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Dealing with Reflux in Infants

How can we help our 4 month old son feel more comfortable while bottle feeding if he does indeed have GER? Bonus question: how long might it last? (more info inside) [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Feb 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Protective, loving dogs and vulnerable, little babies

Our dog of six years is very loving and smart, but he's also overly protective and skiddish. What kind of problems will this create if my wife and I decide to have a baby? Has anyone had experience introducing newborns to over-protective pups? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Feb 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Am I changing my mind or wasting his time?

My partner wants kids, but I've always been opposed to the idea. He's making me question that, though. How do I know if it's a real change of heart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 - 31 answers

How do I keep smokey mits off my baby?

I have a newly born baby and need to stop smokers asking to hold the baby(without taking pre-cautions) without causing offense. How can I do this without being rude or hurting my very loving friends who don't know anything about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 - 49 answers

Raw fish for my baby?

When is it OK to feed my baby sashimi? [more inside]
posted by lottie on Dec 15, 2008 - 28 answers

Punk rock / indie tunes about babies?

Any good indie or punk rock songs about babies, young children as tributes or goofs? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Dec 14, 2008 - 43 answers

"I have the power to save the one you love! You must choose!"

Completely random question that's kinda hard to look up on Google: If you take your beloved toddler or puppy (or perhaps kitty too) and make it decide between going to you as you call for it, or going to someone else that calls for it, who equally has the subject's affections, what choice does it ultimately make? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Dec 3, 2008 - 14 answers

Advice for baby portraits sought.

I'm taking my 5 month old daughter to have pictures taken at JC Penny. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Nov 24, 2008 - 14 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

"This is a picture of daddy getting thrown out of a plasmatics show"

I am going to a friend's baby shower this saturday and he's an old punk. I was going to get him a misfits onsie, but my dickweed friend stole my idea. So- I am looking for something better that I can get in the East Bay or shipped to me before saturday. Any ideas?
posted by Large Marge on Oct 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Pros and Cons of Medela and Ameda Pumps

Have you used both the Ameda Purely Yours and the Medela Pump in Style Advanced? Which do you prefer and why? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Printing Books for Babies?

Are there any online services that will allow me to print custom books that can withstand the awesome destructive force of a small child? [more inside]
posted by larsks on Sep 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me name my impending baby?

I'm looking for suggestions for monosyllabic girl names that are more unique/interesting than things like "Ann" or "Jane" or "Sue" but still familiar enough that my as-yet-unnamed fetus won't have to go through life spelling out BOTH her first and last names for people. (She'll have my husband's last name to deal with--something like Dziewolrgjeoaezkxyzski.) [more inside]
posted by mere on Sep 6, 2008 - 83 answers

Do I want to live in Daddy Day Care?

What sort of agreements should I make or information should I consider before moving into an apartment that would be used as a daycare during the day when my roommate and I aren't around? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Aug 20, 2008 - 34 answers

Costumes for my clones!

What can my triplet infants be for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Aug 7, 2008 - 56 answers

How did having a baby change your life?

How did having a baby change your life? I'm intentionally leaving the question as broad as it is and would love to hear your answers, mothers and fathers; but especially in regard to how it may have changed you, as a person. My wife is expecting in 5 weeks, I feel both tremendous excitement, but also a slight anxiety as I know my life will never be the same.
posted by razzman on Jul 22, 2008 - 33 answers

Drunk Dad at hookup = no kid or damaged kid?

Does a father's moderate drinking, around insemination, affect conception rates or baby health? I've googled aplenty, but the info that I've found is consistently of poor quality, with lots of assertions and opinions but no data regarding actual outcomes, either for conception rates or a baby's development. I'm not interested in stories about damaged sperm, but rather solid evidence about babies, either the lack of babies or damage to their health. And I'm talking about consumption levels comfortably within the moderate range, so alcholic malnutrition and whatnot don't factor in. Thanks!
posted by NortonDC on Jun 14, 2008 - 10 answers

A good combination bike trailer/jogging stroller?

Can you recommend a good combination bike trailer/jogging stroller. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jun 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Name that pug

Help me with a name for a six week old black pug. We're stumped. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on May 28, 2008 - 100 answers

Hack My Baby

Give me your baby hacks! My wife and I are expecting our first child in November. What tips and tricks can you offer us to make our lives a lot easier? For example, a friend of mine swears that putting a crying baby in front of a mirror will cause it to stop. Another uses noise cancelling headphones to temper the noise from his shrieking child. I am looking for hacks on everything from diaper changing to stroller modifications. Make our lives easier as we enter into parenthood.
posted by jasondigitized on May 20, 2008 - 46 answers

What books do you recommend for babies and toddlers?

What are your recommendations for good baby and toddler books in English? [more inside]
posted by k8t on May 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Where Do Babies(' Names) Come From?

What influences trends in baby names? And why have popular girls names changed more over the past 20+ years than boys names? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on May 11, 2008 - 65 answers

Exposing your kid to behaviors you disagree with?

What do you do once you have a kid and family problem stakes seem higher, i.e. you're concerned about exposing your child things that go against what you believe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2008 - 27 answers

Tips and trick for organizing kids' room!

