboard ‘Baby Box’ the Safest for Your Baby?

    Have you heard about the Finnish “baby box”? For decades, the Finns have given every new baby a big cardboard box filled with free diapers, wipes, warm clothes, etc. And at the bottom of the box is a thin mattress. You get the idea, once the goodies are removed, what remains is an inexpensive little baby bed to keep an infant on the floor right next to Mama all night. The very simple idea has caught on beyond Finland, with free...

    The Myth About Lactose Intolerance in Babies

    The Myth About Lactose Intolerance in Babies

    It's not surprising that some parents wonder if lactose intolerance in babies causes colic, or persistent crying. After all, lactose intolerance in adults is quite common...why wouldn't it aggravate infants? Think about it: If it did, there would be no "witching hour." Lactose consumption is pretty steady throughout the day, but colicky fussing tends to peak in the evening. But let me explain how this theory got started, and why it's a myth. The lactose your baby eats is digested...

    Does Swaddling Prevent SIDS? Probably!

    Does Swaddling Prevent SIDS? Probably!

    Millions of babies are wrapped, so if swaddling causes SIDS, you’d expect hundreds of swaddle-related infant sleep deaths each year. But a study from 2004 to 2012 found fewer than 2 sleep deaths per year among swaddled babies. And most victims were stomach sleeping or had unsafe, bulky bedding. The authors noted that “reports of sudden unexpected death in swaddled infants are very rare.” This extremely low SIDS rate suggests that wrapping may actually prevent SIDS and suffocation. Australian doctors...

    Can Poor Sleep Make My Baby Obese?

    Can Poor Sleep Make My Baby Obese?

    There’s a lot of evidence that poor sleep causes weight problems for adults and kids. And two recent studies hint the same is true in infancy. In the first study, Penn State researchers found that breastfed babies whose parents used the 5 S’s (along with some other general parenting tips) slept longer. And the better-sleeping kids had less obesity at 1 year of age if the moms also followed a simple dietary plan (not to give foods before 6 months...

    Avoid Baby Hip Dysplasia by Swaddling Safely

    Avoid Baby Hip Dysplasia by Swaddling Safely

    Some doctors warn that swaddling may cause baby hip dysplasia. Indeed, cultures using ancient methods of swaddling (with rigid, fully straightened legs, tightly bound with blankets or ropes) have more infant hip dysplasia and adult hip arthritis. Fortunately, there have been no reports of increased hip problems over the past decade despite millions of infants having been swaddled. America’s top pediatric hip experts, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the International Hip Dysplasia...