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Car/Booster seat for child in a spica cast?

My daughter recently had hip surgery and will be in a spica cast for the next six weeks. She no longer fits her regular car seat, or any other car seat that does not cost $500 or so (and can't be ...
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Can tummy tighening cause harm to the baby in the womb

Can the tightening of abdominal muscles harm my baby? I ask because while sitting down on the bed I lost my balance which led to my tummy tightening as I re-gained my balance. I am 26 weeks along.
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How to make home a quiet place with quarrelling parents?

I live with my parents and bagged a job in a multinational company that is luckily(as they say!) based in my hometown. My parents quarrel all the time because they have a difference in opinion on ...
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My 3 month old daughter looks away from me

Whenever I look my daughter and try to speak to her, she always looks away from me but she doesn't do that with her mother. My wife is the one who usually take care of her since I have a full time ...
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What are ways that I can donate my extra breastmilk?

I am an over producer which is a blessing and a curse. Has anyone had any experience donating breast milk? What are the different types of milk donation programs and organizations?
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Encouraging a more varied diet in fussy older children

Our daughter, now ten, has been a fussy eater all her life. We did all the wrong things to encourage her to eat when she was a toddler, and likely exacerbated the situation. At pre-school age we ...
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125 views

Can coconut milk or scraped coconut be added to my baby's food?

I am from India where coconut plays an important role in food. My son is currently 10 months old; when can I start adding coconut milk or scraped/shredded coconut to his food? I would like to add it ...
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266 views

How do I discipline my spouses children?

My spouse and I have kids from previous marriages. He has two boys ages 3 and 6, and I have an 8 year old boy and we just recently had a daughter together. I'm struggling very hard with his two boys, ...
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Safe ways to support slumping 1yo in bike trailer

I have a small-for-his-age 14 month old who loves the bike trailer and sleeps blissfully in it, or just watches the scenery. So long as I'm pushing it like a pram, and he has no helmet on. When the ...
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I fled my emotionally abusive husband, leaving my children. I returned but they don't want to know me

My husband and I married 18 years ago. He suffers from a particularly difficult personality disorder which has become more pronounced with time. We have five children, aged 8 - 17. As he became more ...
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Kid having trouble with some seemingly easy questions (language and visual cognition) for his age

My son will be 6 end of next month. He is generally doing good with regards to his development. He has started reading and loves math. There are a couple of things I've noticed he has difficulty ...
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Private school vs bad public school for a young child

I live in an inexpensive area (in the US) with a public school that is pretty bad by most measures (it gets low/failing rankings by most measures I can find online). I have a child who will soon be ...
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My 4 1/2 year old has been potty trained since 3 but is having accidents and not going to the bathroom by himself

My son has been potty trained now for well over a year. He'll wake up dry most of the nights but when he's at daycare ( a private home) he won't go to the bathroom unless he's told. He'll have an ...
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Sleeping hours during the day

I've noticed that you all refer to the 4-5 hours of sleeping at night only. My newborn is 11 days today. Sometimes he sleeps for 2 hours, sometimes for 1 hours, sometimes for 3 hours. The lactating ...
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107 views

Helping a preschooler be a good friend

My almost-four year old boy has been expressing concerns recently that some of his close friends don't want to be his friend any more. While I'm aware this sort of drama is perpetual in childhood, I ...
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118 views

Is crying healthy for babies when they get our companionship?

Our son is approximately 2 months old, and he has problems sleeping at night (he cries like any other baby). My concern is about letting him cry while he's on my chest or in my arms while I give him ...
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381 views

What are the pros and cons of having an advanced student skip a mid-elementary grade?

At the end of third grade, our daughter's teacher approached us (and our school's principal) and suggested that with her test scores (high-school level) and level academic mastery, we should put her ...
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205 views

Mom is a kindergarten teacher

Due to some conflict situation with previous kindergarten owner, we were forced to pull our 2 y.o. from this. In the middle of the year, it's a bit difficult to find new place for a child, but for our ...
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776 views

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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2 year old not responding to simple commands

My son is 25 months old. He is very active, and he plays with his brother. If he feels hungry or thirsty he just points and sometimes he brings .. I just wanted to ask: he is 25 month old, but still ...
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How to explain racial stereotypes in classic films

I recently watched an old film with my 2 year old (One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing) and was aghast at the level of racial stereotyping in it. I like to show old films but I am not sure how to explain ...
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11 month old wakes up in the night crying. Continues to cry for hours

My 11 month olds son had been sleeping in his crib since he was two months. He is a happy baby during the day. He has a great appetite and I breastfeed about 4x a day and when he wakes in the night. ...
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How can I reduce feeding jealousy with my twins?

Our girl/boy twins are a little over a year old. One of the surprising things we've learned is that they are intensely jealous of each other at feeding time. It starts first thing in the morning: ...
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How can I alleviate my 34 month old little girl's fear of poo? [duplicate]

I feel incredibly stupid and awful about this, but a while ago I jokingly referred to my daughters' poo (in her nappy, not in the toilet) as a monster (because it was so big). I think I have now ...
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256 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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241 views

how do I help my 4.5 year old socially?

My son likes to play with other kids, but he's shy and will usually join someone else in their game and not initiate. That is fine with us, the problem is that English is his second language, and he ...
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704 views

How long are sterilised bottles sterile for? And is there a way to keep them sterile for longer?

