Bedtime stories have long been known to help prepare children for sleep. And while the time you spend cuddling with your kids and watching them become engrossed with a book is a priceless bonding moment, more and more studies are showing how beneficial reading with a parent is for children’s developing brains.
‘Tis the season for roaring fires, piping hot cocoa — and curling up with a good book.
And if you’re a parent, this often translates to a bedtime routine of reading a book to your child. Turns out, reading to your child is the gift that keeps on giving — quite literally.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who …
During the holiday and winter season, there are many items and activities that create a risk for fire in the home. Families are often cooking bigger dinners, the winter-chill means the heaters are on full blast and the Christmas tree can also be a fire hazard. Here are home safety tips provided by SafeKids.
Tips for the tree:
- Keep all live trees in stands that hold water. Check the water every day.
- Don’t place live trees near heat sources like heater vents, radiators, space heaters or ducts.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets with plugs or overload a single circuit.
- Metal can cause an electrical short or fire if it comes in contact with lights …
Nurses and Lactation Consultants often hear new mothers voice concern about their ability to satisfy their newborns’ appetites. There are several myths regarding newborns and their nutrition requirements, and unfortunately new moms are overwhelmed with information from well-meaning friends, family and various websites. Research has shown us that a newborn’s stomach capacity in their first 24 hours is approximately 7 ml (1 to 2 teaspoons volume), increasing to about 27 (5 to 6 teaspoons volume) by 48 hours of age.
Because it is normal for babies to cry and fuss a lot during their first few days it is often perceived that this is from hunger, when in reality it most times is …