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Celebrating a year that kicks off with a Baby Box Row

Celebrating a year that kicks off with a Baby Box Row

The year 2017 has started with a row that might surprise many people.  On 1st January, the Scottish Government distributed the first of their new Baby Boxes, designed to support families and babies’ development.  Immediately a row erupted on Twitter. James McEnaney asked about the evidence that the boxes would fulfil their stated aim of reducing…

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Digitally connected babies are not emotionally connected babies

You could easily have missed the newest trend underway out there in the virtual world. We have now entered the Age of the Digitally Connected Baby. We have all become familiar with baby monitors: the device released as early as the 1930s that let parents listen in on babies from another room, in order to…

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Emotional Safety Standards for strollers and car seats?

What is it with baby transport? Why does it make so many of us feel a bit edgy? This month, the Royal Family’s New Zealand tour began with a public row about the direction that Prince George’s car seat faced.  Last month, Sally Goddard Blythe gave a presentation at the Annual WATCH? Conference, about the…

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How buggies shape babies’ brains

In 2008, I released a piece of small piece of research that caused an international storm. It tried to make a simple point: that the design of strollers shapes our children’s emotional and brain development. The study was, at the time, the only piece of empirical research that I could find that had even tried to…

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Breastfeeding Protests – aka Revolution of the Tits

I write this blog whilst watching the response to my latest Facebook post roll in. Saturday (15 March) saw breastfeeding protests  popping up all over the UK, with news sites  providing striking photos of the thousands of women and men reported to be taking part in the protests. What did I write in my Facebook post?…

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