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My rule of thumb is simple: My children are free to make informed decisions about themselves that will not cause extended suffering or a trip to the ER/doctor or worse. So, if it's freezing outside, I won't allow them to risk frostbite. If we're going to be out for a while, I won't allow them to risk hypothermia. If we're going to the car, then into a ...


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This is entirely up to you. I allowed my kids to choose their clothing from a very early age, but to cover off the particular after issue around cold weather, if they decided not to wear gloves or a hat etc and I thought they would be necessary, I'd take them along with me so that when they got cold they could ask for them, and I'd suggest that next time ...


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Based on commentary from friends of ours who are midwives and community nurses, there are two key information points here: To answer your specific question: No, those caps are just to keep the baby's head warm. They do not offer significant pressure to reshape the skull Trying to do this is unneeded, aside from exceptional cases that the hospital would ...


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We had good luck using a product called Sock Ons (http://www.sockons.co.uk/products/sockons/). They go over the sock and for our daughter at least did a great job keeping the sock in place.


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I think I would differentiate between "Warm clothes" and the often-uncomfortable outside layer (gloves, hats, scarves, coats). Warm non-outerwear is harder to change later; warm outerwear is easier. Since kids at that age have a hard time planning for future difficulty, I tend to give more flexibility with the outerwear than the non-outerwear. For us, 4 ...


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You could use pre-walking shoes for when you go out doors. This type of shoes are flexible rather than provide a rigid support and are normally shaped like the child's foot.


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You have to realize that she's only five months old.. They enjoy playing with things, including their own clothes. They'll take things apart, try and put them back together, move things around, take things off, etc. It's all a part of the psychological process of growing up. She'll grow out of it eventually. If not, I second @Dariusz with the duct tape. ...


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Why is it a requirement for them to keep their socks on? If they are kicking them off in their sleep and not waking up cold they were probably hot when they kicked them off (consciously or not!). My house is usually in the 50's in the winter and I do not wear socks! They are very uncomfortable for me, slippery and mean that I must either wear slippers or ...


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Lots of good answers to the clothing part, but I would like to add some additional stuff about the 'wailing until someone does it' part. 18 months, for both my kids, were the start of their independence and really attempting to communicate. She has discovered a desire or need (to take her clothes off) and a way to communicate it (wailing). It may only ...



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