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Reasonable Risk or Terrible Parenting Idea?

Can we go to a Halloween party at the house right next door with the 10-month-old baby asleep in our house with the alarm on and baby monitor in our hands? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Oct 20, 2016 - 80 answers

Can we name our baby "Kermit"?

Teradude and I are expecting Terababy in about three weeks. We do not know the sex and are trying to settle on names. If baby is a boy, can we name him Kermit, or would that doom our child to a life of ridicule and disgrace? The last name will be a common American last name, think Smith or Jones though neither of those. The middle name would be a more common, less Muppety man's name.
posted by teragram on Oct 18, 2016 - 134 answers

My boyfriend doesn't like life with me and our baby.

I found out my bf has been telling a female coworker he's unhappy with me and our newborn baby. I am hurt and angry. Now what? [more inside]
posted by piranna on Oct 14, 2016 - 33 answers

Baby-Friendly Meeting Spot in Manhattan?

I've got a new baby and a friend coming to town who wants to meet this baby on Friday! Friend has a tight time window and needs to meet in Manhattan somewhere in-between Midtown and the West Village. I have no idea where to go. [more inside]
posted by yearly on Oct 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Baby Grabbyhands

My six month old constantly grabs at my face and pulls my hair, especially while nursing. What specific toys / objects / techniques have worked for you to distract a grabby baby? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Oct 7, 2016 - 20 answers

Maternity leave for managers

Managers of Metafilter, how did you handle coverage for your maternity leave? If all goes according to plan, I'm going to tell my boss that I'm pregnant next week, and I'd like to have some ideas/suggestions for her when she starts wondering how to handle my leave. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Push it to MAXIMUM BABY!!!

Question about babies, feelings, and friendships! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Sep 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Please help us have a great family vacation!

We're planning to visit far-flung family with our young toddler: where should we go, and what do we need to know? Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR areas. [more inside]
posted by teremala on Sep 24, 2016 - 11 answers

Should we name a kid after a dead guinea pig?

Would it be OK to name the kid after a dead pet? Were you named after a pet? Did you name your kid after a pet? We like the names, but we don't want to weird the kid out when they're older. [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Sep 22, 2016 - 98 answers

How to dress a baby for fall in NYC: babywearing filter

My partner and I are visiting family in NYC for Thanksgiving from San Diego with our 7-month old son. How do we dress him to stay warm while babywearing as we navigate the city? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Sep 20, 2016 - 18 answers

Detailed Information on Babies' Development and Games to Play with Them!

I have a relatively new baby (almost ten weeks old) and she is amazing! I didn't think a baby would be this much fun! I'm looking for very detailed (ideally week by week) information on how she is developing and what games I can play with her that we will both find enjoyable ("games" defined very broadly e.g. "watching her eyes track a moving object" and "trying to grasp something with her tiny paw" both count as games for these purposes). [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Sep 13, 2016 - 17 answers

Rhymes with this is hard

I need your help naming our (most likely female) baby. We are stuck and looking for a strong, classic name. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Sep 13, 2016 - 74 answers

I've got a bun in the oven! What to serve with that?

Freezer food before baby arrives - What did you guys make ahead of time that you really enjoyed? What did you wish you'd prepped? What food did people bring you for new-baby time that was much appreciated? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Sep 10, 2016 - 21 answers

Should my pediatrician have visited us in the hospital?

We spent Friday through today in the hospital with my 6 week old, who was running a high fever. (Everything turned out fine.) Our pediatrician is part of a bigger practice with a dozen other pediatricians, all of whom are affiliated with the hospital and are regularly at the hospital, on the same floor, to see new babies after they are born. Am I wrong to be bothered that none of the pediatricians (neither the specific one we see, nor any of her colleagues in the practice), came to visit/check on my baby the entire weekend? [more inside]
posted by curtains on Sep 5, 2016 - 35 answers

A song of... a lifetime?

My baby is turning one next month. To mark her first year of life, I'm mashing together 365 one-second video clips (one for each day of her life). Can you help me find the perfect background song? Some criteria beneath the fold... [more inside]
posted by Cat Face on Aug 25, 2016 - 13 answers

I've spent my whole life trying NOT to get pregnant

What are some good resources for getting in the right mental space to have a child? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 13, 2016 - 37 answers

MMR Vaccine only partially administered to infant - what next?

My pediatrician's office accidentally gave my one year old a partial MMR vaccine and now wants to give her a repeat dose. [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Aug 11, 2016 - 18 answers

Ferber/nap adjustment for 1 year old

My old year old is beginning to fight her naps, and wakes up very upset. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Aug 8, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I heal from an abusive relationship with a child involved?

