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I can't even get myself to stick to a schedule...

Looking for books on baby care/baby development which don't focus on getting the baby into a routine. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Feb 14, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I help my friend come out to play with baby around?

I've only seen my best friend outside of his house twice this year. He and his wife have a 15-month-old baby boy, and they ignore, decline or don't make it to every social engagement because the baby might cry, or the baby is sleeping. They've all but stopped communicating with me. Help me understand why this is so hard for them, and if there is there any advice I can use or pass on that can help? [more inside]
posted by cogat on Dec 27, 2013 - 55 answers

What's in a name, anyway?

My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, due in 2 months and are having a serious naming dilemma. We are both worried about the possibility of our chosen name leading to teasing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 78 answers

How can I work full time from home and take care of a baby?

I am a 32 year old female and have a full-time job. I've been working from home for 6 years now. My boyfriend and I are talking about marriage and having a baby. We're trying to figure out if it's going to be possible for me to still work full-time from home while also raising a baby. I found a lot of articles about it being possible to cut back on hours or work part-time only, but I don't want to do that (insurance and financial reasons). He works full-time as well and not from home and we want to try to avoid day care (or at least use it minimally). Has anyone ever successfully done this? If so, I'd love to know how. What was good/bad about it?
posted by mlk915 on Aug 24, 2013 - 40 answers

Don't you DARE ask me if he's teething

My 14 month old son cries and screams every waking moment he's with me. This has gone on for months, and it's killing me. Please help me understand what's going on and how I can make it stop. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jun 7, 2013 - 49 answers

Second-time parenting, how does that work?

Tell me about your daily schedules, parenting logistics, etc., with a newborn plus a toddler or older child. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2013 - 15 answers

What to do with my last month on maternity leave?

I don't want to miss out on things in my last month of being home with my daughter before going back to work. Is there anything you wish you did before starting work full time? Anything that you wish you didn't do? [more inside]
posted by derivation on Feb 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Gift for a newborn baby

New parents: what is a useful gift for you/and or your newborn baby? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jan 1, 2013 - 35 answers

How do I get by?

Tips for single parents? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Dec 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Are all the other dads wearing cups?

I feel like I’m getting hit in the gentlemen’s region by my baby/toddler more often than is probably normal. Also a lot harder than I would have expected. I have some questions… [more inside]
posted by French Fry on Nov 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Parenting and Privilege

Asking for a friend: any one know of popular (or scholarly) books/articles on raising feminist children that might give more than a nod to boys? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I be a great SAHM for my baby?

Can you give me your best tips, tricks, and general guidance for being a stay-at-home mom of an older baby? As of next week I will be caring for our 8 month old by myself full time, and I'm scared! [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Aug 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Is it even possible to have equal roles when raising a baby?

How can I accept the gender imbalance in my relationship now that we're parents of a young, breastfed baby? Help me be less resentful of my husband! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 - 80 answers

Was having a baby a mistake?

I am the mother of a beautiful, 5 week old baby girl. I wonder if I've made the biggest mistake of my life. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Jun 26, 2012 - 75 answers

How to help my infant sleep

What kind of sleep training book or technique do I need? [more inside]
posted by semacd on May 13, 2012 - 15 answers

First Time Flying with Baby - Advice Needed

First time air travel with an 11 month old. Need all the advice I can get from experienced parents! [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo on May 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Pre-tenure pregnancy?

Timing of pregnancy - pre or post-tenure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 23 answers

How to get an infant to sleep on his back?

First-time parents looking for resources to get 4-month infant to sleep on his back. We've already consulted our pediatrician and family, and searched online... would appreciate any more help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 - 35 answers

Baby assvice. ALWAYS do this. NEVER do that.

What parenting advice/gospel did you choose NOT to follow? Why? Are you pleased with your choice? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 3, 2012 - 42 answers

Bed weaning

Parents who were still cosleeping at one year: can you give me your stories of transitioning your little darlings to their own beds/rooms? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 16, 2011 - 28 answers

I am a horrible person: New Baby Edition

I flaked out on a friend's new-baby acknowledgment... for two months! Exactly how much of a transgression is this, and what (if anything) can I do to mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me prepare for baby number 2!

We are expecting our second child in the next fortnight. What sort of things did you find most difficult and challenging transitioning to a family of four and how did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by razzman on May 14, 2011 - 19 answers

Help An Unhappy Dad To Be Become A Happy Dad To Be.

