Are any of you dealing with sleep regressions? How are you handling it? Mid January my daughter was struggling with sleep. She would have frequent night terrors and wake up constantly. She threw tantrums a lot and would claw at herself all the time. We figured out she was going stir crazy and needed to get out more. We made changes to our schedules and began going to the library, playground, an... More
Has anyone thought about how your family will handle emergency preparedness? In the case of the current pandemic, what will you do if one person in your household contracts COVID-19? Will you quarantine them to a specific room? I am trying to figure out how to handle childcare and how to keep as many family members healthy if someone in my household tests positive.
This is a question about home-based childcare centers. The one my toddler goes to (in CA) serves 8 kids and remains open. The state has said that that's for parents who are "essential" workers to use; I am not an essential workers so I cannot use the daycare. However the provider insists on charging us 100% tuition while we keep our kid at home. What's strange to me is that al... More
Anyone else still working as an “essential” personnel? I keep hearing everyone complain how they are done with their shelter in place or quarantine. I am an essential personnel constantly in contact with over 20+ different people DAILY. And I would much rather be home with my young kids knowing we are all safe. Unfortunately we need the money in order to pay our bills, and they are not planning... More
I’m wondering if anyone has found virtual events for their kids to participate in. I love the idea of virtual play dates and virtual birthday parties. I’ve also seen several notable children’s book authors host virtual story times where they do live readings of their books and then interact with the kids over Zoom or a similar platform. Are there other virtual events that you’ve found for your ... More
HELP. Advice, commiseration, suggestions welcome I had our second child in January and am really struggling having 2 under 2 with shelter in place. I knew from the get-go that I was not cut out to be a SAHM, but I’m at the end of my rope and it’s only week 2. We are now experiencing: 1. A fresh regression where she says “uh oh peepee pants” but has stopped taking herself to the potty (be ... More
How are you handling child care during this time? Especially if you are not an essential worker, have you been able to find a suitable child care arrangement? How are parents working from home balancing having their kids around 24/7 and potentially having to teleschool/homeschool?
I’m curious to know the various ways parents are coping with the “new normal.” With kids home 24/7, many parents working from home, and the likelihood of having to teleschool/homeschool, how are you taking care of yourselves? Are you taking time for self care? I know that parenting lends limited time for self care on a good day, so I’m not suggesting that parents have ample time in their busy ... More
With most schools closed right now due to COVID-19, I’m wondering if anyone has recommendations for educational/learning apps for kids of various ages? I know that Duolingo is a great second language learning app for older kids, but are there any foreign language learning apps for younger kids? What about apps that teach STEM/STEAM/coding lessons?
Would I really be putting myself and baby in harms way? There’s so much stuff out there that idk what to believe anymore. One article says that pregnant women and their baby will be fine based on data in China. But then my husband keeps saying he’s finding articles that say otherwise? At this point I’ve stopped with reading too much into this and just pay attention to any changes locally.
These are unprecedented times. As daycares and preschools temporarily close across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s critical that essential workers still have access to high quality child care. Starting today, parents who need emergency child care can visit https://winnie.com/emergency-childcare to connect with the child care providers who have immediate availability.
My child's daycare closed starting yesterday 3/23 but we have received a letter stating that we are still required to pay for tuition costs because they have utilities and the workers to pay. I know this is a tough time for everyone but why should I keep paying for services that I am actually not receiving. I love his current daycare but once this is all over, I may be switching because it ... More
Cabin fever is definitely starting to set in as social distancing continues! I don’t want to make an unnecessary run to the craft store, so I’m wondering if anyone has ideas for crafts & activities that can be put together using household items? So far we’ve made “telescopes” using empty toilet paper & paper towel rolls (which we decorated using markers), we’ve baked cookies from scratc... More
How are working parents dealing with the “stay at home” policy due to coronavirus? I am wondering if I need to have my babysitter still come to work or not. And if I were to ask her to stay home instead of coming in should I pay her for the days not worked?
I’m soon to be at 35 weeks pregnant and I’m wondering if I really need to go in for my checkup. All seems to be going just fine so I’m wondering if I need to complicate my situation for a minor checkup considering our current societal environment? Granted I will also ask my doctors the same question but I know that I will soon have to come in on a weekly basis and wondering if I could limit t... More
I’m wondering if it’s safe to schedule play dates during this time? Since schools are closed, I know that kids are going to become restless and want/need socialization. What are some precautions that can be taken to have safe play dates? Should I ask the other parent if everyone in the home is healthy and hasn’t had recent contact with anyone infected with COVID-19? Is it okay to ask the other ... More
Winnie and Startup Pregnant held a webinar to answer questions about parenting, childcare, pregnancy and birth in the age of Coronavirus. Video of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/Winnielabs/videos/XXX-XXXX92795/