Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
The serial numbers being recalled for these jogging strollers are ranging from 0308/0001 to 0510/0840 for the Sport v2 model and the ranges of 0308/0001 to 0510/0906 for the Classic v1. The serial number has the first four digits as the month and year of manufacture, while the last four digits is the individual stroller numbers. The serial number can be found inside the folding hinge.
Consumers that have the recalled jogging strollers should contact phil&ted USA to get a free hinge-cover kit along with repair instructions. You can get more information about this recall at www.philandteds.com/support or by calling the company toll-free at (877) 432-1642 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Toddlers between the ages of 12 and 18 months participated in a month-long study. Some of the children watched a best-selling educational infant DVD several times a week. Half of them watched alone and the other half watched with a parent.
Another group of babies had no exposure to the DVD. Their parents were asked to try to teach them the words from the DVD during everyday interactions.
The results were clear. The children who had extensive exposure to the DVDs, either with a parent or alone, did not learn any more new words than children who had no exposure to the DVD, according to the study.
DeLoache said it's easy for parents to attribute a child's natural learning process or vocabulary spurt --a period of rapid word learning that occurs between 18 and 30 months -- to these DVDs. But language development occurs naturally in children as long as parents are talking to them, she said.
Although there is nothing inherently wrong with allowing children to watch the DVDs for a reasonable amount of time, parents should not use these DVDs as a babysitter in lieu of actual interaction, said Judy DeLoache, University of Virginia psychologist and study co-author.
"Children really like to watch these," she said. "(But) there are two things to worry about. One is parents having a greater expectations than can ever be fulfilled and another is the tendency to park a child in front of the TV and just leave them there."
"There's something in cow-milk formula, or something lacking in cow-milk formula, that's resulting in babies overfeeding," she says. "I could give the same baby cow-milk formula one day and protein hydrolysate formula on the other, and that baby will satiate sooner and consume less formula on the protein hydrolysate day."
Mennella's study didn't explore the reasons for this, but she has some ideas. In adults, predigested proteins are believed to act in the intestine to initiate the end of a meal, leading to smaller meals and the intake of fewer calories. It could be these infants responded similarly, getting the full message to the brain sooner than infants fed cow's milk formula.
Stettler says the findings suggest certain formulas normalize weight gain, but says more research is needed — particularly over the long term because babies who gain weight too slowly are also at risk.
These infants "have less neurological development and attain a lower IQ during childhood and adulthood," he says, adding that parents, until further research provides conclusive answers, should work closely with their pediatricians to monitor their babys' weight and make sure they don't gain too much or too little. In this case, "average" is definitely best.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Babies who are overzealous suckers may change their tooth alignment or delay speech. However, for children less zealous, pacifiers shouldn’t be a problem. They “can certainly be a godsend for fussy babies,” says dentist Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association consumer advisor, and “as long as they are only used for a short period of time, they do little damage to the baby's teeth.”
One of the most important facets of successfully using a pacifier is knowing when to stop using it. Though some pediatricians suggest weaning from the pacifier at about nine to 12 months -- the same time you banish the bottle -- others believe aiming to wean by about 18 months is good, too.
is one of the biggest things many families look forward to during , whether they have a preference or not.