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When is it safe to let my baby play with chalk?

When is it safe to let my baby play with chalk?

No chalk for babies: Chalk is too small (when it breaks into chunks) and too powdery, so babies and toddlers should not play with chalk. Babies and toddlers can choke on small things. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

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 more

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Is it safe to have baby sleep in pack-n-play (all mesh around, flat surface w/exception of crease down middle to fold mattress) for first 3-4 months?

Is it safe to have baby sleep in pack-n-play (all mesh around, flat surface w/exception of crease down middle to fold mattress) for first 3-4 months?

Sure: Sure this is fine. Many parents prefer to do this and have the baby sleep close in their bedroom. It's especially great for nursing moms to be close to baby, but for baby to have his own space. Just be sure and put baby down on his back to sleep! Other SIDS reduction factors include keeping the room cool, 68 degrees rather than 72. Put baby down without a hat, as well. ...Read more

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A child in our playgroup is unvaccinated. Is it safe to let our children play together?

A child in our playgroup is unvaccinated. Is it safe to let our children play together?

I wouldn't: I never let these folks come into my waiting room in over 3 decades of practice.All vaccines have a potential for failing complete protection. I would consider it a risk and avoid it if and when possible. ...Read more

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A toy train has some rust on a small part. Is it safe to let my 23 months old play with it?

A toy train has some rust on a small part. Is it safe to let my 23 months old play with it?

No: You should not let your child play with toys with small arts due to choking hazards. The rust may not be safe either. ...Read more

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Is it safe to let my 18 month old play with a battery powered toy while taking a bath?

Is it safe to let my 18 month old play with a battery powered toy while taking a bath?

Battery powered toy: Absolutely not. First, he can get an electrical shock if the battery comes in touch with water. Secondly, he can swallow the battery which can cause erosion of his esophagus or his bronchial tube. ...Read more