Royal parenting advice for Harry and Meghan
With a new baby on the way, we thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could use a few tips.
Amid a dreary afternoon in many parts of the U.S. comes some brightening news: the newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child. Congratulations are pouring in, as well as name predictions (yes, really, this early) and even debates on whether or not the baby will be a prince or princess (he/she won't).
But here in the very non-royal world of online journalism, we thought we'd build anticipation for the lucky offspring by offering a few gems of advice you won't find in "What to Expect When You're Expecting a Royal Baby."
1. Start feeding the baby peanuts early.
Kids in Israel have something to smile about: fewer peanut allergies than children in some other countries, like the United Kingdom. (Photo: Marie C Fields/Shutterstock)
Forget conventional wisdom, Your Highnesses. The best way to make sure that your child doesn't have an allergic reaction to peanuts is ... to feed them peanuts. A 2017 study from researchers in Canada suggests that children whose mothers eat peanuts or peanut-based foods while breastfeeding are less likely to develop the allergy themselves. It's part of a wealth of evidence on the topic, which includes studies from Israel that show children in the Mediterranean country have peanut allergies at one-tenth the rate of British kids. It seems counterintuitive, but it's something all new parents – even royal ones – ought to consider.
Use this nifty baby monitor.
Gift idea alert! This is a baby monitor that keeps a running log of your child's sleep and produces a highlight reel for parents to watch every morning. It's called Nanit, and it was developed by a group of scientists and designers from Israel and the U.S., with the mission of giving parents a super-advanced view of their child's sleep. The device consists of a motion-sensing night-vision camera that collects data – like how many times the baby wakes up, the temperature and humidity in the room, how often a parent tended to the baby, how long it took the baby to fall asleep and total hours of sleep. It also includes a night light and a white noise maker. Because what royal palace doesn't need a little future-tech?
Time to plan that babymoon.
Meghan and Harry didn't listen to us (the nerve!) when we threw out some very reasonable suggestions for honeymoon destinations. Very well. But now, another excuse to get away is in the offing: a babymoon! If you're not familiar, it's short for "the last adults-only experience you'll have for the next 18 years." With a due date sometime in spring, the couple have plenty of time to take that last-ditch jaunt. Surely they'd love to see a sunset or two without having to push a stroller through a sandy beach. Israel has no shortage of opportunities to see a glorious sunset. (Click here for our list.)
And if you're out in public and baby starts fussing, give him/her to this guy.
Professor Sydney Engelberg is a social psychologist at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. He encourages his adult students to bring their children to class, and recently one of those children began to cry. As the mother went to leave the classroom, Professor Engelberg insisted on taking the baby, while continuing to teach the class. His beneficence produced results: The above photo shows a calm baby. We'd like to think he enjoyed his cameo as Engelberg's assistant. Heck, maybe he even learned a thing or two about social psychology.
But, we digress. The Internet did its thing, and Professor Engelberg's small but selfless act went viral. And now that Meghan is preggers, we'd like to officially suggest that Engelberg be named the official Royal Baby Whisperer. Get thee to the Palace, Professor!
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