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Mother in training.


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comment I'm pretty sure I'm bound for the mental asylum
Oh wow, I feel for you! My three year old can really wear me down as well. I just have a little anecdote to share. When my son was turning three, I was preparing a party for him, and I had wrapping paper sticking out of my backpack at the grocery store. The cashier asked me what the occasion is, and I said my son is turning three. The lady behind me in line spontaneously put her hand on my shoulder, leaned in and whispered: "It will be much easier already six months from now. And by the time he's five, he'll be a completely different child!" I still laugh about it.
Aug
13
comment 2 year old toddler always running off
Not a real answer, but we solved this problem by getting ours one of those walking bikes (the ones without pedals). He became very obedient on that, going when we'd tell him, stopping as soon as we'd say so. As soon as we'd take him off, he'd just run away. Kids can be so weird :)
May
22
comment Regularity of teen reproductive cycle?
How irregular are we talking?
Apr
22
comment How can I avoid my girlfriend getting depressed over studies?
@Jorge, here's a link to a lovely blog post about math anxiety - written by a mathematician. You and your girlfriend might like it: mathwithbaddrawings.com/2013/04/25/…
Apr
22
comment How can I avoid my girlfriend getting depressed over studies?
@Joe - Academia is for graduate-level (and above) issues, this won't be acceptable.
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.