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Recovery from the first birth Having back to back babies can take a hard toll on the mom's body. A few months post-partum her body has not had time to fully physically recover: “Studies show that there is a higher incidence of low birth-weight and premature birth when conception takes places within six months of a previous delivery,” Dr. Debra ...


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Beofett linked to a great answer above. Let me add a few observations of my own: First of all, what you plan is different from what you get. Many biological reasons can cause it to take a long time, even years, for the first baby to arrive. And there's no guarantee against such difficulties for the following babies, either. Or you might get two or three all ...


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We had our two children four years apart, and that has proven ideal for us, though each was much later what we originally wanted. They are separated enough to not compete, but close enough to be best friends (now 15 and 19). Plan to be flexible. Many people plan on having children at a particular time, and it just doesn't work out. Sometimes it just takes ...


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Where to put babies in the tent is something that varies from baby to baby and over time for the same baby. We took our kids camping (with a car parked next to the tent) at two months of age or so, and canoe camping after 11 months. That's where all your stuff is in the canoe and you paddle all day then set up camp, repeat for several days. Of all the ...


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I've been camping with a small toddler, and that worked reasonably well. The biggest problem was that he moved around a lot while he slept, so we had to be inventive to keep something soft under him. I will say that camping is generally child-safe as long as you take reasonable precautions. Here are some considerations for you: Kids can sleep anywhere, ...


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I had the very same problem with my first child, and now again with my second. Here is what I found that helped: -based on No Cry Nap Solution book, go in just before 35/40min wake up time and use a method that helps 'coach' them through the wake up. I tried shushing, patting bum or back, re-soothering, or slightly bouncing mattress beside them. Each were ...


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Check the sensitivity. We have used one (for our own peace of mind) and been happy with it. However - once the babies started moving they could move to a corner of the crib where it didn't detect movement. If you worry about sleep apnea I would talk to a pediatrician, but most likely you are getting false alarm, and the Angel Care could be adjusted ...


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The main thing is to keep them cool if you can and adding blankets is definitely not a good idea as heat is a bigger contributor to SIDS than sleeping position (and last time I checked the advice on position was heavily based on evidence of correlation rather than causation.) once your baby is about five months old she will learn to roll over as part of ...


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Talking to baby and interacting is extremely important. Even though he is 2 months old, it will help him with his emotional and language development as he grows up. Speech delay is one of the common problems parents face when their kids do not start speaking by the time they are 18 months or so. There are lot of benefits of talking to your baby, when they ...


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There is an extremely important detail left out of these conversations on motion sensor monitors: the care that must be taken when setting them up and adjusting the sensitivity setting knob on the back of the unit (for Angelcare monitors). Most people treat these as "plug-and-play", leaving them at the factory setting or setting them at the typical ...


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Babies have been doing this since the beginning of time. They are flexible little beings, and any discomfort will likely be minor and short-lived. But if you are concerned, keep a burp cloth (cloth diaper or nappy) over your shoulder whenever you hold him. It protects your clothes as well!!


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We have a similar set of boys (3 and 15 months), and the way we dealt with it, in addition to largely following Ida's advice above, was to emphasize to the older boy that the younger boy needs toys, also. Largely this comes in two flavors: The older boy is playing with a large set of toys (cars, trains, etc.), where there are numerous individual elements. ...


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CIO (Cry It Out) works perfectly and all schedules are best started as early as possible. I dont have an article to quote, just experience. I swaddle my son and he doesnt roll over/and sleeps throughout the whole night and has since a surprising 2 months. He stays up 90% of the day to make up for that though (haha). About CIO hurting the baby, I firmly ...


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This is pretty normal for siblings, and there are a lot of factors in play. The toy somebody plays with always seems more interesting. There is a book Siblings without Rivalry which discusses it in details. I would suggest to do the following: Establish ownership. Each kid does not have to share his toy (of course, they can be asked, but don't insist). If ...


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In my opinion this is very common behavior. He probably wants to both be part of what B does, and maybe to retaliate. Our 3 year old does this quite common to his little brother, 13 months old. He still love his little brother, I and I bet A loves B a lot still. Does A share well with kids his own age? At 4, he is probably used to having some 'discussion' ...



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