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Before and during my pregnancy I joked that I was engaged in evidence based baby making. I could quite happily explain the evidence behind my decisions, be it how much alcohol to drink or my birth preferences. I was helped in this by the NICE guidelines and summaries of their basis and the book Expecting Better. I'd like to take a similar evidence based approach to baby raising, but I'm finding it harder to find resources. Here is some information that I've gathered so far. Feel free to correct it, preferably with citations, if you think any of it is incorrect.

1. There are lots of different approaches to raising children that all result in the child being broadly OK.

2. The biggest determinant of a baby's wellbeing is their primary caregivers' wellbeing.

3. It is best to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months, although the benefits are probably overstated due to omitted variable bias and the evidence against introducing solids between 4 and 6 months is more limited.

4. There are benefits to continuing to breastfeed until the baby is at least 2 years old.

5. One should not exclude potential allergens from a baby's diet unless there is reason to believe that they have an allergy.

6. You should follow the NHS's vaccination schedule. (It's fine to get some late due to holidays or illness.)

7. I'm not sure whether it is worth paying for Nathaniel to be vaccinated against chickenpox.

8. It is best to praise children in a way that encourages a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset I.e. praise effort and strategy rather than inherent talent.

9. Modelling moral behaviour is more effective than extolling moral behaviour.

10. The NHS says that babies should be given supplements of vitamins A, C and D from 6 months if they are not being fed formula. I'm not sure how necessary this is and am a bit reluctant as I can't work out how to administer them in a way that Nathaniel won't hate.

11. Babies develop the ability to injure themselves and others before they develop the ability to reason through the consequences of their actions. They can understand not to do something because their carer says not to before they can understand the consequences of their actions.

12. Babies can usually sign before they can speak, so teaching them sign can help them to communicate earlier.

That's just some off the top of my head whilst Nathaniel naps. Any to add?

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Date: 2015-07-20 01:52 pm (UTC)
forestofglory: E. H. Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin reading a book to Pooh (Default)
From: [personal profile] forestofglory
I'm surprised you have to pay for the chickenpox vaccine, as it seems to have become standard here in the states. Factors to consider are cost (obliviously), his likelihood of exposure, and how often he is around immuo-compromised people. (The last because you wouldn't want him to give someone chickenpox.)

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Date: 2015-07-20 01:54 pm (UTC)
rmc28: Rachel standing in front of the entrance to the London Eye pier (Default)
From: [personal profile] rmc28
7: It depends how you define "worth".

I got my children vaccinated against chickenpox because from everything I could find the risk of the vaccination (i.e. future chance of getting shingles) was no worse than the risk of the illness.

The context was two years ago, with multiple cases circulating in both school and nursery where my children attended: it seemed to me that my choice wasn't "vaccination or nothing" it was "vaccination or illness eventually". This year there have been even more outbreaks in nursery - at one point recently something like over 30 cases!

I was four when I had chickenpox and it is one of my few memories of being that young (itching a lot and not being able to see my friends). I wanted to save my children that kind of experience, and would rather they have the memory of 2 more jabs along with the rest of the NHS vaccination schedule instead.

Purely financially, the cost of getting the vaccinations done privately at my GP was approximately £50 per jab, two jabs per child, two children. I work full-time and my net salary is a lot more than £200 a week. Not having to take a week or more off work to nurse sick children more than pays for the vaccinations.

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