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Pregnancy & Birth

Is my doctor doing what's best for me?
I'm 11 weeks pregnant with my second, and had my first doctor's appointment. My doctor didn't check the heartbeat of my baby because he said we wouldn't be able to hear it, but with my first child we heard the heartbeat at 9 1/2 weeks. He then scheduled my next appointment for when I am 20 weeks which to me makes absolutely no sense. How am I supposed to know that everything is going right with this pregnancy?
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Babies

How do I wean my baby from breastfeeding?
My baby will be two years old soon and I've strictly breastfed her. I've been trying to wean her for about a month now. She refuses to eat food at home. When I offer food she won't eat or will throw up anything she's eaten as soon as she sees it's time to nurse. She only drinks and keeps breast milk and water down. At daycare, however, she eats whatever they offer her, and I purposely don't send pumped breast milk bottles. What can I do? I don't want to just abruptly stop nursing her.
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Toddlers & Preschoolers

Why has my toddler has stopped responding to directions and his name?
My two-year-old son was very attentive and used to respond to directions, until he was 18 months old. In the last six months, I have noticed that he has stopped responding to directions, become highly irritable, does not greet people when asked to, and does not respond to his name. Has his behavior regressed? Is he autistic? Am I just an idiot who is worrying about nothing? Or, am I that idiot who didn't take his child's behavior symptoms seriously?
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Big Kids

How can I help my daughter get over her fear of bugs in her bed?
My eight-year-old is afraid to go to bed now because she thinks there are bugs. She's never had a bug in her bed but she has always had a fear of bugs. It's gotten worse the past year. She is terrified of even a tiny ant. How do I help her work through this fear?
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Parenting

How do I have the period talk with my daughters?
One of my eight-year-old twin girls has had to start wearing a bra and using deodorant. Just yesterday, I noticed she is also growing pubic hair. I'm pretty sure it's time to have the period talk but I'm a bit unsure as to how to start the conversation. I don't remember what my mom told me. I'm also nervous because this particular child can be a bit dramatic and I'm not sure how she will take it. Any advice or ideas?
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