Tricks of the Trade

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Laurie posted in Flying Sunday

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
    Sunday

    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
    Monday

    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

Anonymous posted in Tricks of the Trade Apr 04

Wife is nervous about potential cruise with one year old

I want to take my wife on a cruise with our one year old, and she is hesitant to do so due to being a light sleeper and not sure how our daughter will handle a vacation like that. She is nervous we won’t actually enjoy the vacation. Does anyone have suggestions on how to cope with nervousness, and how to prep the family for a cruise?

  • Jennifer
    Apr 04

    We took our son across the us to CA for vacation and I was really nervous too. It was a lot of work but as long as you share the workload and be a bit lenient on things your normally not such as juice and screen time you will make it just fine. My son slept in the same room at the hotels and didn’t sleep well so we let him sleep with us for that week. Didn’t ruin anything she slept fine in his ... More

  • Megan
    Apr 11

    I get her hesitation. It’s a lot of money to spend on something potentially not very fun. Also, you’re on a boat. If it sucks, there’s no escape. Maybe ask her what her specific worries are and come up with a plan on how you would handle it.

Looking to hire a live in Nanny...

Hey everyone, my husband and I are looking to hire a permanent live in Nanny, but don’t really know where to start for the hiring process. Any suggestions would be amazingly helpful!!!!! Thank you in advance!

What’s a good response for the incessant requests/demands of“mommy look at me!”

My 3yr old demands me to “watch this” or “ look at me!” Several x a day. Often it’s several x in a row too of doing the same thing. He is not starved for attention -only child. So what’s a clever or cute or effective way to respond after 5x in a row of “look mommy!” ???? Help wanted

  • Stephanie
    Mar 30

    I use the following method. After I finish seeing (insert whatever they are doing) I am going to do (insert what you need/want to do) when I am finished I will see again what you have to show me okay. Usually my kids (5-7) interrupt me of course but I remind them when I am finished (insert your need/want) I will be so happy to see (insert there request) and if they have come to you give a qu... More

  • Mrs. HHH
    Mar 30

    Thank you Stephanie. Sounds methodical and more importantly, feasible!

Reading books

my 17 mo refuses to let me read to him. Once he sees a book he will look at it and try to tear at it or eat it and will not stay still for me to read. He will also take the book away and throw it! How can I get him to sit still so I can read to him

  • Kristen
    Apr 01

    Some babies just aren’t into it. There other come a time they will be ready. My son is just now starting to like us reading to him and he turned 2 in January.

  • Stacey
    Apr 12

    If we are reading a story that is not interactive (lifting flaps or doing actions) we give our son a "distraction book". Usually a feel the things book that has things he can touch and play with while we read the actual book we picked to read.

Niashya posted in Behavior Mar 26

Terrible Two’s!

Hi parents! Hope you’re having an awesome week with your loved ones! I need a few pointers. My son has definitely gotten into the tantrum phase. The usual stuff. Throwing himself on the floor, whining for every little thing, crying for every little thing. It’s overwhelming to say the least. I’m pretty sure he’s just working out how to communicate his feelings / emotions. But any pointers? I’m h... More

  • Diana
    Mar 27

    For mine, I immediately offer a hug but tell her that it’s ok if she needs a minute to herself first, she can have the hug when she’s done. When mine is in full meltdown, she hates to be touched, and if we’re at home, I’ll let her have a few minutes without interacting with her. If we’re in public I’ll immediately pick her up and bring her outside or somewhere quiet and explain that while it’... More

  • Joe
    Mar 28

    Stay strict about your rules, and consequences if broken. I do not allow my daughter to be disrespectful, she’s 2, but my strict parenting is always followed by an overwhelming amount of love and concern ifffffff she calms down and apologizes and explains why she melted down. I explain what she could have done, what will get a positive response from me, and That I understand why she feels how... More

Weaning off a pacifier

I have a 21 month old who always has to have a pacifier in her mouth. Even when she is happy and does not need to be comforted. I would love to wean her off of them. Does anyone have suggestions?

  • Danielle
    Mar 26

    We had 2 very attached paci monsters that we wanted to wean. With both girls, we snipped the tips and they both lost their interest within a few days. It was quick and ultimately they made the decision for themselves that they didn’t want it. With our oldest, we had to cut it again but she physically took it to the garbage and said, ‘no like, it trash’ and threw it away!

  • Melissa
    Mar 27

    Danielle... I would like to try this! Thank you for the advice!

