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Is it okay to leave a 3 year old alone to nap for 1 hour and 45 minutes if she isn't napping?

My wife and I disagree about this. I think it's a bit selfish and neglectful to leave her alone, especially when for the first 20 minutes she just cried and screamed. After that she was pretending her ...
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Please help with defiant, stubborn and abusive 5yr old

I have a 5yr old boy who is beyond bad. We have tried everything from talking to spanking to taking stuff away to rewarding the good and are at our wits end. He is abusive to animals, at least 4 ...
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Is there an infant-equipped transportation service with car seat to and fro airports?

My 6-week old child, my husband and I are taking a flight from East-cost to West-cost. Is there a taxi or other transportation company that will provide a car seat on a short notice? And also would ...
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How does one teach kids about how to handle “Stranger Danger?” [duplicate]

This came up because of a question about Halloween this morning and as the daughter of a US Sheriff's Deputy, the mother of a very friendly child, a teacher of other people's children and as a citizen ...
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Why is it important to support a newborn's neck?

Newborns have such floppy necks that they need support while being held. The question I have about this is, what are we trying to protect in supporting the head/neck ? My wife and I have a few ...
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What direction should baby gate swing when installed at top of stairs?

My son is crawling and I need to install the baby gate that we got from the baby shower. This will be installed onto the wall but before I do that I need to determine what direction I want it to ...
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How can firearms be secured from children?

How can firearms be secured from children, preferably without locking them away in a full size safe where they would be completely inaccessible in an emergency?
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What home-safety aspects should new parents consider?

There are very many products available that claim to help make a home safer for baby. I'd like a list, based on some kind of evidence, for which of these products are more important. For example, in ...
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At what age can a child be left alone in a parked car? [closed]

I have heard that in some areas it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a car, even for an instant, and possibly even if you are within direct sight of the care. It seems that the laws for this ...
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At what age can you leave the child in the bathtub?

Today when my daughter took a bath I wanted to go check on a thing, but of course couldn't since I was watching her. Of course it depends on the child, but in general at what age do you think you can ...
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When can I stop baby-proofing the house?

I see that my six-month-old is getting to be a dangerous guy and we're going to start baby-proofing. Eight-year-olds typically don't need baby-proofing, though, so there's a light at the end of this ...
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Painting around baby?

I was going to do some indoor painting today and I was wondering if it is ok for me to throw my 1 year old daughter into her backpack while I do it. I would open all of the doors/windows in the room ...
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Are “glow in the dark” bedsheet safe

We are planning to buy a "glow in the dark" blanket as our seven month old daughter finds it fascinating. However are there any health concerns with using "glow in dark" stuff. I understand they use ...
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Should you secretly drill your children?

A lot of situations we teach our children about come up all the time. They get plenty of practice looking both ways before crossing the street, for example. However, there are some situations that ...
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What do you do when your parents are physically hurting you?

My girl friend called me scared for her life to day after her parent(s) strangled her. She is 19 years old and cannot support her self on her own. Im not sure what she can do or anything I can do to ...
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Are there studies that have published the studied effects of PVC plastics on infants and children?

In the process of researching a few of the toys our twins received for Christmas I found a blog post that pointed out a few of them may contain PVC. I figured I should do due diligence to best ...
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Kids Website, is it a good idea?

My daughter is just 4 months old. Being a software developer, I register two domains on her name, as soon as her name is finalized. Now I was looking for some really eye catching kid website ...
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Is it harmful to a child's social development to tell them “don't talk to strangers”?

Conventional parenting wisdom tells us to drive the fear of talking to strangers into our kids. Is this at all harmful though? Is there any adverse impact to a child's social development by doing ...
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Lost child contact card ideas needed

We are going a field trip and we are taking our child with us, he is 5. I want to make a contact card for him, which stick on his back, in case (God forbid) he lost so anyone can contact us. Now the ...
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How does one “Toddler-proof” hotels while away from home?

With the holidays fast approaching, I was wondering about toddler safety mechanisms for families that are traveling. Bind drawstrings, open outlets and the typical safety concerns might be an issue. ...
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Is there any point to booster car seats with anchors?

Our child is ready to switch from a five-point harness child car seat to a car booster seat, and we looked at a couple of models in a store. We saw one model that has clips on it to clip into the ...
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Why not let a toddler share a bedroom with a baby?

We have a 2 year old daughter and now we expect a baby in November. After the initial few months, when the newborn will be sleeping in our bedroom, we could put both children in one room together. ...
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Should we worry about my toddler accidentally banging his head against the sides of the crib?

Our son is 18 months old and sleeps in a crib. He sleeps well, but he moves around a lot and really "explores" the crib's space during the night! This isn't a problem per se, but it often causes him ...
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Carbon Monoxide [closed]

Is it a law that every house/apartment has to have a carbon monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector? I live in an older apartment complex and am worried that I need to go get my own detector.
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What are the significant risks of taking children on a Caribbean cruise?

What would be the significant risks of taking children between the ages of one and seven on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) if the children have never left the U.S.?
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What are some good resources for finding quality information about carseats?

