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Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?

We have a two week old child. He's eating well during the day, eating at least 8 times a day, and is breast feeding. His weight gain has been 'normal' so far, and he regained his original birth weight ...
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Why do toddlers eat grass and not broccoli?

This is more of a curiosity question than trying to answer a problem, but it is something I am sure that many parents have wondered in the past. I notice that my kid (almost 2) will, without fail, ...
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Feeding a newborn throughout the night without letting him cry

My wife and I have a newborn on the way in a few months, and I was wondering about one aspect of night-feedings. Popular wisdom is that we shouldn't let the baby get to the point that they're crying ...
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Is it dangerous to microwave formula if I swirl the bottle and test the temperature afterwards?

The overwhelming consensus online is that microwaving a babies bottle can be "dangerous" because microwaving formula can produce hot spots. However, if you simply swirl the bottle you can even out the ...
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11-month old daughter suddenly refusing to eat lunch/dinner

My 11-month old daughter has, in the past week, become extremely fussy and at some meal times is refusing to eat. For breakfast, we usually give her weetbix/rice cereal with milk (warmed in the ...
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Why is my newborn crying constantly?

my 4 week old daughter will not stop crying. We've tried everything from sucking, both on pacifiers and fingers to breastfeeding, white noise, movement, diaper is clean she doesn't seem to have a ...
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How long can a 3-month-old go without eating?

My 3-month-old son has started sleeping through the night, with a vengeance. He sleeps for hours. And when he finally wakes up and I expect him to be starving, he's often still ready to happily play ...
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New born seems to be spitting up entire meals. Should I be worried?

We have a baby that is a little over a week old and it seems like after some feedings she is spitting up what looks like her entire meal (breast feeding). I've been weighing her and she still seems ...
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If you can't spoil a newborn, when "can" you spoil a baby?

So I heard you cannot spoil a newborn. While I don't take it 100% at face value I do believe attending her needs is more important than worrying about spoiling her. Now the question is, when can a ...
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How can I switch an exclusively breastfed 1-year-old to food?

My 1 year old daughter eats very little. Infact she doesn't even drink bottled milk. Not to mention she hasn't gained much weight in the last couple of months. She mostly survives on mothers milk. ...
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When should an infant stop needing milk through night?

Just curious on this one, but does anyone know when a 1yo should stop needing bottles through the night Our first child was breastfed up to 16 months and when moved to bottles only needed 1 through ...
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How to help my newborn pass gas

I have a newborn (10 days). She seems to struggle with a lot of gas several times a day (first question, is this too much!?). How do we help her pass the gas more quickly and easily? She does get it ...
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Why use rice cereal as a first food?

Searches have come up with when and which one, but no why. Why is it recommended or common to feed infants rice cereal as their first food? Why would we feed our daughter a processed food over a ...
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food [duplicate]

My 2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food. We have to force her to eat. I even tried changing her food to suit her tastes but still need to force her. Please help.
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Are there some side effects of letting an infant eat chocolates?

My 10 month old has developed a liking for chocolate. Her grandparents are responsible. I asked my parents to stop giving her chocolate but they still do it when I am absent. She can now recognize ...
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How do you ensure proper nutrition for a child in a vegetarian or vegan household?

I do not yet have children but I am a vegetarian. I am curious to know how vegetarians, and vegans, address the issue of nourishment. If it helps, I am vegetarian more for ethical reasons than health ...
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How can we make our newborn accept the bottle?

Our baby has mainly been breast-fed so far, and, while it has worked reasonably well (she's gaining weight), it would be nice if I, as the father, could feed her once in a while to allow my wife some ...
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What's so hard about home made carrot baby food?

When we were dealing with baby foods, all the books and experts talked about how you could make your own baby food at home easily, except carrots. They all just said "don't even try", some even had a ...
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Is one big burp enough after feeding my infant?

I've read in many places that I should burp my baby for 5-10 minutes after feeding What I'm wondering is if it's ok to stop once the baby gives a nice loud burp, even if that was only a few seconds? ...
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2 month old doesn't cry in the middle of the night for food, only smacks her lips or sucks on her hand

My 2 month old doesn't often cry when she is hungry, especially in the middle of the night. In the night, more often I awake, and hear her smacking her lips or trying to feed on her hand. Sometimes ...
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How can I teach my infant to start sucking bottle teats instead of chewing them?

Our 6 month old infant does not seem to understand that the breast milk feeding bottle is for sucking and not chewing or soothing. She does not suck it but chews it instead, despite having no teeth. ...
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Why has my infant stopped eating?

My 10 month old has been a very good eater since we started feeding her solids at 6 months. She has been eating all sorts of things - she has 8 teeth, so has no trouble eating most table foods. She'd ...
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Our 10 month old baby spits food in our faces to entertain us

We've had no problems feeding our 10 months old baby, and in general she eats (almost) all her meals without complaining. However, she figured out a few weeks back that spitting out the food is fun, ...
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If you warm whole milk, can it be saved in a refrigerator?

If you warm up whole milk prior to feeding a child and the child doesn't drink it all, can you save it by putting it in the refrigerator to warm up again later? Is this a bad idea?
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Why does my son's food/milk intake drop to 1/3 of usual at his grandparents' place?

Every week we stay over at my parents' place for three nights and for some reason my one-year-old son's food and milk intake drops to 1/3 of his usual. We use the same bottles, same milk powder, same ...
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How to simultaneously spoon feed twins?

