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Doctors: It's Time to Ban Baby Walkers

New study finds thousands of serious injuries each year

(Newser) - For many parents, baby walkers are an aid to help their little ones scoot around before they can do it totally on their own. But the head of an American Academy of Pediatrics injuries committee tells NPR the walkers are "inherently dangerous objects that have no benefit whatsoever,"... More »

Toddlers Can Spot This Unflattering Trait

Study suggests they can distinguish between bullies and authentic leaders

(Newser) - A new study suggests that even toddlers know the difference between an authentic leader and a bully—and they're willing to defy the bully if they can safely do so. The study out of the University of Illinois and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ... More »

New Mom Goes Back to Work ... Running the Country

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern heads back to the office after 6-week maternity leave

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern underwent a very public pregnancy and endured some cringeworthy questions before giving birth to daughter Neve in June and beginning a much-discussed maternity leave . Now, six weeks later, Ardern is heading back to work, reports the Guardian , which she says she's "ready... More »

A 'Gut-Wrenching' Mother's Grief in the Puget Sound

Orca won't let go of her calf, who died shortly after being born Tuesday off the Washington coast

(Newser) - What's being described as a "gut-wrenching" scene is playing out in Puget Sound, and it's been going on for at least three days. The Seattle Times reports on J35, an orca who gave birth on Tuesday only to witness her calf die 30 minutes later—and she'... More »

Dad Celebrates Daughter's Birth in Chick-fil-A Restroom

Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin will get free food for life and a job when she's 16

(Newser) - A Texas family knew they had a new addition on the way, but they had no way of knowing where the baby girl would make her first appearance: in a Chick-fil-A bathroom. Per KENS5 , Robert Griffin and his wife were on their way to the hospital in San Antonio when... More »

Arrest Made in 'Highly Complex' Probe of 8 Infant Deaths

'Health care professional' is accused of killing newborns in UK neonatal unit

(Newser) - Seventeen newborns died at a UK hospital over a 15-month period, while another 15 suffered "non-fatal collapses"—and police say they've finally taken a "significant step forward" in figuring out what happened. The BBC and CBS News report an arrest has been made of a female... More »

FDA: Teething Remedies Can Have Deadly Side Effects

It wants the products taken off shelves

(Newser) - Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but... More »

Top 6 Names for Baby Girls in 2017 All End in 'A'

Emma took the No. 1 spot, while Liam was the top pick for baby boys

(Newser) - Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name, according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday, the AP reports. Liam pushed... More »

There's a New Crisis at Rohingya Camps

A 'child protection crisis' as officials prepare for wave of births

(Newser) - Soldiers committed no rapes during a crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, the country's army chief told a UN Security Council delegation on Monday, per AFP . But such denials will only become harder to sustain with the cries of infants taking over refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds... More »

'But What if There Are 10 Babies on Floor of the Senate?'

Senate unanimously votes to allow members' newborns, but not without some qualms

(Newser) - Who doesn't like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently—at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about... More »

BK Night Employees Work 2 Unusual Shifts in a Row

Babies born on back-to-back days at same NJ restaurant

(Newser) - Not every Burger King delivers—but that didn't stop two women from having their babies on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey. Denville police say they were called to the restaurant at 7:24pm Friday for a woman going into... More »

Moms Still Put Babies to Sleep in Unsafe Positions

Less than half of mothers always put babies to sleep on their backs

(Newser) - In 1994, the "Back to Sleep" campaign launched, urging American parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, CBS News reports. According to News Medical , rates of infants sleeping on their back increased from 10% to 78% over... More »

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 »

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