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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How to put a newborn/infant to sleep to bed without waking her?

There is a question "why do children wake up and cry immediately after being put to bed" already on this site, which has answers partly covering my question. But only partly. How do I put my newborn ...
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How to cope with a crying infant in the car during short trips?

An issue has come up recently with our new son, in that he is at his most vocally unhappy when in the car. It's not 100% of the time, but it happens daily. It's only rarely because of dirty diapers ...
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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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My newborn hates everyday bath time

My Japanese wife was told to bath my 1 week old son every day due to the hot humid summer in Japan even though we run air conditioning most of the time. But he cries right through bath time with warm ...
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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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Why does skin dryness occur in newborns and infants and how can I help with or prevent it?

I have a one and a half month old baby daughter who is getting a lot of 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 ...
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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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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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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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What to do if my new-born child urinated into own ear?

OK, I know how it sounds, but this really happened today! As is usual with boys, while changing the diaper he transformed into a fountain. I tried to cover myself with my hand, which deflected the ...
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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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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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what is going on with the 2 mo old morning struggle?

2 mo old baby - sleeps very well at night, 6 -7 hours with 1 feeding, then immediately slumps over again. He does this thing in the morning around 6,7am, where he is all squirming all over, his face ...
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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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Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?

If a child was born today, which is July 18th and the third Monday of July, would he or she become one month old on August 18th or the third Monday in August (August 22)? Thanks
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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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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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How can I make my 3 weeks old to sleep on his own?

I have great milk supply, but these are my issues: My son has barely ever slept more than 30-40 minutes at once during the day. :( (At night time he does sleep for 3 hrs at least once. But ...
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How long should my newborn baby be in a car seat

I am planning an hour and a half ride with my 1 month old baby girl. I heard that being in the car seat for a long time is not good for newborns. Is an hour and a half too long? Should we do a stop ...
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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 help my newborn pass gas

I have a newborn (10 days). She seems to struggle with a lot of gas several times a day (first question, is this too much!?). How do we help her pass the gas more quickly and easily? She does get it ...
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What is the best way to stop your newborn hiccuping?

After feeds and burping sessions, my newborn hiccups quite a lot. Are there any tried and tested positions that help alleviate the hiccups?
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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 ...