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My 18 month old keeps pulling the couch cushions off the pullout sofa - how to keep him safe?

We have a couch that has a pull out bed for guests. My son's newest habit (18 months old) is pulling up the cushions and running across where the pull out bed is. We just bought this couch (too ...
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Toddler keeps lifting mattress up and putting his legs into the mattress rack - how to prevent?

We have a large crib that converted into our toddler's bed. It has served us well for some time, but recently there's been a problem concerning our toddler's night-time or nap-time habits. For some ...
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2 year old keeps pulling up the couch cushions and laying underneath them - is this a problem?

My 2 year old has a new favorite habit - lifting up the couch cushions and putting himself underneath them. My wife and I are pretty cautious, and it's not very subtle that he's under there, so he's ...
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What should be put in place to ensure a child can survive if both parents were to die in the home?

Recently in the UK the death of a Toddler and his Father has come to light. In this instance the father died of a heart attack and his 2 year old son died of (potentially) starvation several days ...
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How to discourage toddler from pulling out chairs when he loves to be picked up

My sweet 2 year old boy has developed a new dangerous habit. He loves to pull out chairs from the table, and will frequently try to climb up on top of them and onto the table as well. Naturally we ...
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My stepdaughter expressed she wants to kill her little sister and her father Im terrified!

I have a 10yr old stepdaughter from my husband previous relationship and I have a 13yr old daughter from previous. Me and husband now have a 3 yr old daughter. Recently I was tidying up the older ...
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How do I keep dining room chairs from being pulled over?

I have a set of dining room chairs that do not have arms and, if pulled properly even when fully pushed in, can be pulled out onto the floor by my toddler. A fact that I found out just today when I ...
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Should I be restrictive in my son's interest in electricity?

My 12-year old son has had an interest in electricity for several years now. However, lately his experiments have been becoming more and more extreme. For example, he routinely looks at videos online ...
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How to make sure that a child does never repeat certain extremely dangerous actions if the child is too young to understand the dangers?

First of all, I understand and accept that spanking children is wrong in any and all cases and should never be employed. However, there are two cases when I'd tend to excuse spanking and this is one ...
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Are room divider curtains safe?

I would like to install a room divider curtain in my office. This is because, it would help to keep my office warm. we already have the curtains, curtain rail and brackets. doors cost ≫£0. For ...
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How can I baby-proof my 75" TV?

I have a 10 month old son. He's able to stand on his own and crawl, and his favorite place to be is at the TV stand. I have a 75" TV in a place he can unfortunately reach. There is no possible ...
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Is non-toxic nail polish safe for toddlers

My wife and I will be leaving our 17 month old daughter with my parents for one week. My mother wants to paint my daughter's toenails with a non-toxic nail polish (I don't know the brand). Does "...
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Label preschooler's items with full name?

My son's preschool requested that we label all his items with his name. I'm wondering if it is better to include his full name (so he learns to recognize it), or if it is safer to include just a first ...
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How rough can rough-housing get for a toddler?

My daughter is almost 16 months old. Last night I was holding her with her back to my chest and my arms around her chest and swinging her lower body so that her legs swung up by almost 90 degrees. ...
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How to explain to a 6 years old why a smart-phone is not good for her?

My 6 year old daughter asks for a smart-phone. I do not want to give her one because she might be harmed in social networks and because she might get addicted to games. Rather than just saying "...
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Can it be appropriate for a 9 year old to hang out with a 17 year old?

Note: I want to try not mentioning sex/gender to see how answers may depend on this. Consider 2 children Ashanti Smith, 17 years old, and younger sibling Bidatz Smith, 9 years old. Ashanti has ...
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Precautions against sleepwalking danger

Having read on internet that 15–30% of kids sleepwalk at least once, I recommended my daughter to close the staircase fence when my (now 3-year-old) granddaughter sleeps; her bedroom is on the first ...
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Is poster paint safe for my 1 year old to use with supervision?

My wife and I bought some poster paint from The Works (UK arts, books, and stationery shop) for our 1 year old daughter to have a play at "painting" with. The plan would be a large wipe-...
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When should children be allowed to pick up their younger siblings?

I have a seven year old, a five year old, and a two year old. Sometimes the five and seven year olds want to pick up their little brother, but I'm concerned that he's too heavy for them (he's about 15 ...
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How to safely heat toddlers room?

Context Our toddler has been sleeping in our room until now but has always slept in his own bed. We want to transition him to sleeping in his own room however winter is coming and we are concerned the ...
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Are 60 year old baby clothes safe [duplicate]

I just has a friend who is sorting out his attic if I would like his sixty year old baby clothes that have been in a suitcase in the attic. His house is damp and has woodworm and subsidence. Should I ...
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Kleptomania in 9 year old

So, my 9 yo step sons has a big issue with stealing. The issue is that it's not stealing money, or for gain. A lot of the time, he just takes things, just so that he can have it. He takes something, ...
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Is it safe to store and use a desktop computer for long hours next to baby's crib?

I'm a software developer by profession. And I like working in my bedroom. And my 2-month-old son's baby bed is in there as well. I'm curious about the radiation and the thermal effect on my growing ...
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Are oak leaves safe for my baby to touch?

