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stop the blow outs

My daughter has suddenly started having "blow outs" nearly daily - help me fit her diapers better. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Jun 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Keep my baby from getting sick from the airplane

We traveled a couple of weeks ago, and my 7 month old got a respiratory virus and got very sick. Sent from pediatrician's office to ER to PICU sick. Based on timing, Occam's Razor says she caught it on the plane. We will be flying again in a few weeks. I would like practical tips for things we can do on the plane to minimize the risk of her getting sick again. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Jun 13, 2014 - 11 answers

We both want a baby - but can't agree on when

My fiancee and I are getting married in August 2015, next year. We have had all the big talks about our future, including children. Previously, we were happy to wait until we were married to have children, but recently she has been changing her mind. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on May 5, 2014 - 36 answers

Need space for new family

We have a new (4 month old) baby. Hooray! My husband and I both have wonderful parents who want to see their only granddaughter as much as they can. His parents live almost across the country so don't visit often. The problem is with my parents, and I need a reality check about what I'm asking of them- am I setting reasonable boundaries or being selfish? [more inside]
posted by chela on Mar 21, 2014 - 29 answers

Traveling with a 4-month-old

We're planning to take our son to visit his grandparents for 4-5 days. He will be 4 months old. It's a 6 hour drive away. He's never spent the night away from home and the longest he's ever been in the car is 1 hour. What steps can we take to maximize our chances of a fun (and not especially sleepless) visit? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Mar 21, 2014 - 11 answers

WHY are you still awake? Sleep regression? Sneaking lattes?

*Baby filter* Our 11ish month old has had two super weird bedtimes ("happy happy party time! Hey, did you know I can make farting noises with my mouth? woohoo!") this week and I'm trying to figure out what might be going on, and more importantly what our options are for dealing with it. All the gory details inside. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Feb 21, 2014 - 20 answers

Can my dog and baby get along?

I have a 6 month old baby. I have a dog who is around 8 years old. How can I help the dog and the baby get along? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Jan 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Managing a baby at a wedding

I'm looking for tips for looking after a 8 month-10 month old baby at weddings? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jan 24, 2014 - 18 answers

Second thoughts about nanny. When do we freak out?

How long should we expect an experienced nanny to get into the swing of things with two infants in p/t share? [more inside]
posted by demonstartivepapadonous on Jan 23, 2014 - 27 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

Another flying-with-a-baby question

In about three weeks I will be embarking on a trip from Australia to the middle of America (solo!) with a very active 14-month-old. In an effort to stave off the anxiety that this prospect raises in me, I'm overthinking the logistics. Would love some advice on a few things. [more inside]
posted by forza on Dec 10, 2013 - 36 answers

How many thanks to give for baby stuff?

This is a two part question: 1. Some very nice people threw several baby showers for me. In searching past AskMe questions on baby etiquette I was horrified to learn that I should have given them hostess gifts! Help me figure that out. 2. Our baby has been showered with a mountain of gifts, some of these gifts have been multiple gifts from the same person/people. Do I send a separate thank you note for each time an individual has given me a gift? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Nov 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Resources for deciding to be a mother?

I'm looking for resources (books, websites, etc.) to help me gain a balanced perspective on whether or not motherhood is right for me, given my anxieties and health issues. [more inside]
posted by Maya Cecile on Nov 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Cooling baby's bottle?

So we have started giving our baby some formula feeds (after advice from medical professionals. We are well aware of the benefits of breast feeding, and still do it as much as possible). [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Oct 22, 2013 - 27 answers

Nanny behaviour

Our 20 week old daughter (who was 7 weeks premature) was screaming as loud as she can, I had never heard her scream as loud.I found our nanny pouring water over her in the baby bath, she was shivering uncontrollably and her teeth were chattering. I insisted the nanny take her out and warm her up immediately. The nanny insisted that it was a 'normal' bath. I checked the water and it was barely warm. The nanny insists that she knows best and that I shouldn't interfere. I don't think it is acceptable for a small baby to take 15-20 minutes to stop shivering after a bath. What should we do about this?
posted by daveg on Sep 25, 2013 - 26 answers

14 month old waking crying at night for extended periods

My 14 month old baby has crying thrashing wakeful periods during the night on a semi-regular basis (roughly speaking, perhaps once every fortnight). He wakes up crying and can’t be consoled – arches his body and pushes away from me while in my arms (but cries harder if put down in his cot). [more inside]
posted by fever-trees on Sep 23, 2013 - 24 answers

Baby monitor from webcam? (portable screen connected to wi-fi?)

