What are some toys that would be good for my 1 yr old DD? My son loved his cars, blocks, and balls. I've tried those and more with her and she still is way more interested in the stuff she's NOT supposed to play with! She's a busy little girl, started crawling at 7 months and walking right before her first birthday, so she its hard to get her interested in toys.View Thread
Rachel(27), DH(28), Jon Roland(5), Kira Elizabeth(1)
My DD is getting in her one year molars and is miserable. She had some discomfort from previous teeth but these ones are being little buggers! She has hematomas on all four places where the molars are coming in (and they're going down now thank goodness) and she is really cranky. A few days ago I noticed a rashy patch on her "girl parts" and put some A&D oitment on it. Well, it has since spread and is now a huge bleeding rash despite trying everything on it, butt paste, aquaphor, A&D etc. And her whole diaper area is red and inflamed. She is so miserable. : ( I feel so awful for her! We haven't changed diaper brands or soaps. We did recently put her on milk, she was on soy formula as an infant so could it be her lactose intolerance again? I did do some reading and it sounds like this happens alot with molars though my son never had this issue. Ideas?View Thread
Rachel(27), DH(28), Jon Roland(5), Kira Elizabeth(1)
My daughter just turned 1 and we are trying to switch to a sippy cup full time. My son easily used the sippy cup when we switched full time at 1. We tried the same brand our son used but she just chews the spout. I just got her a nuk active cup because the spout resembles a nipple. She doesnt like that one either. Her bottles are the ones with the soothie nipple and they dont make any sippy cups. Any suggestions from other moms out there. ThanksView Thread
My son isn't two yet, he's about 20 months.... but his daycare teacher asked me if we were going to be working on potty training this summer. I had thought about it (it's warmer and he can go without a diaper without freezing his little behind off..... He didn't used to mind diaper changes but these days he fights me tooth and nail..... he seems interested (he always wants to go with us in there and he does have a little potty that he plays with... he just won't sit on it, he is afraid). . . . She mentioned the potty training because of the things listed above and also he has started doing a new thing, if we ask him if he needs his diaper changed he will always say no (and shake his head), but these days he knows he has to go because he will shake his head and say no before he even has a dirty diaper. My questions: Are these behaviors considered being "ready" ? How do I get him used to sitting on his little potty? He arches his body away any time that I try to put him on it without his diaper on.... He is my first so this is completely new territory here.View Thread
Feb. 17, 2012 -- 574,000 bottles of infant Tylenol have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare division. A faulty part of the dosing system -- an interior cap called a "flow restrictor" -- can get pushed down into the bottle. This interferes with the syringe used to measure each dose. It could result in kids getting too much or too little acetaminophen , the painkiller/fever-reducer that is Tylenol's active ingredient. The recall affects seven lots of infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension 1 oz. Grape, sold over the counter across the U.S. The recalled infant Tylenol:
Has the UPC code 300450122308
Has lot numbers BIL0U00, BIL0V00, BIL3500, BJL2D00, BJL2E00, BJL2T00, or BJL2U00
The product should not be used if the interior cap has been pushed down into the bottle. If the cap is intact, the product may be used. "We apologize to parents and caregivers who have found our SimpleMeasure dosing system hard to use," McNeil president Denice Torres said in a news release. McNeil says that it has not heard of anyone being harmed by the recalled product. "The risk of a serious adverse medical event is remote," a company news release says. However, the company admits it has received several complaints about the faulty SimpleMeasure system. The system works by pushing the dosing syringe into the flow restrictor, then turning the bottle upside down and using the syringe to draw the correct dose. It's a new system, ironically put in place to reduce the risk of overdose. The company is offering a refund to consumers who contact McNeil at its Tylenol web site or by calling 888-222-6036. This is the latest in a string of recalls of Tylenol and other Johnson & Johnson products involving familiar brands such as Rolaids, and Tylenol products for arthritis , cold and flu , allergies , and sinus pain. More information on the recall, and a video demonstrating how to use the product's dosing system, can be found at www.tylenol.com/page2.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subp_tylenol_recall_9.incView Thread
