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You know, the other day I was talking with my wife about this after we eat in a restaurant and walked across a bar. Currently, we are living in an area where we don't have family and no close friends. And I don't really like the idea to leave my child with a babysitter because I consider she is still too young for a babysitter (our baby is 2 months old). And ...


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The strategy we used with my son when he was smaller was to do a two-stage bath. First, we'd start off with a small amount of water that was very soapy, and use that to scrub his genitals and butt (in that order) with a small washcloth. The soap was in the water, not the rag. I can't say we had any issue with other crevices or rolls, though. Everything else ...


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For an infant, I don't recommend submerged bathing: I like the kind where you have a foam "bathtub" insert either in the sink or in the bathtub, and you just use soapy water to clean them. Once they're older than infants (ie, can fully support themselves) then it's not particularly hard in my experience. Bubble baths help this a lot: then they're submerged ...


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We had a wonderful midwife who showed us a very neat trick for turning our baby safely onto her front while bathing. I couldn't effectively describe it, but it basically involves cupping the baby's head carefully in your hand, and gently lift and turn the baby, ensuring their nose and mouth is to the side and well clear of the water. They love being on their ...


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You've stated that the bar is not loud, and is smoke-free, so the environment itself should have no negative impact on the child. One potential cause for concern though would be what the mother was drinking. If she is still breast feeding, then alcohol consumption can be problematic. Aside from that, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with a baby being ...


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I'd be more worried about someone bringing a 16-year-old to a bar than a baby. The 16 y.o. might drink; the baby presumably will not. If the bar was a rough place where drunken brawls regularly break out, then yes, I'd say bringing a baby is a bad idea. If the mother got drunk and did something to endanger the baby, of course that would be a problem. Or if ...


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We regularly took our first child to the pub with us. Every Friday from when he was about 10 days old until about 9 months. The reasons why: so we could still socialise with our friends so we weren't stuck in a house all day with a child. This is an essential part of remaining sane he slept only from about 2am to about 4am so we wanted to maximise the ...


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I would approach it from the point-of-view of the other patrons in the bar (not part of the mother's group). One reason I go to bars is that it is the one place you can get away from kids. You can get a bit squiffy, tell a bawdy joke, not have to mind your language too much and generally be in the company of other like-minded adults. This is all rather ...


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I can think of nothing wrong with this. On the other hand, there are various good reasons for doing it: Parents of newborns tend to get cooped up at home. Getting out and socializing is important to relieve this, and some parents don't have access to (or don't want) babysitting. For first-time parents, going out in public with a newborn can be a bit scary. ...


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If it's a nice pub, where people get together for a few drinks and a good time, with a bit of music in the back, I honestly can see no reasonable difference between that location and doing the exact same thing in the setting of your own (or a friend or family members) home. I would not think twice about someone taking their child to a birthday party or ...


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Baby wearing is great for a baby! And at such a young age they tend to sleep for a couple hours, eat and then just hang out interacting with their world. Change their diaper and repeat. It gets pretty mundane so introducing a new environment can be a nice change for both mom and baby. It's not a place the baby can lay around and explore their surroundings ...


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I see no reason to judge this woman harshly. Did you actually see her doing any harm to the infant? There was no smoking in its presence. The baby was safely tucked into its bjorn carrier (already a positive parent sign), not being passed among the curious in the crowd, mouthing everything in sight. She was having some drinks which she may have sorely ...


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There's a level of disagreement about whether children should be allowed in "adult settings," and you can get all sorts of opinions on what's appropriate (both for the sake of the child, and for the sake of other patrons). Is this something people do? Yes. It's pretty unusual, but clearly not unknown or impossible. I did take an infant to a microbrewery ...


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I don't drink, and neither does my wife, so I don't exactly spend much time in bars - so I haven't seen this, but that's not really evidence of anything in my book. I also don't know the law in this regard, so if it's actually illegal, obviously you shouldn't do it. Additionally, as was pointed out in other answers, the effect of alcohol on a nursing baby ...


