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Help me recreate this birth announcement?

Hello hivemind! I really want to recreate this birth announcement's style/set-up. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Sep 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Bathe an older infant with another kid

Help me keep the 10 month old safe in the tub with her big brother. I went to buy a bath ring and... apparently those are now verboten. So what do people do? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Aug 31, 2014 - 14 answers

New baby + old cat = jealousy, noise edition

15+ year old cat is displaced from his regal throne by 7 week old baby. How to stop him from meowing as loudly as possible while the baby is sleeping? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Aug 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Headphones for babies?

One year old, first long flight, looking for recommendations for headphones so baby can comfortably watch his favorites (Sesame Street, Super Why, and Adele music videos) if necessary to keep things sane. [more inside]
posted by erst on Aug 24, 2014 - 11 answers

AskMeFi Shopping Network

I need a very specific bag and I don't know where to look for it. I need a large bag that can be carried like a backpack, larger than 25L. I would like it to be in some way elegant (that's an open definition...), semi-fashionable for the PNW set, and water resistant enough to walk for 15 minutes in the rain and not be damp for days (so, probably not leather). [more inside]
posted by annie o on Aug 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Poem about Jack, who rescues a baby from an oncoming train and dies.

My sister-in-law, who has been trying to find this poem for years, first heard it from her grandmother. It's at least 50 years old and rhymes.
posted by she's not there on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Teach me to Sing Lullabies

I know the lullabies my mother sang to me, but I'd like to learn some more lullabies or lullaby-like songs (we can go broad, but I think "soft, sweet and slow" are our watchwords) that I can sing to our child. [more inside]
posted by jph on Aug 19, 2014 - 61 answers

Gift for newborn, gift for mom

My friend just had a baby, I wanted to send her a small-something to let her know that I'm thinking of her and her newborn. What would be good for this? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Aug 17, 2014 - 16 answers

An on-demand mother's helper/babysitter in the Cambridge/Somerville area

Can anyone recommend a part-time mother's helper that can get to North Cambridge? We want extra support for a week in taking care of this guy. The mom will be at home, and we want to reduce the chances that she gets overwhelmed, starting this Wednesday, after his grandma goes home, and I go back to work.
posted by ignignokt on Aug 16, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I food?

For the food challenged: How do I learn to plan for and cook deadly simple nutritious meals for 1 adult + 1 baby child? Recipes, advice, pointers all welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2014 - 26 answers

Techno for baby?

I'm putting together an extended mix for some friends, focusing entirely on electronic music that's unusually well-suited for infants. Anyone have thoughts on appropriate tracks? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 12, 2014 - 24 answers

What do we do during and after our 1 y/o daughter's heart surgery?

So....after months of prenatally following our daughter's heart issues and a year of post-birth cardiology visits it was determined that she did in fact need to have surgery to correct her issues and we are trying to keep it together while we wait for her surgery date and wondering what we can expect the day of and days following the surgery to be like and we can/should be doing for her and/or ourselves. [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Aug 11, 2014 - 8 answers

What kind of routine should I have for my baby? Also - spoiling?

I have a great four month old daughter. Due to a weird timing situation, both my husband and I have been home with her for the last four months, sharing duties. Also due to weird timing, we are moving around a lot. Our kid has no routine right now, and I'm started to think my mom is right that we're spoiling her. Help? [more inside]
posted by heavenknows on Aug 9, 2014 - 36 answers

Should I be exposing my baby to more people?

My baby is about to turn 7 months old. Due to various factors, he does not get a huge amount of exposure to people that aren't me and his dad. Compared with pretty much all of the other babies we've encountered, he is very reserved when out in public and meeting other people (eg. does not smile, makes very little "happy" or "contented" noise, etc.). I'm a little worried that I'm not socialising him properly. Reality check needed. [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Aug 8, 2014 - 27 answers

Buddhist baby blessing

A couple of weeks ago, my newborn son and I received a blessing from a Buddhist monk, in hospital here in the UK. He recited some words to each of us in a foreign language, and then tied yellow threads on our wrists. I would love to know what the words meant, and the significance of the thread, if anyone knows? Thanks!
posted by prune on Aug 8, 2014 - 1 answer

How Is Babby Cared For: Crash Course in Babby 101

My partner and I just found out last night that we have been chosen as adoptive parents to a baby... who is due in September! So, suddenly lots to do and lots to learn. Where do we even start?! Instruction manuals, blogs, scholarly articles, To Do Lists, To Don't Do Lists... What are the resources you found indispensable? Which did you find later that you wished you'd had earlier? Which are a waste of my time? We have wonderful family and friends who I know will help us figure all of this out, but I need to start building up my own arsenal of resources.
posted by jph on Aug 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Soundtrack for a spunky 1 year old.

My baby girl's birthday is this week and I am hunting the perfect song to back a slideshow of photos of her first year. I do not want anything overtly sappy. My kiddo is known for being adventurous and fun so I want to find her a song that is suiting to her personality. Help please! :) [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Aug 2, 2014 - 25 answers

Video suggestions for a classical music obsessed 12 year old w/ austim?

