New study: Feeding Infants Peanut Products Could Prevent Allergies

Turning what was once conventional wisdom on its head, a new study suggests that many, if not most peanut allergies can be prevented by feeding young children food containing peanuts beginning in infancy, rather than avoiding such foods.About 2 percent of American children are allergic to peanuts, a figure that has more than quadrupled since 1997 for reasons that are not entirely clear. There have also been big increases in other Western countries. For some people, even traces of peanuts …

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6 ways your newborn baby is about to rock your world

With each day of your pregnancy, you're one step closer to bringing your baby into the world. Life is about to change, you know that of course. But how much of your day-to-day routine will you send to the chopping block when your little one arrives? Read on for a peek at your future.You become a morning person: Who knew that sweet bundle in your arms could have the internal clock of a barnyard rooster? Babies are up at the crack of dawn, so unfortunately you will be too. The other side to …

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5 facts about safety you need to protect your new baby

As a new parent, you may be a little paranoid about keeping baby safe. You probably have a million questions running through your mind such as, "Is my baby safe in his or her bedroom?" It can be worrisome when baby sleeps in his or her own room for the first time, or really, when baby does anything for the first time. It's because of this that many parents choose to co-sleep with their little one for the first several months of his or her life, and that's OK. Tips …

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Immunizations: Why they are important for your baby

In what seems like a celebrity-driven mission to discourage you from having your child vaccinated, myths and rumors start flying. It's easy for the truth to get mixed in with fiction and for parents to truly be uncertain as to whether or not shots are dangerous for their children. The most common misconception about childhood vaccinations is that they cause autism. This is due to Andrew Wakefield, a former physician who published a study stating that the measles, mumps and …

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7 amazing facts about newborn babies

Anxious about bringing home your baby? Take a moment away from your to-do lists and worries to refocus on what really matters - the sweet bundle of joy waiting for you at the end of your pregnancy journey. He or she is even more incredible than you can imagine. We have seven ways your newborn baby is sure to amaze you:Newborns know what to do: A 1987 Swedish study coined the term the "Breast Crawl" after determining that a brand new baby can find his or her way to the …

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Stock up for less: 4 items every pregnant woman can cut from her shopping list

When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there are some non-negotiable items you really need. You're going to need diapers, for one, and a safe, new car seat. But there are plenty of things you can either do without or buy later as your budget allows. Save money now by holding off on purchasing these items:CribA baby crib can be a big ticket item, but it's also not something you need right away. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new parents room-share with their …

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Dads’ guide to swaddling babies

How To Swaddle A BabyA little practice will go a long wayYou know that newborn swaddling can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and by now your wife may have told you of swaddling’s magical powers in reducing colic and calming even the fussiest screamer. But has anyone shown you how to actually do it?Postpartum haze can make even the simplest tasks seem like rocket science—add a wiggling infant to the equation and it could be a deal breaker.Here’s …

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Encouraging healthy sleep in baby’s first year

Hush Little Baby In the first 12 months, your infant’s development changes almost daily. So when it comes to getting baby to sleep, what works at 4 months might have been discouraging if you’d tried it just weeks earlier. Here’s a look at what to expect during your little one’s first year, and how to encourage healthy sleep at any age.Those First Sleepless Nights: 0 to 2 months.The good news is, your newborn’s sleep problems aren’t your fault. “Temperament and biology …

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Strategies for calming your baby

Turn Cries Into Coos As the eldest of five, Amanda Joyner from Michigan City, IN, expected her baby would cry but felt confident that she could handle it, given that she’d taken care of her siblings.Yet the frequent cries of her newborn son, Arthur, made calming him a challenge. “I tried everything I knew, from swaddling to holding him,” she says. “I had to take breaks from him just to stay composed.”After a few weeks, Joyner began to understand Arthur’s cries. “I thought …

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Why you need the Tdap vaccine

As you approach your 27th week of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will offer you the option of a Tdap vaccine. This shot, administered during every pregnancy, safeguards your baby against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. While you have the option to decline this vaccine, this is one shot you won't want to skip. What is Pertussis?Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease that leads to violent, uncontrollable coughing and breathing …

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