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.
Are British parents to blame for their newborns crying so much? The sound of a newborn crying is often hard to ignore, but British parents better get used to the noise as babies in the UK cry more than almost anywhere in the world, new research has revealed. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, reveals that the biggest baby bawlers were found to be in the UK, Italy, Canada and the Netherlands, while babies cried least in Denmark Germany and Japan.
When any new mum heads out the door with her newborn, her changing bag will likely be laden with baby essentials. Because while it is common practice to toilet train a child of toddler-age and above, some parents are choosing to go nappy-free a heck of a lot earlier. The yoga instructor and freelance journalist refuses to put her two-week-old daughter, Chloe, in nappies and instead has been potty training the little one since birth.
Aside from the fact that they’re going to get through a fair few of them, new parents often don’t give a second thought to the size of a newborn nappy. The new Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers have been specially designed to protect the fragile skin of premature babies, while also helping to encourage healthy growth and development. The World Health Organisation reports that around 15 million babies are born prematurely every year.
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.
Vaginal Seeding may have replaced placenta eating at the top of the unusual births list. There have been some out-there birth practices in the past – placenta capsules, placenta burials, placenta for dinner? Vaginal Seeding (sounds innocent enough, but wait) is a birth practice whereby mothers who have had their babies via c-section take swabs of their vaginal fluid to rub on the face, body and in the mouth of their new baby.
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.