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Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on mother and baby outcomes

At the time of birth, the infant is still attached to the mother via the umbilical cord, which is part of the placenta. The infant is usually separated from the placenta by clamping the cord. This clamping is one part of the third stage of labour (the time from birth of the baby until delivery of the placenta ) and the timing can vary according to clinical policy and practice. Although early cord clamping has been thought to reduce the risk of bleeding after birth (postpartum haemorrhage), this review of 15 randomised trials involving a total of 3911 women and infant pairs showed no significant difference in postpartum haemorrhage rates when early and late cord clamping (generally between one and three minutes) were compared. There were, however, some potentially important advantages of delayed cord clamping in healthy term infants, such as higher birthweight, early haemoglobin concentration, and increased iron reserves up to six months after birth. These need to be balanced against a small additional risk of jaundice in newborns that requires phototherapy.

A more liberal approach to delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in healthy term infants appears to be warranted, particularly in light of growing evidence that delayed cord clamping increases early haemoglobin concentrations and iron stores in infants. Delayed cord clamping is likely to be beneficial as long as access to treatment for jaundice requiring phototherapy is available.

Read the full abstract.

Policies for timing of cord clamping vary, with early cord clamping generally carried out in the first 60 seconds after birth, whereas later cord clamping usually involves clamping the umbilical cord more than one minute after the birth or when cord pulsation has ceased. The benefits and potential harms of each policy are debated.

To determine the effects of early cord clamping compared with late cord clamping after birth on maternal and neonatal outcomes

We included 15 trials involving a total of 3911 women and infant pairs. We judged the trials to have an overall moderate risk of bias .

Maternal outcomes. No studies in this review reported on maternal death or on severe maternal morbidity. There were no significant differences between early versus late cord clamping groups for the primary outcome of severe postpartum haemorrhage ( risk ratio ( RR ) 1.04, 95% confidence interval ( CI ) 0.65 to 1.65; five trials with data for 2066 women with a late clamping event rate (LCER) of

3.5%, I 2 0%) or for postpartum haemorrhage of 500 mL or more ( RR 1.17 95% CI 0.94 to 1.44; five trials, 2260 women with a LCER of

12%, I 2 0%). There were no significant differences between subgroups depending on the use of uterotonic drugs. Mean blood loss was reported in only two trials with data for 1345 women, with no significant differences seen between groups; or for maternal haemoglobin values ( mean difference ( MD ) -0.12 g/dL; 95% CI -0.30 to 0.06, I 2 0%) at 24 to 72 hours after the birth in three trials.

Neonatal outcomes. There were no significant differences between early and late clamping for the primary outcome of neonatal mortality ( RR 0.37, 95% CI 0.04 to 3.41, two trials, 381 infants with a LCER of

1%), or for most other neonatal morbidity outcomes, such as Apgar score less than seven at five minutes or admission to the special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. Mean birthweight was significantly higher in the late, compared with early, cord clamping (101 g increase 95% CI 45 to 157, random-effects model, 12 trials, 3139 infants, I 2 62%). Fewer infants in the early cord clamping group required phototherapy for jaundice than in the late cord clamping group ( RR 0.62, 95% CI 0.41 to 0.96, data from seven trials, 2324 infants with a LCER of 4.36%, I 2 0%). Haemoglobin concentration in infants at 24 to 48 hours was significantly lower in the early cord clamping group ( MD -1.49 g/dL, 95% CI -1.78 to -1.21; 884 infants, I 2 59%). This difference in haemoglobin concentration was not seen at subsequent assessments. However, improvement in iron stores appeared to persist, with infants in the early cord clamping over twice as likely to be iron deficient at three to six months compared with infants whose cord clamping was delayed ( RR 2.65 95% CI 1.04 to 6.73, five trials, 1152 infants, I 2 82%). In the only trial to report longer-term neurodevelopmental outcomes so far, no overall differences between early and late clamping were seen for Ages and Stages Questionnaire scores.

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Playful Decor

You thought that decorating was fun before? Wait until you start revamping a tired old guest room for your new baby. or giving that nursery a makeover when baby is ready for a “big boy” or “big girl” room — the colors, patterns, fabrics, and wallpapers you get to play with are 10 times more exciting than “grown-up” decor. You can let your inner artist free in a child’s room, because the more whimsical and colorful it is, the more they’ll like it.

And the best part: There’s no rule that says your child’s space has to match the rest of the house. So let go of the style rules that have ruled your roost and decorate with abandon!

Wallpapering Tips

  1. Don’t rush it. Wallpapering takes time. Plan on about four hours of wall prep, depending on the condition of the walls, and 10 hours to paper a small room.
  2. Focus on preparation. Wallpapering over a painted wall? First, sand the wall to dull the glossiness of the paint. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove dust. Then wash the area with a strong household detergent, let dry, and start papering.
  3. Create a smooth surface. Wallpapering over a bumpy or textured wall? You have two options: Either cover the wall to be papered with a thin coat of drywall (honestly, this is best left to the pros, or to an extremely experienced do-it-yourselfer), or simply hang wallpaper liner. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and you’ll have a smooth wall to be papered in a few hours.
  4. Plan carefully. You want your last strip to end in a low-visibility part of the room, because it may be the one place where you cannot match the paper’s pattern exactly. A good place for the mismatch is against a window frame, where it may be obscured by window treatments.
  5. Get a good start. Use a plumb bob to ensure the first strip you place on the wall is perfectly straight. That strip locks in position all that follow.

