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

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Do we need an electronic breast pump?

Since we plan that my wife is going to be a full-time/stay at home mom, do you think she will need an electronic breast pump? We are first time parents. We do not sure if we need the electric one or ...
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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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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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Ok to mix breast milk with water?

Our 2 month old breast feeds 90% of the time, but if my wife is away we will use pumped breast milk from a bottle. The other day my wife was out and we only had 1.5 oz of defrosted breast milk. Our ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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How can I keep my newborn baby warm during nappy change?

I'm 3 days in to parenthood and every time I change my son he makes heart-wrenching screams that go through my skull. I have deduced that it is due to being cold; it's Winter here and really starting ...
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How can we get our newborn to sleep at night as soundly as he does in the day?

We've just had a new arrival- a little boy, now 7 days old. During the day he sleeps like a dream. As I write this, he has been asleep for around 4 hours without really stirring at all. The only ...
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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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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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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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Calming Baby after bath

I guess that I am lucky in some ways. My son, three months old. Loves being in the bath. He is not scared of water and loves to splash. However, taking him out of the bath is a different matter, ...
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Introducing a newborn to my 2 yr old

My wife and I have a 2 year old little girl. We in the upcoming weeks will be having a new addition (another girl) added into our home. We want our 2 year old to embrace her new little sister, love ...
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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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My 3 month old gets up 10-15 times a night?

My 3 month old newborn has been waking up every 15 minutes to every hour during the night for 4 weeks and we have tried everything from Baby Wise to Baby Whisperer to the No cry Sleep Solution with no ...
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Is an “Amber Necklace” effective for helping with teething?

My daughter seems to be starting to teethe. She's 7 weeks old and hasn't quite figured out teething toys and we don't want to start with drugs or other medications. We've had numerous friends suggest ...
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Dad-to-be needs help finding a changing table

My wife and I are setting up a baby room for our first child (due in June). We've so far been very fortunate in finding great deals on a matching crib and gliding rocker/ottoman! The only major ...
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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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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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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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What are questions to ask when interviewing a midwife?

We're leaning toward homebirth and we're interviewing midwives. What questions should we ask her? What factors matter?
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Should we use special detergent/washing powder for the laundry of baby clothes? (UK)

Any suggestions/experiences of the best characteristics for a baby clothes detergent would be appreciated. We are in the UK, in case that influences the options we should look for.
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How can we make our newborn accept the bottle?

Our baby has mainly been breast-fed so far, and, while it has worked reasonably well (she's gaining weight), it would be nice if I, as the father, could feed her once in a while to allow my wife some ...
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How many hours should a baby sleep in a day?

Recently, I noticed that my 2-month-old baby sleeps almost all day, including naps (maybe 3-5 hours awake). Should I do anything about this? Should I wake him up or, is it normal?
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How fast does the prenatal swimming reflex disappear?

How fast does the swimming reflex of an infant disappear and how can I keep it active without going to the pool in the first 6 months of its life?
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When the new baby arrives how do you help the oldest sibling adjust? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I cope with my toddler’s jealousy towards her newborn brother and sister? Sibling rivalry will occur, but there must be preventative things that can be done to ...
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2 weeks old, sleeping, crying, eating

My baby is 2 weeks old (tomorrow) and I have a few questions: He eats every 2 hours (not all the time, sometimes after 3, 3 and half hours), he eats 50ml, sometimes 60ml (most of the time it is a ...
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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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Why skin dryness occurs in infants or new born babies and how to get rid of skin dryness and dandruff?

I have a one and a half month old baby daughter. She is having dry skin and dandruff. We have used olive oil to massage her skin and also Johnson's baby lotion but still there is a lot of improvement ...
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How can I prevent my 9 month old from eating anything and everything?

Generally, babies, particularly newborns, have a tendency to eat or munch anything they get their hands on. This can be very hazardous or sometimes fatal if the matter is toxic. Can someone give me ...
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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 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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What to do when the pinky is the only way to soothe a newborn?

My question is: Is there any way to soothe a crying baby in the middle of the night other than inserting my pinky? Summery: Pinky method = only successful soothing found Tried the following other ...
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Light Day-Hiking with Newborn— baby carrier or offroad stroller?

Baby is due in late June, and we hope to continue our normal habit of light day hikes (<4 miles, no major elevation changes) with her later in the summer and into early fall. Does it make sense to ...
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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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When is the best time to pump breastmilk, and for how long should I pump?

I have a baby who's just a few weeks old. I try to pump bottles occasionally, so that my baby will be used to the bottle, and also so that I have some mobility if it's really necessary. I'm having a ...
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Adopt before giving birth, or give birth before adopting?

I'm not a parent but I have considered children for the future. I was having a conversation with my partner about adoption / birth. Let's say we were to (choosing my words carefully not wishing to ...
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Unusually agitated and constantly sucking two-week old

Today our two week old was (and still is) unusually agitated. She slept two hours less than her up-until-now average, requested breastfeeding for entire one hour more and was more cry-prone than ever. ...
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Is carrying or cuddling a newborn a good way to soothe it in the long run?

Our newborn (11 days) daughter sometimes - about once every three times - has trouble sleeping unless she is being hugged, cuddled or carried by me or my wife. We have tried leaving her crying for 10 ...
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How to keep jaundiced two-day-old awake during breastfeedings?

I have a newborn that's a couple days old, still on colostrum, and we're struggling to get the baby to breastfeed on the 1-3 hour cadence that our doctor recommends. The complication is that our baby ...
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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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Is it normal for a newborn to develop pimples?

My daughter is 2 weeks old and has developed a pimple like rash on her forehead. Is this a common problem for new babies? What things (if any) can I do to alleviate the problem?
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Does my newborn sleep too little?

My 8 day old daughter has slept about 13 hours during last 24 hours. She eats a lot, poops often and properly (at least 7 times in 24h), is breast fed and there is enough milk for her. Is that ...
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Does/can it have a negative effect, if newborns/infants are exposed to background noise (TV, …) while awake or sleeping?

A midwife once said that babies might sleep camly in the loudest environment (radio or tv sound, party, etc.), but later they are "reprocessing" all this input and will be unsettled or even won't ...
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How can Dads Cope When Going Back to the House Alone?

My partner was in hospital for a week after the birth, and was quite distressed. Obviously, at some point during the night, the hospital will need you to leave, and you'll have to go back to your ...
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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 ...