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Baby Safety

Keep It Safe

There’s nothing cuter than your baby’s tiny corn-row toes, but they—as well as other parts of your baby’s body—can quickly become endangered by what’s known as a hair tourniquet. “This happens when something very thin and pliable, such as a hair or thread, gets wound around a digit or other appendage, even a penis,” says Madelyn Goble, R.N., an ER/trauma nurse at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. Left unnoticed, a hair can get wound so tightly that blood flow is compromised.

Safety First

Poisoning

Mold and Allergies

It must be "mold season."  I've gotten several emails recently from worried women who've discovered mold growing in their walls, bathrooms, couches and offices.  They're frightened mold could damage their baby's health or cause miscarriage. When they went online to do "mold research" what they found scared the bejeezus out them. Let's see if we can take some of the fear factor out of this moldy situation.

Car Seat Shopping

EXPERT TIPS

Rear-facing infant seats are smaller and plug into a base that stays in your car so you can take your sleeping baby out of the car without waking him. Make sure yours is compatible with your stroller.

Convertible car seats stay installed in your car but do double duty by allowing an infant to ride in the rear-facing position for the recommended time period, from birth until he turns 1 or weighs at least 20 pounds (though longer is better). The seat can then be turned around to the forward-facing position.

The Best Baby Gear: Worth a Splurge

Going Green

There's no better time than pregnancy to think about creating a healthier environment for your baby and yourself. Even little changes in your home, your behaviours, and your diet will help protect your growing family and the planet your baby will inherit. Here's your one-stop resource for making your pregnancy a greener, more eco-conscious pregnancy.

Chlorine Safety

Chlorine-Safety

No. Many natural barriers in your body, including the cervix and amniotic sac, protect your baby from external substances such as chlorine in a pool or even soapy bath water. In fact, swimming is one of the most beneficial and comfortable forms of exercise you can do during pregnancy, as the water imparts a weightlessness that many women find soothing. That said, I recommend that you check with your doctor before beginning (or continuing) any exercise program.

Study Highlights Co-sleeping Dangers

A new year, a new study about babies and sleep: Federal health officials report that infant deaths blamed on accidental strangulation and suffocation in bed have increased sharply in the U.S., The New York Times reports. The news has reignited a simmering debate over the rising number of parents who sleep with their babies, also known as "bed-sharing" or "co-sleeping."

Co-sleeping Debate Goes On

Two new reports on co-sleeping with a baby were released this week, adding to the confusion that seems to dog this practice.

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