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Why use rice cereal as a first food?

Searches have come up with when and which one, but no why. Why is it recommended or common to feed infants rice cereal as their first food? Why would we feed our daughter a processed food over a ...
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9answers
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How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?

My 2yo son slept in a sleeping bag (see image below) until around 1½ years old, then he didn't like that anymore so we switched to using a blanket. He moves around so much while sleeping that the ...
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5answers
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Why would my 9 week old refuse to nurse from breast?

My 9 week old has recently started to refuse to nurse from the breast. She will only eat from the bottle (pumped breastmilk). She has successfully breastfed since birth, she also uses the bottle ...
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5answers
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Is “hot saucing” bad parenting?

"Hot saucing", a technique where a small quantity of hot sauce is introduced a kid's mouth as disciplinary action, is considered bad parenting. Though I have not done hot saucing (possibly because my ...
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1answer
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Should I be concerned that my 3 year old is not able to pronounce an 'r' sound?

My daughter is turning 3 this December, she goes to pre-school with other kids who speak totally different languages. We're from a remote part of India, thus she shares her mother-tongue with no one ...
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When should a child see Star Wars: A New Hope [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you decide if a movie is suitable for young children? And knowing that different children will react differently, what factors would make an difference to the ...
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2answers
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Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?

I am a student parent and find that coffee helps me study. I drank coffee while pregnant and kept it well under the daily allowed amount. I am unsure what I can have while breastfeeding though. How ...
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3answers
808 views

What are the pros and cons of using a nanny-cam?

We are seriously thinking of hiring a nanny, as my wife wishes to hold on to her job in these tough times. I have seen what are called, "nanny-cams" (like the one here), that help us monitor the nanny ...
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When do you start increasing the amount of solids?

My 6 month old has a breastfeed in the morning then a break and has rice cereal. Most of the time she will have 2 tablespoons and finish this. I give her a different food at lunch time after the ...
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What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?

The only common activity I've found that works well so far is fort building. My 2 year old boy is very active, but my 4 year old daughter loves to have books read to her. However, when I'm alone with ...
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3answers
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How to deal with potty trained 3 year old who now won't go to the potty?

My daughter has been potty trained for about 8 months and going well. Currently, we still put her in a diaper for her nap and when she sleeps at night. Suddenly, she doesn't want to go to the potty ...
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2answers
1k views

How can I potty train my 4 year old daughter?

I have been trying to potty train my daughter over the summer to prepare her for nursery school. She started sitting on the potty for hours just in case she wet in spite of being told this was not ...
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How do you convince your son to poop in the toilet?

My four year old is completely pee trained, no issues when dealing with that. But when it comes to using the toilet for poop, he refuses. I'm constantly catching him going in his pants, leaving ...
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2answers
328 views

How can we prepare our child for the arrival of adopted siblings?

We are going through the process preparing to become adoptive parents. We have an 8-year-old biological child already. What are some things things we can do to help him be prepared, A) for no longer ...
7
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6answers
23k views

Can temper tantrums indicate a behavior problem?

I understand that temper tantrums are relatively normal for many children. However, some children seem to have far more temper tantrums than other children their age, and others far fewer. Can ...
5
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2answers
512 views

What should parents consider when selecting a pacifier?

There are a wide variety of pacifier styles and many boast claims of being more like the breast or more natural. What criteria should parents use in selecting a pacifier? Should it be based solely on ...
8
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3answers
14k views

What should parents know about “flat feet”?

Our son was flat footed with very little arch. His pediatrician was not concerned. In preschool, he complained of discomfort when wearing shoes with an arch support. By age 9-10, his condition ...
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4answers
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How young is too young to start wearing makeup?

A couple of us in the office today were talking about young girls and makeup. One mentioned that his daughter is thirteen and already wearing makeup, another mentioned her niece wears makeup as well ...
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5answers
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How many toys are enough/ too much?

My husband and I have decided to minimize the number of toys for our daughter for a variety of reasons... we have a small house, I am unemployed also we see how greedy many children who have ...
8
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4answers
9k views

How should we cope with 12 month old waking in the night?

We are trying to get our 12 month olds sleep routine improved now that both of us will be returning to work. We've been working on getting the settling routine sorted out each night, and haven't ...
5
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3answers
1k views

How can I encourage my child to feed himself with a spoon?

My 11 month old child will happily feed himself finger food, and is happy to let himself be spoon fed. However he doesn't seem to know what to do when I give him the spoon and bowl. Typically he'll ...
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6answers
3k views

Raising a bilingual child when one parent knows both languages while the other doesn't

I am in the USA, originally from India, and my wife is American. My native language is Hindi. My wife knows only a little bit of Hindi. It hasn't been a problem because we usually talk in English ...
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13answers
1k views

How do my wife and I stop our son from learning to swear from us?

My wife and I both tend to have... colorful language (for me it tends to be far worse when driving). Our son just turned one, and is starting to become more verbal. He's not quite at the point where ...
2
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2answers
210 views

Recommended reading for first-time father? [closed]

My wife and I are having a baby! I haven't been around babies very much, so I'm a little nervous I won't know what to do. What books/resources are available to help someone like me (the Dad) feel more ...
2
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1answer
279 views

How can a much older brother gain recognition for being a de-facto father?

