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

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Can we afford to have a baby?

I'm not a parent (yet!), but the wife and I are seriously thinking about starting a family. We both really want kids, but I'm just worried about the financial strain a baby could have on us. Am I ...
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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?
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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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At what age should I enroll my child in dental and vision plans?

Background: Most insurance coverage in the US has separate policies and payroll withholding for health, dental, and vision insurance plans. One can typically decide who's covered independently for ...
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Baby always rolling over and ending up sleeping on his stomach, is it dangerous?

Our 3 months old baby is very keen on rolling over and being on his stomach. Most of the time he automatically rolls over in a few minutes after we put him on his back, including during bed time. Is ...
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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 strongly can a 1mo be rocked?

My 1 month old baby only seems to quiet down when I vigorously rock her (while I carefully hold her head). Can I cause her some (brain?) damage if I rock her too hard?
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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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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 to read or learn before expecting?

We want to be prepare for our 9 months period as a couple and be sure to give a proper environment for our baby. What should we read before and during the 9 month period? Please note: answers should ...
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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 are the basic items we should buy to receive our new baby?

We've being looking online for a to buy list of basic items we should buy before having a baby. We are planning to move so we want to buy just the basic needs.
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Should I respond to “fussing” the same as crying in an infant?

During the night my 7-week-old will fuss in his sleep (grunt, flail, etc...). This fussing rarely proceeds to crying but he usually will not settle on his own. When I pick him up he will usually ...
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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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Why is my newborn crying constantly?

my 4 week old daughter will not stop crying. We've tried everything from sucking, both on pacifiers and fingers to breastfeeding, white noise, movement, diaper is clean she doesn't seem to have a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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How might one comfort a newborn with sore gums whose teeth are about to erupt?

I would like to know how to comfort and relax a newborn whose primary teeth (or milk teeth) are about to emerge. What about soothing the gums with a teether? I have read that they are harmful and ...
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Switching a newborn to the correct timezone

We live in London, but our new-born son (3 days old) seems to operate in the US west coast timezone, so he is mainly active during the night. What is the best way to switch him to the local timezone? ...
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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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Is it bad to use a pacifier?

I've been using it when she gets fussy and she seems to love it. Is this a bad habit to get into? I've heard there are potential dental/breastfeeding/dependency issues. Is there any truth to this?
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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 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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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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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 fountain. I tried to cover myself with my hand, which deflected the ...
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When to transition to letting the baby fall asleep on its own? Is my baby ready for sleep training?

Our daughter is 2 months old. As of right now, we have a pretty well working routine of putting the baby to sleep. Bath, lights out, long feeding, then falling asleep on our hands, then falling asleep ...
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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?