Infant Care

Does my baby need an organic crib mattress? Answers from a mom-pediatrician

Are organic crib mattresses safer for babies?  What are the risks of traditional crib mattresses and are organic crib mattresses worth the extra money?  What about breathable crib mattresses?

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11 medical decisions to make for your baby before delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

You’ve educated yourself about pregnancy and made choices for your labor and delivery, but are you prepared to make medical decisions for your baby?  In the first few hours of your baby’s life you will need to make 11 medical decisions for your tiny new person, or someone else will make them for you.  I’ve attended deliveries for more than a decade at five different hospitals, and it’s shocking how few mothers are able to make educated decisions on these issues.  So take a few minutes to think through these 10 issues, and include your preferences in your

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Understanding SIDS

In my grandmother’s days they called it “blue baby” or “cot death,” the terrible phenomenon doctors now call sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.  It’s horrible when these babies come into the ER– found dead and blue in their cribs, the parents start CPR and call 911, hoping and praying for a miracle.  It doesn’t usually happen.  Instead we finish the code and call time of death, then comfort the parents.  It’s hard to explain to parents why their healthy baby suddenly died in their crib, without any apparent cause.  Do these babies just die peacefully in their sleep?

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Nipple twiddling while nursing- how to stop the tweeks

I thought twice about writing on this topic– it seemed almost indecent– but many moms have nervously asked me to address this this embarrassing and annoying problem.  Breastfeeding babies often twiddle the other nipple while nursing, and breaking them of the habit is no easy task.  Many babies and toddlers continue nipple twiddling after weaning.  When you and your little one are ready, there are gentle ways to to stop the tweeks and give your nipples a break.

I must admit that I’ve lived this reality: two of my five children were nipple twiddlers.

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