Kari writes... "My 2 1/2 year old girl had her first nightmare last night! Are there things I can do to minimize the scaryness of the situation for her? Can I help prevent them? Help! It's so HEARTBREAKING seeing her so scared."
I have witnessed a miracle at my house. My little guy who wouldn't/couldn't sleep for longer than literally a few minutes, even in your arms, has started sleeping on his own. (He has bad reflux and is now on meds.) It started out with 2 hour blocks of time and has gradually increased. Last night he went a whole 7 hours on his own. I LOVE it and it has made me a happy mom again.
My question is this...how do I keep up my milk supply? I'm worried that with him eating so little during the night and then wanting to eat so much during the day my body is going to be super confused and not produce as much milk. Am I crazy for thinking this? Is there a way to keep up my supply without waking up and pumping?
How do I get my 22 month old to keep her SHOES on in the car? Every time we are in the car she takes them off. It's annoying to have to put them back on every time we get out. I've tried explaining why she needs them on and when I can I carry her instead of letting her walk. (My attempt to show her that she needs her shoes to walk on the ground-She hates it.) But really I can't carry her everywhere, especially with the new baby coming.
Lindsey has a daughter, like so many of us, who is a picky eater.
She writes, "My daughter is about 19 months and I just wanted some tips on getting her to eat with silverware. I give her the option of eating with silverware if she wants to but sometimes it's just easier with her hands. Not worried just wanting some advice. A little WORRIED about my next question. My daughter is such a picky eater. She'll go from one day to the next with different kinds of food she likes. When we go out to eat or over to Grandma's she hardly EATS anything because she seems to always want to be busy. She still takes a bottle right before bed and just drinks it so fast. I feel like she's hungry and counts on that bottle to fill her up at night and we're trying to get her off of it completely soon. I need help with my picky eater! Also any foods or recipes for picky eaters would be great!!"
"I'm taking a trip with my kids, and the idea is pretty daunting. Here are the details: I'll be alone on the airplane with my two boys (2.5 and 1 and both still in diapers), our flight is 4 hours long, and their typical bedtime will be somewhere in the middle of all that. But I still have 6 days to prepare for it, and also, I have no problem using sugar to my advantage.So if you have any good secrets, please pass them along now!"
Ever since I started watching a little boy who is potty trained Hallie has become extremely interested. I went and bought her a little toilet seat which sits on the top of the toilet and she loves it. She constantly says "POTTY" and asks to go sit on the potty and have her diaper changed. The problem is that she never pees!! She sits on the toilet for a minute, asks for toilet paper, flushes the toilet and then washes her hands...BUT never actually pees. I thought maybe if she sat there for a few minutes that might help, but nope. I also thought that maybe if she heard running water (always helps me) it might trigger something. But again nothing. She is only 19 months old and so it seems early to be potty training but I don't want to discourage her, especially with baby #2 on the way.
Lindsey has a question about her daughter's nap routine...
"Noelle is transitioning in to only needing one nap a day but I'm not sure how to go about doing it. I love when she takes an early afternoon nap (between 11am and 12noon) but sometimes she'll stay in her bed for a half hour or more just talking to herself. She'll take a pretty good nap but then wake up and eat a very late lunch and then gets tired around 5 or 6 but by then it's too late to give her a second nap. I just want to know how to TRANSITION so I don't have an ornery girl half of the day."
Marci Kay has a question for all of us moms who breast fed at one point.
She writes, "I would like to know how long it took you moms to loose your milk once you started to wean your baby. It has been 2 weeks and I am still PRODUCING milk! Besides that I was only nursing 2 times a day before I weaned him...why the soreness still!?"
Brittany has a question regarding her son's pacifier.
"My son is turning 2 in June and is very attached to his pacifier. I was just wondering when I should start 'weaning' him from it and what would be the best way to do so. He HAS to have it when he goes to bed and likes to use it every once in a while during the day as well. I really don't mind him having it but I was very annoyed when he woke up screaming last night when he couldn't find his pacifier so I had to get out of bed to help him. I don't want him to continue this. What is your ADVICE?"
She wrote "Nolen has totally just STOPPED breastfeeding as of last night. Stopped! Refuses! My boobs are large and in charge!!!! I am in discomfort and PAIN! I was not ready for this! For him to just stop! WHAT THE HECK?? We were down to 3-4 times a day of nursing... now zero?? Just like that??? NOOO!!!! I dont want to pump, because then my boobs will just produce more and more, and well if Nolen is done,what DO I DO????? OUCH!!!!"
Erin, the mother of the CUTEST little Lucy you have ever seen, needs advice when it comes to rice cereal.
Here is her question..."We've started to introduce solids to Lucy (almost 5 1/2 months now). We've tried feeding her rice cereal 4 or 5 times now and she doesn't understand how to eat it (or that it's something to eat); she just spits/drools every spoonful out of her mouth. Is there a secret to teaching babies how to eat, or is it just practice and repetition until they finally catch on?"
I need help disciplining Hallie. We first tried TIME OUT which worked wonders. My husband and I thought yeah we totally have this parenting thing down. HAHA Little did we know that it would stop working after a couple months. After that we started lightly slapping her hand when she did something bad. It didn't take long for her to start slapping her own hand and saying "No, No" to herself. As funny as it was to watch we knew that it meant it was no longer working.
So mom's what do we do now? How do you discipline a 18 month old?
Darling and may I say nearly perfect Lindsey needs your advice with three questions.
#1- My daughter likes to swing her arms and hit us. Sometimes she does it when she doesn't like something but sometimes I know she doesn't mean it. I feel like she is so young to be doing this. How do I teach my 14 month old not to hit?
#2- I know I don't need to take her off a bottle completely yet because she is 14 months and was a preemie. She usually has 3 bottles a day and takes about 4-5oz with each bottle. And all of them are before naps and bedtime. She likes using a sippy cup but she loves her bottle. I asked her doctor at her 1yr appointment and she said not to worry about it yet. When should I worry about it and start transitiong from 3 bottles to 2 and so on and how do I transition?
#3- My daughter was 8 weeks premature and so there are some things that have taken her a little bit longer to do. I haven't worried at all about it because she is very active and happy. She will walk across furniture and with the help of a little toy train will walk across the room. All of the walking usually is done on her tippy toes. We try to get her to walk from dad to me (a very very short distance) but she just sort of falls and seems to have no desire to walk on her own yet. I guess I just want to know if anyone has been in the same boat or any advice on the matter?. How do I help my daughter feel comfortable walking on her own and how can I make it easier for her?
Hallie refuses to eat any veggies. We try to sneak a little bit in but she just spits it out. Is this a normal stage for toddlers? What do you do to make sure your baby is getting the proper nutrition?
This blog is for advice, stories, questions, support etc. that young mothers may have. I myself am a young, 27 year old, mother of two. A 3 1/2 year old girl and a 18 month old baby boy. I know I need help and imagine other mothers do too. I plan on posting questions etc. every few days and I hope that you, the readers, will respond by commenting. Let's help each other out!
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