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How to encourage a 4 month old to swim

For the last 2 months, we have been taking our daughter, now 4 months old, to the baby swimming twice a week. She enjoys it however she doesn't really swim. She just sits, floats and lounges: allowing ...
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1answer
457 views

Does a water softener add sodium to your drinking water? [closed]

We have just moved house and the new home has a water softener which I've been pouring salt into. Does this salt end up in the water and will it raise the sodium content of the water? I'm concerned ...
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2answers
512 views

Do dummies (“pacifiers”) hinder speech development?

I have always frowned on the use of dummies, because my mother (who ran a nursery for 25 years) was adamant that they can hinder a child's speech development. Our new baby is very unsettled and very ...
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2answers
115 views

Can I help settle my child and make them enjoy nappy changing

I have a young boy 12 months old and ever since he has been able to move (wiggle, crawl, walk) he has never liked having his nappy changed. He fights and pulls away, arches his back, cries and ...
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5answers
1k views

How much time with friends (away from family) is reasonable?

My wife and I have been married ten years. We have a son who is about to turn four next month, and another one on the way (due five months from now). For all the time we've been married, I've had ...
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5answers
2k views

12 month old doesn't understand what we say

My LO will be 12 months old next week, he was born 6 weeks prematurely. My concern is that he doesn't seem to understand what anyone of us says. He does look when I say "look" and he does respond to ...
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0answers
63 views

Why my 2 years old doesn't talk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: At what age should I expect my daughter to talk? My 2 years old daughter is very active and seems to learn and understand many things. She even talks a lot although what ...
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3answers
208 views

Vaccine reactions

Does anyone have any experience with severe reactions to vaccinations and how to proceed? My 2 month old had a severe reaction to his first round of standard vaccinations.
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5answers
8k views

Why is my toddler having trouble sleeping?

My son is 3 years old and lately he has been having problems sleeping. I've heard kids his age are supposed to sleep around 10-12 hours a day, although I'm no sure. He used to sleep on the afternoons ...
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2answers
339 views

What is a good compilation of songs in english for children that includes the “classic” ones? [closed]

I'm looking for a decent collection of classic children/nursery songs to play for my 3-year boy. The collections that I've found on Amazon are either poorly rated or, according to some reviewers, have ...
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70 views

Can the statement “There is some negative effect of X type carrier that is mollified by Y type carrier” be backed up by any statistics?

where X and Y can be any of "Baby Bjorn", "Ring sling", "Moby Wrap", or some carrier I haven't heard of. I do mean any statistics -- some controlled experiments, sieving through surveys, anything. ...
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3answers
2k views

How do I teach my toddler to chew his food?

My son is 2½ years old and he eats as if someone is going to take his food away from him - although that has never happened. He stuffs his mouth and barely chews the food. We've always told him to ...
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1answer
111 views

Can the statement “Having an unusually long lingual frenulum can cause speech defects later in life.” be backed up by any statistics?

I do mean any statistics -- some controlled experiments, sieving through surveys, anything. I'm constantly being told old wives' tales by friends and old doctors' tales by doctors. I'm not asking for ...
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5answers
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When is the best time to pump breastmilk, and for how long should I pump?

I have a baby who's just a few weeks old. I try to pump bottles occasionally, so that my baby will be used to the bottle, and also so that I have some mobility if it's really necessary. I'm having a ...
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1answer
87 views

Can the statement “Pacifier use causes increased risk of some kind of dental problem.” be backed up by any statistics?

I do mean any statistics -- some controlled experiments, sieving through surveys, anything. I'm constantly being told old wives' tales by friends and old doctors' tales by doctors. I'm not asking for ...
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2answers
2k views

Are the “gentlease” and “sensitive” infant formulas anything more than sugar water?

The primary ingredient for the regular infant formula is "nonfat milk". The primary ingredient for the "gentlease" and "sensitive" formulas is "corn syrup". Seems to me we should be going with the ...
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7answers
2k views

How old is old enough for a child to have their ears pierced?

Some people like piercing girls' ears at a very young age so that they "aren't old enough to be afraid of the pain", while others think that the child should have the option to choose to do this, even ...
4
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2answers
283 views

Gift idea for breastfeeding mom

Can any breastfeeding mothers (or former breastfeeding mothers) suggest a soothing Mother's Day gift? I got my wife and mother of 2 some clothes and other things already but I wanted to throw in ...
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2answers
78 views

Daughter won't take formula

We need a way to introduce formula to our daughter quick. The backup milk supply we have is no longer good due to a milk allergy so is there any quick ways to introduce formula?
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5answers
556 views

How to teach a 2 year old to go on the toilet?

Our 2 years old child sometimes asks to use the toilet, but then doesn't poop after all. We have been successful a few times, but sometimes it happens on the carpet instead. We keep saying that he ...
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3answers
2k views

Are signs of early puberty in a primary-school aged child a cause for concern?

My son is less than 6 years old, and last week we discovered that he has grown a little bit of pubic hair. This seems way too soon for this to happen. My older son, who is 9 years old, only now ...
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3answers
4k views

How can I strengthen my baby's arms?

Our 11-month-old hasn't been too interested in learning to crawl. I think she got tired of failing. She pushes her self backwards but can't push herself forwards. While searching for activities that ...
2
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1answer
323 views

How much water is too much?

My 12 1/2 month old loves water. He will drink it whenever it's offered. He is currently being nursed 2-3 times a day, having 3 solid meals and 1 or 2 small snacks, and occasionally gets an ounce or 2 ...
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2answers
145 views

Should my 12 month old get milk in addition to nursing?

I'm still nursing my 12 1/2 month old, about 2-3 times a day. I also give him some cow's milk in his cereal in the morning. Should he be getting any cow's milk in addition to this? To clarify, I've ...
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4answers
937 views

How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?