    — Written by Suzanne Morrissey

    Chalkboard Paint Tips

    1. Use it everywhere. Chalkboard paint is best used on previously painted surfaces. It comes in cans or spray paint versions. Try it on walls, of course, but also on old play tables, backs of doors, or drawer fronts.
    2. Apply it correctly. Plan to paint when the air and surface temperatures are above 50 degrees. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation, and wear a safety mask.
    3. Plan on multiple coats. Chalkboard paint works best when you layer three to five coats painted in different directions (if using a brush). When using the spray-paint version, spray back and forth evenly to produce the best finish. If you linger too much in one spot, you’ll get ugly drips!
    4. Make cleanup easy. A damp sponge cleans up the finished surface and cuts down on chalk dust.
    5. Add a frame. Once you’ve painted a wall area, you can frame it with molding or paint a border around it. This can help very young artists understand that not all wall surfaces can be drawn on. Stenciling or stamping the chalkboard along the edges is also a great way to create a frame. Simply allow the chalkboard paint to dry completely before applying the stencils or stamps.

      — Written by Emma Sarran

      Small Room Done Right

      5 Fun Art Sources

      T-o-o-o Cute
      404-886-2121
      We love the wispy, detailed characters that artist Nicole Lathouse creates, from Bella Bug to Theodore Frog. The images captured in the framed prints are also available on infant loungewear and accessories for your wee one. Lathouse’s giclee prints are surrounded by handmade painted wood frames, in various sizes, finished to impart a cottage-style look.

      Murphy Smith Designs
      425-376-0252
      With the motto “Art to inspire your child” and a special knack for classic storybook style, artist Roxane Murphy Smith creates pieces that you’ll love long after baby is out of diapers. She also gives her painting new life on furniture and growth charts as well as canvases for wall hanging.

      Studio Avo and Oopsy Daisy
      619-640-6649
      The artists represented in these partner art collections are too numerous to mention. But if we had to pick a few faves, we’d direct you to the ultra-colorful work of Stephanie Bauer, Maria Carluccio, Caroline Blum, and Max Grover.

      Muffy’s Room
      203-389-5865
      Artist Muffy Pendergast must grin all day long in her studio, because the creatures in her paintings all seem to be smiling from the canvas, teaching us our ABCs or just being silly. Coming soon: Clothing, furniture, and other items painted with Pendergast’s signature, color-saturated look.

      American Postcard Art
      941-954-3124
      Get a mug of tea ready, because once you’re on this site, you won’t want to leave. American Postcard Art promises quality art prints made from vintage postcards. There are hundreds of topics appropriate for kids — we noted the nursery rhymes from the early 1900s. Getting your art is easy: Follow directions on the site for choosing the finished size of the print and the desired medium.

      — Written by Suzanne Morrissey

      Great Wall Letter Sources

      Many parents agonize over what to name their new baby — or at the very least, they go through gallons of ink writing up lists and confabbing on favorites and “can’t stands.” Now that you’ve selected the perfect moniker for your little monkey, spelling it out on the wall of his or her nursery is a stylish accent to the room’s decor. You can also use these hangable letters to spell out happy messages, such as love, laugh, sing, smile, and dance.

      Catfish Bite
      888-228-2483
      For the artistic child, you can’t beat Catfish Bite’s bright pieces with curlicued lettering.

      Craft Cuts
      800-705-4020
      This is a great source for basic wood letters that you can finish or paint to match the decor of your child’s room.

      Tatutina
      800-257-0471
      Each letter in Tatutina’s “bright” and “pastel” set is painted differently; some shine with stripes and dots, and others boast hearts, flowers, or stars.

      Twelve Timbers
      435-893-0175
      Specializing in simple and rustic typefaces, this company’s wall letters add country charm.

      The Well Appointed House
      This Web site offers the largest selection of wall letter styles in a variety of colors and patterns.

      — Written by Joanna Smith

      5 Unusual Products

      Rust-Oleum Magnetic Latex Primer
      800-481-4785
      Turn a wall, cabinet, or play table into a magnetized surface with this new product. The best part: You can paint over the magnetic primer in any color! (Note: Small magnets are choking hazards. Use extra big magnets that aren’t a danger in little hands.)

      Mascotopia
      800-399-1587
      Find puzzles, building block sets, and (our fave) mobiles featuring college mascots. Junior might still be learning how to stand on two feet, but that does not mean Mom and Dad’s alma maters can’t be a part of his world. (For the pro fans, Mascotopia also carries Major League Baseball and NBA collections.)

