baby development

Whoa! 1 in 5 Pregnant Women Smokes — How It Affects Baby

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Today the March of Dimes is celebrating 50 years of progress in the fight against smoking during pregnancy. In a new report released by the Surgeon General, the organization confirms that babies born to smokers will have a cleft lip and a cleft palate. The report, titled, "The Health Consequences of Smoking --... read more

Baby’s Learning About Your Relationship Long Before He Learns His First Words

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Are you smarter than a baby? Probably not -- because babies as young as nine months recognize that friends are people who have similar interests. Tell me, when's the lsat time you've recognized anything before 9am (except the snooze button)? The study, published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General shows that babies,... read more

Turns Out Parents Know Best When It Comes to Teaching Baby to Talk

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Hey parents, don't let 'em tell you nothin'. Turns out, you're doing it right: According to new research, baby talk is the leading way your adorable little babe is taking in (and learning!) language. So stress the hell outta those vowel sounds and get as high pitched as possible! Researchers at the University of... read more

Vitamin D During Pregnancy Strengthens Baby’s Muscles

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If this isn't the best reason ever to pack up and head somewhere tropical than I just don't know what is. New research says that kids are likely to have stronger muscles if their moms had higher levels of vitamin D during their pregnancies. So clear your schedules for some fun... read more

Taking These Antidepressants Won’t Cause Autism in Baby — but They Will Raise His Risk

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A newly released study from Denmark found that women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression or anxiety do not cause autism in their babies-to-be. But that doesn't mean taking them won't raise baby's risk. While the study, which was published journal Clinical Epidemiology, found that these drugs... read more

Why Your Daughter Will be More Mature Than Your Son

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I've said it before and I'll say it again (and this time, there's research to back it up!) but girls really do mature much earlier (and much more quickly) than boys. New research published in the journal Cerebral Cortex found that girls' brains march through the reorganization and pruning typical of normal brain... read more

Tylenol’s Safe for Moms-to-Be, but Researchers Worry About Effects on Baby

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According to the results from a new study on medicine, researchers found that though Tylenol is safe for mom-to-be to use, the after-the-fact effects on baby's development include poorer language skills and behavioral issues. The study, led by Ragnhild Eek Brandlistuen from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo in Norway,... read more

New ‘Apptivity’ Baby Seat Means More Screen Time for Baby — Would You Buy One?

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The latest baby product to hit the market, the Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher-Price is causing quite the controversy among parents and healthcare professionals. Why? The baby seat comes with an iPad holder. The trouble with the Apptivity seat is that it completely slashes the American Academy of Pediatrics official recommendation.... read more

Trying to Teach Baby New Words? Do It at Dinner, Study Says

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According to new research published in the journal Developmental Science, the best way for baby to learn his words is to let him make a mess at the dinner table (or well, just about any table!). The research, led by Larissa Samuelson, a psychologist at the University of Iowa found that by strapping... read more

Baby Isn’t Getting Enough Iodine from the Bottle — or the Breast

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A new recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) says that nursing and bottle-feeding moms need to take iodine capsules to provide a year's dose of iodine for herself and baby. Iodine is essential for the human body (which makes it a really, really big deal!) and without it, growth habits are stunted... read more