My nephew is a musical genius- perfect pitch, memorized discography of most prominent classical composers, and he plays clarinet and piano (also almost any instrument he picks up.) He has autism and has been preoccupied with the Baby Einstein (and language and Beethoven) series since he was very, very young (a baby). I think one of the reasons he still holds onto it and will watch it over and over is because it's visually and musically interesting with out having a plot that his attention cannot hold onto or is too difficult to grasp emotionally. Anyone have recommendations for music/band films that would be appropriate for a 12 year old that is visually interesting with out a plot? He has watched almost every Disney and classic musical out there, but I wonder if there is something like the BE series, but more mature. Thanks!
posted by nbaseman on Jul 28, 2014 - 24 answers

Take me to St. Louis -- with my husband and child

I just got funding to travel to St. Louis to do an oral history project. Yay! Where should I stay and how should I travel? And what should my husband/infant do during the day? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Chemicals and Newborn Kids' Stuff

A year ago, my father got an extremely rare form of cancer and died. Now my wife's pregnant, and we’re very excited. The experience has left us concerned about things my wife and I never would've given ten minute of thought to before my father got sick; we’re worried about chemicals and the kid. [more inside]
posted by thursdaystoo on Jul 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Graduated or total extinction? Yes, another sleep training question.

We're thinking of starting some sort of sleep training for our four month old. I know, she's young, but the "magical thinking" we have in getting her to sleep (hours of nursing, rocking, squats, singing, nursing) as well as the hourly (or even half-hourly) wake ups are not good for us, and they're not good for her. She really needs to sleep, and I can tell she really wants to. The question is, how? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Pregnant with first child, during a chaotic and stressful time

Due to an incredible amount of life changes (including marraige, move, new job and death of a parent) I have barely been able to do all the things you are supposed to do when you are pregnant with your first child. Due date is a little over am month away. On top of that I have gained too much weight and feel very uncomfortable, especially at work. My questions range from how do I make the next six weaks bearable (especially at my desk job) given I've outgrown my maternity clothes and feel really uncomfortable physically, to what are the top three things I must learn and/or have before baby arrives? [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Jul 14, 2014 - 52 answers

Infant car seat jammed

Our baby's car seat, a Graco Click Connect 30, will not unlock from its base. I know it's a long shot that anyone else might have experience with this, but any suggestions? Preferably ones that don't destroy the seat, base, or seatbelt, but if necessary... [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Move to another apartment in the same neighborhood to escape landlord?

I need to decide by tomorrow whether to move out of my apartment (in September). Dislike the landlord, who lives above me, but the place is nice and my daughter was born there. My old landlord, who I like a lot, has a place for rent. Details below: [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Travelling with a baby

Due to a confluence of family occasions and holidays this summer, we'll be taking our baby on several trips over the next couple of months. We don't have our own car, and will be travelling via train some of the time, so would like to keep the amount of baby paraphernalia to a minimum. What's your best advice for travelling with a 4-5 month old? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jul 4, 2014 - 11 answers

No, I've been nervous lots of times.

In a month I will be flying transatlantic solo with a baby on my lap. I can't decide which is better: a window seat or an aisle seat? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jul 3, 2014 - 22 answers

Will health insurance still pay for my baby's doc band if we stop early?

The provider of my baby's flat head fixing helmet submitted an insurance claim but it has not yet processed. If we quit treatment, will the provider tell the health insurance company? Will we have to pay the full amount out of pocket? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Jun 26, 2014 - 12 answers

What would you like to eat?

My brother and sister in law and 14 month old niece are coming to stay with us for one night this weekend. I want to make sure we have the right food. Or do I? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Jun 26, 2014 - 22 answers

Help a cis and trans lesbian couple make a baby.

Can you help a cis and trans lesbian couple try to have a baby? Looking for resources, forums, blogs, columns, articles, and anything else that might be helpful. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jun 26, 2014 - 5 answers

stop the blow outs

My daughter has suddenly started having "blow outs" nearly daily - help me fit her diapers better. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Jun 20, 2014 - 17 answers

The singleton is coming! Tips for infant+toddler

Baby #2 is coming at the beginning of August, and #1 will be almost 17 months. We're very excited, and wanted them close together, but I can't quite wrap my head around how it will actually work. So great hive what are your tips, tricks and experiences handling two under two, or two very close together? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jun 19, 2014 - 10 answers

The twins are coming!

My wife is pregnant with twins who are due in November. We currently have a boy who will be two at the end of July. We know nothing about managing new babies with a toddler, especially twins. How did you manage your (breastfed) twins, particularly if you had a toddler in the house. What did you learn that you wish you had known at the outset, even just in relation to a new baby and a toddler? What worked best for you for developing schedules and splitting duties? Do you have any recommendations for twin specific how-to books?
posted by OmieWise on Jun 17, 2014 - 10 answers

BDSM (Baby-Directed Scrubbing and Mopping)

My precious little moppet is turning my house into a pigsty, and I'm getting very frustrated with playing maid. Can I contain the mess a little? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jun 15, 2014 - 25 answers