      HaPe International
      262-242-5077
      Along with cool educational toys and games, HaPe has created the Bamboo Collection, the world’s first collection of bamboo toys. Bamboo is highly sustainable — once cut, it grows back completely in three years — so these toys are environmentally friendly. The Bamboo Collection offers 14 games for kids 3 years and up.

      MemoryBorders
      Follow the directions on the Web site and your digital photos will be turned into a unique wallpaper border. You can select from themed designs in the catalog, or start from scratch with your snapshots. We love the border featuring a newborn’s teeny inked footprints, interspersed with the child’s name and date of birth.

      JELD-WEN Custom Carved Interior Doors
      800-877-9482
      Create a unique design for a child’s bedroom (or playroom) door — virtually any symbol, name, word, or image can be routed into these MDF doors, available in a variety of sizes. The door comes primed and ready to paint. Choose from 70 designs or submit one of your own.

      –Written by Suzanne Morrissey

      Originally published on AmericanBaby.com.





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      Beautiful Baby Nursery Ideas That Design-Conscious Adults Will Absolutely Love

      With all the options and nursery design trends available, a baby’s nursery no longer has to be a traditional, pastel-colored affair. If you love modern design, we’ve compiled a collection of baby nursery ideas that are cool enough for baby to love and design-conscious adults to appreciate, too.

      When creating a nursery that is practical, safe and will look great as baby grows, keep the following tips in mind:

      • Add a dimmer to lighting. It’s an easy project that will allow you to adjust the mood of the room as needed
      • Select durable, washable fabrics and rugs that can be easily cleaned
      • Select furniture pieces that can evolve from nursery to a teenager’s room
      • Think about furniture placement and safety as baby starts getting mobile. Some good baby-proofing ideas include covering wall outlets, keeping the crib away from window treatments and cords and placing valuable items on higher shelves
      • Focus on creating an uncluttered nursery with plenty of storage options that make cleanup while holding a baby easy
      • Allow for plenty of floor space so baby can have floor playtime

      Here are our favorite baby nursery ideas:

      Find a Cool Crib

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      When selecting a crib, there are many new and modern designs to choose from. Try something modern or different, like an oval crib.

      Consider using a crib that converts into baby’s first bed when a crib is outgrown. And because the crib is the most used item in a nursery, order it ahead of time. Delays happen, cribs get damaged during the delivery process and you want to allow yourself the time required for any unexpected delays.

      Grey is the New Yellow

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      If the sex of your baby is a surprise, go with timeless and modern grey as your nursery’s main color. Grey works with any bold accent shade making it modern but classic. And for the most visual bang, try layering different grey shades and patterns.

      Utilize Bold Colors and Patterns

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      Good news for modern design lovers, soft pastels are not the best nursery choice. According to parenting guru Dr. Sears :

      “The best way you as a parent can stimulate baby’s vision is using black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colors. So what about those nice soft pastels that used to be so popular in baby toys and nurseries? While these may look pretty to you, they do nothing visually for your baby. Research has proven that black and white contrasts register powerfully on baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to baby’s brain. Stronger signals mean more brain growth and faster visual development.”

      And black and white are not the only colors that babies are attracted to. Any bold, contrasting colors in graphic patterns will work.

      Great places to include pattern are:

      • a wallpaper or mural wall
      • upholstery and other textiles
      • an area rug

      Our favorite place to add pattern and contrast is our next tip.

      Don’t Ignore the Ceiling

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      Now that you know how important contrast and pattern are to baby, add impact where baby notices most the ceiling.

      Add Motion in Fun Ways

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      Babies love to be rocked to sleep. And adults don t mind the soothing effect of rocking, either. Why not rock baby to sleep by using a hanging chair or cool, contemporary rocker?

      Design a Nursery That Can Grow With The Baby

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      Select modular furniture that can be used beyond the first year. Many crib styles nowadays convert into children’s beds, while changing tables are often a regular dresser with a detachable dressing table top.

      And don t forget to add fun elements to a nursery like a tent or animal rocking horse that baby can use as he/she grows into a toddler.

      Fully Commit to a Nursery Theme

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      When deciding on your baby’s nursery theme, be bold and fully commit to your theme. Use elements of the theme on the walls, in the accessories and the rest of the decor. That’s what makes so many of the featured nursery ideas in the featured gallery so appealing.

      Customize A Baby’s Nursery With Their Name

      Collect this idea

      Find creative ways to display baby’s name in their room. Some ideas include:

      • Framed letters on the wall
      • Monogrammed sheets or pillows
      • Accessories with baby’s initials or name
      • Baby’s name in marquis light-up letters that double as a night light

      Add a Comfortable Area for Adults

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      Adults tend to spend time in baby’s nursery getting baby to sleep or watching over baby. Incorporate comfortable seating like a sofa or a daybed that encourages nap time for mom and dad, too.

