Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • What Can Your Baby's Cries Tell You?

     

    Don’t you wish you could distinguish between your newborn’s cries? If you could tell the “I'm hungry" cry apart from the “I need to be changed” cry or the “I don’t want to be in this sink without my comfy Blooming Bath bathtub" cry.

    Researchers are currently studying how to tell the difference between those different types of cries (well at least the first two). Scientists from Brown University and the Women & Infant Hospital in Providence have created a computer program that analyzes a baby’s cries.

    The program takes into account up to 80 different factors including pitch and volume of the cries. Researchers are working to track patterns in the sounds, which they hope could one day help doctors catch medical conditions a newborn might have so it can be treated earlier.

    While it’s too soon in the research to be able to determine specific medical issues from different cries alone, right now researchers are able to get information on whether cries mean something with a baby’s nervous system is amiss and, if a cry is pain or non-pain related.

    The pitch of a cry is controlled by nerves in the brain and babies who have very high-pitched cries could be signaling that the nervous system is stressed or over stimulated. Down the road, researchers think they may be able to use what they find in the hospital setting as a screening for doctors and nurses.

    So, until there is a computer program you can access to decode your baby’s cries at home, we advise picking up a Blooming Bath for babies for bath time. It’s shown to significantly limit the amount of crying that takes place at bath time.

  • Bigger Babies are a Growing Trend

    Have you heard the newest trend in delivery rooms around the world? Bigger babies. You read that right, newborns are coming out of the womb weighing more than they have in decade's past, according to recent reports.

    The Lancet medical journal said that in the past 30 years, the number of babies born over 8 pounds, 13 ounces has jumped from 15 percent, to 25 percent.

    Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the journal said the jump is happening not just in the US, but across the globe, including countries in Europe and even China and India.

    Here in the US, where the country has been battling an obesity epidemic, doctors have gotten an earlier start working to curb the problem.  One way is to offer C-sections earlier before the baby comes to full term. C-section rates have risen 11 percent between 1996 and 2009 in the US.

    But all this baby weight talk begs the question, what is considered a healthy weight for a newborn?

    According to kidshealth.org, what is considered a healthy baby weight differs depending on the individual, but a general guideline for full term babies (born between 37 and 40 weeks) is to weigh between 5 pounds 8 ounces and 8 pounds 13 ounces.

    The weight of your baby can depend on a number of factors including:

    Genetics – If you and your partner are tall, it’s more likely you will have a larger baby as opposed to shorter parents.

    Multiples- Carrying more than one baby often results in smaller babies.

    Gender – On average girls are smaller than boys when they are born.

    Be sure to visit your doctor to discuss what is a healthy baby weight for your new baby.

    As long as your baby is healthy, don't worry if he or she is on the big (or small) size, the Blooming Bath for babies baby bath tub provides a comfy baby bathing experience for newborn babies of all sizes!

  • Number of Babies Blooms in the U.K.

    The latest news out of the United Kingdom is that the country is literally Blooming with babies, and we’re not just talking about the country’s most famous new little one, Prince George.  The number of new baby Brits being born has been on the rise for the past decade, reports say. The most recent statistics show that  between June 2011 and June 2012 the highest number of babies were born in the country since 1972. Figures show a total of 813,200 births took place within that time span.

    While that might seem small compared to the 3,958,000 babies born in the United States in 2012, the UK’s number is still said to be the largest number compared to numbers of births in other countries in Europe. Germany for example may be larger in size, but is said to have a much lower fertility rate than the UK. Italy and Spain are also experiencing lower birth rates.

    The figures are leading economists to predict the growing population not only to result in an uptick in new spending on everything from nappies, to prams, to Blooming Baths for babies bathtubs (which, by the way, can now be purchased in the UK and throughout Europe on amazon.uk) but also quicker economic recovery for the nation.

    More specifically, those in the know say the housing market will benefit from the “boomlet” as more families choose to move into bigger homes. In addition, the workforce is also expected to grow and if the UK population continues to grow at the current pace, could result in the UK becoming the largest economy in Europe in the next 20 years.

     

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