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

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What is a reasonable amount of time to wait before family visits your new baby?

My wife and I are preparing to negotiate with our families about visiting our first baby. We want to take some time to recover and feel like we have a comfortable routine before taking visitors. We ...
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Do newborns recognize their own cry?

I wonder if a newborn can recognize his/her own cry. Yesterday I did a little "experiment" with my four weeks old daughter: I recorded her cry for a while. Once she was relaxed again, I reproduced ...
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When to buy first toy and what kind of toys have any sense for newborns? (if any)

We have a girl, currently 3 weeks old. When should we start thinking about any toys for her? Is there any sense for buying any toys for such a young baby? If so, what kind of toys would work best and ...
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When do babies start understanding a kiss?

Sometimes my two weeks old daughter starts crying and crying. Apart from checking her basic needs (food, poo, pee...), I sometimes hold her and kiss on the cheek together with a soft hug. However, I ...
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How to take passport pictures of a baby?

My two weeks old daughter needs a passport and, for this, we need a picture of her. Since we struggle to get a good angle of her for our own, private pictures, it seems to be even more complicated to ...
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is a long car ride safe for my newborn? [duplicate]

Im planning a trip from vermont to New York, its about a 4 and a half hour trip and my babygirl is 1 month old. Im just worried she will get overwhelmed at being in the carseat so long, of course I ...
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How do I help my son cope with having a new baby sister?

How do I help my 3.5-year-old son to learn that even though he is now not the only child in the family, he is still important?
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Should I be worried about my baby's eyesight?

My baby is 7 weeks old, and we have some concerns about his eyesight. When he was first born we were nervous because he would often bulge both eyes out - looked like he was kind of straining and his ...
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1-month baby crying when on floor

I am a first time father with 1-month old DS. My wife has been exclusively breastfeeding, 20 mins on each breast every two hours. Currently both my wife and the baby are on a medication because they ...
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4 week old cries for bottle feed every 30 minutes but only takes 30ml (1oz)

Currently going through a nightmare with 4 week old, for the last 5 days she's been stuck in a strange rhythm. She seems hungry and cries the house down, we make up a large bottle as we have been for ...
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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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Step Parent - To be concerned or not to be

Brief history: Became involved with a young woman, knowing she had a 5 year old daughter. Biological dad was in the picture til daughter was 2-3, and then left the state. Strangled mother while ...
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How often should a 6 week old, bottle fed baby have a bowel movement?

My baby is 6 weeks and she only poos every 3 day. Is this normal? The doctor says he is not concerned. I went to the pharmacy and she told me to try a bit of water between feedings, but it still ...
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What is a polite way to ask others not to comment on baby girl only for her looks?

Now I might be mistaken but it seems from the very beginning people call baby girls pretty (superficial) and "little princess" (expectation of having minimal utility) and baby boys strong (innate) and ...
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Is there any way to limit distress when diaper changing for newborns?

To say that our four day old does not like having his diaper changed is the understatement of the century. It seems that by the time the clothes are opened, he is becoming increasingly agitated, and ...
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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 required or advised to sterilize bottles?

So we've been sterilizing our bottles with a microwave steam bottle sterilizer. Is this at all required? What risks might exist if we don't bother?
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How important is “at night time” as part of a newborn's feeding schedule?

Now that we have conquered jaundice, our doctor has shifted our breast-fed two-week-old daughter's feeding schedule from "every two hours; wake her; no exceptions" to "every two hours; wake her; you ...
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How should you help your baby learn to sleep without being rocked to sleep?

My newborn daughter has a strong need to be held and rocked to sleep. In this answer, Dan notes that it is important to help your child learn how to fall asleep without being rocked to sleep. At what ...
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How to cut infants nails

My two month old daughter has sharp nails. Please suggest some safe way of cutting her nails so that she doesnt scratch herself. We bought a supposedly baby nail clipper but it is no different from a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Unusual crying behavior

We have 2.5 months old baby. Recently We have noticed unusual crying behavior. Usually after his feeding, we usually make him burp once and then he sleeps or usually will be silent in the flat lying ...
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Do newborn stocking caps help skull shape?