      Add Plenty of Storage in a Nursery

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      It’s incredible how many things a small baby needs. Create a combination of easy storage, like cabinets, baskets and drawers where clutter can be easily stored, with beautiful, modern open storage like a bookcase wall to display your baby’s favorite keepsakes.

      Paint the back of the open shelves in a bright, contrasting color to liven up the room.

      Add some of these fresh, modern nursery ideas in your baby’s nursery. The nursery is the perfect place to introduce your baby to a lifelong love of good design. You’ll create a space that is beautiful, cool enough for a design-loving adult to appreciate and a space that baby can grow into as well.





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      Although most babies in the United States are delivered with few or no physical injuries, there is always a chance that something will go wrong during the birth process. On average, 29 out of every 1,000 babies in the U.S. suffer some kind of birth trauma, often as a result of poor use of instruments or improper handling of a newborn by doctors or other medical staff.

      Causes of Birth Trauma

      Birth trauma is a general term used to describe any cuts, fractures, or other injuries sustained by a newborn baby during labor or delivery. Birth trauma is more common in developing nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, but at least 2% of live births in the U.S. are adversely affected by physical injuries not related to any congenital condition.

      Birth trauma occurs more frequently among larger-than-average babies, particularly in cases where the baby’s size may be too large in relation to the mother’s pelvic area. Deliveries of larger, heavier babies often require doctors to use their hands, forceps, or vacuums to ease their passage through the birth canal. In these situations, neonatal injuries can occur if a doctor uses too much physical force while handling the baby or is not careful with birthing instruments.

      Per Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital the most common conditions that cause birth trauma include:

      • Babies that weigh over 8 pounds, 13 ounces (4,000 grams)
      • Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy
      • The mother’s pelvis may have the wrong shape or size for a safe delivery
      • Difficult labor or delivery (dystocia)
      • Prolonged labor
      • Abnormal fetal position at birth (baby is in a head-up, buttocks-first, or breech, position)

      Common Birth-Related Traumas

      Generally, the most common neonatal injuries affect a baby’s head, neck, and shoulders, although they can cause damage to any other part of the body. These areas of the body are more likely to be injured because most babies are born in a head-first position. According to the Packard Children’s Hospital, the most common traumatic injuries include:

      Caput succedaneum is a condition marked by scalp swelling, typically during or shortly after birth. It is usually caused by pressure from the mother’s uterus or vaginal wall during delivery. Bruising of the scalp is more likely to happen during a long and difficult labor, especially in situations when the amniotic sac has broken and the baby’s head is unprotected while passing through the birth canal.

      Caput succedaneum can also be caused by the use of vacuum extraction devices during a protracted delivery.

      Cephalohematoma is an accumulation of blood below the baby’s periosteum, the protective membrane that covers an infant’s skull. Cephalohematoma shows up as lumps on a baby’s head, usually several hours after delivery. The lumps feel soft and may grow larger during the baby’s first hours postpartum.

      Most cephalohematomas do not require medical attention and disappear within a few weeks or months as the body reabsorbs the blood. However, some cephalohematomas may cause jaundice if they are too large and too many red blood cells break down.

      Bruising may occur on a baby’s face, head, and/or other body parts due to the physical stresses of the passage through the birth canal or contact with bones and tissue in the mother’s pelvis. The use of forceps during delivery may also leave forceps marks on a newborn’s head or face, especially when doctors use too much force. In addition, vacuum extraction may cause lacerations or bruising on a baby’s scalp.

      Similar to bruising, broken bones can occur with improper use of birth-assisting tools or when an infant is tugged too forcefully. In extremely rare instances, a physician or someone on the medical staff may drop a newborn.

      Subconjunctival hemorrhage is bleeding that occurs when small blood vessels in the baby’s eyes break. It may be present in one or both of the infant’s eyes and appears as a bright red band surrounding the iris. Subconjunctival hemorrhages do not cause permanent damage to the eyes. The red area vanishes within a matter of days as the body reabsorbs the blood.

      Bells palsy occurs when a baby’s facial nerve is damaged during labor or birth. In most cases, nerve damage is caused by pressure on the infant’s face during the passage through the birth canal.However, facial paralysis can be also caused by doctors that use forceps during delivery.

      Nerve damage is most noticeable when babies cry. The facial muscles on the side where the nerve was injured can’t move, and the eye on that side remains open.

      Bell s palsy eventually improves without treatment if the nerve is only bruised. If the baby’s facial nerve is torn, surgery may be needed to restore muscular function on the affected area.

      A brachial plexus injury is the result of an injury to a baby’s brachial plexus. This is a network of nerves that connects the spinal cord to the baby’s arms and hands. Brachial palsy is a common occurrence in difficult births, especially if a baby’s shoulder gets stuck in the birth canal and a doctor tugs hard on one arm to help extract the newborn.

      The most common sign of brachial palsy is when a baby can’t flex or rotate the affected arm. The severity of the injury depends on how badly damaged the nerves are. If the nerves are only bruised or stretched, the injury heals over a period of weeks or months and arm movement is restored with the aid of physical therapy.

