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Jen posted in Sports Dec 03

Trailer bike recommendation

Goal : family bike rides with 2 parents, 1 yo & 3 yo through flat, paved suburbia Question: what is the best trailer bike for the 3yo? Context: the 3 yo currently uses a balance bike, but can't yet do long distances nor is he tall enough to cross streets & be seen by drivers. We would like him to contribute (pedal) rather than just tag along. We would prefer the option to easily ... More

Ivy posted in Sports Dec 31, 2018

Pedaling tips

My 3.5 year old has been on a balance bike since he was 18 months. He’s real good at it and has been coasting with his legs up for over a year now. He recently asked for a pedal bike so we got him a 12” specialized bike. Only thing is, he can’t seem to pedal! Videos online show kids just hopping on and being able to pedal like second nature, but my son is having a hard time understanding the pe... More

  • T
    Jan 01, 2019

    My son had a pedal bike since his 1st birthday. He only learned to pedal this past summer 3.5yrs exactly. The only thing that helped/taught him was watching a slightly older cousin.

  • Teena
    Jan 08, 2019

    My daughter didn’t learn how to pedal until she was 4. Every kid is different. I know would work with her and push her feet and she still wouldn’t understand. Until one day when it just clicked for her. It was like walking. Some kids were walking at 9 months, she didn’t walk until 13 months. Each kid does things differently and learns on their own time. I’m sure he’ll get it eventually! It’s ju... More

Cross country skiing with 3 year old.

Does anyone have any experience with teaching a 3 year old how to cross country ski? Tips tricks equipment....

Swim classes

We are really big on water safety and recently started our 22 month old in swim classes. There’s a lot of singing and nursery rhymes which don’t benefit my kiddo as she’s deaf. She hates going to class. She will arch her back like a gymnast and kick anyone in a 2 foot radius. We used to be able to get about 15-20 minutes through class before she threw a fit but today it was the moment she saw ... More

  • Kellie
    Sep 29, 2018

    Does your pool happen to have a splash pad or zero entry? Do you think she just may want to be more independent? We have a one like the one in the photo I’ve attached. It took a few times for him to get used to it but he loves just being able to do his own thing now! I still take it off for a bit every swim because I want him to learn how. I don’t want him to get so comfortable in it that he fo... More

  • Hailey
    Oct 04, 2018

    The forum in westland has a great swim class for kids 12 months and up :)

Swimming with ASD

Any parents with kids on the spectrum experience cognitive and/or behavioral benefits after enrolling in swimming classes? Please share observations!

How many weeks old for first pool?

When is it recommended to wait until 1st pool time?

  • Lauren
    Sep 23, 2018

    my kids all went in after the umbilical cord fell off

Pool time?

Is it okay for a 5 month old to get in a pool? My cousin has a chlorine pool and I want my LO to experience a pool while the weather is nice.

  • Clarissa
    Sep 12, 2018

    I guess its okay as long as you wash them off after the swimming session. :)

  • Brittany
    Sep 12, 2018

    My baby’s first time in the pool was at 1 month old. No sunscreen till 6 months! I learned that the hard way. Just make sure your lo is shaded :)

Toddler cleats

Hi all! My 3.5 yr old is about to start baseball and I'd like to get him some cleats. I've tried a couple stores and no one has toddler sized ones ☹️ Has anyone had any luck with finding them? Thanks in advance!

  • Ashley
    Jul 09, 2018

    We bought ours off Amazon!

  • Stacey
    Aug 13, 2018

    The Children's Place consignment store on Tryon and Buck Jones has an amazing collection of cleats

DIY program for teaching 3-5 year olds to swim?

So we got a pass for a pool near our house, but unfortunately they don’t have swim lessons for kids under 6. Can we start teaching them ourselves if we go once a week? My goal is to teach them to float and paddle without the floaties, as well as basic safety skills, but I don’t know where to start. Any resources would be appreciated!

  • B
    May 31, 2018

    Hi Valentina! Paddles can be super useful but I find that they offer too much water resistance for beginner swimmers. I'd recommend paddles for an older child who has already mastered the front crawl and is just working on perfecting their stroke. I'd recommend noodles for beginner swimmers because it offers some flotation and support while they are working on beginning skills like kick... More

  • Kelise
    May 31, 2018

    The YMCA is great

Balance bikes

My little boys birthday is coming up and he really wants a bike im looking for good balance bikes and helmet recommendations for three year old!

  • Jamie
    Jul 08, 2018

    Any advice for teaching them to actually ride it? We got one for our two year old and she loves to get on it and walk but isn’t working on the balance part of it at all!

