I went to a wedding not too long ago and my two year old's shirt was constantly coming untucked; it drove me a little bit crazy. A few weeks later when he was wearing a tuck-in shirt again, I tried something a little different. I put a plain white onesie on underneath the dress shirt. Then I used baby safety pins to pin the front of the shirt and the back of the shirt to the onesie, underneath the pant line where nobody could see. It worked like a champ.
I am fairly new to the potty training experience, so I don't yet have much advice on the subject. That said, I saw a lady in a Suburban helping her potty-training-age daughter sit on a toddler potty in the back of her vehicle. I thought that was a genius idea and I thought I'd share. Probably not for everybody, but I like it!
Very early on in my son's life, his pediatrician suggested we talk to him extensively, to give a play-by-play of everything we do. A few examples: Do you want the red ball? Mommy is getting your milk; please be patient. Do you see the bird? It is over there on the tree branch. The bird says "tweet tweet." I am shampooing your hair; ok, now let's rinse your hair... I am constantly talking to my son, and although people might look at me like a crazy person in the grocery store, I know I am teaching my child, and my two year old has a great vocabulary because of it.
On another subject on talking with your toddlers, rather than telling your toddler not to do something, which inadvertently puts the idea in the child's head, phrase your sentence in another way to tell him what he should do. For example, rather than saying, "Here is a ball to play with. Don't throw it.," you should instead say, "Here is a ball to play with. Let's roll it on the floor like this." If your child is already doing something you don't want him to do, then it would probably be appropriate at that time to say not to do it, such as telling your child not to bite or hit.
Talking can also be a great distraction. When my son is stir-crazy and frustrated about being in the car too long, I point out things and we make a fun game of it. We look at trees, water towers, hay, horses, the sky, the moon, police cars, tow trucks, windows, etc. It keeps him quiet a little longer. Another trick we do in the car is putting the windows down. My son likes to tell me which of the four windows to put down and up.
In addition to talking a lot, I think it is also important to lead by example and follow the rule - do as I say AND as I do. I think if you are polite with your toddler, he will be learn to be polite in return. Whenever my son gives me something, I always tell him thank you, and so in return, he always says thank you for everything I give him. He even tells me thank you after I change his diaper. The same rules apply with saying please. I try to never do anything I don't want my child to see me doing and repeat, which can be hard sometimes.
If you have a nearby pool, lake, pond, ditch, or other body of water that your child may have easy access to, I recommend you check out the Infant Swimming Resource. The video below which is also on their website shows just how easy it is for a small child to fall into the water. With the proper training, infants are able to survive an accidental fall into the water by swimming, flipping themselves over to breathe, and calling for help. Classes start at 6 months, and it could save your child's life.
I want to say, first off, that I didn't come up with this idea. It was suggested to me in an automatic email I get, but I can't seem to find which one. Anyway, the general idea, is to make daddy a Father's Day t-shirt that says something to the effect of, "Daddy needs a pat on the back," and then the child puts handprints on the back of the shirt. Here are some photos of my versions, which I thought might be more likely to be worn. I used iron on letters from Hobby Lobby for the words.
Our son has tried a few sippie cups and we definitely have our favorites. As a first time-buyer of sippie cups, the choices can be overwhelming and confusing. Here is our summary of the cups we have experience with, which hopefully will help.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against giving honey to babies. Infants 12 months and younger who are given honey may develop infant botulism, which is a type of food poisoning caused by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum that can be very serious in babies.
Quote: "This bacteria forms spores which when swallowed by a baby will start to produce a poisonous toxin in the baby's intestines. This toxin, known as botulin causes the various muscles in a baby to be paralyzed. The symptoms then develop because of this paralysis including, poor sucking, weak cry, irritability, lack of facial expression (i.e. cannot smile because the facial muscles are paralyzed. The most dangerous part of this infection is that if the diaphragm, our main breathing muscle, becomes paralyzed, than the baby will have trouble breathing." http://www.drpaul.com/library/HONEY.html
Another site says to never give honey to an infant as it may be associated with SIDS. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001566.htm
I recently learned that Bank of America users can get in free to the Children's Museum, the Houston Zoo, and the Museum of Natural Science (and over 100 more museums nationwide), the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of every month. Here's the link for more information - http://museums.bankofamerica.com/
"Sleep when baby sleeps." This is the probably the best advice I have ever gotten. I still abide by it whenever I can and my child is almost two!
If your child wakes multiple times at night to nurse or have a bottle to fall back to sleep, you have a "trained night feeder," and here is some great advice.
Emily became a mommy on her birthday in July of 2008 to a wonderful son named Sam. She has since become rather obsessed with all things related to babies and baby items.