We have a foscam webcam with night vision and the works. We can access it via wifi on our phones and computers, but want a dedicated screen to use as a baby monitor. Portable and/or plug-in... what are our options? Thanks!
posted by Chris4d on Sep 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Baby carrier advice

I have a clingy little infant and have been using a ring sling with mediocre results. The problem is that it seems my infant's too floppy in the ring sling and I'm lusting after an Ergo. Is this a worthwhile investment or do I just need to figure out how to use the ring sling better/position my baby better? I'd like to be able to carry my baby while having complete use of my hands and--this is especially important--being able to bend over for cleaning, laundry, errands, etc. without having to use my hands or worry about slippage. And if your answer to the above is that I should get a non-ring sling carrier, is Ergo what you would recommend?
posted by juliagulia on Sep 4, 2013 - 41 answers

Need help with English names for a half Japanese baby girl.

We are trying to think of names for our impending baby girl. I am American and my husband is Japanese. We plan to give her an English first name, Japanese middle and last name. We have settled on a middle name, Miyuki (美幸). So her name thus far is _______ Miyuki xxxxshi. Criteria for English name: [1] must be easily writable in katakana (For example, Wi- isn't great, or Gl-, or x. All of these sounds can be written, but they come out complicated.) [2] must not sound silly in Japanese (this is subjective and related to [1].) [3] must not end in a long e sound, since middle and last names already do. [4] Prefer a classical name (i.e. something my Grandma would recognize as a name) but no need for it to be especially popular right now. We'll probably avoid the top five or ten most popular names. We are NOT looking for names that do double duty (which is what most of the threads I've found are about). So, not Naomi (always the first name that gets trotted out in these situations). We want a name from each culture that the grandparents on the opposite side can pronounce and that the kid can write when she gets to kindergarten. I'd especially appreciate input from fluent Japanese speakers here, and/or members of mixed families. Thanks!
posted by telepanda on Aug 8, 2013 - 51 answers

What's to like about having a fall birthday?

I’m currently expecting my first child, who is due around Halloween. I have some minor and probably totally inconsequential—yet nagging—worries about her expected birthdate, and would love if those of you who are late fall babies OR a parent of a late fall baby would come in and assuage my concerns. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Aug 7, 2013 - 75 answers

Baby equipment rental in San Francisco / Bay Area?

Does anyone have experience with any of these baby equipment rental companies, particularly in the Bay Area? Any other advice on renting baby stuff would be appreciated as well! [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Aug 1, 2013 - 7 answers

My 9-month-old baby is waking up increasingly early. Help!

My 9-month-old, always a good sleeper, has been waking up in the morning earlier and earlier for the past two months. He now consistently wakes up between 5 and 5:30am, and sometimes before. This is hard on his poor parents. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by forza on Jul 25, 2013 - 26 answers

Job misery and baby

My "glamorous" job just got worse and I have a baby now. Good time to quit? [more inside]
posted by i_love_squirrels on Jul 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Today's the day! Or is it tomorrow?

How did you decide when to 'start trying' (for babies)? What made you say February = birth control, March = none ? How did you make the leap from the abstract "let's start trying next year" to "next time we have sex, we're 'trying'"? I always kind of thought I'd have a happy accident, but it's clear we going to have to *try* for this baby... but when? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jul 3, 2013 - 21 answers

Earplugs/muffs to block out a crying baby

In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

I need a crash course in living with a baby.

We just took in an 11 month old foster baby. People want to give us things but we have no idea what we really need. What do you (and your one year old) love to use and consider essential? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Jun 13, 2013 - 40 answers

Where to eat in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with a 10-month-old?

I am going to a conference at an Inner Harbor hotel this week, and the whole family will be going. We are looking for places to get takeout, as well as places where a baby in a stroller would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by orange (sherbet) rabbit on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Visiting New Orleans with an infant

My wife and I will be visiting New Orleans at the end of this month with our almost 1-year old son. Having the baby with us has required two contingencies: we are renting a car, and our days will have to end by 6:30 or 7 pm-ish (although they do start at 6:30-7am). We will also need to find a quiet place for him to nap during the day, or else sit in the car/return to our lodging for an hour or so. I am hoping he'll nap in the stroller as we wander the city, but can't take this for granted. Given this, and the fact that we only have two days (Friday-22 and Monday-25, the weekend is taken up by the wedding we are travelling for) how best to organize our time? Any advice on travelling with an infant? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Tell me whether this is an insane idea or not.

