The Quickest Way to Save a Choking Baby: Watch This Video!

St. John Ambulance Choking Baby videoDo you know what to do when Baby is choking? If you don’t, watch the new animated video below on how to save a choking baby.

The video, titled “The Chokeables,” was created by St. John Ambulance, a first-aid training organization with branches around the world, and is being shared on social media. Every parent can benefit from watching the 40-second video, which features objects that babies commonly choke on (such as a pen cap, a marble, a broken crayon, and a nut). The toys are voiced by three British actors, including Sir John Hurt, who appeared as Mr. Ollivander, the wand-maker, in the Harry Potter movie series.

A princess figurine demonstrates the following steps to save a choking baby:

  1. Lay your babyface-down on your thigh. Give him up to 5 back blows.
  2. If that doesn’t work, turn your babyover and give him up to 5 chest thrusts until the airway is clear.
  3. If the chest thrusts don’t work either, call an ambulance immediately.

So far, at least seven people have saved choking babies after watching the video, reports The Mirror.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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Yes, Babies CAN Feel Pain When Getting Shots

Crying baby with mom at pediatricianDoes your baby cry uncontrollably when getting a vaccination shot at the doctor’s office? Turns out it’s not merely a melodramatic meltdown. Researchers at the University College London have discovered that a baby’s brain actually registers pain during vaccination shots, reports ScienceDaily.

A small sample size of 15 babies (1 month to 12 months) were studied. Each baby was given an EEG test, where harmless electrodes were placed on the scalp to measure brain activity, and also recorded on film while being given routine vaccinations, to see how their brains reacted to the shots.

Scientists then studied and compared each baby’s EEG response to physical responses to pain, such as crying, distorted facial expressions, and movement.

All babies experienced pain, but results indicated that younger babies (1- to 2-month-olds) had higher “spikes” in brain activities upon skin contact with needles, versus 12-month-olds. The younger babies’ pain was given a rating system of 8 out of 10.

This initial research provides evidence that more pain-free vaccination (like the rotavirus vaccine, which is given orally) should be created in the near-future to provide better care for babies and also make doctor’s visits less stressful for everyone.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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Vaccines for Babies and Older Kids

Photo: Crying baby with mom at doctor’s office via Shutterstock

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These Photos of #BoltBabies Will Make Your ENTIRE Day

bolt-babyNeed a little pick-me-up before you head into the weekend? Look no further than the Twitter feed of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. This week, the fastest man in the world became an accidental viral sensation after retweeting some photos of babies pulling his famous “lightning bolt” pose. Naturally, it didn’t take long before parents began flooding him with pics of their kiddos doing the one-arm-up stance.

Ever the good sport, Bolt has been offering thoughtful commentary on each of them. His words of wisdom have ranged from the ultra flattering (“Epic” and “Future star”) to the gently encouraging (“Practice makes perfect” and “Almost there.. Little more practice.. Lol”).

That last comment was reserved for the photo Jonathan Mulkeen posted of daughter Amelie doing her lightning bolt (pictured at right). While most of us parents bristle when anyone says anything less than complimentary about our babes, it seems criticism is a little easier to swallow when it comes from someone famous. Or is it? Mulkeen told Today.com, “It was great that Bolt took time to respond to the picture, even though he did say that my daughter’s pose could do with a little more practice. I should screen grab Bolt’s tweet and the media coverage it has been getting so that I can show my daughter in years to come — but it would be just my luck that she isn’t into sport whatsoever and her reaction would be, ‘Usain who?’” (Burn!)

Zingers aside, the Olympian’s gig as a one-man judge is winning him a lot of fans — and a ton of attention. News outlets here and around the world are reporting on the phenomenon, and just this morning, the runner declared it the week #BoltBabies. One look at those sweet faces and I couldn’t agree with him more. Now it’s your turn: Have you seen your baby do the lightning bolt? What are some of the crazy poses you’ve seen so far?

