Babies

The first year of your baby's life brings with it a lot of changes and challenges. Welcome aboard the most exciting ride of your life!

Get answers to your questions about all things newborns and infants, including sleep, breastfeeding, bottles, postpartum recovery and your new role as a parent.

Anonymous posted in Babies Yesterday

Am I ready?

My husband wants a big family - he makes jokes about wanting 10 kids. Sometimes I don’t think he’s kidding. We have a 6 month old and I know he wants to get going with baby #2. We’ve been fortunate that our first is pretty easy going. However, she’s pretty dependent on sleeping with us - which we are actually okay with right now. I’ve heard that the first always tricks the parents into having m... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Yesterday

    So you do not need to rush this. You need to figure what works for your family. I cosleep with my husband and three kids, who are 17 months and 20 months apart. My first baby was by far my most difficult, but we knew together that we wanted another one after him. I would only take it one month and one baby at a time. I love cosleeping and find I get more sleep. If you don’t, you should do what ... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Yesterday

    But I want to say if your just nervous but deep down want another, that’s okay too. Having kids close together means they pretty much don’t know what it’s like to not have a sibling and as long as you continue to give them love and attention (which is hard not to do, they’re your baby too!), the older siblings love being big sisters and brothers. Cosleeping works for us with a king size bed, t... More

Erin posted in Sleep Thursday

Teething & waking up early?

So my LO is 15 months. He is a GREAT sleeper...on the regular he sleeps from 9:30p-9:30a. However...he’s teething right now with molars. Chewing on hands, drool everywhere & soaking bibs...& he’s been waking up early (between 4a-6a) for the past week. I give him Motrin before bed & seems to give relief for a bit. When he wakes up he won’t lay back in crib...I will let him sleep on m... More

  • Anonymous
    3h ago

    awwww this too shall pass mama! Hang in there!

  • Erin
    40m ago

    I kind of figured that it was because of the Motrin wearing off. He does pretty well during the day pain wise...I’m really just trying to give it to him at night since we are giving it to him consecutive days. Also....each child is different & I won’t mom shame. Either natural remedies, or medicine ...I was just wondering if others are dealing with this too. Maybe on the days I work I wil... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Thursday

Multi-day headache postpartum?

I just had my LO three weeks ago, and for the last 3 days I’ve had some pain and sensitivity on my left ear and left side of the head. I read headaches are common postpartum, but I don’t know if this is normal. I’d hate to deal with arranging a doc appt and taking my baby to the doc where other people may be sick to only be told it’s just a common postpartum issue and to take Tylenol. Any one e... More

  • Sarah
    Thursday

    It might be due to the after effects of your epidural (if you had one). I’d call the nurse line and ask. You never know! I had shallow breathing right after and wasn’t sure if that was serious but called just in case and I ended up needing a blood transfusion that saved my life.

Hey Moms!

I recently purchased 4 Infant formula cans from amazon. Three of them came dented. I assume they were dented during shipment as there was no packing materials inside. Amazon sent me replacements cans and NOW THESE ARE DENTED TOO! I now have a collection or dented formula cans they are the 28+ oz size. I hate to see so much formula go to waste. Is there any harm is giving this to my baby? This f... More

  • Janna
    Thursday

    I don’t see any harm in a dented can. Unless the seal is broken it should be fine to feed it to baby.

  • Amanda
    Yesterday

    The cans I get from Amazon are always dented. As long as the can is not punctured and the saftey seal is ok there is no harm.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Wednesday

Adjusting to 2 kids and TERRIFIED

I’m 26 weeks pregnant with #2 and already freaking out! The kiddos will be 21 months apart (I never planned to have kids this close in age). My daughter is such a pleasure I’m terrified about #2. I’m kinda freaking out about the adjustment of having 2 kids and could really use some ENCOURAGING words or advice in making the adjustment. Everything I read is horrifying 😫

  • Jenn
    Yesterday

    I don't have 2 (yet... still trying to convince the hubby). However, I read something here a while back that said something along the lines of: you will never regret expanding your family but you may regret NOT doing so forever. Obviously you've already made the decision but maybe it'll help with the passing doubts.

  • Ian
    Yesterday

    Just this evening our two kids, 26 months apart, played by themselves after dinner while my wife and I just sat at the table and enjoyed a glass of wine. There are definite perks to having more than one! And you can look forward to that.

Neosporin

This might be a ridiculous question... Can I put neosporin on my 10 month old? He has a scratch down his arm.

