Science Based Parenting
A redditer who taught evidence based decision making and scientific literature motivated me to read up on P values.
I have been super super uneasy about doing BLW (baby led weaning) (more so offering soft finger foods this young). I have been delving so so deep into the BLW studies on safety (choking) and focusing in on the p values has really been helpful in relieving some anxiety.
I was focusing on sample sizes and how many studies have been done on choking and do they possess the same results. Although I am sure this is good to do, if you refer to the P values of a study, you can really decide for yourself if the data is actually statistically reliable.
Analyzing studies in this is all new to me. What do you nerds think about P values being a helpful factor in recognizing statistical significance? I know there is way more to the picture and I don’t want to discredit or reject studies based on p values alone, but are understanding them and considering them a good tool for decision making (among other things of coarse)?
Edit: I am not sure why I am getting downvoted. If P values are a poor tool to decide reliability, please let me know! This is all new to me and I would love to learn!
I’m officially in crunch-time territory and trying to figure out how best to prioritize my time, so I’m wondering, how important is it to pre-wash all of baby’s clothes and linens in the weeks before use? I plan on washing everything that’s used, with the possible exception of some clothes I got from my sister that I know were washed in her smoke-free home just a few weeks ago. How important is it to wash brand new clothes and linens before use? I assume the main risk is in residue from manufacturing?
Piggybacking: How important is it to use a baby detergent or free-and-clear detergent, versus regular detergent?
Having a lot of kids is hard work. As much as you’d like to keep your composure, some days, this can feel impossible. But the truth is, there are gentle ways to deal with stressful situations and still take care of all your kids at the same time. What are some of your best practices?
I room share with my 8 month old and EBF. He wakes up quite a bit and wants to nurse all night, I usually spend 3-4 hours downstairs before I go to bed and he usually stays asleep the entire time. I’m curious if there’s any science behind him smelling me in the room and it waking him up.
TLDR at bottom.
I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking for here. I have anxiety and (mild) hypochondria, not just for myself but also for my husband (and now my son). I hate social media, Instagram mostly. For some reason, all these reels started popping up in my feed lately about autistic signs which has caused me to go deep into the rabbit hole. My son is 10 months tomorrow and he seems to have some signs, but everything I’m reading says diagnoses don’t happen until after 2 years of age.
I’m not sure if my son has normal baby behavior, or if there are some red flags I should be worried about:
-he waves his arms and legs, mainly when he’s in his high chair or getting his diaper changed (sometimes if he’s just laying on his back, which isn’t very frequently anymore since he’s been crawling) -he moans. I saw that this is another stim to watch for. He moans when drinking a bottle and when he’s in the car, sometimes while in the stroller too. I’ve also heard this is a coping mechanism for teething pain, so who knows. -he doesn’t seem excited about other babies, but I’m not sure if he’s just still too young for that. He also doesn’t get a lot of exposure to other babies.
He makes eye contact and recognizes faces. He seems to be meeting gross motor milestones such as rolling, sitting, and crawling. He is trying to stand independently. He is NOT waving, pointing, clapping, or saying words yet. He’s working on his g’s and k’s but that’s it. I’m not sure if he responds to his name. My husband says yes but I’m still not entirely confident.
TLDR; why aren’t diagnoses made until after 2? Do these sound like normal baby behaviors? I plan to bring these concerns to the pediatrician but I also don’t want my anxiety and hypochondria to get the best of me (and my son). All advice welcome.