Women, what are some things you did after birth that helped you to become more self-sufficient in taking care of your child (i.e. not needing to have the father around all the time)? What are some things the father did to support you in this process? [more inside]
How do rechargeable AA batteries in C-battery sized spacers (like these) compare to standard C batteries? [more inside]
I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind. [more inside]
When to move with a newborn? [more inside]
Invitations for a (co-ed) baby shower. [more inside]
Babyfilter: If you could get a re-do on your labor and delivery, what would you do differently? [more inside]
What tips/lifehacks can you think of for the upcoming parents. Don't care how small the tips are - just avoid the obvious ones. [more inside]
Please tell me about your hypnobirthing experiences. I would like to hear if it worked for you or especially if it didn't - why and why not - and I am specifically looking for information about your hypnobirthing classes. [more inside]
Should I continue giving my baby breast milk, even if it's just a little? [more inside]
How much breastmilk do I really need to send to daycare each day? And how much should I have in the freezer? And all sorts of other questions. [more inside]
Blech. Why is our 10-month-old baby vomiting at night all of a sudden? More foul-smelling details after the jump... [more inside]
I'm a newbie to the world of photography, although it's something I've wanted to learn for awhile. Now that I have my first baby, it seems like a good time to get on the stick and try to figure out what I'm doing. I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
Different foods and breastfeeding - looking for real evidence. [more inside]
We just had twins. How soon can we expect one parent to be able to look after the two of them for a couple of hours without any help? [more inside]
I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
This is not my first baby. I am close to one week past my due date. No signs of labor. First, tell me how to survive because my first baby was here by now and I just cannot do this much longer. Second, why haven't I gone into labor yet and what if I don't? [more inside]
Can you help with our toddler's sleeping problems? [more inside]
New parents question - There are a few couples I'm friends with who are expecting babies momentarily. I'd love to do the right thing to help out, so what do you suggest? I'm thinking ideas for frozen meals to take over, small chores I can do in my free time for them, etc. [more inside]
Why do babies of other races seem to have an extra level of cuteness? [more inside]
Organic milk: what is the benefit? [more inside]
There was a vaudeville dog act in the Broadway play "Sugar Babies" that I saw back about 1980. It was a comedian with a bassett hound. Does anyone remember who it was? Or a youtube link?
I was the anonymous asker of this question. Things have moved on a little bit since then. Looking for a way forward. [more inside]
I'm afraid I may have to find a new home for my dog, and I'm really brokenhearted about it. How can I best make this decision? [more inside]
BabyFilter: is there any medical evidence that it's bad for babies to sit or stand before they can get into those positions on their own?
BabyFilter: is there any medical evidence that it's bad for babies to sit or stand before they can get into those positions on their own? [more inside]
I am in need of birth control but extremely intolerant to hormonal methods. I need something more reliable than just condoms. I've been on pretty much every brand of pill and any hormonal methods seem to give me unmanageable depression and yeast infections that never ever go away. I do not ever want kids and would get sterilized only I can't afford it. I have heard about copper IUDs but I've heard a lot of things about women have stupidly heavy flows and awful unmanegable cramps with them. I'm concerned about a heavier flow because I"m prone to anemia. Does anyone have any advice? Any expirience with the copper IUD's, or has had similar hormonal issues but found a brand of pill that works well with no side effects?
This pregnancy is so different from the last one, and I feel weird. [more inside]
My 1-year old daughter sucks her thumb, and when she does so she likes to put her free hand--or, equally pleasurably, my hand--around the opposing ear. Why do these two actions go together? Is there a scientific and/or psychodynamic explanation? [more inside]
What should my husband and I do in the year before we have a baby? [more inside]
I'm 29 and my partner is 31. We want to start a family. We don't have a lot of money, but we're doing OK. Details inside. [more inside]
Dealing with the baby's regularly scheduled freakout. [more inside]
My brother's having a baby. Shouldn't I be a little more excited about it? [more inside]
Book-filter: My husband and I are expecting our first child in early May. He would like a book on parenting, especially along the everything-you-need-to-know-about-infants perspective, as he has never really been exposed to babies. [more inside]
What is an infant feeder? My wife's former boss (mid 60's I guess) said that when she had her kid she didn't wake up in the night to feed him, she just hooked an infant feeder up to his crib and put some formula and rice cereal in it and the baby would feed himself. It sounds like something a hamster drinks out of, but for babies. I have googled and not been able to find anything but this picture that I am not sure is what this lady was talking about. Do you know what this thing is and can you tell me about it?
Why do babies/young children need help falling asleep? Why do most of them need to be taught or trained to sleep through the night? [more inside]
Any ideas for gifts from California (or US in general perhaps)? The gift will be for an American (not Californian) living long-term in Europe. Has family with babies. [more inside]
They say breast is best, but... after 8+ weeks of constant pain and struggling, I don't know what to do. Breastfeeding isn't working for us, but I'm strangely conflicted about giving it up. How do I reconcile these things? [more inside]
Any idea where I can find baby clothes like these (see inside) online? [more inside]
I need diaper-changing tips and tricks [more inside]
When a baby appears in a movie/tv show, do they put makeup on it? [more inside]
Do I need to birth more "family" for my son, or should I let this panic pass? [more inside]
Attention TWINS!!! Never had twins in the family, now there are 2 fraternal girls on the way. We're excited for the special things they'll experience as twins, but only know the obvious things (share a womb, always have a playmate, share clothes, etc). Please share: What are some cool things about being a twin? [more inside]
My (toddler?) 16 mo old son has developed a new habit at bath time: standing. While he has been a little hesitant to go walking solo outside the tub -- inside the tub he has suddenly become enthralled with the idea. Any suggestions on how to handle what has become a standing.. sponge bath? [more inside]
My close friend is about to give birth to a baby girl. I'd love to do things for her (babysit, cook dinners, help with groceries) but since she lives across the country, a gift will have to suffice. She's already had a baby shower where she received swings, slings, pumps, bottles, blankets, tons and tons of pink baby clothing, etc, so I'd rather not get her any more of that stuff. Additionally, I'm her least traditional friend (read: happily unmarried, childless, liberal New Yorker) and I think she's looking forward to getting some sort of "alternative," gender neutral, really different baby gift from me. I'd like to deliver, but I have no ideas. I'd love some website/store/product recommendations. Where do new moms who hate Baby Gap and gender specific clothes and frilly baby things shop? Thank you!
What's a good picture book to help a toddler understand pregnancy and/or get ready for a new baby sibling? [more inside]
Need ideas for a "flying-on-a-helluva-long-plane-ride-for-the-first-time-with-our-baby" survival kit. Ideas? [more inside]
My wife has (inevitably terminal) cancer, but we are considering trying to have a baby -- need some help identifying and giving thought to moral, ethical, and medical concerns. My family and friends are too close to the situation to give unbiased advice. [more inside]
Help me understand the joy/value/satisfaction of having children [more inside]
I always thought I wanted kids. Then I spent ten days alone with my niece, and now I am pretty sure I would rather have a hole in my head. Am I rightly discouraged? Or am I just getting cold feet? [more inside]
I went to the doctor today and I have confirmation that I'm pregnant. How can I make the most out of the remaining ~32 weeks for me, my husband, and my new child? [more inside]
I can remember lying down in the back of station wagons and pickup trucks, but what did we do in the VW?
How did kids under 2 travel in cars before car seats were the norm, particularly on long trips? My mom recalls tots in the lap and something called a 'car bed' (got any pictures?). Would little ones get lap-belted in to prevent them from falling off the seat on corner-turns?