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The Earliest Relationship; Parents, Infants and Early Attachment

Excerpted from The Earliest Relationship; Parents, Infants and Early Attachment By T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Bertrand G. Cramer The Prehistory of Attachment Each woman's pregnancy reflects her whole life prior to conception. Her experiences with her own mother and father, her subsequent experiences with the oedipal triangle, and the forces that led her to adapt to it more or less successfully and finally to separate from her parents, all influen

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Newborn to Six Months: Breastfeeding

Excerpted from The Baby's Table By Brenda Bradshaw, Lauren Bramley For the first 6 months your baby will be led only breast milk or breast milk substitute. The first 6 months is a time of peak growth and bonding, when your baby will double or triple his birth weight, will learn to smile and laugh and will rely on you entirely for healthy nutrition. It has been proven that breast milk is the optimum nutrition for young babies. It is not always possible to breastfeed, how

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The First Twelve Months of Life

Excerpted from The First Twelve Months of Life: Your Baby's Growth Month by Month By Frank Caplan, Theresa Caplan The birth of your baby begins a fascinating year of adventure for both of you, a year in which your infant learns basic rules of physical control, thought, socializing, and communicating. A baby is extraordinarily dependent on his parents in comparison to most infant animals. The imbalance between a baby's senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch an

How to Have a Smarter Baby

Excerpted from How to Have a Smarter Baby: The Infant Stimulation Program For Enhancing Your Baby's Natural Development By Dr. Susan Ludington-Hoe The Infant Stimulation Revolution For most of the three and a half million babies born in 1984, there was a set of parents wanting desperately for their child to be the smartest, happiest, best emotionally and physically adjusted baby he or she possibly could be. If those pare

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Identifying Your Child's Sense Mode

Excerpted from Child Sense: From Birth to Age 5, How to Use the 5 Senses to Make Sleeping, Eating, Dressing, and Other Everyday Activities Easier While Strengthening Your Bond With Child By Priscilla J. Dunstan In this chapter, you are going to learn how to identify your child's dominant sense mode. The information I will be sharing with you is based both on the observations I have made through my research and on my one-on-one work with children and their parents, first

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Music Can Relieve Pain In Newborn Babies

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mounting evidence suggests that a sound of music can reduce pain in newborn babies during common medical procedures and encourage better oral feeding for premature babies. Music is increasingly being used in neonatal units, where the little patients are too vulnerable to be given some regular painkillers. Many people find listening to music very relaxing, and there has been a lot of research done on the mater d

Breastfeeding Is Beneficial For Mothers As Well

By Margarita Nahapetyan Mothers who breastfeed their babies for at least one year, are protecting themselves by lowering the risk of a heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease, reports a new study by U.S. researchers. According to new findings, women who nursed for more than a year were 10 per cent less likely to develop the conditions, compared to those who had never breastfed. Even breastfeeding for at least one month may de

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Vitamin B12 And Folic Acid Important For Healthy Baby

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women who do not have adequate levels of vitamin B 12 in their blood before and after getting pregnant, are at a significantly increased risk of giving birth to a child with brain or spinal cord defects, a new study by Irish researchers claims. Babies whose mothers have low levels of the vitamin in addition to folic acid, are nearly 5 times more likely to be born with neural tube defects. Neural tube defects ca

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Swimming Lessons Dicrease The Risk Of Drowning In Toddlers

By Margarita Nahapetyan Learning to swim between the ages of 1 and 4, may help to reduce the risk of drowning in young children, according to new findings. The American Academy of Pediatrics has always recommended that kids should be taught to swim only after the age of 5. According to them, there has not been enough scientific evidence on the benefits of toddler swimming. This has been a subject for a debate for many years, and while

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Infant Bed Suffocation Rates On The Rise

By Margarita Nahapetyan The rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed (ASSB) have quadrupled between 1984 and 2004, reports a new study published in the February issue of Pediatrics. The reason for the sharp increase in accidental death in bed, is not known for sure yet. However, the researchers say that the trend roughly coincides with a sharp rise in bed-sharing, which makes

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Newborn Brain Cells Encode Memory

By Margarita Nahapetyan We all suffer lapses in memory from time to time. Do you remember how did it happen? Can you remember when did it take place? With these most common questions starts a wistful journey through our memory lane. You may remember reading an article for a few minutes, for a day or two, but not in a few days. That's because our brains handle a long-term memory, which gives us a possibility to remember events from the distant past, and a shor

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Baby Teeth Require More Attention Than Parents Think

By Margarita Nahapetyan One of the questions that really bothers lots of parents today is "why there is such a rise of cavities in baby teeth?" Some babies are born with yellow or white stains on their teeth or a defective enamel. Yet, it is not known whether if this is a genetic problem or is caused by some complications during pregnancy. There is also a condition that causes black decayed teeth, it is called "caries" (in medical lan

