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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Zero distance in someone’s lap. In an accident baby will become a missile and escape the grip... If the baby is in a properly installed, rated car seat then fine, otherwise how would many parents get ...
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How can we get some free time (on daily basis)?

Welcome in the world of exhausted parents! The most important thing first: The great news is while right now you can't really see it, it will get better. What you're going through right now won't last....
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Using baby clothes that have been in storage for years

There is absolutely no reason not to reuse the clothes if they are not stained or otherwise unusable. Check the smell. Wash them carefully with the soap you find best for babies as you would new ...
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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

I'm not speaking from either personal experience (my children were all spaced farther apart) or from academic research in this answer. That being said: I think that "hiding" the breastfeeding will ...
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When a baby cries, should we speak to it?

If you want to do what is best for your baby, then you should be talking to her pretty much all the time, except when she's asleep. So yes, talk to her when she cries; your voices will let her know ...
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What to do about my 1-month-old boy peeing through diapers?

The most common problem with baby boys “leaking” is based on male anatomy. During a diaper change, you’ll typically have the baby on his back. The baby’s little penis may flop every random direction. ...
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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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When is it OK to take a newborn swimming?

Most sources will state no sooner than 6 months, but it kind of depends on the baby's size. Infants are notoriously poor at regulating body temperature when it comes to environment. They can't ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

As mentioned, a baby should never travel in the car by anything but a child seat that is properly installed (preferably rear-facing). Do not take them out of the seat for any reason while driving: Not ...
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Hair thinning on 3.5 months old

This is very common. The main thing is not to worry. Most babies lose some of their hair, only to grow more later. And some babies lose all their hair. Your girlfriend could be correct - often it's ...
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Is it safe to store and use a desktop computer for long hours next to baby's crib?

Working in the same room your son sleeps is more an issue of the sounds and light of your monitor you make while working rather than the electromagnetic radiation. If possible, it'd be good for nap ...
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Can taking my 1-week-old on a 6-7 hours journey in the car lead to medical complications?

Travelling with newborns is not the safest option, but it can be done: Carrying the baby in your wife's (or anybody else's) lap should be avoided at all costs. If you e.g. brake just a bit harder ...
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Baby's head always turned to one side: should I do anything?

It's pretty common for infants to have a 'favorite side', and it may resolve on its own. You can encourage this development by placing nice things to look at on the disfavored side to entice the baby ...
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What language should I use to talk to my baby?

Your child will learn the language from you, so if you are only somewhat capable in a language, your child will also become only somewhat capable. Since your are living in an English speaking country, ...
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Should I let a 1 month old to sleep on her belly under surveillance?

I'm not going to address the wider question, but you are not going to notice if your baby stops breathing unless you are actively watching their chest move, and possibly not even then. Here is one ...
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Is there any way to limit distress when diaper changing for newborns?

One of the main reasons a newborn (particularly such a new newborn!) dislikes diaper changes is the fact that they're cold. Really cold. Normally they have this nice warm layer on them that keeps ...
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Woman: Afraid of infants/newborns

a woman should biologically feel some form of affection towards these small humans No. That's a social rule, not a biological one. You're not alone. Some women adore all babies and children. My ...
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Experience with travelling long hours in a car with a 10-week-old baby?

We did a 9 hour haul from Germany to Denmark with a 6 weeks old and a one year old. No issues or problems. A few things to consider Two adults makes this A LOT easier. You can take turns driving, ...
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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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How can we get some free time (on daily basis)?

As a parent of 3 kids, now ranging from 12 to nearly 18, I can tell you - you will not get time for your hobbies/passions for some years! Family, friends or babysitters are essential if you want to ...
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Is it safe to blow on a baby's face?

Blowing on the face is a common trick. It triggers a reflex to hold the breath for a short moment. That stops the crying, and can also be used when washing the child's face etc. I am not aware of any ...
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Can I still nurse?

No, nothing is too late. I sense some very important things in your favour: Your milk supply matches her needs. Two weeks is pretty early, even in "standard" cases BF is still not that established at ...
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When a baby cries, should we speak to it?

I'd suggest you just try it. Whatever works, works. You'll notice soon enough what makes her calm down, and what doesn't. I don't think there are rules to this, and not all babies respond to exactly ...
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Is it required or advised to sterilize bottles?

The current scientific consensus is: No. It is not necessary to sterilize bottles, not even for newborns. The only exception are bottle teats made of rubber - the rubber can become porous over time, ...
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Is it common practice to keep a 13-day-old awake for longer during the day, so she will sleep longer at night?

Is it too early to sleep train and keep her up more during the day? In brief: Yes, it is far too early. Parents and children have a circadian rhythm that is governed by hormones like cortisol, ...
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Hobby vs. baby balance

First, congratulations on becoming a parent! As you have (or will soon) discovered, babies are work. A lot of work. And usually when you'd rather be sleeping or cleaning the baby puke out of your ...
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What to do about my 1-month-old boy peeing through diapers?

My experience with my son was this: every time he was experiencing a noticeable number of leaks, we went up a size and it addressed the issue. It's true that, on a couple of occasions, his penis was ...
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Can wife and I handle pre/post our baby birth problems without our parents' help?

You and your wife can absolutely handle a baby without Grandparents help, many people have in the past and will in the future. The real question is: Do you want to? Having a baby and caring for a ...
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Do diapers have any effect on the shape of legs?

No. As Peter commented, diapers/nappies have been used for hundreds of years and especially kept on at night to avoid nocturnal accidents. The common problem with them is nappy rash, and you are ...
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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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