What To Write in a Baby Card

Offer heartfelt new baby wishes with these ideas

In life, it just doesn’t get much happier than the arrival of a new baby. One moment, there is simply the dream of this unknown, but already-loved person. The next moment—Waaaaaah! Here he is, old-soul eyes blinking in the sudden light. Here she is, tiny clenched fists still holding tight to the wonder of the place she’s just come from…

What a privilege it is to be on the welcoming committee for that brand-new person. That’s really what you’re doing when you pick out the perfect baby congratulations card and add your personal touch. You are officially greeting the new arrival and adding to the parents’ joy—in a way they can keep, revisit and cherish forever.

If all that joy puts you at a loss for words when you go to sign your card, pull up a pen and relax. This guide offers writing tips and message ideas, shared by Hallmark writers and tailored to a variety of baby-welcoming situations—from baby showers to twins to adoptions. Whether you read the whole guide or go straight to the specific ideas you need, we hope it helps you make that perfect card truly personal.

What to Write in a Baby Card

Baby Shower Wishes

A baby shower is all about the fun of getting together, making a fuss over Mom and “showering” her with all the cute gifts she and baby are going to need. When signing your card, it’s fine to mention your gift or the party—and it’s good to keep in mind that your card may be read aloud or passed around.


  • “So excited to shower you and your baby in love today!”
  • “It means so much to be here with you today, sharing in the fun and dreaming along with you…”
  • “For you, I’ll even play goofy shower games. You’re that good a friend.”
  • “You’re going to make a wonderful mom!”
  • “I had so much fun shopping for this little gift. Love your nursery theme! (Hint, hint.)”
  • “All the best to you and [Eric] as you wait for Baby’s big debut! I hope you can use this gift toward something she’ll need.”

Writing tip: If the shower takes place before the baby arrives, consider making a list with a title like, “I hope the baby inherits your…” The items might range from “beautiful green eyes” to “wicked sense of humor” to “Jayhawk pride.”

New Baby Wishes

There’s nothing wrong with a short, sweet “congratulations” or “happy for you” message—especially when the card’s printed sentiment has already expressed most or all of what you wanted to say. Here are some ideas for making your congratulations personal and memorable.


  • “So happy for you two! That’s going to be one lucky baby.”
  • “Ahhh! Freaking out over here. Congratulations, you guys!”
  • “You two deserve every bit of happiness this baby is going to bring you.”
  • “So many happy and wonder-filled times ahead for you…congratulations.”
  • “Warmest congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby girl!”
  • “Love just got real. So very excited for you.”
  • “Welcome to the world, little one! So thrilled that you’re here!”
  • “I’m really looking forward to being a part of Baby’s life as [she] grows.”
  • “What a very lucky baby. Congratulations!”
  • “Can’t wait to see that sweet little smile.”
  • “I’m so thrilled for you and so happy, too, that our little ones are close in age. I hope they have as much fun together as we did growing up. Cousins are the best!”
  • “I can’t wait to help you with the baby. If you need anything at all, just text me!”
  • “You two are going to make such amazing parents.”
  • “We can’t wait to see the many ways God blesses you with this little one.”

Writing tip: On a baby card, you can direct your message to the parent(s), to the whole family or even to the baby. (Yes, really!) Choose whom you really want to talk to, and let it shape what you write.

Twins & Multiples

More than one bundle of joy? Break out your math skills and send some happy wishes times two…or three…or more!


  • “So glad to hear about the safe, healthy delivery of [Ella], [Abby] and [Christopher]! How wonderful to see you so blessed!”
  • “A double-dose of love! What could be better?”
  • “Woo-hoo times two!”
  • “Good things come in threes!”
  • “Born with a buddy—how fun is that? Congratulations!”
  • “Can’t wait to help with counting all those fingers and toes.”
  • “A [Sam] and a [Henry]. How perfect! Wait—you did know there were going to be two, right?”
  • “Double-cuteness runs in our family. Congratulations on keeping the tradition going!”

Writing tip: There will usually be a limited selection of cards available for twin births and very few for multiples beyond two. Don’t feel tied down to those choices, though. Many general baby congratulations cards will work perfectly well for twins, triplets and beyond—especially after you personalize it with your own message.