I am so ready for this week to be over, so HAPPY FRIDAY. I am a substitute and I had a teacher cancel a sub job at an hour before I was supposed to show up. I had already dropped him off at day care and paid for the day so that is $40 out of my pocket that I won't be getting back since I didn't work that day! Thats just RUDE, if someone is going to cancel at least do it days in advance so I have an opportunity to possibly get a different job (this was a prearranged assignment that was accepted WEEKS ago). Leaving me hanging and jobless at the last minute is a horrible thing to do. And here is my personal favorite.....I fractured my wrist! I was cleaning the carpet and I tripped over my son when I stepped back. He fell and in order to avoid landing on him I had to twist my body and land on my shoulder and wrist.....I hurt all over.The things we do to keep our little ones safe..... I could have landed safely I am sure but not with a guarantee that I wouldn't land ON him, it would have been too close to his little body....it's amazing that when it comes down to it that my first instinct is to seriously injure myself instead of possibly hurting DS.View Thread
I just recently found out that i was pregnant. I went to the dr on the 30 and my levels were 32, then a week later they were 149. I havent had a period since around christmas, but did start bleeding around the 27 of jan. and only lasted 12 hrs. Im not sure if this was a period or implantation. No idea of how far I really am, and I go back on the 20th of feb to get my levels checked again. Is this a good sign? What should i be looking for as far as a number count? I am very confused. Thanks for your helpView Thread
I just did another post and it got me thinking.... how does everyone else juggle their family time with their schedules? I am finding this task very difficult and maybe someone out there does something different that I might like to try. Monday-Friday: I work Saturday: I usually get roped into some sort of family function (most often lately from in laws).... this is what I would really like to avoid because I would really like to have a "me" day.... or even a me day with DS, so long as I can do any activity I choose that I am not obligated to do for a certain amount of time. Sunday: I go to my parents house and I help them out with various home projects that need to be done and they get time with DS and "babysit" him while I work. As you can see.......... I have one "free day" (saturday) which is usually in high demand from various people. It is almost like I have no day off at all and that I am working 7 days a week.... that can be really tiring. What does your work/family juggling look like?View Thread
DS2 doesn't turn 1 until May 3rd, but we plan on going on vacation in Florida that same month and I want to plan his party now. I have no idea where to really host it. With DS1 for both of his birthday parties we have just had a cookout at two different city parks. DS1's bday is in July so it's always really nice. I am afraid that the weather in May wont be very nice plus I don't really want to keep doing the same thing. My house isn't really big enough to have a lot of people over and our backyard is full of my SO's "toys" (boats, jet skis, lawn mowers...) with just a small play area.
Anyone have any ideas? I know he's just going to be one and I shouldn't make too big of a deal out of it but I still feel like he should have a special day!View Thread
Has anyone else had their child react badly to the MMR Vaccine? My son had it done on the 9th... and he started breaking out in hives the last couple of days (REALLY bad hives, they are raised 1/4" off his skin, it looks like someone took a blowtorch to him)... started running a fever... has diarrhea... and threw up a few times. I called the doctor and she said just to keep doing what I am doing (giving him benadryl for the hives and tylenol for the fever).... so it isn't so serious he needs to go to the hospital....... but still....... it was a little alarming.View Thread
Ok, I need help. DH is super protective and paranoid. DD will be 1 on Tuesday and I feel like she should be eating more real foods now and less baby cereal and jars of baby food. But DH freaks out every time I give her anything new. Is thing is that she only has like 6 teeth (4 front top and 2 in the bottom front). And because he doesn't let me try more, she doesn't understand that you take just small bites and instead she crams her mouth full of whatever is in front of her as fast as she can. Can any of you give me some good ideas on what all I should be trying with her at this point? We've tried cheerios, cheese puffs, Gerber Puffs, little bites of breading, any soft potatoes or veggies I make at dinner. Still doesn't seem like much of a variety though. And seeing as how she can switch off of formula to regular milk this week, do I really want to keep holding onto the baby food? Any techniques you recommend to help her learn to eat big girl foods alone? and how do I keep DH from freaking out???? I work a demanding job and a lot of hours, so he is with her more than me. But she can't be eating baby food til she's 6!!! PLEASE, please, please help!!! I really appreciate any ideas and suggestions. View Thread
Okay, I am going to start off saying that I DO NOT want to debate religion. If that is your intention, keep it to yourself.
