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.

Belly sleepers

Hi all! So my 8 month old LO is constantly flipping onto his belly while in the crib. He sleeps with his arm and legs tucked under him. We have learned to just let him be as that is how he wants to sleep, but the constant wetness in the morning is killing me. What we think is happening is he fills his diaper but the weight of his body is squishing the pee and leaking out the top of his diaper.... More

Breastfeeding help?!

Hi, I’m exclusively breastfeeding my baby and the doctor gave me vitamin D supplement to give her 1mL a day, she just turned 4 months. Just wondered if anyone else was given vitamin D for baby. The doctor says breast milk lacks vitamin D...

  • Jennifer
    Yesterday

    Our doctor asked us to provide Vitamin D (I also breastfed), but not 1mL. The dosage was basically one or two drops. We were using this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006J23VO0?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

  • Rai
    Yesterday

    Some people do it, some don't. We EBF and supplemented vitamin D until she started solid foods and we felt she was getting a daily dose from her food. They also get some from sunlight! 🌱 The dosage for over the counter varies by brand. Some have a daily dose in a drop, some in a mL, just depends on which one you buy.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Monday

Activities for 10 mo

My 10mo daughter stays home all day with her nanny from 8-5:30 every day five days a week. The only outing is an hour at the playground. I am wondering what other nannies/parents are doing with their babies around my daughter’s age. I am just worried that I am dumming down my daughter or something by having her just stay with her nanny at home all day. Are there any classes to suggest taki... More

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    I don’t think it really matters as long as your kiddo is getting lots of interactive playtime with somebody. Kiddos this age learn through play doesn’t matter one person or more. As long as your nanny is talking to her, reading to her, playing with her; she’s learning and growing. Outside “classes” can stimulate her but aren’t really necessary on regular basis. Playing and seeing kids every no... More

  • Jenn
    Yesterday

    I have a 13 month old and was a nanny for infants and toddlers. I was out of the house every day as a nanny to many different places. Parks, splash pads, pools, library, music class (Music Together), gym class (My Gym, Gymboree, Little Gym), zoo, indoor play areas when it was raining or too hot/cold. As a parent, I do the same thing. My LO and I go out at least once a day when I'm working a... More

Anonymous posted in Newborns Sunday

Help! Baby number two is coming in the next six weeks. Should we spell his name “Miles” or “Myles”

  • Emily
    Monday

    I like Miles.

  • Kieli
    Yesterday

    Depending if you want “unique” Or not. Does first baby have a “unique” name? When I was looking to name my second I wanted it to blend well with my first. My firsts name is Willow, so we sought all kinds of not so common names to go with it. We almost named our second Hazel, but didn’t like how Willow and Hazel sounded so, ultimately we named her Scarlett. We didn’t want to have one child with ... More

When to start potty training?

Our LO is 13 months and has turned into what I can only describe as a tiny demon lately when we change her diaper. She used to sit quietly and not mind anything at all. As she got bigger we *might* need to sing a song or hand her a toy, but generally she never even attempt to roll over. FF to now? She is literally trying to climb us to avoid putting on the fresh diaper. She hasn’t had any ... More

  • Jennifer
    Sunday

    Thanks everyone! I’ll be talking to her daycare soon, too, since the toddler rooms have the first potty (there are two levels of toddler for potty trained vs not). She can’t walk on her own yet, so I don’t think they can move her to the first room. She definitely seems ready—if you catch her grunting or squatting and ask if she is making a poopoo she will nod yes or no (and is correct like 9... More

  • Julie
    Sunday

    Sorry, just realized I thought you said you had a son, not a daughter!! Haha. Anyway, if she shows she’s ready then give it a shot!!! My daughter is in daycare as well. She’s 21 months and her room has two toddler toilets. She is really good at staying dry at school even though they make her wear a diaper. She always tells her teachers she has to go. Ask your centers teachers if there’s a... More

Anonymous posted in Babies Thursday

Ugh worst nightmare - baby turned away from me and into MIL arms

My MIL triggered me during my maternity leave when I asked to hold my baby (I let her/she took my baby from me as soon as I was done nursing) and the look on her face said it all. Her face said “wait, what? You want to hold your own child? How dare you ask that”. Before I even married my husband, she said multiple times “I’m going to spoil your child so much they won’t want to go home with you... More

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    Fwiw I pay her to manage the expectations because I know grandparents think they know best but I am mom, not them! And thank you alll!!!!

  • Jenn
    Friday

    Baby isn't turning away from you because she loves, or even likes your MIL more. My LO does that at day care and I know that she doesn't like her teachers more than me (or at least I hope not lol). I've come to realize that it has to do with the transition from day care to home. She is excited to see me, but has been at day care all day so that is where her mind is at. Once we get h... More

Harsha posted in Newborns Jun 12

Sleep pattern

Can babies sleep throughout the night by almost 2 months..

