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HELP Potty training TIPS

Any & all tips on potty training. We are currently on day 2 today, We are doing the 3 day method potty training Basically he’s naked all day. I am Aware 3days May vary, but we’re shooting for consistency. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far He sits on potty willingly ✔️ Pee in the potty 4 time, but only when I Initiated potty time✔️ He likes to celebrate when he pees in potty ✔️ N... More

  • Jasmine
    3h ago

    Read “Oh crap potty training” it will change your life!!

Pam posted in Sleep Sep 30

Toddler sleeping in their own room

Any advice on how to get a 4 year old to sleep back in their room. Made the biggest mistake of our lives letting her come to our room because she was scared.....now we can’t get her back. She screams and cries and says she scared and doesn’t want to be in her room by herself. I feel bad because the look in her eyes is like she’s terrified....we tried night lights...flash lights...leaving the do... More

Anonymous posted in Behavior Sep 23

2 year toddler starts screaming if denied anything.

My son is 2 year old. I am having problems in telling him " NO". He would just start screaming and throw tantrums, sometimes he would bang his head on floor and tries to hurt himself. I am not sure how do we handle these situations as it becomes really embrassing in front of others and most importantly i feel that as a parent its my duty to inculcate good habits but he doesnt listen.... More

  • Yanis
    Sep 26

    Ugh my daughter used to do this. It’s so dangerous. Now that she is able to talk more she has stopped; but honestly nothing I did got her to stop. I tried ignoring her, trying to talk to her etc. Nothing worked. If you can, try putting his feelings into words and I agree with previous posts distract him.

  • Yanis
    Sep 26

    My daughter didn’t do the wall but she’d throw herself back wherever she was. Usually on the floor.

Myrtle posted in Behavior Aug 25

Loved this advice on how to deal with whining and other challenging behaviors!

I listened to this episode recently and found it really helpful! The title of the episode is how to deal with whining in a different way but she definitely talks about how her strategy applies to all behavior that can be challenging. I have been starting with the “ say what you see” portion of the strategy and I found it helpful not only for my kids, but it definitely also gives me space to mak... More

Suggestion on finding a baby-sitter?

Hi Parents, any suggestions on reliable ways to find a baby-sitter? We have a two-year old and will occasionally need a babysitter beyond the regular day-care time. What is a good way to do this? Any suggestions appreciated!

  • PK
    Sep 26

    @aurora, sorry I just saw your question. We never tried care.com. When we first started looking into babysitting sites, for some reason I kept seeing negative reviews about it. My husbands coworker told us that he used sittercity before and found a sitter there that worked with their family for years before moving on. I also heard good things about urbansitter. I remember read a blog post com... More

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.

Amanda posted in Flying Jul 16

Taking 15 month old on a plane ride

Hey everyone, I have flown a few times with my daughter. However this will be the longest plane ride. We have two flights and it will be a long time with her on my lap. Any toy recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  • B
    Jul 18

    Oh 3 hours is nothing for lap. You’ll be fine. Save new toys and books for the second flight, though.

  • Lindsey
    6h ago

    The 5 senses! Keep your LO "guessing" and being stimulated by having toys in a bag, pull one new one out every so often that stimulated a different sense. - Going to the dollar store to make a little toy bag is what we've done on the cheap (or grabbing old toys LO has forgotten about). - I got a tablet for my LO. It's great to draw and erase see played on it for hours.

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

Frecia posted in Sleep Jul 15

Hi first time mom!!

Hi everyone I’m a mom with 10 month old baby girl!! We’ve been having issues with her sleep ... anyone experience this with their 10 year old !? Tips welcome !!

  • PK
    Jul 17

    ^^^ yes! The 8-10 month sleep regression was the absolute worst for us. My son wasn’t the best sleeper but he did sleep through the night up until 8 months where he was awake every hour or so. We bedshared up until 9 months (I was so sleep deprived) then we finally transitioned him into the crib and did CIO at the final stages of the transition.

