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Washing and disinfecting a Pack 'N Play

We lately received a (lightly) used Pack 'N Play from friends of ours, in preparation for our first baby, due 6 months from now. Pack-'N-Play-type playpen units consist mostly of fabric stretched ...
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What language should we teach our child if our native tongue is different from the local language?

My wife and I are from Indonesia and we live in an English speaking country. I'm not sure what language we should speak to or teach our baby boy (now 8 months). Should we use English, so that when ...
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How does one pace the weaning process?

After you've determined it is time to begin the weaning process, how long should it take to finish weaning and how many steps or stages are involved?
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67 views

How do you know when to wean?

What signs can a baby show to indicate he/she is ready for weaning? What does a parent look for to determine the right timing for this for baby, mom and family?
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Should a teether be given to an infant? If, yes, then at what age?

The kid is 5 months old. She keeps on chewing her fingers. Should she be given a teether or should she be allowed to chew her fingers? What are the possible disadvantages of giving an infant a ...
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What kind of spoon should be used to feed the infant who is used to be fed by the bottle?

The tea spoon holds quite a less amount of milk. The kid of 5 months old is used to bottle feeding for past 4 months. I was thinking of using a soup spoon instead (which is round and has depth). Will ...
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What diseases are caused by bottle feeding and how can they be prevented?

My kid who's 5 months old is being bottle fed since past 4 months. Yesterday, a doctor warned us against various diseases caused by bottle feeding. I know about the tooth decay caused by prolonged ...
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466 views

Does a child's resemblance to a parent affect attitudes of people?

When a child strongly resembles one of his/her parents it can create a reaction in people who meet the child. Can a strong physical resemblance to a parent affect relationships with both close and ...
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315 views

Different discipline approaches by working mommy and stay-home daddy

I work at home (although me being independent is almost a euphemism for being unemployed). My wife is the primary breadwinner in our household. My wife is also currently under a lot of stress, as ...
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2answers
196 views

To Socks or not to socks?

My own daughter mostly refused to wear socks - unless she had shoes on - until she was about five years old. Even now, she only wears them in the coldest months and rips them off her feet at the drop ...
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2answers
155 views

A child accustomed to sleeping with the tv on

The tv is outside my 12 year old daughter's bedroom. She likes me to sit up until she falls asleep (which is not difficult). I pull the door to and we agree on a maximum volume that makes her feel ...
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5answers
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2 year old has very runny stuffy nose for 4 months

My 2 year old has runny nose for 4 months. Doctor says 1 time its cold, another time its allergy, but nothing clear. Tylenol doesn't help and i really can't believe that cold can be 4 months. She ...
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Getting 7 month baby to focus (a little) while eating?

The baby I care for is hitting that stage where he is almost ready to begin crawling and he is really busy looking all over the place. Which is great and developmentally appropriate, but BOY it makes ...
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2answers
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Why did my pre-schooler suddenly develop an odd accent?

Over the past week, my three-year-old son started talking with what I can only describe as a Southern (U.S.) accent. He has started elongating his pronunciation of "ah" sounds, so that "yeah" sounds ...
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6answers
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My 6 year old son misbehaves at school and home. Please help

My son constantly needs attention. He sometimes pulls his younger sister's hair to get her complain and get our attention. He talks back frequently. He repeatedly says that other kids in school bother ...
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3answers
678 views

Evidence based guidelines for front or rearward facing pushchairs/strollers?

Most pushchairs are forward facing. Recently the opinion seems to be that rearward facing ones are better as they allow the child to see your face. I am wondering if this is yet another childcare ...
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4answers
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How do I wean my 2 year old from requiring holding my hand to sleep?

Sometimes my wife would hold my 2 year old daughter's hand during her bedtime to put her to sleep. Recently when she wakes up in the middle of the night she would cry and ask for our hand so she can ...
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If a 4 year old is afraid to swim is it better to keep trying or wait?

My son is afraid of swimming, and has been for a very long time. We first took him to baby swim classes and he never took to it like the other children in the class. I took him to swimming classes ...
2
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1answer
71 views

How to deal with the infant who has got an eyelash in the eye?

The kid is 5 months old. She keeps on rubbing her eyes repeatedly throughout the day. Last time I did see an eyelash in one of her eyes. What's the way out?
2
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1answer
271 views

27 month old won't sleep

My 27 month old son won't sleep during designated nap time in the afternoon. We do the same sleep prep routine we do at night, 2 books in a rocking chair, in dim lighting, followed by tucking into bed ...
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3answers
255 views

How do I help children who think they don't need to know math, still learn math and have fun doing it?

I am teaching mathematics for students from elementary school to senior high school. I advise the students to learn mathematics (as the language of nature) as well as English (as the international ...
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2answers
102 views

How do you help a child with nightmares?

My child is 3. Sometimes he has nightmares. What's a good technique to help him deal with these, both at the time when he wakes, and long term to help him overcome them? (He's not having night ...
2
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1answer
59 views

How much should a caretaker push for mannered greetings and farewells from a pre-schooler?

I care for a three-year-old child that is generally very well mannered and a joy to care for. He takes after his dad in his morning attitude though (both of them need a little time to "wake-up" even ...
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1answer
66 views

So What is a Baby Sling and what Advantage does it Have?

