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

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How old does a child have to be to start using a pacifier?

I guess I'd have to say I'm still struggling with this question, which is why I'm throwing it out here for others to answer: what is your feeling on giving pacifiers to young children, and how old ...
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How can I keep my infant from sleeping while bottle feeding?

We've been trying to get our infant on a schedule, but he tends to fall asleep before he's done eating, which makes it challenging, because he doesn't finish, and wakes up hungry too early. It also ...
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What is the recommended age for an infant to start sleeping in his own room?

Our 8½-month infant sleeps in his own crib inside our room. He was born 2 months early, so his adjusted age (equivalent age for a full-term baby) is about 6½ months and his development is ...
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Are deli cut meats bad for infants?

We've been feeding our 15 month old deli ham for dinner pretty regularly. Recently, a family member was alarmed that we were feeding him any kind of deli meat because it is "bad for them". We ...
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Can learning sign language be harmful for babies' speech development? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does using sign language really accelerate a child's ability to speak? I am considering teaching my 8-month-old sign language, and I can't sneeze without finding ...
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How young is too young to take a child overseas?

My wife and I are expecting a child at the end of February. My sister-in-law is planning on getting married in early May in Macedonia (we live in the US). This is our first child and we're more than a ...
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What's the best way to extract baby snot?

Our baby currently has a cold which means her nose is streaming with snot. She is quite unhappy with us wiping it away with a tissue every few minutes. I can imagine her upper lip is getting quite ...
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What should I do about my 3 month old baby wanting to nurse all night?

I've been too tired to get up every 2-3 hrs to nurse, so I've been sleeping with him attached to my breast... Unfortunately I can't sleep well. What should I do? He doesn't burp well either, and spits ...
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Can I save rice cereal for short periods of time?

We've started feeding our baby rice cereal. I try to make small amounts and make more if he needs it, but sometimes I make too much. I understand that once you've prepared rice cereal (mixed it with ...
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Is there any benefit to not responding immediately to a crying infant?

Crying is a newborn's favorite activity. They cry whenever they feel hungry, unsafe, or uncomfortable. But sometimes I prefer to not respond to crying as quickly as possible, in order to teach my ...
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Is it okay for an infant to sleep 10-12 hours at night?

Our 4-month-old baby regularly sleeps for 10+ hours at night. I know this isn't normal (and we feel pretty blessed for it), but is it okay? Are there any health problems or downsides to this?
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Are vitamin supplements necessary for newborns?

We have been told by various people that babies need vitamin supplements, because "My doctor said so." This seems counterintuitive. Shouldn't formula or breastmilk have all of the nutrients that a ...
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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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Could green poop be caused by an allergy to breast milk? [closed]

Theoretically speaking, could green poop be caused by an allergy to breast milk for an breastfed infant starting after four months of breastfeeding? I don't know if that is even possible. Infant poop ...
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Why use rice cereal as a first food?

Searches have come up with when and which one, but no why. Why is it recommended or common to feed infants rice cereal as their first food? Why would we feed our daughter a processed food over a ...
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Why would my 9 week old refuse to nurse from breast?

My 9 week old has recently started to refuse to nurse from the breast. She will only eat from the bottle (pumped breastmilk). She has successfully breastfed since birth, she also uses the bottle ...
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Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?

I am a student parent and find that coffee helps me study. I drank coffee while pregnant and kept it well under the daily allowed amount. I am unsure what I can have while breastfeeding though. How ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a nanny-cam?

We are seriously thinking of hiring a nanny, as my wife wishes to hold on to her job in these tough times. I have seen what are called, "nanny-cams" (like the one here), that help us monitor the nanny ...
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What should parents consider when selecting a pacifier?

There are a wide variety of pacifier styles and many boast claims of being more like the breast or more natural. What criteria should parents use in selecting a pacifier? Should it be based solely on ...
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How many toys are enough/ too much?

My husband and I have decided to minimize the number of toys for our daughter for a variety of reasons... we have a small house, I am unemployed also we see how greedy many children who have ...
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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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At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?

I've heard many times that you shouldn't put toys (or pillows or blankets) in a baby's crib while they sleeps, to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation. But I don't remember ever hearing when it ...
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scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school [closed]

I am looking for a particular kind of parenting book. The focus should be on newborn to pre-school. The book would offer parenting advice grounded in scientific studies. For example, there is a ...
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What are the best cloth diapers for a large baby?

My son is 5 months old and at 21 pounds, barely fits in 13"x 20" prefolds that claim to go up to 28 pounds. The next and only size up for prefolds is 16.5"x 21". They claim to hold babies up to 40 ...
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What symptoms call for an immediate trip to the doctor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you know when it is time to take a child to the Doctor? As a new mother, I tend to be very worried. I'm always afraid I might be missing something, or not ...
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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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Are glass baby food jars safe to reuse?

