We have good bedtime routines in our house because I NEED my kids to sleep (full time out-of-home job 1.5 hours away). I would start there. We've recently done this with my now 11 month old and she now puts herself to sleep after a quick bottle (moving to a sippy cup in the next 4-6 weeks). 1. About 10 min before her usual bedtime, prepare her bottle or sippy cups and get jammies on. 2. At bedtime go to the quiet place where you wind her down--I have a rocker in her bedroom. 3. Turn on static (a must as it helps keep babies from waking during the night) 4. Turn on a CD of lulabies (probably not a must, but my kids like it) 5. (If you choose instead of the CD, you can read to DD at this time...we haven't really started that yet, but it's getting close and at 15 mo I know we were reading to DS (now 3). Just turn the cd on when finished reading) 6. Give bottle/cup while rocking 7. When finished drinking, cuddle for no more than 1 song. 8. Give hugs and kisses and say "it's bedtime. goodnight" 9. Place in crib (don't forget the lovie) 10. Exit and close the door. 11. Find something to keep you busy for the next hour. 12. some people say to go in after 5 min and pat your baby, then after 10 more, then 15 more...BUT that just makes my kids more mad. I just let them cry. The first night it took 45 min for her to go to sleep (I did go in after 20 min, but I shouldn't have. The next night took 15 min. The next few nights less than 10 min. After about 5 nights she quit crying completely. (DS had similar results, but I didn't know to try it so he was about 14 months)
We do the same routine at naps, and she goes to sleep in minutes.
During the day, just try to be consistent and don't pick her up when she is screaming. My DS was velcro so I get it. She is old enough to communicate a little and eventually will. My line was "mommy doesn't understand screaming".View Thread
your DS is right at the age where the "biting stage" tends to begin. It can last for a long time if not properly managed. If you are holding him/playing with him when he bites, tell him "no bite" and set him down or walk away. Try not to react with an animated jump or yell. He'll think it's funny. Try to avoid eye contact with him...eye contact can be a reward (attention). If it continues, once he is a little older you will be able to use time outs, but at 17 mo I don't think that will be useful. He won't get it and you will physically have to hold him in his time out spot...he won't understand that he has to sit there by himself. You should check to see if he is teething. Sometimes kids bite more often if their teeth hurt. We would give our DS motrin before daycare when we could see his gums were puffy because he tended to bite for a while. Don't listen to people who say to bite your son back. It won't help them actually understand why they shouldn't bite. It will just make him afraid of you. (commence the stoning...say what you want corpral punishement endorsers...it promotes fear not understanding...and fear will only work for so long.) Good luck.View Thread
I'm not sure, but if he is not turning 6 soon I would keep him out of school for another year. Kids usually aren't even allowed in preschool without full potty training (unless there is a physiological reason) so I doubt the school will take him. If they do, the teacher will not be allowed to clean him up so be prepared for him to come home with poop all over himself. Kids will tease him so I would wait to send him until he is trained. That could be a long lasting social stigma. My son's daycare teacher can't even help wipe his bottom when he poops, and he just turned 3 3 weeks ago. He has to do it himself...some days are better than others.
To poop train my son (which did take a lot longer than pee) we did sticker charts toward new toys that he wanted (small things like thomas engines or super hero squad guys--the charts have 25 or so squares). He actually completed the training on his own when we went on vacation. He just decided he wasn't going to go in his pants anymore. Do you still have him in pull ups or is he in underwear? If he's in pull ups, throw them out! It will be messy, but oh well, it will be less pleasant for him, too. My son pooped his underwear 5 days out of 7 for about 5 months while he was completely pee trained. We just kept at it and eventually, he stopped. We would ask him all the time "where do you pee? Where do you poop?" He always answered "in the potty" to both questions even though he was rarely pooping in the potty. This made us think that he just couldn't quite control it yet.
