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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 for that ...
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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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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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Does a newborn/infant need to lay flat in a stroller

I'm on the hunt for an inexpensive stroller to accommodate a newborn without having to buy a travel system and I'm having a really really hard time finding a stroller in any price range that will ...
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Our baby is a climber. How to deal with it?

Me and my wife have a one year old baby. We have a staircase with a fence - something like this https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c1/bf/38/c1bf38c07feec93bcf3c82226094dd08.jpg One day, while ...
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Playing with legos with a toddler around

I need your advice on how to get my 4-year old son to play less with legos (or to play in a more controlled fashion) when his toddler brother is around. Currently my son goes through a period where ...
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How do we determine the right amount of babyproofing? [closed]

We have a young one finally starting into the adventure of mobility. It's very exciting, but we know our house has never been babyproofed. It's going to take some work to get it safe. However, ...
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What are good ways to help a child understand danger better?

My 8-year-old son is very rational and thoughtful, but in my view he doesn't understand danger well. For example, he will run right next to fast moving cars in the sidewalk. It seems he has a model of ...
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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 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 it'...
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If a pregnant woman's tummy is pressed hard, can the baby in her womb get hurt?

I am 22 weeks in my pregnancy and my baby does kick and stretch at times. Yesterday he poke a limb/head/butt out on my tummy which I could see a firm lump. I showed my friend, and she pressed on the ...
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Threat of internet predators — how significant is it?

There is a lot of talk about securing your children's access to electronic devices, the web, etc. There are lots of scary stories about terrible things happening, no doubt many terrible things have ...
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My 6 year old is terrified of monsters is this normal?

Sammy has always been scared of monsters ever since he was around 2, but now his imagination of creating this monster is getting out of control. He rarely sleeps in his own bed, he has to sleep with ...
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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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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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How can I deal with a misbehaving 17 year old girl?

I have a daughter who is 17 years old. She does not respect me, she shouts at me and she goes to parties where there are older friends and alcohol consumption, against my wishes. She just goes out ...
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How do I child proof a NEMA 6-20 socket?

Our apartment has what appears to be a NEMA 6-20 socket in the living room (used for the air conditioner). Right now the circuit breaker is off but in the summer we'd like to use it. I can't find ...
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How should the children be taught to be wary of online predators? [closed]

Online predators can be known people as well as unknown. What does the child need to know before going online to stop being a prey?
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How should the children be taught to be wary of physically present strangers?

All I have heard from my parents is not to talk to strangers and not to take anything from strangers. I am not sure if in today's date these two rules are sufficient. What should I tell the child ...
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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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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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Securing a 70 lbs punching bag safely around a toddler?

I have an Everlast 70 lbs heavy punching bag that I'd like to hang from an Everlast Heavy Bag Stand; it seems pretty secure to me, I'm thinking that if I use the correct Carabiner and maybe replace ...
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Are there any risks to using crib bumpers?

Crib bumpers are widely advertised, and sometimes sold with cribs. Are there any risks to their use?
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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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Is it ok to play with a 10 months old baby in nature?

I have a very curious 10 month old daughter who and touches and examines everything. I'd like to take her to a small national park and show her trees, bark, and pieces of wood and rocks on the beach....
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How to behave with 10 months old baby around staircases? [duplicate]

I understand staircases are very dangerous for babies. We have only one staircase at our home. The staircase is 20 cm high. Our baby is very curious and wants to go down that one staircase (20 cm ...
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How can I pick out safe headphones?

I want to buy my preteen a pair of headphones, but I don't want them to damage her hearing in the long-run. I teach her not to listen to music too loud, but just in case, are there certain types of ...
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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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Keep carseat from rotating when installed with lap and shoulder belt?

When I install my car seat using the lap and shoulder belt, the seat easily rolls over onto its side. I have a sliding latch plate with a switchable retractor. I think the issue is the sliding latch ...
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What can I do to increase the chance that my children will talk to me when disturbed?

Background My older children have mobile devices, and while they agree to allow us access to them and installation of software to permit us to review how they use the device with them, they also work ...
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Is it safer to install a back seat car seat behind the driver or behind the passenger?

I have a car seat installed for my baby girl. At the behest of my wife, we installed the car seat directly behind the driver, rather than behind the passenger. She claims that this is because the ...
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How should I tell my 8-year old not to put the shop-vac hose in their mouth?

What should I tell my 8-year old who thinks that it is amusing to stick the shop-vac hose in their mouth? For the record, I took it away and said if they did that again, they don't get to help with ...
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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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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 long can breast milk be refrigerated before freezing?

If I have too much breast milk already in the refrigerator and I do not want it to go to waste, can I then place it in the freezer even if its been in the refrigerator for five days?
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Is it dangerous to swaddle a baby that can roll over?

I have heard that it is an absolute must that you stop swaddling your baby once they are able to roll over, due to the potential that they could roll over onto their stomach and then be unable to roll ...
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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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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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At what development stage is an infant ready for a ride in a bike trailer?

Our infant was born in October and is approaching 8 months old. We recently purchased a bike trailer for the purpose of taking family bike rides (we also have a 3 year old). We live in a part of the ...
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How do I stop an early roller

Our twelve week old son has suddenly started rolling from his back to his front, and appears to be able to do this at will! Unfortunately, he can't roll from front to back yet, which leaves us worried ...
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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 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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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 child'...
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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 ...