Sarato
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Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?
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In most cases, drinking less than 300mg of caffeine a day will not affect your baby. Even if your child is extra sensitive to caffeine, the effects aren't serious, and they will go away if you ...

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When should a child transition through the different car seats, to none, and to the front seat?
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| Infant Carrier | Convertible Seat | Car seat | Booster | No Seat | Front Seat | =========================================================================================...

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How many toys are enough/ too much?
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First off, I really like your motivation. My daughter is 6.5 months, and we don't have many toys for her (her toys could probably all fit in a grocery bag), but I am already thinking we have too many....

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What consequences are appropriate for pre-teens?
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It depends on the privileges they have. Sometimes, giving them extra chores is appropriate (say, if they've broken something and you want them to make restitution.) Many times, though, you'll want ...

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Why is my newborn crying constantly?
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My pediatrician as well as several of my friends have recommended the book/DVD "Happiest Baby on the Block" for methods to calm a fussy baby. Dr. Harvey Karp details 5 things you can do to make your ...

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What toys tend to be a child's favorite, and why?
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I liked what Beofett said in the How many toys are enough / too much thread. He suggested that the best toys are toys that you can create things with (crayons, legos, etc.). This held true for my ...

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What should parents consider when selecting a pacifier?
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Safety is the most important criteria (though most pacifiers you can find for sale meet safety guidelines). Other than that, all pacifiers are equally good/bad for your child depending on how ...

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Is complimenting children where they can hear it good or bad?
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I've actually heard the opposite, at least for younger kids. If you want to encourage a certain behavior in them then (in addition to complimenting them directly) you can tell someone else about them ...

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Should we change a wet diaper and risk triggering a night tantrum or leave our son be?
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This sounds like a difficult position to be in, but if the wet diaper isn't uncomfortable enough to wake him up, I would let him sleep. If you end up doing this several nights in a row, just make ...

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How young is too young to take a child overseas?
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When I was pregnant, I talked with my pediatrician about traveling with my baby as early as 8 weeks. Here are some of his concerns (and some of my own) for traveling with a newborn: Airline ...

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What should I do about my 3 month old baby wanting to nurse all night?
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It seems like you have two problems here: having to nurse frequently during the night, and a fear that your child might choke on spit up. I agree with Saiboogu's answer to the first part. It's hard, ...

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Can I save rice cereal for a baby for short periods of time?
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I would treat it like breastmilk, myself. Follow the usual guidelines for how long you can keep breastmilk out at room temperature. Most sources say it's okay for up to 6 hours, if your house isn't ...

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When can children understand the concept of lying?
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I found a good article on telegraph.co.uk that answers this question. But first, what counts as "lying"? The studies mentioned in the article are pretty broad, and include any sort of intentional ...

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How should a child be prepared for adulthood?
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As other people have said, it sounds like your parents did you a disservice by not preparing you correctly. But telling a child that being an adult sucks is just as much of a disservice. Life doesn'...

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What are important legal and financial steps for new parents?
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Here is a list based on our experiences, and what I was able to research: Identification Apply for (and order copies of) birth certificate Apply for social security card Apply for passport (if ...

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How do I handle when my step kids parent buys them everything they want?
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I might say it depends on how much it's affecting your kids, and I would be more worried about the girls than the boys. Your sons probably feel slighted, but your (soon-to-be?) daughters are getting ...

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How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?
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Are you actually experiencing this problem? Since I don't have kids this age, I can't answer from experience. However, I feel that not having knowledge of current TV culture wouldn't be that big an ...

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How can I encourage language development in my infant?
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Here are a few things that I've read in books and articles about encouraging your child to talk: Show excitement when he tries to talk Let him know that the noises he makes are important by paying ...

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Can scented products irritate a newborn?
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From what I've read, a newborn's sense of smell is much stronger and more fine-tuned than that of adults. This Parents article confirms: Within the first week of life, a newborn is capable of ...

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At what age should infants have playdates?
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This article from BabyCenter says that babies under 12 months will be interested in other babies and view them as toys, rather than actually play with them (no mention on if this is good for ...

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How often should my wife breastfeed our newborn?
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From the information my pediatrician gave me, and from what I've read from other pediatricians, you should wake up your baby to feed him. For very new newborns (2 weeks or younger), you should offer ...

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How to ensure that necessary things get done when time is short?
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Let him have his way and deal with the consequences. Teeth-brushing won't work so well, since the conesquences (cavities) don't occur for a while. But if, for example, you are rushing to get him to ...

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Is it usual to meet with a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor for a first prenatal visit?
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The hospital I did prenatal care with and gave birth at is part of PAMF in California, and they are a great hospital with a great reputation. However, my doctor was also part of a group of doctors, ...

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Is bribing children with cash incentives a good idea?
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I say good. Many children grow up taking money for granted, and associating money with effort is a good lesson to teach when your kids are young. I would add that you should also take the ...

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How can we keep my niece's hair out of her eyes?
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Considering the fate of all the other things that end up in your niece's hair, I would suggest non-toxic gel if you do go that route. ;) Your question is very thorough: it seems that you've attempted ...

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Are vitamin supplements necessary for newborns?
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I'll start off by saying this answer isn't complete, and addresses breastmilk rather than formula. Most breastfeeding advocates are reluctant to say that breastfed babies need any additional ...

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When do you encourage your children to move out?
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My brother and I are a good example case. I went right to college and got married (so I moved myself out of the house). Otherwise, I would have gotten a job and been expected to find my own place to ...

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When is the best time to pump breastmilk, and for how long should I pump?
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The longer it has been since the last feeding, the easier it should be to pump. (This is what I've experienced, anyway.) If you pump a half an hour after your baby eats, there won't be as much milk ...

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How can we introduce some formula for our baby?
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You could consider changing your routine a bit. If your baby is 6 months old, it's a good time to start introducing solids (if you haven't already). Instead of giving her a bottle in the morning, ...

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Should we use special detergent/washing powder for the laundry of baby clothes?
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I'm from the US, so I'm not familiar with the brands available where you live. Here, though, the most popular "baby detergent" is Dreft. If you compare the ingredients in Dreft with most other ...

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