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Delayed Cord Clamping by Two Minutes Results in Better Immediate Newborn Outcomes

Delayed Cord Clamping by Two Minutes Results in Better Immediate Newborn Outcomes

by / on December 17, 2014, 10:30 am

During the births of both my children, I opted for delayed cord clamping and cutting. Although current birthing practices include severing the umbilical cord early, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that delayed cord clamping by two minutes results in better development for the newborn during the […]

Marina Buttons Diaper: Daily Diaper Newborn Edition

Marina Buttons Diaper: Daily Diaper Newborn Edition

by / on December 17, 2014, 9:00 am

Welcome to the newborn edition of The Daily Diaper, an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch that I started two years ago in which I share photographs of the diapers in my cloth diaper stash in action. Before making a purchase to add to my cloth diaper stash, I always […]

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas: Passing on Favorite Childhood Toys (Day 17 of 25 Days of Christmas)

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas: Passing on Favorite Childhood Toys (Day 17 of 25 Days of Christmas)

by / on December 17, 2014, 8:00 am

Stored neatly away in my basement are quite a few boxes of my old toys. When I was a kid, I knew that I wanted to keep some of my favorite toys to pass on to my own children someday. I have already given my daughter some of my plastic […]

Flurry Fluffy Bum Christmas Cuties: Wordless Wednesday

Flurry Fluffy Bum Christmas Cuties: Wordless Wednesday

by / on December 17, 2014, 7:00 am

Image Credits Will and Poppy in the Limited Edition Flurry Best Bottom Diapers Cover © 2014 Heather Johnson

The Elf on the Key Rack: The Elf on the Shelf Day 17

The Elf on the Key Rack: The Elf on the Shelf Day 17

by / on December 17, 2014, 12:00 am

Previously on the seventeenth day, the Elf showed up in the refrigerator and in a sleep sack. Image Credits The Elf on the Key Rack © 2014 Heather Johnson

Heart Disease and Stroke Associated with Age at First Menstrual Cycle

Heart Disease and Stroke Associated with Age at First Menstrual Cycle

by / on December 16, 2014, 11:15 am

Known risk factors for heart disease and stroke include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and tobacco use. Now a new study published in the journal Circulation suggests that the age at which a woman begins her menstrual cycle also influences the risk. Previous research has linked early menarche with an […]

Flurry Best Bottom: Daily Diaper Newborn Edition

Flurry Best Bottom: Daily Diaper Newborn Edition

by / on December 16, 2014, 9:00 am

Welcome to the newborn edition of The Daily Diaper, an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch in which I share photographs of the diapers in my cloth diaper stash in action. Before buying a cloth diaper to add to my stash, I check out photos of the diaper in use […]

Outdoor Christmas Lights on a Snowy December Evening (Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas)

Outdoor Christmas Lights on a Snowy December Evening (Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas)

by / on December 16, 2014, 8:00 am

Seeing twinkling Christmas lights as I drive around town always puts me in the holiday spirit. Last year I was even more pleased with our snowy December weather. Instead of brown grass, my outdoor Christmas lights finally sparkled against a beautiful snowy backdrop. Image Credits Outdoor Christmas Lights on a […]

The Elf on the Measuring Cup Hook: The Elf on the Shelf Day 16

The Elf on the Measuring Cup Hook: The Elf on the Shelf Day 16

by / on December 16, 2014, 12:00 am

Previously on the sixteenth day, the Elf showed up on a Christmas duck-oration wreath and on some baby shampoo. Image Credits The Elf on the Measuring Cup Hook © 2014 Heather Johnson

Energy Efficient Homes May Increase Asthma Risk

Energy Efficient Homes May Increase Asthma Risk

by / on December 15, 2014, 2:00 pm

The drive to create energy efficient homes has been all the rage in recent years. However, a new study published in the journal Environment International suggests that an energy efficient home may increase risks for asthma. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory respiratory disease characterized by swelling and narrowing of […]

Low Maternal Weight Gain During Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk of Male Fetal Death

Low Maternal Weight Gain During Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk of Male Fetal Death

by / on December 15, 2014, 11:00 am

Although many women worry about gaining too much weight during pregnancy, not gaining enough can cause significant problems as well. According to a new study published in the journal PLOS One, low maternal weight gain during pregnancy can increase the risk of death among male fetuses. The present study further […]

Flurry Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

Flurry Best Bottom: Daily Diaper

by / on December 15, 2014, 9:00 am

Welcome to The Daily Diaper, an ongoing feature of The Parenting Patch in which I share photographs of the diapers in my cloth diaper stash in action. Before purchasing a cloth diaper to add to my stash, I check out photos of the diaper in use to get a better […]

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Bringing Christmas into Your Home (Day 15 of 25 Days of Christmas)

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Bringing Christmas into Your Home (Day 15 of 25 Days of Christmas)

by / on December 15, 2014, 8:00 am

Christmas is a religious and secular holiday celebrated throughout the world every year on December 25. However, in the United States, the holiday season begins after Thanksgiving and continues until New Year’s Day. To prepare your home for the Christmas season, try the following Christmas decorating ideas for decorating Christmas […]

Weekly Menu Plan 15 December 2014

Weekly Menu Plan 15 December 2014

by / on December 15, 2014, 4:00 am

Monday Lunch Tomato and basil pizza burger Frozen corn Whole grain bread Applesauce Dinner Hamburger Helper cheeseburger macaroni Frozen mixed veggies Canned pineapple Tuesday Lunch Sausage and pancake dogs Eggs Canned peaches Dinner Roasted garlic and Italian herb fish Frozen Brussels sprouts Whole wheat bread Applesauce Wednesday Lunch Garlic butter […]

The Elf on the Advent Calendar: The Elf on the Shelf Day 15

The Elf on the Advent Calendar: The Elf on the Shelf Day 15

by / on December 15, 2014, 12:00 am

Previously on the fifteenth day, the Elf showed up on Snoopy and on some wrapping paper. Image Credits The Elf on the Advent Calendar © 2014 Heather Johnson