Friday, July 01, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Tia Mowry Welcomes Son Cree Taylor [People]

Epilepsy, psychiatric drug taken in pregnancy may cause dev. delays[LATimes]

Five Tips for Avoiding a Cesarean [HealthNewsDigest]

Fetus size link to asthma chances [Yahoo]

How New Dads Can Become Great Parents [PsychologyToday]

Even CEOs played with toys when they were kids [Reuters]

No Crying in First Class [WSJ]

Ewan McGregor and Wife Adopt Baby No. 4 [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Laila Ali: The Breastfeeding Mistake I Didn't Make Again [People]

Denise Richards Adopts a Baby Girl [People]

Spanking on Tape

When a scientist set out to record parents in order to learn more about yelling at children, he ended up collecting data on a disciplinary action he didn't expect to see at such a high frequency. The parents he recorded were not just yelling, they were spanking and slapping their children too. The result of his research is an interesting look at a disciplinary measure that has become culturally taboo and yet remains prevalent among parents.

Spanking isn’t without any merit. In fact, hitting and spanking can correct behavior in the short-term and doesn’t appear to lead to long-term damage to the child if done infrequently. However, many studies have revealed that frequent hitting and spanking can lead to long-term emotional and behavioral problems, most notably resorting to violence to solve problems.

Despite the societal pressure and scientific findings that push parents to avoid spanking, Professor George Holden was surprised to find that 36 parents out of the 37 he studied resorted to slapping or spanking. It’s one of the first studies to record data on spanking without using self-reporting by participants. The reasons for spanking and slapping varied widely – in one case it was because a child was fighting with his sister, in another a child was trying to turn the pages of a book too quickly. The researchers were surprised that the irony of using violence in order to stop a child from being violent was lost on many parents. The parents were from a range of economic and cultural backgrounds.

Do you intend to use spanking as a form of discipline?

The First Real-Time Study of Parents Spanking Their Kids [Time]

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Preparing a New Sibling

If you're pregnant and have an older child, you are probably wondering how your oldest will react to having a new brother or sister. Each child will take the news differently and it might surprise you how well your child will take it. Of course, there are some easy things you do to help make the transition easier.

Ask For Help. Your child will feel much better about the impending arrival if they’re included in the preparations. Even young children can help by picking out the color of the crib sheets or cleaning up little spaces in the new nursery.

Shower Gifts for Two. Think of gifts for the new baby that include the sibling, such as books that the older sibling can read to the new baby.

Role-play. Play out an entire day of caring for a newborn with your oldest. Give the child a baby doll and go through diaper changes, feeding, and soothing the baby when he cries.

Let Them be a Baby. A big fear many children have of a younger brother or sister is that they will no longer get to be the baby. Give your oldest extra cuddles and allow her to do the baby things she might want to do, such as try some breast milk or play with the baby toys. This type of behavior is normal and will pass with time.

Teach Them to be a Big Brother/Sister. Provide the child with tasks just for older siblings. Explain the responsibility and privilege that comes along with watching over their new brother or sister.

Make it Fun. Let the child know that there are great rewards to having a sibling. Sleepovers can become a regular occurrence and a playmate will be living in the house all the time.

Have you been taking steps to prepare your oldest for the impending arrival?

Preparing for New Siblings [Parenting]

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Guidelines Make Some Cribs Safer and Others Illegal

If you were hoping to buy a second-hand crib, you might want to review the new federal guidelines, which might make the sale and purchase of the one you wanted illegal. As of Tuesday (June 28th), the sale of all drop-side cribs is now illegal but they're not the only cribs to get the axe on the marketplace.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has deemed drop-side cribs unsafe and illegal to sell after attributing many infant deaths to their use. They also are targeting cribs that could become unsafe after long-term use. The commission is testing cribs for loose screws, slats that could break, or any other type of flaw that could allow a baby to become trapped or stuck after repeated use. Cribs will now routinely be pushed in a number of directions 72,000 times to replicate normal wear and tear over the years. In addition, a 45 pound weight will be dropped on the mattress support 750 times. These thorough tests should weed out the cribs likely to become dangerous from normal use.

Besides rigorous physical tests of cribs, the CPSC is also ensuring that crib assembly instructions are easy to understand. Unsafe assembly was the culprit in a number of past crib deaths.

The problem with all these new changes is that parents won’t be able to immediately find a crib that has met these standards. There are currently no labels to indicate that a crib has been tested. Retailers are told when cribs have been tested with the new procedures but they are not required to label cribs accordingly. Until changes are made, parents will need to specifically request the information from the retailer or manufacturer. The CPSC adds that most cribs that families are currently using probably wouldn’t meet these new regulations.

The change in testing cribs is being welcomed by many parents and advocacy groups. A parent should be able to leave their child in a crib every day and know that they’re safe. Hopefully, these new standards will bring down the number of children that are injured or killed in cribs each year.

Are you looking to purchase a new crib?

U.S. Sets Rigorous New Safety Standards for Cribs [Time]

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Monroe Cannon's Diva Debut [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Tia Mowry welcomes baby son [USAToday]

New website to help patients compare doctors, hospitals [LATimes]

Some Runners Choose Not to Wait for a Family [NYTimes]

5 Lightweight and Comfortable Baby Carriers [lilsugar]

Rugby's pain and fever drops recalled [UPI]

Informative Baby Blanket Educates Mothers [inhabitat]

10 Designer Maternity Dresses You Can Rent [Babble]

Epilepsy Medication During Pregnancy Could be Dangerous [SFGate]

Eating For 2 (And Loving It), Or How I Learned To Go With The Flow [NPR]

US Breastfeeding Map Shows We Have a Long Way to Go [The Stir]

Monday, June 27, 2011

Inexpensive Baby Clothing

With parents across the United States searching for ways to cut costs, baby clothing is an unfortunate short-term expense. Although common wardrobe items can be found for under $20 in many cases, finding baby clothing for less than $10 is ideal. When the clothing is only going to fit for a few months at best, it can be tough to imagine spending time and money shopping for such items. Thankfully, a couple new websites have popped up to help parents get the baby clothes they need for as little money as possible.

A new business is offering rental baby clothing by mail. Plum is marketing itself as the “Netflix of baby clothes.” Once you become a subscriber, there are a variety of plans available. For $16 a month, you can rent two baby outfits, for $29, you can rent four, and for $49 you can rent seven. Tea Collection, Kate Quinn Organics, Petit Bateau and Egg Baby are the brands available for rent. You have three months to send back the clothing and then you’ll receive a new bundle. All the clothing is laundered in Seventh Generation detergent and packed with fresh lavender. Stained outfits are not reused but subscribers aren’t charged if they inflict stains either. The company simply donates any soiled clothing or recycles the fabric. Shipping is free once a month.

Plum isn’t the only business helping parents find inexpensive baby clothes. The Baby Clothing Network is an online trade-by-mail service for parents to swap their children’s clothes. Used clothing for children ages zero to five are shipped in bundles of 10-25 items for $1 per item of clothing. Shipping is paid by the parent who orders the clothes.

These businesses offer a great service for parents looking to save money on baby clothes, but some parents may feel unsafe dressing their child in used clothing.

Would you use either of these services?

Site is 'Netflix for baby clothes' [Today]
Baby Clothing Network Introduces Baby Clothes for $1 an Item [Traders Huddle]