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Lapsed Catholic. Luddite Geek. Shy Chatterbox. A mass of contradictions wrapped in an open enigma.

Some days, I really regret making http://stackoverflow.com/a/3638034/14250 a comm. wiki question. Then I get back to helping people solve problems rather than trying to help myself score rep. (Man, but 370 upvotes. Three. Hundred. And. Seventy.)


Jan
11
comment How old must a baby be to be lifted under its arms?
@Dariusz Sounds fine to me. If in doubt, check for bruising around the armpits, but I'd be astounded to see that.
Jan
11
comment How old must a baby be to be lifted under its arms?
@Dariusz How old is she? It certainly shouldn't be an issue for her spine, and if you're pulling hard enough to wrench her shoulders... don't.
Jan
10
answered How old must a baby be to be lifted under its arms?
Dec
6
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
22
comment Methods for reducing or coping with sleep deprivation
+1 for "Do not prioritise X over sleeping". Spent 2 hours tidying and now want to sleep? DAUGHTER CARES NOT.
Nov
17
awarded  Famous Question
Nov
16
comment Diapering a 7 month old that is almost ready to crawl
Ah, the famous wrestling move known as the "Parental Pin". Think of it as an over-enthusiastic, poorly received cuddle?
Nov
6
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
17
comment How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
The simple answer is, you don't. The more complex answer is that the levels of fluoride in toothpaste are well below the toxicity level in the pea-sized quantity on a toothbrush and will get excreted out. Obviously you monitor your child for ill-effects and consult a paediatrician in the event of illness. Also, children's toothpaste has less fluoride (assuming legitimate company, use judgement) That said, if they down a tube of it, emergency room, so keep it out of their reach.
Oct
17
comment How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
@Charles we're advised to use fluoride toothpaste to help keep the teeth healthy once they've broken through the surface of the gums, but to keep it to pea sized amounts, good guidance here, on NHS website: nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Careofkidsteeth.aspx
Oct
17
comment How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
It's also worth noting (and this is anecdotally from a dentist) that for 3mths - 1year, all they're really looking for is a decent coating of flouride on the teeth, as the chances of you managing to properly brush an 1 year old's teeth the way you're supposed to are Zero.
Oct
17
comment How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
Apparently the truth is a bit more complex: parenting.stackexchange.com/a/9173/147
Oct
17
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Oct
16
answered How important is it to brush infant's teeth before vs. after the goodnight milk bottle?
Sep
27
revised How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?
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Sep
27
answered How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?
Sep
27
comment How to persuade lazy-to-think kids to learn mathematics?
@MukeshKamath That's a valid answer, but doesn't it motivate the motivated? If someone sees no value in maths or worse, is struggling, they're just going to accept that they will never be class leader and become even more demotivated. A more persistent "level-up" system, where as you progress you get to "apprentice" or "journeyman" seems like it would help more.
Sep
24
comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
This goes beyond the boundaries of the question, but I think the point you're making is important. I cannot imagine the problems it would add to my life if someone overheard a teacher calling me "abusive" about an early bedtime and missed the context of the situation. And this was apparently in front of other parents, so that's 100% given. Therefore I'd complaining politely to the head so fast there'd be rubber marks on the carpet.
Sep
23
comment Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?
I agree with this. If you are accused of abuse, and you aren't guilty of it, take it very seriously.
Sep
13
awarded  Nice Answer