It is time for me to start thinking about transitioning my twin boys from their infant car seats to larger ones. I am trying to do research on the different brands of carseats, their safety ...
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What to look out for when buying a mosquito repellent (or alternatives) for my kids

Recently, there are quite a number of mosquito in my house even though I have no "breeding grounds" for them. So, I intend to buy mosquito repellent for my little ones as I am concern of the dengue ...
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What software can I use to plan and prepare for my family's security and safety?

I'm looking for online software that will help me get my family prepared and secure. Any tips? Specifically, a solution to the problem of discovering or detecting risks to your family and finding ...
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Are prenatal ultrasounds safe?

I recently expressed concern to my midwife about the use of prenatal ultrasounds. She scoffed at the idea that they could do harm and proceeded to use a Doppler device to monitor our baby's heart ...
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Is it safe to travel by car without A/C when it's hot outside?

My in-laws want to take my kids soon on a day where the outside temp is supposed to be close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C); unfortunately, their car does not have Air Conditioning. We live in the ...
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Taking a 5 month old on swimming vacation

We are taking our little 5 month old girl on vacation on the coast in the North of Spain, near Barcelona. Our little girl loves her baths and we want to introduce her to joys of swimming. Thus our ...
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Could the Jadelle birth control be affecting my breast milk?

I got the jadelle a week ago today and my second daughter is 4 weeks old. Family Planning told me it was fine to get it, but for the last two days my daughter has had a higher temperature, has been ...
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How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?

My 2.5-year-old son has this weird fascination with electrical outlets and power bars. I tried telling him that it's dangerous (he understand and can identify dangerous objects and situations, and ...
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Is giving my toddler a mobile phone to chew on bad for his health

As one of the methods I use to distract my wee fella when we are changing him etc is that I give him my mobile (cell) phone. He immediately puts it in his mouth and it keeps him entertained for the ...
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At what age or developmental milestones is it safe to leave children unattended?

I'm curious what kind of criteria others are using to decide when a child can be left at home unattended for a period of time. I realize that the answer is going to depend on a few factors: The ...
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How to child-proof my home for a toddler? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What home-safety aspects should new parents consider? I am aware of the following sources of information. Is there anything else I should do to prevent accidents? ...
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Are outlet covers needed with tamper resistant electrical receptacles?

When baby-proofing an electrical receptacle (aka, "outlet"), is it necessary to use covers: When the electrical receptacle is "tamper resistant"?
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What are things to consider when purchasing a baby backpack?

REI.com is currently running a sale on their selection of baby backpacks. I'm not looking for a product recommendation because ultimately that's like asking someone's favorite flavor of ice cream. ...
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What are good ways to begin preparing a child for a new baby?

I have a 4 and a half month old, so this won't be applicable for a while, but I would like to raise my son with the idea that he won't be an only child forever. I want my children to have a good ...
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At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?

I've heard many times that you shouldn't put toys (or pillows or blankets) in a baby's crib while they sleeps, to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation. But I don't remember ever hearing when it ...
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How do I deal with my baby pulling herself up in her crib?

My 6 month old daughter has started to pull herself up to a kneeling or standing position. It's like someone flipped a switch-- she went from not climbing on anything to climbing on everything, all ...
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Are glass baby food jars safe to reuse?

I've been feeding my daughter store-bought baby food in glass jars, but I plan on starting to make her food myself. Is it safe to wash and re-use the jars I already have?
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How much noise does it take to negatively impact an infant's hearing?

In our apartment complex we have fire alarms that are outrageously loud. Last night, we woke at 4:30 am to the alarm going off all through the building. We got out as quickly as possible, but I'm ...
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How do you childproof electrical cords?

I let my 6-month-old roll around on the living room floor. She almost always heads for a cord of some kind (laptop cord, xbox controller cord, etc.) I hide the power strip, so she doesn't have ...
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How big should solid food for the infant be when doing baby-led weaning?

Our son has been supplementing his formula with solid food for several months now. We started him on simple cereals (rice cereal, oatmeal, etc.), then added basic jarred baby food. Now he's eating ...
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How can I mount a gate at the top post of my stairs?

I am having a very difficult time finding a proper gate that will fit securely at the top of my stairs. I may have a unique situation with the wooden banister where the base of the post has trim work ...
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Can a school prevent a child from walking home?

Asking on behalf of a friend of mine. Here's the situation: They live far enough away from the school to make it inconvenient, but not impractical, for her eight-year-old daughter to walk. Usually ...
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Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?

How can one teach a 5 year old that acetone, white spirit and other household solvents are not to be played with if he somehow manages to get a hold of them? One idea is to go to the yard far enough ...
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When are my kids old enough to mow the lawn?

I'm sure this largely has to do with personality (well behaved, cautious) as it does age, but what is an appropriate age for kids to start using a push lawn mower? Or a riding mower?
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Is it dangerous for a child to sleep with the head hanging?

I have never been worried about our 2yo sleeping half sitting with the head hanging. However today I met a person with really strong beliefs that it may cause neck injuries later in life. Is there ...