A study in Academic Pediatrics revealed mothers who used mobile devices during meals had 20% fewer verbal and 39% fewer nonverbal interactions with their children, which in turn may reduce family mealtime's protective effects against obesity, asthma and risky behaviors. Maternal mobile-device use also resulted in 26% fewer verbal and 48% fewer nonverbal interactions with children during introduction of unfamiliar foods.
Pregnant women with the highest vitamin D levels were significantly less likely than those with the lowest levels to have a child who developed type 1 diabetes before age 15, according to a study in the journal Diabetes.
Moms are online-shopping mavens, according to a Nielsen study on the their past 30 days of behavior. The study found that moms were 35% more likely to shop for clothes, 50% more likely to purchase toys, 29% more likely to buy music and 23% more likely to purchase e-books online. Their favorite social websites were Pinterest and Disney Online, and 50% accessed them through a mobile device, the study found.
Boot camps are moving into neighborhoods to offer a workout option for busy moms, as well as a way for them to catch up with friends. Missy Isom, owner of Moms Evolution in Cornelius, N.C., also involves babies in the workouts, sometimes having moms use them as weights.