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Aug
20
comment Can you guide a toddler to learn specific words?
It 100% depends on the kid. Mine is terrible at mimicking and rarely does it (which is nice for the concerned mom reading stuff from speech language pathologists on how mimicking is key to speech therapy and generally helping your kid learn language, let me tell you). She said her first word long before she ever mimicked one. Same with her first two word phrase.
Aug
20
comment Is my pediatrician missing something about my 3 month old's gas pain?
I'd like to add a link that backs up the accepted answer to this question on actual studies supporting an elimination diet for breastfeeding mothers. So helpful to see the evidence out there.
Aug
20
comment Is my pediatrician missing something about my 3 month old's gas pain?
Although I'm not currently mired in this issue, I wanted to mention that we did use the I Love You massage per a friend's recommendation at the time. She never seemed to release gas when I was doing it for some reason, so maybe I did it wrong? For future reference I'll come back to this diagram. Bicycling also did nothing for us. I 100% agree with wanting a short-term answer. I've told my husband that next time I will not hesitate one bit to do an elimination diet.
Aug
20
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Aug
20
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
@Chrys - not sure. Here's the Oregon statistics and here are the CDC statistics - note that the source I am quoting is biased in her commentary, but she does quote the source data.
Aug
19
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
@MiaClarke - regarding your link, it remains a fact that neonatal deaths at homebirths assisted by non-nurse midwives (i.e. midwives who are not CNMs) or unassisted in the U. S. are 300% higher than hospital births. A study of Oregon homebirths by a homebirth midwife found an 800% higher neonatal death rate. I'm not saying that unassisted births can't go well, just that hospitals and midwives who are also nurses have a much better track record of keeping babies alive.
Aug
18
comment Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?
This question makes assumptions that aren't true, which may be part of the reason it is downvoted. Also plenty of animals die giving birth, just as humans do.
Aug
17
answered Long-term preparations for becoming a parent?
Aug
15
comment Is watching a moving fan equally harmful to an infant's mental development as is a TV?
As far as I understand one big issue with TV is the fast switching between camera angles - apparently that is part of the overload. In actual day to day life your child only has one angle, his eyes. If I find the backup data from the source where I got this info I'll expand to a full answer when I have time (or someone else can use this as a tip and go answer).
Aug
15
revised What can I do to stop my child from being over-sensitive?
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Aug
13
comment Getting paid for babysitting
International Nanny Association Salary and Benefits Survey from 2009-2012; care.com's list of Seattle nannies including the pay they plan to charge per hour; 4nannytaxes.com's DC-area nanny salary survey (disparity between employers and employees is important here); these are the kind of resources I recommend for doing some basic salary data before talking to your boss. Parenting.SE can't really help you get what you need.
Aug
13
revised At what age can you start giving time-outs?
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Aug
13
answered At what age can you start giving time-outs?
Aug
13
comment Getting paid for babysitting
Unfortunately what's reasonable varies wildly depending on your location within the US. For example in big cities such as DC, New York, and San Francisco in the nice parts of town it is not uncommon to get paid $12-15/hour for one child, while in lower income parts of the country that would be considered absurd. Pay also depends on your education level (someone with a masters in ECE commands more than a high school grad) , years of experience, and responsibility.
Aug
13
answered Getting paid for babysitting
Aug
12
reviewed Excellent How to get schizophrenia and bipolar kids to take medication?
Aug
12
reviewed Satisfactory How to clean the vagina of a newborn?
Aug
12
reviewed Satisfactory Is feeding the right time to talk and read to a kid?
Aug
12
reviewed Needs Improvement Preparing 3 year old for new baby?
Aug
12
reviewed Satisfactory How can I help my toddler with his booger problem?