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All-Time Low Birth Rate Has Some Fearing 'National Emergency'

The US birth rate is now 62 births per 1,000 women

(Newser) - Some experts worry the US is heading for disaster due to a baby shortage, the Washington Post reports. According to 2016 data released Friday by the CDC, the number of women giving birth in the US is down 1% from 2015 and at a historic low. The birth rate is... More »

New Theory on When Babies Should Be in Own Room

Study suggests moving them out of parents' room at 6 months improves sleep

(Newser) - More fodder for the debate on when babies should be sleeping in their own rooms: A new study in Pediatrics suggests 6 months of age is a good target, which generally contradicts advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP says babies should sleep in the same room as... More »

Report Reveals Historic 1st for American Moms

Women in their 30s are now having more babies than younger moms

(Newser) - For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the US, the AP reports. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate. For more than three... More »

One Baby Name Took a Huge Dive in Just One Year

Caitlyn, its variants fell out of favor after Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender

(Newser) - Don't call me Caitlyn. A year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name Caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list of the most popular baby names. In fact, the four names that... More »

Think It's Weird When Parents Read to Babies? Think Again

Reading even in early infancy can help boost literacy later

(Newser) - OK, your baby isn't going to get the finer points of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but there are benefits to be reaped from exposure to books even in early infancy. New research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting on Monday shows that when babies... More »

Micro Premies Might Be More Likely to Survive in 'Bio Bag'

Works by placing babies on edge of viability back into womb-like environment

(Newser) - If placing super premature babies into fluid-filled bags sounds inhumane, consider that they are currently hooked up to invasive machines in sterile compartments with a survival rate around 50%, with many going on to struggle to do basic things like see, hear, walk, and talk. Researchers testing a new "... More »

What Happens to ISIS Babies When Their Parents Die

Home countries often won't take children back, so they end up in limbo or in prisons

(Newser) - Hundreds of children fathered by the Islamic State's foreign fighters or brought to the self-proclaimed caliphate by their parents are now imprisoned or in limbo with nowhere to go, collateral victims as the militant group retreats and home countries hesitate to take them back. One young Tunisian orphan, Tamim... More »

Babies in This Country Cry the Most

Oh Canada! Babies in the Great White North are the fussiest, followed by the UK

(Newser) - New research into the amount of time that infants in various countries spend crying found that the littlest ones in usually placid Canada were the most colicky. British babies came in second, followed by Italy. The most tranquil tots, meanwhile, live in Denmark and Germany. Writing in the Journal of ... More »

2 Babies and a Shakespearean Coincidence in a SC Hospital

Meet Romeo and Juliet, born hours apart in the same medical center

(Newser) - A diaper by any other name would not smell as sweet to two "star-crossed" babies born earlier this week in a South Carolina hospital. CBS News reports on the birth of little Romeo Hernandez on Sunday at Coastal Carolina Hospital, and as the hospital's newborn photographer, Cassie Clayshulte,... More »

This Song Has One Goal: Make Babies Happy

'The Happy Song' is upbeat with plosive sounds babies prefer

(Newser) - Have a fussy baby? Researchers believe they have the solution: a simple lullaby specifically designed to make babies happy. Though it's a simple tune, the process behind "The Happy Song" was actually quite complicated, per Time . The song is the result of plenty of research into infant musical... More »

Parents: Popular Teething Toy Is Rife With Mold

Owner of Sophie the Giraffe says moisture has turned her toy into 'science experiment'

(Newser) - Sophie the Giraffe, a squeaky rubber teething toy, has become all the rage the past few years, despite a relatively steep price tag— Quartz noted in June its $24.99 cost compared with simpler teething toys that retail for less than $5. But Sophie's popularity may take a hit... More »

When and How to Feed Your Baby Peanuts

Most should taste peanuts around 6 months: NIH

(Newser) - Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters from developing the dangerous food allergy. The new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health mark a shift in dietary advice, based on landmark research... More »

Cheap Petroleum Jelly May Curb Costly Problem in Infants

Research finds daily application helps babies at risk of eczema

(Newser) - Baby rashes are common, but atopic dermatitis—the most common type of eczema that typically starts in infancy—is associated with a rash of other problems, including asthma, allergies, hay fever, and sleep and weight problems. And trying to treat it costs US consumers nearly $4 billion a year, reports... More »

Mom Sues Hospital Over Breastfeeding Mixup

Her baby had to undergo a year of blood tests

(Newser) - In early December 2012, Tammy Van Dyke of Apple Valley, Minn., gave birth to a healthy baby boy. But shortly before she was set to take baby Cody home from the hospital two days into his life, she learned that a nursery mix-up had resulted in another mother breastfeeding her... More »

10 Most Popular Names for Girls, Boys

Sophia and Jackson take the No. 1 spots for their respective genders

(Newser) - Lots of monikers ending in "a" and "n" top BabyCenter's 2016 list of top baby names , with Sophia taking the top spot for girls, while Jackson ascends to No. 1 for the little guys. Almost 400,000 parents sent in their picks for the year, which People ... More »

13 Babies Had Heads of Normal Size. Then 11 Didn't

Researchers find Zika can cause microcephaly well after birth

(Newser) - Even babies whose heads appear to be of normal size at birth can go on to develop microcephaly, according to new research out of Brazil. Writing in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , scientists say that of the 13 babies they tracked who were born without any outward... More »

Doctors Toss the 'No Screen Time Before Age 2' Rule

Pediatric group revises recommendations for kids to stress balance, not strict limits

(Newser) - Child experts are now acknowledging that electronic devices and online media are here to stay, and probably impossible to keep away from your kids—and new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics reflect this sea change, USA Today reports. A press release notes that, per a trio of documents... More »

Why People Are Crawling Like Babies at the Gym

Practitioners call it a 'reset' for adult fitness

(Newser) - It's not necessarily unusual to see people in odd positions in fitness classes at the gym—the birthing squat, downward dog, seal and happy baby are all "funny-looking" moves with real benefits, as Shape magazine reports. But crawling? Like a baby? For an extended period of time? It'... More »

Parents Warned to Avoid This Type of Baby Teething Product

FDA says homeopathic tablets, gels may cause medical issues in babies

(Newser) - New parents will do almost anything to relieve their little ones' teething pain—but one thing the FDA says they shouldn't do is give their babies homeopathic teething products, Live Science reports. In a Sept. 30 statement , the FDA warns these "natural" tablets and gels found in some... More »

Video Shows Moment That Dad Saw Babies Get Carjacked

Atlanta man admits he left car running

(Newser) - As he came out of an Atlanta gas station Saturday night after paying for his fill-up, Lestor Chaney was overwhelmed with a feeling no parent ever wants to experience: complete fear, ABC News reports. Chaney tells WSB (which spells his first name "Lester") he went inside the Texaco... More »

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