Age specific questions from about 3 months to about 1 year of age. Younger: newborn. Older: toddler.

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new tooth has a black color (baby 8mo old) [closed]

My 8mo baby has his upper front teeth on the way. Today, I noticed that one of them was black and blue in color. This is scary to me. It looks like one of the teeth is black, but it might be that the ...
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How can I encourage my child to feed himself with a spoon?

My 11 month old child will happily feed himself finger food, and is happy to let himself be spoon fed. However he doesn't seem to know what to do when I give him the spoon and bowl. Typically he'll ...
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How can I bathe my baby in the shower?

Our house has no bathtubs, only showers. We have very active 17-month-old twins that love the tubs at the grandparents' and we'd love to be able to have one at home. Unfortunately all the inflatable ...
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Why is my infant constipated after eating fruit pulp?

My 7mo son was only on breast milk till 6 months. I then started introducing formula and after a week of no issues, started with fruit pulp. After fruit pulp, he has difficulty defecating and needs ...
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How do I deal with my baby pulling herself up in her crib?

My 6 month old daughter has started to pull herself up to a kneeling or standing position. It's like someone flipped a switch-- she went from not climbing on anything to climbing on everything, all ...
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How do you childproof electrical cords?

I let my 6-month-old roll around on the living room floor. She almost always heads for a cord of some kind (laptop cord, xbox controller cord, etc.) I hide the power strip, so she doesn't have ...
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Is a cold with a very congested nose dangerous for an infant?

Noob parent here. I have a 9-mo who's currently pretty stuffed up: snoring, a little wheezing, constantly runny nose etc. I'm not worried about long-term, since it seems to be "only" a cold. But when ...
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Should we feed the 3MO on demand at night with more frequent wakes?

As is common with 3-4 month olds, we've gone from a very good sleep schedule to more frequent wakes. Depending on fussiness she will get to sleep between 630 and 730, and she used to sleep for 3-4 ...
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How do you know when to wean?

What signs can a baby show to indicate he/she is ready for weaning? What does a parent look for to determine the right timing for this for baby, mom and family?
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Are “glow in the dark” bedsheet safe

We are planning to buy a "glow in the dark" blanket as our seven month old daughter finds it fascinating. However are there any health concerns with using "glow in dark" stuff. I understand they use ...
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At what point should we introduce water (or other liquids) to our infant's diet?

We've just started feeding our infant solids and there are lots of resources to figure what when and what to introduce but I haven't yet figured out when we should introduce water along with it. It ...
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What are things to consider when purchasing a baby backpack?

REI.com is currently running a sale on their selection of baby backpacks. I'm not looking for a product recommendation because ultimately that's like asking someone's favorite flavor of ice cream. ...
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When do baby's gas pains usually go away?

My daughter is suffering from gas pains. We have taken steps to reduce them, which were moderately successfull. Still, I'd like to know when will baby's gas pains go away? When will the baby stop ...
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How do dealing with infant flipping over during sleep training?

We are sleep training our 4 month old. Its working great except that now he is flipping over to him belly and then he starts crying. Should we go in and flip him back? Should we leave him to figure ...
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Why has my infant suddenly changed her sleep patterns? Is she teething?

My daughter normally goes down for the night around 7.30pm. After that she sleeps soundly (with a feed at 10pm) until 3-4am, where she'll grizzle a few times but go back to sleep without needing to be ...
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What are some coping strategies to deal with infant allergies?

Both my sons have had allergies, my oldest has been able to cope and his have not been as bad as my youngest who just turned one. My oldest seems to just deal with it now, but my youngest seems to be ...
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4 year old steals toys from baby brother

My nephew (Alex) is turning 4 in one week, and his little brother (Ben) is 10 months old. When Ben was born, Alex loved him to death and would do anything to help us with him, bringing him toys and ...
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Does/can it have a negative effect, if newborns/infants are exposed to background noise (TV, …) while awake or sleeping?

A midwife once said that babies might sleep camly in the loudest environment (radio or tv sound, party, etc.), but later they are "reprocessing" all this input and will be unsettled or even won't ...
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What are the alternatives for a lactose intolerant baby?

I have a 2 month old granddaughter and she is potentially lactose intolerant (she's been spitting up, has runny stools, a low grade fever, fussy, and the doctor suggested it). She's been on a ...
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Balancing toy interest and value with noise

We got the Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Poppers toy. Our daughter loves the toy and it is really encouraging her to crawl and even to work on getting from her tummy to sitting to put the balls back ...
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How do I figure out which infant formula is the healthiest?

With so many formulas out there, I am not sure which is the healthiest. Are there any studies that show which formulas are the best? OR what to look for in formula? Are there things that are unhealthy ...
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Do false alarms on Angel Care monitor mean sleep apnea?

We have an AngelCare monitor that uses a vibration sensor to detect if our daughter is breathing while in her crib sleeping. Basically, if it detects no movement for 10 seconds, it gives a warning ...
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How often should the cloth diaper be changed and how to know when it is the time to change the diapers?

Infant will be on his bed, so how will I know that it is the time to change his diaper? Do I have to wait for his crying? Do I have to check every 15 minutes whether his diaper is wet or not? These ...
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What language should we teach our child if our native tongue is different from the local language?

