Archive for the 'zero to three' Category

IMPORTANT: Bassinet Linked to Infant Deaths

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

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An article in today’s Chicago Tribune reports that the Simplicity 4-in-1 and 3-in-1 co-sleepers have been implicated in two infant deaths, the most recent was last Thursday in Kansas. Though these bassinets have not yet been recalled, any parent with one should stop using it and discard it immediately.  There appears to be a design flaw that allows the baby to slip through and become trapped.

parent-child attachment study recruiting in nyc

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

A team of psychologists and graduate students at the New School are running a study about mother-infant attachment. The aim of this study is to learn more about children’s early relationship to their parents and their later psychological adjustment. They are interested in understanding parental care, child temperament, early child-parent communication, emotional bonding, and other factors associated with later adjustment.They are inviting 200 parent-child dyads into the study and will follow the children from early infancy through to age 5.  You can find out more information about the New School University’s Mother-Child Attachment Research Project on their website. It appears that they are seeking expecting mothers and new mothers of 0-4 month olds.

important product warning – mommy’s bliss nipple cream

Friday, June 13th, 2008

If you have this product – throw it away. If you are using it, stop immediately. A friend and new mother shared the May 29, 2008 post from the FDA informing consumers to neither use nor purchase Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream.  Here is what the FDA said:

The product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants. The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Potentially harmful ingredients in the product are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause slow or shallow breathing in infants. Phenoxyenthanol, a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications, can also depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants. Mothers and caregivers should seek immediate medical attention if their child shows signs and symptoms of decreases in appetite, difficulty in awakening, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant’s strength of grip and a change in skin color.

the vaccine book

Friday, June 13th, 2008

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I recently attended a talk given by Dr. Robert Sears, author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child. He is part of the Sears family and has made vaccines his area of pediatric specialty. What I liked about his presentation is that he spoke from a place of balance, neither overstating nor understanding the importance of vaccines. He gave parents all the latitude necessary to make informed decisions for their child and family. He was clear about what science has learned and where there are shortcomings. In his book, he offers information about each vaccination, children’s risks for each disease and a vaccine schedule that he follows in his practice. A good, comprehensive read if you are searching for information to help you make a vaccination choice.

mr yuk – poison prevention

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

 

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I have no idea what prompted me to do a search for Mr Yuk earlier today, but I’m so glad I did. In so doing, I reached way back into my childhood and connected with an icon that was plastered around our house (on the phone and toilet seat for starters). Created in 1971 (by the Pittsburg Poisen Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg), and selected for being the most “loathed” by children in testing, Mr Yuk continues to be the face of danger some 37 years later!!

Mr. Yuk now bears the national, toll-free number to call in a poisoning emergency, 1-800-222-1222. Dialing the number routes the caller to the nearest poison control center anywhere in the United States.

To request a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, send a self-addressed stamped business size envelope to:

Mr. Yuk
Pittsburgh Poison Center
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
3705 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2583

WONDERful. Wildflowers and Lullabies.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

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Melissa Errico, a dear friend to Swellbeing, has poured her large and generous heart into her latest album, Wildflowers & Lullabies. Melissa has described this project as a series of love songs to her darling daughter. As a mother who is smitten with her daughter, I can wholly appreciate the power of the love behind this kind of expression. If only we all were blessed with such beautiful, perfect voices!

Melissa is a broadway actress, solo artist and founder of Bowery Babes. Bowery Babes is easily the most impressive grassroots mothers group I’ve ever had the privilege to witness. Melissa started this group in her prenatal yoga class. The Bowery Babes, originally 12 members strong, now has four ‘sister’ groups/generations and 300 families. This group gets to the heart of women not feeling alone. Women making New York a sweeter place in this sweetest of times. Friendships and a shoulder to cry on, a real mothers support network.

Join me in supporting this great art coming from a pure maternal place. The album is available today at Amazon and would be beautiful background music for your Mother’s Day!

meet SUPERNANNY

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Jo Frost will be in NYC soon at a Babies R’Us Store near you.  She is the star of ABC’s hit show “Supernanny” and author of Confident Baby Care.

Friday May 9th at 1 pm in Union Square Babies R’ Us

Saturday May 10th at 12:30 in Westbury Babies R’ Us

Saturday May 10th at 4 pm in Staten Island Babies R’ Us Store

grembo sleep sacks, I LOVE them!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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What I love about the Grembo sleep sacks is the simplicity of the design and organic materials they use. And, I like that they make sacks for the different seasons of the years and for wee ones through 24 months. (And I’ll have you know that the selection of sleep sacks is slim at best, especially for toddlers!) I wholeheartedly believe that babies and toddlers sleep better with the added coziness of a sack. Parents sleep better too because we don’t have the worry of a blanket either falling off our baby, leaving them cold, or far worse, causing them harm in some way. Another major benefit for parents of toddlers is that the sleep sack often prevents curious little climbers from getting their legs over the railing and out of the crib. Now, isn’t that reason enough to invest in a sack (or two or three, depending on where you live)?!

you are a loving parent, but do you emotion coach?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

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Well, perhaps this should start with a brief explanation of what emotion coaching is. Emotion coaching is about identifying and valuing both yours and your child’s emotions and guiding your child through emotional situations. John Gottman, a renowned psychologist and researcher studying parents and children for over 30 years has identified four parenting styles (dissmissive, disapproving, laissez faire and emotion coaching). The difference between some of the parenting styles is difficult to discern, though the point of difference is significant in terms of how your child comes to understand and experience emotions, which children carry forward into their adult lives.

There have been compelling connections made between children who have high emotional intelligence (which involves self-awareness, emotional balance, motivation, empathy and social finesse) and success in work and family life. That is to say, IQ isn’t the only predictor of success, in fact, arguably less so than emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is largely learned during childhood by parental modeling and emotion coaching. By adopting an emotion coaching style toward parenting (which, by the way, is done only during teachable moments, not all the time), you are giving your child a significant advantage. In fact, research shows that the most successful professionals are those with high emotional intelligence, which makes sense. According Daniel Goleman, a founding father of this concept,

“Emotional intelligence matters twice as much as technical and analytic skill combined for star performances,’ he says. ‘And the higher people move up in the company, the more crucial emotional intelligence becomes.”

A recent study released by Michigan State University postulates, “that a child’s social skills at age three could predict his or her future social and academic performance.” This same team of researchers has demonstrated significant success with at risk children benefited by the Early Head Start Program, which has yielded better performance on measures of social-emotional functioning at age three for participants in the program.

We at Swellbeing have long believed in the value of emotion coaching for children. Soon, we will offer a workshop for parents to understand the steps to emotion coaching. Stay tuned!