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Soft spots on your baby’s head

Published by on April 15, 2022
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Your Baby’s Soft Spot: What Are Fontanelles and When Do They Close?by Marygrace Taylor What are fontanelles?Fontanelles are the membrane-covered gaps on babies’ heads where bones have yet to fuse together. When your baby’s skeleton starts developing, multiple bony plates make up her skull. Over time, these bones will join together into a hard shell completely surrounding her brain. Until then, you’ll likely notice the soft spot on the top of the head called the anterior fontanelle. It’s not the only one. Babies have another soft spot, called the posterior fontanelle, toward the back of their heads. This gap is smaller and it closes up much earlier. The soft spots on your baby’s head may look and feel fragile, but the good news is that they’re well-protected thanks to that sturdy membrane covering them. That means it’s okay to touch them gently. In fact, you won’t be able to avoid […]

Best organic baby formula vs. Enfamil and Similac (Pros and Cons)

Published by on April 15, 2022
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Organic Baby Formula: Everything You Need to Know What’s in organic baby formula?Most organic options has a cow’s milk base, but some are made with soy or goat’s milk. They may contain additives such as DHA, ARA, prebiotics, probiotics, or whey protein to help them more closely resemble breastmilk. Nutritionist Natalie Gillett argues that the ingredients used in organic products are not necessarily better than in conventional formula. “For example, many organic formula brands use glucose and corn syrup solids as their source of carbohydrates—versus lactose, which is the carb source in breast milk,” she says. “Also, the controversial palm oil is a fat source for many organic formulas… While it is not necessarily bad to consume these, I prefer formulas with better quality carbs and fats such as lactose and sunflower/safflower oil, respectively. “The goal is to choose a formula with a nutritional profile as close to breast milk […]

Is It Okay That My Baby Roots On Everyone Without Preference

Published by on March 21, 2022
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Scary Mommy What is baby rooting? “Rooting” in babies refers to a reflex that happens when the corner of their mouths is touched or stroked, often during or just before breastfeeding. When this occurs, a baby will turn their head, open their mouth, and “root” around for a breast or a bottle in order to eat a little something. And given that it’s a reflex, a baby doesn’t need to be taught to root; it’s just something they picked up in the womb. While they’re in there, they also develop their sucking reflex, which is another important part of feeding in the first several weeks of its life. After around four-to-six months, when the frontal lobe of their cerebral cortex develops, a baby typically gets the hang of this feeding thing and starts voluntarily turning their head towards the nipple — whether it is attached to a bottle or a […]

When will my baby laugh?

Published by on March 20, 2022
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When Do Babies Start Laughing and Mean It? The first thing parents need to understand is that every baby is different. Although developmental milestones exist as a general guide, they arrive accordingto a child’s own pace. Babies usually start laughing “between 2-4 months” says Nina Pegram, pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant with SimpliFed. Before this, an intentional smile would most likely have occurred between 1-2 months; sometimes in their sleep, she adds. But the absence of laughter, at this particular age, does not mean that there is something wrong with a child. Some babies simply tend to be more stern. Baby’s First Social Smile Sometimes a smile in the early weeks of life is simply a sign that your little bundle is passing gas. But starting between 6 and 8 weeks of life, babies develop a “social smile” — an intentional gesture of warmth meant just for you. This […]

If My Baby Is Born With Brown Eyes, Does That Mean That’s Their Eye Color?

Published by on March 20, 2022
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Baby’s Eye Color The color of babies’ irises actually depends on melanin, a protein secreted by special cells called melanocytes that also give your baby’s skin its color. Babies whose heritage is dark-skinned are usually born with brown eyes, whereas Caucasian newborns tend to be born with blue or gray eyes. Since melanocytes respond to light, at birth a baby may have eyes that appear gray or blue mostly due to the lack of pigment and because he’s been in a dark womb up until now. As he’s exposed to more light, over time (even several years) his eye color can change. It takes about a year for the melanocytes to finish their job and for the final color to come in. While the rate of color change does slow down after 6 months, the color can still change after this time. Sometimes the color change can continue for several […]

Normal to be Addicted to Your Baby’s Breath

Published by on March 20, 2022
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That newborn baby scent is addictive—science explains why There’s nothing like that new baby smell. No parent will ever forget the sweet, subtle scent of the top of their baby’s head. When my son was young I would breathe it in for hours as he laid on my chest or napped, strapped to me in his carrier. Sniffing the top of his little head made me feel so connected to him, and research suggests that the sweet smell is part of the connection. In fact, a study published decades found that 90% of moms can identify their baby by smell alone. And babies respond to mom’s scent, too. There is a very real connection there and, as reported by the Smithsonian Magazine, when researchers asked groups of women (moms and non-moms) to smell baby pajamas, the dopamine pathways in the adults’ brains lit up, and the reaction was stronger for […]

General Anesthesia for C-section vs Partial Anesthesia

Published by on March 19, 2022
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Pregnancy and birth: Cesarean sections: What are the pros and cons of regional and general anesthetics? Different risks: In general anesthesia, there is a risk of the woman vomiting while unconscious and the vomit getting into her lungs (called aspiration of stomach contents). Although this is very rare, it can be life-threatening. Women who have an epidural or a spinal block occasionally experience a sudden major drop in blood pressure. They might also have a type of headache that can be caused by the injection into the epidural or subarachnoid space (“post-dural puncture headache”). Research results: There weren’t enough women in the different studies to be able to say whether general anesthetics are more likely to lead to serious complications like aspiration of stomach contents. This complication was generally rare. But the studies were big enough to find out what side effects are likely to be most common in babies. […]

Midwife vs doctor for delivery

Published by on January 27, 2022
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4 Differences Between a Midwife and a Physician We love our midwives here at Overlake OB/GYN. They allow us to give the ultimate well-rounded care to our pregnant mothers and their babies. While there was a time when midwives were the only assistance available to women in labor, they quickly faded into the background with the advent of modern medicine. This was unfortunate because midwives play a crucial role in the holistic care of pregnant women – including reproductive care, labor support, post-natal care and lactation assistance. Our patients are often confused about the role a midwife plays and how it is different from that of a physician – or OB/GYN. Here are four of the most notable differences. 4 Differences Between Midwives and Physicians Education. The most obvious difference between midwives and physicians is the type of education they receive. An OB/GYN has gone through four years of formal […]

Opinions on co-sleeping

Published by on January 27, 2022
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Our Co-Sleeping Advice Babies should be slept in a clear sleep space, which is easy to create in a cot or Moses basket. We know however that families also bed share, and so recommend making your bed a safer place for baby whether you doze off accidentally, or choose to bed share. Our advice on co-sleeping with your baby will tell you how. For safer co-sleeping: Keep pillows, sheets, blankets away from your baby or any other items that could obstruct your baby’s breathing or cause them to overheat. A high proportion of infants who die as a result of SIDS are found with their head covered by loose bedding. Follow all of our other safer sleep advice to reduce the risk of SIDS such as sleeping baby on their back. Avoid letting pets or other children in the bed. Make sure baby won’t fall out of bed or get […]

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Published by on January 27, 2022
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Opinions on Co-sleeping

Published by on January 27, 2022
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