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.

Car seat problems?

Does any other mommys struggle with car rides with their babies? My son is 5 months old and he HATES his car seat. He will scream and cry from the time he goes in his seat until we get where we are going and can safely take him out. He is fine when he is in his seat attached to his stroller and we are out & about but as soon as we put him in the car he looses it. Also, when we are parked so... More

  • Marisa
    1h ago

    My oldest daughter did that, too. Nothing would help. It phased itself out as she got older, and she did so much better facing forward. But we waited until she turned 2. We also used a rear-facing mirror. My 5-month-old daughter is completely different. She hates being put into the car seat and sitting in it, but as soon as she’s in the vehicle she’s silent.

  • molly
    1m ago

    my son did that until about 10 months old. I believe infants at that age develop car sickness as a result of many things including angle of their seat, posture, facing back etc. My son was always sick in his Nuna pippa but ok in Mesa uppababy (likely coz he can see more from the sides). He grew out of it as he got taller. It helped to keep the car really cool for him and not give him a large m... More

Breast to bottle

My 2 month old will not take the bottle. I tried dr brown bottles and nuk bottles (nuk some times he’ll take it most of the time he wont). He would cry so much I will get frustrated and give up and give him the breast. What can I do to make him take the bottles

  • B
    1h ago

    Are you trying to stop breastfeeding? If so, don’t give in. It might take others feeding him for a day or so while your milk dries up and he gets used to it. Or you can phase out slowly. But every time you give in it’ll be harder.

  • Candace
    34m ago

    No, I just want him to do both so it would be a easy transition when I go back to work in 4 month

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding 6h ago

Switching to formula

I’ve been pumping my milk and have been giving it to my 3 1/2 month old baby in a bottle. I’ve been doing this since he was 8 weeks old but now I feel like it’s draining me out and I feel like I can do it anymore so I decided to switch to formula. So while doing research I read that you’re supposed to boil water to make prepare the formula and then cool it to the desired temp. I also read that ... More

  • Sarah
    4h ago

    My ped said if the water was good enough for me to drink it was good enough for my baby. And I just used tap and warmed it up a little. Now my LO just drinks room temp water.

  • Marisa
    1h ago

    I never boiled water. I took filtered water from the tap, warmed it up in the microwave, and then prepped the bottle.

Breast feeding

Am i alone in thinking my baby demands too much boob? I guess i could not be producing enough but i stay hydrated and eat at least three times a day!!! Just seems like he latches on for a whole hour now!!! Crazy lol.

  • Jessica
    6h ago

    Thanks for the advice! He doesn't spit up much so I think it might be a possibility of pacifying, he is 2mo and I can get five hours sleep out of him usually once in the day and once at night which is good.

  • Tara
    5h ago

    Could be comfort, growth spurt, ‘making an order for tomorrow’s meal’ (as my midwife used to say!)/ meaning: supply on demand etc. I read novels upon novels by the time my second was 7 months... he then took to solids, and his boob obsession calmed down. I didn’t follow the ‘food before one is just for fun’ school of thought or maybe he is just a happy eater, so he still breastfed but ate in eq... More

Help weaning at 20 mos

Hi Moms! Specifically those that had a really rough go with the weaning process. Need your tips/tricks (support). Baby girl, 20 mos. has been in her own bed about six months. She goes to sleep around 7:30pm, wakes at 11:30, 1AM, 5AM and sometimes 3AM. She absolutely must nurse to go back to sleep. I work full time so we have cut Day feeds. I’m exhausted and my desire to get any sleep now outwei... More

  • Lisa
    Today

    While my daughter is only 10 months old, and I have always bottle fed BM, I finally get a good night sleep with just 1 wake up around 1-2 am now. I slowly increased how long she had to cry before I would come in and offer the bottle. At night she still wakes with a small ahh, but will roll over and return to sleep most of the time. If she wakes me 3 times in the same hour then I take her Tyl... More

  • Jenny
    Today

    Thanks Lisa. I’ll give that a try.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Yesterday

Nipple addict

My daughter is 14 months and has been breastfed since day one (she’s now on solid foods too, don’t worry). When she is in a new environment, she sticks her hand in my bra to find and grab my nipple, when she is tired, her hand goes in my bra, while she’s nursing, my hand is constantly having to block to other nipple from her grabby little fingers. I’m worried that she’ll grow up having some sor... More

  • Ambria
    7h ago

    I think its called twiddling not sure if thats right but its a comfortthing and also their body wanting to keep bust and multitask

  • Lauren
    7h ago

    I ask my 17 month old to bring a stuffed animal to nursing time so she wraps her fingers around a mouse ear or monkey tail instead of me!! I also ask her “where’s mommy’s eye, where’s mommy’s nose” so she is focused on something else (and learning body parts) and getting her hand off my other boob. If that doesn’t work I tell her to please hold my hand because “it hurts mommy when she does tha... More

Cry activated recordable soother

I’m able to find cry activated soothers with pre-recorded white noise/songs but can’t find one in which I can record my voice. Does such a thing even exist? I’m hoping to sleep train my baby and something like that would be super helpful.