My wife and I are on different schedules which during the week leaves one parent alone with the twins. Feeding the twins bottles at the same time has proven to be relatively easy. We are now in the ...
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What are the proper precaution for using cow's milk to feed babies?

There's a great guide for using pumped breastmilk...in it, there are tons of guidelines for: How long it can be kept after it has been heated up? If a baby didn't finish a bottle, how long before you ...
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Why is my daughter pulling at her ear when she is eating?

I've read that this can happen during teething, and she is now 4 months. Thing is, she doesn't have any teeth and isn't really showing the signs in full force yet. She's not in any discomfort than I ...
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How can I encourage my child to feed himself with a spoon?

My 11 month old child will happily feed himself finger food, and is happy to let himself be spoon fed. However he doesn't seem to know what to do when I give him the spoon and bowl. Typically he'll ...
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Why is my infant constipated after eating fruit pulp?

My 7mo son was only on breast milk till 6 months. I then started introducing formula and after a week of no issues, started with fruit pulp. After fruit pulp, he has difficulty defecating and needs ...
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How do you warm the milk in a-drop in liner style bottle?

We're using Playtex drop-in bottles, and they say not to microwave. I don't know much about bottle warmers because our daughter would drink room-temperature milk until just recently (she's 1 y.o. now ...
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Should we feed the 3MO on demand at night with more frequent wakes?

As is common with 3-4 month olds, we've gone from a very good sleep schedule to more frequent wakes. Depending on fussiness she will get to sleep between 630 and 730, and she used to sleep for 3-4 ...
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Hungry Child? How do I tell?

I just became a parent recently, so pardon me if I my question seems surprising to some of you, but how do I exactly know if my child is hungry, he is only 6 months?
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1 year old refusing to eat or drink

We've got a 1 year old daughter and she is generally refusing to eat or drink. She started off not eating anything by mouth (and gags at textured purees), but eventually managed to get her eating ...
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Why are recommended newborn feed volumes much bigger than typical stomach size for the same age?

Many sources will tell you the following supposed facts about a newborn baby's biology, or very similar ones: A newborn's stomach is tiny and it remains quite small for a while. For instance, one ...
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Are there any good suggestions for a soon to be mom about breastfeeding?

I'm looking for information about some of the most common challenges faced by working mothers who are breastfeeding and how to over come those challenges. How does one prepare oneself and the baby ...
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How can I keep my 1yr old from gagging and throwing up when eating solids?

My 1yr old son is still taking formula and 2nd foods because when we try most kinds of blended foods (foods with texture), he gags and throws up all over himself. I've read quite a bit that this gag ...
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How much soup is a baby expected to eat?

My baby is 7 months old and tends to resist eating soup and she rarely finishes the whole plate that I prepared for her. I am not sure whether I should insist more than I already do in order to give ...
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How to improve the introduction of solid food?

My wife and I have six month old twin daughters whom we have just begun to feed solid foods. Per our doctor's instructions we have begun feeding the girls Beech-Nut Rice Cereal. In an effort to ...
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How can I get our baby awake enough to feed and nurse?

We've been told a few times that our situation is ideal, that we shouldn't be worried about it, but our newborn (going on two weeks Wednesday) seems content to sleep for hours at a time, only really ...
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How long should a feeding be attempted?

My son has had a couple of consecutive, partial feedings (he is preemie: 5 months old, 1 month adjusted). At the hospital, one partial feeding wasn't a cause for alarm and they simply attempt to feed ...
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According to the following symptoms, is our son ready for mash?

It seems as if our six months old son has difficulties digesting his first lunch mash. We are using mash as it was described in several books: carrots mash carrots + potato mash carrots + lamb meat ...
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Should we wake our baby if she seems distressed?

We swaddle our 3 month old, and she struggles to wake herself if she has been asleep for several hours. She rocks from side to side in her cot as if she is searching for food (she sometimes does the ...
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Is it safe to use a microwave sterilizer to sterilize BPA-free baby bottles?

There is lots of debate regarding microwaving plastics, even if they are BPA-free. Curious if there is a definitive risk of using a microwave sterilizer (steriliser) (such as the Avent) vs. using an ...
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What are practical tips for helping newborn with possible "Silent Reflux" condition?

After doing some research online (which admittedly is always a bit prone to error) I feel pretty confident that my newborn son has Silent Reflux (or laryngopharyngeal reflux). In short, it seems like ...
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Non-nutritive sucking during feeding?

We're new parents, so a lot of "simple" questions. Our boy does a lot of non-nutritive sucking during feedings. His pattern is usually 10 minute feed (or occasionally 10 minute non-nutritive ...
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Is feeding the right time to talk and read to a kid?

The kid will be born tomorrow. I wish to know if feeding time is the right time to "talk" to him and read him stories? I am asking this because I have heard that kids fall asleep while breast feeding ...
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What kind of meats are safe to feed to a 13-month old?

My 13-month old boy is transitioning from jars of Gerber Baby Food to table food. He does very well on toast and cheerios and other similar things, but he doesn't much like eggs, and we want to make ...
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9 week old started fussing during evening nursing

Two days ago our 9 - almost 10 - week old breastfeeding daughter started fussing during evening nursing. Yesterday it was better, there was little screaming (though there was some), but today we're ...
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Unwanted behavior at table, our usual approach is failing so far

Our 11 month old has gotten fairly good at knowing what she may and may not touch around the flat (e.g. a dangerous table, curtains etc.). When she approaches or actually gets her hand on such stuff, ...
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