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Mar
21
answered Getting a 2-year-old back to sleep in the middle of the night
Nov
30
comment Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?
Beofett - Not offhand, sorry. He does have connections with Harvard Medical School and the University of California, so if you have access to academic journals and the like, you might have luck finding the original studies there.
Aug
31
answered Is it better to send your child to school with lunch, or lunch money?
Aug
31
comment What is the best way to respond if my child is picked on by other children?
+1 for the self defense, standing by the child through a suspension, and acknowledging that tattling doesn't accomplish much in the long run (and often just makes it worse).
Jul
18
comment Do you use number of weeks or day of the month to determine an infant's birthday?
"Then you need to know that the 29th is not actually the leap day, the 25th is!" ?? Can you provide some more info on that? I find it especially interesting, because my mom's birthday is the 25th.
Jul
18
comment What should I do when my toddler climbs out of her crib at night to play?
@TorenGB - Having only enough rooms for the standard stuff (ie - no extra rooms to dedicate to a playroom) myself, I fully understand not having the extra rooms to dedicate, hence the suggestion to make another room dual-use. However, making a room, such as a living room dual use, even if it does risk cluttering up, is, in my opinion, part of the sacrifices that need to be made as a parent, just as the sleepless nights of sleep training are. As for the clutter, that's what toyboxes are for, as well as designated spaces within rooms.
Jul
5
answered What should I do when my toddler climbs out of her crib at night to play?
Jul
5
comment How do I get my daughter to spend less time at the computer?
To add to the meetup thing, Meetup.com is a great place to find meetups, as well.
Jun
20
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Jun
20
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Jun
20
comment Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?
@tenpn - It does sound counter-intuitive, but the basic premise around attachment parenting in general is that the parent is able to readily meet the needs of the baby, including the need for touch, food, and security. Once the baby gets older, it's ingrained that these basic needs will be met, and so the child has more confidence. There's more info than what I can put in a comment, but if you're interested in more, check out attachment parenting, as well as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (for a foundation of some of the principles of AP).
Jun
20
comment Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?
@HedgeMage - While I do agree that SIDS is just a fancy name for "we don't know," there is evidence that one of the "causes" of SIDS (ie - one of the things that's happening that is currently ruled as SIDS) is sleep apnea. Basically, the child's system "forgets" to breathe while asleep because it can sleep deeper, but isn't developed enough yet to "remember" to breathe while in deep sleep. Dr. Sears addresses this and his studies have suggested that co-sleeping helps reduce the number of apnea episodes in infants, which is where the "SIDS reduction" comes from (at least, what I know of).
Jun
20
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
I know this question has been closed, but I just wanted to say that I love your answer. I generally use the "natural consequences" method for most things (touch a hot stove = get burnt = don't touch it anymore), but I think that spanking does have its place as a means of last resort (child tries to put fingers in outlet, redirection/reasoning/etc doesn't work, child gets spanked as a method of swift and not potentially lethal means of getting the point across that an action is dangerous).
Jun
20
comment How do we get our toddler to gain weight?
@Lennart - "Proper proportions" meaning not having a meal between meals. For example, if meals are 500 calories each, snacks should be, say, 250 calories each, not 500 (numbers are just pulled out of the air). If a person's stomach can only hold 500 calories worth of food at once, trying to make them eat 750 at meals isn't going to do any good, because they're not likely to eat it, but if they only eat 500 and are hungry a couple hours later, they can eat that other 250 to refuel a little, then eat a full meal at the next mealtime.
Jun
15
answered How do we get our toddler to gain weight?
Jun
15
comment How do we get our toddler to gain weight?
@Lennart I'm not saying you don't have a problem. You haven't given us enough information to say whether you do or don't. We've only stated that it might not be as much of a problem as your doctor is making it out to be, because breastfed babies tend to be thinner, and therefore in the lower percentiles of the growth chart. For example, my son is 13 months old and 9.9kg. His weight puts him somewhere below the 50th percentile, which my doctor said is fine, despite him starting out in the 90th (meaning he hasn't gained for several months, either).
Jun
15
comment How do we get our toddler to gain weight?
@Lennart - From the wording of your question, you were still breastfeeding at your daughter's 12 month checkup. That would impact the outcome of that visit and would have just about everything to do with the growth chart and breastfeeding. You're also dealing with a child who was breastfed for a year and only recently stopped. Just like losing weight is a slow thing, so is gaining weight (especially when one's running around all the time while trying to gain weight).
Jun
14
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Jun
14
answered What is the least problematic age difference between siblings?
Jun
14
comment How do we get our toddler to gain weight?
How much does she weigh?