Background: We use normal detergent for our toddler's clothes. Our toddler regularly develops skin rashes over most of his body; we use creams prescribed by an allergy specialist to keep the rashes ...
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5answers
555 views

How can Dads Cope When Going Back to the House Alone?

My partner was in hospital for a week after the birth, and was quite distressed. Obviously, at some point during the night, the hospital will need you to leave, and you'll have to go back to your ...
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0answers
66 views

What aspects should I look for in childrens' games? [closed]

I want to develop kid widely and the games have the highest level of interest. What aspects should I look for in childrens' games?
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3answers
223 views

How to keep Glasses on when Breastfeeding/Feeding

When my partner is feeding the baby, her glasses slip down because she's looking down at the baby, and she has both hands full, so she can't push them up. I'm happy to push them back on when I'm ...
3
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2answers
207 views

How can I stop bad language in the home? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do we do when timeouts are not effective? My children are aged 6-10. The consistent use of bad Language including the F word is way out of control. Things like ...
2
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2answers
403 views

Is it safe for a baby to suck on bath toys?

We bathe our 6 month old in our bathtub. We fill the tub 1/3 of the way and we sit in there with her to bathe her. The bath water gets a little bit soapy as the bath gets underway. We put some bath ...
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6answers
8k views

Is the “cry it out” approach harmful?

We have several questions on this site that deal with infants and toddlers who cry a lot, for various reasons. Here is an example question and example answer, another answer. The topic was raised on ...
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3answers
671 views

are there any peer reviewed studies showing the benefits of video games for kids (especially girls)?

I've been fairly against video games for my daughters (10,11,11) but I'm starting to rethink that. Currently their total "Screen Time" is limited. I might let (or even facilitate/encourage) them to ...
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5answers
934 views

Should we switch from cloth to disposable diapers?

Our son is 17 months old and has been in cloth diapers since he was 1 month old. About two months ago he got blisters on his penis. The doctor said it was a bacterial infection and to put triple ...
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5answers
569 views

Moving to a foreign country with a 2.5 years old child

My wife and I are moving to a foreign country with our 30 months old daughter. The country we are moving to speaks a different language (German-we speak Italian) which my wife and I understand and ...
5
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3answers
212 views

How do you help children resist social/peer pressure?

Peer pressure is a fact of life. Friends and classmates are generally strong influences in how our children develop their personalities, and potentially influence many significant decisions in their ...
9
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2answers
276 views

Is it bad to use a pacifier?

I've been using it when she gets fussy and she seems to love it. Is this a bad habit to get into? I've heard there are potential dental/breastfeeding/dependency issues. Is there any truth to this?
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4answers
301 views

What should I do with my daughter on Take Your Child to Work Day?

I'm a programmer and will be observing Take Your Child to Work Day with my four-year-old daughter, Thing1, on Thursday. I'm planning to get us dressed up, take her to breakfast and then bring her ...
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6answers
418 views

Why is my baby crying?

What's a good sorted list of potential causes to check when my baby cries and I don't know why? I need something I can print out in advance because I can't think very clearly once the crying starts.
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3answers
417 views

Does anyone recognize where the phrase “Dinosaur on the button” comes from?

Our 3.5 year old son has picked up a catchphrase/joke punchline from somewhere... but we can't figure out where it came from, his teachers can't figure it out, his day care teachers can't figure it ...
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5answers
105 views

Choosing a Doctor

How does a parent go about choosing a specialist doctor? Yes I have the pediatricians recommendations. However, usually I would also ask friends, however the specialist I need to see is not a ...
2
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1answer
318 views

Good video games for an Autistic 5th grader to encourage social skills [closed]

Disclaimer: I realize that a lot of folks (including many professionals) think having autistic kids play games is moving them in the wrong direction (away from social interaction). The friend ...
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9answers
10k views

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 ...
5
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6answers
4k views

Why must a toddler car seat be fully reclined when installed rear-facing?

Our daughter has been in an infant seat since birth, but is now 16lbs, and very near the height limit for this seat. We have received a nearly-new convertible seat from friends, but have a few ...
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6answers
4k views

How do you know when a baby needs to be burped?

My daughter just turned two, and over the last two years, I've learned a lot. Most parenting skills were easy to learn, but I never figured out burping when she was in the infant stage. In retrospect, ...
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5answers
809 views

Light Day-Hiking with Newborn— baby carrier or offroad stroller?

Baby is due in late June, and we hope to continue our normal habit of light day hikes (<4 miles, no major elevation changes) with her later in the summer and into early fall. Does it make sense to ...
3
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2answers
2k views

How do I prevent my child from freeing their hands in a SwaddleMe

My daughter is currently in a SwaddleMe and has recently begun to wake herself up by getting her hand out and playing with her face This was always a slight problem but since she has started to seek ...
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1answer
329 views

What are some good multi-player collaborative games for a 9-12 year old girl? [closed]

I'm considering letting my girls play video games a bit more than they do now. I'm looking for some good game suggestions for them. Some skills they would benefit practicing are: Perseverance ...
6
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3answers
209 views

What are the warning signs for Dyslexia?

What are the early indicators to help determine if a child should be evaluated for Dyslexia? At what age can the signs first be detected?
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0answers
98 views

need a safe puppy for my toddler [closed]

I have a little girl she is almost two years old sometimes well most of the time she is fullspeed. I am looking for a puppy that can grow up with her to protect her as they grow but I dont want a ...
3
votes
2answers
7k views

How concerned should we be about Mice coming into the baby's room?

Our first child is due any day now, and we've got a mouse infestation. We noticed it for the first time at my girlfriend's baby shower (lots of cakes and crumbs out), and since then we've started ...

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