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I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Longwood University. My main interests are how biodiversity affects ecosystem function in aquatic sediments. You can find out more about what my lab is doing here: http://longwood.edu/staff/fortinok


May
16
comment How to motivate yourself to read stories to a kid whom you know cannot understand and respond accordingly?
I read Don Quixote to my son all the time when he was an infant. When they are old enough to understand and care, they will definitely let you know.
Jan
18
comment Baby awake in the morning but quiet?
+1 if he is content, then he likely feels safe and happy.
Feb
18
comment How can I address issues that concern me at daycare (and school) without creating tension with the staff?
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun I added some more about what motivated the question. Hopefully this clarifies things somewhat.
Sep
11
comment Should we switch from cloth to disposable diapers?
I agree. What I feel is unclear in your answer is the system you are using to determine that these efforts are sufficient. If another parent were to arrive at this question with a similar problem I don't think they would be able to extrapolate your answer to a more general case. For example, in this case they stripped and switched detergents 1 time. Why is this enough effort while switching additional times would be fruitless? Do you have experience or evidence to support this threshold that other parents could draw from?
Sep
8
comment Should we switch from cloth to disposable diapers?
-1 This is a valid opinion but it would be useful to know how you are quantifying "enough efforts".
Jul
26
comment Is it okay for both parents to be asleep at the same time?
@TorbenGB - I just chose vague wording, sorry... I actually mean that to be read as safe "baby" sleep practices. I meant to suggest that since true SIDS is very rare, as long as the baby was sleeping in a safe place, there was no need for the parents to keep a constant vigil.
Jul
19
comment Is it okay for both parents to be asleep at the same time?
@TorbenGB - there was a recent piece on NPR about how true SIDS is very uncommon and that most cases of "SIDS" are found to be due to suffocation that could have been avoided with safe sleep practices. All the more reason for both parents to sleep!
Jul
19
comment Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?
@cabbey - +1, awesome!
Jun
29
comment What is a good baby laundry detergent that is not tested on animals?
thanks for the suggestion. yeah we try to go fragrance free as much as possible (I honestly don't like the smells anyway).
Jun
25
comment What is a good baby laundry detergent that is not tested on animals?
thanks for the suggestions - we actually use a lot of Seventh Generation products but I didn't know they made Baby Detergent.
May
13
comment Should we circumcise our son?
@Darwny thanks for your input - in particular the info from the Danish study and the hygiene info.
May
13
comment Should we circumcise our son?
@Beofett thanks for your answer - that is a similar list to what we have come up with and it is good to hear other's experiences