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Sep
12
comment Can a 17-month old really appreciate humour/irony?
It might have something to do with power dynamics. According to Happiest Toddler on the Block toddlers spend a lot of time feeling like the weakest and the smallest, so any time they get to feel bigger and better than someone/something they love it. Also Happiest Toddler recommends role play with dolls as a way of positive enforcement of rules, so if you have the dolly eventually give in nicely to her teeth brushing you might find it has a good effect on your daughter.
Sep
11
comment How to mimic the infant sucking actions with a manual breast pump?
What I'm talking about is not even just a regular double electric pump. I'm talking about something like the Medela Symphony‌​. Often people don't buy them. They rent them from the hospital. The pumps are designed so that many people can use them (unlike regular double electrics which only one person can use) and use expensive technology to adequately stimulate milk supply.
Sep
11
comment How to mimic the infant sucking actions with a manual breast pump?
In addition breast compressions once letdown has occurred are helpful. Babies use not only suction (which is all the pump has) but compression to get milk. However none of these motions mimic the other complex reactions that actual contact with a baby gives in establishing milk supply.
Sep
11
comment How to mimic the infant sucking actions with a manual breast pump?
The only pump which is considered good enough to establish and maintain a milk supply for exclusive pumping is a hospital grade double electric pump. Are you breastfeeding at all? If so you need time with your baby to build supply. It is not possible with a manual pump.
Sep
10
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Sep
9
comment What are some focusing exercises that can be performed on an infant to improve their motor skills and cognition
While this question has good pieces, the age range of 2-6 months is probably too broad. A 2 month old is likely not rolling over. A 6 month old should be rolling both directions and able to sit if placed in that position, and may be independently sitting up as well as crawling. A 2 month old is barely batting at toys. A 4 month old is grasping toys and bringing them to his or her mouth to chew or reaching, grasping, and rattling. Also the categorization "motor skills and mental development" is so broad it might as well be "all developmental areas."
Sep
9
comment Why does my infant bang her head sideways in sleep?
See: parenting.stackexchange.com/a/7187/2146
Sep
8
answered How to preserve the daily extracted breast milk in freezer for a long time?
Sep
7
revised How can I wean my active baby from swaddling?
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Sep
7
answered How can I wean my active baby from swaddling?
Sep
5
comment Stroller for twins
This appears to be a shopping question, which is not going to work well here.
Sep
5
comment Long-term preparations for becoming a parent?
As for clothes for kids, if you live in a country where baby showers are a common tradition, don't do it. Many people find that the baby shower outfits the kid at least through size 0-3 months (what you listed as 0) if not through the first year or even two. Infrared thermometers are not acceptable for most US pediatricians for children under 4 months - they require a rectal temperature because it is more accurate.
Sep
5
comment Long-term preparations for becoming a parent?
I know several people who have been completing projects with newborns, though it does go more slowly. I have friends who just finished getting a banister in. We organized our entire basement after our daughter turned 1. Sure it's more of a pain to do things during naptime on weekends or with your toddler in a backpack, but it's doable especially if one partner is a stay-at-home parent (which is in many ways the point of a stay-at-home parent, to have someone responsible for not only caregiving but for house care).
Sep
5
comment Long-term preparations for becoming a parent?
Whoah - no need to be so pessimistic. Many people with kids see their friends (with kids and without) on a regular basis even if it is less often than before and many people with kids are not boring unless you define boring as no longer going clubbing every Friday and Saturday night. Also while other people's kids are great birth control your own tend to be a little different. My aunt was a nanny who never wanted kids, until she adopted and very much loved one of her own.
Sep
4
comment Teaching logic and problem solving to children?
I'm not sure about brain teasers. My dad loved them and posed them to us a lot, but neither my siblings or I enjoyed them one bit. All of us kids went on to critical thinking career fields, too.
Sep
4
comment My 6 month old will not sleep all night.
@DaveClarke - my 18 month old occasionally doesn't sleep through the night, but that doesn't mean I think that's a good thing for her or her parents. When that happens we make a change in her schedule if needed or tweak our routines as needed.
Sep
4
comment My 6 month old will not sleep all night.
Agree that cutting naps or reducing daytime sleep is unlikely to be helpful (unless the baby in question is sleeping 5+ hours during the day). But I don't think that giving a bottle is helpful, at least not to sleep. That sets up a nasty sleep association problem. Now for hunger purposes yes, nurse or give a bottle. But make sure that the baby goes to sleep off of it. The sleep help fading approach you suggest does work, but it's trickier and longer versus an approach like Ferber. That doesn't mean it's bad - for many families it's perfect. Just takes time and timing.
Sep
3
comment Introducing my children into my disbelief in a Christian environment
Your answer makes an implicit assumption that all religious instruction is 1) likely to be dogmatic and 2) opposed to the scientific method. Both assumptions are false.
Sep
3
comment My 6 month old will not sleep all night.
Is 10 or 11 his bedtime? That's way too late. Try moving it 20 minutes earlier every 3 weeks until it's before 8 at least, more likely between 6 and 7 but he'll show you his sweet spot. And 2 naps might be too few at 6 months - he might do better on 3. How does he show he's ready for his naps? Does he seem hyper? More info will help us give a better answer.
Aug
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