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Giving expressed breast milk at the same time of day that it was expressed

According to the study titled The possible role of human milk nucleotides as sleep inducers published in Nutritional Neuroscience, a link was found between certain levels of nucleotides contained in ...
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What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

I don't know that this question is really answerable, because significant injuries or deaths while in the care of babysitters are very, very rare. There aren't enough to really compare adults to ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

Not to necro post, but I did find a study which seems to directly answer this question: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8889628 Short answer is that they found no significant impact on ...
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Research request on marriage for out-of-wedlock pregnancy

One very important consideration for this and all other non-experimental studies: correlation does not imply causation. In other words, just because two things happen together does NOT mean one causes ...
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Is there any scientific evidence for TV being intrinsically harmful to children, or is it the loss of what TV replaces that is harmful?

Great question. There are several different reasons one might want to limit TV time for kids, and understanding those reasons can help support informed decisions about when --- and how --- to let kids ...
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10 year old's screen time: Studies and/or Government recommendations?

Official Recommendations The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes policy statements on this topic. The most recent recommendations for the age range in question (school-aged children: 5-18yo) are ...
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What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

Curious if this is country-specific. My 15 year old has been sitting for others for 4 years now. The duration and end times have changed, at 11, we weren't going to let her agree to sitting till ...
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Are there any studies showing how spanking bans have affected society since 1979?

There was a study carried out by Professor Joan Durrant, University of Ontario, looking at the Swedish smacking ban called A Generation Without Smacking [PDF], first published in 1999. The key ...
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How to handle a 1-year-old pointing at and wanting things?

Pointing is really the first way kids start to express their wants other than crying, so this is exciting for them. They also sometimes just want to know what something is. I find that the most ...
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At what age can children start being influenced by gender stereotypes?

No particular age has been set in stone, but there is some evidence to suggest as early as 18 months of age (Eichstedt et al., 2002; Poulin-Dubois, 1998). However, it is quite possible the answer ...
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Any Research on the Effects of Mobile/Cellphone Usage on Childhood Development?

If I were you, I would start with this short statement summarizing the (lack of) evidence and the AAP guidelines for screen exposure during childhood. The references listed at the end will give you ...
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Evidence that kids from big families are happier and better-functioning

My perception is that a child's social adjustment is more complex than just how many siblings they have. For example: there are articles discussing how Only Children are More Successful while you can ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

Well, NHS Choices says: Don't use a microwave to heat up or defrost breast milk as it can cause hot spots, which can burn your baby's mouth. The American Academy of Paediatrics says: Do not use ...
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Absent Father vs. Father with alcohol addiction

Clearly it's all a matter of degree. An absent father is not good for the child. And there are different kinds of "absent" fathers: Fathers who just disappear, fathers who disappear but support the ...
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How lasting is adult behavioral influence on toddlers?

There are a few important things to keep in mind: Understanding why kids imitate behavior can help you to identify when imitation is more likely to lead to problems down the road. Whether or not ...
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What are the guidlines for 6-month-olds sucking toys?

Babies usually explore the world with their eyes first, then their mouths. Depriving them of this highly motivated behavior seems unwise at best and possibly harmful, though the latter is strictly my ...
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Visual stimulation videos for infants - good or bad?

There are several reasons not to do that: Infants have very simple minds that can easily be overloaded by too much information. A psychedelic, high-contrast video can do more harm than good. Infants ...
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At what age does bed-sharing become detrimental to a child?

I don't think there is a definitive answer for this question. The behavioral and development specialists at the children's hospital where my sons PCP is all agree that co-sleeping is bad and should ...
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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

As I'm sure your OT and SLP have told you, there's a lot of natural variability in when kids hit language milestones, and late language emergence is not always cause for concern. Your child --- with ...
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Are kids with daycare background antisocial?

Are kids with daycare background antisocial? I'll assume you mean Are kids with daycare background measurably more antisocial than their non-daycare peers? There are several studies which point ...
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Are kids with daycare background antisocial?

The other answer gave really good research background into this, but please keep in mind something when reading this research: The sample set is often small (a few daycare/children surveyed)... For ...
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Baby sleep associations - how important are they?

I never read any books on sleep and we mostly did our own thing. My personal, unscientific observation is that babies are very different when it comes to sleep, and what works for one child will not ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

Recent studies recommend a heating temperature of no more than 37C (98.6F) as fat content, free fatty acid concentration, and total antioxidant capacity were significantly lower at higher temperatures....
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What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

The NSPCC (UK child protection charity) recommends that no-one under the age of 16 is used as a babysitter. If a person under the age of 16 is used as a babysitter the parents of the child, and not ...
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Should I skip sad scenes when watching a movie with a child?

I have to share this story. I had my six year old niece over for an afternoon, and I decided to show her Bambi, which she had never seen. At one point, I went into the kitchen to fetch a snack, and ...
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Is construction noise harmful to a newborn and how to protect them?

My daughter was born while there was extensive construction in our area, we were the first house completed. It was no problem. As a matter of fact, my daughter is a sound sleeper now and was very ...
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In what age range would an infant touch a body part because of pain?

There are really two questions, here, I think: When are infants able to touch a spot that's causing pain? At what age might infants actually do that in response to pain? When are infants able to ...
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Toddler misbehaves a lot less with dad, than with mom

You have a number of (maybe conflicting?) thoughts/theories about love and its relation to acting out. I think one of the reasons you didn't get any good answers (there were two which have been ...
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How to transition from someone with no knowledge of parenting into someone who is likely to succeed at the task?

Here's the approach I've taken as a soon-to-be Dad, in my personal order of importance: Babysit the kids of friends or family members. Nothing in the world will prepare you more than actually caring ...
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