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Eco-babyproofing: Safely Removing Toxins from Your Home

It’s called the “nesting instinct”—that sudden urge to tidy, purge, organize and decorate. But getting your home ready for your newborn isn’t just about putting together the crib and washing all those teeny tiny clothes. It also means hunting down the hidden hazardous chemicals that have been shown to affect your baby’s growth and development. Think of it as environmental babyproofing.

Growing Battle Over Swaddling

There is a battle brewing about a staple in parents' baby-care arsenals: swaddling.

Safe Sleep

Here’s the good news: Ever since the 1994 launch of the Back to Sleep campaign, which instructs parents to put infants to sleep on their backs, the number of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases has decreased by more than 50 percent. The bad news is that SIDS is still the leading cause of death in babies ages 1 month to 12 months, with more than 2,300 U.S. infants dying from SIDS every year.

New Safety Standards For Play Yards

The safety rules for play yards and portable cribs are about to get stricter thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which unanimously voted to toughen these guidelines, The Associated Press and The Washington Post report.

Get On The Sleep Train

If getting your baby to sleep is a singing, rocking and jiggling process that’s exhausting the whole family, you may want to consider sleep training. “The process involves teaching your baby a new way of going to sleep, usually from being rocked or fed to sleep to falling asleep in her crib,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., author of Sleep Deprived No More (Da Capo Press).

Vaccination Vindication

Measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hib meningitis—all vaccine-preventable diseases—are making a comeback in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the time of writing, 2011 was on track to be another record year for measles, a potentially deadly illness; 10 infants died in California in 2010 from pertussis; and five Minnesota children contracted Hib meningitis in 2008, resulting in one death.

BPA Alert

The battle over BPA rages on, ABC News and Time magazine report. The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a petition by environmental groups to ban the chemical bisphenol A, saying that there is not enough scientific evidence that it causes harm in humans, ABC News reports.

Newborn Safety Rules And Why They Apply To Everyone

Every now and then we hear a news story about a baby that’s kidnapped from a maternity ward. It’s rare, it’s terrifying and it freaks parents and hospital staff out. What happens more frequently is when non-custodial parents or parents who aren’t allowed to take their baby home from the hospital (because of criminal activities or because they’ve lost parenting rights) try to sneak their baby out of the hospital. It’s because of these rare events that hospitals have tight newborn security policies.

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Natural Healing

When choosing an alternative therapy for your baby, it’s essential to know what really works and is safe for the younger set. “There’s so little scientific evidence for safety or efficacy when it comes to the use of natural therapies for babies,” says New York City pediatrician Stuart Ditchek, M.D., author of Healthy Child, Whole Child (HarperCollins).

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