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

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What is normal for 4.5 month old sleep patterns?

My son was doing really well up through 3months with sleeping. We would put him down at 8 and he would not wake up until 3am for his first feeding, then 6am for second and then be up for the day ...
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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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What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?

What method is effective for teaching very young children vocabulary? I mean that you have a way of continuously teaching them more; you don't just run out. And you can tell it works, because when ...
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Once a mom has developed a cracked or chapped nipple, is there anything she can do to lessen the pain?

While nursing, cracked nipples can be excrutiatinly painful. What does a mom do to help alleviate the pain while her nipples heal?
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What does one do to alleviate the discomfort of mastitis?

Mastitis is an infection that can develop in the breasts during the months while a mother lactates. Once one has mastitis, it can interfere with breastfeeding because it becomes painful to feed the ...
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How do I avoid cracked nipples?

Getting chapped and cracked nipples can be a problem for lactating moms. Sometimes it may be somewhat inevitable, but what are some of the things one can do to avoid the problem in the first place?
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Diapering a 7 month old that is almost ready to crawl

This little boy just won't stay put and rolls over onto his tummy within seconds of being laid down. I'm sure you understand the consequences of this when I've just opened up a nice juicy poopy ...
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What diseases are caused by bottle feeding and how can they be prevented?

My kid who's 5 months old is being bottle fed since past 4 months. Yesterday, a doctor warned us against various diseases caused by bottle feeding. I know about the tooth decay caused by prolonged ...
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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 does one pace the weaning process?

After you've determined it is time to begin the weaning process, how long should it take to finish weaning and how many steps or stages are involved?
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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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Should a teether be given to an infant? If, yes, then at what age?

The kid is 5 months old. She keeps on chewing her fingers. Should she be given a teether or should she be allowed to chew her fingers? What are the possible disadvantages of giving an infant a ...
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Is there an infant-equipped transportation service with car seat to and fro airports?

My 6-week old child, my husband and I are taking a flight from East-cost to West-cost. Is there a taxi or other transportation company that will provide a car seat on a short notice? And also would ...
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11month old baby has lost interest in eating solids [duplicate]

My 11 month old daughter has suddenly lost interest in eating her solids. She has never really been interested in food however we were in a good routine and she was eating the foods I was giving her, ...
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How to deal with the infant who has got an eyelash in the eye?

The kid is 5 months old. She keeps on rubbing her eyes repeatedly throughout the day. Last time I did see an eyelash in one of her eyes. What's the way out?
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So What is a Baby Sling and what Advantage does it Have?

Many questions on this site reference baby slings, but none of them really explain what they are or what the benefits of using one are (as say, compared with other carriers like the Baby Bjorn). When ...
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Ways to automatically swing or rock a baby

An idea that comes to my mind to swing a baby swing automatically is using a CD drive eject - close function , I have several such Drives I dont use and I dont want to use a computer to do the ...
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How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?

My little guy gets a bottle as the last thing before we put him to bed, it greatly helps him to wind down and relax for sleep. As the teeth start coming, we realize it's important to brush his teeth, ...
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Why is it important to support a newborn's neck?

Newborns have such floppy necks that they need support while being held. The question I have about this is, what are we trying to protect in supporting the head/neck ? My wife and I have a few ...
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Baby gift suggestion for third boy? [closed]

What is a good idea for a baby gift for someone who has just had their third boy? They do not want to see one more blue stretchie :) - or even any piece of boy's clothing. They have toys and books, ...
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What's a good choice for a baby's first sign in sign language?

My guide to using sign-language for babies recommends starting out with one single word, and repeating it frequently until the baby begins using it too. I'm having a lot of trouble picking a good ...
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What are some alternatives to bouncing on an exercise ball?

Our 2 month old loves to be held while we bounce on our exercise ball. It is a great technique for soothing him, but our backs are tired and sore! What are some alternative bouncing contraptions, ...
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How do we avoid leaky diapers at night?

My 8 month old son has been sleeping throughout the night for a couple of months now without problem. However, over the past month, we've been having a problem with diaper leakage overnight. We ...
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What are the signs other than crying which indicate that the infant is hungry?

Age: 3 months I don't wish to wait for her to cry whenever she needs food. What are the signs other than crying which indicate that the infant is hungry?
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Why do infants flail their arms?

I've noticed that with most infants (say, around 6 months old, give or take), when presented with an object, there are 3 main things that they'll do with it: look at it put it in their mouth hold it ...
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What kind of impact have parental quarrels on children?

What kind of impact (permanent or temporary) can parental quarrels have over a child on the short-term and on the long-term? I wish to know if some studies have been done on the matter. Answers with ...
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Can I figure out what my baby wants by the sound it makes when it cries?

