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Japan with an infant - now or later?

We want to take our 3 month old to Japan. Should we go ASAP or wait for better weather? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Audiobooks for a preemie in the NICU?

I have a dear friend whose son has been in the NICU since June 25th. He's responded incredibly well to classical music, Aphex Twin and loves other types of "light" stimulation, especially anything with repetitive patterns/sounds (he cries when bath time ends, for example, and loves watching a little light/music toy that we hold outside his crib). They're exhausted from coming up with ideas for things to play/do with him within his very limited environment, and he is immune-compromised so most "typical" baby toys are out. Downloadable via Audible.com a plus! [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Dec 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Indonesian speakers on the green?

I'm looking for the appropriate translation of a couple of key but relatively obscure phrases for our visit to Indonesia with a baby in tow in a month's time. We'll be in Bali. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I make blended baby meat less bitter without sugar?

Blended baby meat - from the store or blended myself - tastes bitter and unpleasant. What are some good ways to make it taste better without using a sugar-heavy sauce?
posted by clawsoon on Nov 29, 2014 - 14 answers

How much help will we need with C-section recovery?

Mrs. Awesome is having a baby very soon! Yay! At this point it's likely to be a C-section - not our first choice, but we'll roll with it if we have to. I understand the recovery can be a bit rough; I'll be around for a month or so after the birth, but will we need more help than just me? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome on Nov 20, 2014 - 33 answers

How can we ensure our families feel involved in the birth of our baby?

We've been concentrating so much on the actual physical labor part of the birth that we are now (3 weeks out!) realizing that we want to give some consideration to the emotional part, and come up with ideas to make our families feel loved and included. [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre on Nov 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Activites for the mobility challenged within an hour of so of SF

I'm looking for ideas for things to do with my in-laws and my six week old baby that require basically zero walking. [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Get those #)(*% babies off the #($*%&$ plane!

Would you take your 4 month old baby on an overseas flight? We want to fly to Europe next the fall, probably an 8 hour flight from where we are. We're also having our first baby in the spring. We feel like it would be an adventure (!) that could maybe be a bad idea. Has anyone flown overseas and had it gone very well or very terribly? Anything we should know? We are trying to imagine our lives post-baby and we very much want travel to be a part of it, but is 4 months too young? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 2, 2014 - 33 answers

Stop hurting your sister!

11 month old "Grabby" touches 3,5 year old "Argh"'s toys, Argh reacts by pushing or dragging Grabby away. Inevitably, Grabby ends up hurt. Mom yells, banishes Argh to room. Everyone feels bad. Cycle repeats. Oviously, Mom is Doing It Wrong. What now? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 21, 2014 - 35 answers

Perfect gift for a brand new Human who fought through a rough patch?

My very best bestie in the whole wide world just had a baby girl. Hooray! The first week of her little life was Very, Very Scary, but the stubborn little nugget fought her way through and is now home and safe and ready to get on with Life and Growing and Becoming a Someone. I've already made a donation in her name to the amazing children's hospital that saved her life, but I'd like to send a physical gift for the little monkey, too. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Oct 17, 2014 - 21 answers

Non-homeopathic, safe, effective teething relief?

We're looking for some proven, effective relief for our 4-month-old's gums as her teeth come in. It seems like it's impossible to find something that is both medically legitimate and doesn't contain benzocaine. We're open to herbal remedies if they're supported by more than anecdote, but we are not interested in homeopathy for our child. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Help us name our baby!

We're having a baby next week and need help picking between two names. Looking for advice and experience relating to full names vs. nicknames . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2014 - 39 answers

Thailand, including babies!

This Christmastime, as a side excursion from another trip, my family is going to Bangkok and Hua Hin, for a few days each. "Family" here includes my infant son, who will be about seven months old, as well as my wife and in-laws. Huzzah! I now have two related questions. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Will I know it when I hear it? Is there a magical name for my baby...

We are about a 10 days away from having our baby girl And I can't help but think the right name will just come to us in some sort of magical, "that's her name!" sort of way. I think I may have exhausted every name search site and we just can't agree....plus now I hate all our top choices [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2014 - 100 answers

Postpartum Depression vs. Sleep Deprivation

I've struggled on and off with postpartum depression since Toddler Maarika was born, but things seem a bit more dire now that I'm on month 21 of sleep deprivation. Last week I had two blissful nights of 7 straight hours of sleep and felt amazing, but now we're back to the standard multiple wake ups per night. Is it worth trying medication for depression when the root cause is likely chronic sleep deprivation? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Oct 6, 2014 - 29 answers

Should we make our wedding kid-friendly? If so, how?

Most of our friends have kids under age five. We're considering whether and how to make our wedding a kid-friendly event. Have you seen this done? Have you tried it? As a parent, what would help? Or do you just want a night out? Would anything make you more likely to stay overnight for more fun the next day? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 6, 2014 - 39 answers

Mastering the impromptu nap?

I want to be able to nap at any point during the day, but I can't make myself go to sleep. Any tricks for napping at will? Difficulty level: I've got a newborn. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 1, 2014 - 27 answers

This is Halloween, This is Halloween...

Where's the best place online to buy quality baby Halloween costumes? [more inside]
posted by erst on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Help keep my hyper baby happy

My wonderful almost-seven-month-old is very, very active. All the "things to do with your baby" websites/books assume the baby will just sit there quietly. What did/do you do with your little livewire to keep them amused? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Sep 26, 2014 - 36 answers

Babies in bars in Indiana

My family just moved to Tippecanoe County in Indiana, and we're baffled by the seemingly arbitrary rules that dictate when babies are and are not allowed in bars and restaurants. [more inside]
posted by parkin on Sep 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Please help me tell good friends to not touch my newborn baby

I am a new mom to a six week old baby. My husband and I are part of a close group of friends we haven't seen in a while. They're eager to meet this baby and we'd like to let that happen next weekend. However, please help me firmly yet politely tell them they can't touch her until she's a little bigger. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Sep 19, 2014 - 56 answers

Baby sleep problems galore with generally-great baby! What to do?

12.5-month-old Supercoolbaby was a very good sleeper from early on (she slept through the night at 2 months and carried on with that until about 10 months, but never more than 2 wakeups during the night), but recently some problems have developed. Would love your thoughts/advice. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Sep 15, 2014 - 18 answers

Sending a gift to someone in NYC

Dear NYC-ers, I need to have a new baby gift delivered to someone. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Can Molly be a nickname for Margaret?

We are looking into baby names, and really like the nickname Molly. I thought Molly was a nickname for Margaret, but apparently it has traditionally been a nickname for Mary. Would it be weird to name our baby Margaret, but call her Molly? Should we just name her Molly?
posted by crunchysalty on Sep 6, 2014 - 39 answers

Movies About Childbirth, Doulas, The Affect of Babies on Marriage

Hey There Brilliant People! Could you please send me any film, tv or play suggestions that are about women going through pregnancy, the affect that has on their marriage, and women who work with doulas and midwives while pregnant? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 4, 2014 - 10 answers

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 - 4 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

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