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Mother in training.


Apr
4
comment Best homemade nutritional babyfood for infant
As user7088 and joe pointed out, it's better to give it together with the veggies, because fats help vitamin absorption.
Apr
3
comment Best homemade nutritional babyfood for infant
Excellent point @user7088 and Joe, I forgot about that.
Apr
3
comment Best homemade nutritional babyfood for infant
As for oil, they gave no specific recommendation. It's important that the baby gets some fats, that's all. We would add olive oil.
Apr
3
comment Best homemade nutritional babyfood for infant
Food contains quite enough salt. Additional salt is bad for such young kidneys. We adults actually eat a quantity of salt that is ridiculously above what we need. Our pediatrician actually said to go easy on the salt even after the first birthday. Specifically, she said: "Now he's ready to eat everything you are... But it's better to use less salt than for yourself. None at all, if possible".
Mar
10
comment 19 month old takes off diaper only at nap time… help!
Put a one-piece pajama on her backwards, so that the buttons are harder to open.
Mar
5
comment Loud Screaming to attract attention
@ChristopherW, I read this in a book called Auditory Neuroscience, which is also my area of research. I'm not into ear anatomy so I forget which bit it is, but the mechanism does exist.
Mar
4
comment Loud Screaming to attract attention
I've read that whenever we vocalize, some part of our ears closes a little bit automatically, in order to protect our eardrums. This is thought to be the reason why our voice sounds so different when it's recorded and played back to us. Anyway, the 115 dB measured in front of the baby might be less in the baby's ears.
Mar
3
comment what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
Also, in the place my husband is from, it would be considered borderline negligent to buy a cake for kids that young (sugar, additives...), but since my PhD thesis submission deadline is a week after the birthday, if nobody cares, I'd rather buy than bake something.
Mar
3
comment what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
Thank you, some great ideas here! We certainly weren't planning to try to impress, it's too bad that the tone of the question came through that way. For example when I was asking how structured the activities should be, it's because I have the impression that people here are way more concerned with safety and parental supervision than the couple of European countries I lived in previously.
Mar
3
comment what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
Thank you so much! Very useful advice as well. The nap happening is not so much of an issue for us as the kiddo sometimes even skips it these days, but when he does sleep, it's very unpredictable as to when it will happen, so we try to avoid planning afternoon events. And even when it doesn't happen he gets cranky, so it's never a good time for adding excitement.
Mar
3
comment what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
Thanks a lot! By not cooking a feast, I really meant that I don't want his party to be mainly oriented towards adults, and that I prefer that it's a time of day when he's awake and cheerful, rather than the time of day when people normally have a big meal. But also, I think it's awkward when people overdo stuff, and in the country where I've been living the past six years, overspending is seen very negatively.
Mar
2
comment what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
@Rory Alsop - That's too bad, I was hoping it would be acceptable. Maybe I should note that in my country of origin a (1st) birthday involves bbq, alcohol and cigarette smoke in a restaurant, and opening presents - which are mostly envelopes with money - when everyone has left. I know not to do something similar here, but I'm still wary of making really big blunders and was hoping to get some quick advice.
Feb
4
comment At what age does a baby recognize themself in a mirror?
I once asked my son: "Where is Luca?", and he pointed to his reflection in the mirror. That was also pretty good evidence that he understood it's him :)
Sep
7
comment How do we deal with potty training at daycare?
I guess my issue is that it doesn't make sense to go back to diapers at home, but it makes sense at daycare. However, all the potty training advice says to be consistent, and not use diapers sometimes while not at other times. I think we might do the 'inconsistent' thing anyway, and let them put a diaper on each day after the first accident but keep him in underwear outside daycare. That way, he can still opt to stay in underwear at daycare if he decides to use the potty at some point, and they can still put on a diaper if he opts not to.
Sep
6
comment How do we deal with potty training at daycare?
Thanks for your input! Have you thought of just taking a break? We have. I'm not particularly in favour of that solution, but it's definitely a possibility.
Jul
28
comment Is confusing red and blue at age 3 a possible indication of color-blindness?
I'm pressed for time hence a comment instead of an answer: (1) classical color-blindness, the type that's more prevalent in males, is about mixing red and green. Blue is on a different receptor in the retina, and does not normally get mixed up with red (perceptually). (2) I was reading about colors and kids recently, and I found that it's normal to be confused about colors even for four-year-olds! Colors seem simple to us but for some reason they're not for kids. So overall, I wouldn't worry about it :)
May
2
comment When should an infant stop needing milk through night?
"The average six month old should only need 1-2 feedings according to many guidelines I have seen." Interesting, the 'no feeding necessary' might be a guideline specific to my part of the world (The Netherlands). I never thought to question it. I also know that guidelines on introducing solid food vary, with European countries lately advising it to begin as early as four months. I can imagine that adding a solid food meal to the bottle before bed makes a difference.
Apr
19
comment Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!
Torben, when my little sister was little she used to sing all day long with no sense of tune whatsoever. She grew into a remarkably good singer later on, and her guitar teacher thought she was talented as well. The fact that your kid isn't good at singing at 3.5 doesn't necessarily mean he'll stay bad at it! Be careful with the messages you send him when trying to quiet him down. As for my sister, she learned to hum :)
Apr
8
comment Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
@KarlBielefeldt, I think I've seen this article, perhaps you posted it before? I also saw some news from the UK that the number of malnourished babies is on the rise, because adults mistakenly think that kids' nutritional needs are like an adult's needs but scaled down. Both of these pieces of information were inspiration for my post... as well as the fact that the main question is how to teach the girl to control her binge eating behavior.
Apr
8
comment Pre-teen always sneaking junk food
@bobobobo - I'm assuming that, unlike adults, all kids grow taller. This process uses a lot of energy.