child development

Waiting a Few Extra Weeks to Deliver Makes Baby Smarter

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We know that babies born pre-term might be at risk for developmental problems, but now new research shows that babies born just two weeks early could have problems too. The study published in Pediatrics, "Academic Achievement Varies With Gestational Age Among Children Born at Term," showed that full-term babies do better on math and... Read more

Easy (and Fun!) Art Projects for Babies

Think your baby isn't old enough to do arts and crafts yet? Think again! It's not about the finished piece but rather the process, exploration and opportunity to learn along the way. Here are some fun and (nearly) mess-free projects you can do easily with supplies you may already have in your house. Remember, it's... Read more

Niceness is in the DNA (Oh, That’s Why My Kid is Being a Grump)

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I’ve wondered since the day they were born why my two kids are so different. My son Nathan, who is extraordinary in many ways, was also born intense, brooding and pessimistic (see above pic of him with his best friend – it tells all). My daughter Sophia, born just 2 years later, was all joyful... Read more

U.S. Autism Rates Have Increased

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new study which estimates that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. are identified with having an austim spectrum disorder, up 23% in 8 year olds since the last report in 2009. The study looked at data from 14 communities -- findings ranged from 1... Read more

Dirty Air Linked to Behavioral Problems in Baby

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Might want to avoid walking on busy streets and hanging out with smokers, mama-to-be. A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, has found that exposure during pregnancy to air pollutants classified as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) can lead to behavioral problems in baby as he gets older. PAH is a widespread organic pollutant... Read more

Pay Attention to Your Toddler — It Helps Her Learn

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How you respond to your child’s calls for attention will affect how eager they are to collaborate and learn. According to a new study in the journal Child Development, researchers found that toddlers whose parents responded positively to their attention-seeking behaviors were more eager to collaborate and socialize. In the study, the parent and... Read more