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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Playing With Baby: Get Moving
Playing With Baby: Get Moving

Image of Amelie courtesy of Jonathan Mulkeen via Twitter

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OMG! The New Gerber Baby Is the Cutest Ever

I’m a sucker for a sweet face, but I have to be honest, the 2015 Gerber baby winnerclassic Gerber baby always seemed a little too perfect to me. Like one good snuggly hug from me would forever flatten the little curled-up hairs above her ears. Still, when I heard the company named its spokesbaby of 2015, I was eager to see the winner.

Be still my heart!

Meet 7-month-old Grace, from East Petersburg, PA, whose mom, Gabrielle, took this ridiculously cute photo and submitted it for the company’s fifth-annual Photo Search contest. It ended up beating out entries from more than 180,000 other too-cute kiddos. While I can’t imagine choosing just one winner here, I can see why baby Grace won over the judges: The soft downy hair, the sweetest smile imaginable, the adorable rolls here there and everywhere — what’s not to love about this picture? (Gerber’s marketing specialist Cassie Savage chalked up the W to Grace’s “captivating charm [that] stole the judges’ hearts.”)

Even more amazing? This was only the fifth photo Gabrielle had taken of her daughter that day. She explained in a press release, “She must have taken her hands out of her mouth and posed them like that for a split second, because I didn’t even realize how cute she was posing until after I was completely done taking pictures and looking back at what I had just taken!”

As the 2015 spokesbaby, she receives $50,000, a year of Gerber baby food, and the chance to appear in an ad for the company. The cutie is also probably responsible for any spontaneous oohs and aahs you hear today. Congratulations, Grace!

Want to make a record of your baby’s exciting first year? Get the scoop on how to create a memorable baby photo book.

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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Playing With Baby: Tummy Time
Playing With Baby: Tummy Time

Image of Grace courtesy of Gerber

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What’s the Big Deal About “American Sniper’s” #FakeBabyGate?

fake babygateI’ll welcome any reason to see more Bradley Cooper stories in my daily news feed, but the latest controversy surrounding his movie, American Sniper, is downright ridiculous.

No, I’m not talking about complaints that the film glorifies “a killer.” I’m referring to the backlash over a plastic newborn doll that director Clint Eastwood used in some scenes. Critics have called it a “creepy robot baby” and slammed it as “jarringly fake.” It probably didn’t help that actual baby noises were looped in during editing, so they’re not only disembodied but also not matching up with the fake infant’s body language. Considering Eastwood’s famously obsessive attention to detail and historical accuracy, this could seem like a bit of a miss.

Unless, of course, you’re a parent. Because anyone who has spent even an hour with a newborn knows that they’re a lot like Lindsay Lohan circa 2010: unable to sit still for very long, prone to epic meltdowns, and not always able to turn it on when the director yells “action.” I mean, just getting out the door with a baby can be a real struggle. If he’s not gifting you with a surprise poop diaper just as your hand touches the door knob, then he’s spitting up on your favorite sweater, or spontaneously deciding he’s hungry and must eat immediately. It’s why every mom I know gives herself an extra hour to get anywhere, even if it’s just to a Starbucks down the street.

Now imagine that erratic behavior on an expensive, tightly-choreographed movie set, where hundreds of people are counting on a baby to keep it together while some strangers hold her and have the same heated, scripted discussion until they get it just right. Infants do it, of course, and apparently Eastwood’s intention was to have a real baby in those scenes. But in true newborn fashion, one kiddo showed up to set with a fever while the second was MIA, according to a since-deleted tweet by American Sniper‘s screenwriter Jason Hall. He added, “(Clint voice) Gimme the doll, kid.” Spoken like a true director — and dad of seven.

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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How to Soothe a Crying Baby
How to Soothe a Crying Baby

Image: Screen shot of Bradley Cooper and fake baby courtesy of Warner Bros. via CNN.com

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