Your Questions About Baby Care

Helen asks…

Can a babies head go flat from not turning them in their sleep?

Okay so my friend works with someone that had a perfectly healthy normal baby, but now the babies head is flat in one spot and the baby is devolping slowly and has alot of problems. She told me it was because the baby wasn’t turned in it’s sleep. I’ve NEVER heard of this before, but is it true you have to turn your babies head or this happens????

I thought a baby shouldnt even be sleeping that long to get a flat head.

The Expert answers:

No. Babies have soft spots on their heads called fontanelles. It takes a good year or two for these to start to harden with the rest of the skull. However, just because a baby sleeps with the head a certain way does not mean it’s going to be flat. If anything the back of the head may be the last area to get hair due to the sleep position but it will not cause the head to be flat. Unless of course the baby is sleeping on concrete! The slow development and problems, more than likely, are from something completely different.

James asks…

When do babies start scribbling with crayons?

I read on Baby Center that babies start scribbling with crayons around 12 months. My daughter is 13 months and most things still go into her mouth… especially paper.

The Expert answers:

My daughter never took much of an interest till 15 months. She finally stopped attempting to eat random objects a month shy of 2yrs. But to this day (25 months) she still has a rough time coloring on paper . . She prefers random objects and walls. My son has a different temperament. He is very eager to learn and listen. So he stopped the whole sticking things in his mouth when he was approx. A year and was scribbling with crayons by 12 – 13 months.

Donald asks…

When do babies start sleeping through the night?

My son’s pediatrician said babies start sleeping through the night when are able to eat more in one feeding in order to keep them satisfied for a longer period of time. How old was your baby when they started sleeping through the night?
actually, food does have something to do with it. If a baby is hungry, he will wake up to eat. If he eats more in one feeding he will “last longer” through the night. My son only wakes up during the night to eat.

The Expert answers:

My daughter started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old. She is now 12 weeks old and still sleeping through the night…anywhere from 6-10 hours a night. I dont expect this to last forever though…lol.

Daniel asks…

How many babies can a hamster give birth?

How many babies can a Syrian hamster give birth to? And what is the average number of babies born and also survived in one litter? Thankyou.

The Expert answers:

Up to 20, but that’s quite rare and they probably won’t all make it. Most syrian hamsters can have between 4 and 12 pups successfully on their first litter.

Lizzie asks…

When do babies start a good sleeping schedule?

I have a 3 month old little boy and I like to go places and get things done around the house etc… I am dying for him to get on a good sleeping schedule so I can plan my day a little better and finally finish things I start without worrying about my baby. When do babies start a good sleeping schedule? What can I do to help keep a strict sleeping schedule with out him crying when I put him down? Any suggestions would help tremendously! Thanks!

The Expert answers:

Hey Hun, I know you are probably a bit frustrated. My triplets are 4 1/2 months old. I was in the same situation as you. I had things around the house.. Etc. That needed to get done. My triplets were finally on a good sleeping schedule by about 3 1/2-4 months. I just set our a schedule that worked & I put them down at the same time everyday, after a while, they finally got used to it & they sleep wonderful now. It takes time, be patient & it will get done. =) Good Luck!

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