      More serious injuries, in which the nerves are torn, often result in permanent nerve damage.

      Oxygen Deprivation

      Oxygen deprivation, or anoxia, before or during birth can cause serious health problems to a newborn. This type of birth of trauma can occur if the placenta separates prematurely or if the umbilical cord becomes entangled around the baby’s neck and reduces oxygen flow to the brain.

      Inadequate oxygen supply often causes damage to a baby’s cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls the body motor functions. This results in the onset of cerebral palsy (CP), a group of neuromuscular disabilities that affect a child’s ability to control movement, posture, and muscle tone.

      Oxygen deprivation can also occur if a baby doesn’t start breathing independently after birth. Delays in breathing that last for 3 minutes or more are a high risk factor of serious brain damage. This category of birth injury destroys brain cells within a matter of minutes and causes seizures, coma, and, if a baby is not placed in life support in time, death.

      Oxygen deprivation causes permanent disabilities like cerebral palsy, and is also a major cause of hearing impairment, partial or total blindness, learning disabilities, and other complications.

      Hypoxia is a slightly less severe form of oxygen-related birth trauma. Unlike anoxia, which is used to describe total oxygen deprivation, hypoxia refers to low levels of oxygen in a baby s circulatory system.

      Fractures

      Fractures are the most common injuries associated with birth trauma. Fractures generally affect a baby’s clavicle (collarbone) and are frequently caused by shoulder dystocia or during breech deliveries. This type of injury prevents a baby from moving the arm on the affected side. If the infant feels pain as a result of the fracture, a splint or soft bandage is needed to prevent jostling of the arm until the injury heals.

      Most birth traumas are conditions that usually heal on their own without any medical treatment. Babies often recover with few or no complications, although individual outcomes depend on a wide range of factors, such as the severity and cause of the injuries.

      In many instances, birth trauma can be avoided if doctors recognize and foresee medical risk factors. Proactive measures, such as monitoring the mother’s health or using ultrasound images to check the fetus’ position in the weeks and days before labor, often prevent help birth trauma and injuries.





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      Sherri Blum, CID is your baby nursery design and kids room design specialist. Sherri is internationally renowned for her timeless design and attention to details. Over the years she has designed and decorated baby nurseries ranging in themes from princess rooms to sports and nautical nurseries. Her kids room designs include floral girls rooms, transportation theme boys rooms including trains, airplanes, and boats; plus cowboy theme rooms and other classic vintage designs that will grow with your child through the years. Sherri has also assisted with commercial design in daycares and preschools and was part of the advisory team for a children s playroom that was totally environmentally conscious for the Leeds Certified Covergirl offices in Baltimore. She has designed a celebrity nursery for the Hollywood celebrity babies of Jodie Sweetin, NFL star, Bart Scott and others. Her heirloom quality nursery wall art can be found in the celebrity nurseries of Mario Lopez, John O Hurley, Angela Kinsey, Tori Spelling and more. She can create a beautiful child s room or designer nursery on any budget. Sherri also offers luxury designer baby furniture and decor such as designer baby crib bedding, baby nursery furniture and kids decor for every taste and style. Contact her today for an appointment or if you re out of the area, check out her Cyber Design Services for interior design clients anywhere in the world. See a sampling of her dozens of designer rooms here to get some great baby nursery ideas!

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      Beautiful Baby Nursery Ideas That Design-Conscious Adults Will Absolutely Love

      With all the options and nursery design trends available, a baby’s nursery no longer has to be a traditional, pastel-colored affair. If you love modern design, we’ve compiled a collection of baby nursery ideas that are cool enough for baby to love and design-conscious adults to appreciate, too.

      When creating a nursery that is practical, safe and will look great as baby grows, keep the following tips in mind:

      • Add a dimmer to lighting. It’s an easy project that will allow you to adjust the mood of the room as needed
      • Select durable, washable fabrics and rugs that can be easily cleaned
      • Select furniture pieces that can evolve from nursery to a teenager’s room
      • Think about furniture placement and safety as baby starts getting mobile. Some good baby-proofing ideas include covering wall outlets, keeping the crib away from window treatments and cords and placing valuable items on higher shelves
      • Focus on creating an uncluttered nursery with plenty of storage options that make cleanup while holding a baby easy
      • Allow for plenty of floor space so baby can have floor playtime

      Here are our favorite baby nursery ideas:

      Find a Cool Crib

      Collect this idea

      When selecting a crib, there are many new and modern designs to choose from. Try something modern or different, like an oval crib.

      Consider using a crib that converts into baby’s first bed when a crib is outgrown. And because the crib is the most used item in a nursery, order it ahead of time. Delays happen, cribs get damaged during the delivery process and you want to allow yourself the time required for any unexpected delays.

      Grey is the New Yellow

      Collect this idea

      If the sex of your baby is a surprise, go with timeless and modern grey as your nursery’s main color. Grey works with any bold accent shade making it modern but classic. And for the most visual bang, try layering different grey shades and patterns.