  • Christa
    Wednesday

    Yes, absolutely!! It will help heal the scratch!! Also, totally a reasonable question!!! When it comes to our children’s safety- no such thing as a ridiculous question!! If you’re uncomfortable putting Neosporin on baby, you can use aloe gel, or coconut oil- they both have amazing healing prosperities!!!

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Don’t forget that you can build up a tolerance to neosporin. Our own (grown-ups) doctor recommended you trade off using neosporin and generic polysporin (3 vs 2 active ingredients respectively) to help avoid that.

Anonymous posted in Diapering Tuesday

Swim diaper??

Hey We are going to a water park for the first time with my 15 months old. What kind of swim diaper should I invest in? What's your opinion on disposable vs. reusable? Any brand suggestions? Let me know. Thanks.

  • Julie
    Tuesday

    I bought a 3 pack of reusable on amazon called “wegreeco reusable baby and toddler swim diapers.” They work really well and it cost $15 for all three. My daughter is in swimming and they require a reusable swim diaper for her classes. They have snaps that look like they will allow the diaper to expand until she’s around 2.5yo and I hope she’s potty trained and into the next class by the time s... More

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Thanks everyone.. I don't think I it's gonna be a lot of swimming so I guess disposal is the option for now.. 👍

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Monday

Caring for a newborn and toddler

Please shine some light for me. I seem to be losing it wondering how I’ll be able to take care of a toddler and a newborn. I’m exhausted. Does it get better, and when? I’ve seen other moms do this effortlessly. And I am amazed, and baffled. Tell me how to make this work.

  • antigrav_kids
    Thursday

    This isn't easy for anyone I know. I mean, yeah, sometimes the kids have spot on days and everything looks effortless, but I think having kids is lots of work 4 everybody. Things that help me are to level set my expectations, everything doesn't have to be perfect; and to have a partner that does half the work. We're both exhausted though 😊 Things get better, but it's a game of i... More

  • Lkffy
    Yesterday

    It DOES get easier, and FAST! I struggled for the first year after #2 was born (Also had a 1.5 yr old). But then things got so much easier after the first birthday! Not only did the nighttime sleeping get a lot better around that time, but now they are old enough to play together, they can eat the same things, and generally are less demanding (currently 3 & almost 2). Hang in there. I start... More

Perry posted in Teething Monday

Teething pain for 10 1/2 month old

Our daughter is having a lot of teething pain, and it makes it difficult for her to sleep. Other than medicine, what are some other remedies?

Lyalya posted in Behavior Monday

Baby is biting 😭

Hello ladies my one year old keeps on biting my boobies (she has 4 teeth in the front) I tried putting her on the floor right after & telling her she can’t do that but she continues to bite. Any tips?

  • KZR💛
    Monday

    Take boob out and sternly say you can’t do that, it hurts mommy. My 13.5 no old does it very rarely- maybe a handful of times altogether, and each time she understands and continues without an issue. I think this is when they begin testing their limits. She’s even bit my thigh while wanting me to pick her up! 🙃

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Ah this is the worst! I’ve bled on at least three separate occasions! And it stings so bad! I usually scream loud enough (an honest reaction to the pain) that it scares my LO off and when he goes back on I make sure the latch is better and I’m more attentive, and it doesn’t happen again during the same feed.

Stomach bug

My lo is nine months and has the stomach bug... she loves solids.. any Recipes? Thank you

  • Sarah
    Sunday

    The BRAT (banana, rice, applesauce and toast) diet is where it's at right now. Good luck!

High chair

At what age is it okay to start putting your baby in a high chair?

  • PK
    Monday

    When they have good neck control

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Sunday

Best cream for stretch marks, cellulite, skin discoloration?

Post pregnancy

  • Kee
    Monday

    Aloe Vera and coconut oil mixed together apply everyday day and night

  • Elle
    Monday

    Also, drink appx a gallon of water/day to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Sunday

Food poisoning

How long would you wait to nurse again if you’ve had food poisoning?

  • PK
    Monday

    I think you can still nurse.. I called the my drs nurse line and they told me that I could. I was an exclusive pumper though. Not sure if your question is in regards to your concern of being contagious and super close to LO. Double check and call your nurse for advice.

  • Sara
    Monday

    You can still nurse. Just make sure you stay hydrated!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Saturday

Am I the only one who doesn’t enjoy BF?

