Cranky Baby? Feeding Isn’t the Only Answer


Results from the trial have shown that when parents got this training, their babies were less likely to be overweight at a year of age; the babies also slept better than those in the control group, in which parents got safety training rather than responsive parenting guidance. “Parents and grandparents are usually open to receiving this information,” Dr. Paul said, but it isn’t necessarily provided as part of standard well-baby care.

“Pediatricians in the newborn period tell parents to wake babies up every three or so hours to make sure they regain their birthweight,” he said. “I can’t tell you how often I see babies at two months, and no one has told them to stop doing that.”

A new study just showed that more than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese, with major public health and medical consequences. Among the…



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