That said, My MIL has been pressuring DH to have our son baptized since before he was born (he is 19months). I personally do not care. I was baptized as a baby, but my family is non practicing catholic. My parents taught us that god was all around us and not only found in a building or institution. DH went through the whole process of being confirmed ect.... but he stopped going after that and is now non practicing as well. MIL pressured DH and DH got fed up with it and said "we will talk about it in January" (he was putting it off because he was too busy to talk with her about it... and he is STILL to busy). So, since MIL can't discuss it with DH.... she decides to come over and discuss it with me. I guess she talked with the priest at her church and they sounded wishy washy and didn't want to baptize unless they were going to get a "religious commitment" out of us. I told MIL that I didn't care if he was baptized or not and that I left it up to DH and it is still up to DH. I said that I would be supportive and go to the classes if need be, but I don't think it was necessary. This is where it gets kind of nasty.... She told me that she was taught "children who don't get baptized die and go to limbo which is worse than hell and since you are baptized he will be separated from you forever". Now, I have taken comparative religion and I know that it says that.... but I don't believe that at all. It irked me to no end that it she would try and scare me into having our son baptized. I told DH about it just now (a couple days later... it had slipped my mind... if I wasn't on my period I would say I had preggo brain) . . . and he was PISSED that she would say that to me. I have to give the guy props on a united front, he called her to yell at her but she didn't pick up. I actually had to calm him down about it and make it sound like it wasn't a big deal (even though it IS) because he was ready to write her out of our life all together right then and there. He was beyond livid that she would say that to me. Did I do the wrong thing by "ratting her out" to DH? DH is still super pissed at her. . . I told him about the incident through text, he then called me and had a few choice words for his mother and I felt really bad about ratting her out like that so I tried to blow it off and just tell him "it's not a big deal... she was just trying to scare me.... she just wants to try and nudge us into it... ect"... even though it IS a big deal to me and I am just as mad about it than he is.
*I would also like to note that I suspect DH was going to baptize him because he wanted to make his mom happy. But his mom is non practicing as well (lies to DH's grandmother that she goes to church every week) and only wants it done so that she can 'earn points' with HER mom (DH's grandmother) who is super religious... hence scoring her more points (or $) than her siblings when the grandmother dies.
So........ how would you have handled that? Did I do a bad thing by telling DH about it?View Thread
Hello. I have a 20 month old son, who I do not believe has autism, but my husband is concerned that he may....
Posted by An_242666
Hello. I have a 20 month old son, who I do not believe has autism, but my husband is concerned that he may. Since I have OCD, I am worried, though I think my husband is way off base. I am hoping someone may have an expert opinion for me.
My son is very social with other children and is mommy obsessed. I am with him 24/7, and he wants to spend most of his time cuddling with me, bringing me things, being read to, anticipating peek-a-boo and tickle games or getting into things and playing. He does not cuddle much with daddy though- daddy is for playing. He has always had good eye contact, responds to facial expressions and movements, mimics, and is very interested in what I am doing. He started social smiling at 5 weeks and is very loving, giggly, and excitable.
My husband is concerned because he is not talking. He babbles and says 'dada; all the time, and can also use it correctly (calling his father or myself dada). He also repeats back the word 'done', and sometimes I can get him to say 'yes'. His understanding is good I think (he is my first child). He will give me a kiss or hug when asked. Will bring me his sippy cup, a ball, my shoes, etc when asked. He does all this with excitement for the praise he will be receiving- and will often clap for himself. He loves the attention and praise of others.
My husband is also concerned because he is very hyperactive and will throw fits when we try to hold his hand or hold him when he wants to run about a store, house, etc. He does not always respond to his name or respond when we are talking to him, but that's often when something is on the tv or he wants to get into something. He gets excited by music and bounces up and down waving his arms. He definitely flaps his arms/hands when he wants something like a cracker. He will bounce up and down waving his arms going 'uhuhuh'. I think the arm/hand flapping is because he doesn't know how to communicate what he wants with words. He doesn't point, but he waves and can follow where I point.
He saw the pediatrician at 18 months and she was not concerned. My son started walking at 8 months and has been obsessed with mobility. Since I am always with him to anticipate his needs, the doctor thinks he hasn't had the real want/need to talk yet. That is how I feel.
My son definitely likes interacting with other children and will go right up to strangers and children and start babbling with them like he wants to talk, or will mimic their laughter trying to join in.
To sum up: My 20 month son old babbles a lot and says 3 words. He arms flaps and bounces when excited or frustrated. He does not point, but he does wave bye bye. He does not always respond when talked to. He is very hyperactive, doesn't like to be restrained in any way, has short tantrums often. Constantly wants to run around and explore/get into everything
but...: He is super affectionate and cuddly with mommy. Likes to play with other children. Makes great eye contact. Is very interested in what everyone around him is doing. Plays with a variety of toys in a disorganized way (though he is obsessed with tv remotes). Constantly seeks praise from others.Smiled early and smiles often. Laughs a lot and loves engaging games like peek-a-boo and and anticipates tickling with delight. Will bring me things when asked. Will shut doors when asked. Loves to kiss and hug when asked. Waves and can follow a pointing finger. Movement is very refined. Walked at 8 months and now runs and dodges objects very well. Is easily comforted by cuddling with mommy. Does not mind a change in routine. Does not get easily fazed by things, but will throw tantrums often if restrained from exploring.
