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Monthly Archives: April 2019

What are the 10 principles of good parenting?

1. What you do matters. Whether it’s your own health behaviors or the way you treat other people, your children are learning from what you do. “This is one of the most important principles,” Steinberg explains. “What you do makes a difference…Don’t just react on the spur of the moment. Ask yourself, What do I […]

How Parenting Affects Development

From talking and reading to infants to enunciating values (best done in conversations around the dinner table), parents exert enormous influence over their children’s development. They are, however, not the only influences, especially after children enter school. It’s especially important that parents give children a good start, but it’s also important for parents to recognize […]

Teething Fever: Baby’s Rise in Body Temp Is Normal

There’s nothing new parents dread quite so much as the teething stage. There’s the drooling, the gagging, the teething rash, the night wakings, the fever… But wait a minute on that last part. Researchers who analyzed studies from eight different countries found that while this physical milestone can, in fact, make babies (and their parents!) miserable, teething usually […]

Childbirth Stage One: The Three Phases of Labor

Childbirth progresses in three stages: labor, delivery of the baby and delivery of the placenta. Unless labor is cut short by a C-section, all women go through labor, the first stage of childbirth. Labor is in turn broken down into three phases: early, active and transitional. Phase 1: early (latent) labor The first of the […]

What Really Happens During Labor

Almost every mother-to-be frets over what might happen in the labor room. Here’s the lowdown on what surprises new moms most during childbirth. Chances are your girlfriends never got around to spilling the nitty-gritty details of what happens during labor. Why? Because despite the blood, sweat and tears that are all part of childbirth, amnesia sets […]

Breast Tenderness and Changes During Pregnancy

If your breasts are growing (by the second!) during your pregnancy, they’re also likely ultrasensitive and tender. (Look but don’t touch, darling.) Breast tenderness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, usually starting around week 4 to week 7 and lasting through the first trimester. But your breasts will also continue to change throughout your pregnancy, culminating […]

How to create a better sleep space for your newborn baby

Know the basics Cindy Davenport, midwife, child health nurse and founding director of Safe Sleep Space says: “If you set yourself up from the start with the research-based guidelines and know there are experienced, knowledgeable health professionals – midwives and child health nurses – at hand to help you, you’ll be saved a lot of worry.” In […]