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Keeping children safe from any kind of danger.

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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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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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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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Memory foam top covers and mattresses

We converted our 2 year old toddler's crib into an an accessible bed a few weeks ago. He's doing well on it, so we want to replace his crib with the brand new single bed we bought for the spare room. ...
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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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I just learned my 15 year old daughter has come out to her friends - should I say anything to her...OR to my wife?

This past weekend I learned that my 15-year-old recently came out to two of her friends. I learned this in a couple of ways: The two of us just traveled alone for a weekend, and she let me use her ...
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Should a parent delete a teen's social media account if it was handled badly?

My 15 year old daughter has created accounts with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Wattpad, all without my knowledge, six months ago or more. After discovering her using a laptop in bed at 4am, ...
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At what age can you leave the child in the bathtub?

Today when my daughter took a bath I wanted to go check on a thing, but of course couldn't since I was watching her. Of course it depends on the child, but in general at what age do you think you can ...
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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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Can it be appropriate for a 3 year old to play with a 9 year old?

I have a 3 year old daughter and a 9 year old girl in the neighborhood always comes around wanting to play with her. Is it appropriate? I do not think so… but my wife says it is all right as long ...
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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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Can tummy tightening cause harm to the baby in the womb?

I am 26 weeks along. While sitting down on the bed, I lost my balance which led to my tummy tightening as I re-gained my balance. Can the tightening of abdominal muscles harm my baby?
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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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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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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 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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Does safe bed-sharing increase the risk of SIDS?

We were told just prior to checking out of the hospital that sleeping with the infant, along with side-sleeping and front-sleeping, increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). I was ...
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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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Device to prevent child from loosening harness release of car seat

My daughter, age 3, can now reach the harness release of her car seat, and has lately be defiant. And I worry about her loosening the harness while I drive. She complains she's "too tight", which to ...
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What age limit is appropriate for using tools (such as screwdrivers, hacksaw, drill, etc.)?

I've told my 15-year-old son off because he's not allowed to use tools because he could cut himself if he touches something dangerous. What's the right age limit for using tools? Please use an age, ...
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Is there any health risk from play-sand that's been left wet in its bags for a week?

I bought some play-sand for our new sandbox on a rainy day, then left the bags unopened on our patio to dry for a few days. It's been about a week and they haven't dried, and now my wife is wondering ...
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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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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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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

Five year old son successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds over 3 to 4 days. He did it with very little help. Is this common? If not, what does this mean? Should we do something ...
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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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Are "glow in the dark" bedsheet safe

We are planning to buy a "glow in the dark" blanket as our seven month old daughter finds it fascinating. However are there any health concerns with using "glow in dark" stuff. I understand they use ...
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How can I prevent my 9 month old from eating anything and everything?

Generally, babies, particularly newborns, have a tendency to eat or munch anything they get their hands on. This can be very hazardous or sometimes fatal if the matter is toxic. Can someone give me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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My 13-year-old daughter is talking to a 20-year old girl on the internet. Is this normal?

She’s not very open so I have no idea whether their conversations are age-appropriate. She is a really intelligent and responsible kid, and she's definitely smart enough not to give out any personal ...
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When can I stop baby-proofing the house?

I see that my six-month-old is getting to be a dangerous guy and we're going to start baby-proofing. Eight-year-olds typically don't need baby-proofing, though, so there's a light at the end of this ...
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Are electronics safe for babies [closed]

My daughter is 3 years old and adopted. I've had her for 2 years now. When I got her she was crying non stop, now she will talk and laugh with everyone she meets. I bought my little girl the newest ...
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How to make standing in the crib safer (9 months age)?

My baby has started standing in the crib since about a week, while holding on the edges. He looks fairly stable most of the time, and occasionally "drunken". His head and arms come out above ...
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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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Is there a puddle jumper equivalent for 20lb babies?

Our 3-year-old 30 lb child is doing very well in a puddle jumper which is designed for children from 30 to 50 lbs. We have a 20lb 1-year-old and we are trying to look for something equivalent for that ...
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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 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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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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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

With all due respect to passionate parents who type in caps "NEVER HEAT MILK IN MICROWAVE" is there any verifiable scientific study on how bad it is to heat refrigerated milk for 15-20 seconds? Or ...
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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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Are these videos too intense for a baby (10 months)

I usually watch one or two videos a day with my 10 month old baby, they show someone playing the piano and the notes "falling" into the keyboard, guitar hero like, this is a sample (that one is the ...
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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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