Are there advantages to having a Christmas baby? Recent research by Indiana University found that babies conceived in December were more likely to be healthy as infants and adults, while trying to conceive in June was apparently ‘toxic’ resulting in more premature births.
The fact is children and technology are a match made in heaven, or hell, depending on which screen-time camp you fall into. One mum who definitely knows where she stands on the whole to ban or not to ban discussion is Karly Tophill.
Any parent who’s been through the potty training development phase will testify that it can sometimes drive you, well, potty. While some children are able to sail through accident-free before they’ve blown out the candles on their second birthday cake, for others it can take a little longer. One woman who’s recently found herself on the receiving end of the still-in-nappies judgement brigade is Katie Price.
Scientists conducted experiments in which children aged around two were taught new words while hearing soft or loud background noise. Further tests, which were reported in the journal, Child Development, revealed that the toddlers were better at grasping the meaning of words that had earlier been learned in a quieter environment. This suggests that experience with the sounds of the words without distracting background noise subsequently helps children map those sounds to meaning.