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How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?

We have hardwood floors in the house, and have made a little "play area" out of foam interlocking "tiles" for our 9 MO to play on. Of course, he's not content to restrict his explorations to the ...
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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 can I safely keep a pacifier in an infant's mouth?

Sometimes the only thing that will keep a 2 month old baby happy is a pacifier, but at that age, baby is too young to retrieve the pacifier after it falls out. It helps to tuck the pacifier under ...
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Is there a puddle jumper equivalent for 20lb babies?

Our 3-year-old 30 lb child is doing very well in a puddle jumper which is designed for children from 30 to 50 lbs. We have a 20lb 1-year-old and we are trying to look for something equivalent but for ...
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How can I help my kids to sleep comfortably (and safely) on an overnight drive?

Asking this one anonymously, I don't want the police coming round to arrest me! In a few weeks, we've got a long drive to go on vacation. Because our youngest is pretty unbearable on long car ...
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How to nurture my child to be cautious of her actions?

Well, I saw this question but I have exact opposite problem with my 2 year old daughter, she doesn't fear from her actions that will hurt her. She is not afraid to do anything that is dangerous or ...
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Is it harmful to let a 4 month old baby eat an Easter peep (marshmallow)?

My friend gave her 4 month old baby an Easter peep (a marshmallow). Is that harmful to her health? I'm really worried. Please let me know if I should be this worried.
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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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How to Protect Babies from Mosquito Bites?

How do you protect kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, from mosquito bites when they are playing outside? Especially when camping, at a park, etc. Can someone give me some practical advice on ...
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Is a LATCH booster seat used without LATCH any less safe than a LATCH-less booster seat?

We have the Graco AFFIX Backless Booster Car Seat with Latch System, but our new babysitter's car does not have LATCH. Would there be any difference between using this seat without LATCH (just with ...
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Is there any point to booster car seats with anchors? [duplicate]

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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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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Suitable music festival where children can be taken (Big Chill replacement!)

I went to the Big Chill festival upto 2007 (a UK music festival in the Cotswolds) and have recently become a dad. The Big Chill was very child friendly and I would have loved to have taken my boy, but ...
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What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?

Many people have had the fear of losing their child in a busy place or perhaps having their child kidnapped. What type of technology can I use to locate my child if they get lost or kidnapped? I'm not ...
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Can toddlers be taught to safely navigate stairs?

We have 14-month twins who are just starting to learn to walk. Our house is a split level townhouse with three short flights of stairs. We have several gates to keep them safe. They're pretty ...
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Securing books from toddler

We have several bookcases filled with books in our apartment. Our little Tasmanian Devil is not even walking yet, but everytime we put her on the floor, she starts crawling towards a random bookcase ...
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Help - taken legal guardianship of 16 yr old sister who is moving in but already staying over with boys etc

She's getting in very deep very quickly with a boy who has been in social care a fair bit over his life and has anger management issues, she's not even fully part of our household yet. Please help ...
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Looking for Baby Monitors with Mobile App and Device

I'm looking for a baby monitor that comes with both a monitor device that I can use to view it and also the option to download a mobile app that can view it via a mobile (over Wifi). I have googled ...
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21 month has learned how to climb out of crib

My grandson lives with his Daddy, Nana, and Me, Grandma. In the last 3 weeks he has started having temper tantrums. We used to put him in his Pack-n-Play, or Crib for time out, but he gets so angry he ...
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Device to prevent child from loosening harness release of car seat

My daughter, age 3, can now reach the harness release of her car seat, and has lately be defiant. And I worry about her loosening the harness while I drive. She complains she's "too tight", which to ...
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Behavior advice to prevent child from touching harness release

Relating to my other question: Device for prevent child from touching harness release My daughter, age 3, can now reach the harness release of her car seat, and has lately be defiant. And I ...
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Has this crib been recalled? Should I not sell it?

We have a hand-me-down crib that has a drop side and I'd like to sell it but I'm wary of re-distributing a recalled crib. FWIW, We never used it because our first foster placement was much older than ...
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How to advise a 9-yr-old girl to stay away from boys but not hate 'em?

The society we live in, there are many chances of molestation. So, I want to advise her that stay away from boys. But at the same time, I don't want her to hate boys forever as once she grows, she has ...
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Healthy 10 month old baby bouncing himself while standing - will this injure his hips?

Someone told me that my 10 month old grandson was injuring his hips by continually bouncing himself when he stands while holding onto a couch or table. He seems very healthy and strong. Is there a ...
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Should I monitor my child's internet usage?

This question was inspired by this one: How do I monitor what my kids do on the computer? which was deemed off topic. Hopefully this is more on topic as I'm not interested in the specifics of how to ...
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Keeping one year-old out of the kitchen

We have a one year-old son who we can't keep out of the kitchen. When someone is in the kitchen, he likes to come and stand next to them, grab onto their legs and try to reach things on the counter. ...
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How long can a newborn (2 week old) sit in a carry me

We have a Mutsy Carry Me and although it says it is for newborns we are not sure what is the safe duration/time limit for carrying them around. Is there any specific guidelines as to this?
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On what surface should a baby crawl

What's the best surface for my daughter to learn crawling ? We usually put her on our sofa, but we are afraid it is too small and too soft. Also, the risk of falling is too high, now that she's ...
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Why does my baby like wires, and what can I give her instead?

