What I’ve Been Reading

I spend a lot of time trying to make informed decisions about how I parent. Which means a lot of looking for research and reading, reading, reading. Being an obsessive consumer of information, I also spend a lot of time reading and watching less important things. Here are some recent highlights:

Have you seen this video? I have to admit, I love it. It’s been stuck in my head, entertaining me while I shower and brush my teeth. We spend a lot of time around here talking about animals and their sounds, so this was extra timely.

  • Recommendations for introducing little ones to allergenic foods, especially nuts. The American Academy of Pediatrics took back it’s recommendations in 2008, in light of evidence suggesting that delaying the introduction of allergenic foods might actually increase the incidence of allergies. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology stepped in with recommendations advising that it is not necessary to delay the introduction of allergenic foods past one year, at least in babies with no other allergy issues. No need to wait until 3 years old for peanut butter after all!
  • Amber necklaces and teething babies. These seem to be really popular “natural” remedies for teething pain. I’ve always been skeptical of the claims that they have an analgesic effect, and concerned that they pose a choking or strangulation hazard. Apparently I’m not alone. And it looks like the science just isn’t there to support their efficacy, either.
  • Nutrition for Breastfeeding Toddlers. Does my breastfeeding toddler really need to start drinking cow’s milk? It seems logical to me that, given the choice, human milk is probably better for a human baby than milk designed to grow baby cows. The verdit? “There is no need to add cow’s milk to your toddler’s diet (or the equivalent nutrients from other milks or foods) as long as your baby is nursing at least 3-4 times per day.” Easy enough.
  • ‘Babies can’t remember’ is bunk. I had no idea that some people actually believe babies can’t remember things. Of course they can. How else would they learn? This article cites interesting studies about memory in babies. For example, my 13 month old will be able to remember things that happened today for at least 8 months.
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