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    Preventing Infant Death: New Guidelines

    There is no more endearing a sight than a peacefully sleeping baby! But many parents worry about their baby's health and in particular the worst case scenario: infant death. New comprehensive guidelines from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) give parents advice on reduce the risk. ... more »

    Practical Parenting Tips for Screen-time

    I was recently in a restaurant and looked over at a sweet family having dinner with their toddler. I thought to myself “my kids were never that angelic when we ate out”: they would be squawking, throwing food and trying to wriggle out of the restraints like mini-Houdinis. Then I noticed the toddler was watching a cartoon on a cell phone. ... more »

    3 Essential Steps for Daily Self Care

    Self care after birth begins with taking personal responsibility and becoming proactive. Start saying to yourself “I deserve to be happy and healthy”, “I will make time for myself today” or “I need to be healthy for my child” . ... more »

    New Sleep Guidelines for Kids

      By Sandy Hemphill, Contributing Writer, BabyMed   ... more »

    High Cholesterol? Get More Sleep

      By Sandy Hemphill, Contributing Writer, BabyMed   ... more »

    Enjoy Sweet Dreams When Kids Use Bedtime Pass

    A recent study from the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health finds bedtime arguments can be eliminated by something as simple as a bedtime pass. It only works if parents follow the rules, too. ... more »

    Not in the Mood? Sleep On It!

    A new study indicates someone not in the mood should sleep on it for an extra hour tonight to improve libido tomorrow. ... more »

    Melatonin Not Safe for Children’s Sleep Problems

    An Australian physiologist who’s studied melatonin for 40 years, however, has recently issued a call for caution, especially when it’s given for children’s sleep problems. ... more »

    Daytime Naps Maybe Not So Beneficial After Age 2

    A new study provides sound scientific evidence that once a child reaches age 2, naps can be more trouble than they’re worth. ... more »

    Expecting Quality Sleep: Healthy Diet Regulates Body’s Sleep and Wake Cycle

    The interesting findings of a recent study suggests that everyone - pregnant or not - may enjoy better quality sleep if we pay closer attention to counting calories rather than counting sheep. ... more »

    Treatment and Tips to Relieve Sleep Disturbances During Pregnancy

    Many women experience sleep disturbances during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are several ways to make nighttime more relaxing and sleep-filled for women throughout every stage of pregnancy. ... more »

    Sleep Disturbances During Pregnancy

    Pregnancy can affect a woman's sleep patterns. Many women who sleep well at other times experience sleep disturbances during pregnancy. ... more »

    Study Reveals that Infants Are Able to Learn During Sleep

    You’ve probably heard of people learning different languages in their sleep by listening to an mp3 of recorded phrases and words, but did you know that babies can also learn while they are asleep? ... more »

    Infants Who Share a Bed with Their Parents Are At Risk of Crib Death

    It’s understandable that new parents are enraptured by their infants and want to be near them, but research indicates that parents who share a bed with their newborn may actually be putting them at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). ... more »

    Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - What the Latest Research Shows

    While the condition is still not well understood, much research has been conducted in recent years in an effort to understand the causes and possible prevention of this heart-breaking illness. Below is a discussion of some of the latest findings. ... more »

    How to Create a Sleep-Conducive Environment for Your Baby

    You have read about all of the things you can do to make your baby sleep better (less night feedings, bedtime routines, noise machine, etc.), but what about your nursery? Is it conducive to the kind of sleep your baby needs? ... more »

    Sleep Position During Pregnancy and Risk

    According to research in Ghana, pregnant women who sleep on their backs (supine) are more likely to suffer stillbirth than women who sleep in other positions. ... more »

    Poor Sleep Quality May be Affecting Your Fertility

    When you don’t get enough sleep you wake up tired, groggy, lacking concentrate and less fertile, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology; men who have trouble sleeping are less fertile – physically. ... more »

    To Co-Sleep or Not to Co-Sleep?

    Is co-sleeping a good idea, or is it as dangerous as the older mothers wanted her to think? ... more »

    The Risks of Co-Sleeping

    Like most bad habits, co-sleeping with your baby is easy to start but very hard to stop. When you feel excited about finally having your little one home with you after nine long months of waiting, the time apart at night will be difficult. ... more »

    How to Combat Sleep Deprivation in the First Six Months

     It is safe to say that nearly 100% of parents suffer from infant-induced sleep deprivation at some point in the first six months, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend every day in a state of exhaustion. ... more »

    Can a Woman Have an Orgasm in Her Sleep?

    The point when boys turn into men is signified by the “wet dream” or nocturnal emission. Nocturnal emissions occur when spontaneous orgasms happen during sleep. While the “wet dream” phenomenon has been touted as a male-specific trait ... more »

    Sleep Disorders May be Affecting Fetal Health

    Sleep has proven health benefits and according to researchers at the University of Sydney could be beneficial for women with preeclampsia. The condition requires immediate medical attention and often leads to premature delivery and low birth weight. ... more »

    What to Listen for on that Baby Monitor

    In high school, a close friend of mine had reconstructive surgery on her nose. The surgery was done because since birth, she had a crooked nasal passage that made breathing more difficult. ... more »

    Should Your Twins Co-Sleep?