I've been feeding my daughter store-bought baby food in glass jars, but I plan on starting to make her food myself. Is it safe to wash and re-use the jars I already have?
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Is this diaper rash caused by starting on solids?

My son is 5 months and just started solids last week. So far, so good, until today. My wife just told me that she thinks our son is having a reaction to something he ate. She said that his BM had ...
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Why will my baby sleep easily at night, but not nap during the day?

I put my 6-month-old down for the night a little while ago. She was awake when I put her down, and less than ten minutes later with no crying, she was dead asleep. I try this during the day, and she ...
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What are some symptoms of an ear infection?

My 6-month-old was upset today, and I couldn't figure out why, but she kept rubbing one of her ears. I'm wondering if she might have an ear infection, and what other symptoms to look out for if this ...
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How much noise does it take to negatively impact an infant's hearing?

In our apartment complex we have fire alarms that are outrageously loud. Last night, we woke at 4:30 am to the alarm going off all through the building. We got out as quickly as possible, but I'm ...
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Controlled crying isn't working at night. What are my options?

We used controlled crying to help our daughter get to sleep easier at 6 months. This was hard work at the time but now, at 10 months, we can reliably put her down at the end of her bed time routine ...
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How should I prepare myself, my husband, and my daughter for my return to work?

I was laid off shortly after having our daughter. I have never been so happy to be laid off from work because I found that I love being home with her. She is almost 5 months old. I did work for about ...
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How can I encourage language development in my infant?

My 4 month old is the most verbal baby I've ever seen. He has something to say in every situation. My husband and I tell him what things are, "That's a truck. It moves along the road.". My son clearly ...
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At what speed do kids normally teeth?

This is a follow-up question to my other question here My son finally started teething and his first bud appeared around a week after the question was posted :) But now the teething has again ...
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What are some ways to encourage a gifted toddler's development?

My girlfriend claims that our infant (about 9 month old boy) is gifted because he is doing certain things relatively early, such as the way he "speaks", moves around, eats, observes etc. That may very ...
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How can we introduce some formula for our baby?

I have always given our baby a bottle of expressed breast milk in the mornings. Recently my partner has decided that she is pretty fed up of expressing (I don't blame her!) and since we are now ...
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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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At what age should infants have playdates?

I have a four month old and I wonder how much he would get out of being around other infants and children. I realize that infants do not actually play together, but I feel like viewing other children ...
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Is it okay to let a baby cry at bedtime?

My 4-month-old has a set bedtime routine and will generally go happily to sleep - but occasionally (for no particular reason) he'll work himself up into a fit and cry for long periods of time, ...
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How can I get my infant to fall asleep?

When it's bedtime for my 7-month son, it's always his mother who makes him fall asleep. When I try to get him to sleep so it ends with him crying. Any tips on how to get him to sleep would be ...
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How does having a second child change your life?

Most parents would probably agree that having a child will deeply change your life. But how does having a second child change your life? Second-time parents won't be much surprised about the smell ...
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Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?

I've just started feeding my daughter solids, and I would like to teach her to not blow raspberries while there is food in her mouth (which is cute, but messy.) Is it possible to communicate to her ...
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Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception?

I have heard my whole life that the above mentioned types of toys delay walking and/or independent sitting (depending on the age they're used). I've even heard that they can hurt the infant's legs. ...
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What are some good distractions for an infant?

My 4 month old is nearly able to sit up on his own and has gotten rather bored with activity mats, swings, and hanging toys. The only things of his he still likes, are a bit too advanced to hold his ...
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Does it hurt my baby (developmentally) if she watches while I'm on the computer?

I have a 6 month old who likes to stare at my glowing computer while I code or browse the internet. Most of what I view is text or static web pages, so it's not content I'm worried about her viewing, ...
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How can I get my infant to stop biting his lower lip?

The myth in our neck of the woods goes that it makes the lip bulge out and reduces chin size. I dont know how true it is, but the only time our 3 month old doesnt bite his lip is when he's chewing ...
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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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Where can I find good research on long term health impact of different types/brands of infant formula (in the US)?

My wife can no longer nurse our infant due to her health issues. Is there an online resource I can use to research different types/brands of infant formula? I'm looking for independent, and preferable ...
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Should we give our infant baby food to avoid feeding at night?

Our little boy is 4 and half months old. He weights around 7.5 kg. He wakes up many times at night for milk. Shall we start giving him baby food so that he does not feel hungry at night?