Safety

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Anonymous posted in Safety Oct 08

Do you take out your babies earrings out at night?

I have a 15 month old girl. Do you let your child sleep with her earrings . My mother in law came to visit and asked whether i take out her earrings at night. I said, no. Im originally from Africa so i slept with my earrings. My husband is white so its two different cultures. Baby sleeps through the night with her earrings in with no problems. Should I take them out?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 13

    You don't need to. Just make sure the material the earrings are made with suits her (you'd know this in a day or two, if there is no rash then she is fine). On the other hand, at that young age you might end up closing the piercing if you forget to put them back for a day or two. (It happened to me at age 3 when my mom didn't put mine for 2-3 days, getting them pierced again was no ... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 13

    Get her some tiny studs in silver or such material and leave them in. Can clean once in a while.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Sep 27

Other people touching your baby

Is it just me that get super annoyed when other people want to touch my baby? Someone on the elevator in my apt building asked to touch my daughter and I said no. She looked so offended. I didn’t have time or patience to explain why. My mother in law who was with us said I overreacted. I don’t think I did.

  • antigrav_kids
    Oct 03

    I think you did great! No one is obligated to get to touch a baby, and I say that as a person who wishes I got to hold every baby I ever met. If you're gut, instinct, rational mind, whatever, tells you know, then the answer's no. You've got a good reason whatever it is, and even if you don't, it's your kid, not theirs.

  • Tash
    Oct 03

    I just dont know why anyone would ask! I would never expect to be able to "touch" a stranger's baby. If it's a friend or colleague and their body language suggests they are open to it, I might ask and even then I am prepared to hear something like "let's see if he wants to go to you" aka "maybe not".

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Sep 25

Has anyone heard of britax one4life car seat?

I have a 2 year old daughter and we’re thinking of getting her front facing car seat. I’m thinking of buying her the one4life which is coming out this October but it’s too pricey ($400-$600 I think). One4life car seat is for infant to big kid. It says it grows with your child up to 10 years. If I buy that car seat I already missed out the 2 years of the car seat. Do you think it’s worth it? A... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 26

    We have the Graco 4Ever and didn’t start using it until our daughter was 9 months old, it’s a 4in1 so it grows with your child. it’s super durable and it’s only about $150, which is well worth it if it’s going to last us 10 years. It goes from rear facing to front facing and it turns into a booster when the time comes. Good luck finding one!! It took us a while to choose which one we wanted too

Raji posted in Safety Sep 24

Kiddo keeps touching, turning on/off stove top knobs 😭🤦🏻‍♀️

Has anyone gone through this; what kind of words did u use to discourage this behavior. She is always in the kitchen when we are cooking and won’t leave the stove top knobs alone. Anytime I try to talk about safety etc. she goes on about all the things in her view. She is 21months.

  • Vonda
    Sep 29

    We have knob locks and talk about how they are ‘hot’. It’s also one of the things in the house I get the ‘NO’ voice with. Not yelling. Just a pronounced mom No voice. So he learned quickly that knobs were not something to touch. He watches me be about safety and heat in the kitchen so much he gives me back the covers/locks for the knobs when I don’t put them back immediately after I turn them o... More

  • Serrina F.
    Oct 09

    My stove knobs are on the top panel part of the stove so thankfully I don't really have that problem. But my little guy is trying to open up the oven door so what we say to him is "ouchy ouchy ouchy", "hot hot hot", "no touching no touching". But I would most definitely go with the knob coverings just to be double covered!

Have you heard of mental health first aid kits?

I read a really interesting article about putting together first aid kits designed to help during a mental health crisis. I thought it was such a great idea! Especially with depression and anxiety levels increasing in kids and teens. Here is a link to the article: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/how-to-build-a-mental-health-first-aid-kit What are your thoughts? Would you put one tog... More

  • Myrtle
    Sep 19

    I love this idea thank you for sharing!

C posted in Child's Health Aug 31

Best way to treat carpet burns on toddler?

Our one year old has them on his cheeks, elbows, and knees. He's in no pain and five days later the burns on his knees and elbows are fading, but they're still visible on his cheeks. Recommendations?