  • B
    Thursday

    Some babies can, most won’t and will wake to feed.

  • Samantha
    Friday

    My 2 month gets up once a night to feed for about 10 minutes between 2 and 4 am. However, he has slept through the night twice this week. Oddly enough, I’ve been up more the nights he sleeps through the night wondering why he’s not up. But, they can do it.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 12

Breastfeeding in public

Is there a specific kind of clothing to wear? Like buttons etc? Do I pull the shirt down or up?

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    Definitely will try the tank, I’ve tried using a muslin swaddle but it slips off or LO pulls on it and I’m still not use to breastfeeding so my supply is suffering. It just gets hot here especially with summer now. Thank you!

  • Asia
    Yesterday

    I didn't use anything. Don't like it don't look is my motto

Amir posted in Teething Jun 11

Teething?

Any advice on teething? We’ve been giving our LO Motrin every now and then , but I feel we’ve been giving it to liberally. I’d like to give some alt solutions rather than more Motrin or drugs, if possible. Thoughts? PS: is there anyway to search the forums? :)

  • Harmony
    Jun 12

    i’ve been giving my baby tylenol at night & frozen teething toys & wet towels during the day

  • Emily
    Jun 12

    We started using the zarbees teething gel get from Walmart cheaper then amazon and doesn’t have a harmful substance like baby oragel has . Also the Nubby keys that go in the freezer work wonders .amazon and Walmart also have teething toys .I personally love my sons teething blanket from Walmart .Hope you find this advice useful :)

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jun 11

Ever wonder how your kids are - or how they're treating others - while they're at daycare?

My 9 month old started full time daycare mid-May. Since then I've seen some worrying things when I've come to pick him up. There were the scratches on his face a few times when I picked him up from daycare - nothing huge, but the scratches were almost touching his eye, that's how close they got. Another time there was an ink stain on his pants. The staff said nothing at every instan... More

  • Mrs. HHH
    Friday

    Kieli that story of your firsthand account is terrifying! Ughhh imagine how many other evil “caregivers” are being paid a big sum of money to take care of our most precious children when in fact the opposite is true. I talk to my son after every time I pick him up from daycare. I ask questions and probe information out of him. I feel bad for the kids who can’t talk or communicate what’s happen... More

  • Jenn
    Saturday

    Please switch daycares. This is not normal. Go to other daycares for tours and observation. Use your gut. I hope legal action is taken against these terrible people.

Anonymous posted in In-Laws Jun 10

Trouble with in-laws

So tonight my husband went to his dads house to have dinner, i ended up staying home since i wasn’t feeling too great. I told him to take our daughter with him since I know my FIL loves to see her. So about an hour and a half they come back home and i ask him how dinner was. He says it was great! And that his grandma was there as well. He also mentioned that they gave our daughter those yogurt ... More

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    @Jennifer if anyone ever fed my baby coffee i would lose it!! what is with in-laws and giving babies things without parental consent? it’s ridiculous.

  • Sarah
    Friday

    We finally had to send out an email listing foods that were and were not age appropriate. They don’t feed them maliciously but it is very infuriating. Maybe work with your husband on crafting an email so it’s in writing and then have him be the one to send it so they know you are a team.

Milk supply

I was induced so that I could have my baby early due to my SO being diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to make sure that he was there for the delivery of our baby girl. But my milk supply hasn’t produced much yet and my baby girl isn’t eating a lot. Is there anything I can take or eat so that I can produce more milk?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 11

    Oatmeal, Mother's Milk tea, drink a lot of water and pump all day and night. But honestly it sounds like you have a lot on your plate and stress could be affecting your supply. I would ask a lactation consultant, and relax if it doesn't happen. Fed is best, and you have to do what's best for everyone in your situation so if they means supplementing or switching to formula then so be it.

Sleeping tips for a DOC band baby?

Day 1 of DOC band wearing and baby won’t sleeep. Any tips?

  • Marilyn
    Monday

    He’s 10 months. And he hates the thing. It’s about a week in and still hates it. Hoping he adjust rather quickly

  • Raji
    Monday

    Ya he’s more aware since he is older. Just follow the routine and he’ll forget about it soon.

What foods should I feed my 9 month old daughter to help this table food process begin?

  • Kendall
    Jun 10

    Same as jenn! We pretty much just gave what ever we were eating (as long as it was safe). Maybe start with soft things if you’re worried, eggs, bananas, avocados, Cheerios, noodles. Small soft things :)

  • Mini
    Yesterday

    My baby is also of same age.. even i was wondering what to give her to eat.. till now i am giving her only purees.. can give her all these soft bite size foods u guys have mentioned above if she is not having teeth.. can she chew it??

