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What can we do about our 9-month-old putting fingers down his throat?

This weird stage is really common, and mostly developmental-- something that most babies will naturally outgrow. It's upsetting and gross, but not harmful. The baby won't actually choke or cause ...
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Is it common for a 3 month old baby to drool and suck their fingers?

Absolutely. What you're seeing is entirely normal in babies, particularly around 3+ months old. Among other things, he might be beginning to teethe; both of those things are associated with teething....
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Is it normal for kids to constantly hum melodies?

As an adult who does the same thing, I don't think it's anything to worry about. If they aren't already involved in playing a musical instrument or some type of singing outlet you could find a local ...
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How to handle a 1-year-old pointing at and wanting things?

Pointing is really the first way kids start to express their wants other than crying, so this is exciting for them. They also sometimes just want to know what something is. I find that the most ...
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How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?

Fifteen months is early even for 100% picture books. It's far too early for understanding a storyline - it's too early for the level of imagination capable of understanding that there could be such a ...
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How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?

A 15 month old not only cannot read, but doesn't yet know that those black marks on the paper are words, or that what you are saying is somehow controlled by what is on the paper. This is something ...
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How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?

This sounds like pretty normal 15 month old "GOOD LORD I CAN MOVE MYSELF THIS IS AWESOME", but if it's truly looking out of control, you might want to consider talking to your paediatrician, just as a ...
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What can we do about our 9-month-old putting fingers down his throat?

One of my nephews used to do that, more because he loved the way everybody paid attention to him when he did it than because he thought it was fun to choke himself :( Distraction was the key to ...
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How harmful is a kid's habit of crossing the toes?

It is highly unlikely that this will do any damage at all, any more than, say, if one developed the habit of tucking their thumbs slightly into the folded fingers instead of over them when making a ...
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How to prevent my 3-year-old boy from climbing on top of me?

I would add to EmandM's excellent answer that 3 is old enough to begin to learn about other people's bodily boundaries, and in general that one does not touch others in a way (or at a time) that is ...
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6 year old has habit of holding the pencil too tight and pressing too hard while writing

What works for us is large pencils. There are pencils that are about double or so the normal diameter of a pencil; they're easier for smaller children to hold and control, with less developed fine ...
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2-year-old needs bread to go to sleep

My concern would be tooth decay- bread might not be sweet, but it's chock full of carbohydrates and for sure prolonged exposure to food right before bed (and without tooth brushing afterward) is a ...
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Is it normal for kids to constantly hum melodies?

My 7 year old was recently diagnosed with ADD and this was actually a question on his assessment and yes, he hums all the time! He has done this since he could talk and honestly, it drives me up the ...
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How to prevent my 3-year-old boy from climbing on top of me?

It sounds like he's looking for your attention, which is normal and natural in a small child. He wants to know that he's loved and wanted by you. If you are not enjoying this particular attention ...
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How to deal with a 4-year-old passing gas all the time?

I'd like to add that by telling her it's not "lady-like" perpetuates the idea that it's ok for boys, not for girls. Historically, seixist cultivation in small children is due in part to physical ...
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How to encourage a child to speak truth about the wrong deeds she has done?

First off, don't treat truth telling as a special event, ie. something that deserves rewards beyond a simple "thank you for being honest". Telling the truth should be normal, expected behavior. If ...
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Kid reading too fast

This depends on the child's personality and the level of difficulty of the books he's reading. It may well be that he's excited (or bored) and wants to get to the good parts, or that the book can ...
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How to make my 6.5-year-old stop playing with saliva?

Consider that this may be out of your son's control. Habits are notoriously difficult to kick. There are plenty examples of adults who, despite being motivated to, simply can't stop biting their ...
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2-year-old needs bread to go to sleep

It seems that your two-year-old is experiencing some sort of emotional distress that the bread is helping to relieve. Do you know why bread is so important to him? Is it specifically bread, or just ...
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What should I do to help my child break a bad habit?

Biting her nails is only a symptom, so 1, 2, and 3 are not getting to the core issue. Indeed, it is also quite possible that you drawing attention to it is increasing her anxiety. Solution 5 might ...
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How to handle a 1-year-old pointing at and wanting things?

What you're doing is perfectly fine. Her pointing indicates a want, either to have it or to know the word for it. Choosing to indulge that want is a matter of common sense; if what she wants to have ...
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Is it normal for kids to constantly hum melodies?

You would have to qualify the definition of normal to get an appropriate answer but I'll go ahead and assume you are asking based on the majority of other children. I would say this is normal. I used ...
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How to encourage a child to speak truth about the wrong deeds she has done?

I generally try to ignore the lie completely. Children have a slightly odd relationship with the truth, in that they still don't quite understand the barrier between fiction and reality. My script is ...
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Kid reading too fast

Encourage him! It is one of the best things to see a child doing, as it is an excellent way to get knowledge into them (whereas forcing them to read isn't) and can be a strong correlator with ...
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How to stop a 6-month-old from picking ears?

Trimming fingernails is obviously a way to prevent cutting and bleeding, but it is worth looking at why she may be sticking her fingers in her ears. It may be just a habit, in which case distraction ...
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4 year old son enjoys things that fly on air is this normal if not how to distract him?

Its normal. He's trying to make sense of the world around him. This should be encouraged. If you google for "preschool science air" you will find some activities that you can do with him. ...
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4 year old son enjoys things that fly on air is this normal if not how to distract him?

Young children often go through phases of fascination with random objects or phenomena. The fact that something flies is a pretty cool quirk or anomaly in the physical world they've come to know. My ...
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How do I get my child to stop picking his nose?

If the picking is specifically related to the nostrils feeling dry + itchy, I would recommend trying to apply Aquaphor or other moisturizer. It will both help the condition and make the idea of ...
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How to handle a 1-year-old pointing at and wanting things?

Even at a young age, you can start explaining the why of your decision, e.g.: I'm not willing for you to have the knife, because I have a need for your safety and the knife is very sharp. ...
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Is it common for a 3 month old baby to drool and suck their fingers?

Yes, completely normal, and you should absolutely NOT try to "break his habits!" Drooling and chewing on anything that's handy is a natural response to impending teething. If you don't want him to ...
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