Can I figure out what my baby needs from its crying? According to Dunstan Baby Language, the sound used before hysterical baby crying gives information on what the baby needs. The Dunstan website ...
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How to mimic the infant sucking actions with a manual breast pump?

Doctor gave me some pills to increase breast milk but at the same time told me that those pills won't be effective unless the baby sucks directly from your breast since breast pumps cannot suck like a ...
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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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Why does my infant bang her head sideways in sleep? [duplicate]

Age 2.5 months. I swaddle her and put her in my lap. When she's asleep I notice her banging her head sideways. Also, today I tried Kangaroo Care and put her naked on my chest (on her stomach), when ...
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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a travel bed instead of his crib?

My "Pack n Play" is easy to move around the house and it contains things I need such as changing pad or diapers. Is there any disadvantage for letting my newborn sleep in this for a long period of ...
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8-month old terrified of new caretakers

My 8-month old will hardly let anybody "new" pick him up, or spend time with him if his mother or I aren't present. His current nanny and one set of grandparents (which have spent a lot of time with ...
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Can “Baby wearing” lead to physical issues for the baby?

We love to carry our baby using different baby wearing products...baby carrier (baby bjorn, ergo baby, etc.), the sling (with adjustable rings), etc. Depending on the age, they will generally be worn ...
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Can baby's limbs 'fall asleep' in carriers due to lack of blood flow?

My wife and I were just discussing this. I don't know if there's a way for us to find out. Sometime she notices that when she takes our daughter out of the wrap-type carrier (where her legs are ...
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Is watching a moving fan equally harmful to an infant's mental development as is a TV?

From: http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/2714/2221 The recommendation against watching TV is not, as I understand it, because it shortens the attention span, but because it overloads the mind. A ...
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Why does my infant burps many times

My child (2 months old) keeps burping multiple times after feed, he has a first big burp and then multiple small burps, due to this his sleep gets interrupted. This is usually early morning and ...
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Restricting infant on almost every move

Most of the times I restrict my 10 month old on doing things which I feel would have a negative impact on him. For example, I say NO in a louder tone when he makes a desperate attempt to put his hand ...
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At what age can children understand and respond well to discipline?

When my daughter was 6 months old, she liked to crawl over to our floor lamp and play with it (which is dangerous). Instead of trying to correct her behavior, we simply moved the lamp behind a child ...
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For an infant, at what age should we replace the bottle with a cup, and how?

The baby is 1.5 months old. She is currently being bottle fed. At what age should we replace the bottle with a cup, and how should we go ahead introducing the change?
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Our infant was sleeping through the night, but at 5 months old started waking up in the middle of the night; is this from starting to dream?

My little girl started sleeping all night long when she was 3mo. She was sleeping from 11:00PM to 7:00AM, without waking up. Shortly after she turned 4mo, she woke up during 2 days, screaming and ...
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How to maintain dental hygiene while bottle feeding?

http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/8475/2221 Dental hygiene: Drinking from a bottle all day and/or all night can cause tooth decay even in teeth that haven't emerged yet. Both breastmilk and ...
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Removing petroleum based grease from my skin before handling my infant

I'm a new dad and recently I've been doing a lot of DIY projects that involve metals, which are greased in petroleum based lubricants. I clean my hands thoroughly with hand and dish soap after the ...
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Daughter saying whole sentences at home but not in kindergarten

My nearly 3 years old daughter is capable of saying whole sentences by now and using them nicely while at home with us. However the kindergarten staff claims she speaks very little and not capable of ...
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14-week-old waking many times a night: poor sleep associations already? can we sleep train yet?

My 14-week-old has been a poor sleeper since birth. He was "colicky" for the first 7 weeks, so did not sleep well. Then until about 10 weeks, he was starting to improve: there was less inconsolable ...
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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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What are some good strategies to support extended breast feeding of 2 years for new parents

Interested to know some guidelines for parents who would like to go for extended breastfeeding. One threat we see to this is reduction of breastmilk as I have heard from many mothers that their milk ...
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How to prevent baby bottle addiction?

I have decided to restore to breast pumping and feeding through bottle to the baby (1 month old). My relatives tell me that this can lead to bottle addiction to baby and then she'll want to drink only ...
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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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How can I tell parents of a 1-year-old that they're doing it wrong?

Without getting into the circumstances, my wife's step sister and her husband are living with us while he's between orders with the US army. She's 28 and he's 42. While they're living with us, it's ...
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What are the risks of putting a newborn baby to sleep on their front?

For our first baby, we were told by various midwives in no uncertain terms, that babies must always be placed on their backs to sleep (no explanation ever given- just instructions!). This was all very ...