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Is it safe to take a baby under 6 months old to an old folks home?

I'm having an argument with a relative who believes that it is actually dangerous to take my child to see their great-grandmother who is living in the nursing section of an old folks home. She's not ...
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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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How do I deal with my baby pulling herself up in her crib?

My 6 month old daughter has started to pull herself up to a kneeling or standing position. It's like someone flipped a switch-- she went from not climbing on anything to climbing on everything, all ...
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Behavior advice to prevent child from touching harness release

Relating to my other question: 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. ...
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What should we teach our children about violent attacks like the ones in Norway on 7/22/11?

Let me begin with all sympathies to the victims, survivors, and their families, and the people of Norway. I am sad and angry and deeply feel the fact that I cannot protect my family from an atrocity....
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What to do about our 2-year-old always running off?

When outside, our 2-year-old son always runs away from us and, when called back, thinks this is a catch game. No amount of explaining, in any tone of voice, helps him understand this is not a game and ...
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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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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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How to cover base heaters corners

I was wondering if anyone has an idea how to cover the corners of a base heater. My granddaughter has just started walking and she keeps falling down. I am so worried she is going to hit her head or ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of using a nanny-cam?

We are seriously thinking of hiring a nanny, as my wife wishes to hold on to her job in these tough times. I have seen what are called, "nanny-cams", that help us monitor the nanny at home. A video on ...
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What risks are there to a baby finding and eating marbles?

Sometimes my son leaves marbles around and my baby eats them. We already found 3 in her poo. Is this poison or is this ok?
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How to keep a 21-month-old safe, who has learned how to climb out of his crib when angry?

My 21-month-old grandson lives with his Daddy, Nana, and me, Grandma. In the last 3 weeks he has started having temper tantrums. We used to put him in his Pack-n-Play, or crib for time out, but he ...
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On what surface should a baby crawl

What's the best surface for my daughter to learn crawling ? We usually put her on our sofa, but we are afraid it is too small and too soft. Also, the risk of falling is too high, now that she's ...
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How do you keep a toddler safe around water?

We recently moved to a bigger apartment complex which has swimming pool, play area etc. My son who is 2 years and 9 months old is very excited about the place. Most of the times he sticks to the play ...
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Dangers for children that adults might reasonably ignore themselves

What are some health risks specifically for children that an adult might not be so concerned with? I am looking for things I may have forgotten or never even known about that are much more harmful to ...
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How should I tell my 8-year old not to put the shop-vac hose in their mouth?

What should I tell my 8-year old who thinks that it is amusing to stick the shop-vac hose in their mouth? For the record, I took it away and said if they did that again, they don't get to help with ...
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Is a LATCH booster seat used without LATCH any less safe than a LATCH-less booster seat?

We have the Graco AFFIX Backless Booster Car Seat with Latch System, but our new babysitter's car does not have LATCH. Would there be any difference between using this seat without LATCH (just with ...
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Are outlet covers needed with tamper resistant electrical receptacles?

When baby-proofing an electrical receptacle (aka, "outlet"), is it necessary to use covers: When the electrical receptacle is "tamper resistant"?
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How can I mount a gate at the top post of my stairs?

I am having a very difficult time finding a proper gate that will fit securely at the top of my stairs. I may have a unique situation with the wooden banister where the base of the post has trim work ...
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Is it dangerous for a child to sleep with the head hanging?

I have never been worried about our 2yo sleeping half sitting with the head hanging. However today I met a person with really strong beliefs that it may cause neck injuries later in life. Is there ...
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What are things to consider when purchasing a baby backpack?

REI.com is currently running a sale on their selection of baby backpacks. I'm not looking for a product recommendation because ultimately that's like asking someone's favorite flavor of ice cream. ...
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From what age is it safe to install a life hammer in my car?

I would like to install life hammers on the rear doors of my car. These life hammers are supposedly easy to use by children. I asked the manufacturer for a minimum age for using this life hammer. ...
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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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What's the best way to respond when parents have kids put a helmet on a kid's head in a way that doesn't help that much?

There are a couple of things that people are told in relation to bike helmets. I am concerned with the third. The first is that everyone should wear a helmet whenever riding a bicycle (not: kids have ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 credentials are available to identify a babysitter as trustworthy?

Following on the heels of What are some good places to find trustworthy babysitters?, once we are interviewing potential babysitters, what should we look for to identify them as trustworthy? Of ...
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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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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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Playing with legos with a toddler around

I need your advice on how to get my 4-year old son to play less with legos (or to play in a more controlled fashion) when his toddler brother is around. Currently my son goes through a period where ...
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Keep carseat from rotating when installed with lap and shoulder belt?

When I install my car seat using the lap and shoulder belt, the seat easily rolls over onto its side. I have a sliding latch plate with a switchable retractor. I think the issue is the sliding latch ...
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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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My kid cries when nanny arrives. Is this a red flag?

Our nanny has been with us for over a year and she had been getting along with our almost 2-year-old kid very well. About a few weeks ago, our kid started to cry when she arrives and does not want to ...
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How can I teach a child fire is dangerous?

It's my son's birthday and we decided to light some candles, but they can't stand still without him trying to take them and we don't know what he wants to do. Basically we don't ever light any fires, ...
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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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Can feeding bottles harm our infant?

Here in south India, most of PDs are not suggesting the parents to take feeding bottles for their infants; the main reason is that feeding bottles are made up of plastics. Though we affirmed that we’...
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Looking for Baby Monitors with Mobile App and Device

I'm looking for a baby monitor that comes with both a monitor device that I can use to view it and also the option to download a mobile app that can view it via a mobile (over Wifi). I have googled ...
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When should breastmilk be pasteurized?

Are there circumstances under which it is advised to pasteurize breast milk (excluding donations)?
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How do I stop my little brother from throwing things?

My brother is usually very nice to me, but sometimes he acts out. I can't be harsh with him because he is not a mature. He gets in a habit of throwing things. What can I do to get him to stop ...
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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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How to keep 3 year old from chewing on everything?

I have a 3 year old who recently started chewing on whatever is nearby. Whenever he gets bored, or he's sitting watching a show, it's almost guaranteed he'll start chewing on something. Up until ...
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How long is breast milk good out of the freezer?

I was breast feeding but I moved a few hours from were we lived and I had to stop because I had to drive 7 hours back and forth for a few days and didn't have the time to breastfeed or pump, so 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, ...