  • Anna
    Today

    Munchkin White Noise Machine. You can find it on Amazon for about $25

  • Shruti
    Today

    Thanks for the recommendation Anna. However, I don’t see an option to custom record a sound/voice.

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Yesterday

first Haircuts?

When did you get your little man first hair cut? I know his hair is short but it’s more like I want to trim up the hair that don’t stay down and stick up. Especially the top back of his hair. That part always feel rough like there food and not soft. Makes him look like a duck lol. I mean I know I’m going to probably wait till he’s 2 but just curious if anybody cleaned up their kids hair? Put so... More

  • Amanda
    6h ago

    I cut my son's hair when it got long enough to mat in the back. He was just getting really tangled and didn't have the patience for me to brush it out everyday so he got a haircut.

  • Anonymous
    4m ago

    Ok see everybody tells me to wait but I just want it clean up but idk if he will stay still. It gets all tangle in the back and feels matted and I feel like he will look cute with a cute clean boy cut.

Hey all! I’ve got a sh***y question (lol sorry)

My 6 mo boy is BF, but eats a mix of different purées. His poo has gotten harder and I’m wondering if it’s normal? If he’s still mostly breastfed? Today he started crying while pushing and he’s never done that before. There was even a pebble-like one. ☹️

  • Michaela
    7h ago

    Thank you all!

  • Jennifer
    7h ago

    Add powder probiotics to his diet. My almost 2 year old still can’t go without them

Sick Baby

Hey mommas! I need your advice. There has been a cold like sickness going around my house. First my husband got it and now I have it. My baby doesn’t seem to be sick, but is being more needy than normal and wouldn’t stop crying when we kept trying to put her down for a nap. That never happens and she is 7 1/2 months old. Normally it’s just a bit of fighting the sleep and that’s it, but today sh... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    At that young with a cold, there won’t be anything you can do anyway. So just keep humidifiers going throughout house, use baby Vick’s (or comparable) if coughing and congested, warm baths or sitting in steamy bathroom with shower going, and nurse/bottle often to stay hydrated. That’s all the doc will tell you if they get sick b/c they usually won’t offer meds unless something bigger. Now if th... More

  • Anna
    Today

    I’d be concerned if she’s wheezing, and take her to the doc. Any trouble breathing may mean lungs aren’t clear.

Transition from bottles

Please can you recommend what to do when transitioning from bottles. Do you do sippy cups or straw cups?

  • Paige
    Thursday

    Avent makes an awesome variety of sippy cups that have a soft nipple to help them have a smoother transition. Worked great for my baby.

  • Ayo
    Thursday

    Thank you @Paige. Will search for some now

No way to crawling.

Hey mommies, my 7 month old doesn't want to crawl he rolls, or shall I say he tries to stand. Well what he does is he pushes up on head and toes to try to stand if he is laying in my bed. When he is in his bed he wants to stand. What can I do to help him stand on his own, at only 7 months I don't want to do more harm than good if it's to early. He does have a Walker which he loves.

  • Aje
    Thursday

    My son started pulling himself up at 6 months but didn’t really start crawling until 8 months. My son learned to pull up to stand by playing peek a boo in his crib. I put him in his crib and kept popping my head up and then hiding. He wanted to see me and that was incentive enough to get him to pull up to stand. I just showed him he could hold on to the horizontal top bar for support. After tha... More

  • Jessica
    Yesterday

    Let him lead the way but keep it safe with baby proofing, and making sure he can’t stand up in his crib and get out. (I had to take extra blankets and things away from the side of the crib because my son would use them as leverage to get out!) My son also scooted on his bottom, never crawled, and when he started walking he never stopped. Now he runs everywhere 🤗 Whenever the Pampers commercial... More

Baby finger foods

Kiddo is now 11 months old with two bottom teeth and 4 top teeth that are in the process of erupting. He still eats purées mixed with baby cereal. Finger foods he eats: •pancake •steamed peas •pasta •Rice •shredded chicken •croissants •puff snacks •coconut milk snacks •rice husks • finger nibblers from Ella’s kitchen All followed by either 4 Oz of milk or 4 Oz of watered down juice in ... More

  • Cassidy
    Thursday

    My son gets three meals a day with snacks in between. He just turned one so he is on whole milk as well but he had breastmilk and water before that. No juice I would stay away from juice because it’s not healthy and it’s horrible for their teeth. We give my son healthy foods like cut up chicken,eggs, fruits and veggies. Just make sure the veggies are soft and if you give fruits that have skin... More

  • Lisa
    Today

    My daughter only has 2 teeth and is 10 months, she no longer wants purées she wants to eat what we eat. She eats burgers, chicken nuggets, cubed cantaloupe, salmon, cubed grapes, anything soft we can cut into small pieces, Love’s spaghetti! We done even cut the noodles she gums them apart!

