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

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Should I stop my infant from sucking his thumb?

My 2-month-old has recently discovered his thumb. He used to often suck his hands, normal baby behavior, and occasionally would "find" his thumb and happily suck for a while - usually when he was ...
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Is it really that bad to get water in an infant's ear?

My baby girl loves taking baths but, of course, we get conflicting information about how often and how careful we should be of water in her ears. The pediatrician said every other day and didn't say ...
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How to deal with my teenager step daughter's rebellious behavior?

My 14 yo step daughter loves troubling us. I initially thought taking her side and spending time with her may improve the situation. But I guess, I was wrong . She loves breaking rules. She talks ...
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Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?

Recently, when booking a trip, I discovered that if I included my infant when making a reservation the price was often as much as $100 more per night. When I confronted the hotel about this (we were ...
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How can I wean my active baby from swaddling?

I have a very active 4 1/2 month old baby, who has been swaddled since birth. For the last month, he has been breaking out of his swaddle (we use the SwaddleMe brand) and waking up several times per ...
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How strict should I be with my 9 month old?

I want him to be well behaved but I also want him to be happy and to feel loved by us. I find it difficult to balance telling him off so the he understands not to drop food on the floor, grab my ...
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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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Baby Girl Stretching

I am a first time mother and I have a 4 month old baby girl. She stretches so severely and intermittently. Could this be normal? What could be the cause?
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Infant sunscreen recommendations for child with sensitive skin

Our daughter has pretty sensitive skin and has broken out with eczema once. We've tried Banana Boat and Blue Lizard and she's broken out from both. What are sunscreen ingredients to avoid (or to look ...
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when baby did not respond, I saw grandmother blowing up air through the ears while mouth/nose closed? Is it something really bad? [closed]

when baby did not respond (seemed unresponsive god knows why), I have seen grandmother blowing up air through the ears while mouth/nose closed? Is it something really bad? It's something i have heard ...
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Is citrus fruit safe for babies?

Giving citrus fruit to a baby that is just starting on solids is discouraged on several places online, however i cannot find any solid reasoning behind this advice. Has there been any scientific ...
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Should a newborn be allowed to sleep all night, or be woken up to eat more?

My son is 2 weeks old and is sleeping through the night. I bottle feed. I give him 4oz. During the day he will sleep after his bottle only 4 to 5 hrs, but at night he will sleep all night. For example ...
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Is it ok for my baby to sleep in his swing?

I have a Fisher-Price baby swing that my 7-week-old is spending a lot of time in :) I've found that I often put him in wide awake, and a short while later he's soundly sleeping. Is it ok to leave him ...
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Is it dangerous to swaddle a baby that can roll over?

I have heard that it is an absolute must that you stop swaddling your baby once they are able to roll over, due to the potential that they could roll over onto their stomach and then be unable to roll ...
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Causes and prevention techniques for crooked teeth?

I had horribly crooked teeth and my mother has them too. I was told that I used to touch my gums with my fingers that's why my teeth were crooked. What are the facts and myths regarding crooked teeth ...
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How to get an infant to burp?

How does one get a 5 weeks (and older) breast fed baby to burp ? At the moment the baby just burps randomly. Holding the baby so the chin is on my shoulder while I rub the baby's back gives randomly ...
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Help me handle my infant's hair!

What can I use to soften my 5-month-old baby's hair? Her hair seems tough; it tangles and is always dry regardless of any moisture I put/apply on her hair. She cries when I try to comb and appears to ...
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Protective feeling over my child - is this unusual?

I want to know if it is just me that feels too protective of their baby. I mean I can't leave him for a minute on its own, I feel that I have to constantly watch over my precious child. Is it normal ...
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At what development stage is an infant ready for a ride in a bike trailer?

Our infant was born in October and is approaching 8 months old. We recently purchased a bike trailer for the purpose of taking family bike rides (we also have a 3 year old). We live in a part of the ...
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How do I stop an early roller

Our twelve week old son has suddenly started rolling from his back to his front, and appears to be able to do this at will! Unfortunately, he can't roll from front to back yet, which leaves us worried ...
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My baby fell from the bed. Is there any problem?

My 7 months baby fell from the bed yesterday on her back. I couldn't notice how she fell but we heard a sound and we ran to her only to find here lying on her back crying. The height of the bed is ...
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Paranoid Parent

I am currently about to be employed and this sadly means I will need to some alternative way to look after my child. I have been thinking about child minders (one who either comes to my house or I let ...
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I think my 11 month old is afraid of his dad

I will try to make this short... Every time my son's dad shows his face, my son cries himself to sleep. His dad tries to console him but it never works. It always gets to the point of his dad feeling ...
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Is it common for a 3 month old baby to drool and suck their fingers?

