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Is it safe to use chalk and black chalkboard to play with my nephew in pregnancy. Heavily pregnant at 36 weeks...worried of harming bub?
Its fine: think of all those pregnant teachers across the US, who would have to stop using their chalk board if pregnant. Never seen a problem with chalk board use. ...Read more
When my baby (4 months) plays, she enjoys being vigorously bounced. How much movement is safe for babies at this age?
Bouncing a baby on : one's knee usually doesn't cause Shaken Baby Syndrome. How vigorous is vigorous? Be sure her neck strength & control keeps her head aligned, not flopping or snapping back & forth. "Tummy time" on the floor promotes raising the head, neck & upper trunk. By 5 months, she should shift her weight to one forearm, reach for & attain a toy with the other arm & hand. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No, it is not safe!: Infants should not sleep in "Baby Swings", or "Rock n' Play" by Fisher Price. The best way to prevent "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" is to place infants on their back, which also encourages normal physical and motor development. They should sleep on a firm, flat surface. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so much : Playgroups are not especially useful for development or socialization for babies less than a year of age. Playgroups are for parents to get together and share their new world of parenting. They are for forging new relationships with other families that are meaningful given the context of your changing family. Playgroups are helpful of course for stay at home moms, but dads are welcome to jump in! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Both are important. Free play is definitely under-rated; too often we don't allow babies to have "free time" to play and learn to be ok by themselves. Especially as they age, children learn much about socialization thru free play. Yet some guidance and direction with interaction with family members is crucial for development as well. Strike a balance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When will baby starts playing with other babies and when will stranger anxiety start.is it normal for 6 month baby not to play with otherbabies?
6 month old: A six month old can roll from back to front and front to back, some may be able to sit up. No stranger anxiety typically until 9 month and later. Too young to be playing with other children, may be interested in what others are doing, may smile at them but will not interact with other children in a cooperative manner. ...Read more
A doc on here said that the FP rock n play has been known to cause O2 desaturation in an infant that led to CP. Where can I find evidence of this?
Don't know that case: But here is a good website of which to be aware: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Fisher-Price-Recalls-to-Inspect-Rock-N-Play-Infant-Sleepers-Due-to-Risk-of-Exposure-to-Mold/ A fungal respiratory infection could be life-threatening to patients of any age. ...Read more
Co-sleeping ads with butcher knives, where should an infant sleep? With all the recalls for bedside play-yard sleepers and co-sleeping "nests" and the infant deaths from co-sleeping, where should a breastfeeding mother have her infant sleep? A crib in a
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