Maranda posted in Sleep Mar 20

Transition to Crib

I need to transition my daughter into her crib. She started in a bassinet next to my bed.. and then we moved into a rock and play after about 2.5 months because she just slept better feeling more “secure” if you will. We tried to transition back to bassinet but she wakes up numerous times through the night, and still has a Moro reflex so she will jolt herself awake if she’s flat. We have tried ... More

  • Brittany
    Mar 20

    We recently moved our 4 month old to her crib because she outgrew her bassinet- what made it a smooth transition for us was having naps in the crib during the day for at least a few weeks. I do agree with the transition swaddle though. We use the halo transition sleep sack but our little girl isn’t rolling over yet so we keep her arms swaddled most of the time much to her dismay. I would get ap... More

  • Stacey
    Mar 28

    We transitioned with using a swaddle sleepsack and we used a pack and play that was in the same place as the bassinet by our bed. When he got used to the space we moved him to the crib. I think the swaddling sleep sack helped the most because he still felt secure but had space to move around. We usually found him 90-180 degrees from the direction we put him to bed in.

Potty Training ?!

My son is almost 15 months old. I don’t think he’s ready to start potty training quite yet but he might be interested. He always follows me to the bathroom when “mommy has to peepee”. Honestly I might just be nervous because he’s my first and I am clueless. I have no idea where to start! 1. how do I introduce the idea of potty training to him? 2. is it too early to start training boys at this... More

  • Anna
    Mar 20

    I just want to offer a bit of different wisdom...I tried the “Oh Crap” book/method with my 20 month old (at the time), motivated by the idea that it is a socially learned behavior, as she states in the book. In retrospect, I do wish I would’ve waited for signs of ‘readiness’. Everyone told me that my kid was smart, so she would get it in no time. I became frustrated when she went a few times he... More

POTTY TRAINING!

Hey guys! First time mom here! My son is 20 months & I’m trying to potty train him but honestly I don’t know where to start! I put him on the potty & he’s gone a few times but I need a system.. any tips.. literally anything will help! Thank you!

  • Taylor
    Mar 19

    Okay thank you! I’ll try the naked thing && see if that helps!

  • Christa
    Mar 19

    You might consider checking out Elimination Communication with Andrea Olson- she’s got a fantastic channel on YouTube, which is what I used to train my now 13 month old. It worked amazing for us! Maybe give it a try!!!

J posted in Sleep Mar 13

Ferber method for naps?

I am considering trying the Ferber method on my 8 month old. For those that have had success do you apply the method during nap time as well? Let’s say I put her down for her first nap 2/3 hours after she wakes up from night sleep, how long go I give her using the method if she doesn’t fall asleep? I would eventually like her to take 1/1.5 hr for her first nap and then 1.5/2.5 hr for her second... More

  • J
    Mar 14

    Thanks for all the suggestions. She’s never really been a bad sleeper (usually only up once for about 20-30 mins just for change and feed). Lately she’s been getting up an hour after bedtime and it’ll take 1.5hrs to put her back to sleep. Also during naps she’s been wanting to be held or will only take 30min nap. We’re on night 2. Yesterday was a success! Bedtime she fussed about 30mins aft... More

  • Vonda
    Mar 19

    We do the method for nighttime. But not naps. I nap with him. If you’re going to do it. Be consistent and make sure you and your SO, partner in crime are on the same page before you start. It’ll help a lot in the long run.

How do you handle going out with your little ones?

I have a 20 month old and a 4 month old. I haven’t had the courage to go out by myself with them. Any tips?

  • Christine
    Mar 15

    Go somewhere not so busy as first and take your time . If someone has a tantrum or gets upset just take each situation as they come. My biggest advice don’t worry about other people around you. Double stroller helped us a whole lot.

  • Elvie
    Mar 15

    Thanks for all the tips! Definitely have more courage to go out! ☺️

Alexis posted in Sleep Mar 08

What can i do if my 7 month old daughter keeps waking up during the night?

  • Dragana
    Mar 12

    Maybe it is a teething pain that wakes her. My 7 mo old has been doing the same so i give him cold things to chew on before bed, if that doesn’t work i try Camilia teething drops if he wakes up in the middle of the night. At first i would freak out and run to him to pick him up and he would stop immediately as long as i hold him. Now I give him a minute sometimes he just soothes himself if not... More

  • Elle
    Mar 12

    If it is wet diaper, 1. Switch to thicker better overnight diaper 2. With lights as dim aa possible, change diaper but dont talk to baby. Put baby straight back to bed.