With adoption, the way the child becomes part of the family may be different, but the joy is the same, and the warm words and wishes you send to congratulate them will be much the same, too.


  • “This precious little boy was meant for you and you for him. Warmest congratulations to your beautiful family.”
  • “You’re going to make your little girl’s life so, so good. She is lucky to have you.”
  • “So proud of you two for making this baby’s life a good one, and so happy for you and all the wonder that’s coming your way. Congratulations!”
  • “I love seeing your dream come true like this. She was definitely worth the wait!”

Writing tip: In adoption congrats messages, remember to steer clear of references to giving birth or to baby inheriting the mom’s eyes or the dad’s long legs. If the couple is adopting a toddler or older child, consider bypassing the baby cards and going for a general congratulations or a beautiful blank card you know they would love.

Difficult Circumstances

When the joy of welcoming a new arrival is accompanied by health issues for the mother or baby, or other difficult circumstances, it’s still appropriate to respond with warm, joyful congratulations. Rather than the lighthearted sweetness of many baby sentiments, these messages should tend more toward straightforward warmth, caring and optimism.


  • “So thankful your baby is here.”
  • “Sending our congratulations on the birth of your baby boy, and keeping the whole family in our thoughts and prayers as he undergoes surgery.”
  • “Your precious girl is so beautiful. And she’s going to bless you in ways none of us can even imagine.”
  • “A warm, happy welcome to Baby and lots of love and healing thoughts to Mom!”
  • “Congratulations! Wish you could spend these early weeks getting to know Baby [Joshua] at home, but it’s good to know he’s getting the loving care he needs at the hospital.”
  • “Welcome to the new bright spot of so many lives!”
  • “Sending you happy and hopeful thoughts for your lives together.”
  • “Babies bring hope and happiness to our whole world. I’m thinking the best thoughts for you all.”

Writing tip: Your message to new parents facing difficult situations need not address any specifics. Your words do carry the power of restoring feelings of hope for parents struggling with uncertainty; don’t hesitate to share thoughts of optimism, faith and confidence.

Warm Closings

A warm closing before your signature is like the bow on top! Choose one of ours, or come up with one of your own.

  • Warmly,
  • Love,
  • With love,
  • Lots of love,
  • Love always,
  • Much love to you,
  • All my/our love,
  • Love you,
  • Love and cuddles,
  • Hugs and kisses,
  • All the best,
  • Blessings,
  • God bless,
  • Sweet dreams,
  • Happy snuggling,
  • Cootchy-coo,
  • Awwwwww,
  • Overjoyed,
  • Over the moon,
  • Tickled pink,
  • So thrilled,
  • Wishing you sweet times,
  • Rock-a-bye and rock on,

Writing tip: Why not add a quote? You can draw baby and parenting quotations from children’s books, poetry, Scripture, songs, movie dialogue, Pinterest and more. A quote can be included in the body of your written message, or you can write the quote separately on the inside left of the card. (Typically, you will end up signing your name on the inside right.)

Birth Announcement Wording and Etiquette

Learn the who, what, when and how of announcing a new family member

If you’re like most new moms, you’ve probably been texting, emailing and tweeting nonstop since the birth of your little bundle of joy. And you’re also undoubtedly busy with feedings, changing, baths and all the other little tasks that seem to eat up every last second of a new mom’s life. Given the ease of connecting digitally and the difficulty of finding time to do anything that requires extra time and effort, you might be tempted to skip the formality of paper birth announcements.

But before you do, take a few minutes to consider the baby you might be throwing out with the bathwater (pun intended). After all, the time-honored tradition of a printed birth announcement isn’t really about “announcing” anything these days: It’s about creating a personal, touchable keepsake that your friends and family can treasure for a lifetime, and that you can look back on when you flip through the pages of your baby book.

If that thought strikes a chord with you, read on to learn how to get those “official” baby announcements off your to-do list and into the mailbox.

Time lineFirst off, relax. Even though it would be nice to get your birth announcements out within the first month or two, etiquette says you have six months. That gives you a little more time to pick a design that suits your style—and your baby’s personality. Plus the longer you wait, the more adorable photos you’ll have to tuck inside.

