Breastfeeding Truths Modern Moms Should Know
Breastfeeding Truths Modern Moms Should Know

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  • Breastfeeding doesn't always come naturally to new mothers or infants.
  • Try to relax and enjoy peaceful skin to skin contact before feeding, and let your baby take the lead.
  • Some mothers may need expert help, and that's okay.
Bye, bye bottle
Bye, bye bottle

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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends weaning your baby from the bottle before your baby is 18 months old.
  • The longer you wait to wean your baby from bottles, the harder it will be.
  • Using a bottle for too long can lead to dental problems and obesity.
Nine ways to reduce the risk of SIDS
Nine ways to reduce the risk of SIDS

Article at a Glance Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is one of the leading causes of death among babies under one year of age. Reduce the risk of SIDS by placing babies on their back to sleep and making sure they are in a safe sleeping environment. Offering a pacifier, breastfeeding, immunizations, room sharing, and … Continue reading “Nine ways to reduce the risk of SIDS”

Drop in ear infection rates attributed to vaccines, breastfeeding, and a reduction in smoking
Drop in ear infection rates attributed to vaccines, breastfeeding, and a reduction in smoking

Article at a glance: The percentage of babies who get an ear infection has dropped in the last 20 years. Doctors believe the decrease is due to the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, flu vaccines, an increase in breastfeeding, and a decrease in smoking.   According to a recent study, fewer babies are getting … Continue reading “Drop in ear infection rates attributed to vaccines, breastfeeding, and a reduction in smoking”

Best shoes for beginning walkers
Best shoes for beginning walkers

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  • When babies are first learning how to walk, it is better for them to go barefoot or to wear booties.
  • Shoes should fit well, have non-skid soles, and be lightweight and flexible.
  • More experienced walkers will need a thicker sole once they start walking outside.
Bonding with your baby
Bonding with your baby

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  • Bonding is important for your baby’s cognitive and social development.
  • For some bonding is instantaneous, but for others it is a gradual experience.
  • Caring for your baby, spending time together, baby wearing, kangarooing, and breastfeeding are all excellent ways to bond with your baby.
How can I tell if my child has a problem with language development?
How can I tell if my child has a problem with language development?

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  • Identifying problems early is the best way to help children who are struggling with language development.
  • Knowing some of the milestones to look for can help you get a sense of whether or not there is a problem.
  • Spending lots of time with your child talking, reading, and singing together can encourage language development.
Stroller safety tips still important even with new mandatory stroller standards
Stroller safety tips still important even with new mandatory stroller standards

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  • New stroller guidelines will make strollers safer, but it is still important to do your homework.
  • Look for strollers that are stable, free of entrapment hazards, and have solid brakes.
  • No matter how safe your stroller is, it is no substitute for proper supervision.
The “5 Rs” of early education
The “5 Rs” of early education

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  • Reading, rhyming, routines, rewards, and relationships help young children develop the social, language, and emotional skills needed for healthy brain development.
  • The first 1,000 days of life are particularly important because it provides the foundation for future development.
Utah adds congenital heart disease screening to its newborn screenings
Utah adds congenital heart disease screening to its newborn screenings

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  • Utah law requires that newborns receive a hearing screening, a critical congenital heart disease screening, and a blood test.
  • Newborn screenings help catch serious health problems early; preventing serious complications and death.
  • This October, Utah added congenital heart disease screening to the list of required screenings.

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