Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Researchers have found that babies who sleep in their parent's bedroom does cause sleeping problems or behavioral problems later in life. In fact, researchers have found that room-sharing may even be related to positive outcomes, such as improved sleep quality and more prosocial behavior. There are various reasons many parents choose to have their baby sleep on their own in his or her own bedroom.  Most often parents feel that room-sharing may foster a baby's dependency on their parents - like needing the parents to go back to sleep. "However, there are also parents and professionals who believe that room-sharing has facilitating effects on children's later development," says developmental psychologist Roseriet Beijers. "Despite the many speculations on the possible negative or positive long-term consequences of parent-infant room-sharing, as yet there was no study in which infants' sleeping arrangements early in life were related to their behavior later in life." medical xpress more

baby crawling on busy road

At first, the driver thought he saw a toy baby in the middle of the road, but unfortunately, it was a real live toddler crawling across the street in a 40 mph speed zone. Luckily, the driver swooped up the toddler and brought the girl home to her parents. Authorities have deemed the incident as an accident through social media has been quick to judge the parents and question the authenticity of the photos. Since the photos do elicit such an emotional response, we at totz+ are just relieved that no one was injured. kcci des moines more

babies become toddlers

They will always be our babies... even when they graduate from high school - right? We wish. According to doctors, by two years of age, babies are no longer babies and have become toddlers - and parents need to start treating them like "toddlers" vs. "babies".   This can be extremely hard for some parents but here are 20 things that doctors usually recommend parents stop doing by the time your toddler (yes, not baby) is two: more

"children learn what they live"

Since children often become little "mini mes" by modeling the behavior their parents exhibit, you can try to teach your family the philosophies and attributes you hold near and dear by simply embracing them daily. Sounds simple. Right? In practice this might prove more difficult if your habits run deep. For inspiration, read the following poem by Dorthy Law Nolte, PHD. Written in the 1954 to assist and teach parents how to take care of their children, this poem helped pave the way for a more nurtured approach to parenting than what occurred previously. For more details on how to encompass and embrace desired qualities listed below, click here: usnews
  • If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
  • If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
  • If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
  • If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
  • If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
  • If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
  • If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
  • If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
  • If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
  • If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
  • If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
  • If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
  • If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
  • If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
  • If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
  • If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
  • If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
  • If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
  • If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

personalized children's books

There are many print-on-demand services available that allow you to personalize children's books by adding children’s names and characteristics to the stories. There are also digital book options that allow children to choose their own endings of a story. This revolution of "personalized" story-telling is fun but it also has it's pros and cons.
  • Pro: Having the story focus the attention on the child can boost confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of belonging to the world of books. When children see their name or photo in a book, they are more likely to pick it up. Especially for minority groups who are largely underrepresented in children’s literature. Additionally, it has been  found that personalization can be used to help children learn new words, due the increased attention of the  personalized pages.
  • Con: Traditional, non-personalized books expand children’s horizons to unknown story characters and their worlds - this exploration and expansion cannot happen if the main character is the child.  And obviously, given their individualized character, personalized books do not fare well in shared reading settings.  psychology today

Netflix vs Disney

Netflix is one of the biggest media companies in the business and is set to become the world’s most dominant streaming powerhouse. Although competition like Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple and Facebook provide a variety of content, Netflix's content has kept the company in the driver’s seat. Parents depend on Netflix for a variety of children's TV shows and films - without worrying about the next sugary cereal or the latest toy ad.  However, another competitor is coming to market - Disney. Disney plans to reach young viewers by streaming content already found on their television channels but also launch live-action TV shows from both the Star Wars and (possibly) Marvel. The streaming entertainment landscape continues to expand and the battle for your children's eyeballs will determine who rises to the very top - Netflix and Disney seem to be in the prime position. digital trends more

school data

A teacher + mother wrote a piece in the washington post , that dissected school grades from the perspective of both the teacher and the parent. Before she had children, Amanda Parrish Morgan was an English teacher. Her initial perspective on accessible school grades was that it evoked helicopter parenting. The school data would fuel the parents' interest (or disappointment) in either the teacher or the student and the overall relationship with learning would be completely compromised. As a parent, she was drawn to the information and even sought out grades to satisfy her initial curiosity, but ultimately felt equally overwhelmed by the access to grades. "I sometimes wondered if I’d have more sympathy for this type of behavior once I had children of my own. But now that I am a parent, I feel just as bombarded by the push for data as I did when I was on the other side." Ultimately, parents need to give children the freedom to take risks and make mistakes in order for learning to happen and educators need to realize that maybe detailed data is not the answer, but real care and concern for individuals and their overall learning is really want parents ultimately want. washington post more

syphilis surge in pregnant mothers

The number of babies born with syphilis has surged 154% since 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medical professionals say this trend shows the need to be vigilant about testing and treating the potentially deadly disease. Syphilis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth or death. Among survivors, it can lead to an assortment of physical and mental health problems for the baby. The disease can be cured with antibiotics, but pregnant women with untreated syphilis face a significant risk of passing the infection to their newborn. David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, called the surge "a systemic failure." "We are failing pregnant women in the United States," he said. "We are seeing almost 1,000 babies born with syphilis that can easily be prevented." usa today more

common_wild ying + yang

Artist + mother of two, Paula Kuka, sums up the ying + yang of parenting in her digital illustrations of her daily life.  Showcasing both the "chaotic + blissful moments," Paula captures the reality of what a parent goes through on a daily basis from struggling to snag a peaceful moment in the shower or bathroom, to worrying (or not worrying) about milestones, to sharing food, to showcasing your newly polished nails or sparkly Instagram post to the world in order to project that you have everything together... (even if you do not). Paula's art resonates.   Check it out here, huffington post or follow her on instagram .more

Alert - Ellen DeGeneres Weeplay Kids baby coveralls Recall

Ellen DeGeneres's 'Weeplay Kids' baby coveralls have been recalled due to the bunny applique on the garment can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.  The baby coveralls were sold at Buy Buy Baby and Marshalls stores nationwide and online at from September 2017 through January 2018 for about $16. For more product and refund information please visit more
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