Who gets one?Friends (old and new), extended family, co-workers (current and former), yoga buddies, classmates…don’t hold back. No one is going to be offended that you thought of him or her at one of the peak moments of your life. If they had a baby and you’d want to know, include them.

StyleYou’ll know best what style reflects your personality. Cutesy? Modern? Formal? Retro? You can even divvy up your list and choose more than one style. Or get creative, and upload a favorite photo of your baby to a website that lets you print announcements on demand and design around it.

Essential Info

These elements are essential:

  • A lead-in, such as “Our new little sweetie is finally here!” (This is only necessary if the design you choose doesn’t already include a lead-in.)
  • Baby’s full name and the parents’ names. Write the mother’s name first unless you are using the more formal “Mr. and Mrs.”
  • Date of birth

Optional Info

These elements are optional:

  • Baby’s weight
  • Baby’s height


Multiple births
Treat these the same as a single birth, but put the babies’ names on separate lines.

Ryan James Bradshaw
8 lb 3 oz
17 inches
Adam Sidney Bradshaw
8 lb 2 oz
18 inches
born October 28, 2008
Mary and Edward Bradshaw

Parents with different last names
Write the mother’s full name first, followed by the father’s full name.
Stephen Andrew Gaines
born on July 12, 2008
at 8:03 a.m.
9 lb 3 oz
18 inches
Allison Carter and Robert Gaines

Unmarried mother
Include the baby’s full legal name and the father’s name if that’s acceptable to both parents.
Kyle Edward Smith
born August 31, 2009
7 pounds 2 ounces
Jeanette Johnson

In the case of adoptions, wait until after the adoption is final.
James and Samantha Gooding
are proud and happy to announce
the arrival of Emily Rose
born April 2, 2009
and welcomed into our home
on June 12, 2009

Gay and lesbian parents
Use both parents’ full names.
Christa Devlin and Johnna Miles
are proud and happy to announce
the arrival of
Susan Annette Devlin-Miles
born on October 2, 2009

Second, third, etc. babies
Include parents’ and all siblings’ names.
Pete and Lisa Schiff are proud to welcome
Adam’s baby sister
Roxanne Marie Schiff
who was born on May 28, 2009
weight: 8 lb 5 oz
length: 17 inches

Divorced or separated parents
Each parent sends announcements separately.
Logan Lindstrom Forsberg
born June 18, 2009
7 pounds 2 ounces
Traci Lindstrom

Medical Insanity? – Big Pharma Developing Baby Vaccines For Pregnant Women


Source: NaturalNews.com
David Gutierrez
July 13, 2016

Vaccine industries have their sights set on a new market that they hope will someday be as massive as that created by the just-shy-of-obligatory childhood vaccine schedule: pregnant women.

The industry is working with the FDA to create new rules to test and develop vaccines designed to be given to pregnant women, in order to pass antibodies on to their unborn infants. The fact that this protection would only be short-term is not viewed as a problem.

Indeed, the industry is elated at the possibility to start vaccinating – via their mothers – babies too young to receive traditional vaccines.

Industry senses new opportunity

The concept of maternal vaccination targeting the infant immune system is not a new one. As far back as the 1960s, researchers were working on such a vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – a common and…

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Use Extra Caution When Giving Herbs to Children

Babies younger than 6 months {or around the time a child begins eating solid food} should not take herbs internally. Small amounts of gentle herbs can be applied to an infant’s skin via salves, oils, baths and compresses {a cloth dipped in herb tea}.

For older children, dosages usually are calculated by weight. Take the child’s weight in pounds, divide it by 150 {an average adult weight} and multiply that number by the adult dose. For instance, if an adult dose is 100 mg and the child weighs 50 pounds, the child’s dose would be 30 mg {50/150 x 100 = 0.3 x 100 = 30 mg}.

Children aren’t simply small adults, however. Some herbs generally regarded safe for adults should not be given to children. To find out more, ask an herbal expert or get a book, such asNaturally Healthy Babies & Children by Aviva Romm {Storey Publishing, 2000}.

