Baby Sleeplessness
The average amount of sleep at 3 months is 15 hours out of 24 give or take an hour or two. This may come in almost any combination of naps or nighttime. But when kids sleep less than about 12 hours out of 24, it is important to determine why. It could be related to nutrition, but it also could be a variety of other things: an ear infection that hurts when he lies down, a food intolerance, a cow's milk allergy (up to 20 percent of those intolerant to milk are also intolerant to soy), even a hernia. Sometimes, too much thyroid hormone can keep kids awake. Either way, this is a good reason for a visit with your pediatrician.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat -- everything your baby needs to grow. And it's all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
You Can't Hold Your Baby Too Much
Good news for all of us with that one friend or family member who likes to scold us for "spoiling" our babies by holding them too often. According to a new study, you can't EVER cuddle your newborn too much. And in fact, touch is crucial to a baby's development and actually has some pretty major benefits when it comes to brain development. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio observed 125 premature and full-term infants to see how they responded to gentle touch and here's what they found: Premature babies were more likely to have a reduced response to touch than the full-term babies. And the preemies who had more exposure to painful medical procedures were also more likely to have a reduced response to touch.