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Different Types of Cloth Diapers

Before my baby, Roy, was born, I decided I wanted to use cloth diapers, but I was too overwhelmed by the many different kinds to invest in any. Then a friend made the choice easy: She gave me her full set. It took me a couple of weeks to work up the courage to try them, but once I did, I was hooked. Well, kind of. At night and during long stretches away from home, we stuck with the ultra-absorbent disposables that got us through those first couple of months. If you're considering cloth, you don't have to go 100...

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If your baby is younger than 1, you can safely feed her ...

A.Fish. B.Grapes. C.Hot dogs.   AnswerA. Fish, as long as it's mashed up, is safe for babies who are 6 months and older. Choose swimmers that are low in mercury, such as salmon or mahi mahi. Waiting to introduce foods usually associated with allergies (fish, shellfish, cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat, and soy) does nothing to prevent allergies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But do avoid choking hazards like grapes, hot dogs, popcorn and raw carrots.

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6 New Rules For Feeding Baby

1. Don't Add To A Bottle.Cereal-thickened formula can make babies gag and inhale the liquid into their lungs. And your tot doesn't need the extra calories. (If your M.D. wants to increase Baby's caloric intake, she'll have you add to his plate once he's on solids.)2. Teach Her To Sit Pretty.Encourage your pumpkin to keep her legs and hips at a 90-degree angle, and adjust the high chair so her back and feet are well supported. This position will bolster her head and neck muscles and relieve pressure on her abdominal region, reducing the chance that she'll spit up. (You're...

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2. Your baby clamps his mouth shut when a spoonful of peas approaches. How many more times should you offer them?

Answer C. Research has shown that repeated exposure is the best way to help your baby learn to like certain foods. Just take your time. "Offer him one bite every day for a week," suggests Alan Greene, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, in California. Research shows that eighty-five percent of little ones eventually enjoy the taste of a new food. So if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try ... again!

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How will your baby show she's ready to chow down?

Answer A."Your baby needs to be able to sit with support and keep her head up independently for a meal," says Ashley Hotle, R.D., a pediatric dietitian at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, in Nashville. In general, provided she's upright, you can startsolids at about 6 months.

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