Use Gentle Herbs when Pregnant or Nursing

Many plant constituents pass from the intestinal tract into the blood, across the placenta to the fetus’ blood and, later, into breast milk.

If you’re pregnant, you generally should avoid putting anything medicinal into your body, A void consuming herbs with laxative effects {senna, cascara sagrada, aloe}; hormonal properties {licorice, black cohosh, dong quai, chaste tree, sage, red clover}; or stimulant effects {guarana, kola, yerba mate, tea, coffee}.

Food herbs usually are safe bets, particularly when used in quantities suitable for flavoring. While no obstetrician will tell you to cease cooking with garlic and oregano, some culinary herbs, such as sage and parsley, might not be recommended in higher therapeutic doses. Most experts agree pregnant woman can take these herbs safely: ginger {no more than 1 gram a day to reduce nausea}, raspberry leaf, echinacea, chamomile, bilberry {fruit, not leaf}, cranberry, hawthorn, hibiscus flowers, rose hips, mullein, spearmint and nettles.

Peppermint Rose Water Mist

Lately, the thermometer seems to be creeping up and up. Iced tea is being gulped down like water and summer tunes are in constant rotation. With things heating up, we often find ourselves looking for ways to refresh inside and out. Ideally, we’d like to spend most of our time lounging by the Crooked Bear Creek  with some Hibiscus Iced Tea, but we reserve that for weekends. When we’re working hard during these long, hot summer days, we like to tone and refresh our skin with this Peppermint Rose Water Mist.

Witch hazel and rose petals are featured in this recipe, and both contain astringent properties which tone and tighten tissue. This is a great feeling for faces that have been exposed to a little too much heat! Roses are traditionally recognized for their ability to open up the heart and help us to feel love and tenderness. We’ve also included lavender essential oil, which is very relaxing, and peppermint to help you to feel refreshed and a bit cooler under the summer sun.

This recipe is quite simple. You should be able to find all the ingredients at your local health food store.

2oz spray bottle
Liquid measuring cup or funnel

Equal parts water, witch hazel and rose water (enough to almost fill a 2oz bottle)
12 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil

1. Pour the liquids into your spray bottle. You can use a liquid measuring cup or funnel to make this a bit easier and less messy.
2. Carefully add the essential oils.
3. Screw on the cap and shake vigorously.

We suggest adding a label with a list of ingredients and the date. That way, you’ll remember what you used. Then you can enjoy a few sprays of this refreshing mist to the face after a long day in the garden, a day at the beach or anytime you need to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Make sure to keep your eyes closed when spraying, and be sure to wash your eyes out with fresh water if they accidentally get sprayed.

Now you have a bottle full of plant power for all the sunny days to come!

Beet Root Lip and Cheek Stain

One of the biggest challenges going natural is finding clean, plant-based and ethical beauty care products that work! Your lips and skin might be feeling dry and chapped this season, but there are some DIY options that can give you back your glow. This beetroot lip and cheek stain recipe can be created right on your stove top, similar to an herbal salve. The only difference is that we’ve added in a bit of color.

In this recipe, we use alkanet root and beet root powder to give the stain that sheer ruby red hue. The almond oil and cocoa butter in the stain give your cheeks and lips a dewy look, while deeply nourishing your dry skin. With a touch of peppermint essential oil, this stain tastes and smells delicious! It would be great as a stocking stuffer or in your purse year-round.

Beet Root Lip and Cheek Stain

This beetroot lip and cheek stain recipe can be created right on your stove top.

Servings: About 15 (.5oz tins)

Time: 45 minutes


Double boiler
Wooden spoon
Fifteen ½ ounce tins
Liquid measuring cup
Box grater
Measuring spoons
Small mesh strainer


¼ ounce of cocoa butter (about 3 wafers)
½ ounce of beeswax (1/2 of a stick)
3 tablespoons of alkanet root
2 teaspoons of beetroot powder
1 cup of sweet almond oil
10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil


1. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water, to the line mark. Add 3 tablespoons of alkanet root in 1 cup of sweet almond oil in the top section, apart from the section with water. Bring the double boiler to a low simmer, stir the mixture and keep on low for 15 minutes. The oil will soon turn a deep red.