Genesis posted in Sleep Jul 02

How can I wean off my 18 month old from the pacifier ?

He got really attached to it since he was born and he always likes it for comfort or when he’s ready to go to bed he wants his pacifier cause he got so used to it when he was a newborn . But now I need help ! He’s 18 months old and still asks for it , he cries for it and won’t go to sleep without it . I’ve tried reading him a bedtime story to see if he’ll forget it and go to sleep without it bu... More

  • Aften
    Jul 15

    I slowly trimmed the tip off of my daughters pacifiers and we told her they were just wearing out since she was a big girl and had them for so long. Once they were too short, she asked if we could just recycle them!

  • Mom
    Jul 22

    We were looking out of the window with my baby son and there was a dog outside. I told him that that dog ate his pacifier and that’s ok because the dog needs it more. He just agreed with me and never cried or looked for it after.

Marta posted in Sleep Jun 19

Bedtime trouble 🙄

My daughter is 5 about to be 6 in September and she still has to have us sleep with her until she falls asleep or sometimes sleeps in our bed. I don’t know what to do and I want her to learn to sleep on her own. Is it to soon or did I wait to long? HELP

  • Jackie
    Jun 22

    Good luck!!

  • Anonymous
    Jul 15

    Not sure how big your bedroom area is or if she’s in a larger bed...but maybe you could try putting a mattress, cot, her bed right next to yours? Then she’s ‘with’ you but not in bed with you?

Stacie posted in Behavior Jun 16

Toddler screaming

Any advice on random screaming!? My 21 month old has also been randomly screaming. She’s not screaming at anyone but will just randomly scream in the house or sometimes will do it to get our attention if we don’t immediately answer her 🙈

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 16

    I’m so interested to see the answers. My daughter does this and then she says, “mommy?” As in, she wants me to scream back. Lolol. I do it sometimes if it’s not totally inappropriate (like when it’s 5am or when we are eating dinner). After I make the noise back she then asks my husband to do it too. Im guessing this isn’t the “right” way to handle it. I’m glad we don’t have neighbors who live c... More

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jun 17

    @Julie you arent wrong for what you're doing.. she is making a game out of it as a way to have a special bond with you and your husband. My advice is try asking her why she is making that noise? Make sure you tell her that noise is called screaming. If you dont want her to do it all try then maybe try making up a story.. Tell her oh no... look outside you scared the birds! The animals have ... More

Brushing teeth

We struggle to brush my 2 year olds teeth. He doesn’t want to let us brush and can’t do it yet on his own. Any suggestions for getting a good brushing ?

  • Ashleigh
    Jun 19

    We started with the Elmo song ‘Brush teeth song’ cause it shows all these kids brushing their teeth and I also think she was just distracted enough to let me brush them. But, as the wonderment disappeared I always just enthusiastically talk about brushing teeth. I let her chew on floss when I am flossing. too cause she things that’s fun. I just try to be happy about it and we also made a spitti... More

  • Jennifer
    Jun 23

    Where did you get the lights up toothbrush. Is 2 to young for the electric toothbrush?

Elvie posted in Behavior Jun 13

Tips on getting your toddler to listen?

My son barely listens to me or his dad. When we tell him something it’s like he is ignoring us on purpose. When I tell him something he wants his dad. I’m so frustrated.

