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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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HOW BABIES’ BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IS SHAPED BY TOUCH

For newborns, skin-to-skin contact with parents and caregivers helps shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections. A lot of previous research has linked skin-to-skin touch with developmental benefits for both premature and full-term babies, ranging from improved growth and sleep to better motor development. Research has also tied breastfeeding and other forms …

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THE ROLE OF VOCALIZATION IN INFANT MASSAGE

Another element in the dance of bonding is vocalization. From the moment she first responded to sound at around seven months gestation, your infant has been listening to your voice. Her body moves in rhythm with your speech patterns, and the high-pitched tone you use when talking to her is particularly sweet to her ears. During her massage, you might …

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EARLY STIMULATION CAN BOOST BABIES’ BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Many new parents think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any helpful nudges, and they shouldn’t support their weight before they can stand or walk on their own. They mustn’t be potty …

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BABIES’ BRAINS TO BE MAPPED IN THE WOMB AND AFTER BIRTH

UK scientists have embarked on a six-year project to map how nerve connections develop in babies’ brains while still in the womb and after birth. By the time a baby takes its first breath many of the key pathways between nerves have already been made, and some of these will help determine how a baby thinks or sees the world, …

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SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT AFTER BIRTH

According to a new review of existing evidence, skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a better start in life. The researchers found that women who had skin-to-skin contact with their naked babies right after delivery were more likely to breastfeed longer and be breastfeeding months later than …

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Premature Babies in NICUs at Risk from Tobacco Toxins Brought in on the Clothes and Skin

A new study warns that premature babies in intensive care are being exposed to harmful toxins from tobacco brought in on the clothes and skin of smokers. In spite of being in clean and sterile rooms, vulnerable newborns in incubators are still being exposed to thirdhand smoke residue linked to heart and lung diseases. These toxins are easily transported and …

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Kangaroo Care Benefits Preemies — Results 20 Years Later

A new study reveals that skin-to-skin are brings both immediate and longterm benefits for preemies compared to those who receive traditional incubator care alone. With Kangaroo Care, a premature baby is held against parents’ chest, skin-to-skin, as soon as possible after birth and for a prolonged period of time. This is extremely beneficial for newborns as well. Though it’s a …

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IAIM MISSION: The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.