LO is 6 mo. I’ve been BF since birth, she ended up hating bottles after 3mo. Of course I love that my baby is getting the benefits of my milk and it’s free. Win. I have great supply. Double win. Buuuut I hate... well hate is a strong word but I just don’t like that I have someone at my boob everyday multiple times a day. We’ve introduced solids but she’s ehhh about it. I try but don’t force her... More

  • Tara
    Sunday

    I feel your pain. I just successfully weaned my 14 month old off the boob- wooohooo!!! And honestly, I am very happy to have my body back, even this new saggy version! Some friends kept telling me that I should BF up until baby decides he’s had enough, but frankly, I had enough and gradually weaned the little man (his 8 teeth!) off me... hang in there. You’ll feel very proud and glad when you w... More

  • Kieli
    Monday

    I bf my daughter for 13 months and was so ready to have my body back when I was done. But the older she got, the more solids she ate, which at 6 months was not a lot at all, the less she needed/wanted the breast. When I was ending my bf journey I pumped once a day and only had her on me about 2 times a day. So I know it’s hard, and painful as they get teeth but if it’s a journey you want to fin... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Saturday

Constipation fixes for a 6 month old?

He hasn’t had a REAL poop in 4 days. Just little hard nuggets a couple times a day. He’s super grumpy and uncomfortable and unbearable to take care of all day. For his comfort and my sanity PLEASE tell me what I can do. I’ve given him some white grape juice with every feeding and some constipation ease. It’s the weekend so we can’t go to the doc. HELP!!

  • Julie
    Monday

    Try feeding him puréed prunes, peaches, mangoes, or pears. If he’s not on any kind of solids yet then try some concentrated prune juice mixed in with his bottles. You can buy prune juice concentrate in any drug store in the baby section.

  • Kendall
    Monday

    Yup! Agree w Julie. I keep a couple containers of baby food pears and prunes for this reason! I would also suggest that as you start introducing food to do foods that make you go and the next meal foods that plug you up. Just try and keep going back and forth to keep things regular and flowing, babies bellies take a little while to adjust to real food. For example, squash for lunch and pears ... More

Anonymous posted in Babies Feb 16

What are signs that it’s time to switch daycares

What are some obvious signs that it's time to switch to a different daycare for your child..?

  • Angela
    Monday

    When there are too many children and your child isn’t learning or being taken care of correctly-

  • Cathy
    Monday

    If I’m asking that question then it’s time.

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Feb 15

Heeeeelp!

My 6 month old is in a phase (hopefully) where he needs to be constantly entertained. He cries anytime I’m not paying attention to him, making it impossible to get anything done. I’ve tried just letting him cry and self sooth but nothing is working. Any advice? Or is this something I’m just going to have to wait out?

  • Aby
    Tuesday

    Ours was the same around the same age. It was phase in our case. But I did something similar to the above suggestion. If I have a chore/cooking etc I'll place him close by and go pick him up/pacify/distract him every few minutes, continue my work while talking to him. He eventually got to being by himself maybe 15-20 min. At 15 months, he can now go 30 min at a stretch when we both are alon... More

  • Aby
    Tuesday

    Also when you are playing with him, try being out of sight. Like stand behind him and slowly move a few feet away and watch a couple of minutes, then go back before he realizes.

Cris posted in Sleep Feb 15

Sleep training

My son just turned 6 months old and at his check up his pediatrician suggested we start sleep training. A little back story- my baby has been a horrible sleeper since he was born. He’s wakes every 1-2 hours, he only falls asleep if my husband or I hold him, and sleeps in his pack n play next to our bed. I really don’t know how I feel moving him into his own room. I know eventually we have to do... More

  • Cheryl
    Saturday

    CRY IT OUT. I know, I know. I didn’t know how I felt about it. But after the first night of letting my baby cry it out, he is almost perfect about sleeping in his crib. All of my siblings and I cried it out and we are fine by the way. My baby is better now that we are all getting good enough sleep. He gets better sleep in his crib.

  • Dani
    Sunday

    My son is 3 and we have had many setbacks with sleeping in his own room over the last 3 years. We did the cry it out method. We will rock for 10-15 mins and then he goes into his room. When he figured out how to get out of bed and how to open his door it took a few weeks of retraining.

When can you give your kid peanut butter?

  • Sarah
    Sunday

    Babies should not consume any foods, until at least 6 months (their guts are literally not ready to handle foods until 6 mos), after that they can eat whatever you eat. Check out Baby Led Weaning, the best thing ever!!

  • Jenn
    Yesterday

    ASAP. I waited until her 9mo visit and did it an hour before the appt in case of a reaction. Pediatrician said any reaction will happen within 2 hours of eating.

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