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Feeding a newborn throughout the night without letting him cry

It's not generally ideal to schedule night feedings (unless under a doctor's recommendation). You may want to wake your baby if they go lo longer than 5 hours asleep between feedings during the ...
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food

Please do not read this answer as bashing your parenting style. I know from experience that it's easy to fall into a pattern of wanting your child to eat more or differently, and end up coercing them ...
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Feeding a newborn throughout the night without letting him cry

As a rule, plans made for parenting strategy last until about 5 minutes after birth. Don't worry. Your little tyke will let you know when it needs feeding, and your parental instincts will kick in. ...
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If you can't spoil a newborn, when "can" you spoil a baby?

She is not much more than a newborn (that ends at 28 days - or 4 weeks); she's an infant/baby. She has more needs than "habits". In fact, I can't think of a single 'habit' a two month old baby can ...
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food

A child will not starve itself. She is probably not eating because she is not hungry. Forcing her will only make it less enjoyable for her, imo. Ask her if she is hungry/if she wants to eat something ...
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Feeding a newborn throughout the night without letting him cry

Popular wisdom is that we shouldn't let the baby get to the point that they're crying before we feed them. Umm, no. It's just not realistic to think that you can preempt baby's every need. Sure, ...
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How much soup is a baby expected to eat?

At this age, we supplemented breastfeeding with about 4 ounces of soup plus some fruits and veggies per day. Keep in mind that this is just a single data point and and not a statistical sampling or a ...
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If you can't spoil a newborn, when "can" you spoil a baby?

I think the important thing to realize here is what is spoiling. To be clear anything related to basic need isn't spoiling. My kids can eat as much veggies as they want during dinner. Go to bed as ...
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Is it dangerous to microwave formula if I swirl the bottle and test the temperature afterwards?

Noah & woliveirajr are both correct that there is some risk of reducing nutritional value, I'm sure. I will offer as counter point my home study (sample size=2) of children who were bottle-fed ...
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Is it dangerous to microwave formula if I swirl the bottle and test the temperature afterwards?

Depending on the formula that you're using, they might have some probiotics in their composition. For example, Nestlé. Probiotics have small tolerance to high temperatures, so preparing the formula (...
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2-and-a-half-year-old child refuses to take her food

She's old enough to realize what eating is and that it is necessary. If she doesn't want to eat, don't make her. But make it clear that when she refuses, the next meal will be in, say, 3 hours. If ...
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can I give my 2 month old baby alternative milk from market

First and foremost, a 2 month old should not be losing weight, speak to a healthcare professional (midwife, doctor or both). To answer your question, properly formulated stage 1 formula milk is ...
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Our 10 month old baby spits food in our faces to entertain us

You could try giving finger foods on the table and standing back. You break the habit by avoiding it. At this age, it will probably only take a day or two. Then you feed something with a spoon and if ...
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Make a newborn baby (less than one month) sleep at night

First of all, your baby is still very young. At less than one month, it is normal that he needs to be fed around the clock. His stomach is still very small, so he can't really stock up on food! Also ...
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How can I get our baby awake enough to feed and nurse?

Being a (first?) newborn's parent is full of stress and anxieties. I had delivered about a hundred babies and cared for even more than that by the time I had my first, and was confident that I would ...
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3 Month Old Baby Falls Asleep After Crying At Night - Should We Wake Them Again To Feed?

It’s obviously too late to change anything, but if I were you, I wouldn’t worry. If he just woke up and fell asleep again, no harm done, a normal-weight baby at that age doesn‘t need to be woken up to ...
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Are there automatic dripping milk feeders?

For completeness, our baby was scheduled for a Continuous feed NGT tube, the tube from her nose to her stomach. Then was to be a slow drip feed, the equivalent of her normal feeding oz/per bottle ...
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Baby choke when drinking too fast

First: don't worry! The fact that he chokes is scary, but it also shows that his body reacts to speed of the milk. My daughter had a similar issue (the milk came to fast for her to handle properly). ...
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2 month old doesn't cry in the middle of the night for food, only smacks her lips or sucks on her hand

If your daughter is gaining weight well, I would just let her self soothe back to sleep and consider it a blessing that she is able to do so. I would not wake her up to feed. I think that if she was ...
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How to get baby feeding to the next level?

Here's an opinionated answer: Toddlers do make a mess. I don't really think it's possible (at least not in any humane way) to teach a small child to start using cutlery without making a mess, but ...
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Is it dangerous to microwave formula if I swirl the bottle and test the temperature afterwards?

We microwave our infants formula all the time, it's all we use to heat the formula. We always swirl and double-check the temp before feeding. I disagree with the losing nutritional value statement. I ...
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Non-nutritive sucking during feeding?

You didn't answer our questions, so I'll give a rather general answer: For very young or premature babies, nursing can be quite exhausting. This may mean that they will actively "drink" for a short ...
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From bottle refusal to spoon refusal: what can I do to encourage feeding?

When my son was that age, he also started to refuse his food. Turned out he was fed up with the bland steamed veggies etc we made for him, and wanted to eat real food. We started to give him our food (...
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Are there some side effects of letting an infant eat chocolates?

Others have addressed dietary issues, I'll just comment on teeth and gums. There's nothing any worse for your kid's teeth and gums with chocolate (or any other sweet) than there is any other ...
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Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?

Our baby was full term but smaller than usual (5 lbs 6 oz, 4lbs 11 on discharge). The pediatrician advised us to feed her every 2 hours which we essentially did even through the night. (I breastfeed ...
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How can I teach my infant to start sucking bottle teats instead of chewing them?

I had the same problem and corrected it. Let me give you the insights I learned during this process and some things I tried to get the biting to stop, which it eventually did: The gums rise ...
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My twin Daughters are very different in size!

Good question, and I see where you would be concerned. First, I don't think the breast milk had anything to do with it, because formula fed babies are usually fatter, and you've got the opposite ...
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Hungry Child? How do I tell?

Children at six months can be taught sign language, and asking for food and drink is usually the easiest thing to teach them. Sign language for babies is easy to learn because it involves logical ...
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Why do my 14-month-old twins cry whenever they drink milk or water?

Maybe they are frustrated at how little liquid they get on the spoon. In my experience, children usually go from the bottle to a cup with a sip lid, or to a straw. In both cases you get liquid far ...
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1 year old refusing to eat or drink

We have a 13 month old son who has a genetic condition that led him to having failure to thrive. He's been on an NG tube since 6 months old, so we understand how much of a pain it is to have one. ...
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