I am looking for responses from people with experience. Please try not to be an alarmist with guesses, as I have an anxiety disorder.
any tips on how to get the tooth brush in the mouth. I started brushing my son at 4-6 months, but just in the last two weeks, he refuses the tooth brush. He will take it and sort of brush, but he will not let me get there. I try all kind of games and tricks, but nothing works. i have tried in the bath tub while he plays, right after the bath tub while he plays with sink. letting him have one and me do one...nothing. He only has a very watered down organic apple juice every other day in the morning and eats healthy snacks. no sip cup of milk or juice right before bed, just some plain water.
any suggestions for a strong headed boy with tooth brushing. I have even tried to hold him down, but the crying makes me feel bad it just destroys the whole evening.View Thread
My one year old is 21 pounds. We still have him rear-facing in the car but his infant carseat is too little. We have been looking online at the different seat options and are completely overwhelmed! We bought Safety 1st Alpha Omega seat and he seems to like it but we are having problems with getting it level in my SUV. It is also extremely loose and wiggles from side to side. We have stuffed towels under the seat and my husband is a fanatic about correct installation yet we still have the problem. Anyone out there have any suggestions on other convertible seats that they have had luck with? Thanks in advance!View Thread
At the end of November beginning of December my husband and I spent a week in Hasbaro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island. One night our one year old son went randomly went into a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital where he had at least two more seizures. The hospital completed an MRI, a CAT scan, a spinal tap, and a multitude of blood and urine tests on our son. The verdict was...get ready for it...there were no problems with our son. Since we've been home we've noticed a decline in our sons sleep patterns, at first we thought it was due to him getting re-acclimated to his home enviornment instead of the hospital enviornment. Before his seizures, he would sleep at least six hours straight with no problems. Now, he's gotten to the point where the only time he will sleep more than a half an hour to forty five minutes is when he is in someone's arms. Even when he's in someone arms, he is restless and twitches. This is such a difference for us, when he was a month old he would sleep at least 10 hours straight. Has anyone dealt with this? Anyone have any insight? Can anyone recommend a doctor in the Rhode Island area? We are at wits end now. We want our son to be able to sleep with no problems again. Not be put down for a half an hour and be awake again.View Thread
Now that my son is 18 months I have gotten rid of the ginormous diaper bag with everything a mom might need in favor of a small version, I have been using this smaller version for a few months now. In addition to that I have also been looking at a different stroller option. The huge graco delux travel system stroller is great, but it takes up the whole back of our car and we pretty much just leave it in the garage unless we go somewhere that we need it...... several times I have forgotten the stroller completely and realized at my destination that I was strollerless. We also got a new puppy and the poor thing could get squished if I make a sharp enough turn if she is back there with the stroller. I have been interested in cheap umbrella strollers.... but I am 6'2" and these types of strollers are not for tall people. This is the one I have just ordered: We will see how it works out. Does anyone else have this stroller? http://www.walmart.com/ip/The-First-Years-Via-Lite-Lightweight-Stroller-Grey/11987901?ci_sku=11987901&ci_src=14110944&sourceid=1500000000000003260330View Thread
Long story short: My uncle and his wife can not handle their own children. You tell the kids not to do...
