baby development

A Fascinating Snapshot of a Baby's First Hour of Life

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Compared to other species, human babies are incredibly (and adorably) helpless and slow to develop. But a new article in Science News looking at a 2011 study published in the journal Acta Paediatrica shows that our fragile little offspring actually achieve many major milestones in just 70 minutes after being born. Their motivation? To find mom's breast and... read more

Video: What's Going On in a Baby's Brain?

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He might not be able to form coherent sentences, but baby is undergoing some pretty advanced changes in his brain. This eye-opening CNN video gives you an overview of all the amazing things happening inside a developing baby's brain as he matures — even before birth. And that development is happening way earlier than you might have thought.... read more

Stressing Out During Your Pregnancy Could be Bad for Baby’s Health

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According to new research performed by Dr. Petra Arck, stressing out during your pregnancy might put baby at an increased risk for asthma and eczema. The study, performed at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, examined data from 994children and their mothers who had participated in an Australian pregnancy study. Starting out,... read more

Researchers Find That Autism Actually Begins In Utero, but Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out

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Fresh new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that though symptoms of autism may not be obvious until your child is a toddler, the disorder actually begins while baby's still developing -- in utero. According to the study, conducted by the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California,... read more

Doctors Said This Baby Girl Would Never Crawl — but What She Did Was Even Better (WATCH!)

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As a baby, Eden Grace Nagle was diagnosed with a chromosomal deletion that meant she would probably never crawl, or walk. Her doctors, wanting to prepare the new parents for what Eden's life would be like, told Michelle Nagle and her husband that it was unknown whether or not their baby girl would ever be... read more

Is Baby’s Crib Mattress Safe? Here’s What You Need to Know

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A brand new analysis of 20 new and old crib mattresses sold in the US, containing polyurethane foam and polyester foam padding, release significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to baby's health. The study, led by a team of environmental engineers from the University of Texas as Austin, read more

Should You Circumcise? Study Offers Another New Finding In the Circumcision Debate

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A new study, just published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that the benefits of male circumcision to health exceed the risks by over 100 to 1, with the rate of circumcised baby boys up 81 percent in the last decade alone. Led by Brian Morris, professor at the School of Medical Sciences... read more

Latest Breastfeeding Benefit Means Great Things for Baby’s Longterm Health

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The latest analysis from a cohort formed to anaylze the effects of breastfeeding on baby's health found that breastfeeding baby at and after two years old will help reduce his risk of obesity when he's 20 years old. Pretty awesome, huh? Led by Marie Françoise Rolland-Cacher and her colleagues at the Nutritional Epidemiology... read more

A Message from Michelle Obama for The Bump Moms (Really!)

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Back when Barack and I were expecting our first daughter, we were overwhelmed with so many emotions: excitement, wonder, hope… and occasional moments of panic at the prospect of bringing this little person into the world. We had all the usual first-time parent worries: How would we balance the needs of our growing family with... read more

Your 9-to-5 Is Hurting Your Baby’s Health, New Study Says

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A hop, skip and jump across the pond, where the paella is better than you'd even imagine, Spanish researchers have delivered some seriously sucky news: Moms who choose not work have healthier babies. Which means that working moms are less likely to have healthy babies. Insert sad face here. Behind study author Libertad González, the... read more