[Trigger Warning] I have a child with someone I consider my abuser. How do I navigate the situation when having a mediator isn't possible? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Aug 7, 2016 - 25 answers

How do I answer the (apartment building) door with a newborn?

What's the safest way to deal with having a newborn baby and needing to manually open the door, on another floor, to my apartment building several times a day? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Aug 1, 2016 - 26 answers

Work appropriate plus-size nursing dresses and tops?

Where can I find plus-size nursing clothes (ideally dresses but tops too) that I can wear to work? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Avoiding the Pinterest Fail, baby portrait edition

How hard is it, really, to do your own newborn photography for baby announcements? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jul 25, 2016 - 20 answers

Best scanner for copious quantities of paper photo snapshots.

I need the best scanner to process thousands of 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" family snap shots. Money is no object. [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 24, 2016 - 9 answers

But my own baby's cries will be music to my ears

My husband is incredibly sensitive to noise, in particular any sound that disrupts his sleep. I am nervous about how he will react to our future child's cries and concerned that he has unrealistic expectations around quieting a baby. He disagrees. How can I calm down about this in advance and/or help in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2016 - 58 answers

Not-as-popular books for a 0-2 year old.

A friend is expecting a baby and the baby shower host is suggesting baby books as the present. I expect some guests will wind up buying the same books ("...and another Goodnight Moon!") and I don't want it to be me, so do you have any recommendations for less-popular baby books?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 9, 2016 - 66 answers

The 2nd child - lessons learned, tricks 'n stuff to help the older kid?

We've got a wee baby boy on the way and our first child - a girl - is, well, not super-excited about this potential usurper invading her space. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Jul 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Grabby baby meets mom with personal space issues

My 7.5 month old baby explores the world with his hands and feet... I don't like to be grabbed. Help. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Jun 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Developmental assessment when a baby is tired

I had some concerns about my 7-month-old not meeting his gross motor milestones, and I set up an evaluation with our state's Early Intervention program. The team was late and by the time they showed up at our house, my son was way overdue for his nap and very tired; when the team was done, my son nursed himself to sleep in about 30 seconds. The team agreed he had some mild motor delays, not enough to warrant services. But then the developmental therapist, who did her evaluation last and was looking at some combination of cognitive and fine motor skills, said my son was three to four months delayed. This came as a big shock, since we hadn't had any concern in those areas, and obviously worries me. While I wait to ask the DT who will be assigned to us, I'm hoping the hive mind can help me tease out what effects my son's exhaustion might have had on this evaluation. Specific concerns and questions are under the fold. [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman on Jun 22, 2016 - 18 answers

We are grateful, really grateful - we just had too much going on.

My baby is four months old, and due to a plethora of reasons, we never ended up sending out thank you cards after the baby shower. I know there's a period of time after which you just don't... but is it too late to send out thank birth announcements? What is the best way to show our appreciation for the gifts we were given for the baby months later? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jun 22, 2016 - 42 answers

Preemie Prep

It looks like my friend's wife will be having a premature baby any day now - suggestions on thoughtful, considerate gifts? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jun 21, 2016 - 17 answers

Baby Model

Everyone thinks their kid is gorgeous. Our baby really is a cute baby. We've had strangers ask if our baby does baby modeling enough times to start to consider it. We'd like to look into the possibility of having our baby do some modeling, but we have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2016 - 17 answers

Vacation that's driving distance from Montreal? With 1 year old?

So this summer, we're all off for the last two weeks of July. We originally didn't plan a vacation because our budget has been tight, but we now have a little wiggle room and would like to do a short getaway with our 12 month old daughter. We'd like to stay in Canada due to the exchange rate, and would prefer to stay within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal for baby. Where can we go? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Jun 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Give me your best baby puns!

I'm hosting a baby shower tomorrow for my sister and brother-in-law, both of whom are terrific punsters. Help me shower them with as many groaners as possible! [more inside]
posted by summit on Jun 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Toddler Safety at a Lakefront Vacation Rental House

Please suggest tips and gear for keeping an active toddler safe for a week's vacation at a lakefront rental house. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 16, 2016 - 35 answers

Where in the Southern hemisphere would you take a 10-month old baby?

Boyfriend and I are planning on taking our (blessedly low-maintenance so far) will-be-10-month old on an international family vacation come Thanksgiving, for about 16 days. We are well-traveled, but newbie parent-travelers. Which is the most practical country(ies) within Africa/ South America/ Oceania with regard to experiencing much of what the region has to offer, in which to travel with a baby? I hope I'm asking the right questions in my post below. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jun 13, 2016 - 7 answers

How to handle an episode of aggression by cat toward baby

Our older female cat just got annoyed with the baby and tried to bite the baby. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Another Baby Sleep Question.

