Study: Risk Factors for SIDS Varies by Age

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New parents are often concerned about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when they bring home their baby. To reduce the risk of SIDS, parents are often advised to avoid placing bumpers, soft bedding and loose blankets in their children’s sleep area and to place their babies on their backs when they sleep. A recent study has found that these precautions may be more effective at different stages. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, found that sleep environment risks for 0- to 3-month-old infants are different compared to those for babies ages 4 months to 12 months.

Researchers found the biggest risk for younger infants is sl...

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5 Ways to Maintain Baby’s Sleep Schedule While Traveling

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Traveling with your baby or young child can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping his or her naptime and bedtime routines. Getting good rest is the key to keeping your little one in a good mood when you are away from home, so keep these five tips in mind if you are thinking about traveling in the near future:

  1. Keep baby feeling safe and secure by following the same naptime and bedtime routine that you do at home. Bring along her favorite books, toys and blankets, especially those that she associates with napping and bedtime.
  2. When possible, try to include lots of outdoor activities during the day, but stay close to home (tha...
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Popular Lullaby Lyrics

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  • “Brahms Lullaby”

    Performed by Jewel

    Source: Metro Lyrics

    Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright.
    May the moon’s silvery beams bring you sweet dreams.
    Close your eyes now and rest, may these hours be blessed.
    ‘Til the sky’s bright with dawn, when you wake with a yawn.

    Lullaby, and good night, you are mother’s delight.
    I’ll protect you from harm, and you’ll wake in my arms.

    Sleepyhead, close your eyes, for I’m right beside you.
    Guardian angels are near, so sleep without fear.
    Lullaby, and good night, with roses bedight.
    Lilies o’er head, lay thee down in thy be...

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Baby Cribs Are Best Left Bare, But Some Parents Are Unaware

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A new study suggests many parents are unaware that baby cribs are best kept bare. Except for a tight-fitting crib sheet, less is more when it comes to an infant’s safety during sleep.

The study, which was presented at a recent meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, surveyed 500 parents who visited either an obstetric or pediatric clinic in Kansas about safe sleep practices for infants. Eighty percent of the participants knew that placing a baby on his or her back to sleep is recommended as a way to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)...

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Is Your Sound Machine Harming Your Baby?

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Getting your baby to sleep is an art. It’s about finding the balance of the correct temperature, the right swaddling and the perfect amount of rocking — as well being careful to step over the squeaky floorboard on your way out the door. For many parents, a sound machine has become a basic element of their baby’s bedtime routine. However, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics may have some rethinking their sound machine, or at least where they put it and how loud they set it.

For adults, occupational safety guidelines recommend that workers without ear protection be exposed to no more than 85 decibels of sound intensity in an eight-hour shift...

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Fun Ways to Photograph Your Newborn’s First Days

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  • Focus on your newborn’s size

    They’re teeny-tiny peanuts only for a very short time, so it’s best to capture the little details—tiny fingers, tiny toes—within those first few weeks. Most parents are so busy adjusting to lifewith a newborn that they let the little details slip by. Many clients have told me the photos from our session were more meaningful later on because they served as a true time capsule.

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New Mommy Survival Guide

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No matter how many moms you talk to before you give birth, you won’t truly know what the first few weeks of motherhood really are like until you go through them. Sure, you know you will need standard supplies for Baby, like diapers, burp rags and bodysuits, but what about you? What will you need to survive the 24-hour grind of regular feedings, endless diaper changes and lack of sleep? We have compiled a list of what we think are mommy must-dosand must-haves for the first few weeks of motherhood.

Before Baby Arrives

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Make meals ahead of time and freeze them, so you can easily pull them out and heat them when you’re hungry. Lasagna, chili or casseroles freeze really well. You don’t have to cook for hours...

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New Study Shows Premature Babies Need "Adult Talk"

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A new study suggests that premature babies have better language skills by 18 months of age if they’re exposed to more adult talk very early in life.

For decades it’s been known that older children suffer speech and language delays when their exposure to adult speech is limited. Researchers decided to see if the same thing applied to preterm infants, who often have speech delays as toddlers.

In the study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, lead author Dr. Betty Vohr of Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I...

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