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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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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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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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Separated parents. As a dad, how do I exercise tough love without being the bad guy?

I am a father to a nine year old boy, I am separated from his mother and have been since before his birth. We don't really get on but we are civil for his sake and communicate maturely as and when it ...
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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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Are playpens (playards) physically or mentally damaging?

I just cancelled my order for a playpen. The playpen that I ordered is 1.2 m x 2 m (we live in a city apartment). I read online that putting your baby in a playpen is akin to neglect. Babies placed in ...
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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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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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Is it dangerous to swaddle a baby that can roll over?

I have heard that it is an absolute must that you stop swaddling your baby once they are able to roll over, due to the potential that they could roll over onto their stomach and then be unable to roll ...
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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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Why does my baby like wires, and what can I give her instead?

My 7 month old daughter seems to be drawn to wires. What can she eat instead that won't electrocute 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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When is it safe for a child to start boxing against a bag?

Is there a medically recommended age when it's safe for a child to start hitting a punching bag (in terms of avoiding damage to his hands)? I'm looking for something backed up by medical research, ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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