CJN posted in Flying Mar 05

Plane trip with 18mo

Any advice to make it enjoyable? lol Toys entertainment that aren't huge objects?! We are going to Orlando FL which is a 21/2 hr flight. Also, has anyone taken spirit airlines? I'm super nervous about flying. My parents bought the tickets and i appreciate/ grateful for it but people say this airline in particular isnt good. I'm pretty sure the only airline I've ever usedn in th... More

  • Diana
    Mar 09

    In addition to everyone else’s suggestions, add decorative/fidget like keychains to your bag. My child played with/looked at the few keychains I put on her bag much longer than I would have ever imagined!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 18

    Agree with above suggestions, but also want to add flights to Orlando are typically filled with kids or at least passengers who expect to be on a flight with kids. I’ve found that the expectation of other passengers helped alleviate my anxiety of being “that person who brought a baby on a plane.” When I flew with my then 18month old the other passengers were so kind. Many grandmothers and mothe... More

15 mo has RSV and 11 yo has the flu 😷😷😷

Well sickness is in the air here at my house! My 15mo son just got diagnosed with RSV and my 11yo has type A flu. They both have allergies and my daughter has asthma. The tamaflu they sent home for both children and they both have thrown up with it! It seems that if they eat before they take it that they are less likely to throw up. The drainage is causing the horrible cough which leads to thro... More

Adrian posted in Education Feb 26

Career day at school

Hi, I’m volunteering to do a career day for my son’s class. I’m looking for suggestions on how to make It fun and interesting for the kids. I’m a front-end web developer and a startup entrepreneur.

  • Anne
    Feb 26

    Fun! Maybe have them do a workshop designing an app? Get together in groups and work through who is the user, what problem does it solve, and then draw some mockups of what it could look like? Then they could "pitch" them to a group a teachers or parents?

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Feb 25

Extra protein & save money!

Lunch time hack: sprinkle a teaspoon of hemp seeds into the buttered bread of your LO’s grilled cheese (regular or vegan) sandwich. Also, use the end pieces for the sandwich and turn the dark side over (so it’s hidden from picky kids while covered in that melty cheese they all seem to love), now you’re not throwing two perfectly good pieces of bread into the trash!

  • AdamAnt
    Feb 26

    Who throws out the bread heels?! In our family, they’re the favorite slices! 💕

  • Anne
    Feb 26

    Hahaha I totally throw them out. Though I do use this trick of during them "inside out" so the kids don't know 😂

AVG posted in Sleep Feb 24

Crib or toddler bed?

Hi mamas! Daddy comes back from deployment in May after being gone since LO was 3MO. We want to start crib training once he is back (she will be 9MO) so mommy & daddy can have their alone time. BUT she has co-slept with me since birth. My question is should we get her a crib or should we get her a toddler bed in case she needs me for night comfort since she is so use to being next to me ... More

  • becky
    Feb 25

    Both my children coslept which was way easier for me as a breastfeeding mom. I started transitioning my son by using a cosleeper first and then a crib in my room. Not until we started weaning from breastfeeding did we move him to his own room in a crib. She may be too little for a toddler bed still. Maybe buy a transition crib so that you have both options? Also think about how you are going to... More

  • AVG
    Feb 25

    Thanks Becky! Yes you are right she is too little for a toddler bed. We will look into transitional cribs. I was thinking it was going to be hard to co sleep with now my partner and baby. Its definitely going to be hard on me, but we want to also spend time together. Thank you!

Art ARt ART

I need advice regarding storage. My daughter loves to draw. She has tons of markers pencils and paints. I can figure out how to store those in bins but my struggle is with the art and sticker pads! They are oversized ( nowhere near 8.5x11) and I need them off the desk! They take up more than half the desk! How do I store the so she can access them it keep them neat and orderly?

  • Ivy
    Feb 24

    I love under bed storage bins, like shared above. Great to hide away and easy to pull out and actually see everything. I also use those giant rubber maid storage boxes, and put them in the closet. I like the clear ones, so I can see everything easily, but I hate the look so I tuck them away. I also have an ikea Kallax wall shelf for art supplies, and I anchored it to the wall. The bins that go ... More

  • Kris
    Feb 25

    I have 5yo twins and both love to draw. I had the same problem as the paper they draw and color on isn’t a typical size. I started scanning their drawings and putting them in a folder on my laptop and then discarding the original ( it sounds better than I threw it away). Then if there’s a drawing they want to hang up I can print it out at a more manageable size

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