My wife and I are from Indonesia and we live in an English speaking country. I'm not sure what language we should speak to or teach our baby boy (now 8 months). Should we use English, so that when ...
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How to encourage a 4 month old to swim

For the last 2 months, we have been taking our daughter, now 4 months old, to the baby swimming twice a week. She enjoys it however she doesn't really swim. She just sits, floats and lounges: allowing ...
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Is Woodward's Gripe water safe?

We've been given a bottle of Woodward's gripe water? Is it safe? I see a long list of ingredients, such as Sarjkakshara and Bronopol and Methlyparaben Additionaly, is it useful?
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How talkative should a three month old be?

Our daughter started babbling a lot. She used to throw gu and ga around once in a while, but now she seems to be babbling all the time. She talks to us, to all the chandeliers, her toys, she also ...
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How to minimize diaper usage or replace it with greener alternatives

Is it possible to minimize diaper usage for infants , are there any greener alternatives to diaper and diaper pads , one alternative is cloth diapers but for many its difficult to clean it , are there ...
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Development for Twins

I'm a mother of three grown sons and have been a nanny to dozens of children. Last year I started babysitting 3 week old twins. They were only 2 weeks early, but their development is significantly ...
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planning babies in a quick succession?

What are the pros and cons of planning babies in a quick succession and then stopping it altogether. e.g: planing one baby per year and then stopping at number three. Thus Is it a wise thing to get ...
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How to raise a child such that she has high self esteem throughout her life?

I know I am beautiful and slim and trim, but still I always had and still have a low self esteem probably because I wasn't "good" at anything like sports, dancing, cooking etc. I always kept on ...
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7 month old will no longer play on her stomach

My 7 month old is capable of rolling both front-to-back and back-to-front. She can also sit fairly well when place in the sitting position, although she cannot get to that position on her own. ...
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How concerned should we be about Mice coming into the baby's room?

Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby shower (lots of cakes and crumbs out), and since then we've started ...
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How can I keep my 1yr old from gagging and throwing up when eating solids?

My 1yr old son is still taking formula and 2nd foods because when we try most kinds of blended foods (foods with texture), he gags and throws up all over himself. I've read quite a bit that this gag ...
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Is it normal for an infant's weight to fluctuate?

Is it normal for an infants weight to fluctuate throughout the day or to not increase from one day to another? I have a feeling it is, fluctuation happen and average weight gain per day is an average, ...
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Now that I'm working, my milk production can't keep up - What can I do to increase it?

I have returned to work after 8 weeks post-natal (I am now at 10 weeks) and although I pump with a top of the line electric pump, I am just not producing quite enough to keep up with my infant's ...
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How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?

Our 5 month old generally gets her head down somewhere in the early evening. We lie the sleeping lump on the bed face up, and she snoozes. Then she rolls over onto her tummy and wakes up. She's at the ...
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Should I be worried about my baby's eyesight?

My baby is 7 weeks old, and we have some concerns about his eyesight. When he was first born we were nervous because he would often bulge both eyes out - looked like he was kind of straining and his ...
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Why has my infant stopped eating?

My 10 month old has been a very good eater since we started feeding her solids at 6 months. She has been eating all sorts of things - she has 8 teeth, so has no trouble eating most table foods. She'd ...
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Can I use a stroller for my infant in Chicago's public transportation?

My family will be visiting Chicago next month and we'll be using the metro and buses. My question is, how do infants (son is a 7 month old baby) usually travel in public transporation? Does one have ...
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Are there any non-soy, non-dairy infant formulas?

Background For a child who is allergic to dairy, there are soy-based formulas. However, soy has phytoestrogens, estrogen-like hormones, to which infants are sensitive*, **. Question Are there any ...
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What is the best approach for teaching toddlers not to drop items off the table at meals?

During discussions with friends about our children (2 years and 16 months old) I discovered that some parents give their children "normal" (and thus breakable) plates and glasses. The reason is ...
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What are the dos and don'ts related to massaging an infant?

I was thinking of giving him a strong head massage, but then I read somewhere that newborn heads are not supposed to be touched strongly since bones aren't joint at the back of the head. What are the ...
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Why are some babies always fussy and crying while others are always cheerful?

I have noticed this very often. I have seen babies who are cheerful ever. My brother in law's daughter has never (not literally though) been seen crying/fussy etc. While as my brother's baby son is ...
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neighbour's Marijuana effects on infant

I live in a flat. The flat next door (we share 2 walls) has an old man who smokes 5-6 times a day. Sometimes alone, sometimes with 2-3 friends (guessing never been inside but see people come in) I ...
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What is Heuristic play?

I've been looking at lots of different nurseries (day care) for my one year old child. Most of them are proud to offer something they call "heuristic play". What is heuristic play? Why is it so ...
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Diaper rash: if properly treated how long will it last?

Our 3-month old son has bad diaper rash. We're putting a lot of the cream on each time we change his diaper. How long will it take before this goes away?
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How hard do I burp my baby?

The "howtos" out there don't really show you how hard to pat the baby when burping it. They seem to focus on positions and such, but they stop short of actually doing it. I want to know that I'm ...
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Letting a newborn sleep - bassinet or full-sized baby bed?

Is it a bassinet really necessary for a newborn? We are expecting our first in a bit less than half a year. We have been asked if we want to use the family heirloom bassinet, and we really can't ...
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Move into own room at the same time as sleep training?

Our 5 month old currently sleeps in her cot in our bedroom. We've taken one of the sides off, and the cot is right next to the the bed to make it easier for nighttime feeds, which my wife does lying ...