Christmas ideas

I have no idea what to get for my 7 month old daughter. Not wanting to get random toys that will pile up or clothes because she has enough. Any ideas are appreciated!

  • Jess
    4h ago

    We were in the same boat. Daughter is 7 months but has enough toys, clothes, etc and will be getting more for Christmas from family. We wanted to do something special for the first year. I actually ordered a Hooray Heroes Merry Christmas personalized book. You can create the main character to look like them and then pick some stories. Thought it would be fun to read every year. Kinda expensive ... More

  • Christelle
    3h ago

    Books! Always a great idea to build up their library :-)

3.5 month baby doesn’t use a pacifier

I tried giving my baby pacifier when he was 2month old and he didn’t take it. I’m breastfeeding him so maybe he didn’t like the rubbery texture that he is not use to. I tried couple of times and didn’t want to force it. I’m just wondering if I will later regret not giving him a pacifier? All my friends give their babies pacifiers and they swear by it. Any moms out there that are not giving baby... More

  • Bailey
    Today

    My daughter is 9m and only used a pacifier for a short time. Maybe from newborn to 2 months. I don’t regret it at all. It’s one less thing I’ll have to break her of and she knows how to truly self soothe.

  • Amy
    Today

    I waited until I got the all clear from the pediatrician and lactation consultant at 2 weeks old that she was breastfeeding she growing well before I tried a paci, which I desperately wanted to work because she was nursing for comfort all the time... And she wouldn't take one. :( But we have a wubbanub paci with a little stuffed animal that at 3.5 months she started playing with and mouthi... More

My LO is four months and has been refusing the bottle.

My baby boy has been refusing the bottle since he was six weeks old. I’ve tried all kinds of bottles and nipples and nothing works so far. I even mixed half milk and half formula but he doesn’t like that either. Any suggestions?

  • Amy
    Today

    I tried a bunch of brands and no luck... Had slightly more success when I switched to a higher flow rate (I'm producing a ton of milk and have strong Let-down... Thought maybe the bottle was too slow in comparison). But it was still a unhappy struggle. She spit out pacis too. And I kind of gave up trying for a couple weeks. Meanwhile she started playing with a wubbanub paci toy, and learned... More

  • Gwen
    1h ago

    Thanks for the encouragement, Amy!

Teething remedies

My daughter just turned 1 last month and only has 2 bottom teeth but she’s teething like crazy because her top 4 teeth her coming in and I DONT want to give her any Tylenol just because so what should I do that can make her fever go down?

  • Julie
    Thursday

    If she’s got a slight fever due to teething then try tepid baths and lots of fluids. If the fever gets high (over 100/101) then it’s likely not due to teething (although you know your child best!) and may be an infection. If the fever continues much more than a day or two have her checked by a doctor, it’s always possible that ear infections can occur with teething. This happened when my daught... More

  • Julie
    Thursday

    Also my doctors office suggest we do infants ibuprofen rather than acetaminophen when teething. Since teething causes some inflammation, the ibuprofen helps reduce it somewhat. But it’ll also help with the fever. Of course always go with what you’re comfortable with!!

How can I get my one and a half to stop breastfeeding?

She doesn’t eat a whole lot of food even if I offer it and I have tried so many stuff and she still doesn’t eat very well and just ask for milk. She still feeds at night.

  • Elena
    Thursday

    Depends on how many time you breastfeed if its three times a day start with the morning the next day only noon and night the third day only night and then nothing just a cup of water if he/she is thirsty. Explain what's coming and encourage the use off a cup and positive behavior every time it's used instead of the boob ;) hope it helps good luck

Jossie posted in Flying Thursday

Traveling with 5 month old

I’m traveling with my LO (5 months). Any tips/recommendations. I feel like I need a luggage just for essentials. I’m a bit lost. We are taking car seat (with base) stroller. In one bag I have bottle warmer and pump. How do I pack his formula and breast milk? I’m sure we will be in the airport 2 hours before flight and the flight is 3 hours. Ugh any tips will help.

  • Jossie
    Yesterday

    Thank you all very much! I definitely feel better prepared with all your tips. Now hopefully he will do ok in flight and if not it’s ok mamas ready 😊

  • Jess
    4h ago

    We have flown a few times and most recently international and my advice is pack light 😀 also check to see if your airport has the Mamava pods for breastfeeding. I used it a few times for feeding or pumping as it was a private space and then didn’t have to worry about formula or packing a lot of milk. First flight I look a cooler of frozen breastmilk and no questions from TSA.

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