Newborn sleep patterns need not be an enigma for new parents

Newborn infants have distinct active sleep & quiet sleep states present by 27 to 30 weeks gestation. They have more active (or REM) sleep earlier in development. During REM sleep, babies twitch, wiggle around, vocalize, & smile. Also their breathing is irregular & they may hiccup. Patterns of active & quiet sleep brain activity change…

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Care for Your Late Preterm Baby at Home

CARE OF YOUR LATE PRETERM BABY AT HOME Once your baby is discharged to home, you will be advised to keep a recorded log of feedings at home, with specific attention to frequency & approximate duration of feeding at the breast, & method & type (expressed breast milk, infant formula) of supplementation. It is helpful…

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Late Preterm Babies – A Guide for Parents

DEFINITIONS & CAUSES Late preterm babies are born between 34 0/7 weeks to 36 6/7 weeks gestation. ​ Near term babies are born between 37 0/7 to 38 6/7 weeks gestation. Full term gestation is 39 0/7 weeks and above.  ​ Causes of late preterm birth include increased use assisted reproductive technologies  ̶  IUI (intrauterine…

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Explaining the Biology of Happiness

On a chemical level, our happiness basically stems from levels of four hormones (or neurotransmitters): 1) dopamine, 2) serotonin, 3) endorphin, & 4) oxytocin. Each plays a unique role in making us feel good. Dopamine drives reward-seeking behavior in our brains. If you eat something delicious or have an orgasm, & your brain releases some…

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Benefits of Music Education for Children

Learning how to play an instrument involves improving hand-to-eye coordination, ear-to-hand coordination, & the fine motor skills needed to hold a bow or play the keys. Playing a musical instrument enhances both dexterity & hand-eye coordination. When playing an instrument, a musician must be able to create the correct notes through the proper hand motions….

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Understanding Your Mom Stress: Relationship Demands

Relationship demands cut into our free time & add to our stress. As we invest more time into raising our children, sometimes our other relationships get neglected, especially when our children are young & need lots of attention. Mothers of young children frequently feel torn between meeting the needs of their infants & toddlers &…

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Methods to Overcome Your Mom Stress

Methods to combat against your mom stress & prevent burnout. Time alone & self-care are crucial. Among the issues leading to mom overload, many of us find it difficult to make time & save energy to care for ourselves. Hobbies & enjoyable activities with friends before we became a mother are past. However, many of…

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Understanding Your Mom Stress: Lack of Sleep & Feeble Boundaries

Lack of sleep & feeble boundaries contribute to our mom stress’ Are you getting enough sleep? Typically, we think of mom exhaustion as something that moms of newborns experience, especially because of sleep deprivation. But mom burnout can happen at any time if you aren’t getting enough rest. Regardless of your children’s ages, you know…

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Understanding Your Mom Stress: Social Media Use

Time on social media adds to our mom stress & increases our time away from our kids. Children require so much care & nurturing right now. Plus you may have additional demands of extra people living in your household. As a result, most of us mothers are feeling stressed & short on time. Whether it’s…

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Understanding Your Newborn Infant’s Cues

Newborn Babies’ Cues Newborn babies give their mothers all cues they need to figure out what to do. Reading your newborn baby’s cues can be a bit daunting at first. What new mothers must learn is to interpret these cues & respond accordingly. You are equipped to care for your newborn once you understand how…

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