With September peering its head out from around the corner, we’re all looking forward to a fun Fall — filled with activities and excitement. Without a doubt, our most exciting event on the calendar right now is the CJ Strides for Babies “walk event” we will be hosting in 3 locations (NJ, NY, MD) just a few weeks from now. As the event nears, many of our sponsored walkers are wondering how best they can raise funds for their teams to meet and even surpass their donation goals. We’ve fielded so many inquiries into this matter that we thought it might be helpful to get some extra special input. So we asked NJ Marathon runner Aliyah Cox, who successfully raised over $6,000 for her baby Jaden in May 2009, if she wouldn’t mind writing us a small piece for us to pass on to our registrants. This was her response: (more…)
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Daily Mail, a British publication, has published an article discussing a recent statement from United Kingdom coroners, pathologists, and SIDS researchers that warns of the dangers of co-sleeping. Citing findings from a small number of studies, the researchers attribute as many as 50% of all investigated SIDS cases to co-sleeping situations. We don’t normally report on articles that are from a less-than-scientific source when it comes to parenting recommendations but we’ve chosen this article because it touches on a familiar topic in its third paragraph.
“But their guidance is likely to anger some parents who argue that sharing a bed strengthens bonds, promotes breastfeeding and is part of child-rearing in some cultures.”
It seems that in England as well as the USA, parents are seeing safety recommendations as direct insults to their personal integrity. We know we just got through posting about our stance regarding this type of angered response but this international example seems to add a sense of urgency to the issue. It’s important that you know our recommendations are based on research and given with the intent of reducing the risk for SIDS. If we didn’t think our advice was in the best interest of you and your child’s safety, we would not be giving it.
We’ve openly supported breastfeeding as the premiere choice for feeding infants for quite some time. The noted benefits (SIDS risk reduction being one of them) would lead one to believe that the majority of mothers would at least attempt the procedure but despite all of the available information, there are a number of reasons why many mothers are still choosing alternatives. One of these reasons is the fear that the use of a pacifier (another proven SIDS risk-reducer) may interfere with the child’s feeding behavior in conjunction with a breastfeeding regimen. Not wanting to give up the pacifier, mothers often choose against breastfeeding to avoid the rumored feeding complications. We’re happy to report that a recent article in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine demonstrates that this fear is unsubstantiated.
According to the abstract, a total of 1098 reports dating from January 1950 through August 2006 were compiled to investigate the pacifier-breastfeeding relationship. The evidence suggests that there is no negative correlation between the two and furthermore, that any studies showcasing the contrary were likely the result of other “complex factors, such as breastfeeding difficulties”. The report concedes a necessity for ongoing research to better understand the relationship but as it stands right now, previous concerns appear to have been laid to rest.
The Consumer Reports Safety Blog that we referenced in our latest post has generated quite a bit of attention from the reading public. As of today, Five products not to buy for your baby is sitting under a pile of 133 comments, many of which contain some unanticipated backlash from offended parents all throughout the country. Apparently, the main problem with Consumer Reports’ latest advice is that it directly conflicts with the views and recommendations of Attachment Parenting advocates (a group that emphasizes “round-the-clock” closeness to infants). While we won’t get into detail over the exact statements that were posted in the comments (though feel free to explore this issue yourself by clicking the link at the bottom of the post) what we will say is this: infant safety is and always has been our top concern. We want everyone to have intimate, nurturing relationships with their children and we know there are a number of ways to achieve that. However, if there is sufficient research or data that lead to recommending a certain product, method, or lifestyle change over another, we won’t be afraid to make that recommendation. We hope that we haven’t offended anyone out there yet but if you ever feel uneasy about something you read here on the blog, our homepage, or elsewhere, why not drop us a question? We’re always here to answer them.
Purchasing baby products can be kind of confusing. With safety as a top concern, we all generally rely on standards and government recalls to keep our homes risk-free. Unfortunately, just because a product is on the shelf with no mention of a recall, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe (or that you should buy it). Highlighting a few items that fall in the “better left alone” category is an article from the Consumer Reports Safety Blog and we thought we’d share their recommendations. The following items should be avoided whenever possible.
- Bedside/Co-Sleeping Devices - Having your baby sleep with you in your bed may seem like a good idea but the fact is, you place your child at an enormous risk for suffocation/strangulation by doing so. There are products out there that claim to reduce these risks by providing barriers between you and your child but as Consumer Reports notes, these items are largely unregulated by safety standards and multiple deaths have been reported. Even if these items were regulated, we still think they’re bad news to begin with. Your baby should be sleeping in a crib. End of story.