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Baby Safety

Should You Rethink Your Baby's Sound Machine?

We get it: You'll do anything to help your baby sleep. (Who could blame you?) But white noise machines may have an unexpected downside. Here's how to reduce the risk. 

The First-Trimester Fever Risk

A new review of data looks at the risks of having a fever during pregnancy. Here's what you should do if your temperature rises. Related: Colds During Pregnancy: Should You Worry?

What If My Dog Licks My Baby?

The expert's take: Your puppy's germs are not your baby's best friend. Plus, here's how to introduce your dog to your newborn.

Protect Your Baby's Brain Development

You've read about the link between  phthalates and preterm births, but toxins may also affect your baby's brain development after birth. Here are some ways to play it safe. Related: 6 Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget

Child Development: When Will Baby Have Hand-Eye Coordination?

While your newborn’s intermittently crossed eyes may be reminiscent of a Siamese cat, rest assured that this lack of muscle control is completely normal. "Newborns aren't able to see clearly much farther than about arm's length away, and their eyes will often cross as they try to focus on objects," explains heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

Cold-Weather Sleep Tips for Baby's Safety

It’s a mother’s instinct to keep her baby safe and warm. Yet, despite frosty outside temperatures, resist the urge to overbundle your baby or to keep the nursery too warm: Several studies show that overdressing and overheating increases the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While it's natural to want to keep your baby cozy, being too warm is actually a risk for SIDS because your baby needs to be able to lose heat to regulate her system.

The 5-Step Guide to Babyproofing

When it comes to babyproofing, you’ve thought of everything, right? (Outlet covers? Check. Safety gates? Of course.) But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, accidental death rates dropped among all age groups in 2009, the latest year for which data is available—except among babies younger than 1 year. Below are the leading causes of accidental death for babies, listed in order, along with advice to keep your child out of harm’s way.