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What is the best way to wean my baby off of bottles?

What is the best way to wean my baby off of bottles?

Depends on the age: If a baby is old enough to sip from a cup, he can drink his milk or water from a regular cup (with help) or from a sippy cup that has a lid. At this age (usually 20-24 months), the parent can have one talk with the child about the bottles going "bye-bye", and make all the bottles in the home disappear overnight. The important thing is to judge when the baby is truly able to drink from a cup. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean my baby off of nursing?

What is the best way to wean my baby off of nursing?

Self wean /natural : The best way is to wait until the baby is ready. Child-led weaning occurs when a child no longer has a need to nurse - nutritionally or emotionally. The most common method is " don't offer" and "don't refuse". More methods of weaning described here http://www.Kellymom.Com/bf/weaning/. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest way to put my baby to sleep?

What is the best and safest way to put my baby to sleep?

On his or her back: The chances of dying from sids (crib death) are worse, if a baby sleeps on his tummy. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. Parents should talk with the doctor if a baby won't sleep on his or her back. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean bottles and pacifiers?

What is the best way to clean bottles and pacifiers?

Soap and Water: Hello, good old soap and water will do just fine. Sterilization is unnecessary unless your baby has thrush. Most bottles can be placed in the dishwasher and cleaned as well. ...Read more

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What is the best way to unlatch my baby?

What is the best way to unlatch my baby?

Break the seal!: Gently press your finger between the baby's mouth and your nipple and push down on your breast to create a break in the seal - the vacuum - that the baby's suckling is creating. Once the seal on their little oral vacuum is broken, they'll come right off! ...Read more

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Whats the best way to break my 17 month old twins from the bottle? They only use it when going to sleep

Whats the best way to break my 17 month old twins from the bottle? They only use it when going to sleep

Wean: I would recommend you slowly wean from milk or formula to water, they generally lose interest once you get to 3/4 water, but at least it won't risk their teeth! you mix a little more water with the milk every week, general if you use 4 oz of milk, then start with 3 oz milk to 1 oz water, then go to 2 and 2, and finally to 1 milk/3 water, it may take a week or so at each step. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best way to sterilize bottles and nipples?

What is the best way to sterilize bottles and nipples?

Why ever?: This is a practice that dates back to a time when moms made formula from evaporated milk and had to boil the milk to make it digestible.City water supplies were also inconsistent. Today it is a waste of time unless you are unsure of your water.A good bottle brush, and hot soapy water will work well for both. ...Read more

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What is the best and fastest way to wean off of methadone, i was using this for pain control.

What is the best and fastest way to wean off of methadone, i was using this for pain control.

Methadone: Given the characteristics of Methadone pharmacologically and its typical utilization in a chronic pain setting, weaning a patient from Methadone should only be done by a licensed practitioner experienced in such treatment protocols. I would recommend a physician specialized in such matters in order to prevent withdrawl symptoms or other physiologic side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest way for my baby to lose weight?

What is the best and safest way for my baby to lose weight?

Focus on activity: Babies tend to loose weight quicker when they grow - so focus on activity and boost their metabolism. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

Lanolin: Exposure to air to "toughen" the sensitive skin and lanolin cream for soothing relief are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean my infant's teeth? She's getting her first teeth in, and we don't know what method is best or easiest. .

What is the best way to clean my infant's teeth? She's getting her first teeth in, and we don't know what method is best or easiest.


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Clean wash cloth: Dipped in water, squeeze out excess water -gently rub the teeth and massage the gums. If teething pain, dip the washcloth in cool water, squeeze out excess water and wrap around you finger and gently place in child's mouth. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean my baby's toys?

What is the best way to clean my baby's toys?

Soap and water: Soap and water is all you need unless the toys are contaminated with stool or other infectious material. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent movement of my baby at night?

What is the best way to prevent movement of my baby at night?

Depends on the age: Newborns typically like being bundled. Wrapping burrito-style in a thin blanket (or purchasing a sleep sack that has a velcro closure) helps keep them confined and comfortable. As babies start to roll, they enjoy moving around. Take the bumpers and any loose bedding or other potential airway obstructions out of the crib! ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

Wean pacifier: Starting at 12 months , take the pacifier away from the child while awake and gradually work on teaching him to use a different transitional object at night, such as a blankie or stuffed animal. ...Read more

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Is it critical or urgent to wean my 18 month old off the bottle to a sippy cup? What are the dangers?

Is it critical  or urgent to wean my 18 month old off the bottle to a sippy cup? What are the dangers?

Prevent cavities: Important to wean from the bottle. Toddlers who use bottles are more prone to develop cavities. If they are sleeping with the bottle they may also be more prone to ear infection. Wean by starting with a water only policy in the bottle for a few days. Giving your toddler another transitional object for sleep such as a small toy may help. This is a great age for your toddler's first dental visit. ...Read more

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When can I make the switch from formula to regular milk and what is the best way to do so? She is 10 months

When can I make the switch from formula to regular milk and what is the best way to do so? She is 10 months

Whatever suits you: The average kid will easily switch from one to another when offered. Some are put off by the change in flavor & some parents to a half & half for a while until they can go to full strength. The aap recommends bm or formula until 1 yr but many thrive on whole milk after 9m if they have a varied diet. Regular milk should be limited to 16-24 oz/d to avoid intestinal irritation & anemia. ...Read more

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What is the safest way to lose my baby weight?

What is the safest way to lose my baby weight?

Breastfeed and walk!: Mothers who successfully breastfeed tend to return to their pre-baby weights faster than mom's who don't. Nature knows what it's doing! breastfeeding coupled with healthy eating and regular exercise is the key. Walking is least strenuous on your body and the most fun for your newborn. ...Read more

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