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Is it 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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How to explain to a 9-year-old why a relative is not welcome

Very soon my mother's brother will be released from prison. He is a pedophile. He was caught, plead guilty, etc etc...he is not someone I'd want around any child, certainly not my own. My mother, ...
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If and how to childproof USB outlet for a 2-year-old?

I bought and installed an electrical outlet with USB chargers. Then, I childproof the power outlet and wondered if the USB ports needed to be childproof too? What if my two-year-old toddler put a flat ...
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Preventing toddler from climbing up the stairs?

Our apartment has 2 floors and a wooden staircase between the floors and we are planning to install a gate to prevent the baby to fall down the stairs in an unobserved moment. Is it however also ...
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Can toddlers be taught to safely navigate stairs?

We have 14-month twins who are just starting to learn to walk. Our house is a split level townhouse with three short flights of stairs. We have several gates to keep them safe. They're pretty ...
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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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Is it okay for my child to be a “latchkey kid”?

My parents were divorced and separated by the time I was in school. My mother worked full time, and didn't get home until several hours after school ended. As a result, I was what is known as a "...
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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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Is it safe to breastfeed an infant while being pregnant?

If a mother gets pregnant within 2 months of a newborn, and wants to continue breastfeeding then what precautions she should take during the later trimesters? Will the newborn or the foetus be ...
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How do I babyproof an electrical baseboard heater?

My son is 9 month old, and our rental apartment has an electric baseboard heater, similar to this http://cadetheat.com/show_product.php?prodid=1004 I'm sure it's very dangerous to touch it when it's ...
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Parental Control for Internet? [duplicate]

For a parent, how do we best control the content of the ENTIRE household's Internet in a centralized manner? This settings of parent controls for individual network-based devices is maddening and ...
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Is it okay to leave a 3 year old alone to nap for 1 hour and 45 minutes if she isn't napping?

My wife and I disagree about this. I think it's a bit selfish and neglectful to leave her alone, especially when for the first 20 minutes she just cried and screamed. After that she was pretending her ...
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How can we keep our infant safe from small Lego pieces?

We have a 4yo and a 1yo. The 4yo has been playing with Lego Duplo for a long time and it's safe for our 1yo because Duplo blocks are specifically made to be "too large to eat." It's clear that the ...
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Is blood from an injured nipple harmful to the child?

Nipples sometimes bleed, and some of that blood can be sucked by a child. Is it harmful to the child? What effects can it have?
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How does one teach kids about how to handle “Stranger Danger?” [duplicate]

This came up because of a question about Halloween this morning and as the daughter of a US Sheriff's Deputy, the mother of a very friendly child, a teacher of other people's children and as a citizen ...
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Why is it important to support a newborn's neck?

Newborns have such floppy necks that they need support while being held. The question I have about this is, what are we trying to protect in supporting the head/neck ? My wife and I have a few ...
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What direction should baby gate swing when installed at top of stairs?

My son is crawling and I need to install the baby gate that we got from the baby shower. This will be installed onto the wall but before I do that I need to determine what direction I want it to ...
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Is it safe to put the milk left after feeding in the fridge for the next feed?

We use bottle to feed the infant with formula/breast milk. Considering: https://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/8404/2221 Discard any infant formula remaining after a feeding. The mixture of ...
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3 year old gets bullied all the time

My 3 year old daughter is a very shy and laid back girl. She loves playing by herself and will not really care if she has got someone to play with her or not. I usually look around for playdates for ...
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How to prevent a 1-year-old from getting hurt while learning to walk?

My 1-year-old child is now trying to walk. She got hurt many times. Sometimes we had to rush her to the pediatrician. Mostly she used to hurt her tongue, cheek and head. My parents and I cannot ...
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Is there an infant-equipped transportation service with car seat to and fro airports?

My 6-week old child, my husband and I are taking a flight from East-cost to West-cost. Is there a taxi or other transportation company that will provide a car seat on a short notice? And also would ...
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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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Painting around baby?

I was going to do some indoor painting today and I was wondering if it is ok for me to throw my 1 year old daughter into her backpack while I do it. I would open all of the doors/windows in the room ...
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At what age can a child be left alone in a parked car? [closed]

I have heard that in some areas it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a car, even for an instant, and possibly even if you are within direct sight of the care. It seems that the laws for this ...
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Should you secretly drill your children?

A lot of situations we teach our children about come up all the time. They get plenty of practice looking both ways before crossing the street, for example. However, there are some situations that ...
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Is it harmful to let a 4 month old baby eat an Easter peep (marshmallow)?