Feeding schedule help

My LO turns 1 the end of the month!! Right now our feeding schedule is as follows: 730am breakfast 930am 8oz bottle formula 12pm lunch 2/230pm 8oz bottle formula 430/5pm dinner 730pm 8oz bottle formula Maybe 1 or 2 small snacks in there somewhere Should I continue this same pattern when she turns one but instead of an 8oz bottle of formula make it 5oz bottle of cows milk? Thanks!

  • Jackie
    Jun 11

    Thank you for responding. That seems like a pretty good schedule. What time does your LO usually wake up in the morning? I’m not too sure she’s really to drop to one nap yet. She usually gets up between 630-730(if we’re lucky) and goes down for naps at 930-11 and 230-4 then we start bedtime around 730. She can get away from the bottle with bed as we have done it before (changing to 2 naps). How... More

  • Kendall
    Jun 12

    Yeah the last bottle we gave up on was the bedtime bottle too! It’s tricky but it’ll happen :) my son wakes up about 7:30 in the morning. Surprisingly since he’s been on one nap he sleeps in much later than he used to (I assume getting in the extra hours- used to get up at 6-6:30). But those nap times sound like about what we used to do on 2 naps too!

Anonymous posted in Sleep Jun 07

Sleep issues

My very well sleep trained baby got sick last month and was sick on and off for the entire month. He wouldn’t sleep in his own bed so he just slept with us for a month. For the last two weeks or so he will go down for the night, but wake up around 5 and be hungry and then not want to go back in his crib. Does anyone have any advice on how to get him sleeping in his own crib through the night ag... More

Anonymous posted in Babies Jun 06

6mo screaming/shrieking

Has anyone else’s child done this? Normally she’ll just yell or growl when she’s playing but lately she’s just been doing this ear deafening scream/shriek. She’s too little to understand ‘inside voices’ so I’m at a loss, she’ll get so loud to the point where it gives me a migraine and I have no clue what to do. I’m hoping it’s just a phase but it’s been going on for over a month now.

  • Jenn
    Jun 07

    Yep, for months. Just testing out her voice 😊 if you don't like it, ignore it. It won't go away immediately but she will at least get the memo that mom doesn't pay attention to me when I do this. I kind of liked it at that age...at 2 I'm definitely all about inside voices.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 10

    Thank you all for the advice, i’ll definitely be sure to try it!!

Straw drinking?

When did your kids learn how to drink through a straw. My son is 10 months and can’t seem to figure it out. He is bottle fed and is also SUPER uninterested in holding the bottle himself.

  • Crystal
    Jun 09

    Mine were at least one before they figured out straws.

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    My LO couldn’t figure out how to use a straw till around 10months as well. I had her suck on the pouched baby food a few times and then she miraculously started sucking through a straw too

Anonymous posted in Babies Jun 06

Sleep trained baby suddenly waking constantly

We’re about a week and a half into sleep training our almost 5 month old. By the second night she was sleeping all night except waking up once or twice to eat. Now suddenly the last two nights she’s waking up constantly wanting to eat and after she eats a couple ounces and I lay her back down she’s awake again in a few minutes screaming. I have to feed her more to get her to settle and stay asl... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 06

    That’s another thing I was wondering. She eats well for me but during the day while I’m at work my husband has her and she doesn’t eat as well for him. But she was only waking once or twice a night to eat for a week and a half then suddenly waking up every hour so I don’t know. Wondering if I should just let her cry if I know she’s not hungry? It’s just hard to do when I’m in the same room and ... More

  • Elle
    Jun 07

    She may be teething. And eating merely bc the suckling is a form of self-soothing. Babies can teethe for a month before you see a tooth. If that is the case, tylenol before bed will do the trick.

Ear tubes surgery

My son who is couple days shy of being 11 months, is going into surgery tomorrow morning at 8am to get ear tubes. I know it is a simple procedure but I’m still a mom and my stress/anxiety have been off the charts! More so I’m worried about night feedings. He is not allowed to have anything after 12am. He’s a big boy and food is no joke to him so I pray to God it goes well and he isn’t so hungry... More

  • Megan
    Thursday

    My little one had tubes and adenoids taken out at 8 months. We woke her up right before the cutoff and gave her her bottle. Surprisingly she did very well. They did say if needed to sleep after that give an ounce or two of water. No more than that. She hasn’t had an ear infection since. We were skeptical because she had over 10 before that but it has worked wonders. 12 months later and the tube... More

  • Foufou
    Friday

    Thank you all for your feedback and beautiful vibes, greatly appreciated. Everything went well, he had his last bottle just at the cut off and I let him sleep next to me that way I know he will stay asleep. Only time we had issues was an hour before they took him he just wanted a bottle to sleep. Other than that it was good. I will say I haven’t seen a difference I guess because he has been t... More

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