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Which of the Following Toys Are Safe for 18-Month-Old Children? You may be surprised. Baby Thomas playing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Only 37% of the 49 grandparents who answered this question in a recent survey reported on at moms.today.com. got it right. Dr. Amanda Soong, pediatrician, professor and mother of two, asked grandparents in three grandparenting support groups, many of them primary caregivers, 15 questions to see how close they could come to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. They largely flunked the test. Although grandparents have experience and instincts and love,... (Read More ...)

When Should Children Stop Drinking Out of a Bottle? Grandparents did poorly, overall, on a recent quiz about children’s safety, health and nutrition, as reported in a moms.today.com article. 5-month-old baby boy drinking from a bottle . (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The quiz was conducted by Dr. Amanda Soong, pediatrician, professor and Mom. 49 grandparents in three grandparenting support groups, many of them primary caregivers, answered the quiz. Dr. Soong presented the results at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Grandparents did pretty well, however, on this, the... (Read More ...)

What Should Be in a Baby’s Crib?.  This was the question that launched the survey Dr. Amanda Soong conducted to find out what grandparents knew about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) current recommendations for baby safety and nutrition. A sleeping baby (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My awesome daughter-in-law spotted a story on moms.today.com about the fact that Grandparents flunked the quiz. She told me about it because she knows I use this blog to try to keep grandparents updated on changes that concern their grandchildren. A discussion with Dr. Soong’s own Mom prompted her conversation... (Read More ...)

At What Age Can a Baby Usually Start to Eat Food? Last month, moms.today.com reported that grandparents had recently taken a safety quiz about babies and flunked. Baby eating baby food (blended green beans) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What they were referring to was based on findings presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In her paper, Dr. Amanda Soong, a pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and mother of two, described asking 49 grandparents in three grandparenting support groups 15 questions about practices that have changed... (Read More ...)

Where Is the Safest Place for a Baby to Sleep? In October, moms.today.com reported on a survey of grandparents on safe practices with babies. A sleeping baby (Photo credit: Wikipedia) They flunked. So, I got in touch with Dr. Amanda Soong, who conceived of and conducted the survey to find out what happened. Dr. Soong is a pediatrician, professor of pediatrics, and mother of two young children. It was her conversations with her own Mom that prompted her to conduct this survey. Forty-nine grandparents, in three grandparenting support groups, answered her 15-question survey. And, then, they talked... (Read More ...)

A plot of SIDS rate from 1988 to 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Where Is the Best Position for a Baby to Sleep In?  This past October, moms.today.com reported that grandparents flunked a recent safety quiz about babies. Intrigued, I tracked down the author of the quiz, pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Amanda Soong. Dr. Soong had just presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She surveyed 49 grandparents, from three grandparenting support groups, many of them primary caregivers for... (Read More ...)