2. Strain out the alkanet root, using your mesh strainer and liquid measuring cup, and then add the deep red oil back to the top pot.

3. Shave the beeswax, and then add it in with the cocoa butter and beetroot powder.

4. Once melted and mixed in, turn off the heat and add your peppermint essential oil.

5. Pour into your lip balm containers.

6. Allow the stain to dry and enjoy!

Be sure to add labels to your stain so your friends and family know what ingredients were used. If you’d like the color to be darker, you can try infusing more alkanet root or adding in more beetroot powder. The stain can become somewhat darker when multiple layers are applied.

Now that you’ve got this stain recipe down you can try infusing other essential oils into the mix, to create your own custom scent profile.

We hope this recipe encourages you to try more natural beauty care products, steeped in the power of plants.

#OneSmallStep to Pure & Natural Personal Care

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it

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Herbal Salt Glow for Vibrant Summer Skin

My senses are constantly indulged by the burgeoning world around me, and the simple fact that more of my skin is exposed to the elements makes summer an intimate time of being in the world. My hands are in the dirt, my feet are in the sand, and my nose in every blooming flower that crosses my path. The earth is always near, and my body feels like another one of its fruits. With the sun on my skin and the wind in my hair, life flows and my heart is warm and open. The days just seems a little easier simply from being surrounded by earthly pleasures. Having soft skin is one of those earthy pleasures that I just adore. This is true anytime, but especially in the sun-kissed summer months. Using an exfoliating salt scrub is hands down the best way I know to get silky soft summer skin.


Chamomile and lavender

When it comes to making salt scrubs, there are many different approaches. I like including lots of herbs, of course, for their therapeutic and aromatic properties and also because they help with exfoliation. This recipe includes lavender and chamomile flowers–both of which are anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin as well as cooling and relaxing to the nervous system. The bergamot essential oil is an added aromatic boon, providing a soft citrus note that is at once uplifting and relaxing. The emollient coconut oil and sweet almond oil in the recipe help seal in moisture.

Exfoliation softens and smooths your skin by removing dull, dead skin cells and making way for the regeneration of new cells. The new skin cells, along with the circulatory stimulation of exfoliation, also leave your skin brighter and more vibrant. Using an herbal salt scrub is a simple, enjoyable self-care ritual that leaves me feeling soft, radiant and oh-so-summery.


Chamomile, lavender and salt


1 C fine sea salt

½ C Epsom salt

½ C Dried chamomile flowers

⅓  C Dried lavender flowers

3 Tbsps coconut oil (if it’s not already liquified at room temperature, melt it)

½ C sweet almond oil (you may substitute apricot kernel or sunflower oil)

40 Drops bergamot essential oil*

20 Drops lavender essential oil*


Seperately mix all of the dry ingredients and all of the oils (including essential oil). Combine the dry and wet ingredients, mixing well. Scoop into jars.

Use in the shower once a week, replacing the use of your soap. Scoop into your hand and scrub lovingly onto legs, butt and arms in a circular motion. Feel free to scrub somewhat vigorously. Start by your hands and feet, moving your way toward the heart as you scrub for maximum circulatory benefit. I like to let it soak in for a few minutes before rinsing.


*I keep the essential oil scenting minimal in this recipe to give more of a chance for the herbal ingredients to shine. If you are looking for a more strongly scented salt glow, feel free to double the essential oils.


Herbal shower scrub

Flower Power: Royal Oil

For more than a decade, I have studied the traditional uses of plants—a field known as ethnobotany—in Micronesia, a very remote area of the Pacific Ocean where people still use plants for many aspects of their daily lives, as their ancestors have done for centuries. Related: A Lotion Versus Oil Smack Down

Source: Flower Power: Royal Oil

Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy Linked to Autism, ADHD in Offspring

Acetaminophen is one of the very few painkillers considered generally safe to use during pregnancy. A new study, however, suggests it may not be so safe after all, after identifying a link between prenatal exposure to the drug and symptoms of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
[A pregnant woman holding medication]
Researchers suggest pregnant women who use acetaminophen are more likely to have children with symptoms of autism or ADHD.