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 22

    I hope this is normal because my daughter never listens 😅

  • HR
    Aug 01

    It’s b/c they’re kids and are selective in what they hear, for the most part. If it’s *really* bad though (like, banging-pots-&-screaming-their-name-&-they-don’t-even-look-up bad), definitely talk to their pediatrician; we were having trouble w/ our kid (29 mo) even responding to us, & it turned out he was partially deaf! And it’s common for seemingly-unhearing to be a symptom for ... More

Anonymous posted in Flying Jun 07

Any tips for a 6 hour flight with an almost 2 year old?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 09

    We never ever give our phones/iPad but the plane is the only exception lol get an isle seat bc you’ll be walking up and down a lot. I’d get toddler their own seat. I did lap ticket for my 18 month old last weekend and it was such a mistake, it’s just way too tight. Lotssss of snack, hide a few toys for a few weeks so they’re new.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 09

    Snacks, drinks, tablet a new toy all things your wouldn’t usually give into. We also flew early right after he woke for the day so he would be more tolerant which worked well until our flight was super delayed 🤷🏼‍♀️

Anonymous posted in Tricks of the Trade May 28

Stop using pacifier?

How did you guys get your little one to stop using a pacifier? She only uses it to go to bed. I tried going cold turkey but she just cries for it. When I let her fall asleep with it, I'll take it out of her mouth but she'll wake up a few hours later whining for it. Any suggestions?

  • Momof1
    Jun 05

    We started by making him fall asleep without it. If he woke up in the middle of the night we gave it to him. Eventually he slept through the night and didn’t need it anymore. The hardest part was getting him to sleep. For that we just patted his back and shushed him for the first week and after about an hour he would get tired and nod off. Then the second week we would step out of the room abou... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 11

    We cut them up and threw them in the trash. In one night, she was over them.

Anonymous posted in Behavior May 14

Bad behavior! Terrible threes??

My 3 year old has been pinching, kicking and hitting and not listening at all. He throws things and hurts my husband and I. We tell him to stop he doesnt listen. He never listens. Maybe once in a blue hes a good boy! Help me please i don't know what to do anymore??? I've tried literally EVERYTHING

Transitioning to sippy cup.

Hi everyone. I just wanted to know how you transitioned your 8 month old to a sippy cup? Right now I’m trying the munchkin gentle transition sippy cup, but my little guy hates the texture. Help!

  • Sabrina
    Apr 22

    Thanks everyone! I think I’m going to try the munchkin 360 sippy cup 😄

  • Lauren
    Apr 29

    I just gave him no other option than his 360 cup. He does get a bottle for his PM feeding bit that's all. He was given his 360 cup at 6 months.

Laurie posted in Flying Apr 14

Family Trip Tips

My family is taking our Disney trip soon and this will be my first time flying with my 7 month old. Any tips you can give me for the plane ride? Also, any tips for our stay at Disney World or the parks?

  • TiMex
    Apr 14

    Try not to feed or let your little one snack too much before taking off. Give them some time to burp/poop etc... When my kids and their Mom flew for the first time our son had diarrhea from the formula and it bled through onto her shirt and our daughter threw up on her. It was hectic especially since the flight was packed.

  • Molly
    Apr 15

    Try to breastfeed or bottle feed on take off while your still flying up. To help babies ears not hurt. When we went to China with my 10 month old she did really good. Just have a couple of toys and something to drink on. Disney will be a lot of fun.

Beverly posted in Flying Apr 04

Pro-Tips for a cruise and flight

Going on a one week cruise that will also require a 4 hour flight. My 4yo has never flown or been on a boat, and I"m looking for pro-tips on packing and how to keep him entertained (that does NOT involve giving him a screen and then calling my job done). What do you wish you knew or brought with you? Can toddler take Dramamine?

  • Marika
    Apr 05

    A small portable night light for sleeping in a unfamiliar place is essential for my LO. We always been travelling via plane, ship etc. since he is a baby now he is almost 4. It is easier than first imagined. But the most useful for us was pack light so I always have 1 hand free (1backpack, 1 suitcase) to hold his hands and also easier managing potty breaks etc. There is plenty of entertainment ... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    Does he go to school? If so, you can ask his teacher for any suggestions on activities for him to do. My kids teacher made her a travel packet..and its wonderful! If not my kid's favorite has been no mess coloring book. Play Doh. And bring lots of snacks and if you see him touching his ears during the flight at anytime..have him eat the snacks to help with his ears

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