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The jury’s still out on parenting styles regarding sleeping — Attachment v. Scheduled — and this study shows that moderation seems to be the best bet. Added bonus: colic isn’t something we cause. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5452458.

Babies have no bacteria in their bodies until they’re born and pass through the vaginal canal.

Before babies are a year old, they begin to learn and mirror emotions. In a trial with 11 and 14-month olds, babies were already able to understand, imitate, and remember positive and negative emotional responses to objects after an adult reacted positively or negatively to it.

Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect babies from illnesses, such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers and lowers their rate of obesity.

Breast milk and bacteria are friends with benefits: http://www.slate.com/blogs/how_babies_work/2013/03/20/the_science_of_breast_milk_latest_research_on_nursing_and_milk_vs_formula.html

Only 23% of mothers in the U.S. are still breast feeding at one year.

A 2010 study used data from a national sample of 8,550 4-year-olds to look at links between obesity and three daily practices at home: less than two hours of screen time, 10.5 hours of weeknight sleep, and meals with the family. Researchers found that the likelihood of obesity was 23%–25% lower when the preschoolers ate an evening meal with their families six or seven times per week. (The odds of obesity were even lower when kids also got sufficient sleep and had less screen time per day.)

A survey of more than 1,000 mothers and babies by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care shows that how much time a mother spends at home or at work has less impact on her child than the quality of their time together.

A classic study of 42 varied families showed that the most important aspect of children’s language experience is its quantity. The amount of day-to-day talking that parents did with their babies and toddlers was closely tied with the children’s vocabularies and IQ test scores at age 3 and beyond. A recent study also showed that a two-way conversation with infants and toddlers is six times more effective than just talking or reading to them.

Toddlers having tantrums is normal. Lots of research suggests it. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2013/02/why_does_my_kid_freak_out_the_science_behind_toddler_tantrums.html

According to the American Association of Pediatrics, children under the age of 2 should watch no TV at all and those older than 2 should watch no more than two hours a day. Despite these recommendations, a recent study found that approximately 90% of children under the age of 2 in the US watch TV regularly. Children younger than age 3 who watched more than two hours of TV per day had poorer social skills than those who watched less TV.

Your baby can hear you arguing, even while they’re asleep. Whoa. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/29/179237081/shhh-the-kids-can-hear-you-arguing-even-when-theyre-asleep

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