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Here are the latest articles at KidEcology:

Mirror in playroom: Are mirrors necessary for babies?

Mirror in playroom: does your baby need it?

Some educational philosophies, like Montessori, recommend having a mirror in playroom. Others, such as RIE, discourage mirrors for babies. What does science say?

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Flash cards for baby: are they necessary?

Mom holding baby looking at black-and-white flash cards for babies

Do 'flash cards for baby' help babies learn? Let’s take a look at what the studies says.

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What to do when 'best' parenting techniques don't work

Baby eating orange slices

If 'best' parenting techniques aren’t working, it might be because they aren’t the best, or even good, for your baby.

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Science-based parenting: finding your way

Science-based parenting: the ONE approach diagram with love, sleep, feeding, and play

Science-based parenting can help us avoid conflicting parenting trends - and find the answers that work best for our babies and our families.

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Is feeding baby in a car seat OK?

Baby in car seat

Why feeding baby in a car seat is never a good idea - and what you can do instead.

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How babies learn, how we can help, and why less is more

How babies learn: baby in a pink hoodie playing with rocks on the beach

Understanding how babies learn - by figuring out patterns and noticing surprises - will help you support your little one's innate abilities.

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Taking care of baby: 4 challenges rarely mentioned in prenatal classes

Taking care of baby: baby playing

Let's make taking care of baby a bit easier by looking at some unexpected challenges and what we can do about them

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Supporting your baby’s language development through connection

It’s not only the number of words that matters; research points to the importance of connection and two-way communication in supporting language development.

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Baby Ecology receives awards

Baby Ecology book awards

Baby Ecology is honored with Silver + Gold in 2023 Feathered Quill Book Awards, Gold in 2022-23 Reader Views Awards, and a finalist status in 2022 Foreword INDIES

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Newborn baby sleep (a free guide)

Four science-based tips to help your newborn baby sleep more soundly

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Books to read to baby that you, too, will enjoy

baby reading

Books to read to your baby that have lovely text and illustrations.

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8 baby parenting fads that don’t appear to be backed by science

Wooden baby toys arranged in a white cube shelf

We are often led to believe we should follow these parenting fads when raising our babies, but is there evidence to back them up?

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Best baby feeding chair does not have to be expensive

Best baby feeding chair: Ikea antilop with added footrest

Comfortable, practical, and affordable - one of the best baby feeding chairs for a new eater starting solids.

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How to find the best daycare for your baby: a research-based guide

Baby boy hugged by mom before daycare

Factors to consider and questions to ask in choosing daycare for your baby

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Screen time for baby: the science behind the recommendations

babies looking at screen

How bad is screen time for baby? Are there any positives? Let’s look at scientific studies to find out.

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