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Swaddling Baby May Increase Hip Problems

Swaddling an infant may increase their chance for hip problems later in life, a new study reports.

The article, which was published on Oct. 28 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, warns that swaddling -- which is when the baby is bundled tightly in a blanket with their arms next to their body and their legs stretched out -- may harm hip development.

Learn more about the study from CBS News.

Babyproofing Your Bathroom

You know to cover the electrical outlets, but other hazards in your bathroom are less obvious. 

For example, you'll want to add a childproof cover to the doorknob- one that only adults have the strength and coordination to easily open, so your child can't get in without you. 

 

Learn how to recognize the trouble spots and make them safe for your little daredevil in the full article from Parenting.

Morning Sickness: The Upside

Morning sickness can be miserable, but it may serve the valuable purpose of keeping your diet as healthy as possible for your growing baby. A recent British study is the latest to contend that how much nausea a pregnant woman experiences may depend on how nutritiously she eats. 

Read the full story from Fit Pregnancy to learn more about the research on what is known as "gestational food aversion." 

Early Skin-to-Skin Contact Between Mothers and Babies Key to Longer Breastfeeding

Mothers experiencing early skin-to-skin contact with their newborns in the delivery room tend to breastfeed longer, according to new research.

The study presented at American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, showed that most mothers breastfed exclusively if they had early contact with their babies.

Why does that make a difference? Read the full article from Parent Herald. 

4 Baby Myths

A warning for new moms. Don't believe everything you hear about babies. For example, many parents think babies need to poop everyday and they worry if their baby doesn't. Infact, it's completely normal for a newborn to only poop as little as every 3 or 4 days. 

Read the full story for Fit Pregnancy to hear from expert pediatricians on other baby myths.

Researchers Find Link Between Pregnancy Weight Gain and Autism

A new study released by University of Utah psychiatric researchers shows a link between weight gain before and during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Dr. Deborah A. Bilder is the lead author of the study and an associate professor of psychiatry at the U. Along with a team of researchers, Bilder tracked the prevalence of children with ASD and the weight their mothers gained before and during pregnancy.

Read the full article from KSL.com to learn what the findings mean for moms-to-be.

Why 40 Weeks?

Why are babies born at around 40 weeks of gestation? Experts have long suggested that moms must pop by then, otherwise, the baby’s head would grow too large to traverse the birth canal. But new research suggests a more sophisticated reason. 

Read the full article from Fit Pregnancy to learn the real reason behind the 40-week limit.

 

13 Tips & Tricks for Choosing Your Baby's Name

You're probably asked on a daily basis if you have picked out a name for your babyt. You probably feel bad answering NO each time but, let’s be honest, there is some pressure to this decision! A name is important. Once you choose this name, your baby is stuck with it for life – or at least for 18 years.

Read the full post from Parents.com to learn 13 tips and tricks for choosing a name!

Baby Teething Remedies: 11 Tips for Teething Pain Relief

Oh, teething, how we dread it. The first 6 months will fly by, and baby will be teething before you know it. The cranky achiness that accompanies this phase of development is possibly more painful for you, the caregiver, than it is for your little one. But never fear! In the grand scheme of things, the idea of teething lasts longer and feels worse than the real thing.

Read the full post from Babble.com to learn the 11 best teething remedies. 

5 Challenges Breastfeeding Moms Face When Returning to Work

Breastfeeding can be challenging enough as it is for many moms, so when you introduce the return to work and the need to pump milk, it can be daunting. There are many things to consider such as equipment, employer's response, break times, pumping spaces and post-maternity workload, but with the right amount of preparation and support, breastfeeding can become a natural part of a working mom's life.

Check out the full article from the Huffington Post to learn what the 5 most common challenges are for breastfeeding moms returning to work, and some great solutions.