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Will Letting My Baby Use A Pacifier Make It Harder For Her To Nurse
Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Either works fine: Both bassinets and cradles serve as temporary sleep locals for newborns until they are ready to transition to a crib. Whether parents choose one or the other is a matter of personal preference rather than a stoic medical recommendation. Safety is less of an issue now that newer models have sufficient base and slat width and wheels locks. Be sure to check manufacturer's infant weight limits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My newborn is chocking up every time i breastfeed her. Very scary, is anything i can do to make it easier and better for her until she'll learns?
If I give my son a bottle will he start to prefer the bottle more then my breast? I don't want to stop the bond.
Reasonable backup: You may find it hard to get him to take a bottle if you are there & he wants the real thing. Having someone else feed him a bottle once in a while can be a benefit if you were to need surgery or be away for any lengthy period. I find more BF kids refuse bottles than become confused by them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No rules: There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, i assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life. ...Read more
Ask dad to help: If baby wants the real thing & knows its nearby s/he may not accept the bottle. Enlist the aid of another and get out of the room. Dad or an assistant is more likely to be successful if your not visible. Once baby has begun to accept the bottle & enjoy it, you may begin to use it yourself. ...Read more
Yes: Thumbs rarely detach and get lost and are much easier to clean. Regular cleaning of pacifiers and making sure they don't have cracks where yeast can settle is important if you use them. There is a lot of controversy re the benefit/risk of pacifier use and breastfeeding initiation, ear infections and sids risk. My preference is keep things simple and pacifier free. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?
10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more
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 9 week old baby likes to suck on his hand to self soothe. He will only take paci if i'm holding him to sleep. What can I do to break the habit?
Stop it: Stop using it and allow her to get used to it. It requires patience, love and understanding. Do not get irritated or angry. ...Read more
How long will i need to watch or monitor my daughter brushing her teeth? My daughter turned six, and i think she's now able and ready to brush her teeth on her own. I want to be there to watch while she does it for a while to make sure she's doing it righ
I : I don't think one can put a specific time as to when a child is responsible enough to brush their teeth adequately. Every child matures at a different pace. How do you feel about the job your daughter is doing? Does she take at least a minute to complete her routine, or does she take 10 seconds? I would monitor her (possibly from a short distance) to see how well she does it. Most children want to please their parents and don't want to be reprimanded. When you bring her for her check ups, what does her dentist say? How clean are her teeth? That may give you more insight as to how well she is doing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Infants may use & abandon a pacifier depending on their degree of attachment & availability of interesting alternatives. I have had kids that never took to one and some that carried one about until preschool.Sudden removal confuses a todler who wonders why they are being punished, or why mommy took my best buddy away. The wounded trust may last a lifetime. Reduce paci time gradually & they toss it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pacifier: There will be lots of differing views on this and not one answer is right or wrong. All personal decisions. I'm personally not in favor of it. There are lots of other ways to soothe a baby. For your own sanity, you kinda want to keep the breast just for feeding. IMO ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I pump milk into a bottle but i really want my baby to latch back on and she won't what can I do to get her to latch on? She loves her bottle
Try skin-to-skin: To engage your baby's rooting reflex, put her skin-to-skin, lying on her tummy, while you're lying back on some pillows. Babies who are skin-to-skin look for the breast and can latch, all by themselves. (see http://www.Biologicalnurturing.Com/video/bn3clip.Html ) you might also work with a lactation consultant to help get reintroduce your baby to the breast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How big of a problem is baby bottle tooth decay? We don't give anything to our baby in a bottle other than milk and water, but i'm still worried that we're giving it to her too close to bed time. I try to make sure she doesn't fall asleep with it in her m
Not necessary: Formula is just a manmade liquid diet for infants and meant to be a complete food. It doesn't taste particularly good, but it is complete nutrition for an infant. For a small infant, it will be the only food s/he is taking. For an older infant, closer to 12 months and eating food, formula may not be necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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