Growth Curve

The inexact science of raising kids

  1. Health & Medicine

    Your youngest kid is three inches taller than you think

    Mothers fall prey to the “baby illusion” and consistently underestimate the height of their youngest kid.

  2. Health & Medicine

    For babies, walking opens a whole new world

    Walking and talking are linked as babies develop, anecdote and data show.

  3. Health & Medicine

    TV linked with brain changes in kids

    A new study of Japanese children gives more reasons not to park kids in front of the tube.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Experiments in pasta

    In discovery mode, babies gather every bit of information they can about the world around them.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Exercise while pregnant may boost baby’s brain

    Babies born to moms who exercised during pregnancy showed higher levels of brain maturity.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Too little noise is bad for newborns in intensive care

    Preemies housed in quiet private rooms during a NICU stay may be at risk for language problems.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Don’t buy breast milk on the Internet, and other helpful tips

    A new study finds bacterial contamination in breast milk bought online, but there’s more to the story than that.

  8. Health & Medicine

    New definition of ‘full term’ narrows on-time arrival window

    Until now, babies born at any time during a wide five-week window were considered fully cooked. Now, a panel of clinicians says otherwise.

  9. Health & Medicine

    The earliest thumb suckers caught on camera

  10. Health & Medicine

    Elusive baby sleep miracles remain elusive

    There is little evidence to support sleep-training interventions for babies younger than six months. Sorry, sleep-deprived parents.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Why women want to sniff my baby

    Tiny babies smell very, very good. So good that scientists really want to know why some women find this smell irresistible.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Conversations with my baby