Clinically Proven Baby Sleep Routine

Johnson's Baby Sleep RoutineJust came across a good method here for helping your little infant get calm before sleep time!

Here’s the first 2 steps of the routine (see more at http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/bedtime/proven-baby-sleep-routine) :

Step 1: A Warm Bath with JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Bath

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Study Links Child’s Behavior Problems to Father’s Mental Health

Fathers StressIn a study reported recently by Medical Daily, a Father’s mental health condition can be linked to his children’s behavior as early as age 3. While already known to researchers the impact a pregnant mother’s stress levels can have on their babies post birth, this new research now traces the impact between a father’s psychological stress and his children.

The report goes on to to say that the Norwegian study observed 31,000 children from Norway. Researchers discovered that at week 17 or 18 during the pregnancy a percentage of the fathers reported to have mental health problems. Further analysis found that children whose fathers had high levels of psychological stress at this period were more likely to have emotional or behavioral problems as toddlers.

Even more important, the behavior problems shown by the toddlers of these fathers remained even after the researchers accounted for mother’s mental health and other factors like education and marital status that might have affected the child’s behavior.

James Paulson, an associate professor of psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, said that in the past decade, researchers have found a relation between mothers’ mental health and the growing child’s mental health. The new study shows that even father’s depression during pregnancy can have adverse effects on the child’s health as postpartum depression.

Is There a Pregnancy/Maternity Spa Near You?

Spa Services for Pregnancy SearchNow that you are pregnant you have at least one good reason to welcome any soothing comforts and seek a day off from any lingering stress from your rapidly changing life. Have you thought about spending an afternoon or maybe a whole day at a pregnancy spa? It could be there is a “Belly Friendly” spa already located in a city near you!

After doing some quick searching here are a few popular spas around the U.S. that offer prenatal massage and related services (not listed in any particular order):

Pregnant Mom and Her Son1. Austin, Texas – Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center

Offering 4D ultrasound technology, Blooming’s RDMS medical sonographers will perform a limited diagnostic scan that will allow you to see how your baby is positioned, see the heartbeat, and watch him/her move a special collection of therapies to help the body, mind, and spirit prepare for and acclimate to motherhood.  Blooming also provides therapeutic massages, facials and pedicures. Learn more about Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center.

 2. Portland, Oregon – Zenana Spa and Wellness Center

Offers organic facials featuring Eminence Organics Skincare line from Hungary along with safe, gentle waxing for body hair removal, acrylic-free, natural nail services and relaxing and therapeutic massage. Learn more about Zenana Spa and Wellness Center.

3. Metropolitan New York Area –  Oasis Day Spa Serving 3 LocationsOasis at  1 Park Ave., Oasis Westchester, Oasis at the Affina Dumont Hotel)

A full service spa in 3 separate locations, Oasis offers Prenatal Massage treatments, according to their website. There listing states that the therapeutic massage they offer should be performed in your 2nd or 3rd trimester, focuses on the special needs of your pregnancy as your body goes through dramatic changes. Oasis states that the benefits of prenatal massage include relief from headaches, sinus congestion, backaches, leg cramps, swollen ankles, sciatic pain, and sleep issues. This massage can be performed side-lying or face down with our special supports.

4. Delray Beach, Florida – Amazing Births and Beyond

 Amazing Births and Beyond pampers you using Bali inspired massage techniques. First they start you with a foot massage and then migrate their expert hands to a prenatal massage treatment. Amazing Births and Beyond says their massage will increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles, improve skin elasticity and reduce water retention. Amazing births also offers chiropractic care for pregnancy. Learn more from Amazing Births and Beyond.

5. Boston, Massachussets –  Bella Sante

Bella Sante offers prenatal massage that provides, like the other spas, a relaxing and nurturing treat for both you and your baby. Their therapists use specialized prenatal cushions that will accommodate your changing body. Since this is a prenatal treatment, the therapists focus gently on areas of discomfort, such as lower back, and swollen ankles and joints.  Also Bella Sante uses basq products to enhance the massage.  Learn more from Bella Sante.

6. California – Total Woman Day Spa

With about 14 locations across California, chances are there are some benefits to being a regular member of this spa that would also enable you to have access to multiple spa locations around this beautiful state. And with a name like “Total Woman” there a certainly some practitioners there that would be qualified for prenatal massage and treatments. Learn more about the spa services of Total Woman.

Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Lower a Child's Hyperactivity?

Eating Fish During Pregnancy

In a study co authored by 3 researchers from 4 top medical institutions in the United Kingdom, eating fish was identified as a main source of nutrition that can offset lack of bio- enzymes in the modern human diet during pregnancy. At this stage in human reproduction, eating fish was also shown to reduce hyperactivity in the child post pregnancy which leads many hopeful parents to conclude an increase in attention span.

However, the study did also indicate that IQ levels did not show a long term increase for the children from the mothers who ate fish during pregnancy – only reduced hyperactivity.

Here is the reference source of the study, based on research conducted at the  University of Southampton  Southampton General Hospital, UK; Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK;
and the Department of Paediatric Neurology at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK. Read the full scholarly study about lowered hyperactivity at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/paediatric-epidemiology/pdfs/P365.pdf

Of course the main cautionary argument that should preface the regular eating of fish is to make sure your type of fish is not prone to  mercury accumulation from air, water and ground pollution.

The Mayo Clinic has a list here of what seafood to avoid when it comes to mercury:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-nutrition/PR00109

 

Nurturing Babies In Their First Few Years

Nurturing Your BabySome great information here from Children’s Advocate, a website by Action Alliance for Children  based in California, USA.

Recent research shows Babies’ brains grow a lot in the first three years:

  • When the baby’s brain forms connections between brain cells — pathways for future learning, feelings, and behavior are developed.
  • The growth of babies’ brain-cell connections depends a lot on their environment and experiences.
  • Brain-cell connections shape children’s later ability to learn, move, relate to people, and handle their own feelings.

Brain research also shows babies need:

  • Nurturing, secure relationships.
  • Protection from too much stress, which can harm brain development.
  • Attention and care that responds to the baby’s individual personality.
  • A stimulating learning environment with opportunities for exploring and problem-solving.
  • Lots of experience hearing and using language.

We grabbed a few tips from their website, but be sure to go to http://www.4children.org/issues/2001/july_august/nurturing_your_babys_brain/ to get more on each tip:

1. Slow down and sit down

Many new parents feel overwhelmed — especially if there are other children in the house or if they’re juggling jobs, housework, and kids. Babies pick up on the stress and lose out when parents are too busy to spend time cuddling.

Other parents carry children close to them in a baby sling, giving them the comfort of physical contact while the parent does necessary tasks. And maybe not all the tasks are necessary.

2. Talk to babies — it helps them learn language

It’s never too early to start talking to babies, whether you use full sentences or baby talk, advises JoEllen Tullis, director of child development at the Venice Family Clinic. “What infants get used to and are comforted by is the tone and rhythm of your voice,” she says.

3. Create learning opportunities out of routine tasks

Grocery shopping, meal time, even diaper time can create learning opportunities. “If you make a connection with the child during the care process,” says Tullis, “they don’t feel that it’s something being done to them.”

For example, if a child reaches for a milk bottle, you can respond and give them vocabulary words by saying, “Oh, you want milk now,” suggests Bunte de Carvalho. Whatever the activity, follow their faces, she says, and respond out loud to their reactions.