It's common to put stocking caps on newborns. For both of my boys, born in different hospitals with different methodologies, they were given stocking caps immediately after birth. I know that the ...
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can I give my 2 month old baby alternative milk from market [closed]

My 2 months old baby does not get enough breast milk. He loses weight consecutively. Can I give her alternative milk from market?
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How do I make sure I don't mix up identical twin newborns?

I think all babies look alike, even when they are not identical. I need to come up with a strategy over the next few months.
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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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How can I help my baby poop

My newborn (currently 6 weeks) sometimes goes a few days without a bowel movement. It seems like this makes her uncomfortable and she sometime looks like she's trying to get something going (she has ...
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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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My newborn won't sleep

Yet another sleep-related question. My baby is five weeks old. He sleeps like a champ at night - he'll go down around 10 or 11 pm, wake up for a feeding or two (and sometimes we even have to wake ...
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At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS?

At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS? It sounds like the risk for SIDS is greatest at age 2-3 months or 2-4 months, and that it is no ...
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How do you slow down a newborn's feeding?

Our newborn (two weeks) is going through a phase of breastfeeding so fast, audibly gulping it down, that he makes himself sick, which is distressing for everyone and counterproductive as he's hungrier ...
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Till what age are frog feet a normal issue?

My twin boys are 10 weeks old. One of them has his legs as the frog legs position. Till what age must I consider this a normal issue? or is it abnormal already? I thought it was normal that I hadn't ...
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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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What can cause colic on dairy formula and not on mother milk

My 9 day old daughter is experiencing severe colic. The crying and leg stretching usually starts 20 minutes after the bottle with diary formula is finished. It takes around 2 hours after symptoms ...
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Should I wake a newborn to feed? [duplicate]

My baby boy is 9 weeks old, he always drinks every 2 or 3 hours at day times. At night time he's always asleep more then 4 hours. I am afraid he is hungry. Should I wake him up to feed at night if he ...
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How to Protect Babies from Mosquito Bites?

How do you protect kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, from mosquito bites when they are playing outside? Especially when camping, at a park, etc. Can someone give me some practical advice on ...
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How can I prevent diaper leaks with my newborn?

My 2 week old son has at least 1 diaper leak per day. I am not 100% sure but the leak seems to always be along the top of the diaper, near the sides. Initial reading tells me that this is a common ...
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All in one car seat and pushchair that lasts up to 4 years

I'm looking for a pushchair that has just one seat, but that seat can be used: 1) As a car seat up to 4 years old 2) Taken and put into the pushchair 3) Also has a handle that I can use to carry ...
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Woman: Afraid of infants/newborns

I am a woman, about 25 years old. People (especially my mother) tell me that my biological clock should start ticking any day now. To be honest I can't see myself as a parent. I am disgusted by ...
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What items should an infant first-aid kit contain?

Let's say we want to put together a little first-aid kit for home and travel for our newborn. What items would you suggest to be in there?
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For developmental milestones, should the age of my preemie son be measured from his birth date or due date?

Our son was born on November 21st, but due on December 22nd. So should we expect him to hit a 3 month milestone when he is actually 4 months old?
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Can lack of sleep be harmful for newborns?

Everywhere I read, people say that newborns sleep all the time. And everyone's all warning you to watch for their tired signs. My problem seems to be the reverse - my 4 week old newborn doesn't want ...
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How do we prepare for a long car journey with a 2 month old?

Is there anything specific to think about when planning a long car journey (12 hours with an overnight stop) with a 2-month old? I guess one of the issues is whether one of the adults stays in the ...
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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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Taking a 12 week old baby to the swimming pool for the first time

We are taking our 12 week old daughter to the indoor pool tomorrow. We have: 1 disposable swim nappy A splash about happy nappy A neoprene baby warmer Towels, change of clothes etc. We were just ...
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Visiting a third world country before meeting a newborn

I'm an expat from the UK living in the USA. My father works in the charity sector visiting third world countries and sees a visit to Haiti which coincides which my wife's due date as an opportunity to ...