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Is It Wrong To Let My Baby Fall Asleep With The Bottle In The Crib
Yes: Saliva protects a baby's teeth while awake, but disappears while asleep. If you regularly let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, you are greatly increasing the chances of tooth decay from too much milk sugar coming in contact with the teeth. Consider water (if you've started solids) or a pacifier at bedtime instead. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby. Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys. Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What is the best way to train a baby (1yo) to fall asleep again in his crib when waking up at night?
Start of right: Babies do not understand sleep like an adult.They drift into sleep like you would in a boring lecture. If you lay baby down awake but tired &read to him from a distance, he can start the night off alone, like he will be @ 3am. Once he knows how to go down on his own, you can check on him in 5-10 min intervals until he resettles.He may just have some separation anxiety & need to know things are ok. ...Read more
Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?
Crying : Good question. One in which millions of mothers have asked. There is no right answer. Baby crying is common sense. They are hungry, dirty diaper, gassy, needing affection, etc..... Each is different. As long as they are healthy, been checked by their pcp, then you'll have to wait it out. The baby will let you know when they are ready to sleep in crib without crying. ...Read more
Is it ok that my 4month old keeps turning to his side or belly when I put him down to sleep. The fear of SIDS concerns me?
Low risk: At this age, if he is developed enough to roll over, the risk is very low for SIDS, and neither of you will get rest if you keep turning him over. Other factors are important to avoid SIDS as well, such as a firm, smooth mattress, avoiding toys, pillows and blankets that could smother him, and avoiding all secondary smoke exposure and co-sleeping. He'll do well with a concerned parent like you. ...Read more
No: It is never safe to let your baby sleep unattended on the couch. The baby may roll off unexpectedly, and the couch is usually soft which is a risk factor for sids (if baby turns prone). In addition, baby should never sleep on the couch with an adult, because this has been shown to be a significant risk factor for sids. The couch, while comfortable for an adult nap, is not a safe place for baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it best to let your child's baby teeth fall out on their own, or pull them out? Our son's beginning to lose his baby teeth, and he has one that's beginning to turn gray and just sitting there, not falling out. Is this something we can safely pull out a
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
My baby is 4 months old and likes to sit in her walker.She is now pushing it around. Is that bad will it mess up the development of her legs.
If she's in It <10%: Of her waking hours, was full-term & has typical development, probably not. You have to baby-proof your house sooner- especially re: dangling cords to hot appliances, stairs & open doors & monitor her closely. Walkers abduct the hips, not a natural position for walking. Gross (large) motor skills progress head-toe the first year, so tummy time is best for play. " crawl before you walk" is true. ...Read more
Quiet motor sound ok: Babies will often sleep better if there is a continuous motor sound as it blocks more erratic noise, as long as it is not too loud, which could affect hearing When you refer to "on the hairdryer sound," it is not clear where you planned to put the hairdryer and I am concerned more about burns and hot air blowing, etc or whether the hairdryer will overheat and become a fire hazard. ...Read more
? long term effect ?: Pc's like televisions are used by many as a convenient distraction for kids.In the short term i see little problem with the practice. However, if the kid begins to internally link pc viewing with food they can begin having brain generated hunger messages any time they sit & view one. Over the years this may add to their risk of obesity the way we know tv viewing does today. ...Read more
Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It is not safe to throw a child in the air and catch them. The vertebral blood vessels are fragile and when they come down as you catch them it causes a small snap in the neck that can tear these vessels. It is fine to lift them in the air to give that buoyant sensation as long as you do not release the child. Be aware of any head snapping back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help! my newborn will only sleep if being held! the second I lay him down he crys and wants to nurse. Then falls back asleep n same thing all over!?
Nurse when waking up: Babies are new to the world & need guidance.They are not aware of sleep until well into the 2nd yr, so we need to mold their patterns around feeding & sleeping. Bf to wake baby after 2hr naps during the day, change, play until tired, rest 2hr & start over.Never allow 4-5hr day naps, but ok at night. Put baby down & get ear plugs if you need, baby will adapt easier than you will. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it helpful for a mom to take the time to put her child in a car, drive around, and get him to fall asleep?
My baby is 6 weeks old and will only go to sleep when held, is she to young to use the ferber method?
Advice from dad: My advice on this matter comes as a father, not as pediatrician. You can't spoil a 6 week old. They need to be held. They're so little! ...Read more
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