Keep my baby from getting sick from the airplane

We traveled a couple of weeks ago, and my 7 month old got a respiratory virus and got very sick. Sent from pediatrician's office to ER to PICU sick. Based on timing, Occam's Razor says she caught it on the plane. We will be flying again in a few weeks. I would like practical tips for things we can do on the plane to minimize the risk of her getting sick again. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Get Me Some Hobbies

As per the title, but with a lot of restrictions: I have a 4mo baby so I can only leave the house for about an hour before she needs to nap again. The baby also has us down to one income so the hobby must be cheap. The baby is also unpredictable with naps, so anything that requires long intensive periods of concentration won't work. I have to be able to drop whatever I am doing with no notice. I also have a very chewy puppy, so I can't lay things out on the floor (or even on the table, really) or she will eat them. I am not keen to go outside while she sleeps as I can't hear her crying. What can I do with my time? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jun 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Daycare recommendations for infants in the Cambridge/Somerville area

Hi, my wife/partner/homie and I are going to be having a baby. He will emerge in August. Can you recommend daycare places (including home daycare providers) near Cambridge and Somerville that you've had good experiences with? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Please, please, please, please, please sleep.

Our 6 month old has never slept well. The sleep deprivation is destroying me. Is there anything we haven't thought of? Anything else we can try? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Jun 9, 2014 - 83 answers

Bringing Up Bilingual Bebe

Belatedly realizing that if we want my baby to grow up being able to speak a second language, I'm the one who's going to have to be the one to speak it to him all the time. I'm not great at this language. Practical tips on how to do this? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Jun 3, 2014 - 22 answers

What's normal, in an abnormal situation? NICU edition.

Help me better understand our NICU experience last year. Our baby was overall healthy (just early), and he's doing great. But as my second pregnancy progresses, I've been thinking about some residual anxiety and discomfort I have that comes up when I think about my son's time in the NICU and how we felt we were treated. Since our odds of ending up there with #2 are increased, just by the fact of #1 being early, I'd like to be prepared just in case. So I'm interested in perspectives/experiences from anyone who's spent some time in a NICU, as a parent, volunteer, employee, whatever. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on May 29, 2014 - 22 answers

Babycare secrets that you didn't even know to ask about.

We have a very new baby (as of two weeks ago) as an inveterate optimiser (read, lazy person) I am looking for all the little tips and tricks you have picked up for managing tiny babies. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on May 27, 2014 - 52 answers

How do I insure a newborn on short notice?

We just found out the baby we're having any day now is probably not eligible for medical care at birth on her mother's insurance plan. Help! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Can a baby fit in my new house

My wife and I have been looking for a bit fit a new house. We have found something great that meets every criteria, Except one. Upstairs there is one master bedroom and a study area that could not be used for anything else, Plus a robe and a bathroom. Downstairs there are 2 other bedrooms and a good living area etc. My question is, how do u make it work with a new baby? Is it possible to have the baby in tha main br for a few months, Then move the baby downstairs with an intercom, Or is that just stupidity? Is there another way to think about it? Appreciate any advice from those that have faced something similar, As the house is auctioned in 2 weeks.
posted by edtut on May 17, 2014 - 22 answers

Childbirth. What's up with that?

Next in the string of Major Life Events: getting this kid out of me. I feel like most of the resources out there (including the classes I was looking to for advice) are pitched toward people who have already decided whether or not to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth, especially here in granola-land. I don't know; I want the baby out and safe, but I don't care about being SuperMom; I am pretty sure there's no reason to be in pain if I don't have to be. I just want to be able to get through it and be with my husband and baby. Thoughts, experiences, advice? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on May 14, 2014 - 56 answers

New Parent here -- what kind of activity gym do I want?

I'm boring even myself with this question, but I am totally stuck on this -- which activity gym would my two month old like? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on May 9, 2014 - 20 answers

We both want a baby - but can't agree on when

My fiancee and I are getting married in August 2015, next year. We have had all the big talks about our future, including children. Previously, we were happy to wait until we were married to have children, but recently she has been changing her mind. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on May 5, 2014 - 36 answers

God damn it, you've got to be kind.

I'm expecting my first child in just a few days. Other than Vonnegut's [title], what are some good, creative, sweet, snarky, or famous things to say to a new born baby to welcome her to the world? [more inside]
posted by dmd on May 3, 2014 - 23 answers

Co-sleepers - worth the money?

Considering getting a bedside co-sleeper for my baby. Parents who've used these, were they worth the money in your experience? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Apr 25, 2014 - 26 answers

Trying to find or have made a replica of a family member's blankie

A family member is expecting her first kid and I was thinking about trying to either buy or have made a replica of her precious childhood blankie. Help me find it or figure out how to get a replica made. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Apr 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Beloved cat is responding horribly to new baby - give us your tips

Our cat has been puking multiple times a day since the arrival of our baby 4 weeks ago. She's been to the vet twice to rule out coincidental health issues - cat is healthy aside from the baby misery, kitty parents are at a loss for how to ease the transition, please help! [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Apr 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Let's all sing the most sanctimonious song ever written!

Baby WanKenobi loves the song Little Boxes. I think she likes it because it's bouncy. I love singing it because it's subversive and snarky. What other songs might we enjoy? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 12, 2014 - 54 answers

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