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

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How can I strengthen my baby's arms?

Our 11-month-old hasn't been too interested in learning to crawl. I think she got tired of failing. She pushes her self backwards but can't push herself forwards. While searching for activities that ...
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Is it safe for a baby to suck on bath toys?

We bathe our 6 month old in our bathtub. We fill the tub 1/3 of the way and we sit in there with her to bathe her. The bath water gets a little bit soapy as the bath gets underway. We put some bath ...
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Is the “cry it out” approach harmful?

We have several questions on this site that deal with infants and toddlers who cry a lot, for various reasons. Here is an example question and example answer, another answer. The topic was raised on ...
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How do you know when a baby needs to be burped?

My daughter just turned two, and over the last two years, I've learned a lot. Most parenting skills were easy to learn, but I never figured out burping when she was in the infant stage. In retrospect, ...
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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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Why do babies like to be bounced?

For a large amount of the time if our baby is crying I can stick her on my shoulder or my knee and bounce or rock her (gently), and she will calm down. Why does this work? She gets bounced a lot ...
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Why does the baby consistently fuss at nightfall?

My daughter (2 months old) consistently fusses or screams around sundown/nightfall regardless of the sky is overcast, the lights in the house are on, or apparently any other factor. Is this common, ...
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How to keep a baby cool in summer?

I have concerns regarding our baby (less than 1 yr) sleeping in an air conditioned room. I live in Mumbai. Its an area with extremely high humidity and very hot temperatures. We all sleep in an air ...
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Is it recommended to use warm water for bathing my baby?

I don't know whether this is a good habit or not for my baby. But my wife is always taking our baby a bath using warm water.So when the time we would to take our baby to swim in the pool, our baby ...
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How do we break nursing associations at naptime?

We've recently tried Ferber's method of progressive waiting to help our 4-month-old sleep better. At nights, it's worked extremely well... after his bath in the evening he now falls asleep within ...
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What features should I look for in an infant or toddler bath tub?

My wife and I are on our third infant/toddler tub, and haven't liked any of them. We started with the safety first tub that slides open with the frog sponge. It leaked. Next up was the Summer ...
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5 month old won't fall asleep because she always turns herself onto her stomach

This question is related to How do dealing with infant flipping over during sleep training?, but not exactly the same. Our 5 month old daughter flips onto her stomach constantly. When you put her ...
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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 types of developmental milestones should we be concerned about? [closed]

A lot of the developmental questions on this site are about Language, but I'm less anxious about missing language milestones than I am about other potential developmental milestones that I may be ...
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Is there any harm to letting an infant's hair grow long?

My niece is 7 months old, and has long hair: around say 20-25cm. We are planning to cut her hair against our wishes because we think it could make it easier for her to catch a cough or cold. Is long ...
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Can Constant Alarm Testing in Building Pose Emotiona/Psychological Concerns for our Infant?

Our building is constantlly having false fire alarms that are extremely loud. These are beyond the smoke detectors in our home, they are the industrial strobe alarms that can be heard over a block ...
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Torticollis: what should we expect?

We have been instructed to take our 4 month old to a physical therapist to address torticollis and flat head. In past visits to our pediatrician we were given stretches to do and have attempted to ...
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Should I be concerned that my infant holds her sneeze in?

My ten-month-old daughter just got stick (seems like cold/flu). What's really strange for me is that she holds her sneezes in. In fact, sometimes she's almost shaking from the exertion of holding her ...
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Should I be concerned with a infant (preemie) that doesn't want to be held?

My son is 30.5 weeks old, 14.5 weeks adjusted (he was a 24-weeker) and has started to get real fussy until we set him down in his swing or crib. It's not happening all the time, but it is increasing ...
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How to improve the introduction of solid food?

My wife and I have six month old twin daughters whom we have just begun to feed solid foods. Per our doctor's instructions we have begun feeding the girls Beech-Nut Rice Cereal. In an effort to ...
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Infant and noise from fireworks

I live in China and have a 2-week-old baby daughter. Today is Chinese New Year and the noise from the fireworks tonight will be deafening. What is the best way to protect her from the noise?
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What are some considerations while preparing for an all day trip in NYC?

We're going to be in NYC on foot and taking the subway around all day. Or daughter is 3 months old. We're going to bring our usual diaper bag, a baby carrier, a sling, extra change of clothes, water ...
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Should we roll our baby back onto his back so he can sleep?

Our baby's new trick is rolling onto his tummy. Unfortunately, he hasn't quite figured out how to get back to his back. He remains beached until we flip him. The problem is, he doesn't nap because ...
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Recommended method for checking a baby is not too cold

At our antenatal classes we were told that it can be misleading to feel a baby's hands to check if they are too cold, because the extremities can get cold even when the baby is ok. A better method is ...
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Why do my children cry in my wife's arms but are quiet with me?

It's strange that my child often wakes up at night and starts crying uncontrollably and just won't calm down and go to sleep unless I take him in my arms (1.5 years of age). My second son who is just ...
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How do I help my 3 month old sleep better through the night?

My 3mo daughter was sleeping pretty well through the night (from 11 PM to 7 AM) for about a week, and now she wakes up every 30 mins to 1 hour wanting her pacifier. I've been running in at the first ...
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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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Can rocking an infant make her too dependent on it?

We have a two month old. We are big believers of using the 5 S's to sooth her ( swaddling, side, shush, swing , suck ) We usually swing/rock her in our arms. Recently we started to use the swinger ...
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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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Should I respond to “fussing” the same as crying in an infant?

During the night my 7-week-old will fuss in his sleep (grunt, flail, etc...). This fussing rarely proceeds to crying but he usually will not settle on his own. When I pick him up he will usually ...
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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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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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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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Our infant cries with anyone else if we're not in the room as well

My wife and I live alone (i.e. no other family members) and our 6month old infant is quite attached to both of us. When we have visitors, or we are over to other persons houses, he is okay to play ...
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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 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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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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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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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 give my baby a bottle of breastmilk straight from the fridge?

I'm exclusively breastfeeding my baby, and occasionally give him pumped bottles. I generally try to warm them up before giving them to him, at least to room temperature. (I was once told as a tip to ...
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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...