"One day, I thought to go back and look at his ultrasound pictures," Michael's mom said. "I saw that one and was like, 'OMG! He sleeps just like that now!'"
Fans of the ancient practice hail swaddling as an easy and effective way to soothe babies and help them get a good night’s sleep. Experts believe some infants enjoy being swaddled because the cosiness mimics the close comfort of their mother’s womb. What’s more, swaddling is also believed to reduce the effects of the Moro reflex, the sudden jerky movement of their arms and legs that babies have until they’re around four months. In fact, the traditional practice can be pretty divisive, even among parenting experts.
Back in July, the parents of a newborn were spotted sharing goody bags out on a flight. Containing earplugs and chocolates, it also contained an accompanying note with an explanation of why the little ones might cry on the flight and what was – essentially – an apology for the noise.
Could acupuncture help soothe babies with colic? As any parent who’s had a baby with colic will understand you’d literally try anything to stop the crying. The research published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that the practice may reduce incidences of excessive crying in babies who have a condition known as infantile colic.
When it comes to choosing a car seat for a newborn, there’s no messing. Researchers at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust used a simulator in a laboratory to replicate the effects of a baby sleeping in a car seat during a car journey at 30mph. The problem is that newborn babies do not have the muscle tone to support their heads and sleeping in a car seat may push the baby’s head forward and block their airway.
Photos and videos of the newborns holding each others’ hands have gone viral since their mother posted them to Facebook. Since their birth, their mother Anthea Jackson-Rushford has posted several videos of the tiny twins holding hands, dealing with hiccups and looking after each other.