Age specific questions from birth through about 3 months. Younger: pregnancy. Older: infant.

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Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?

We have a two week old child. He's eating well during the day, eating at least 8 times a day, and is breast feeding. His weight gain has been 'normal' so far, and he regained his original birth weight ...
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How soon until I can take my newborn to take a walk outside?

I understand that newborn's immune system is still weak and crowds/strangers are to be avoided. Knowing this, how soon can I take my newborn outside, for example to take ~1 hours walk in a non-crowded ...
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Should I clean the belly button of a newborn after the “stump” falls off

My newborn's umbilical cord stump just fell off, we are wondering if it is necessary or even good to clean the newly exposed belly button with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide or anything else. The Doctor ...
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Should I clean my newborn's umbilical cord stump or leave it be?

Our pediatrician said that some doctors say to leave the umbilical cord stump alone but he likes to suggest using a cotton swab with alcohol to wipe the perimeter. I am fine with just leaving it be ...
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How do you make an infant sleep on her stomach with her hands on her chin?

Have a look at the photo below. I have seen these kind of infant photographs. Is it a photoshop trick or is it actually possible to make an infant sleep like this? If it is possible, how to go about ...
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At what age should I expect a child to turn to the direction of the sound?

My child is 1.5 months old. I have noticed that if sometimes there is a sudden and quite loud bang then she does sometimes startle. BUT We also shake the rattler near her sides but she never reacts ...
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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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My newborn is a slow eater, is that normal?

My newborn (about 4 weeks old now) takes hours to feed - this has been the case since birth. When breastfeeding, she can feed for 3, 4 even more hours and then still be hungry when removed from the ...
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How long are sterilised bottles sterile for? And is there a way to keep them sterile for longer?

I plan to go to an all day event 10am - 8pm and won't be able to sterilise bottles during the day. If I sterilise them in the morning, how long will I be able to use them for? If I put them in the ...
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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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What is the term for the wool like stuff that secretes between the newborn's hand fingers?

So, we have been noticing a wool like stuff in between the finger gaps of our newborn (2.5 months age) for past many days. We clean it daily and it keeps on reappearing. Doctor told us not to worry ...
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Non-alcoholic treatment, medicines, or remedies for infant colic

Our baby is suffering from colic. The doctor prescribed some medicines which contained alcohol along with the active volatile ingrediants like dill oil, cardamon oil, etc. Is there a proven and ...
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How can we be sure our infant has colic rather than another issue?

How can we distinguish a colic from other kinds of diseases in a one month old infant? I heard sounds like "eeh" are indicators; is that always true?
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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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Does gluten pass through into breast milk?

We're pretty sure that our 2 month old baby suffers from a gluten intolerance but when we spoke to our doctor she claimed that it was impossible for babies to get gluten from the mother's breast milk. ...
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Do newborns have dreams when they sleep?

Have noticed the 1.5 month old smiling when asleep. Do newborns have dreams when they sleep? If yes, then what kind? If no, then what could be the reason of their sleep smiles?
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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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Why does my newborn stick her tongue in and out like a snake?

Like a snake in the attack mood sticks his tongue in and out repeatedly, the same way my newborn sticks her tongue in and out repeatedly - nearly the whole day. What does this indicate?
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How to single handedly bathe a newborn?

Age: 1.5 months. The newborn can't be seated on her back for sure. Is there any special kind of vessel available for seating and bathing newborns? How do you bathe a newborn in a stressfree way when ...
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Can pacifier-use interfere with breastfeeding?

I don't really want my newborn to use the pacifier because I'm afraid it will interfere with breastfeeding. The first week I'd nurse her for an hour to an hour and a half - basically until she was ...
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How early should I start thinking about cloth diapers?

My girlfriend and I just got pregnant, she is eight weeks in. I have been reading a lot about cloth diapering, and I was wondering if it is too early to start thinking about this. Here are my ...
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What kind of controlled safe scientific experiments can I do with my baby?

I have a 3 month old baby and I was wondering what kind of controlled and most importantly, safe home-made scientific experiments I can do with my baby to understand his development, his behavior and ...
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Which is the best option electric or a manual breast pump and how to choose the best one

There are a huge number of pumps in as assorted variety coming up in the market , how to choose an Ideal breast pump which minimizes wastage , maximizes ease of use ,portability and safety? Should one ...
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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 to latch a newborn properly?

The problem is improper latching, I think. The breastmilk is there. I can see drops when I press the breast. I fed her for approx. 40 min - 20 min. one breast and 20 min. another in a row. This didn't ...
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How to know whether the baby has had her fill while breastfeeding?

She is 24 days old. How to know whether the baby is sucking breasts because she's hungry or because she is entertaining/soothing herself? Accordingly I wish to know when to take the breasts out of ...
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How can I find time to relax during my maternity leave?

