Archive for December, 2011

 

Few Allergies Found in Less Stressed Babies, Swedish Researchers Find

Friday, December 30th, 2011

A few months ago, Mum Mum’s reported that one answer to childhood allergies could be found in the dirt.  Mum Mum’s also reported recently an interesting study examining sleep patterns and baby’s level of cortisol.  Now, a new study points to an interesting link between cortisol levels and allergies. (more…)

5 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

 It seems months of anticipation build up for the few short weeks of the holiday season only to disappear all too quickly.  When it comes to kids whose calendars are marked by the days until the next holiday, parents quickly begin to hear the phrase “I’m bored”, with those remaining moments of winter vacation.  Instead of feeling down, take advantage of this time of year with 5 ways to combat the post- holiday blues: (more…)

Gluten Free Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Muffins

Monday, December 19th, 2011

This holiday season, we’ve discussed creating your own healthier holiday food traditions.  This month’s gluten free recipe features a nutrient dense, homemade berry muffin that is also free of other food allergens as well as trans fats and added sugars. Mix your own favorite blend of fruits for a hearty snack or warm breakfast on a chilly holiday morning. (more…)

Mothers and Babies Instantly Synchronize their Hearts Just by Smiling at Each Other

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The bond between a mother and her baby is a very powerful connection, and one that is actually critical for a baby’s healthy development.  This bond provides a wealth of innate responses, like baby immediately knowing his mum’s voice, and mum’s uncanny ability to sense his needs.  A recent study found that this bond may go even deeper than intuition. (more…)

Seeking to be the ‘Perfect Parent’ Not Always Good for New Moms and Dads

Friday, December 9th, 2011

You’ve spent 9 months awaiting the arrival of your first baby, reading every pregnancy and parenting book you can get your hands on. Well versed on how to be a good parent, you hold your baby for the first time and suddenly realize nothing can prepare you for that feeling- or the nervousness of your parenting skills that soon follows.  There is no such thing as ‘perfect’ when it comes to parenting, and a recent study found that striving to be perfect does no good for new mums and dads. (more…)

When Babies Awaken: New Study Shows Surprise Regarding Important Hormone Level

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Cortisol is one multi-functioning hormone, and has been studied from every angle in adults.  From stress, immune function, to fetal development; cortisol plays critical roles in our bodies.  Cortisol gets a lot of press for its effect on adult metabolism, but little has been known about cortisol’s functions in babies and toddlers.  Until now, that is, as the first ever study found an interesting link between cortisol and infant sleep patterns. (more…)

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