We want to go on a round-the-world trip in July with an active 9-month-old. Good or bad idea? Tricks to make it work? [more inside]
posted by forza on Mar 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Name suggestions for a boy?

We have about a month and a half left before Baby Stardust is here, and we still can't agree on a name. Help? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 6, 2013 - 91 answers

Help us eat healthy and save money with an infant

Mrs. Thabombshelter and I have a four month old son and would love to eat more meals that aren't takeout. Plus, with a baby, money is obviously a valuable and precious commodity. Easy prep and inexpensive ingredients are a priority. So please, help us with some suggestions for easy-ish, healthy-ish, cheap-ish meals that can help us avoid Papa Johns or Chinese takeout. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Feb 8, 2013 - 25 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

Experience with Kiddie Corp child care?

Do you have experience with Kiddie Corp child care provided at a convention? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Lets not just stand around my baby crying

My 1.5 week old baby was born a month early and is being treated for an extremely rare, incurable genetic disorder discovered last weekend via newborn screening. I haven't told anyone beyond my parents, and in the meantime everyone keeps offering to help with/visit the baby. What should I do with them? I can't bear to have the same horrible conversation over and over. [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Jan 2, 2013 - 30 answers

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom?

Is a wristlet a bad gift for a new mom? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Dec 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Tips/studies/articles to help put myself in my 1 year old's shoes?

Tips/studies/articles to help put myself in my 1 year old's shoes? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Dec 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Is love in the hand worth more than motherhood in the bush?

Asking for a friend in Eastern Europe: I am 45 years old and have been in an online relationship for the past two years with a man in Puerto Rico whom I met on a dating website. I want to marry him and have a child with him. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 6, 2012 - 44 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

Baby tips for car-free biking couple in Washington DC?

We're Brits in Washington DC about to have our first baby! We have bicycles but don't own a car (use Zipcar / taxis). All the standard baby-prep advice seems to assume owning a car... so do you guys have any tips for car-free baby living? In particular: car seats (for occasional use / quick installation), diaper services and bike trailers? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Leaving my baby

I'm leaving my 7 month old baby with his other mom for three days. This will be the first time I'm away from him for longer than a couple of hours, and the first time I won't be able to nurse him. I am really anxious about this. What can I do to help this go as smoothly as possible, and keep me sane? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 9, 2012 - 15 answers

I feel trapped from being too different?

Pretty sure I don't want to get married or have kids. Problem is, almost all my friends are doing so and it's just getting to the point where I am the only one who isn't doing either of those (not a bad thing).Help me not go crazy if I hear one more person say the words 'I'm engaged" or "I'm pregnant". [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 on Oct 30, 2012 - 55 answers

Not uninvited, just never invited.

Baby Shower Etiquette: My bestie is throwing me a baby shower at her Aunt's house. It is a tiny event of only 8 people- all adults (Our Moms, mother in laws, my sister in law & bestie's Aunt). I didn't really expect anyone to throw me a shower, so I am super grateful the she and her Aunt would take this on! My Mother in law sent me an email last night asking if my 8 y/o niece was invited... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Oct 29, 2012 - 23 answers

Thanks for nothing, Disney.

We are about to have a baby. The name we are favoring turns out to be the same as the next Disney princess. What should a good feminist mom do? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Oct 19, 2012 - 62 answers

how can we stop our baby rolling in his sleep?

How can we stop our 5 month old rolling on his stomach in his crib? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Sep 30, 2012 - 29 answers

Hush little baby....please, oh please, oh please

Why won't our 6.5 month old baby sleep? [more inside]
posted by brambory on Sep 29, 2012 - 36 answers

Help with teaching a baby to self-soothe (Sleep Sense program?)

Help with teaching a baby to self-soothe (Sleep Sense program?) [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Sep 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Baby's First Halloween

Geeky (or just really really cute) Halloween costume suggestions for baby. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Sep 21, 2012 - 37 answers

a source for sodium fluoride drops without sucralose or artificial colors?

Can you suggest a source for sodium fluoride drops without sucralose or artificial colors? [more inside]
posted by JamesD on Sep 18, 2012 - 6 answers

How to be a mom-to-be?

Babby formed. Help me arm myself with knowledge. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Sep 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Baby coming soon! Party?

Are we crazy to throw a party a few weeks before our baby is due? [more inside]
posted by derivation on Sep 11, 2012 - 26 answers

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