The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

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JHU Press, Sep 1, 2015 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages

It seems like every time a new mother turns on her computer, radio, or television, she is greeted with news of yet another scientific study about infancy. Ignoring good information isnā€™t the right course, but just how does one tell the difference between solid studies, preliminary results, and snake oil?

In this friendly guide through the science of infancy, Science of Mom blogger and PhD scientist Alice Callahan explains how non-scientist mothers can learn the difference between hype and evidence. Readers of Aliceā€™s blog have come to trust her balanced approach, which explains the science that lies behind headlines. The Science of Mom is a fascinating, eye-opening, and extremely informative exploration of the topics that generate discussion and debate in the media and among parents. From breastfeeding to vaccines to sleep, Aliceā€™s advice will help you make smart choices so that you can relax and enjoy your baby.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
A Crash Course in EvidenceBased Parenting
5
When Is the Right Time?
18
Newborn Medical Procedures
32
How Newborns Explore Communicate and Connect
53
Breast Milk Formula and Feeding in the Real world
70
Sleep Safety and the BedSharing Debate
91
Or Something like It
113
Making a ScienceBased Decision
136
When and How to Begin
159
The Best Foods for Babies
179
EPILOGUE
201
Appendixes
203
Notes
225
Index
279
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Alice Callahan holds a PhD in nutritional biology from the University of California, Davis, and spent two years investigating fetal physiology as a postdoctoral scholar. After giving birth to her first child in 2010, she put her scientific training to work answering the big questions of caring for a baby. The creator of the blog Science of Mom: The Heart and Science of Parenting, she writes and teaches in Eugene, Oregon.

-- Emily Oster, Brown University

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