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Blowing on the face is a common trick. It triggers a reflex to hold the breath for a short moment. That stops the crying, and can also be used when washing the child's face etc. I am not aware of any consequences of this, neither positive nor negative.


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So this doesn't seem too unusual to me. Many babies prefer to be held, and some more than others. A few suggestions: Have you tried swaddling? The feeling of being wrapped mimics the feeling in the womb, and my babies would not sleep without being swaddled. have you tried a swing? Some babies really like the gentle rocking motion (again, this mimics the ...


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If you are asking, "Is a disrupted sleep schedule harmful to my 1 month old?", the answer is no. Sleep is important to newborns, and they will sleep when it's necessary. Babies in utero are attuned to a mother's circadian rhythms, due in part to maternal hormones (cortisol and melatonin both pass through the placenta), maternal activity and other ...


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Absolutely. What you're seeing is entirely normal in babies, particularly around 3+ months old. Among other things, he might be beginning to teethe; both of those things are associated with teething. Drooling is associated with basically everything for many babies, and sucking on fingers (or thumbs or other things) is also very normal. If the drooling is ...


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Nope. If you would be more comfortable keeping an eye on them, there are mirrors you can install that allow you to see them in your rear view mirror. However, you will be wise to watch the road instead of the sleeping babies in the back seat; every newborn I've ever met just sleeps in the car so you won't be missing much.


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You should definitely call the lactation counselor if you haven't already. They will give individualized advice that no one here can. In addition, they will also provide some reassurance that your baby IS getting enough to eat, that you are doing ok, and that your baby is going to be ok. Call them. In the meantime: 1) Tickle the baby's feet 2) Change the ...


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We adopted our middle child and his older and younger sisters are biological. Out of the three, our son craves attention the most, by a factor of five. We were told in our fostering and adoption classes that is fairly typical. He doesn't remember the first year of his life when he didn't live with us, but it still subconsciously affects him. So, sibling ...


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These seats are designed to be newborn-friendly. Any of them causing any physical damage to a child is unthinkable. Such seat should never have been made and accepted for sale. Unless you bought the cheapest seat on a flea market, you're going to be ok. Long trips are discouraged because your child is restricted to the same position for their duration. If a ...


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I frequently front-carried my children (from newborn through toddlerhood) for hours at a time. However, we had a sling and so they were more curled up: no dangling legs until they were older (around the time they had neck control and wanted to be looking around all the time). I'm therefore making some guesses when I say it should be safe. I did read over ...


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Strictly breastfed babies may have from 10 diapers with stool a day, to one diaper with stool every seven to ten days. Breast milk can be so perfectly suited to the newborn that the newborn is able to absorb absolutely everything in the milk, and the only waste is liquid :) The important thing is that the newborn is urinating frequently, and has many wet ...


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It might sound harsh, but there's not much you can do to make it enjoyable; if you're on your belly and aren't strong enough to raise your head up yet, tummy time is not going to be fun. However, you can limit the upset for your child by not putting her through an excessive amount - little and often is better than fewer long stints. (Advice on how long it ...


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If you are blowing softly, it could hardly harm the child. Anything under x knots should be fine, where x is a reasonable value determined by humourless scientists.


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Please note that some airlines will not let you breastfeed on a flight, regardless of what is said when you purchase a ticket. For the first few weeks of a newborn's life, usually the baby's doctor prefers that she be kept in relative isolation (friends and family). After that, it's fine to take her out into the public provided that the baby is healthy. ...


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@anongoodnurse's answer is great, but I want to add some things from personal observation: I have flown with a baby as young as 4 months, and it was not an issue. The younger the baby is the easier, since they sleep more. I think a 7 week baby will be fine (provided no health issues, not pre-mature and so forth). ask you pediatrician if there is any ...


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I believe that your father could potentially be putting your newborn at risk, yes. Here's why: According to a 2-year survey, 64% of travelers to 3rd world countries develop some sort of illness. 26% of those travelers were ill once they returned from the trip, with 56% of those travelers' illnesses starting after the return (9.3% of all travelers). Thus, ...