I'm helping a friend with her baby room this weekend and am looking for tips about working with a limited space and organizing it for two kids! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Gifts for new parents

Calling all parents! I'm due to become an uncle in December and with the holidays coming up I want to get my sister and brother-in-law some baby/parent-related gifts. What items did you find indispensable after your baby arrived? Please assume that all the major staples have been acquired at the Baby Shower... I'm looking for the type of thing that you never thought of or realized you needed until after the baby was home.
posted by 27 on Nov 27, 2007 - 42 answers

Pat-a-cake; The Itsy Bitsy Spider ... and ....?

Pat-a-cake; The Itsy Bitsy Spider ... and ....? Can you suggest some traditional rhymes/games with motions like the two above that I can play with my 16 month old son. Preferably things that can be done lying down (so Head Shoulder Knees and Toes won't work well).
posted by anastasiav on Nov 20, 2007 - 29 answers

FridgeMagnetFilter

Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 13, 2007 - 9 answers

What don't I know about having twins?

What do you wish you'd known about having twins? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Nov 6, 2007 - 21 answers

Make my dogs and baby get along

Mrs In_Oz is pregnant. We have two good natured, but enormous wolf-hound cross mastiff dogs. Since we have a bit of time up our sleeves, is there anything that we can do to assist in the inevitable integration of baby to beast? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Sep 25, 2007 - 14 answers

It's just so ear-rational!

Why do babies pull their ears when they are tired? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Aug 6, 2007 - 11 answers

What was the comic where DC superheroes appeared as babies?

I remember reading as a young kid - in about 1985/6 - a comic book starring the cast of the Justice League of America as babies or toddlers. I'm not sure of the specifics, like if it was actually the JLA, but it definitely had cute little baby versions of all the favourite DC staples: Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman and the Flash. Does anyone else remember this? Am I imagining the whole thing? What was it called and where can I find a copy? [more inside]
posted by joshnunn on Jun 19, 2007 - 8 answers

BABY? YEA or NAY?

I'm on the fence about having a BABY! Please see more inside. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on May 22, 2007 - 40 answers

How do you know when its time to have a child?

How do you know when its time to have a child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2007 - 27 answers

Breast-feeding mores in St. Louis

How do I politely breast-feed my baby while visiting in St. Louis, Missouri? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Mar 21, 2007 - 14 answers

fetal soup w/ ginger and orange peel

FetusSoupFilter: Looking for an exhaustive report into a terrifying rumor about Chinese diet that seems to have more legs than any report of infanto-cannibalism should. [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Mar 10, 2007 - 30 answers

I don't hate babies, but . . .

What should I say/do to be polite about someone's baby? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Feb 9, 2007 - 44 answers

Reproductivity Tech: Good or Evil?

Reproductive Technologies: Pros and cons [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Feb 7, 2007 - 6 answers

99 bottles of breastmilk down the drain

Tricks for getting a breast-fed baby to delight in the joys of a breastmilk filled bottle? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Jan 6, 2007 - 17 answers

Why do I call a pacifier a "goots"?

Anybody else grow up calling a pacifier, a "goots"? I'm not sure if I'm spelling it correctly, but that's how it sounds (rhymes with boots). I'm not Jewish, but that word sounds Yiddish to me. Now I've got a kid of my own, and everybody thinks I'm crazy because I call it a goots. Is it a name brand? West Michigan Polish/Italian slang? Or what?
posted by elvissinatra on Dec 26, 2006 - 24 answers

Udderly Ridiculous!

Is it possible to over-breastfeed a baby? She's 6 weeks old and nurses, oh, like 10-12 hours a day at least. I think she's at the breast more than she's asleep. [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Dec 5, 2006 - 22 answers

Babies and beards and changing appearances

Possibly stupid question about having a beard and a baby at the same time, and then not having a beard. [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Nov 29, 2006 - 30 answers

International Baby Colours?

What colours do other cultures use for babies? Here we have baby blue & pink. Do other cultures also have colours that are used for newborns, or is that specific to Western culture?
posted by Salmonberry on Oct 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me decide whether to have a baby or study medicine first.

My partner and I really want to procreate. I also want to go to medical school. I've spoken to friends about this, to gather several schools-of-thought that might be useful in making some kind of decision as to the timing of these two things. Now I'm turning to you. Which should we do first? [more inside]
posted by mjao on Oct 18, 2006 - 49 answers

babababababababa

Is there a name for the gesture/vocalization that consists of flapping your finger up and down between your lips while making sound with your vocal cords? It comes out as something like "wawawawawawa" or "bababababa" and is often done by people as a way to entertain/communicate with babies. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Why is my baby's sleep inconsistent?

I have a 7 month old son. We love him to death, but he's currently driving us crazy with his wildly inconsistent sleeping habits. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2006 - 26 answers

Sick of thinking of baby names! Help!

Help my wife and I pick a middle name for our daughter [more inside]
posted by tbrowne76 on Aug 3, 2006 - 55 answers

maybe i should just get a realistic doll

How to sate my baby lust without actually having a baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2006 - 40 answers

Serious business.

What's so special about baby skin? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Apr 14, 2006 - 18 answers

Playgroups in Dublin

We are moving to Dublin with our eight-month old baby and I'm finding it difficult to find information on playgroups, nursery rhyme groups etc. Does anyone know of any? Generally, what sort of social activites are there for new Mums in the city?
posted by Mrs.Doyle on Apr 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Babies.

I need soundfiles of baby babble to dub over a movie. Where can I get these?
posted by thirteenkiller on Mar 23, 2006 - 6 answers

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