I'll be home on pregnancy leave for 4 months. We can't plan outdoor trips. I'll be staying at home with only two people around (during day time) - me and the baby. How can I find time during this ...
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How to handle my baby boy urinating in bath?

I bathe my two weeks old baby boy every evening. Very often he will urinate as soon as he touch the water, obviously because of the temperature change. So far I just ignored it, letting him pee into ...
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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 ...
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Why does tight swaddling calm babies?

The kid is 4 days old. I have noticed that tight swaddling DOES work in calming the kid down. I wish to understand the reasons. Why does tight swaddling calm babies? Answers with credible references ...
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How to clean the face of a newborn?

She is 14 day old. The cord clip has fallen off. How to clean the face of a newborn without letting the soap go inside the eyes and mouth?
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How to clean the vagina of a newborn?

She is 9 day old. I am seeing some whitish sticky substance surrounding her clitoris for past some days. Do I need to clean it? If yes, how?
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How to know whether I am producing sufficient breast milk?

I have to breast feed my 9 day old for 1 hour. That is frustrating for me, and doesn't satisfy her too. Then I have to feed her about 60 ml formula. How would I know whether I am producing sufficient ...
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Should a 7 day old be prevented from raising her head on her own?

My 7 day old baby raises her head up and holds it there for about 2 seconds when I try to burp her by placing my hand on her chest and neck, bending her on -45 degree angle and then patting her back. ...
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Do I need infant cloth diaper covers with a cut-out for the umbilical cord?

We are in the process of purchasing our first round of cloth diapers for our soon to be born son. We are planning to go with prefolds and covers and I have noticed that some of the companies sell ...
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Preparing 3 year old for new baby?

What are some good tips for preparing my 3 year old daughter for a new baby-sister? we've got new baby books and stuff like that but she's probably still going to have a heard time of it.
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Not teaching a child how to speak

Although I realize that this question may not be fit for Parenting StackExchange, yet I'm curious to understand - if you don't teach a child how to speak then will the child develop a new language to ...
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newborn / 1mo : funny milk smell in the head?

My newborn girl has a funny smell in the top of her head: it's like milk or strawberry yogurt. Very soft, very light, I have to come really close to feel it. But it's something I notice... She takes ...
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What stroller features are essential for regular use on the subway?

With subways being crowded spaces, with gaps to get over, escalators and steps etc., what types of stroller, and what functionality in a stroller should I be looking at for my newborn/infant?
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Should you give honey to a newborn?

I visited a friend-of-the-family in hospital soon after they'd had their new baby. I was surprised to see a jar of honey by the bedside. I thought it was for the parents to have in Tea or on toast, ...
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Why does my baby moan every 3-5min during sleeping?

My baby girl is 2 weeks old. She starts making squeaks, moans, yawns during sleeping every 3-5min. She did that as well before, but not as often as these two days. She also gets more difficult to ...
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How should I schedule the sleep and feeding pattern of my infant so that he gets enough feed when I am at home?

I am a working person. After my child is 3 months old, I will continue to go to my job from morning 7:00 till evening 18:00. I will be coming home at around 14:00 to breastfeed for about half an ...
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Are clothes needed for a newborn?

Provided that I have a warm enough home, can a newborn live there with only diapers, or does he still need clothes on? If so, why?
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What can help prepare a 15 month old for the birth of a sibling?

My son is 15 months old and we are expecting a girl in 7-8 weeks. We have started talking about "baby sister" and we talk about baby sister's chair, car seat, room, etc. I know he doesn't understand ...
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How do you cope in the first few months?

How do you cope with the sleeplessness, the stress, the fear in the first few months? Our baby just came home yesterday. He was five weeks premature, so he was in the NICU for two weeks. The stress ...
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What is “Tummy Time”

In a pediatric visit for my 1 month old son. The doctor suggested that we do a "Tummy Time" practice several times a day. She explained to us how to do it. But I could not understood what are the ...
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What should I expect regarding development of baby born severely underweight with Symmetrical IUGR?

My baby was born at week 38, weighting 4.5 lbs. According to the ultrasounds, he stopped growing on week 34 and he was diagnosed at birth with Symmetrical IUGR. Before week 34, everything seemed ...
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Baby breastfeeds for only 5 mins before sleeping again

My daughter is 2 months old and is exclusively breastfed. After drinking for only 5 mins she falls asleep again and wakes up crying again after 30 mins. We have tried different things like tickling ...
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New born seems to be spitting up entire meals. Should I be worried?

We have a baby that is a little over a week old and it seems like after some feedings she is spitting up what looks like her entire meal (breast feeding). I've been weighing her and she still seems ...