      Utilize Bold Colors and Patterns

      Collect this idea

      Good news for modern design lovers, soft pastels are not the best nursery choice. According to parenting guru Dr. Sears :

      “The best way you as a parent can stimulate baby’s vision is using black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colors. So what about those nice soft pastels that used to be so popular in baby toys and nurseries? While these may look pretty to you, they do nothing visually for your baby. Research has proven that black and white contrasts register powerfully on baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to baby’s brain. Stronger signals mean more brain growth and faster visual development.”

      And black and white are not the only colors that babies are attracted to. Any bold, contrasting colors in graphic patterns will work.

      Great places to include pattern are:

      • a wallpaper or mural wall
      • upholstery and other textiles
      • an area rug

      Our favorite place to add pattern and contrast is our next tip.

      Don’t Ignore the Ceiling

      Collect this idea

      Now that you know how important contrast and pattern are to baby, add impact where baby notices most the ceiling.

      Add Motion in Fun Ways

      Collect this idea

      Babies love to be rocked to sleep. And adults don t mind the soothing effect of rocking, either. Why not rock baby to sleep by using a hanging chair or cool, contemporary rocker?

      Design a Nursery That Can Grow With The Baby

      Collect this idea

      Select modular furniture that can be used beyond the first year. Many crib styles nowadays convert into children’s beds, while changing tables are often a regular dresser with a detachable dressing table top.

      And don t forget to add fun elements to a nursery like a tent or animal rocking horse that baby can use as he/she grows into a toddler.

      Fully Commit to a Nursery Theme

      Collect this idea

      When deciding on your baby’s nursery theme, be bold and fully commit to your theme. Use elements of the theme on the walls, in the accessories and the rest of the decor. That’s what makes so many of the featured nursery ideas in the featured gallery so appealing.

      Customize A Baby’s Nursery With Their Name

      Collect this idea

      Find creative ways to display baby’s name in their room. Some ideas include:

      • Framed letters on the wall
      • Monogrammed sheets or pillows
      • Accessories with baby’s initials or name
      • Baby’s name in marquis light-up letters that double as a night light

      Add a Comfortable Area for Adults

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      Adults tend to spend time in baby’s nursery getting baby to sleep or watching over baby. Incorporate comfortable seating like a sofa or a daybed that encourages nap time for mom and dad, too.

      Add Plenty of Storage in a Nursery

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      It’s incredible how many things a small baby needs. Create a combination of easy storage, like cabinets, baskets and drawers where clutter can be easily stored, with beautiful, modern open storage like a bookcase wall to display your baby’s favorite keepsakes.

      Paint the back of the open shelves in a bright, contrasting color to liven up the room.

      Add some of these fresh, modern nursery ideas in your baby’s nursery. The nursery is the perfect place to introduce your baby to a lifelong love of good design. You’ll create a space that is beautiful, cool enough for a design-loving adult to appreciate and a space that baby can grow into as well.





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      Cerebral Palsy

      Maybe someone at your school has cerebral palsy — or perhaps you have it and you’ve been dealing with it your whole life. As we become more aware of appearance and body image. it can be tough to be in a wheelchair or to have people tease you about the way you walk. But lots of teens with CP don’t let it hold them back. They do just what everyone else does.

      What Is Cerebral Palsy?

      Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of the brain. Normally, the brain tells the rest of the body exactly what to do and when to do it. Because of how CP affects the brain, a person might not be able to walk, talk, eat, or move the way most people do.

      CP affects a person’s muscle tone and ability to coordinate body movements. People with CP have trouble controlling their muscles. How a person is affected all depends on what part of the brain is involved.

      How Does Cerebral Palsy Affect People?

      The three types of cerebral palsy are:

      1. Spastic (pronounced: SPASS-tik) CP is the most common type of CP. People with spastic CP can’t relax their muscles or the muscles may be stiff.
      2. Athetoid (pronounced: ATH-uh-toid) CP affects the ability to control the muscles of the body. A person’s arms or legs may flutter and move suddenly.
      3. Ataxic (pronounced: ay-TAK-sik). People with ataxic CP have problems with balance and coordination. Their movements may seem shaky.

      People with CP can have mild cases or more severe cases. It all depends on how much of the brain is affected and which parts of the body that section of the brain controls. If CP affects both arms and both legs, a person might need to use a wheelchair. If CP only affects the legs, someone may walk in an unsteady way or have to wear braces or use crutches.

      If CP affects the part of the brain that controls speech, a person with CP might have trouble talking clearly or not be able to speak at all. Some people with CP also have learning disabilities or behavior problems, though many don’t have these issues. Others can have medical problems like seizures or epilepsy. or hearing impairment.

      What Causes It?

      In most cases, doctors don’t know exactly what causes CP. They do know that it’s the result of damage to the brain — either while a baby is in the womb or in the first few months or years after the baby is born.