Many questions on this site reference baby slings, but none of them really explain what they are or what the benefits of using one are (as say, compared with other carriers like the Baby Bjorn). When ...
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4answers
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What to do with many painted pictures/ handicraft work

Our son produces tons of painted pictures and handicrafted things. We like them very much, but we are not sure what to do with them, as they need a lot of space, storage and time. It is not easy for ...
2
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1answer
112 views

Problems with napping and temper after night time weaning at 11 months

Our baby boy is 11 months old and had been breast-feeding through the night, as well as nursing to sleep in the evening. He essentially sleeps in the same bed (we took out one side of the cot bed and ...
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4answers
284 views

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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2answers
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What are appropriate sexual boundaries between siblings?

I have three children, my younger two are a 13 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. They are both maturing and going through puberty. Gone are the days of my little son doing little naked dances, ...
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258 views

How can allowing children to participate on Halloween be helpful in reinforcing good habits?

I recently wrote this: "Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get ...
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1answer
217 views

Ideas for Dealing with a Master Staller

My daughter is an absolute master at making everything take longer than it needs to (particularly when avoiding something she doesn't want to do, or prolonging something she is enjoying). It is a ...
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4answers
1k views

2 weeks old, sleeping, crying, eating

My baby is 2 weeks old (tomorrow) and I have a few questions: He eats every 2 hours (not all the time, sometimes after 3, 3 and half hours), he eats 50ml, sometimes 60ml (most of the time it is a ...
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4answers
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Things to do while breastfeeding, other than watch TV

What are some activities that one can do whilst breastfeeding? A quick Google turned up lists that boiled down to "watch TV" or "enjoy doing nothing". I'm interested in some more creative solutions ...
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2answers
270 views

Intentional infection with Toxoplasmosis before getting pregnant?

Toxoplasmosis is a disease which seems to be, most of the time, not serious for humans (according to Wikipedia, up to a third of the world’s human population is estimated to be infected). After being ...
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3answers
610 views

How do I get my 5 year old to be more appreciative and thankful for what she has?

Lately, my 5 year old daughter keeps focusing on things she doesn't have (some game that her friend has or some doll that she saw on a commercial that she "needs") and although she has plenty of dolls ...
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3answers
2k views

Three year old gags when he tries new foods

I spend a lot of time caring for a three-year-old that is a pretty picky eater. However, the stuff he does eat is generally fairly healthy stuff. Lately he has started gagging on food he isn't sure ...
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2answers
480 views

How do you help a seven year old navigate life and friendships in a region where your beliefs vastly differ from the beliefs of the larger community

A Little Background I was raised Christian, and still believe in God and Christ's message of love, but am estranged from most Christian Churches because I don't find them to be truly loving places ...
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3answers
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My 13 year old is sexting need advice

Today I went through my daughters kik account just to make sure she wasn’t getting creepers and from what I have seen in the past she is very behaved on there i.e. shutting down offers for sexting . ...
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0answers
3k views

Why does baby have a green tongue? [closed]

Twice in the last few days we've noticed that our 6-month old has had a greenish tint to her tongue coating, that would normally be a faint white. After the first occasion we surmised it was probably ...
5
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2answers
274 views

Coping with gestational diabetes

I had never been diabetic, but failed the glucose tolerance test during my pregnancy and have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I am under the care of a specialist and am on insulin and ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

What can I do to bond with my premature baby?

All my children were born premature, at 32, 33 and 34 weeks. As such they were all separated from me, and admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in humidicribs and could not be held for very ...
2
votes
1answer
95 views

How can I successfully breast feed my premature baby?

My baby was born at 32 weeks. He was born without a sucking reflex, so needed to be fed through a nasogastric tube and needed to be in a humidicrib. How can I manage to feed him exclusively on my ...
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3answers
463 views

Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?

Is it true that coming into contact with cat feces can harm the unborn baby of pregnant women, whether by a mishap handling kitty litter or gardening in an area where cats may have relieved ...
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votes
4answers
710 views

How to control a class of 4 year old children?

Any advice on how to "manage", "gain control" and get the "attention" from a class of 4 yr olds? This was not covered in my University course. Note: English is their second language, and I must only ...
4
votes
1answer
47 views

What to do about anxiety when going to school?

Our 4 year old started school this September (Reception, we live in the UK). Initially everything was very good, but then she started complaining that she is afraid to leave her parents when she ...
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4answers
435 views

How to handle post traumatic stress with my 6yr old daughter?

4 weeks ago some weirdo shot at my balcony (probably for fun) with a gun used for practice. Anyway, the glass of my balcony door broke. At the same time my daughter of 6 was sitting just next to it, ...
2
votes
1answer
428 views

Ways to automatically swing or rock a baby

An idea that comes to my mind to swing a baby swing automatically is using a CD drive eject - close function , I have several such Drives I dont use and I dont want to use a computer to do the ...
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4answers
4k views

Is a Do-It-Yourself baby monitor a bad idea?

I am looking at video baby monitors and they are not cheap! As a technologist I am having a hard time accepting that a couple of a webcams and an LCD screen cost 200+ dollars. I can get a pretty ...
5
votes
3answers
575 views

How to tell if a 4 year-old child deliberately postpones urinating until the last possible moment?

Recently, my 4 year-old daughter goes to the toilet too late and sometimes soils her clothing before she can take it off. I don't know if she deliberately postpones urinating until the last possible ...
4
votes
2answers
183 views

How do you address what your child tells you at their daycare?

My wife and I put our child through daycare and lately she has been telling us what another child with issues has been doing that has only been there for a few months. We know this is a child that may ...
8
votes
4answers
955 views

Bed gets wet nearly each night although diaper is worn

Our 5 (nearly 6) year old son has had problems with potty training for a long time now. When he sleeps at night, he wears diapers, as he is not aware of peeing during the night yet and does not wake ...

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