Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes
    March 17, 2008
    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes

    Taking vitamin D drops in the first year of life may help prevent kids from developing type 1 diabetes, according to a study released March 13, 2008 in Archives of Disease in Childhood. The study is a…

    What Color is Your Laundry Room?
    November 27, 2007
    What Color is Your Laundry Room?

    We're thrilled to have been tagged by Molly Pesce at Barnes and Nobles.com. Raising Baby Green is one of her top green picks for Earth Week 2008 (more…)…

    Babies' Social Insight
    November 27, 2007
    Babies’ Social Insight

    Young babies notice and assess the actions of those around them and use this to decide who they want as play partners, according to groundbreaking research described in the November 22, 2007 Nature. T…

    Changing Colic Culture
    January 11, 2007
    Changing Colic Culture

    How about a fresh approach? What if simply giving probiotics to babies would dramatically reduce the vexing symptoms of colic? What if the crying and distress of colic were related to the mix of bacte…

    Living Green?
    December 31, 2006
    Living Green?

    2006 is now behind us and, like my family, you may be celebrating successes of the past year and setting goals for the new one. Hopefully among your successes are new levels of “greenness” - livin…

    Breastfeeding and Epidurals
    December 11, 2006
    Breastfeeding and Epidurals

    I think that all women who have had epidurals deserve breastfeeding support during their babies' first week of life. Of course, a lactation consultant can be a great idea for any new mother, but recen…

    Flying High or Plunging Low
    September 11, 2006
    Flying High or Plunging Low

    Blue is a normal color in the rainbow of parenting emotions. Postpartum depression is much less common than the blues. But, if the blues are lasting more than a week or two, if you find you can't slee…

    Sleep When the Baby Sleeps!
    September 8, 2006
    Sleep When the Baby Sleeps!

    You may be more exhausted than you have ever been. Whenever people are sleep deprived they are more subject to swings of emotion and to feelings of inadequacy. This, by itself, is enough to cause a bl…

    There Are Good Reasons to be Blue
    September 6, 2006
    There Are Good Reasons to be Blue

    Moms who have adopted their babies also commonly go through a blue period. And now that investigators have begun to look into it, we know that most dads (though less weepy) go through a blue period of…

    Blue is a Color in the Rainbow
    September 3, 2006
    Blue is a Color in the Rainbow

    You may feel a rainbow of emotions during the days following your baby's birth, sometimes in bewildering succession, sometimes several conflicting emotions at the same time. (more…)…

    The Babymoon
    August 25, 2006
    The Babymoon

    What comes after the triumph of birth and the very first meal? When an athlete is named MVP of the Super Bowl, his next stop is a celebration trip to a famous theme park. When a couple gets married, t…

    Fifteen Minutes of Magic
    March 6, 2006
    Fifteen Minutes of Magic

    If you've ever had a massage, you know how soothing and wonderful touch can be. Infant massage has been the subject of recent studies and shown remarkable benefits. (more…)…

    Is That a Real Smile or Gas?
    February 28, 2006
    Is That a Real Smile or Gas?

    Around the same time as the peak of the fussy period, most babies start to have a real, joyful, social smile. Again, we see the balance of parenting. By now, babies are clearly tuned in socially. They…

    Memories
    January 27, 2006
    Memories

    Babies have a deep body memory. Your baby remembers the foods you ate when you were pregnant. She remembers the foods you ate while nursing her. She will remember the foods she sees you eat now. (more…

    Pacifiers and SIDS?
    December 11, 2005
    Pacifiers and SIDS?

    I want to know what you think. And we have some fresh evidence to consider. In October 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its position on preventing SIDS, boldly including the use …

    Born Polluted
    December 1, 2005
    Born Polluted

    A July 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group tested newborns for the largest number of chemicals ever. The analysis found an average of 200 industrial chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides alr…

    Depressed Dads
    December 1, 2005
    Depressed Dads

    Dads matter. When people think about depression soon after a baby is born, they often forget about fathers. But many new dads do get depressed, and you can read their depression in their children's be…

    Swaddling and Sleep
    December 1, 2005
    Swaddling and Sleep

    To reduce crying in irritable babies and to prolong sleep in babies who seem to wake up all the time, parents in many parts of the world swaddle their babies when putting them down to sleep. This cust…

    A Colic Diet
    November 14, 2005
    A Colic Diet

    Imagine for a moment the sound of 3 hours with a peaceful, happy baby. And imagine the opposite! About ¼ of babies will experience colic, defined as at least 3 hours of crying per day on at least 3 d…

    Skin to Skin Care for Preterm Babies
    November 11, 2005
    Skin to Skin Care for Preterm Babies

    When a baby is admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), life can be quite stressful for the baby - and for the parents. Mothers often report that being separated from their babies, especiall…