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Shop Smarter: Disposable Diapers

There are good reasons to say no to conventional disposable diapers: “The chlorine bleach that’s used in them leaches the carcinogen dioxin into the environment, and the fluid-absorbing chemicals in the liner can cause skin irritation if ripped,” says Erin Ihde, research/project manager at the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, who suggests avoiding diapers that contain …

The Power of Touch

New research from Huntington Hospital in Huntington, New York, points to the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between babies and their mothers after a cesarean birth. When women underwent scheduled cesareans for the second time and were given time to bond with their babies immediately following the birth, they reported a more positive overall experience compared to their previous scheduled cesarean, …

Better Sleep for Baby

Every parent struggles with getting her newborn to sleep through the night. But a sleep diary, a daily log that tracks a child’s behavior, can make a big difference. “Sleep diaries allow parents to clearly identify factors that could be contributing to restless nights so they can help their child establish a regular sleep cycle,” says Janet Krone Kennedy, Ph.D., …