I'm really hoping I'm just worrying for nothing. We have a ten month old baby girl. She is a very heavy baby. Compared to her little playmates, she doesn't seem anywhere near as developed. [more inside]
I am looking for suggestions for an appropriate winter gift for a currently 6-month old baby who lives in South Dakota. [more inside]
I have a long layover in SFO next week just before a very long trans-Pacific flight. Of the time I have there, I have about 5 hours total I can spend in the city (after transport each way). I have two goals: tire out my 1-year-old, and meet up with some friends for drinks and snacks. Can you help me plan where to go for these? [more inside]
My 4 month old sweet little girl decided about 2 weeks ago she didn't want to sleep her usual 5-7 hours through the night, and now wakes up every hour or two needing help getting back to sleep, and it's killing me :( Our bedtime routine consist of bottle, bath, then rock until she's asleep at between 7-8 pm. She would sleep until 1-3 am for a feed and then sleep again until 6-7am...not anymore and it's continued for a couple weeks. She uses a pacifier which is the biggest culprit, and she is still swaddled. It's a vicious cycle, re-swaddle her tight, the paci falls out she wakes up crying, or even the paci will still be in and she will drop it just waking up grunting and wiggling around and then it falls out. She is a very active sleeper, I feel like she's trying to get out of the swaddle all night. Usually I have to pick her up and rock her back to sleep or get up to pat her back put the paci back in. [more inside]
I am 25 weeks pregnant, and was just admitted to the hospital with an incompetent cervix (IC). My condition is stable, but this is a stressful time for us and I'm looking for some help on how to prepare for what could be my new, preemie, very tiny, baby son. Thank you! [more inside]
We were getting close to making an offer on a home — but the house was a lifestyle upgrade, not a necessity. This month we found out a kid is on the way (whoo!), and we're trying to decide if the house is still doable, or if we should save our pennies for the little person-to-be? [more inside]
Help me think of a not-too-expensive gift (under $50) to take to a friend's baby shower. They have a registry but I'd rather get them something fun that they weren't expecting. [more inside]
This Christmas, I’m making an ABC-book for my very first, brand new (6 mo) niece. Her parents (and my family) are big Arnold Schwarzenegger fans. We especially love Terminator, T2, Predator, Kindergarten Cop and Total Recall. I need help with some ABC Arnold-related quotes. [more inside]
We're looking for strong girls names with spunk for our daughter. No wilting flowers need apply. Ideally the name wouldn't be in the top 50-100 most popular, but we're struggling a bit for ideas. What should we name her?
My relatives are coming to visit the big apple and I would be chaperoning them around on a site-seeing tour. The problem is that they are elderly (are retired), from another culture & country (India), a group of 5 and there is a very young baby ( couple of months old) traveling with them. This makes using subways, or taking long walks or using bicycles a difficult proposition. What would be the best way to give them a good NYC experience? [more inside]
I have a three-month-old (almost four months) whose sleep, or lack thereof, is baffling and exhausting me. Please help. [more inside]
Two upcoming road trips for the holidays plus one young toddler who could make it all pretty miserable. Please share any tricks for keeping the little guy busy in the car. [more inside]
I'm going to be the godfather for my good friends' little girl. What would an appropriate gift be? [more inside]
I am currently 27 weeks pregnant with my first child. Among my many worries, I am particularly concerned with how my cat is going to handle this new addition to the family. [more inside]
I have a four month old breast-fed baby who poops every five or six days. I know that's normal, but she's very uncomfortable and sleeps terribly on the last day or two. I've heard that baby probiotic drops help, but they are so expensive. Before I start spending $30 a month to get my baby to poop I want to know if they're actually effective. So, on a scale of (1) amber teething necklace to (10) baby Tylenol, how well do they work to prevent baby constipation?