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TV Is Harmful For Infants

By Margarita Nahapetyan A review of twenty five years of seventy eight studies found that allowing children under two years of age to watch television can do more harm than good to their ongoing development, a U.S. researchers say. Youngsters who spent several hours either watching TV or playing computer games were found to be significantly less healthy than those who did not. The aim of the study, conducted by Dimitri Christakis, a p

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The Early-Start Plan for Toilet Training

Excerpted from Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner By Jill Lekovic, M.D. Before you can begin toilet training you have to get a potty. There are many styles of children's toilets out there, and I think every home with a six-month-old (or older) child in it should have one. A baby needs a few basic things in life, and one of them is a potty that fits his body. The best come with as few pieces as possible, as t

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Choose a Pediatrician

Excerpted from The Experts' Guide to the Baby Years: 100 Things Every Parent Should Know By Samantha Ettus Choosing a pediatrician is a very emotional process for most parents. You will entrust your most precious treasure to this person, and for this reason the choice should be a careful one. Your pediatrician will be there not only to monitor your child's health, but hopefully to offer you guidance on child rearing, too. Where to start? Recomme

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Preparing for the New Baby

Excerpted from Dr. Spock's The First Two Years : The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age 2 By Benjamin Spock, M.D. Some parents have a superstitious fear of buying any baby furniture until after the baby is born, safe and sound. The only trouble with this plan, as some new mothers have explained to me, is that if you have "baby blues" (feeling sad for a few weeks following birth) or just feeling tired and indecisive for a few days after going home

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Your Baby's Liquid Diet: Feeding Issues in the First Six Months

Excerpted from The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems By Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau In the first six months of your baby's life, the "E" in E.A.S. Y. refers to her liquid diet-breast milk, formula, or a combination of the two. It's kind of a no-brainer to say that food is important to your baby. We all know that every living creature needs to eat in order to survive. So it's not surprising that eating concerns are second only to sleep when I rifle through my call rec

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The Working Parent's Guide to Attachment Parenting

Excerpted from Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child By Katie Allison Granju, Betsy Kennedy, R.N., M.S.N. Perhaps you have previously heard or read about attachment parenting and come away with the impression that this parenting style can only work for traditional, nonemployed, full time at-home parents. In fact, this simply isn't true. Many working mothers and fathers today are finding ways to successfully and joyfully combine the attachm

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Preparing a Home for Your Baby with Feng Shui

Excerpted from The Peaceful Nursery; Preparing a Home for Your Baby with Feng Shui By Alison Forbes, Laura Forbes Carlin Living with What You Love A great way to guarantee that your home supports you is to make sure you love everything in it. Broken appliances, things you don't like, or objects associated with negative memories can, whether you're conscious of them on a daily basis or not, block the flow of energy in your life, frustrate you, an

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Baby - Features and Functions

Excerpted from Baby: An Owner's Manual By Steve Tague, Julie Long Important Safety Precautions: Read before operating your Baby When using your Baby, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of damage, personal injury, excessive stress and/or sleepless nights. Prevent Damage to Unit . Do not operate your Baby while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications.

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The Anthropology of Parenting

Excerpted from Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent By Meredith F. Small As any new mother or father knows, nothing so invites advice as a new baby in the house. Other parents, Grandma, the lady next door, a stranger on the street, the family physician, and stacks and stacks of child-care books are happy to give directions about the "correct" way to care for an infant. What most parents do not know is that these various tidbits of advic

Baby Feeding - Only the Best Will Do

Excerpted from Mommy Made and Daddy Too! Home Cooking for a Healthy Baby& Toddler By Martha Kimmel, David Kimmel We know it's crossed your mind: family time is so precious, so why fuss at home when cunning little jars of baby food of almost every conceivable flavor and for even-feeding stage are so inexpensively and widely available in the supermarket? The answer is simple. When it comes to the health and happiness of your children, only the best will do.

Potty Training: How Children Develop Bladder and Bowel Control

Excerpted from Parenting Guide to Toilet Training By Anne Krueger, Parenting Magazine Editors There's a perfectly logical sequence to how children master bladder and bowel control. Knowing the chronology can help you gauge your child's progress. Nighttime Bowel Control As they mature, children's eating habits become more regular, and so do their bowel movements. Often they develop nighttime bowel control between ages one

Adapting to Your New Life-Form

Excerpted from Planet Parenthood : The Funny, Helpful, Absolutely Essential Survivor's Guide to a Strange New World By Julie Tilsner What's life with a colicky baby like? "It's the ninth level of Hell," said my friend Mark, not smiling. Take the whole ball of wax, the entire body of reasons behind why life with a new baby is so exhausting in every sense of the word-and triple it. Colic is your very worst fears about parenthood come true. There is little to be joyous abo

Successful Communication with Toddlers

Excerpted from The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old By Harvey Karp, M.D., Paula Spencer What You Say Is Not as Important as the Way You Say It - Finding the "Sweet Spot" Most people think that what we say is the key to good communication. Of course, words are very important, but when you're talking to someone who is upset (mad, sad, scared, etc

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