  • Jenn
    Aug 31

    Agreed

  • Robert
    Sep 02

    As long as they don’t seem infected... Maybe some Vaseline.

Jenna posted in Safety Aug 23

What is the best baby breathing monitor For an eight-month-old

My baby is eight months old and she likes to sleep facedown and I’m worried that she’s going to smother her self .I have bought one baby breathing monitor but it was cheap and the alarm just kept going off on it. I need to find something that works.

  • Trisha
    Aug 26

    We have the angel care monitor/breathing pad. Like it so far!

  • Laura
    Aug 29

    I like the owlet

Anonymous posted in Newborns Aug 15

Can a toddler and NB share grooming kits?

Things like thermometer, nail clippers, the nasal aspirator? I feel like they should each have their own but my husband thinks otherwise?

  • Carissa
    Aug 21

    Yeah my kids share nail clippers, thermometers, combs, etc. they have separate ones but my daughter likes using ALL of her little brothers stuff. Even tries fitting into his clothes sometimes 😂 her things are hers and his things are also hers 😂

  • Molly
    Aug 22

    We share everything. Sterilize the nasal aspirator and thermometer after use but you should be doing that anyway!

Anonymous posted in Child Care Aug 03

Bite marks

I picked my LO from her daycare center on Friday and I noticed she had a bite mark on her face so I asked her teacher if she knew what happened and this seems like a bite mark, I was told by her teacher that she had no idea what happened and it doesn't seem like a bite mark it seems like she might have bumped her head. I then went and talked to the administrator and I was told by her that i... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 04

    I would remove my little one after finding a suitable daycare replacement. You might want to also inform the other parents as well, your local investigative news person or BBB. This way all the other parents are made aware of how the daycare is handling a parent (which could one day be them).

  • Mika
    Aug 09

    This happened to my son at the daycare. Another baby bit him quite badly, the bitemark actually stayed for 2 weeks. However, I was immediately informed by the caregiver that my son was bitten by other kid (without mentioning the other kids name, and its a policy we agreed on). But then we bumped into a parent the next day and she immediately apologized for what happened, and that’s how we figu... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Aug 02

Toddler Injuries at Daycare

How often is your toddler injured at daycare? I don't mean major injuries. But it seems that it's a pretty regular occurrence that I get a phone call telling me another kid bit my son, or hit him on the head with a toy and he has a bump, etc. So, I'm just wondering how often is typical for a toddler to have "incidences" like that to warrant a phone call because there's a mark?

  • Stacey
    Aug 10

    My kid likes to run faster then the rest of him can keep up with. He gets a lot of little bumps and bruises. Day care is good at letting us know he still likes going so I'm sure it's normal kid bumps. Does your kid still like going to daycare? If not you might try probing a little more on what's going on.

  • Kristen
    Aug 15

    The state ratio of toddlers aged 12 months to 2 years, is 6 children per 1 adult. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time just keeping my 1 from getting hurt. Let’s try to remember that at this age they can’t verbally express their feelings, so unfortunately, the only way is to hit, bite, push, etc. Children at this age are also learning their environment and what the expectations are. S... More

Shay posted in In-Laws Jul 29

Am I overreacting

I get very bad anxiety when my in-laws watch the baby (they are in their 70’s). Despite the wAy that I feel I let them watch the baby (10 months old) anyway, and before I left the house I forgot to turn the stove off. During the 2 hours that I wAs gone no one noticed not even my husband. It wasn’t on high and nothing was really on it except the very edge of the pan, and the chicken got burnt a... More

  • Anonymous
    Jul 31

    Overreacting because you can be equally blamed. Ex : " Shouldnt you be more careful with turning off appliances? A fire could have started and your child could have gotten severely injured or worse". Not sure anybody would turn it on you but, just in case. Nobody was hurt. Saying something will lead to an unnecessary fight.

  • anonymous mom
    Aug 08

    I get being anxious about leaving your child with your in laws. My daughter will never be alone with mine and I don’t care how many feelings I hurt. Having said that, you cannot blame them for this. You missed it yourself and it is scary but it happens. Just try to be more careful in the future.