    Multiple sources claimed that allowing newborn twins to sleep together in the same crib or bassinet would help their sleep schedules align, and it would also help them sleep through the night successfully. ... more »

    Does Breastfeeding Make for Sleepless Nights?

    Before a friend of mine recently had her first baby, she spent months deciding whether or not she would breastfeed. It is a major decision, and with the advances in baby formula, there are perfectly healthy ways around it for women who choose not to do it. ... more »

    You’ll Need a Do Not Disturb Sign

    I’ve heard of pregnant women telling people to hold off for an entire month before coming in troops to check out the little one. As it turns out, turning people away might be an excellent idea. ... more »

    Is Baby Dependent on the Boppy?

    You might have gotten this pillow from a relative at the baby shower, and it really is an excellent product. However, it’s actually designed to gently mimic your arms to that your baby can lie down on his or her own without rolling around or feeling abandoned. ... more »

    Why Your Baby’s Sleep Cycles Will Work Against You

    The first six months of your baby’s life might be the hardest of your life. You’ll worry about the amount of money your spending, about the decreased alone time you have with your spouse, and your utter exhaustion at the end of every day that keeps you from doing the things you really love. ... more »

    Tips for Altering Your Baby’s Sleep Cycle

    When you finally bring baby home and fall into a routine, you might notice that his or her cycle seems a bit off. In the womb, babies usually sleep during the day while their mothers are active and wake up at night when their mothers are sleeping. ... more »

    Is Your Baby Getting Enough Sleep?

    For some new moms, the phrase “sleeping like a baby” will suddenly seem like a cruel joke. Many babies seem to resist sleep and wake up at every opportunity they get. ... more »

    Ambien During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    All about Ambien during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... more »

    What Does it Mean to Sleep Like a Baby?

    Sleeping like a baby means, to the non-parent, that you’ll fall asleep before your head hits the pillow, but is that really how baby’s sleep. In my experience, my baby never slept more than a few hours at a time. ... more »

    Fertility May be Linked to Circadian Rhythm

    According to a new research study, circadian rhythm may have a lot to do with menstrual and fertility cycles. ... more »

    The Sleep / Testosterone Connection

    Testosterone levels are highest, in both men and woman, at night duringREM sleep. So what happens if a men (or woman) has trouble sleeping anddoesn't spend enough time in REM? ... more »

    Move More During Pregnancy for a Healthier Brain

    Exercise during pregnancy is a healthy option for most pregnant women to improve sleep and maintain a healthy body. Today, doctors haveanother reason to suggest an exercise program during pregnancy ' reduced risk of neurological disorders in offspring. ... more »

    Australian Researchers Study Co-Sleeping for the First Time

    Co-bedding or co-sleeping is the practice of a mother sleeping with an infant from birth to 24 months. There is a connection between co-bedding and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but this connection does not deter some mothers from sharing a bed with an infant.  ... more »

    Too Much or Too Little Sleep May Increase Maternal Blood Pressure

    Researchers have linked sleeping patterns to increase blood pressure late in pregnancy. ... more »

    A Better Night’s Rest Could Improve Pregnancy Rates After IVF

    According to research completed by the World Congress of Fertility and Sterility in Munich, women who take melatonin may see an increased chance of pregnancy after IVF treatments. ... more »

    Menopause Perimenopause and Sleep

    When the ovaries stop working to mature eggs and release those eggs for fertilization, menopause begins. ... more »

    Co-Bedding Safety Issues

    Parents tend to choose co-bedding as a solution to late night crying and sleep deprivation. While co-bedding may help solve these problems, some experts report that the baby is at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome and accidental death when sleeping beside a parent. ... more »

    Adjusting to Sleep Deprivation

    Researchers believe that taking short naps of 20 to 45 minutes during the day can greatly improve mental acuity and alertness; exhaustion can impair motor skills and ability to perform daily tasks. ... more »

    Sleeping Position On Your Back During Pregnancy?

    It's a bad idea to force yourself to sleep in a certain position during pregnancy. You should sleep in the position that's most comfortable for you. ... more »

    Snoring

    During pregnancy, women tend to experience nasal congestion and stuffiness that can increase the chances of snoring and sleep apnea. Weight gain, especially excess weight gain, can also attribute to an increase in snoring. ... more »

    Ambien - Is it safe during pregnancy?

    Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. ... more »

    How to Have a Successful Pregnancy in 12 Steps

    The obstetrician or family planning expert can help the mother-to-be, plan out the most effective lifestyle changes to optimize the health of mom and baby during gestation. ... more »

    Sleeping and Sleep Positions During Pregnancy

    You should sleep in the position that's most comfortable for you during pregnancy, though the left side appears safer than the back or right side.   ... more »

    How to Gear Up For a Newborn Baby

    By having the right gear for your new baby, caring for him/her can be a simple matter of simply providing for his/her needs. If you do not have the right gear, it can be a frustrating battle to attempt to get the gear while handling a screaming baby. ... more »

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