I plan to go to an all day event 10am - 8pm and won't be able to sterilise bottles during the day. If I sterilise them in the morning, how long will I be able to use them for? If I put them in the ...
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817 views

Teaching logic and problem solving to children?

We have all been there, "Critical Thinking: Solve why blah blah blah" in our elementary and high school assignments. We've all hated them to death, but I think sometimes we see the value in these ...
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117 views

Is there an infant-equipped transportation service with car seat to and fro airports?

My 6-week old child, my husband and I are taking a flight from East-cost to West-cost. Is there a taxi or other transportation company that will provide a car seat on a short notice? And also would ...
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120 views

How to deal with vacation spots with opposite extremes?

A lot of the most fun places to vacation also have pretty big down sides, which is what I mean by "opposite extremes." A theme park, for example, has a few minutes of extreme fun, followed by being ...
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Is it safe to use a microwave sterilizer to sterilize BPA-free baby bottles?

There is lots of debate regarding microwaving plastics, even if they are BPA-free. Curious if there is a definitive risk of using a microwave sterilizer (steriliser) (such as the Avent) vs. using an ...
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What are the features that I should look for in a good preschool?

We are looking around for the best preschool for our baby daughter. The place that we looked at said that for infants they have a 1:4 (adult:infant) ratio...for 3 - 5 year olds it is 1:12 ...
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How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?

I just had a chat today with the teacher of my 7 years old daughter. The teacher told me my daughter has a very short attention span during the class. She can't concentrate more than a few minutes on ...
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How do I get my child engaged with practicing letters?

My first child made the connection between reading and practicing letters, and loved getting anybody and everybody to help practice letters (girl at 4, now 6). My second child (boy at 4) is keen ...
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Our Six Year Old is Quick to Anger but Upsets Others and Himself..

Ok so we have a Six Year old boy, He is generally lovely, bright, and easy to be around BUT is often quick to anger when playing with friends and smaller kids (classic example is when he does not ...
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Constant Crying 4 year old

I have a just turned 4 year old step daughter whose life I have been in for almost two years. In July we went on vacation (myself, my 16 year-old son, one of his friends, my 12 year-old daughter, one ...
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Sleep training and consistency

Our son is 7 months old, and as he frequently still needs our presence to go to sleep at night, we've decided that it's time for sleep training. The problem isn't that he needs our presence - the ...
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Painful toddler breastfeeding

My 20mo nurses twice daily and lately it has become painful. She doesn't bite me, but her top 4 teeth are digging into my breast and it's leaving an impression of her teeth after she unlatches. Her ...
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When children get quiet so you know they're up to something?

I'm not looking for a certain word, but rather a concept or a stage of childhood development. Specifically, I'm wondering about that stage when children who are doing something they know they're not ...
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How do I help my elder child's sleep not to be disrupted by her sister?

We have two daughters; one is 2 years old and the other was born a week ago. Right now, daughter 2 is sleeping a lot and doesn't cry much, but if my experience of the first was anything to go by, that ...
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159 views

How do I increase concentration of my 6years old daughter?

My daughter has a very low attention span. She is a bright child otherwise. But lack of concentration affects her studies. Please could you recommend some activities or games that can help?
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Should I encourage siblings to compromise and collaborate?

Often when there's a chance to do something special as a family -- say, watch a movie together, or bake some cookies -- we let the three kids decide exactly what we are going to do. For example, they ...
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153 views

Ferber method advice

My son is 9 months old and we started the Ferber method a few nights ago to hopefully eliminate the # of wake times throughout the night. The first night we started with the 3 min as our first wait ...
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Finding a Good Photo-Heavy Cookbook for Young Kids? [closed]

I'm trying to involve my 5-year old and 3-year old more in meal planning and eventually cooking. Right now, they're a bit picky (like most) and so we have a pretty limited set of maybe 5-6 dinner ...
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270 views

Should I teach my child a second language?

I know that raising kids bilingual can be a great blessing to them in the future. I am a native English speaker, but have learned a second language which is rarely used in the world. My real question ...
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377 views

Paternity Leave, How much does the Father need to be home?

I'm trying to collect some opinions on this, because I'm a first time parent and most of my friends don't have kids. Basically, I'm trying to work out how much I will be needed at home during the ...
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170 views

How do I get my toddler to stop waking at 4am? [duplicate]

My 12 month old has been waking at 4-4:30 am for quite some time. He usually doesn't require anything to go back to sleep but just wakes crying and grizzly. Sometimes I go in and give him his dummy ...
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1answer
431 views

No BM control; what does this mean for training?

My daughter is 2 years, 7 months old, and we started potty-training her two months ago. She's gotten to the point where she's great at peeing - not only no accidents, but all-around promptness, ...
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1answer
175 views

Should I replace the food my 18 month throws on the floor?

My child drops her food. Sometimes its an accident, but often she is rebelling or throwing a small fit. Should I give into her tantrums and give her alternative choices? I am considering not giving ...
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127 views

Where can I find good research on long term health impact of different types/brands of infant formula (in the US)?

My wife can no longer nurse our infant due to her health issues. Is there an online resource I can use to research different types/brands of infant formula? I'm looking for independent, and preferable ...

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