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Jun
30
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
Good info, thanks for the perspective. I'd be very curious to know, in an emergency situation, the number of establishments that proactively provide this information to early responders and have the training to have this make a difference.
Jun
28
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
Thanks for sharing your perspective!
May
20
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Thanks for adding your answer to this question, though I would have appreciated a little less judgement/guilt in your language and a little more facts in your answer. Having said that, we still have frequent "visitors" to our bed, and I have the bruises to prove it, (3 years after I posted this question), so we probably share the same philosophy deep down.
Aug
1
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Outstanding post: thanks for all the great info!
Jun
22
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
This is a good point - booking online actually has its disadvantages!
Jun
22
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
Thanks for this suggestion, Eric. I like that approach, as long as one is willing to walk.
May
26
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
Thanks for the answer. The problem I encountered (especially online bookings) was that even if the dropdown allowed you to specify 0 years or <1 year old the price still jumped up. I'm still trying to understand what legitimate reason they might have that could justify this!
May
26
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
+1 for being honest :) And, wow - I would certainly pay extra if there are additional amenities specifically for the baby. So far, (and my experience is limited, admittedly) there have been no additional services, just vague claims that a 2-person room is not suitable to 2 people + 1 baby.
May
26
comment Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?
Thanks for the edit, Torben
May
25
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Hi Peter, thanks for the opinion. As Torben mentioned in another comment, it looks like the attachment parenting debate rages on. There are plenty of pretty big names in pediatry on both sides of that fence - I don't dare go there myself!
May
25
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Thanks Lennart for this perspective. At what age did your daughter seem to "take" to the bed? My guy is now pushing 10 months and it seems to be getting worse, not better. We probably just made things worse as recently he was ill so we had him sleep in our bed for four nights in a row. My fear is that he got used to that and now we've got some unlearning to do...
May
19
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Thanks for the comments Ernie. I alway worry though about taking the "easy way out" - ie: taking him to bed or on the couch; my fear is that this just reinforces the association with Mom or Dad and sleep. I'm more inclined to believe that you need to be extremely judicious in your use of these "extreme measures" and move instead toward teaching the child to get to sleep on his own. I just haven't found a way to do this with my guy because he's not the kind of kid that will fall asleep after a few seconds / minutes of crying.
May
17
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Thanks Michael. Our guy almost certainly has allergy issues (is eczema can get bad and that apparently is an indicator). I'll look into how we can add a little incline to the bed - though he's a toss-and-turner so I would worry that he'd end up "upside-down", which would be an even worse disaster.
May
17
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Thanks a lot for this. Lots of good ideas that we will try to incorporate.
May
17
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Hey Torben, thanks for the great answer. We're still navigating the murky waters of how to help him get to sleep on his own in bed. We've read some of the literature on this and realize that his current pattern of falling asleep in our arms may not be the best one. You comment about the "inner gyroscope" is fascinating. Do you have any references where I could read more about that?
May
10
comment How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?
I didn't realize "designed" was such a bad word. I don't think there was any religious or controversial implication there.
May
10
comment How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?
I actually heard that too, Ashley - and that was from a pediatrician. Thanks for the warning.
May
10
comment How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?
Thanks Torben for the response. I agree that there must be a line between taking sane precautions (we use a mat and have kept a keen eye for any sharp edges) and going overboard (knee pads, really?).
May
10
comment How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?
Thanks Javid, for this sobering opinion. I think we all need to be extra vigilant when these sorts of injuries occur. I think what I may be missing from your post is the connection between these types of relatively "serious" injuries and the likelihood of them occurring from an infant just learning to crawl and walk. I certainly agree that falling from chairs, stairs or anything at height is a very serious issue. But I think my post was more focused on falling from a crawling, sitting or standing position. I should re-check my OP and see if I need to re-word it.
May
10
comment How worried should I be about head bumps as my infant learns to get around?
Thanks Michael. I also try not to react too much, though I wonder whether that doesn't make me seem a little "cold" at times. It's a tough balance between being "there" for your child and not encouraging them to "embellish" the situation just to get more of (the wrong kind of) attention.