U:: [[Parenting]] This is a collection of various questions I've asked and answered regarding parenting. ## Habits ### Screen Time - When can children have _some_ screen time? - Screen time is [discouraged by the WHO](https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/screen-time/art-20047952) under 2 years, with exception granted for video calling with relatives ## Development ### Feeding - When can children start eating solids? - After 6 months, they can start eating purees. - No, this doesn't really replace milk consumption especially at the start. ### Baby Gear - When can the child use a standing [Skip Hop 3-stage Activity Center](https://a.co/d/0V28fIU)? - Pediatrician recommends using this only when the child is able to stand assisted on their own. Doing so before could be detrimental to development. - What are some unexpectedly useful baby things? - A cooling pad for the stroller - it can get warm especially if you live somewhere tropical - a cooling pad is not just good for regulating the baby's temperature but also easier to replace should there be any accidental spills. - Thermometer and hygrometer with history - eliminates all the guesswork about whether the baby's sleeping environment is at the right temperature. - Baby crib cover - in cases where you do not have access to blackout curtains at home or at hotels, this can be super useful in improving nap times. ### Sleep Training - Children need to learn how to sleep on their own, without the help of a parent. Sleep training is a process of teaching them how to do so. ## Health ### Sickness - Below 6 months, children shouldn't be given medicine. Above 6 months, everything must be course through a pediatrician. Some medicine will cause your child to vomit. - Vomiting is very common in children because of their underdeveloped smooth muscle control. One instance isn't necessarily a cause of concern.