Kimberly posted in Safety Jul 22

Bigger baby jumpers?

Hi- my “little” guy is about to be 7 months old and he’s off the chart with height and weight. He currently has a jumperoo and LOVES it but he’s about to reach the weight limit. He can’t stand or walk yet. Does anyone know of any thing like a jumperoo for bigger babies?

Anonymous posted in Safety Jul 18

Hello, our baby hates the car seat! He’s 5 mo. What solutions do you have?

Also, any recommendations about how to keep him cool during the ride. AC can take awhile to reach the back.

C posted in Safety Jul 16

How do you trim a baby's nails if he wakes easily and won't let you do it while awake?

I used to be able to trim them in his sleep, but he wakes easily now. I could use some good tips and hacks!

  • Kristine
    Jul 18

    I trim my son’s nails when he’s drinking his bottle. He holds it with one hand so I usually trim the free hand and switch.

  • Natasha
    Aug 29

    I use a file

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jul 12

Would you remove another child from a play space if your own child was “in danger?”

We were at a splash pad and my son (2.5 yrs) was trying to climb up a turtle. I was watching from afar and didn’t notice that a small kid (maybe 10 months?) had crawled up right next to my son. I don’t think my son was hurting the other kid or anything but just trying to climb up the turtle. Then a mom came running in yelling “be careful with the baby!” Confused, that’s when I repositioned myse... More

  • Amanda
    Oct 09

    So my personal opinion if I were toddler mom; once another parent speaks to my child, if I agree with the other parents position or not, I am going in. Not to be confrontational or apologetic but to let the other parent see I am present and capable of supervising my child and from close proximity would then be able to address whatever concern was at play. As baby mom, if you are close enough t... More

Nail polish disaster!

So my 2 yr old got into my nail polish and got it all over her legs and hands. Any tips on how to get it off? And will polish remover harm her skin? Help!

  • Anonymous
    Jul 10

    Washing it off with a regular soap will be fine. Something like dawn should be able to remove the scent, or vinegar. Just moisturize where it went so her skin doesn't get dry.

  • LaShundra
    Jul 10

    Thanks! Vinegar worked!

Triny posted in Safety Jul 09

Anybody tried these yet? I want to know if they are good. Thanks.

  • B
    Jul 09

    I used them last summer. They’re better than nothing but not great. I’d stick a bunch on her and it helped in not super buggy places.

Toddler Bed

My son is going to be 1.5 next month and I believe it is time to move him to a toddler bed. He can't climb out of his crib, but he does try and ends up almost getting his leg stuck.

  • Sammie
    Jul 08

    His mattress is as low as it can go.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 08

    Might be time then. It might be a few bad nights of him getting up and whatnot but he will get it

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Jun 25

Sunblock

Hi! I have a 9 month old, and we’re going on vacation in a couple days. We plan on being outside for most of the time we’re there, and I know he’s going to need sunblock. Should I buy the actual “baby” sunblock for him, or would just regular sunblock work? I’ve read about rashes and burns from regular but my mom said he should be fine? Thanks everyone!

  • Sarah
    Jun 27

    Anything zinc based is probably fine. I agree I like think baby or beauty counter the best!

  • anonymous mom
    Jul 27

    Our whole family has converted to Blue Lizard brand. It works great, the baby brand is excellent on my daughters skin. Just a tip, the amazon blue lizard is not real blue lizard. At least it wasn’t as of last year...targets is legit, or you can order it through their website or from a dermatologist office.

Anonymous posted in Safety Jun 21

Where are my shorty mamas?

I am 4’11 and have had to lower my son’s crib as he can pull himself up now (14 months). However in order to lay him down I’ve literally got to crush my abdomen and literally lift my feet off the ground 😅😖 How do pregnant moms do it?? I’m trying to have baby #2 and worried that it’ll be very difficult to lay my toddler safely down while he’s sound asleep and be pregnant at the same time🤰🏻 help!

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