If I found a "clean" oak leaf, and gave it to my baby to hold, could it poison her? She did try to suck it and of course I didn't let her, but I'm now wondering if it's best not to do it ...
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Make a long stairway safer

My daughter, her husband and my 2.3 year old grandson just moved into a new house. There is a stairway that goes straight up, at a 45 degree angle, no turns or landings, for 17 steps. There is a ...
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Child loosening straps on car seat

I am hoping other parents might have some advice. My 3 year old is constantly loosening his straps in his car seat. He is able to reach down and press the release button to loosen the straps and then ...
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How can I protect my children from a pedophile uncle?

Summary: I'm a father of two. My son is 11 years old, and my daugther is 4 years old. My wife's younger brother (I'm gonna call him "Uncle" from now on) is a pedophile. I have asked for ...
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How to accustom a 10 month old baby to interacting with pets?

We have a 10-month old baby and two cats. One cat is very friendly and the other aloof. We have had cats longer than baby. Our daughter can now crawl and pick objects up--so she is eager to engage ...
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What exactly constitutes shaking?

It is well known that shaking babies can cause serious brain damage, but what exactly constitutes shaking? I've seen some videos that demonstrate shaking on dolls, and I can say with certainty that I ...
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Toddler stands in crib and may fall out

This happened once when he was around 8 months old. He was standing in his crib and something on the floor caught his attention. He stood on his toes and leaned forward and tipped over. I caught him ...
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Toy or some other way to stop a 1 year old from playing with a soda can?

My neighbor has a 1 year old toddler who always tries to take their soda can to play with. They're not concerned about the mess if it isn't empty but they're concerned the toddler will hurt themself. ...
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Baby proofing the space between fridge and wall

I'm not sure if this belong here or in home improvement SE, but neither sites have a baby proofing tag. How does one go about baby proofing the gap between the back of the fridge and the wall? There ...
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Crib bumper - yes or no?

My daughter is almost 4 months old and she is already rolling over from her back to stomach and same the other way. She is also starting to get her leg between the rails of her crib. When she gets her ...
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Teach a kid to not run from dogs

I live in an area with lots of animals. We have feral cats, dogs that run wild, fox, coyotes, raccoons, and I've seen security footage of a cougar. My partner and I took our 5 y/o for a walk around ...
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How should we handle continuous "baby sit-ups/crunches"?

My child is almost 6 months old and I'm a first-time mom. She isn't able to sit unsupported yet but has been doing what we call "baby sit-ups/crunches" for a few months. I'll describe what I ...
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What would make a car seat legal in the USA and not in Canada?

I am reading through the comments of this Graco Carseat and Stroller combo on BuyBuyBaby and I see: Are the graco modes carseats legal in Canada? The answer was The Graco® Modes™ Bassinet ...
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Does toddler keep hands around private parts?

My son is turning 3 years old and lately I been noticing he is playing/holding his penis, which I am really concerned about. His hand just wonders off to his willy, I have asked him what's wrong but ...
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How do I childproof these stairs?

I'm struggling to figure out how to best childproof this stairway. The banisters get in the way of most every mount kit I can think of. Any creative ideas? I can of course put a gate on the 7th or ...
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18-month-old kicked out of church nursery

Our 18-month old was kicked out of our church's nursery where we send him during worship services & church classes. He's kicked out unless one of us are in there with him, which makes it difficult ...
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Is it ok to pick up my 11-month-old baby with one hand by the shoulder?

I heard recently that it isn't good for children's hands and elbows to be spun around while holding their hands. So I never even pick up my child by the hand or forearm. I normally pick her up by ...
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What can we do about our 9-month-old putting fingers down his throat?

For the past 6 weeks or so, our 9-month-old son has been in the habit of sticking a finger far into his mouth; to the point where he coughs; and sometimes throws up as a result. If we are next to him ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Our child is 7 days old. My parents live in another city which is a 6-7 hours travel away from us. As I'm working, no one is here to take care of my wife and kid. So we have to go to our parents' ...
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What is the evidence on the danger of feeding whole blueberries and grapes to infants and toddlers?

Some people cut grapes and blueberries in half to feed to infants and toddlers, to reduce the risk of choking. Others don't bother. I've read anecdotes about choking but was curious if there is ...
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How to set boundaries for a 7-month-old?

Our little person is 7 months old and is on the move: he's crawling, pulling up to standing, and starting to cruise around. Couple that with a desire to investigate everything. We've baby proofed all ...
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How to get a 3-year-old to stop running away?

My 3-year-old will break away from me or my husband and he is so fast we cannot catch him. It happens in the house but sometimes outdoors in a parking lot, at the pool or play area especially when he ...
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Should i cover all of the plugs with tape to prevent children from getting electrocuted?

I covered all of the plugs in the house with tape to prevent children from getting electrocuted. Is this good enough? Or should I buy the official plug cover's?
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Should I be concerned about my 3-year-old biting his bottom lip a lot?

My 3-year-old son bites his lower lip during the day and while he's asleep. When I try to make him stop, he does it again. Should I be concerned?
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How high should I put bathroom stuff dangerous to young children (cleaning agents, razors etc.)?

We have a very small bathroom. Currently cleaning agents stand on the floor and we have a little bath cart for razors, cosmetics, sanitary napkins and so on. Both cannot stay that way because our ...
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How bad is a metal spoon for a 6-month-old baby?

Our six-month-old daughter loves to chew on metal spoons. She already has two teeth. Is this harmful to her teeth and dentition? Is a hard plastic spoon less harmful despite small plastic particles ...
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What to say to reckless teenager in the hallway? [closed]

I've been working as an high school "guard" or "watcher" and I often encounter reckless teenager running or wrestling in the hallway. Off course I could use the good old operant conditioning but it ...
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