Posted by Anon_1560
Long story short: My uncle and his wife can not handle their own children. You tell the kids not to do something and they do it anyways because they can't retain directions (One of the biggest issues is that they don't listen, but really what it is... is that they don't retain information. They forget the direction you gave them ten seconds after you tell them... even if they repeat the direction they will forget). When we meet up with them somehow I feel like I am a babysitter to the kids from hell. Both times we met up with my uncles family his 4 kids always ask (and this is the first thing out of their mouths) "do you have any food?I want some". Now, I am unemployed and have very little money (we had free passes to all those places but had to use them by the end of the year). I pack enough snack for my own child and myself and indeed my uncle packed food for his kids. It does not stop them from doing choruses of "not fair" when I give my son some grapes that I brought and in one instance the youngest of his brood (5 yrs: I believe he has some diminished mental capacity and is possibly a sociopath) leaned back from the railing and squished my sons arm at a really bad angle when he was told that it wasn't his food and to go ask his dad, he could have broken my sons arm if I hadn't yelled at him. The parents were no where in sight and then the kid took off! My mom went to find him and I was left with the other three by myself. I don't get paid to babysit the little demons (yes, they are that bad. They can destroy a whole house in 5 seconds flat and they will break every single toy my kid has in the process. And they don't listen when you reprimand them, my dog has better listening skills. I told them to get out of the dog pen and not leave the door open for the dog to get in the house over and over again and they STILL did it. I told them NOT to teach my son to hide in the hope chest and then were caught putting him in there! Where are the parents? no where to be seen). We have had a lot of family drama with these particular members and I can't start another family argument so this is my only avenue to vent. What would you do if you were in my shoes? I am very nurturing and don't like to see hungry kids, but they are really rude coming up and saying "Do you have food? I want some" and I don't have money to buy food for their family, it's not my job. My mom is more indulgent of their food wants and gave them the whole bag of my sons grapes while I was in the bathroom. I brought it up later that I can't afford to hand out food to them and she got really defensive. Sorry, but fruit is expensive and what I can afford goes to my son and HIS nutritional needs. As far as the babysitting.... I have voiced that I am not a free babysitter they can dump their kids on (to my mom) and she tries to minimize the situation, but that still doesn't stop her from accepting to babysit them and then requesting my help because they are to much for one person to handle. I can totally understand the parents wanting a break, but their kids are NOT a joy to have around and I don't think they should impose on family like that. Whoever babysits them should have a very high fee associated with that family. It just makes me so angry because these issues annoy me to death and I can't say anything because I have to maintain family harmony. It also makes me mad because I have had to deal with both these issues a lot the last couple months in increasing frequency. I hope the holiday time is the peak.... I don't want to see them for the next six months.View Thread
My dd made 21 months on yesterday! She says a few things we can understand i.e. I love you, hey/bye (momo, mommie, daddy, papa), come on, lets go, but not very much more than that. She babbles in her own language, but it's still foreign to us. We review flash cards with her daily and she'll repeat the word to us. She also counts to 10 (starting at 2), on her own. I am just afraid she's getting a little behind due to her not being in a nursey or daycare. She understands very well, knows all of her body parts and is very smart otherwise.
I guess I am just trying to get a comparison on other babies in her age range. Any help would be appreciated.View Thread
Okay so I got into an argument with MIL today when I asked her to babysit DS on sunday (long story short... she made all these crazy demands like me driving him down there which meant we wouldn't get back home until 2AM at the earliest... and then demanding that he spend the night... which I would never allow...). ANYWAYS, she was ranting that my family gets much more time with DS than she does(Ironic since I was asking HER to babysit). She sees him every couple of weeks... my folks see him once a week. I have had this same argument with her before when I got pregnant to begin with... My thing is this: it is DIFFERENT when your DIL is having the baby... then when your actual daughter is having the baby. . . . When I got pregnant she made similar unreasonable demands about being in the room, going to every dr appointment (trying to weasel the info out of DH so she can show up and "surprise" me), adding people to the baby shower guest list without my okay, insisting on having DS overnight when he was only two weeks old.. ect. I'm sorry but it is just different when your own daughter is having the baby... my mom was in there for the birth and she is MY mom and MY body was the thing on display. Along those same lines.... the relationship with the in laws and grandchildren I think are also a little different. My parents have a WONDERFUL relationship with DS and they see him every week..... but they also have two other grandchildren from my brother. That relationship is WAY different (note: "DIL is the kids' mom... not daughter"). So I see this same social exchange being played out in not just my own family, but others as well...... When you are the In law to the childs mom... it seems like the relationship is different.
MIL agreed at one point to this logic (before I got pregnant) because she watched my mom go through the disappointment of being the "MIL". During this time she agreed that it was a different relationship when your DIL is having the child. Now? she seems to have forgotten. My mom and I "hang out" every week and do crafts or go shopping (my son is always with me.. so yes my mom sees him too).... We have done this since I was a little girl. We have a GREAT relationship that has been grown throughout my whole life... For MIL to want this same relationship from me just isn't possible because SHE ISN'T MY MOM. If MIL would just stop doing or saying crazy things then we might be more inclined to visit more often. (DH can't stand her either... so it makes it doubly hard on me since I definitely don't want to spend time with her if her own son won't commit to the effort... like I said, she isn't MY mom... ). I would also like to note that the other three of her children have also moved FAR away from her. (she isn't alone though, she has her husband her stepdaughter/sd'shusband, and their son).
What are your thoughts on this topic? Everyone has horrible in law stories..... and there are always exceptions (for example if the moms in laws are the only family around?)... But for the most part do you think in law relationships are just different? I won't be offended if you say I am way off base.... I am interested in opinions here even if they contradict my own.View Thread
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