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

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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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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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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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How often should I bathe my newborn?

He's starting to get pimples. We had thought that we only needed to bathe him once a week, though I can't remember where we read that.
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When changing diapers, how soon should we put the new diaper on?

Are we supposed to put the new diaper on immediately or give our newborn some diaper-free time? His skin under the diaper is slightly moist when changing it, should we give him some time to air out? ...
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Are cloth diapers really supposed to fit a newborn?

We decided to go with a diaper service before our son was born but when we brought him home the diapers seems way to large for him. He was small, but not insanely small (6 lbs 10 oz). Only the Newborn ...
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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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How do we get rid of our baby's thrush?

Both my partner and our baby have picked up thrush. The doctor has given us some medicine - a gloopy lotion to rub in the babies mouth and my partner was given a single table which she has taken. ...
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How can we make our newborn breastfeed less frequently?

We have a new baby (almost two weeks old). For the past 8-9 days she's had a habit of Breastfeeding every hour during the afternoons. She can spend 30mins feeding, then 30mins active and gurgling, ...
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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 much should I interact with my newborn?

I have a 2 month old baby. My wife and I take care of him collectively. As he is growing, his sleep time is reducing. Sometimes, due to our schedules, we want him to sleep, but the baby is still ...
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What are the next steps after a twin mix-up has been discovered after several years?

If twins are mixed up while they are newborns, but the mix-up isn't discovered until years later. What do you do? Or should you do anything? Realizing of course, that eventually parents can tell them ...
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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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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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Should we circumcise our son?

My wife and I will be having a son in about a month and we are still deciding if we should have him circumcised. There does not seem to be a strong medical opinion on the matter but we are ...
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What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?

Rather than make a question I thought a wiki would be better for this. (Hope I can convert it later). My wife and I are more apt to try and prevent things from happening to the kids, and diaper rash ...
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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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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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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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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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How do you choose a first pediatrician?

While it would be great to be able to just use the doctor we were raised with... assuming that's not possible: How does one not merely locate a good first pediatrician, but evaluate them? What are ...
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How do we introduce a newborn to the family dogs?

When our newborn arrives home, how do we introduce our two dogs to the child? We have two Shetland Sheepdogs and they are of course very friendly and loving. Despite this, it feels that in the ...
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What to buy to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?

Our baby is going to be born in a few months, what should we make sure we have before she gets here?