My friend gave her 4 month old baby an Easter peep (a marshmallow). Is that harmful to her health? I'm really worried. Please let me know if I should be this worried.
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How do I teach my baby to not touch my computer?

I have a 10 months old boy who really, really wants to play with my computer. It is not like he is mildly curious - as would be the case with power sockets, glass stuff and other objects which deserve ...
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Are there studies that have published the studied effects of PVC plastics on infants and children?

In the process of researching a few of the toys our twins received for Christmas I found a blog post that pointed out a few of them may contain PVC. I figured I should do due diligence to best ...
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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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When you don't think (grand)children are getting the care they need

My neigbor is now a grandmother of two little girls about whom she is very concerned. Relevant backstory: The grandmother/neighbor was an adict to multiple things while she raised the mother of the ...
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How does one “Toddler-proof” hotels while away from home?

With the holidays fast approaching, I was wondering about toddler safety mechanisms for families that are traveling. Bind drawstrings, open outlets and the typical safety concerns might be an issue. ...
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How do we teach our 1-year-old that “no” isn't a game?

We have an almost 13-month-old daughter. She's found that when she touches a power cord or near an electrical outlet and we say "no" that it's a bit of a game. She gets a funny smirk on her face until ...
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Should we worry about my toddler accidentally banging his head against the sides of the crib?

Our son is 18 months old and sleeps in a crib. He sleeps well, but he moves around a lot and really "explores" the crib's space during the night! This isn't a problem per se, but it often causes him ...
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Is there any point to booster car seats with anchors? [duplicate]

Our child is ready to switch from a five-point harness child car seat to a car booster seat, and we looked at a couple of models in a store. We saw one model that has clips on it to clip into the ...
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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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Carbon Monoxide [closed]

Is it a law that every house/apartment has to have a carbon monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector? I live in an older apartment complex and am worried that I need to go get my own detector.
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Kids Website, is it a good idea?

My daughter is just 4 months old. Being a software developer, I register two domains on her name, as soon as her name is finalized. Now I was looking for some really eye catching kid website template....
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What are the significant risks of taking children on a Caribbean cruise?

What would be the significant risks of taking children between the ages of one and seven on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel (an island off the coast of Mexico) if the children have never left the U.S.?
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What kind of controlled safe scientific experiments can be conducted on a baby?

I have a 3-month-old baby and I was wondering what kind of controlled and most importantly, safe home-made scientific experiments I can do with my baby to understand his development, his behavior and ...
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What to look out for when buying a mosquito repellent (or alternatives) for my kids

Recently, there are quite a number of mosquito in my house even though I have no "breeding grounds" for them. So, I intend to buy mosquito repellent for my little ones as I am concern of the dengue ...
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Are prenatal ultrasounds safe?

I recently expressed concern to my midwife about the use of prenatal ultrasounds. She scoffed at the idea that they could do harm and proceeded to use a Doppler device to monitor our baby's heart rate....
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Taking a 5 month old on swimming vacation

We are taking our little 5 month old girl on vacation on the coast in the North of Spain, near Barcelona. Our little girl loves her baths and we want to introduce her to joys of swimming. Thus our ...
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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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Could the Jadelle birth control be affecting my breast milk?

I got the jadelle a week ago today and my second daughter is 4 weeks old. Family Planning told me it was fine to get it, but for the last two days my daughter has had a higher temperature, has been ...
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How to make a 2-year-old understand that hurting herself is not a good thing?

My almost 2-year-old toddler enjoys falling on her knees (purposely) and then saying "ouch" with a big smile on her face. I didn't think much of it when she used to do it on a carpet, but now, she ...
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Is it safe to travel by car without A/C when it's hot outside?

My in-laws want to take my kids soon on a day where the outside temp is supposed to be close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C); unfortunately, their car does not have Air Conditioning. We live in the ...
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How to make a contact card for a child in case they get lost?

We are going a field trip and we are taking our 5-year-old child with us. I want to make a contact card for him, which sticks on his back, in case (God forbid) he gets lost so anyone can contact us. ...
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How to react when a child is in a dangerous situation which requires immediate reaction?

As with all children my son (16 months old) frequently gets himself in dangerous situations There is no problem with somewhat "static" situations, like trying to climb on a chair or slowly reaching ...
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Is giving my toddler a mobile phone to chew on bad for his health

As one of the methods I use to distract my wee fella when we are changing him etc is that I give him my mobile (cell) phone. He immediately puts it in his mouth and it keeps him entertained for the ...
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Is a car seat safe to use if the internal styrofoam is broken

I have a car seat that was loaned to a family member and returned with the internal styrofoam structure (under the fabric) broken on one side (see picture) Is the seat safe to use or do I need to get ...