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When do I stop needing to swaddle my child?

When do I stop needing to swaddle my child?

Very few need...: Very few need swaddling in the first place. If you are doing it to keep the child from scratching herself accidentally, they should definitely be over that need by 3 months at the latest. ...Read more

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How can I get my infant to stop crying whenever I put him down?

How can I get my infant to stop crying whenever I put him down?

It's OK to let cry.: If there is no other reason for the crying that needs to be treated, then it is definitely ok, and actually recommended to let him cry. You are the parent, and your child needs to learn at an early age that he cannot manipulate you. Trust me, you will be much happier in the long run, and your child will be better able to adapt to different situations. ...Read more

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Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it , get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore.It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more

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When can I expect my baby to stop spitting up?

When can I expect my baby to stop spitting up?

4 Months Old: Most spitting up resolves between 4-6 months of age. Many factors contribute to the improvement, including the normal maturation of the valve between the esophagus and the stomach, the introduction of solid foods, and the baby starting to sit up which makes it more difficult for milk to come up and out. ...Read more

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25 day old baby is always sleepy when feeding. I constantly have to nudge him to wake up & continue suckling at my breasts or bottles. What do I do?

25 day old baby is always sleepy when feeding. I constantly have to nudge him to wake up & continue suckling at my breasts or bottles. What do I do?

More info needed: Is he growing well? Is he voiding and stooling? Are you trying to feed him on a schedule or letting him feed on demand? I would be reassured if he is growing peeing and pooping and just wants to feed on his time. If you are still concerned have the doctor check him. ...Read more

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My three year old is not listening, throwing tantrums, how do I get her to listen. I don't want to spank, i feel bad when i yell or put in corner?

My three year old is not listening, throwing tantrums, how do I get her to listen. I don't want to spank, i feel bad when i yell or put in corner?

Use time-out: Time-out is a safe, effective way to ignore behaviors, which makes them go away.1-2-3 magic & " little people" teach you how to do "walk, don't talk" time-out effectively. Behaviors get worse before they go away, as a test to see if she can get you to engage. Crying does no psychological harm. Praise her often for behaviors you want. Yelling/spanking both reinforce behaviors & teach aggression. ...Read more

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When can I stop burping my baby before putting her to bed?

When can I stop burping my baby before putting her to bed?

Comfortable: You can stop once you see the baby appears comfortable and you can no longer elicit any burps. ...Read more

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Will I hurt my baby if I let him cry himself to sleep?

Will I hurt my baby if I let him cry himself to sleep?

No: I agree that you should wait until the baby is between 4-6 months of age. You may know it is time to start when you baby starts to wake up more frequently at night and is not hungry. I usually recommend that you revise the bedtime routine at this point so that feeding prior to stories, etc. If the baby is breastfed it may go better if the dad (or non nursing partner) puts the baby down. ...Read more

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I have this habit of shaking my legs when I'm sitting down and when i want to sleep; if I dont shake them I wont be able to sleep. Is this normal?

I have this habit of shaking my legs when I'm sitting down and when i want to sleep; if I dont shake them I wont be able to sleep. Is this normal?

Yes it's normal: You have developed a habit. It is not harmful to you, but you may come upon a day in which you need to change the habit - such as the day you interrupt the sleep of another with it. You CAN sleep without the leg shaking, but will have to adjust to it. ...Read more

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Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

No: Depending on the situation at work, a breastfeeding mom may be able to have someone bring the baby in for the mom to breastfeed; or more likely, the mom will pump milk at work and bring it home at the end of each workday. ...Read more

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Why am i swearring and yelling at my wife if she tries to wake me when I am sleeping ? If she tries to wake me i will swear and yell but i don't remember any of this in the morning.

Why am i swearring and yelling at my wife if she tries to wake me when I am sleeping ? If she tries to wake me i will swear and yell but i don't remember any of this in the morning.

I : I do not know the answer to this. Are you a combat veteran or have you bee involved in a horrifice or life threatening trauma. If you are being woken from nightmares that can lead to violence. If you have post traumatic stress disorder and you are quick to startle and move into the fight or flight mode, that can have a similar result. You also could be inbetween sleep and wake cycle. The only way to get an accurate diagnosis is to get a sleep study. Please talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to stop resisting his crib?

How can I get my baby to stop resisting his crib?

Put him in it: Repetition and routine are the most important factors to getting your baby in the crib. Put him in whenever he sleeps whenever you can. Put him in for naps and nighttime. Put him in when he seems sleepy, rubbing his eyes. Stay next to him in the crib and give him support without taking him out. Talk to him and soothe him with your touch while in the crib, then extend the times you leave him alone. ...Read more

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What do I do if the baby I sit for clings to me when mom comes home?

What do I do if the baby I sit for clings to me when mom comes home?

It's normal.: When this happens with my kids, the usually sitter gives a quick hug to our baby, and then hands him over without any fanfare or long goodbyes or drama. Very businesslike. If you and his mom put on a dramatic show, the kid thinks it's a dramatic event. And even if he does cry, it's normal - he's obviously formed an attachment to you, which means you're doing a great job! ...Read more

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What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

Now! : Feed her every three hours during the day, let her fall asleep on her own.Get her into the habit so it is not something new that she has to do in case she wakes up in the middle of the night.Goal-for you & your baby to sleep thru the night at least 8 hours & no night feedings!you will enjoy your baby much better, always happy & work faster.If you want a life, do it. My moms are very happy! ...Read more

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My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?

My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?

Feedings and spittin: Hard answer without knowing your infant's age. But are you "burping" your baby after feedings. Babies take in alot of air using bottles and nipples - burping them will reduce the air bubble. Sometimes spitting up is due to formula issues - changing to a non cow's milk formula may help. Gaviscon drops may also help. If the spitting is getting worse - dicuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I breastfeed my baby but I am starting a new job I cant pump much because my baby eats frequently what do i do i dont want to stop bf him?

I breastfeed my baby but I am starting a new job I cant pump much because my baby eats frequently what do i do i dont want to stop bf him?

Time to wean: If you are unable to pump and freeze breast milk in enough quantities to provide adequate milk during the time you are away at work, then it is time to wan the baby by substituting every other feeding with formula initially until the dependence on breast milk is minimal. ...Read more

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My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should i blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?

My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should i blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?

Apnea: If the baby has not been evaluated for this problem and you have witnessed episodes of no breathing or any trouble breathing it needs immediate attention. Should be seen at the ed if it has happened just recently. ...Read more

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My daughter is 7 months & cries a lot when I put her down in her crib to sleep and throws herself around. Shes not use to sleeping alone. What do I do?

My daughter is 7 months & cries a lot when I put her down in her crib to sleep and throws herself around. Shes not use to sleeping alone. What do I do?

Train her: Crying is the only way kids can tell you their opinion at this age. Crying is not harmful to babies who don't have a history of heart or brain problems. So have a soothing bedtime ritual then put her down and walk away. Let her cry it out even if it is for 1-2 hrs this will gradually decrease over a day or two and she will be trained. Most important is not to let her see you when she is crying. ...Read more

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When can I let my baby start to feed herself?

When can I let my baby start to feed herself?

9 months: When baby begins to reach and hold things, he also puts them into his mouth. He may start finger feeding by 9 mo, using utensils by 12-15 months. The majority of feeding, however, will still be from you, as he will lack the coordination to load the spoon and get the contents to his mouth without spilling. That will occur about 2 years of age. Just because they can use utensils, doesn't mean will. ...Read more

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