Tuesday, July 29, 2008

DadLabs videos

There is a great Video Blog that also covers gadgets, issues, etc of other creative Dad's. Check out their vblog at:
www.dadlabs.com

Congress Acts on What Parents Already Insist On

We had already agreed that no BPA products were going to be used with our child. And I was really happy when my brother and sister-in-law returned all of their baby bottles for my neice to get BPA-free versions (not exactly a cheap thing to do), we had yet to encourage them to do this. The literature has been overwhelming against this additive, based on studies mostly in European countries.

Boy was I surprised when today Congress actually passed a bill against this and other toxins in baby products. Wow, common sense prevailed? The article in the Washington Post was actually a bit comical to read. Here one side takes the "there is no scientific proof", yet on the pro side, there is documented studies. Um, proof? We're talking about our children here. Sure, maybe you could discredit one study, but there there are the lab rat studies...

So I went looking around the Internet, and found this great site on another blog. A Cheat Sheet for Paraben and Phthalate free products:
http://safemama.com/2008/02/10/cheat-sheet-paraben-phthalate-free-baby-care/

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baby Weight - what is ideal

Over the 4th of July holiday I was able to visit with my 10wk old niece. She's steadily growing, and loves to interact with all the new faces and objects around her. Expecting a boy in a few months, it got me to thinking about ideal weight & growth, and somewhere along the way I spotted a news article about the standard growth tables.

In 2000, the US CDC released updated tables in use by pediatricians all across the nation. These tables are freely available, and every parent has probably seen them (copies here).

Then in 2006 the World Health Organization released their own growth charts (Media page here and detailed chart pages here).

The CDC subsequently has posted this statement on their website.
The Department of Health and Human Services (CDC and NIH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics convened an expert panel in June to consider using the new WHO charts versus the CDC charts. The panel compared the 2000 CDC growth charts to the new WHO charts and examined how U. S. children might be assessed differently using the two references. Guidance will be developed for appropriate use of these growth charts for monitoring growth within the US Population.
An expert panel was formed in 2006, but so far they have not posted any results on the website.
The WHO charts show a lower weight gain than the US charts. This difference is not small either, at 12 months old, the WHO charts average is 21.1lbs, while the CDC charts are 22.7lbs. That is a difference of 7.5%. My non-scientific survey (looking around at travelers, passing through airports each month), I would tend to agree that European children show less "baby-fat" than US infants. There are also several references on the CDC and WHO websites to lower weight gain after 2 months for breast fed infants. CBS recently did a show on early weight gain and the risk for obesity later in life. Sounds like more research is coming, as well as some detailed questions for the pediatrician after birth.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Baby Names

I'm trying to pretty much leave this one up to my wife, but of course you can't at least spend a few minutes searching the good 'ol Internet for a few big hitters. Here are my favorite sites so far.

www.babynames.com
www.thinkbabynames.com
www.babyhold.com
www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/
www.darrenbarefoot.com/archives/2007/03/29-really-geeky-baby-names.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_popular_given_names

And of course all of your non-Internet addicted friends will refer you to the endless baby name books. The top 100 Amazon baby name books are here.

Sorry, can't share the list of names, for fear of the infamous 'Seven' episode on Seinfeld.