The study – led by researchers from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, Spain – is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Also known as paracetamol, acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter medications during pregnancy. Around 65 percent of expectant mothers in the United States use the drug.

All pregnant women should seek medical advice before taking any medications, but for most mothers-to-be, acetaminophen use is deemed safe. A 2010 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found no increased risk of major birth defects with use of acetaminophen in the first trimester of pregnancy, and some studies have even suggested it may lower the risk of birth defects.

However, there has been some evidence that acetaminophen use during pregnancy may interfere with the brain development of offspring. In 2014, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that expectant mothers who used acetaminophen were more likely to have children with behaviors associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Assessing the link between acetaminophen and ADHD, autism

For this latest study, lead author Claudia Avella-Garcia, a researcher at CREAL, and colleagues set out to further investigate the association between acetaminophen use in pregnancy and ADHD among offspring, as well as determine whether there might be a link with autism.

The team enrolled 2,644 expectant mothers to their study. At 12 and 32 weeks of pregnancy, the women completed a questionnaire, in which they were asked whether they had used acetaminophen in the month prior to becoming pregnant or during their pregnancy.

The women were also asked how often they had used the drug, though the exact doses used could not be assessed, due to mothers being unable to recall them.

The neuropsychological development of 88 percent of the women’s offspring was assessed at the age of 1 year, while 79.9 percent were assessed at the age of 5 years.

At 1 year, the children’s neuropsychological development was evaluated using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID), while a number of tests – including the McCarthy Scales of Children’s Abilities (MCSA) and the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST) – were used for evaluation at 5 years.

Prenatal acetaminophen exposure linked to autism symptoms in boys

The researchers found that 43 percent of the children assessed at the age of 1 and 41 percent of those assessed at age 5 were born to mothers who used acetaminophen in the first 32 weeks of pregnancy.

Compared with children born to mothers who did not take acetaminophen during pregnancy, the researchers found that those whose mothers used acetaminophen in the first 32 weeks of pregnancy were 30 percent more likely at age 5 to have attention impairments, often found in children with autism or ADHD.

Children prenatally exposed to acetaminophen were also more likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity at the age of 5. Those who had been persistently exposed to the drug performed worse on tests of attention, impulsivity, and visual speed processing.

Furthermore, the researchers found boys with prenatal acetaminophen exposure were more likely to have clinical symptoms of autism than non-exposed boys, and the incidence of such symptoms increased with persistent exposure to the drug.

This finding, the team says, could explain why boys are much more likely to develop autism than girls.

“The male brain may be more vulnerable to harmful influences during early life,” says Avella-Garcia. “Our differing gender results suggest that androgenic endocrine disruption, to which male brains could be more sensitive, may explain the association.”

Overall, the researchers say their findings indicate that children exposed to acetaminophen in the womb may be at greater risk of symptoms of autism or ADHD.

“[…] although we measured symptoms and not diagnoses, an increase in the number of symptoms that a child has, can affect him or her, even if they are not severe enough to warrant a clinical diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder.”

Claudia Avella-Garcia

‘Expectant mothers should not be concerned’

While the researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact mechanisms by which prenatal acetaminophen exposure may be linked to autism or ADHD, they note that the drug alleviates pain by targeting cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which has the potential to reduce connectivity between nerve cells.

“It can also affect the development of the immune system, or be directly toxic to some fetuses that may not have the same capacity as an adult to metabolize this drug, or by creating oxidative stress,” says study co-author Dr. Jordi Júlvez, also a researcher at CREAL.

The researchers conclude that further studies are needed to gain a better understanding of how acetaminophen may affect fetal brain development.

The findings are likely to worry expectant mothers, but Dr. James Cusack, director of science at Autistica – a U.K. autism charity – insists women should not be concerned about taking the drug during pregnancy.

“This paper does not provide sufficient evidence to support the claim that there is a strong association between paracetamol use and the presentation of symptoms of autism,” he told The Independent. “The results presented are preliminary in their nature, and so should not concern families or pregnant women.”

“As the authors correctly state, more research, with careful control for other factors is required to understand whether a link exists at all.”