My 7 month old daughter seems to be drawn to wires. What can she eat instead that won't electrocute her?
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How to cover base heaters corners

I was wondering if anyone has an idea how to cover the corners of a base heater. My granddaughter has just started walking and she keeps falling down. I am so worried she is going to hit her head or ...
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Sizing a convertible car seat for large infant

I've got a Daiichi first 7 car seat for my five month old. It is a child sized seat but has an infant insert. the insert seems to leave a lot of space behind baby's back when sized to fit my above ...
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How to react when a child is in a dangerous situation which requires immediate reaction?

As with all children my son (16 months old) frequently gets himself in dangerous situations There is no problem with somewhat "static" situations, like trying to climb on a chair or slowly reaching ...
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Is plane flight safe for a newborn?

I have been pregnant for 38 weeks and 3 days. I booked my plane ticket a while back to go to New York in December and I am bringing my baby with me, but by the time we go to there and he will be about ...
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Handling strong need to protect family

We have a 21mo and another due in February. Lately, I have felt compelled (internally, not from any external pressure) to do more to feel prepared to protect my family, in the unlikely event of a home ...
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What challenges exist in raising a child in an apartment?

My wife and I are currently debating whether or not we should move out of our large 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment (1050 square feet/98 m2) and into a house. We do not want to move because we live ...
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Is a car seat safe to use if the internal styrofoam is broken

I have a car seat that was loaned to a family member and returned with the internal styrofoam structure (under the fabric) broken on one side (see picture) Is the seat safe to use or do I need to ...
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Are there any car seats recommended for tall children under 40 lbs

My 4-year-old daughter is over 42" tall and was 36 lbs. when last weighed. I am hoping to find a booster seat for children under 40 lbs., since I have a need for one that could be moved easily ...
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Going hiking with an infant - how to prepare?

We are going on a vacation with our 9 month old. As we love hiking, we have decided to try to hike with our little one. We chose mountains with rather easy paths and at most 1000 meters above sea ...
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From what age is it safe to install a life hammer in my car?

I would like to install life hammers on the rear doors of my car. These life hammers are supposedly easy to use by children. I asked the manufacturer for a minimum age for using this life hammer. ...
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How do I babyproof an electrical baseboard heater?

My son is 9 month old, and our rental apartment has an electric baseboard heater, similar to this http://cadetheat.com/show_product.php?prodid=1004 I'm sure it's very dangerous to touch it when ...
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How can I make sure my infant doesn't get injured on my collar bone when he suddenly jerks forward?

Lately while holding my little boy, he's been pushing his face into my chest and neck, presumably to soothe the itch of teething. Sometimes, particularly when he's tired, he moves very fast and with ...
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Should I use a child harness?

My wife and I are currently debating whether or not we should use a child harness (aka leash). It'd be great to take our son to the park and let him walk around on his own without having to chase him ...
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Is there any health risk from play-sand that's been left wet in its bags for a week?

I bought some play-sand for our new sandbox on a rainy day, then left the bags unopened on our patio to dry for a few days. It's been about a week and they haven't dried, and now my wife is wondering ...
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How can I tell if my son is big enough for a car booster seat?

My son is getting close to 4 years of age. He's pretty big for his age. My cousins have some extra booster seats, and we plan on taking some vacations with them next year. Rather than lugging our ...
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What can I do to baby-proof my home entertainment system?

My home entertainment system is a mess - there are cables, remote controls, various units, multiple plugs, DVDs, Blu-Ray disks, corners, glass bits and other various components which make for a fun ...
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is it apropriate age for 3 year old to play with 9 year old

I have a 3 year old daughter and a 9 year old girl in the neighborhood always comes around wanting to play with her. is it appropriate?i do not think so..but my wife says it is alright as long as she ...
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What is a safe but useful temperature to set your hot water at?

As you know, modern hot water systems allow you to set the maximum temperature of hot water coming out, either by using less gas/electricity or by mixing the hot water with cold water to the set ...
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How to explain to a 9-year-old why a relative is not welcome

Very soon my mother's brother will be released from prison. He is a pedophile. He was caught, plead guilty, etc etc...he is not someone I'd want around any child, certainly not my own. My mother, ...
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What's the best way to respond when parents have kids put a helmet on a kid's head in a way that doesn't help that much?

There are a couple of things that people are told in relation to bike helmets. I am concerned with the third. The first is that everyone should wear a helmet whenever riding a bicycle (not: kids have ...
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How do I teach my baby to not touch my computer?

I have a 10 months old boy who really, really wants to play with my computer. It is not like he is mildly curious - as would be the case with power sockets, glass stuff and other objects which deserve ...