Good luck. And, consider not sending him to kindergarten yet if that is an option.View Thread
First, go see a doctor about your sneezing and pains. I don't have any ideas, but if you are worried, you won't stop until you get to the bottom of it.
Both my kids slept through the night early (9 weeks). And, both started waking often again around 6 months. I think it has to do with teething and learning to do new stuff. Try to get her back to sleep without feeding her. That will develop a habit you don't want to start. Make sure she eats plenty of bottles throughout the day so you can feel confident she doesn't need a nighttime feeding. At nearly 6 months, you can feed her other foods--vegetables, fruit, and even meats are OK around that time. In fact, she'll need a source of iron unless she is on iron fortified formula. Good luck.View Thread
It is very fast--just steam (or even microwave) until soft and use a hand blender to puree. Spoon into an ice cube tray and freeze. I think I've make 3 or 4 different fruits/vegetatbles that last for 3-5 weeks in less than an hour. I use small ice cube trays so I can feed more variety per meal. I've made pears, peaches, peas (you really don't have to strain them, just make sure they are well blended), green beans, and sweet potatoes, and broccoli. If you are going to buy organic, fruits and vegetables is the one area that it MIGHT pay off, but you can wash or peel them and feel confident that you have removed the chemicals. I usually buy frozen vegetables and sometimes frozen fruit. Depending on the time of year, frozen fruits and vegetables can have more nutrients than fresh because the lenght of time between harvest and freezing is often 24 hours or less. The whole time fresh fruits and veggies are sitting on the shelf, they are losing valuable nutrients. All of them worked well, but the fruits had a lot of liquid, so I drained them before mashing. I don't like very runny foods. They are too hard to keep on the spoon. I do not make carrots because fresh carrots can be high in nitrates and until a baby is 8 months old, they can't manage high nitrates. Commercial baby food carrots are tested for nitrate content, so it is best to purchase them prepared until your baby is 8 months old. After that, mine eat chunks anyway, so I don't make them myself, ever. I feed jarred unsweetend applesauce instead of making my own because it is perfectly safe for babies and is an introduction to texture. The more flavors and textrures you can expose your kid to the more accepting they will be when they are older. My 9 month old eats parts of every meal with us now. We eat reasonably healthy foods that usually are not too high in sodium so she gets to try anything that is safe for her. I want her to become accusomed to eating with the family and I am not a short order cook.View Thread
I made some purees for my kids when they were first beginning to eat solids. That only lasted a few months for both kids as they both refused purees after about 8 months. After that, they get bits of whatever we are having (anything that is soft enough and not likely to be an allergen--we do introduce them, but one at a time after the age recommended). By about 8-9 months a baby's digestive system can handle just about anything we consume as adults. In the USA, we often shy away from foods with more seasoning or spice. That is really not necessary. In other countries, babies are fed the national foods. The babies grow up and do just fine. Just offer a variety of foods of all different types. And, I have to ask... If you don't want to feed your meals to your baby, why would you want to eat it yourself?View Thread
Just about the time we considered my son 100% daytime trained, he began having small "dribble" accidents often. I think it was becasue he was experimenting with how long he could hold it before he really did have to go. He was daytime trained for about 4-5 months before we went to no pull ups at night. Once we went to underwear at night, (almost a month ago) he's had 2 accidents overnight and has woke up once to go pee. I don't think there is anything wrong with pull ups at night and underwear during the day. We did that for about 10 months during training. Just be patient. He'll get it soon enough.View Thread
Boyzmomee is correct. The author who wrote the paper linking autism to vaccines retracted it and I think lost his license. Get your kid vaccinated according to the schedule recommended. (or as soon as possible now that that is past). I agree that it would be horrible to have a baby wake up blank, but the vaccine won't be the cause and will protect against preventable, and more common diseases. The doctors who create the recommendations know a lot more about this than I do (and I have a PhD in nutrition and took many many physiology/immunology courses) so I defer to their opinions.View Thread