I'm 26 years old and live with my mother who is a single mother. She adopted two children as newborns who are now 5 years old. My mom has recently started working outside the home so now I even get ...
7
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3answers
152 views

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 ...
6
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2answers
394 views

What would be a good kit for cardboard construction projects for a pre-teen?

I really enjoyed making things out of cardboard as a kid and my daughter (10) loves physical construction as well. Some of the things I'd like to provide her tools for : Easily cutting cardboard ...
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2answers
2k views

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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2answers
104 views

The cars of hanoi. Or: two parents, two children, one car [closed]

I imagine that this is not a hypothetical math problem for many of you, and it's very likely to have been done before, but just recently, our first child started Kindergarten. Our youngest is still in ...
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2answers
176 views

scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school [closed]

I am looking for a particular kind of parenting book. The focus should be on newborn to pre-school. The book would offer parenting advice grounded in scientific studies. For example, there is a ...
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1answer
590 views

What are the best cloth diapers for a large baby?

My son is 5 months old and at 21 pounds, barely fits in 13"x 20" prefolds that claim to go up to 28 pounds. The next and only size up for prefolds is 16.5"x 21". They claim to hold babies up to 40 ...
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0answers
77 views

What symptoms call for an immediate trip to the doctor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you know when it is time to take a child to the Doctor? As a new mother, I tend to be very worried. I'm always afraid I might be missing something, or not ...
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1answer
192 views

Have there ever actually been any studies proving some immunizations cause autism? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the objective arguments against immunizations for infants and children? I have heard a lot about autism being caused by some immunizations, but haven't found ...
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2answers
6k views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
861 views

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 ...
8
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1answer
1k views

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?
7
votes
1answer
231 views

How do I handle when my step kids parent buys them everything they want?

My fiance and her two daughters (8 years old and 4 years old) live with me and my two sons (7 years old and 10 years old). 6 people is quite a houseful :) The girls father sees them once a week for a ...
13
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9answers
4k views

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 ...
9
votes
6answers
1k views

How can I make my preschool child brush his teeth, and similar mandatory tasks?

Most tasks and chores can be taught by letting the child experience consequences, because those consequences are mostly immediate and direct (e.g. not going to the playground if the child won't put on ...
2
votes
2answers
778 views

Is this diaper rash caused by starting on solids?

My son is 5 months and just started solids last week. So far, so good, until today. My wife just told me that she thinks our son is having a reaction to something he ate. She said that his BM had ...
7
votes
3answers
738 views

What are some filling after-dinner snacks for a 1 year old?

My 1 year old always sits and eats dinner at the table with us but sometimes she doesn't eat a lot. We want to make sure she has enough to eat before bed so my wife doesn't have to nurse as much ...
13
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4answers
4k views

What consequences are appropriate for pre-teens?

There comes a time when time-outs don't cut it anymore. Normally, when my kids exercise poor judgement, I let them experience natural consequences. However, sometimes their actions go against what we ...
7
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5answers
2k views

Should we change a wet diaper and risk triggering a night tantrum or leave our son be?

Our 2-year old son is going through a rough period - we have cut his breastfeeding to once daily (before bed) and his sleep pattern is changing and is therefore unpredictable. Lately, he will often ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Why does my 3 year old keep acting like a baby, and should I try to actively stop it?

My daughter is 3 but often (and we are sure, concisely) acts like a baby, making gurgling whining noises, crawling about etc. Apart from being very irritating sounds from a three year old we don't ...
6
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5answers
198 views

How to ensure that necessary things get done when time is short?

My question is based on the following assumptions: I think that children learn by their success, if a certain behavior "works" to get what they want or not. In consequence: A child should never ...
6
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3answers
5k views

Why will my baby sleep easily at night, but not nap during the day?

I put my 6-month-old down for the night a little while ago. She was awake when I put her down, and less than ten minutes later with no crying, she was dead asleep. I try this during the day, and she ...
9
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4answers
942 views

What house rules are appropriate for pre-teens?

As my kids grow, they need different limits. Right now, the house rules are reactionary as a result of something we didn't like happening. Things like, "call home if you are going to be somewhere ...
19
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10answers
808 views

How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?

I feel there is a conflict between these two aspects: Kids talk about current trends, and they talk about what's on television right now. I'm guessing that if a child can't participate in this, he ...
5
votes
3answers
415 views

What are some techniques for toddlers to develop and practice good listening skills?

Like most toddlers, my 3 year old has to be told to do this or not do that over and over again. Rather than hoping she learns over time through the inevitable trouble she gets in for not listening, I ...
3
votes
3answers
357 views

What are some symptoms of an ear infection?

My 6-month-old was upset today, and I couldn't figure out why, but she kept rubbing one of her ears. I'm wondering if she might have an ear infection, and what other symptoms to look out for if this ...

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