Parenting rarely works out as planned.
Everyone has an opinion. Especially in the parenting world.
I get it. For some reason, when you become a parent, comments start coming your way (or you start throwing them in someone else’s direction) so fiercely that it completely consumes you.
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When you slow down and look at the world through your infant’s eyes, you realize that you take the littlest things for granted. Objects that are overlooked and mundane to me, are the most earth-shattering, cause of excitement to my seventh month old:1. TOES. As soon as she gets a hold of them, a squeal of delight is uttered. “OMG what are these wriggly things attached to me!?!?”...more
Researchers studied how sleep affected learning and memory skills for 216 infants (6-12 months). They went to each baby's house twice within 4-24 hours. The first time, they showed the babies hwo to remove and play with a mitten that was on a hand puppet.The second time, they watched to see if the babies would remember how it works: removing and playing with the mitten.They found that the babies who had a 30-minute nap within 4 hours of learning the mitten task had better memory recall than the babies who hadn't napped. ...more
A new study from the University of Cambridge has found that language delays in males often correlate with smaller brain volumes in certain regions. These regions include the temporal lobe, insula and ventral basal ganglia.On the flip side, the study found that men who had delayed language onset as a child had larger brainstem structures than men without the delays....more
We've known for a while that neglect is bad for a baby's brain (remember the story about the Romanian orphans who were hardly ever held or touched?) and maternal stimulation is good. But now neuroscientists have used the latest technology to look at the structural changes in infants' brains. They did the study with rats, which have one of the closest resemblence to humans in terms of research. Here's what they found after watching almost 100 hours of video of moms nurturing their pups and comparing it to electric readings of the pups' brains:...more
My son isn't a toddler, but for any mom who has one, you'll find this information exrtremely helpful.As children transition to table foods, learning how to get well-balanced nutrition is extremely important for healthy growth and development.Award winning pediatrician and bestselling author Dr. Scott Cohen shares some advice when it comes to healthy options for your toddler....more
Can you guess what the right side of your brain controls? Yep. Emotional skills.New research indicates that during pregnancy, we have increased activity in the right side of our brain to make us "more sensitive during childbirth" so we can bond with our child.Apparently, our brain volume shrinks by 4% during pregnancy (but returns to normal after delivery- and I'd argue, after we start getting sleep!) and we have a slight decrease in memory and learning (READ: "Mommy brain is real!") to help prepare us for cognitive benefits once the baby is born....more
I love that I don't have to worry about packing bottles when I go out, or making one in the middle of the night.I hate wondering if I'm eating enough, drinking enough, consuming too much caffeine, causing her gas, if she's getting enough nutrients, or if she would just freaking cry less if she were drinking formula.I love that I stuck through the rough first 6 weeks and can be proud of myself for that feat....more
Every baby needs to eat, and whether you breast or bottle feed your little lactose lapper, there is no denying that there are stages of infant mealtime. Here I list the 10 stages I've experienced through breastfeeding 4 babies.1) YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME AND I'M STARVING TO DEATH AND SERIOUSLY ABOUT TO DIE SO FEEDMENOW!They notify you of this stage by crying or screaming long and loud, with very little warning, and they cry so hard that they fail to notice the nipple brushing against their lips for at least 10 full seconds....more
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