Nearly every basic mommy move, from diaper changing to car seat wrangling, pulls your shoulders forward. As a result, the muscles in your back react as if you are falling and work extra hard to pull you upright, straining your back even further. Knowing the best way to carry, lift and push your baby can help keep your back in its best shape.
Here’s how to:
After your newborn arrives, you’ll soon realize that seemingly small details in your baby’s room, such as the height of the changing table, can make a massive difference in preventing an aching back.
“Many new mothers are so focused on their little one’s needs, they don’t realize just how frequently they’re lifting or bending in a way that’s not safest for their back,” says industrial designer Carla Jaspers.
Pain-proof your nursery with these ergonomic tips:
Have you ever heard—or noticed yourself—that a fetus can respond with a kick to loud noises from outside the womb? It's true—and scientists even suspect it can recognize familiar sounds, particularly its mother’s voice. This is due at least in part to the fact that the auditory system is highly developed early on.
Any day now you’ll be reaching for summer’s first tube of sunscreen. You’re not alone if you’re wondering just what’s in it and, most importantly, if it’s safe for you and your kids to spend the season slathering it all over. Sunscreens shield us from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
To provide this defense, they contain chemical and mineral ingredients that scatter, reflect or absorb UV radiation, including oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, avobenzone, zinc, and titanium.
When your newborn lies on his stomach and practices lifting his head, it prepares him to explore the world on his own. “Tummy time helps your infant build strength in his back, legs, arms and neck,” says Joanne Cox, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “This helps with further development, such as rolling over and sitting.”
I once met a woman at the children’s museum who said, “A girl, and a boy, two years apart! Good job, mama!” as if I’d won some contest I didn’t know I’d entered. It’s true that with an uncharacteristic precision, I even had the same due date for each of them. It is a tidy little age difference, and it’s wonderful…except when it’s not.
There is a battle brewing about a staple in parents' baby-care arsenals: swaddling.
We've all heard the buzz about healthy gut bacteria (probiotics, anyone?). Well a recent study has found that Cesarean sections and baby formula may disrupt the "good" bacteria in newborns' intestines, according to a New York Times report on a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
If you already have a four-legged “baby” at home, some good news from Finnish researchers: Infants who are around dogs in their first year of life have fewer respiratory infections, especially ear infections, than those with no animal contact.
So how best to foster that relationship? Dog behavior expert Christina Shusterich, owner of NY Clever K9 in New York City, offers this advice:
If you feel like you're going to the doctor a lot as a mom-to-be, get ready: A new study finds that first-timers make an average of 16 visits to the pediatrician in the first year of a baby's life, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mail. "Panicking" was cited as the main reason for rushing to the pediatrician, with 1 in 3 taking their little one in for a common cold.