baby development

Where Does Your City And State Rank On This Year’s Premature Birth Report Card?

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We already know that major social and economic factors like location, education, ethnicity, diet and health care can all play a role in a baby's life expectancy and general health outlook, but a new report out today highlights just how much these differences play a role in whether babies are born preterm as well. Every year... Read more

Preemies, Then And Now (Photos)

Kids holding portraits of themselves as preemiesRed Méthot
If you are, or know someone who is, a mom of a preemie, you know how scary and exhausting those first few weeks can be. Will there be complications? How long will baby be in the NICU? Will everything be okay? Quebec-based photographer Red Méthot (RedM) is quelling those fears with his latest... Read more

Watch This 20-Month-Old Toddler Rock Climb

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She's not even two, but she can probably scale a wall more strategically than you. Meet Ellie Farmer, the 20-month-old rock climber. While videos of the bouldering toddler have recently gone viral, her talent is nothing new; Ellie scaled her first wall at 8 months old. "She's really been part of the climbing community... Read more

How Your Home Helps (Or Hurts) Baby's Motor Skills

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To you, it's just a sofa. But to baby, it's a challenge. Standard household objects, from furniture to toys, can play a role in baby's motor skill development, a new study published in the journal Physical Therapy determined. "Parents, doctors or other infant caregivers might ask 'What does a toy or a coffee table do?'... Read more

Just How Fast Do Infant Brains Develop?

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Baby's brain develops at a quick pace. But a new study says that development is even faster than we thought. Years faster. Previously, researchers associated the ability to perceive faces with the ability to read. But a team from the University of Louvain discovered babies can already distinguish between faces at four months old.... Read more

Why You Might Want to Ask Your Doctor to Wait Before Cutting Baby's Cord

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Though it's been a hot topic for years, new research may seriously influence how long you and your partner wait before cutting baby's umbilical cord. A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that while there's no different in IQ, children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher... Read more

Could Preemie Babies Be Less Lucky in Love?

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Paging Cupid to the delivery room: Carrying to term may set baby up for a more favorable love life in adulthood. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, twenty-somethings born preterm (before 37 weeks) are less likely to move in with a romantic partner or have sexual intercourse than their peers born even one... Read more

This Infant Swaddle Will Help Save Lives

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Twenty million babies are born early and underweight each year, and a staggering 3.3 million of these infants die within the first month of childbirth. But the Embrace Warmer, a sleeping-bag type incubator that keeps babies comfortable and temperature-stabilized without using electricity, is hoping to change that and lower infant mortality rates around the world. The... Read more

Is Your Baby Socially Savvy?

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We're giving credit where credit's due -- it turns out babies can understand complex social interactions, like how people are expected to behave, and what people know and don't know. So babies can figure out dramatic irony? Not quite -- it's more like they understand consequences. A new University of Missouri study turned up the drama... Read more

Baby Teddy's Time Lapse Video Keeps Family in Touch

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They may live on opposite coasts, but the Bookman family didn't let that stop them from experiencing all of baby Teddy's first-year milestones together. Teddy's parents Matt and Amelia live in the L.A. area. Matt's father, Mark, lives in Pittsburgh. They FaceTime almost everyday, but Matt came up with a more comprehensive -- and artistic... Read more