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FACTS EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THEIR BABY’S BRAIN

All babies are born too early If it weren’t for the size limitations of a woman’s pelvis, babies would stay developing in the womb for considerably longer, comparative biologists have suggested. Some pediatricians label a baby’s first three months of life as the “fourth trimester” of pregnancy to emphasize how needy, and yet devoid of social skills, babies are at …

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BABIES RETAIN THEIR EARLY EXPOSURE TO FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Babies may be more language-savvy than scientists thought: A study of people who were adopted as babies suggests that infants younger than 6 months may grasp crucial abstract information about their native tongue. They seem to store this information for years even if they don’t hear their native language in the interim. In the study, published in the journal Proceedings …

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NEWBORN BABIES ALREADY HAVE A SENSE OF HOW NUMBERS WORK

Newborn babies seem to have a rudimentary sense of numbers, preferring smaller numbers on the left and larger ones on the right. The finding suggests that this left-to-right mental number line might be innate for humans. We visualize most of our thoughts in space. “Anything you want to remember that has a sense of order – be it days of …

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DISLIKE FOR UNFAMILIAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE IS LEARNED

A new study suggests that although we are inherently drawn to familiar groups of people, having dislike for unfamiliar groups appears to be a learned behavior. “Persistent discrimination and conflict across cultures has led psychologists to question whether we are naturally inclined to like people who are similar to ourselves and to dislike those who are different, or whether we …

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WHY SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT WITH INFANTS IS BETTER FOR EVERYONE

Carmela Torres was 18 when she became pregnant for the first time. It was 1987 and she and her now-husband, Pablo Hernandez, were two idealistic young Colombians born in the coastal region of Montería who moved to the capital, Bogotá, in search of freedom and a better life. When Torres told her father she was expecting, so angered was he …

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MOTHERS’ MIGRAINE LINKED TO COLIC IN INFANTS

Researchers report that mothers with migraine are more than twice as likely as those without to have an infant with colic. “Infants that inherit migraine genes may be more sensitive to normal stimuli and express that sensitivity as colicky crying,” lead investigator Amy Gelfand, MD, a child neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told Medscape Medical News. “This …

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DOES DAD TIME WITH INFANTS BOOST BABIES’ IQ?

A new study suggests that if you’re a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development. British researchers looked at how 128 fathers interacted with their infants at 3 months of age. When the kids turned 2, the researchers measured their mental development. Infants whose fathers were more engaged and active when …

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DAD’S INVOLVEMENT WITH BABY EARLY ON IS ASSOCIATED WITH A BOOST IN MENTAL DEVELOPMENT

Fathers who interact more with their children in their first few months of life can have a positive impact on their baby’s cognitive development. In a study, published in the Infant Mental Health Journal, researchers from Imperial College London, King’s College London and Oxford University looked at how fathers interacted with their babies at three months of age and measured …

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PREGNANT MOTHER’S STRESS AFFECTS THE BABY

If a mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an team of researchers from the University of Zurich. The feeling is of constantly being on edge, always having to take care of everything, not being able to find a balance. If an expectant mother …

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BABIES’ GAZE SUGGEST WE ARE BORN UNDERSTANDING COLOR

Unless you’re colorblind, you probably have a pretty good idea of what red, green, and blue are. Yet those labels are arbitrary divisions of the color spectrum; there’s no definitive point where the wavelengths of light we call orange turn into red. So cognitive scientists have long wondered whether we learn our labels from our culture or inherit them from …

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CAN BABIES BE SPOILED WITH LOVE AND ATTENTION?

    Research can help us understand why traditional practices are so important. Knowing why, we are less quick to cast adrift customs that can deeply enrich our lives. Nearly every new parent hears the admonition, “Don’t spoil the baby!” at one time or another in the early months of parenting. Our concern about raising “spoiled” children comes from an earlier …

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SOUND EXPOSURE FOR PREMATURE BABIES IN NICUs

Premature babies often spend the first several weeks of life in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), where, ideally, they are protected from too much noise stimulation. However, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that preemies may be exposed to noise levels higher than those deemed safe by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The researchers …

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