What mothers and babies eat and drink in the first 1,000 days (from conception to a child’s second birthday) has a profound impact on a child’s growth and development.
My son was four months old when I started to feel that everything had gone wrong with his sleep. I was so tired that daily activities were overwhelming. What my sleep coach helped me understand is that I’d never established healthy habits surrounding sleep, and that both my baby and I would need to adjust to some changes.
After decades of decline, the rates of cavities in children under 5 are on the rise; experts blame a diet higher in sugary foods and drinks. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (part of the NIH) reports that one-third to one-half of children under age 5 develop cavities in baby teeth. But like many infectious diseases, dental decay is preventable. Here’s how to protect your child’s oral health, even if pearly whites are still months away.
Babies, especially newborns, spend most of their waking hours feeding and pooping, so it’s understandable that digestive issues are a top concern for new parents, says Uma K. Pisharody, MD, a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. “New babies mostly eat, poop and sleep, so anything that makes them fussier than normal often leads to an assumption that there’s a problem with the baby’s digestion.
Playing with your baby yields more than adorable smiles, squeals and coos. According to researchers and child development experts, simple everyday games boost baby’s brain development, fostering growth in language, science, math and organizational skills (called executive functions), along with social and emotional learning.
Just as new moms are getting into the rhythm of new parenthood, reality hits for those who work away from home. It’s time to plan for a return to the office. Here are strategies to help manage the transition with confidence.