My son has just turned 3 months old. Recently I have observed him drooling and sucking his fingers. He usually drools more after feeding and sucks his fingers almost all the time. Is this common ...
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Is it safe for one-year old baby to sleep in her car seat for long hours?

I am planning for a long road trip (about 17 hours of drive). Is it safe for my one-year old baby to sleep in her car seat for such long hours? How often should I stop to take a rest and how long ...
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How can I get my 7 m/o to stop rubbing her eyes?

We have observed our 7 month old rubbing her eyes ever since we can remember. She does this especially when she's tired, but also when she's bored or starting to get frustrated. She'll oftentimes rub ...
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Is one big burp enough after feeding my infant?

I've read in many places that I should burp my baby for 5-10 minutes after feeding What I'm wondering is if it's ok to stop once the baby gives a nice loud burp, even if that was only a few seconds? ...
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How to care for a new born - where to find a comprehensive guide?

We are preparing for our first one and have no idea on how we should go about the bubs basics like bathing, feeding (how often to feed, how long on breast milk), sun-screening, etc, just basically ...
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Can I use canola oil to treat cradle cap?

For an 8-month old baby is it safe to use canola oil to treat cradle cap?
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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 worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?

We have hardwood floors in the house, and have made a little "play area" out of foam interlocking "tiles" for our 9 MO to play on. Of course, he's not content to restrict his explorations to the ...
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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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How can I safely keep a pacifier in an infant's mouth?

Sometimes the only thing that will keep a 2 month old baby happy is a pacifier, but at that age, baby is too young to retrieve the pacifier after it falls out. It helps to tuck the pacifier under ...
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Short naps and infrequent feedings

I've been trying to do an eat wake sleep cycle with my 4 month old, but it has seemed impossible as he usually only takes 4-5 45 min naps a day. Doing this I'm feeding him every 2 hours. I struggle to ...
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Infant has trouble falling asleep

My son is 6 months old and falls asleep to the movement of his swing. When we put him down to sleep, he gets super cranky and throws a fit (I think). When my husband tells him no, our son cries hard ...
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Why is my baby suddenly screaming in the bath?

My baby has always loved bath-time, almost since he was born. He learned to splash when he was only a couple of months old and loves to play around with the water, and over the past few weeks I've ...
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What are the benefits of breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding at 8 months?

At 8 months, our daughter is fed up of breastfeeding. She eats solid food enthusiastically, similarly for formula in a bottle, but seems done with boobs. She'll take breastmilk from a bottle, but ...
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Why is my daughter pulling at her ear when she is eating?

I've read that this can happen during teething, and she is now 4 months. Thing is, she doesn't have any teeth and isn't really showing the signs in full force yet. She's not in any discomfort than I ...
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Is baby talk helpful or detrimental?

I have heard both that 'baby talking' in response to a child's babble is productive, and that 'baby talking' is counter-productive and can impede language development. Any thoughts?
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Does using sign language really accelerate a child's ability to speak?

I have often heard that using sign language is really good in teaching a baby to talk. Is this really true, or is this an urban legend? Related: Can toddlers learn sign language?
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At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?

At what age should I expect my daughter to form words? When should I expect her to be capable of simple sentences?
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What are the objective arguments against immunizations for infants and children?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the alleged harmful (potential?) side effects of vaccinations/immunizations for infants and children. What are the objective arguments against immunizing?
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Is it dangerous to microwave formula if I swirl the bottle and test the temperature afterwards?

The overwhelming consensus online is that microwaving a babies bottle can be "dangerous" because microwaving formula can produce hot spots. However, if you simply swirl the bottle you can even out the ...
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Why does my 4 month old playful infant suddenly start screaming at the top of her voice?

This is not a normal cry. This cry indicates extreme sudden pain. For example: If you were sitting peacefully somewhere and someone threw burning coals on your body, how would you scream? She ...
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Sleep training while teething

Our son has experienced some sleep training... regression. I don't think that's the right word for it given the circumstances, but here goes. We started sleep training with him when he was 7 or 8 ...
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What are signs my daughter is teething?

My daughter is three months old, and I'm starting to wonder if she's teething. What would be signs that she's started to cut teeth, and is the age in the normal range for that development?
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Is it safe to have your baby sleep next to you in a tent?

We will be going camping this weekend and plan to have our 8-month-old baby sleep next to me on the tent floor. Is this safe? Will it work?
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Is excessive crying in front of your child bad for them?

I have a partner who is suffering from severe depression. When we have the slightest disagreement she breaks down into tears and goes upstairs with our 1-year-old son. She will cry for hours while he ...
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Are there other foods to avoid giving infants/toddlers besides honey?

I've often heard to avoid giving honey to babies, due the rare risk of botulism. That's backed up in the answer to this question: When can we start giving chocolate, honey and eggs to babies? But, ...
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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 ...