The Son of Jordemort (9 mos old, 6 mos adjusted) is lately very interested in daddy's job, which, as far as he understands it, involves smacking at the screens and keyboards of various devices. I feel like there's got to be at least a few full-screen apps out there that would emit various entertaining sounds and colors in response to his prodding, but I'm having a hard time finding what I'm looking for. Any suggestions? [more inside]
We have a new baby, and would love to get a bottle of liquor to stick in the basement and hopefully remember where it is 21 years from now, in order to drink it with her to celebrate her 21st birthday. I think we want a port, but we have no idea what to look for when purchasing this, and the person at the liquor store was very unhelpful (but we are willing to go to another store if that is the answer). Help us not screw this up! [more inside]
My best friend just found out that his wife is pregnant. He's excited but a little anxious and is looking for book recommendations, though he'd probably be interested in blogs, websites, or other info sources. [more inside]
Germany, Argentina, Vietnam, somewhere else? [more inside]
Experienced parents of Mefi! I know there are so many of you! So, I've posted this question on a forum specific to sleep challenges but received no feedback so turning to the green. My 14 month old has refused for the past two months to sleep in her crib...it started around the time that she started pulling up an walking... She is now walking steadily so this milestone has been reached. Please help us transition her back to the crib soon because baby #2 will arrive in a few months and I'm getting too big for us all to be in our bed. [more inside]
Our kid is turning one-year-old and we're throwing a big party in a couple of weeks at my parent's house in Long Island. We'd like to hire a photographer to document the day and have been looking around, but we're mainly just finding wedding photographers. We'd like to hire a professional (or, at least, expert) photographer -- we don't want to just give a camera to one of the guests. Are there professional photographers who aren't on the wedding circuit who'd consider doing this sort of thing? Would art or MFA students be interested in doing this sort of work (and, if so, how would we find them)? Are there other non-wedding routes that we haven't thought about but should be exploring?
Due to some pregnancy complications, it's looking very likely that our baby will be born by c-section at around 32 weeks, and at least 3 weeks small for gestational age. We're anticipating a NICU stay of many weeks. I have a few questions for those who have been there to help me visualise what this time will be like. [more inside]
What's your best toy(s) recommendation for a bright 2 to 2.5 year old? [more inside]
What do we do as our baby has decided not to sleep? [more inside]
Heard some song with lines about elephants, now might die if I don't hear it again. Google has failed me. [more inside]
Hi! Mrs ManInSuit and I are planning a party to mark the arrival of little six-month-old BabyInSuit. The plan is for an all-day causal open house, with a trip to the park. Looking for tips on how to make this fun and nice for the guests, and minimally stressful for us. [more inside]
We are preparing for a homestudy ahead of being licensed for foster care! Hooray! We need a crib to pass the homestudy! Hooray! This is the most lovely and practical piece for our small space I could ever dream up! [more inside]
How did you and your partner survive parenthood? [more inside]
Looking for baby monitor suggestions. Specs inside. [more inside]
OK, so we've got another baby in our house. She's six months actually. And my wife is run ragged. We're both scaling back our household ambitions massively to get through the day. We've read lots on the subject and we've actually been through this once before - but it's SO hard. Well, at least it is for us. How was it or is it for you? Please share. [more inside]
I came down with a cold and missed my friend's baby shower. I'd like to get them a nice gift, maybe around $50-100, but their registry only has burp cloths left. I know that they already have a car seat and baby monitor and that they will be using cloth diapers. Parents: what items/services in that price range have you found to be really useful?
I love sewing small burp cloths and baby quilts for friends. But I'm hitting a wall, where friends are having babies faster than I can churn out little quilts. If you have some experience sewing or quilting, can you help me figure out a better method with decent results? These aren't meant to be heirloom pieces, just heartfelt and unique small blankets or quilts to welcome a new baby and brighten their days. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I currently live in NYC. We hate it - we're tired of the noise, the garbage, the tiny apartments and the high prices for nearly everything. But we're considering having a baby in the next few years, and both our families are nearby - should we stay for family support or move to a location where we would likely be happier? [more inside]
I'm looking for podcasts that have in-depth, first person accounts of pregnancy and childbirth. [more inside]
Should I buy formula in bulk for an 11-month-old baby? I want to follow his lead on weaning, but I also don't want to waste money or formula. I'm looking for advice from parents who let their babies self-wean. [more inside]
We've got a nine-month-old who's never really been in a pool. We'd like to plan a short two or three day vacation built around playing with him in an *outdoor* pool somewhere that's within a three hour drive of NYC. Please recommend a hotel or bed and breakfast that's got a nice, baby-friendly pool. Before the baby, we stayed at resorts in Arizona and California that'd be perfect for this sort of thing, but we can't seem to find anything similar on the east coast. Thanks!