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It's not something I've heard of or seen people doing, and I live in WI where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a bar and minors are allowed in any bar as long as they are with a parent. As far as the health of the baby is concerned, if the mother is nursing and drinking moderately to excessively, that could lead to developmental delays. From an ...


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Although this is something I personally wouldn't do, I can't find anything about a baby simply being in a bar that would cause the child harm. Is this something people do? Yes. Yes it is. And there's quite a debate about it depending on where you are located. In your instance, it's okay for a minor to be in the bar. The law allows for it, and the ...


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For completeness, our baby was scheduled for a Continuous feed NGT tube, the tube from her nose to her stomach. Then was to be a slow drip feed, the equivalent of her normal feeding oz/per bottle feed now oz/hour. The advantage to this, for her, was no big bump of food at any given time, so no chance of a big dose of reflux. The bad news, you have a tube ...


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My daughter did this too from a newborn. Every parent thinks their child is extremely intelligent but even our doctor told us she's very advanced, so my point is she was smart enough to know that if she dropped it. .. mom shows up! I would hold it in for her and if I moved my hand away a little she'd pop it out just enough to hit my hand to make sure I was ...


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So here's what I found with a quick search. This link says: If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, start back over in the process starting with the lowest wait time from the beginning of the night. And: Evaluate how the method is working for you So judging from what you said, I would say go back to the interval you had set from that ...


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This may be way too simple an answer, but it's the one that keeps recurring to me: could it be that your son is waking up because of his gums, but staying awake because he's hungry? In other words, is he getting enough to eat during the day? I'd try to increase his daytime intake. If and when he wakes up in the night, you could try giving him a refrigerated ...


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I really think kids learn quickly that numbers are rather neutral in the good/bad dichotomy. If this is a serious concern, the best way to neutralize the situation would be to make sure you use positive number examples as well. Such as, when you give him a treat, like M&M's or a snack like cheerios, ask him to count them to see how many he has. If he ...


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Ideally babies shouldn't be eating anything other than milk much before they're six months old. This is because they don't have the motor skills yet to move food around in their mouths, and their gut hasn't matured enough to be able to digest other foods properly. There is some evidence that early introduction of solid food increases the chance of food ...


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I come from a family whose tradition is Native American. Before cradling the child to put him or her to sleep, we swaddle the babe tightly to contribute to a sense of security. This also cuts down on dramatic temperature or texture change or the feeling of "looseness" which Stephanie describes. Some children do not respond to this method because they ...


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There is a great difference between "recognize" and "understand". Recognizing one's shadow can happen as early as few months old, as this other answer implies. Then at later age, kids can start playing with their shadows, and other people shadows they see. However, the real question should be: "when children actually understand the concept of shadows?" and ...


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My son is 5 months and he just recognized his shadow on the wall... When he seen it he flapped his arm up and down to see if it would move with him again then he did it again and then he laughed...


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Slowly and carefully. With my kids the usual points were: Too soon. When the baby is not fully asleep, they tend to wake up. Wait for the "ragdoll state", limp arms and legs, deeper breathing and often mouth slightly open. Moro reflex. The moro reflex is triggered when the baby has a sensation of "falling", this happens when you place the baby backwards ...


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Your baby will let you know. Each of my four started to struggle in the swaddle, wanting more freedom. Unfortunately, they still needed the swaddle to help them sleep. Swaddling does help with the startle reflex and with the womb effect. Thankfully we used the magic sleepsuit when we could no longer swaddle and all my babies slept great because it ...


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We stopped swaddling once our LO was about 4 months old and could roll both ways. It was a safety issue at that point. We have used the Zipadee-zip ever since and looove it! She feels cozy, secure and can use the zippy up to 2 years old which is amazing! She sleeps so well in it, all night. Its the perfect solution when transitiong out of the swaddle!



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