U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Babies and Toddlers

The U.S Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has issued new dietary guidelines for Americans, specific to a person’s age. Part of the report advises parents what to feed their babies and toddlers. The Committee found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of overweight or obesity, type 1 diabetes, and asthma, as compared to never being breastfed. The study found evidence that suggests that a longer duration of breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of type 1 diabetes and asthma, but it was unclear what the optimal duration of breastfeeding is. The report also mentions complementary foods and beverages (CFB). These … Continue reading

Out of Date Parenting Advice

The best parenting advice today is (hopefully) tried and true methods that are designed to help infants and children be healthy. Sometimes, people will pass along ideas that have since been debunked. No matter what kind of unwanted parenting advice you have heard, it probably isn’t worse than some of the advice given to moms of the past. A popular book for mothers in the 1900s was The Mother and Her Child. It advised mothers to “wash their nipples with soap and water” before nursing, and then “rinse in boracic acid”. This is a terrible idea! Boric acid is not … Continue reading

When Twins are Born in Two Different Years

Twins share the same birthday. That’s usually true, but there are exceptions. It is entirely possible for a set of twins to be born on two different days – or even in two different years. NBC Washington reported about twins who were actually born in two different years. The babies were born at San Diego Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center. Jaelyn was born at 11:59 p.m. On December 31, 2015. Her twin brother, Luis, was born at 12:02 a.m. On January 1, 2016. That’s not the first time twins were born in two different years. Babygaga reported that a pair … Continue reading

FDA Warns of Risks of Teething Jewelry

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning about safety risks of teething necklaces, bracelets to relieve teething pain, or to provide sensory stimulation. USA Today reported that the Food and Drug Administration issued this warning after an 18-month-old was strangled by an amber teething necklace while taking a nap. In addition, a 7-month-old was hospitalized after choking on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet. The FDA warns that parents, caregivers, and health care providers should not use teething jewelry to relieve teething pain in children or to provide sensory stimulation to persons with special needs. Those special … Continue reading

Baby Center Lists Most Popular Baby Names of 2018

Earlier this year, the Social Security Administration released their list of the top ten baby names of 2017. They have not yet released their 2018 list. Baby Center, however, has put together a list of the most popular baby names of 2018. One interesting thing about these two lists of popular baby names is that they do not match each other. Typically, there are some differences from year to year. Some names move up or down in rank, and sometimes brand new names are added. Baby Center Top Ten Girls Names 2018: * Sophia * Olivia * Emma * Ava … Continue reading

Friendly Airports for Mothers Act Requires Private Lactation Rooms

Mothers who are breastfeeding may have difficulty while traveling. Some people may complain when a mom breastfeeds her child in public. Many mothers don’t want to breastfeed their baby in a public bathroom. The Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act requires airports to provide lactation rooms. The FAM Act was proposed by Senator Tammy Duckworth (Democrat – Illinois). It was included in the 2018 reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAM Act was co-sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer (Republican – Nebraska) and Senator Claire McCaskill (Democrat – Missouri). The FAM Act requires all large and medium sized airports … Continue reading

Top Ten Baby Names of 2017

The Social Security Administration releases a brand new list of the top ten most popular baby names of the year. They have released the list of names for 2017. Obviously, they cannot create a list for a given year until after the year is over. The Top Ten Baby Names for Boys in 2017 were: Liam Noah William James Logan Benjamin Mason Elijah Oliver Jacob Liam ranked number one in 2016, 2015, and 2014. Mason was number two in 2011 and 2012, number three in 2014 and 2015, and number four in 2013 and 2016. James was rank two in … Continue reading

Beware of Bath Time Dangers!

New parents need to learn how to properly bathe their babies. Bathing a toddler requires a different set of skills. The goal, of course, is to make sure your little one is clean and comfortable. There are some bath time dangers that parents need to be aware of. Bath Toys and Bacteria That cute little rubber ducky that your baby or toddler loves to play with in the bathtub could be full of bacteria. A study published in Biofilms and Microbiomes found that bath toys are colonized by dense biofilms with complex bacterial and fungal communities. It’s not just rubber … Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of the Cry It Out Method

The cry it out method is considered by some to be controversial. It is also called extinction sleep training, or Ferberizing. The idea is to let a baby cry for a period of time before they go to sleep. Parents who use this method must resist the urge to pick up and soothe their baby… for a little while. There are fans of the cry it out method and there are parents who strongly dislike it. What is the cry it out method? In 1985, pediatrician Richard Ferber presented a method of getting children to sleep. It was in his … Continue reading

Facts About Breastfeeding

New mothers need to decide if they want to breastfeed their baby or to give their baby formula. Each individual mom will make that chose based on their circumstances and their personal preferences. The World Health Organization (WHO) has some informative facts about breastfeeding. The WHO points out that breastfeeding for the first six months is crucial. They recommend that mothers initiate breastfeeding with one hour after birth. According to the WHO, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development, and health. They also recommend that breastfeeding should continue for up … Continue reading