Health and Development

The Sheer Awesomeness of Breast Milk Continues to Stump Scientists

Breastfeeding boosts baby's immune system--but that's not all. Scientists are just now beginning to understand the complex properties of breast milk, and all the advantages it gives Baby.

Blowing Raspberries

One of the first forms of communication.

Preventing Autism in Pregnancy: Is it Possible?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex condition, affecting 1 in 68 children. But can it be prevented during pregnancy? Experts weigh in on the latest research.

Can Babies Have Allergies?

A baby's exposure to allergens may lead to asthma and allergies later on.

The Importance of Tummy Time

A wee workout for baby.

Abdominal Birth Defect on the Rise in Young Moms

An alarming new report from the CDC finds that the rate of a serious birth defect in the abdomen, called gastroschisis, has more than doubled. Could you be at risk?

The Cutest Smash Cake Ideas

It's your baby's first birthday! Let him dig into his first birthday cake toddler-style with an adorable smash cake that's almost too cute to eat. Almost.

Sweet First Birthday Ideas

Your baby's big day is as much of a milestone for you as it is for your babe. Make the day special with these sweet (and easy!) first birthday ideas.

Fun Ways to Nurture Baby's Language Development

The perfect books and baby music to enjoy with your little one as he listens and learns.

Should You Bank Your Baby's Cord Blood?

The latest information on cord blood usage and banking services

Baby Steps

The developmental milestones that mark your child's first year of life.

Tracking Objects With The Eyes

Your baby will love to explore her world as her eyesight develops.

Newborn Milestone: Reacting to Sounds

Watch your new baby for signs that he's hearing properly.

BPA in Pregnancy Tied to Lower Weight in Girls

Can exposure to BPA early on in pregnancy affect your child? Yes, according to a new study, if your baby is a certain sex. Here's how to avoid the plastic product.

The Top 5 Infant Ailments

Learn the symptoms and the best ways to remedy these common conditions.

15 Brilliant Ways to Calm Your Baby

Appealing to your cherub's sight, sound, taste, smell and touch can soothe your baby in the womb--and stop crying once she's a newborn.

The Age-by-Age Guide to Playing With Your Baby

Figuring out how and when to play with your newborn isn't all child's play! Experts divulge what toys and games work best for babies in this age-by-age guide.

Hospitals Need 'Baby Cuddler' Volunteers for NICU

Coolest. Job. Ever. Hospitals are now enlisting volunteers to cuddle babies in the NICU and in adoption agencies--and for good reason. Here's how to get involved.

Get On The Sleep Train

It's not for everyone, and teaching your baby to fall asleep on his own can be challenging at first, but some parents find the payoff worth the effort.

Productive Parenting Activities

Games that help your infant's development

Baby's First Poop Shows If Mom Drank Alcohol

A new study of meconium--baby's first poop--helps doctors determine fetal alcohol exposure earlier than ever before, and draws connections to cognitive problems later.

Decoding Autism

Autism is largely genetic, but evidence also points to "triggers" in the prenatal environment.

Breastfeeding Could Reduce Your Child's Rising Risk of Liver Disease

A new study suggests nursing, as well as being a healthy weight, could give your baby a smaller chance of developing this obesity-related condition.

New Study Rates Baby Toys and Play Spaces

Wondering which baby toys to register for? Here is a scientific way to see if your infant has the right tools and spaces for healthy development.

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