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What’s the best way to dine out with a baby?

I'll have what she's having.
I’ll have what she’s having.

Today’s “Ask The Doctor and The Dad” questions come from Pamela Brill, a writer who interviewed and quoted us in an article she wrote for the “Parent’s Corner” of the Rashti & Rashti website. Check out her article now, then read our complete answers to all her questions about going out to eat with kids below!

What types of supplies (meal and play items) should new moms pack when dining out with an infant? How about for a young toddler?

When your baby’s a newborn, going out to eat is surprisingly painless. That’s because at this point, your little one still sleeps a lot. So just bring the car seat in with you, set it up on the ground, on the seat next to you or in one of those special car seat holders that some restaurants provide (fancy!), and your infant will probably snooze through most of your meal. For maximum dining leisure, make sure to feed your baby shortly before you plan to be at the restaurant – because once your baby’s belly is full, it will be a whole lot easier to fill yours.

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How do you get a kid to stop picking his nose?

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Today’s Ask D+D question comes from an uncle dealing with a particularly sticky situation:

My sister’s 9-year-old has a pesky habit of picking his nose…when bored, nervous, talking to people, YOU NAME IT! Obviously, my sister is embarrassed because she will be talking to her friends and her child will start “picking away.” She heard from THE Internet that he “must be orally fixated,” which sounds like some Freudian mumbo jumbo to me. Any experience with (gross) habits of children and how best to behaviorally change them???
– Ryan

Well, Ryan since we luckily haven’t had to deal with much nose-picking in our own home, we decided to dig deep into the research to answer your question.

Like seriously, three knuckles deep. And here’s what we found.

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Ask D+D: Why can’t my kid take a hint?

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Today’s question comes from a mother in desperate need of a wet wipe:

The other day the kids and I grabbed a quick lunch. I was trying to corral everyone over to a table while also balancing all of our food, drinks and a milkshake on a tray, when the milkshake naturally fell, bounced off a chair and spilled EVERYWHERE (including on other people), before finally landing upside-down on my sandal. At that moment, my three-year-old asked, “Mama, can you lift me up on my seat? And can you open my toy?” …Why does my preschooler constantly ask me to do things for her when it’s obvious that I’m already really busy? Does she have absolutely no empathy, or is it an age thing, or what?
– Megan

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Is my kid becoming too competitive?

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Today’s question might just be the very best question the Doctor + Dad have ever received.

A competitive edge seems to have just popped up in my preschool-aged daughter and her buds. Like who’s the tallest, fastest, strongest, etc. What’s the deal with that?
– Ashleigh

Well Ashleigh, we know what you mean. Just like Charlie Sheen during a career-threatening psychological breakdown, our four-year-old daughter is pretty big into “winning” these days too.

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What are some good brain-boosting indoor activities for kids?

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Today’s question is one we’ve all probably thought about a lot. (Or at least a little, like whenever the cable goes out.)

What are some good indoor activities for kids that can boost my little one’s brainpower more than just watching TV?
– Elyssa

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Ask D+D: Why is your baby crawling like an MMA fighter?

Today’s question is a follow-up to a question we answered a few weeks ago. You know, the one where we pointed out how weird looking our son’s crawl was?

Did you know your kid’s crawl looks exactly like one of my favorite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves?
– Morgan

There’s a fine line between being a defenseless baby and a ruthless killing machine.
There’s a fine line between being a defenseless baby and a ruthless killing machine.

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Ask D+D: Why is your baby crawling funny?

Today’s question comes to us from just about everyone who has ever seen our one-year-old son scoot his cute little baby body across the floor.

Why is your baby crawling like that? Is this for real? What the H is going on here? I mean seriously, whaaaaaattt???
– Just About Everyone

Well, everyone, thanks for the question. So here’s the thing about crawling: babies do it lots of different ways.

A. Standard Crawling B. Hands-and-Feet Crawling C. Step-Crawl Mix D. Creeping E. Scooting F. Step-Scoot Mix Using Three Limbs

A. Standard Crawling  |  B. Hands-and-Feet Crawling  |  C. Step-Crawl Mix  |  D. Creeping  |  E. Scooting  |  F. Step-Scoot Mix Using Three Limbs

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