Not all baby formulas are created equal.
Baby formulas enriched with the fatty acids DHA and ARA (omega-3 fatty acids found in breast milk as well as fish like salmon and tuna) are beneficial for little ones developing brains and hearts. In a University of Kansas study, infants given the fortified formula were more cognitively advanced than infants who did not get the fatty acids. Interestingly, very low levels of the fatty acids appeared to produce the same benefits as higher levels.
Babies respond to the emotions in a human voice at as young as 3 months old, according to new research, even when they’re asleep. Scientists from Kings College London scanned the brains of 21 sleeping babies while playing different human voices and sounds. The part of the brain known for processing emotion responded more strongly than expected, especially to negative or sad sounds such as crying. This suggests that its important to be careful about how you express emotions around your baby, even during nap time.
Six-year-old children laugh an average of 300 times a day.
Did that bunny wash his hands?
Easter eggs are prime vehicles for food-borne diseases like salmonella. If you plan to boil, color, hide and eat eggs with your kids this Easter, here are some safety tips:
- Choose the freshest eggs possible.
- Have children wash their hands before and after handling raw eggs.
- Use only food-grade dyes.
- After boiling, store eggs in the main part of the refrigerator, not in the door. The door is warmer and bacteria can develop more quickly there.
- Keep eggs no longer than a week.
Two naps or one?
Between 12 and 24 months old, most children progress from needing two daily naps to one. That’s because babies naps feature more dreaming and REM sleep, both thought to be critical for brain development. Your child may be ready to give up the afternoon nap if he or she resists going down for the second nap, stays awake during long car rides, or is in a cheerful mood from after the morning nap until bedtime. If he or she is cranky or groggy in the afternoon, it’s a sign that afternoon naps should continue a while longer.