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Father of a wild but brilliant 4 year old boy, with twins on the way in August.


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comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
Very true that they wake in a panic occasionally anyway. All the more reason to fix avoidable causes. :) @BrianH - I hope I didn't imply you weren't concerned with safety - just meant there may be more to it. I agree that if entanglement isn't a problem for your child, a light blanket should be safe at a year of age.
Mar
30
comment When should I transition a 2 year old toddler from the cot to a bed?
We were considering switching because our boy was getting to the point where he touched both ends of the crib when he stretched. While we were still thinking about it, he hit his head scaling the side of the crib one morning. Time to upgrade.
Mar
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comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
This is a great point, but the questioner may be concerned with more than safety. The concern that we had with our little guy was more of the nuisance factor. For awhile he refused to be covered, and would work hard in his sleep to get out of blankets. This usually resulted in him getting tangled to the point that he would wake in a panic.
Mar
30
comment Is my 7-year-old child sleeping too much?
Suggested edit to make the age more clear - I read twice and almost commented that the age would be helpful in answering the question. Maybe my eyes weren't working too well, but I think it would be clearer in the subject line.
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comment When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?
Those look like fancy versions of the type of outfits we discovered a bit late in the game for our child, who was getting out of swaddling before he could even produce any (other) sort of coordinated movement. We jokingly called them baby bags, and I wish we'd discovered them much earlier. Here's another example - amazon.com/Summer-Infant-Slumbersack-Longsleeve-Microfleece/dp/…
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comment What factors should you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter?
True, and I should break out the "perks" consideration into the list at the end to make it more clear. Thanks.
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answered Should I let my 3 year old play educational games on my iPhone?
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comment What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
I'll add the upvote for @torbengb. I still believe there is something to be said for some alternative teaching methods for gifted children, but the answer given above is very practical and realistic advice for handling this challenge.
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answered What factors should you consider when deciding how much to pay a babysitter?
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comment Should adults pay rent if they live in their parents' home?
I really like that second idea, and I'd hope anyone who had the financial freedom (and none of the other extenuating circumstances you suggest) to do so would consider that technique. Even if the adult child was studying, etc it may be worth asking a monthly "payment" properly proportional to their income to set aside in aid of becoming independent later. Just to help establish some financial responsibility while they are leaning on family for support.
Mar
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comment At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
Right, and I would only use those suggestions as very approximate guidelines. I've heard many stories like Andra's of children not speaking at all for years, then jumping right into full sentences.
Mar
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comment How do you decide if a movie is suitable for young children?
@David - Certainly a good start, if you know someone who has kids of a similar age / personality. I think there's a valid point, though, that the ultimate source of knowledge on what is appropriate for you and your child lies with you.
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comment What are some suggestions for punishing a child?
The only item I'd add is that (in our experience) removal of possessions temporarily is more effective than removal of privileges. It has a more immediate and measurable impact, at least with our child. And there are times the privileges (Nick Jr / Disney.com computer time is the big one for us) is a perk for the parents as much as the kid. :)
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answered How can I get my son to stay in bed at bedtime?
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comment At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
I completely overlooked the "baby talk" angle, and I'm glad you mentioned it. Making some entertaining sounds at your infant for their amusement is one thing, but when you speak to them, do it as you would an adult - otherwise they have no example of good speech to learn from.