A new study shows that kids eat more fruits and vegetables if they are homemade. Home-cooked meals (including casseroles and puddings, not simply steamed or pureed veggies) help kids develop a taste for healthy foods better than pre-packaged baby food from jars and packets. One reason for this pattern may be that canned foods often taste a lot alike and are very neutral and boring in flavor. Eating healthy foods with the family also contributes to higher fruit and vegetable consumption in older children, setting a clear pattern of eating behavior by age seven.
Many people worry about the types of foods kids today are eating and the quantity. Fruit and veggie intake is down in the past decade among adults as well as children. Convenience foods are common in the modern diet and infant feeding from pre-packaged containers is just another form of this. Kids who receive fruits and vegetables raw or cooked from their full form (not pre-packaged) are more likely to eat those healthy options later in life. They will also generally accept a wider range of foods in general. Ideal weaning, with a focus on homemade fruit and veggie intake, seems to be between four and six months.
Induction is prevalent and popular in today’s society, with deliveries being scheduled to accommodate vacations, visitors, or even to pre-pick Baby’s birth date. Scheduling early births is not as safe as many believe, however, and the state Department of Health and other groups have joined to promote the “39 Week Initiative.” The new program encourages new moms to wait until at least 39 weeks gestation before undergoing an induction.
Inductions are popular among a culture that is obsessed with convenience, but inducing labor before a woman’s body is ready to deliver can result in a “failure to progress” and increases c-section risk. Premature birth as a result of too-early inductions can cause low birth weights and even infant death. The brain and lungs are the last organs to finish developing and may not be mature at birth if Baby is delivered early. Due dates are not concrete and can easily be miscalculated by days, weeks, or even more in some cases.
Early-term babies are likely to spend time in the NICU for some period of time. The main hospital to adopt the Initiative, Lafayette General, has seen marked decreases in elective inductions in the past three months. In the past, mothers were not told that early inductions could pose a risk to their new babies. Emphasis is now being made that healthy babies are worth the wait. Source: Alexandria
Despite telling TMZ that such claims were false, InTouch mag has “Octomom” Nadya Suleman on tape saying that she is disgusted by children and has to lock herself in the bathroom to get away from them at times. Although her rep continues to deny that an interview happened at all, it can all be heard on a clear recording.
In the exclusive interview, Nadya says, "Whenever I hear a baby cry, I cringe. I do not like babies. I am absolutely disgusted by babies. They make me sick ... I don't even look at them. I have to look away."
Not all mothers have to love babies of course, but it does seem a little strange coming from someone who has, purposefully, had so many.
Thoughts on babies’ vision have changed a lot over the years. At one point in time, a calming palette of pastels was all but a requirement. Recently, bolder colors are moving in with an emphasis on contrast. Many new toys are made specifically in black and white to stimulate early vision. Newer studies are now suggesting that babies likely have trouble seeing objects in motion, making the way that they perceive their environment different from an adult’s.
University of California researchers found that infants had trouble identifying the individual elements of a moving scene. The rate in which the brain keeps up with a moving scene is already limited, but for infants it is almost 10 times slower. Babies have trouble with objects in motion faster than half a second. Unlike many other animals, human babies are born almost entirely helpless. Compared to other species, our period of babyhood is much longer and the eyes develop slowly over that time.
It makes sense to expose baby to a variety of stimuli, but use slow moments if you want her to pay close attention. Your baby may have trouble tracking as the family dog runs around, but that doesn’t mean that she won’t find it entertaining. When it comes to nursery decorations, slow-moving mobiles are ideal. Use strongly contrasting shades for stimulation. As for your walls, soothing pastels do promote sleep in both children and adults.
Diaper change time can seem like a tedious or even frustrating task, but approached with the right attitude it can be a great time for extra learning and bonding. Diaper changes are also an ideal time to begin teaching words for body parts and about hygiene. Older babies may be able to assist with removing their own clothing and even younger babies can become familiar with the feelings of wet and dry, soiled and clean. All of these things can help with potty learning in the future, as getting undressed and wiping themselves won’t be anything new.
While diapering, it is important to keep safety first. Have everything that you need – wipes, creams, wet bag or trash can – within easy reach. If you are changing Baby up on a table, don’t turn your back to them. Even the smallest babies can be capable of flinging themselves farther than you might think. Hygiene is obviously also important – Wash hands before and after changes.
Another great way to maintain communication with your baby is through EC, or Elimination Communication. Using EC, you use your baby’s cues to place them on the potty (or a basin or sink) when you can tell they need to relieve themselves.
Whether your child uses a diaper or a potty, it is important to include them in the diaper change process. Tell them what you are doing and are planning to do as you do it. Avoid providing toys and other distractions, as necessary as they may seem at times, and try to focus your baby on the task at hand. Use correct words for body parts and let your child assist you when age appropriate.
Using the restroom is a part of everyday life and by keeping your child involved in the process, you will make potty learning that much easier. When you are mindful of this time spent together, diaper changes are also a convenient time to reconnect with your little one during the day.