We don't remember what it was like to be a fetus. We don't remember what we heard or smelled, and we certainly don't remember what we saw. So fetuses, their development and their experiences are a natural curiosity. When and how do fetuses start taking part in the human experience? Can they recognise faces from the womb?
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Now I'm not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was diaper changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it — they're working on a urine-powered diaper sensor that can tell when it's time for a changing.
A teenage pregnancy prevention programme involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention.
In fact, the study found that teenage girls who took part were more, not less, likely to become pregnant compared to girls who did not take part. Oops.
Video: If you opt for the convenience of disposable nappies over their more environmentally-friendly cloth alternatives, you probably don't stop to think about the science that allows them to keep your baby dry at night. But engineerguy Bill Hammack has, and in a new video, he explains why you're actually wrapping your baby's butt in a brilliant piece of engineering.
When flying you probably do all you can to avoid checking a suitcase full of your belongings. So why allow baggage handlers to toss an expensive stroller around? The gb Pockit, confirmed by Guinness to be the world's most compact stroller when folded, can actually fit under an aeroplane seat, or be squeezed into a purse.
In 1985, a premature baby was born in Maryland who needed surgery to tie off a dangerous blood vessel near his heart. The newborn, Jeffrey, died weeks after the procedure. His family learned afterwards that none of the procedures had been performed with analgesics; the only drug administered was a muscle relaxant.
The "NO SCREENS UNTIL 2" guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 has practically inscribed itself onto the foreheads of new parents. Now, the AAP says its position has "evolved," and released a more nuanced set of guidelines when it comes to babies and screen-based media.
It's a dilemma for parents in the digital age: We know we're not supposed to prop our four-month-olds in front of an iPad and let them watch Dora until their eyes bleed. But technology has made the rules of screens complicated — what if Gramps and Gran want to FaceTime? Turns out babies are smart enough to know the difference.