My wife is pregnant and I'm not happy about it. Obviously that's a problem. Help me try to become happy about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 71 answers

What do you do with a baby who's interactive but pre-crawling?

I never feel quite sure about how my 5 month-old daughter should be spending her awake time. I'm looking for parents to chime in on what's normal and appropriate in terms of both quality and quantity. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Feb 3, 2011 - 54 answers

Safe to raise a baby on a concrete floor?

Is it safe to raise a baby in an apartment with a polished concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jan 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Is parenting going to suck forever?

I hate taking care of my 5-week-old and I'm scared it will be like this forever! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 83 answers

Toddler wants to stand in the bath... ?

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]
posted by cavalier on Sep 10, 2010 - 22 answers

Teach a baby to drink...

One-year-old kid has minimal interest in sippy cups, outright refuses to hold her own bottle. We would like to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Jul 30, 2010 - 23 answers

baby not a sleeping beauty.

How do I teach the baby to sleep without me? [more inside]
posted by uauage on Jul 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Making the most of remaining time before baby...

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]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 - 29 answers

Darling, don't you go and cut his hair...

I'm pretty sure my mother gave our one year old his first haircut while my wife and I were at work, without our permission. She denies doing so. I'm not sure how we should handle this. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Apr 26, 2010 - 49 answers

Life on the sinister side

Just how inconvenient is it to be left-handed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 - 103 answers

Big man scary!

My baby is terrified of her grandfather. What can we do to get her to like him a bit better? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Hostages to fortune

How can I maintain some optimism about my child's future, given the crappy crappy world we live in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 45 answers

what do I need to know before I donate sperm?

A female friend recently asked if I'd be willing to be a sperm donor. We've agreed to discuss the possibility in a series of conversations over the next few months. What questions should I ask her? What factors do I need to take into consideration?
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 - 27 answers

How to Raise Happy Siblings?

Looking for parenting advice/resources for raising children who are close in age. Sibling rivalry has begun to enter the picture, and we want to learn how best to cope with it and limit it as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by gimli on Sep 12, 2009 - 10 answers

what does babby need?

I am going to have a baby sometime in the next month. What things do we need to have before the baby gets here, and what things are we better off waiting on? And what are we better off skipping altogether? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Sep 8, 2009 - 30 answers

Swing Swing Swing

BabyFilter: Getting a 4-month old to sleep in a crib instead of her beloved swing...help! [more inside]
posted by sapere aude on Jul 25, 2009 - 23 answers

Broken baby: how long for recovery?

My baby girl, 7 months old, has a spiral fractured femur - mum caught her as she was falling while getting into a back carrier - she is in hospital, has had specialist orthopaedic paediatrician attention and is now in traction. She is probably at the the best hospital in the country for this, but it is a long way from home. She is 100% breast fed, and my wife is staying with her. Can any of the medicos or Mefi, or people who have had similar experience offer some advice? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 13, 2009 - 12 answers

It's a hard question...

So many great pads available to soften hard mattresses, but nothing seems to go the other direction. What are some creative ways to make our cushy pillowtop mattress firm enough for safe cosleeping with a new baby? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 24, 2009 - 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

Babycycling for dummies!

Which infant/baby items can safely be bought secondhand? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Wow.

Going from zero to parents in a couple of weeks. Or less. Yikes! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2008 - 17 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

How can two freelancers schedule in a baby?

How do two self-employed people who work at home (writers) deal with having their first child? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 18, 2008 - 15 answers

Baby Boy goodness?

Flip this question: What is great about parenting a boy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 23, 2008 - 41 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

Babies at the keyboard

My 18 month old baby loves to pound on the computer keyboard in imitation of her mom and dad. Does anyone have any experience with programs that would both prevent her from deleting all of our files while providing an entertaining experience? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on Feb 26, 2008 - 26 answers

websites for baby momma

I am looking for great parenting websites (got a newborn) with an active, intelligent discussion forum, kind of like metafilter/ask mefi for parents. Thanks
posted by beccaj on Feb 7, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I get my toddler to stop freaking out at bath time?

ToddlerFilter: Why did my 14 month old son go from absolutely loving to fearing and loathing bathtime? What can I do to get him to like taking baths again? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Sep 30, 2007 - 19 answers

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