We have been blessed with babies who sleep very well through the night. We are a Babywise (affiliate link) family and it has worked for us, big time. Our girls have slept through teething, allergies, and even sick nights. They are able to put themselves to sleep and we have really never had a problem at bedtime.
Our oldest needed to make the transition to her big girl bed and all bets were off! We walked through what felt like endless nights of putting her back in bed at 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock only to have her up and ready for the day at 5 o’clock. The worst part was the crankiness during the day. Because she was not getting as much sleep as she needs, we were having some serious discipline issues during the day. Continue Reading
When G was very young (like 7 months) she suddenly grew an intense attachment to a small stuffed pig we had. She carried it with her everywhere, she slept with it, she teethed on it. And thus a love affair with all things pig started. She spotted them everywhere, she wanted one if we saw it in the store. She was a pig loving kid! So I knew we would really enjoy our Tot School for Twos farm unit on pigs.
There was just one hitch to making her sensory bin for the week: I couldn’t find pigs for it. Continue Reading
This entry is part 5 of 29 in the series Baby Days
There is SO much a baby can learn and enjoy with a simple collection of balls! We explored textures, colors, and shapes among other things this week when we focused on playing with balls with W. We gathered up all the balls in the house and found a ways to play with her individually and with her older sister, G. I thought I would share with you the simple ways we introduced ball play with W. The benefits of simple baby play are many – helping to work on fine and gross motor skills, vocabulary, color recognition, sensory stimulation, and more.
Recently, we went to bed the parents of two girls under 2 and woke up the parents of a sweet 8 month old and a toddler with a bit of an attitude problem – ha! No really, our oldest is not crazy on the terrible twos, but we did notice an attitude adjustment was in order.
We suddenly heard, “No!” and, “I don’t like it!” a lot more than we had just a few days earlier. And we had some interesting conversations when we heard these things.
But it was a few days into this new, “I don’t like it!” phase that my husband brought my formerly amenable and agreeable toddler in to wake me up after an afternoon nap with a tantrum…on my bed! Yes…on MY bed. As I sleepily tried to come up with a way to stop the madness, an idea struck me and I lunged at it. And it worked! And it has continued to work – even though we kind of are getting past the, “I don’t like it!” (to everything) stage.
“What is it?”
I remembered what my child does like and tried to remind her of them with a game she likes.
We played hide and seek with her “likes.”
I jumped up off the bed. Looked at her (screaming, crying, beautiful mess that she was at that moment) and I asked her, “Where did your likes go?” Then I set out looking for them out loud. I walked into the bathroom and looked high and low for her likes. “Are they in here…no, I don’t see them.”
I walked into the closet and searched out those elusive likes.
I came back to find my toddler a little bit quieter and asked her, “Where are your likes?” I told her they were not in the bathroom or the closet. Then I asked her if they were in her room. She got up, stopped crying, started walking into her room.
Suddenly she had a new thing to do!
We walked all around the house, upstairs, downstairs looking for those likes.
And we found them, hiding downstairs! Once we got downstairs I asked her if she liked her favorite toys.
I asked her if she liked Mama (a previous target of, “I don’t like it!”),
I asked her if she liked Dada (another victim).
And then we celebrated. “Yea! We found G’s likes! We found her likes! Yea! She likes [her toys], she likes Mama, she likes, Dada! Yea!”
That is more like it!
And the tantrum was over! Forgotten! Success!
Do you have any creative parenting ideas? Solutions to the problems we face with toddlers? I would love to hear them! Please share!
I have been brainstorming ideas for Father’s Day this year that are appropriate for G to give to her dad and are appropriate for my husband. My husband is apparently not the stereotypical “dad.” He is not remotely interested in hunting and fishing. He doesn’t golf. And though he is a computer nerd (self-admitted), he doesn’t like most of the typical fashionable tech gadgets (we are anti-Apple around here). He is also not the grill-master or gardening guy. So, it can get a bit difficult!
Another thing about my husband is I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen him in a tie. We are just a casual family around here, so it would look really out-of-place with his one-pocket t-shirt and cargo shorts! But I got to thinking about turning the typical Dad’s day gift on its head to make it something fun for G to do and something funny for D to receive.
This entry is part 15 of 29 in the series Baby Days
I have never met a baby who didn’t love to gaze at herself in the mirror. And I have never met a baby who didn’t smile at least once at herself. Starting around 6 months, baby begins to recognize herself in the mirror and can begin to learn more about what she can do. Baby is also beginning to put language and vocabulary together. And a mirror is crucial to this process.
Just like tummy time for your little one, mirror time can be done everyday for at least 15 minutes (not necessarily continuously). We brought a full length mirror downstairs for our oldest (22 months) when she was around one year old for a preschool unit on the body. But she had a mirror in her bedroom that we used (and still use) everyday long before she was a year old to help her build awareness of her body. Our second little girl just turned 6 months old and has really started to enjoy her time in front of the mirror. Continue Reading