Crucial Tips from a Pediatrician on Surviving Your Baby’s 1st Year

Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Scott Cohen, author of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year.

Hit the Highlights
  • Is colic hereditary? If a mother had colic as a baby will her child be more likely to have colic?
  • What causes colic?
  • How is colic treated?
  • A lot of adoptive parents worry about the fact that their children are being fed formula rather than breast milk. Is there any evidence that this will harm the child?
  • Can you continue nursing while undergoing an IVF cycle?
  • Will the IVF drugs pass through the breast milk?
  • Will antidepressants pass through the breast milk to the baby? Is it safe to take antidepressants while nursing?
  • What’s the current theory on the types of food—spiciness, dairy, etc. for a nursing mother to eat?
  • Do you need to worry about moderate alcohol consumption and breastfeeding?
  • What is the best way to feed twins?
  • How to breast feed twins?
  • Feeding twins.
  • Should you put twins on a feeding schedule?
  • How does the development of a baby born prematurely differ from a baby born at full term?
  • Should you give your baby a pacifiers?
  • Is thumb sucking or pacifier sucking better for a baby?
  • How to establish a bedtime for a very young infant?
  • At what age are children physically ready to sleep through the night?
  • At what age should you wean your baby off of nighttime feedings?
  • How to train or teach babies to sleep through the night.
  • Does nighttime crying hurt a child psychologically?
  • Is there a way to sleep train a child without allowing them to cry it out?
  • How long is too long to let a baby cry?
  • Should we let him cry it out at nap time too?
  • I have read that an infant’s brain processes day sleep and night sleep differently and thus you have to sleep train for both. Is this true?
  • Is it better to have an early or late bedtime for a baby?
  • Does it take longer to train a child to sleep through the night the older the child? Does sleep training take longer the longer the awakening at night habit has been in place?
  • Adoptive parents worry that letting their children cry at night will interfere with attachment.
  • How do you sleep train an adopted child?
  • How do you sleep train a child adopted over the age of one?

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Show originally aired in 2012.