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My daughter grind on top of her stuffed animals. Help!

Masturbation: Grinding is a type of masturbation. Only advice would be that she needs to be instructed she should limit grinding only in private place. ...Read more

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Hi my six year playes with herself a lot i notice sometimes she using her stuffed animal and i wanted to know if this is normal, or if it's not normal?

Hi my six year playes with herself a lot i notice sometimes she using her stuffed animal and i wanted to know if this is normal, or if it's not normal?

Normal development: It feels good. This is normal. Your job as a parent is to gently teach her that this is private behavior without punishing her for doing something so natural. These are tricky waters and you will do just fine! I am very happy that you asked this question. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my stepson, 17 1/2 yrs old, still sleeps with a stuffed animal. He even packs it with him for vacations.?

Should i be concerned if my stepson, 17 1/2 yrs old, still sleeps with a stuffed animal. He even packs it with him for vacations.?

Unsure: What is the harm? If it doesn't cause any harm, I wouldn't worry about it. Has he been through some trauma? Sometimes, people need something to help calm them, and decrease anxiety. Perhaps he just likes having something under his arm- some people sleep with a pillow there. In the long run, I don't think it's a problem unless *he's* concerned or it prevents him from interacting with others. . ...Read more

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My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?

My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?

Wait: When he can stand up in his crib he will be beyond the age when these soft cuddly things can cause suffocation. We lose about 100 infants a year to soft bedding,plush toys, etc. I hope we can help you avoid the risk. ...Read more

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Can you use a microwave to kill lice in a stuffed animal?

Can you use a microwave to kill lice in a stuffed animal?

Yes: Lice need a host to survive, and typically won't live longer than 1-2 days on an inanimate object. They won't survive temperature extremes, so microwaving or just washing in hot water in the washing machine should do the trick. Be careful with the microwave however; if there are plastic components or materials within the stuffed animal, microwaving could cause release of noxious materials. ...Read more

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When is it safe to put stuffed animals or dolls in the crib?

Wait...: I don't generally recommend any objects in the crib except your baby. If you must i would at least wait until over one year in age, probably closer to two years. After one year the risk of sids is greatly diminished but i would recommend a longer period of time. ...Read more

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