I believe I have the worst sleeper ever. Help. [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Jun 9, 2016 - 47 answers

Flight with formula fed, crawling baby

I'm finding mixed facts and advice regarding how much prepared formula you can bring on international flights? I am flying solo with a 10 month old (first flight) next month and I'm trying to figure out if I can put water into 3 seperate bottles (4 oz each), if I can pre-mix some of the formula, and how much. I am trying to avoid making the bottles after I go through security as I will be on my own and making bottles before/during flight seems impossible especially if I have to buy chilled water. She will drink room temperature water so the only thing I can think is to fill her bottles with mixed formula or just water so that it is room temperature on the plane. I am very stressed about traveling alone for the first time so I am trying to make it easier on mylsef. We have a connecting flight that allows us 45 minutes in order to reach our international destination (the flights are 2.5 & 3 hours long), right around bed time so she will need about 4 bottles. Also, should I bring my stroller even though we dont have time on lay over, it seems if I gate check it I worry it will hold me up waiting on it, when I just need it for the destination.
posted by MamaBee223 on Jun 8, 2016 - 21 answers

Should I give my baby a middle name?

Just had a beautiful and healthy baby boy a bit earlier than expected, and my husband and I are still trying to decide IF we'd like to give him a middle name. Thoughts on if? (Followup extra credit question: if yes, then what?) [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn on Jun 5, 2016 - 70 answers

Explain bottle-feeding a breastfed baby as if I were also a tiny baby

My parents are visiting to meet my 3 week-old baby, and we're all hoping they can introduce a bottle of breast milk to her while I run errands. Can some seasoned parents please explain the finer points of how and when to pump so that I don't mess up my milk supply and breastfeeding relationship with my baby? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jun 2, 2016 - 20 answers

I want Ali Wong's glasses!

I watched Ali Wong's Netflix special last night. I LOVED her glasses and want to know who makes them and if anyone sells them. So do a lot of other people. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on May 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Service-based new baby gift in London

My brother and his wife are expecting their first child any day now. I want to get them a service-type gift they can use to make their lives easier post-baby. [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on May 26, 2016 - 13 answers

International travel (zika positive zone) with 11 month old- Panama?

I understand this is more of personal or professional question but I am really torn about whether or not to take our 11 month old on our trip to Panama in 2 months. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on May 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Clothing babies; politely disseminating a baby registry

Mr. liet and I are expecting a baby in July, and as he'll be our first baby, and I have absolutely zero experience with other people's babies, I have questions. The AskMe archives have covered most of them, but I'm curious about two things: how much and what kind of clothing we should have on hand, and how to disseminate our registry without throwing a baby shower. [more inside]
posted by liet on May 20, 2016 - 36 answers

Nicely asking for no hospital visits after baby

How can I nicely let people know that we don't want any visits in the hospital after my baby is born? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on May 20, 2016 - 27 answers

What should two picky parents name our baby girl?

Another baby naming question (girl edition). Parental disagreement and other special criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on May 17, 2016 - 115 answers

Godbaby's christening gift

What should we get our godbaby for his christening present? [more inside]
posted by mgrrl on May 3, 2016 - 10 answers

If you could move anywhere for 6 months to a year where would you go?

We currently live in the US Virgin Islands. We have a healthy little 15-month old boy and we are hoping for a +/-2 year difference in age for our 2nd, so family planning begins now. Zika is expected to rip around the Caribbean islands for the foreseeable future. That means we have to move. [more inside]
posted by karst on Apr 27, 2016 - 17 answers

To helmet or not to helmet - plagiocephaly in 8 month old

So my dear sweet 8 month old has moderate positional plagiocephaly, and the specialist we saw yesterday suggested getting at least a consultation for helmet therapy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Leaving 1 year old for a week with grandparents, good or bad idea?

Our daughter will turn 1 in August, and we have been invited to a friend's wedding in Italy (we are in the US), so we would need about 7-9 days. We normally take her with us on travels, but it's too much of a long travel flight time for her as she hasn't been on a plane yet, so bringing her is out of the question. We did want to go on a vacation just us two after her 1 year so it kind of works out perfectly. But, I'm afraid now that the time is come that she is too young, and that it will be too hard on her (and me), and I feel a tiny bit guilty leaving her. We could really use a vacation to relax and reconnect. My mother (her grandmother) is her caretaker during the week because we both work full time, so they are very comfortable with one another and I trust her completely. Has anyone traveled that long without your baby, how did it turn out?
posted by MamaBee223 on Apr 26, 2016 - 27 answers

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