      Babies have a higher chance of having CP if they are born early or if they’re very underweight at birth. Babies who don’t get enough oxygen during or right after birth also have a higher chance of having CP. So do babies who need to be on a ventilator (a machine to help with breathing) for several weeks or more after birth.

      CP is not contagious, so people can’t catch it from other people. Even a mother with CP can’t pass it on to her unborn baby.

      What Do Doctors Do?

      Doctors diagnose CP when kids are young, so by the time people reach their teens, they usually know they have CP and are used to living with it.

      With CP, the problem with the brain will not get any worse as people get older. For example, someone who has CP that affects only the legs won’t develop CP in the arms or have problems with speech later on.

      Although CP doesn’t get worse over time, how it affects someone’s body can change as the person grows or develops. For example, some teens with CP may develop dislocated hips (when the bones that meet at the hips move out of their normal position) or scoliosis (curvature of the spine).

      Because CP affects people differently, there are lots of ways to treat and manage it. Some teens have only mild problems with movement. Others need crutches or wheelchairs to get around. Doctors, parents, teachers, therapists, and the person with CP all work together to develop the best treatment plan.

      Teens with CP may work with these experts:

      • a pediatric orthopedist
      • a developmental pediatrician who looks at how the person is growing or developing compared with other teens
      • a pediatric physiatrist (or rehabilitation physician), who helps kids with disabilities of many kinds
      • therapists, like physical therapists to help with movement, occupational therapists to help with skills like handwriting, and speech therapists

      Some teens with CP take medicines to relax their muscles (in the case of spastic CP) or to help control seizures. And some might have special surgeries to keep their arms or legs straighter and more flexible.

      Coping With Cerebral Palsy

      Puberty can be especially challenging for people with CP. Rapid growth can cause weight gain and clumsiness in any teen, but can make it even more difficult for someone with CP to move around. A person’s muscles can become tighter as the bones grow, which can restrict movement even more.

      If you have CP, what you’ll do depends on your CP. One thing you can do is to get more involved in your medical care wherever possible. Keep up with your appointments, including any physical or other therapy visits. This is a time when your medical team will want to keep an eye on you and adapt your treatment or therapy as you grow.

      Many guys and girls with CP can do the same sorts of things that other teens do, like enjoying extracurricular activities, listening to or playing music, hanging out with friends, reading, going to the mall, and dating, to name just a few.

      Helping a Friend Who Has CP

      If you know someone who has CP and you’re wondering how to help, just treat that person the way you would anyone else. Some people with CP might need extra assistance once in a while, like when reaching for something. Help out — just as you would with anyone else — without making a big deal about it. If you can’t understand what a person with CP is saying or if it takes longer to do things, give him or her extra time to speak or move.

      And don’t be afraid to talk to a friend about what it’s like to live with CP. Everyone wants to fit in, and being in a wheelchair or having other physical problems can make someone self-conscious or feel left out. So if you know someone with CP, try to be welcoming and include him or her in what you’re doing.

      Date reviewed: August 2015





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      Playful Decor

      You thought that decorating was fun before? Wait until you start revamping a tired old guest room for your new baby. or giving that nursery a makeover when baby is ready for a “big boy” or “big girl” room — the colors, patterns, fabrics, and wallpapers you get to play with are 10 times more exciting than “grown-up” decor. You can let your inner artist free in a child’s room, because the more whimsical and colorful it is, the more they’ll like it.

      And the best part: There’s no rule that says your child’s space has to match the rest of the house. So let go of the style rules that have ruled your roost and decorate with abandon!

      Wallpapering Tips

      1. Don’t rush it. Wallpapering takes time. Plan on about four hours of wall prep, depending on the condition of the walls, and 10 hours to paper a small room.
      2. Focus on preparation. Wallpapering over a painted wall? First, sand the wall to dull the glossiness of the paint. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove dust. Then wash the area with a strong household detergent, let dry, and start papering.
      3. Create a smooth surface. Wallpapering over a bumpy or textured wall? You have two options: Either cover the wall to be papered with a thin coat of drywall (honestly, this is best left to the pros, or to an extremely experienced do-it-yourselfer), or simply hang wallpaper liner. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and you’ll have a smooth wall to be papered in a few hours.
      4. Plan carefully. You want your last strip to end in a low-visibility part of the room, because it may be the one place where you cannot match the paper’s pattern exactly. A good place for the mismatch is against a window frame, where it may be obscured by window treatments.
      5. Get a good start. Use a plumb bob to ensure the first strip you place on the wall is perfectly straight. That strip locks in position all that follow.