  • Aida
    Jul 08, 2018

    We didn’t teach him to balance on it, it just naturally evolved once he had been riding it and gained confidence. It’s pretty amazing to see. Just let her enjoy it and grow with it.

When is a good time to put a 3yr in hip-hop dance class ? b/c my 3yr son loves to dance

  • Sara
    Mar 18, 2018

    3 is a good age assuming you can find one that will take that age kids! My daughter went to a hip hop class at 2.5.

  • Slimas
    Mar 18, 2018

    You should try your best to get him in now . Most of time when a child start out young doing the things they love the better they be at it as time go by.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Mar 17, 2018

Hello! What is the best time or way to start swimming lessons for toddlers with ear tubes? Is there a special precaution we must take? In our case, our son has had tubes placed about 15 months ago. One of them might be starting to come out. Really hoping we can start swimming lessons ... But not sure if the best thing is to wait for confirmation that the tubes are out. Appreciate any insights 😊

  • Jenny
    Mar 17, 2018

    My son has had tubes since 10months old and he was able to take swim lessons with them in no problem. Unless they are going to be going deeper than 4 feet our ENT says there isn’t usually an issue.

  • Ryan
    Mar 18, 2018

    We used ear plugs with ours. Heat them up in your hands and then press outwards towards the corners of the ears. After the first few times there was no fear or frustrations. It was important for us to get use to plugs because we swam in the ocean a lot in the summer.

My son is about to turn 5 and we want to get him a bike for his birthday. He’s already adept with a strider bike so we were thinking it’s time to try one with pedals. He’s very tall and leggy for his age... what’s a good first bike that’s suited for an early rider but that he won’t outgrow for at least a few years?

  • Stephanie
    Jan 16, 2018

    We also go the craigslist route- you can get a much less expensive bike and not have to worry as much about it needing to last longer due to the cost. Just FYI, my tall-for-age almost 5y/o has been riding a 16” bike since he was 4 years, 3 months (I noticed the link above was for a 14”). He went straight from the Strider to the 16” bike. The one he uses at home is a 14” since that was the best... More

  • Ali
    Jan 17, 2018

    I’d shop good old Walmart for a bike this age! As much as I believe that chain is destroying every ma and pa store around. A bike for a 5 year old is pretty much a throw away. I’d just shop cheap for the time being.

Anonymous posted in Grade Schoolers Oct 04, 2017

My daughter is in kindergarten and just started playing youth soccer. She enjoys it but can be kind of passive, standing towards the back of the scrum. Are there ways to encourage to be more aggressive but in a constructive manner? Thanks!

  • Lesley
    Oct 05, 2017

    Just play with her and show her how to be more aggressive. Also, she will build more confidence as time goes on and it will show on the field

  • Ruthie
    Oct 06, 2017

    Our 3 year old just started soccer. It's pretty "free form" if you can imagine. I find she is more willing to engage if I get out there with her. She'll kick the ball and run around with me before she'll engage with the adult coaches. Fortunately, it's a pretty relaxed setting and most of the other parents are playing around too. I figure we're exposing her to some... More

My little one starting learn swim. She can put head into water with eyes open. Will that hurt eyes? I noticed her skin getting red around her eyes after many times. But her eyes has not red.. Our pool is salt water.

Anonymous posted in Sports Aug 23, 2017

Are strider bikes worth it? I have a 2 year old that is more than ready and was thinking about getting him one. My older child is 7 and says she does not want a balance bike, she wants a bike with training wheels, the previous one is now too small, I told her that's fine and said maybe when she's ready we can take off training wheels and practice and she said no way. Tips for how to get... More

  • Teddy
    Aug 24, 2017

    My husband is a bike salesman ( full disclosure does NOT work for any of these companies) but he and I highly recommend the Burley balance bike. It will last forever. It is much sturdier and has real parts and it has no puncture wheels. It's much more bang for your buck too. The strider bikes aren't bad at all. I would say they are second best. And I would definitely go with a balance b... More

  • Teddy
    Aug 24, 2017

    You can also make a balance bike out of a pedal bike by removing the pedals! But I see kids going faster and enjoying themselves more with the training wheels when they start that old.

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Is it ok to take 3 month baby into the pool? Is the chlorine safe for their skin? Wouldn't the water be too cold for them? Just trying to figure out my options for this summer with baby and get us some sun!

  • JudeAnne
    Jul 27, 2017

    Lots of sunscreens and dr don't recommend sunscreen for kids under 6 m. Just make sure baby is shaded and covered.

  • ATL
    Jul 27, 2017

    They have some floating devices for the pool to provide shade. Docs advise against sunscreen until 6 months...

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