Study Shows That Your Babysitter Could Be Putting Your Sleeping Baby at Risk

If you've never stayed up all night watching the baby monitor to make sure your child is breathing, are you even a parent? Although this type of behavior could be seen as "crazy" or "obsessive," it's rooted deeply in the fact that within their first year of life, a baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is much higher, which can make some parents a little neurotic about safe sleep practices. However, even the parents who fall into that category may be part of the group of moms and dads who are leaving their baby with a sitter or relative and not passing along these valuable safe sleep tips. A recent study in the The Journal of Pediatrics explored the characteristics of more than

Baby’s first food: What is Baby Led Weaning?

Baby’s first year is bursting with amazing milestones, including starting to eat solid food. Once your tot is showing signs they’re ready to chow down on more than just milk, comes the big decision – how will they start their food journey? Mum’s Grapevine nutritionist Mandy dos Santos delves into Baby-Led Weaning and traditional solids, to answer the most common questions on two very different starts to solids. http://mumsgrapevine.com.au/2018/04/what-is-baby-led-weaning/

Let Your Child Make Her Own Choices...and Put the Power Struggles Behind You

“Jackson, would you like to wear your rain boots or your sneakers?” “Annika, do you want green beans or sweet potatoes?” “Charlie, would you prefer to share the ball or play with the blocks by yourself?” Once upon a time, authoritarian parenting was the standard. You might remember the style: Mom and dad make the rules. Children are expected to obediently follow. But today, gaining cooperation from children—rather than demanding it—is the new parenting norm, and educational and parenting experts alike recommend empowering children make their own choices about, well, a whole lot of things. Does offering all these choices really work? And what do choices do for our kids, anyway? To find out, w

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