Because baby needs to learn not to invade Russia [more inside]
Did you grow up with a chronically-ill sibling? Were you the chronically-ill child? Or the parent to this type of sibling set? How did it affect you growing up? I'd love to hear more about your experiences. [more inside]
My friend is an Indian woman living in India who is having her first baby in a couple of weeks. I'd like to send something for her new baby when he or she arrives. [more inside]
I've read several baby books that provide a comprehensive overview of the first year of an infant's life: development, basic care, etc. Can you recommend a book that covers the toddler years in a similar way? [more inside]
It's been almost exactly five years since this question was last asked. What are you favorite apps for tracking feedings, diaper changes, sleeping habits, and your baby's health?
Parents of Mefi, how do I calm my baby without using the only thing that calms my baby: a running water faucet? [more inside]
I'm looking for tips on how to have more fun during the early months of parenting a baby. [more inside]
I thought we had locked down the girl name for our baby due next month (Lila) but my husband is having cold feet. We are stuck! Please help. [more inside]
My friend's little girl just passed the 6 month mark. She is very afraid of people and will tolerate others being nearby, but if anyone other than mom or dad try holding her it's an instant trigger for tears and screaming. My friend is trying to get the baby more used to me so I can babysit, but it's not going so well. What to do? [more inside]
I've spent the past week packing up all my belongings in preparation for moving to a new house tomorrow. A few days ago I discovered a large brown recluse spider under my staircase with numerous young or smaller spiders. I sprayed pesticide on them and continued packing upstairs... I never located any dead spiders and unfortunately I was dumb enough to sleep about 5feet away from where I originally found them. Up until this morning i didn't think much of the itchy bumps on my back...then my fiancée noticed them and clarified 3 bites on my lower back all matching the descriptions found online for the spider in question. Before I freak out and go to the ER could anyone enlighten on the venomousness of baby spiders compared to adults. Also how would multiple bites factor in? They've steadily have gotten worse and now appear red with a blister ... I'm assuming I was bitten 2-3 nights ago... Help!
Preparing for our first baby in October and trying to figure out the smartest approach to equipping ourselves with everything we're going to need. So many choices to make! What things should we pay more for because we'd regret pinching pennies, and when is splurging on the pricier stuff a waste? What should we look for new vs used (and not just for safety issues like carseats, but also what's the key "never waste your money on buying X new, you can get it so much cheaper used" stuff)? [more inside]
We have a small back yard that backs up into some woods. I’ve seen deer in the neighborhood (not in our yard though), and there are definitely mice, bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, and neighborhood cats and dogs that can be seen roaming our property. We’re thinking of getting the back sprayed for ticks, esp. for the sake of our one year old. Is that overkill? And if we spray, do organics work, or do we need to go chemical? [more inside]
Is it normal to celebrate these holidays before you have a baby? Partner and I are expecting. We're excited but this was a surprise. Baby is due in July. Would it be normal or customary to celebrate a partner on Mother's Day or Father's Day in these circumstances? We won't really be a mother or father until next year. Am I likely to disappoint my partner if I don't get a gift or card or something this year? What have you done or seen done? I could ask them, but this seems like one of those things that would lose its luster if I have to ask. I'd rather just get it right.
My 7-week old baby doesn't nap. She sleeps pretty well at night, but terribly during the day. How do we fix this? [more inside]