Sick of hearing how having kids on the later side is dicey? We are too. Finally, some good news! Researchers at the University of Southern California found that pregnancy after 35 is linked to better cognition. So you can have your career and always beat your kid at monopoly.
Also, good news for the early bloomers. In the same study they found that women with earlier first menses had better executive function later on in life. If you were one of those who wore two sports bras in the third grade, our money is on you!
Check out the research:
Travelling around the holidays is stressful. Travelling with a baby around the holidays is double stressful. How does one mitigate travel anxieties and arrive at the in-laws composed and dry (referring to the diaper obv)?
According to Parenting Magazine’s staff Pediatrician Dr. Sears, there are five steps you can take to increase your chances of having a smooth ride for all including:
1. Book the best seat
Book an aisle seat near the front for easy boarding/ de-boarding and for a longer flight book an aisle seat towards the back near the bathroom. If no such luck, kindly inform the flight attendant you are travelling with a newborn and request, if possible, the set be left vacant next to you.
2. Wear your baby
There is a good chance your little one will stay asleep the whole time!
3. Pre- feed
Burp before boarding. The lower atmospheric pressure of the plane can cause air to expand in our intestines, so sucking can lead to belly bloat and pain.
4. Let sleeping babies lie
According to Dr. Sears, when flying a sleeping baby is best. If your baby is not awake for takeoff and landing there is a small risk of pain from unequal eardrum pressures, however families who regularly travel say a sleeping and peaceful baby outweighs this risk.
5. Hose the nose
Prevent those hard and uncomfortable snot crystals caused by the cabin’s dry air by spritzing salt water spray in your baby’s nostrils a couple times during the flight.
Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics published its stance on babies sleeping in the same room as parents. Co- sleeping does not include sleeping in the same bed, rather infants should sleep in the same room as their parents on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet to decrease the risks of sleep-related deaths.
SIDS related deaths have drastically reduced since the 1990’s “Back to Sleep” campaign, however approximately 3500 infants continue to die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths.
The AAP recommends 19 steps for reducing the likelihood of SIDS:
1. Back to sleep for every sleep
2. Use a firm sleep surface
3. Breastfeeding is recommended.
4. It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
5. Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation.
6. Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
7. Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
8. Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
9. Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
10. Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care.
11. Infants should be immunized in accordance with recommendations of the AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
12. Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations.
13. Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
14. Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize development of positional plagiocephaly.
15. There is no evidence to recommend swaddling as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
16. Health care professionals, staff in newborn nurseries and NICUs, and child care providers should endorse and model the SIDS risk-reduction recommendations from birth.
17. Media and manufacturers should follow safe sleep guidelines in their messaging and advertising.
18. Continue the “Safe to Sleep” campaign, focusing on ways to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS, suffocation, and other unintentional deaths. Pediatricians and other primary care providers should actively participate in this campaign.
19. Continue research and surveillance on the risk factors, causes, and pathophysiologic mechanisms of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, with the ultimate goal of eliminating these deaths altogether.
For a more in- depth look, check out the published study.
Mid-evil baby torture device? Afraid not! It is the standard of care for DDH, or developmental dysplasia of the hip. DDH is a painful disorder of the hip a baby is either born with (due to cramped quarters in the womb) or that happens in the first year of life. It is a physical problem where for some reason the femur doesn't fit securely into the hip socket. Oftentimes it goes undetected until later in childhood or even into early adulthood when surgery is necessary! Unfortunately, first born females have the highest chances of developing this problem, but you can do your part to help prevent it!
Understandably you may get the urge to transform your darling into an adorable, snug, baby burrito but this could cause more harm than cuteness. Swaddling too tight with the hips and knees in an extended position may increase the risk of hip dysplasia and dislocation.
For a quick refresher on safe swaddling (you don’t have to be an origami Olympian to get it right) check out this video published by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
This question has gotten even more controversial.
Positional plagiocephaly affects approximately 1/2 infants and is the most common reason for referral to craniofacial centers. This reflects an astounding increase in the incidence of the condition- namely due to public health campaigns that encouraged parents to position their babies on their backs to prevent SIDS.
The implications of infant skull deformities are unclear, but parents are concerned about the potential negative outcomes and motivated to participate in treatment. This has sparked interest in evaluating the current standard of care- the cranial remolding helmet.
According to researchers from the Netherlands, there were negligible treatment effects in the first randomized evaluation. This means that out of two groups of babies with plagiocephaly, the ones who were treated with helmets saw no real improvements over the ones who were helmet free.
To read the study, click here.
If the treatment is possibly ineffective, prevention has become more important!
Parents and providers aren’t the only ones frustrated by positional plagiocephaly and the absence of safe, science tested products to prevent it. This sentiment trickles through the entire healthcare system according to “Positional plagiocephaly reduces parental adherence to SIDS Guidelines and inundates the healthcare system."
Doctors are booked with babies needing plagiocephaly treatment and don’t have the resources to keep up with increased demand. Having little to no options, parents are risking SIDS to avoid positional plagiocephaly causing major concern throughout the healthcare system.
Education, support and well-engineered products are key to overcoming this shared frustration and combating positional plagiocephaly once and for all.
Car seats have to undergo stringent crash testing to be deemed safe by the FDA. When in the market for a new one, we read up on safety ratings to make informed purchasing decisions. Are price, safety rating and design the only characteristics we should be considering in a purchase?
The first year of life babies experience tremendous growth. In fact, they triple in weight and grow 50% longer. Despite this significant body change, many of us carry our babies around in the same seat as day one. Sure we adjust the straps when they start to become a little snug, but there is little else done to accommodate for significant developmental progression.
For those of us who have desk jobs, we can attest to a tremendous increase in quality of life when fit with an ergonomic chair. Most babies spend hours each day strapped in, so why is there no testing or rating system informing us which seats are the most baby body friendly?
Car seats today appear very similar to those that our parents were toted around in. With the immense amount of tech innovation and healthcare research in our world today, it is somewhat shocking that car seats have remained unchanged.
At Wigglewam we believe your baby comes first. This is why we are challenging current device standards and conducting research into optimal positioning for growing babies. We want to ensure healthy physical development for our most precious ones!