Will and Kate: The baby names of 2011?

It would certainly seem the case that whenever a celebrity is as much in the public eye as Prince William and Kate Middleton are at the moment, they start a trend in baby names.  It’s happened in the past with rock stars and other celebrities, and let’s face it, it’s about time the name “Kate” was revitalised a little.  We live in a celebrity obsessed society these days, much more so than before, and although we’re no more excited about William’s impending marriage to Kate Middleton as we were about the marriage of his parents Charles and Diana all those years ago, we are much more likely to feel the ripples of its cultural impact on our young expectant mothers because if this increased celebrity consciousness.

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Baby safety leaflet produced for New York State health professionals

A coalition of organisations in New York State in the US has seen fit to produce a leaflet about baby safety which encourages health professionals to raise issues with parents before their baby is born.

The group of Monroe County health organisations are targeting breastfeeding, car seat safety, second-hand smoke and safe sleeping practices. Paediatricians ordinarily speak with parents about such matters, but this means the issues are only being raised once the child is born when discussion would be beneficial before then.

The brochure, titled Keeping Your Baby Healthy and Safe, emphasises the benefits of breastfeeding, describing how antibodies present in breast milk protect babies from infections and illness and how it also leads to a reduced risk of SIDS or asthma development.

The safe sleep section encourages parents to make use of safety approved cots and contains advice about proper sleeping position and other sleep safety issues, such as the presence of loose items in the cot.

The car seat safety advice is all about having the correct equipment, namely safety-approved child car seats appropriate for the age of the child, while the second-hand smoke information is focused on raising awareness of the dangers – how it can result in asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis.

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