        — Written by Suzanne Morrissey

        Chalkboard Paint Tips

        1. Use it everywhere. Chalkboard paint is best used on previously painted surfaces. It comes in cans or spray paint versions. Try it on walls, of course, but also on old play tables, backs of doors, or drawer fronts.
        2. Apply it correctly. Plan to paint when the air and surface temperatures are above 50 degrees. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation, and wear a safety mask.
        3. Plan on multiple coats. Chalkboard paint works best when you layer three to five coats painted in different directions (if using a brush). When using the spray-paint version, spray back and forth evenly to produce the best finish. If you linger too much in one spot, you’ll get ugly drips!
        4. Make cleanup easy. A damp sponge cleans up the finished surface and cuts down on chalk dust.
        5. Add a frame. Once you’ve painted a wall area, you can frame it with molding or paint a border around it. This can help very young artists understand that not all wall surfaces can be drawn on. Stenciling or stamping the chalkboard along the edges is also a great way to create a frame. Simply allow the chalkboard paint to dry completely before applying the stencils or stamps.

          — Written by Emma Sarran

          Small Room Done Right

          5 Fun Art Sources

          T-o-o-o Cute
          404-886-2121
          We love the wispy, detailed characters that artist Nicole Lathouse creates, from Bella Bug to Theodore Frog. The images captured in the framed prints are also available on infant loungewear and accessories for your wee one. Lathouse’s giclee prints are surrounded by handmade painted wood frames, in various sizes, finished to impart a cottage-style look.

          Murphy Smith Designs
          425-376-0252
          With the motto “Art to inspire your child” and a special knack for classic storybook style, artist Roxane Murphy Smith creates pieces that you’ll love long after baby is out of diapers. She also gives her painting new life on furniture and growth charts as well as canvases for wall hanging.

          Studio Avo and Oopsy Daisy
          619-640-6649
          The artists represented in these partner art collections are too numerous to mention. But if we had to pick a few faves, we’d direct you to the ultra-colorful work of Stephanie Bauer, Maria Carluccio, Caroline Blum, and Max Grover.

          Muffy’s Room
          203-389-5865
          Artist Muffy Pendergast must grin all day long in her studio, because the creatures in her paintings all seem to be smiling from the canvas, teaching us our ABCs or just being silly. Coming soon: Clothing, furniture, and other items painted with Pendergast’s signature, color-saturated look.

          American Postcard Art
          941-954-3124
          Get a mug of tea ready, because once you’re on this site, you won’t want to leave. American Postcard Art promises quality art prints made from vintage postcards. There are hundreds of topics appropriate for kids — we noted the nursery rhymes from the early 1900s. Getting your art is easy: Follow directions on the site for choosing the finished size of the print and the desired medium.

          — Written by Suzanne Morrissey

          Great Wall Letter Sources

          Many parents agonize over what to name their new baby — or at the very least, they go through gallons of ink writing up lists and confabbing on favorites and “can’t stands.” Now that you’ve selected the perfect moniker for your little monkey, spelling it out on the wall of his or her nursery is a stylish accent to the room’s decor. You can also use these hangable letters to spell out happy messages, such as love, laugh, sing, smile, and dance.

          Catfish Bite
          888-228-2483
          For the artistic child, you can’t beat Catfish Bite’s bright pieces with curlicued lettering.

          Craft Cuts
          800-705-4020
          This is a great source for basic wood letters that you can finish or paint to match the decor of your child’s room.

          Tatutina
          800-257-0471
          Each letter in Tatutina’s “bright” and “pastel” set is painted differently; some shine with stripes and dots, and others boast hearts, flowers, or stars.

          Twelve Timbers
          435-893-0175
          Specializing in simple and rustic typefaces, this company’s wall letters add country charm.

          The Well Appointed House
          This Web site offers the largest selection of wall letter styles in a variety of colors and patterns.

          — Written by Joanna Smith

          5 Unusual Products

          Rust-Oleum Magnetic Latex Primer
          800-481-4785
          Turn a wall, cabinet, or play table into a magnetized surface with this new product. The best part: You can paint over the magnetic primer in any color! (Note: Small magnets are choking hazards. Use extra big magnets that aren’t a danger in little hands.)

          Mascotopia
          800-399-1587
          Find puzzles, building block sets, and (our fave) mobiles featuring college mascots. Junior might still be learning how to stand on two feet, but that does not mean Mom and Dad’s alma maters can’t be a part of his world. (For the pro fans, Mascotopia also carries Major League Baseball and NBA collections.)

          HaPe International
          262-242-5077
          Along with cool educational toys and games, HaPe has created the Bamboo Collection, the world’s first collection of bamboo toys. Bamboo is highly sustainable — once cut, it grows back completely in three years — so these toys are environmentally friendly. The Bamboo Collection offers 14 games for kids 3 years and up.

          MemoryBorders
          Follow the directions on the Web site and your digital photos will be turned into a unique wallpaper border. You can select from themed designs in the catalog, or start from scratch with your snapshots. We love the border featuring a newborn’s teeny inked footprints, interspersed with the child’s name and date of birth.

          JELD-WEN Custom Carved Interior Doors
          800-877-9482
          Create a unique design for a child’s bedroom (or playroom) door — virtually any symbol, name, word, or image can be routed into these MDF doors, available in a variety of sizes. The door comes primed and ready to paint. Choose from 70 designs or submit one of your own.

          –Written by Suzanne Morrissey

          Originally published on AmericanBaby.com.