Coping with Kids: Products ease travel with children
The British baby brand Mamas & Papas offers products designed to make traveling with the little ones easier. The Sola stroller ($399.99) has a narrow, compact frame and swivel wheels with one-touch brakes. Parents can attach a bassinet seat or car seat with one click, converting the stroller into a travel system.
The Baby Snug floor seat ($59.99) has a removable tray for play and meals.
The Pixi highchair ($119.99) folds into a slim, compact position so it can be easily stored.
Music may help lessen IV needle stress
Children who listened to music while an IV needle was inserted into their arms were less stressed than kids who didn't listen to music, in a new study from Canada that was reported by Reuters Health. “We were really looking to see if music could reduce the distress in children,” said Lisa Hartling, the study's lead author from University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Rules should accompany marijuana legalization
A survey released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org found that parents who support legalization of marijuana expect strict regulation of the substance's availability to kids and teens. A majority oppose any form of legal marijuana for use among kids and teens. They believe that, like alcohol, it should be legal only for adults older than 21.
• Despite marijuana being legal in Colorado and Washington State, the study revealed that 90 percent of parents there believe that “marijuana should be sold only through licensed growers/sellers and not in places like convenience stores, grocery stores or newsstands.”
• Similar proportions of parents say that marijuana use should be prohibited in public places where tobacco smoking is now banned.
• A majority of parents surveyed agree that it should be illegal to provide marijuana to underage children at home.
• More than 80 percent of parents believe “marijuana advertising should still be banned.”
In Colorado, 85 percent of parents agreed that marijuana can have strong negative consequences on the still-developing brains of teenagers, and 85 percent agree that marijuana use at a young age can hurt performance in school and impact a young person's future.
Study: Depressed moms more likely to have overweight 5-year-olds
Mothers who feel depressed are more likely to have 5-year-olds who are overweight, are less likely to eat breakfast, and sleep and play outdoors less, a study reported in the Los Angeles Times says, posing the possibility that depression leads to parenting practices with less active engagement.
Scientists looked at 401 low-income mothers in New York City and their 5-year-old children; nearly a quarter of the mothers had depression symptoms.
The children of women with moderate to severe symptoms were more likely to be obese or overweight, while children of mildly depressed women were more likely to drink sweetened drinks and less likely to eat breakfast than the kids of mothers who were not depressed, the researchers wrote in the July-August issue of the journal Academic Pediatrics.
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