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This is what Wikipedia had to say: The evidence base for CST is sparse and a demonstrated biologically plausible mechanism is lacking. In the absence of rigorous, well-designed randomized controlled trials, it has been characterized as pseudoscience, and its practice called quackery. Linked to two deaths Relying on CST instead of effective ...


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In our case, what helped was: Reassure her and calm her. Make sure she can see your face or at least your hand all the time. Hear you encouraging her. Part of the problem might be that it's simply a startling new experience for her; OR that she's stressed over less visual contact. Also in terms of startling, make sure to put her on her tummy gently and ...


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Tummy time is complicated at that age, but it's definitely necessary. Don't expect anything to work perfectly, but also don't do it past the point of her being frustrated; helping her enjoy it is critical to getting longer periods in later. At 12 weeks you likely can only do a short bit at a time (10-15 minutes at most, I'd expect more like 3-5 minutes ...


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Urine is sterile leaving the bladder but doesn't stay that way for long; it is an ideal growth medium for bacteria. I would rinse it out. There is nothing terribly wrong with getting clean water in your baby's ears. You will not get water in the inner ear (that is the third and deepest part of the ear) or the middle ear (where ear infections occur). The ...


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Can you wear him? My preemie LOVED being worn, and it freed up my hands to do the other things that needed doing. Try a Moby wrap or something similar; there are oodles of how-to videos online that show you how to properly tie is so he's safe and secure and able to breathe freely, and you get your hands back.


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From your description of your living space, I would recommend keeping the baby in the bassinet in your room, at least for the first couple of months. Newborns, especially breast fed ones, wake every 2-3 hours to feed. Having the baby close is convenient (no stairs) and lets you respond before the real hungry-angry crying starts. It's much easier to feed a ...


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I think there are two aspects to your question which need to be considered: Carrying a baby in general (using any type of carrier) Your particular baby carrier Regarding point 1, carrying a baby using a baby carrier is thought to be good for the baby in many ways, especially for a newborn. It is especially popular in attachment parenting and often ...


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My baby had reflux so hiccuping was especially problematic for her as it churned things up EVEN More. So we had to work hard at getting all the gas out for her. We found the traditional burping position didn't actually do this. It was easier to burp her by placing her in a seated position on the adult's knee, with her legs dangling inward. Since I am ...


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Babies eat. Babies eat a lot. Newborn babies eat a lot more than older babies. These are just the simple truths of raising children. Right now, your child has a very small stomach. They can't store as much food as we can and thus need to eat more often. Also, breast milk digests quickly, thus contributing to the need for more food, more often. This has ...


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There are as many answers to your question as there are children - even my two were entirely different. Look at the various questions we have had on the subject to get some ideas, certainly; this one, this one, etc. The sleep tag is full of good answers. In your specific case, I would look at a couple of possibilities. Has something physically changed? ...


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Spend one-on-one time with your daughter, as much as you can. Important now, while the sibling is still on his/her way, but critical once he/she gets here. Also, find ways to include her in the day-to-day care of her new sibling. Can she fetch wipes/diapers/bibs? Would she want to help feed, when bottles are appropriate? Maybe she can do some ...


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Put a heating pad in the crib beforehand, let it warm up and remove it just before putting in the baby. Along with the advice about waiting for deep sleep and being gentle, this really helps. Again, do not leave the heating pad in the crib with the baby.


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We took our 3 along to indoor pools (in the UK) from a very early age. Useful points we learned: kids that age get cold really fast, so make sure the kids pool is heated, or else watch for them getting cold and shivery: be ready with a fluffy towel and cuddles Initially just hold them in the water, then bounce them to make splashes to help them get used to ...


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You shouldn't have anything to worry about, since milk production increases to keep up with demand. This is why it's possible for a woman to feed, say, twins. When the baby is no longer breastfeeding, the breasts stop producing milk. The only problems you might encounter would be extremely short-term, unless your wife has supply issues. If this is the ...


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The major reason not to travel with a newborn (< 3 month old) is not so much the carseat, but the immune system. A baby under three months old does not have a very well developed immune system, and so traveling to another location (particularly to be around new people) increases the risks that he/she catch an infection which is potentially much more ...



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