Category Archives: Parenting- Challenge

Let Daddy Do It

When your baby rejects everyone else, it’s hard on them and means more work for you. That’s why socialization matters. It’ll help your baby (and you) if she gets used to other people.

Did you ever worry that your baby wouldn’t bond with you? Well, by now it’s more likely that the two of you are so close, she howls if anybody else comes near. That can include your partner- to his dismay. When your baby rejects everyone else, it’s hard on them and means more work for you. That’s why socialization matters. It’ll help your baby (and you) if she gets used to other people.

Is your baby acting reluctant to be left even with her dad?  It’ll help if you both work on that together.

Perhaps your partner could get involved in playing more often or changing diapers for a day. Let your partner give baby her daily bath at bedtime a few times a week. Just carrying her around will build attachment between them. Keep out of the way at first, so your baby isn’t always reaching out for you. I know you want to step in, but it’s time to resist.

Let Your Toddler Help

Aha! Parenting and diaper changing. Here are some skills to learn for now. Most will work…sometimes. You will learn to improvise.

Aha! Parenting and diaper changing.

Is your little person bouncing off the table and twisting and turning? No toddler wants to be swooped up, then disrobed when she is busy playing with her toys. Here are some skills to learn for now. Most will work… sometimes. You will learn to improvise.

Often just slowing down and connecting changes everything.

Get on your child’s level. Make your request an invitation. Let her walk to the changing area and remind her she is all wet. Ask her if she can take her own diaper off. Let her have a toy to distract her. Tell her you are going to clean her all up nice and fresh. Have her participate in the change. Use this time to chat and not see it as something ‘yucky.’ She will hopefully respond in a positive way.

New Tastes-Infant

In addition to breast milk or baby formula, there are solid foods you can introduce to your baby’s diet at each stage of development. It’s most important to introduce a baby to new foods gradually, or one at a time, in case of food allergies.

In addition to breast milk or baby formula, there are the solid foods you can introduce to your baby’s diet at each stage of development. Single-grain fortified cereals give your baby iron, an important nutrient he needs now. A baby is born with a natural reserve of iron that begins to deplete around 6 months of age. 6 months is a good time to start.

Mix cereal with baby formula or breast milk, or water on occasion.

It’s most important to introduce a baby to new foods gradually, or one at a time, in case of food allergies. If not, a parent may have trouble tying an allergy to a specific new food. For example, if you give your baby three new foods over the course of a day and she develops an allergic reaction, you won’t know which of the foods provoked it.

You may want to wait until the baby is older to try some of these foods, especially peanuts. In fact, many experts suggest waiting until your child is 3 years before trying peanuts or honey. Ask your pediatrician questions about a food if you are unsure about it.

Ouch

Sure, teething’s nothing new–both you and your baby endured plenty during that first year. But toddler teething pain can be just as tough or even tougher on your little one, thanks to the big molars that are about to poke through those tender gums.

Sure, teething’s nothing new – both you and your baby endured plenty during that first year. But toddler teething pain can be just as tough or even tougher on your little one, thanks to the big molars that are about to poke through those tender gums. Ouch for both of you.

Your baby is drooling, her chin is irritated and sensitive. Yep, molars are coming through.

Keep a super soft cloth handy to pat her chin. Aquaphor ointment will help any sign of irritating rash. Break out those rubber teething rings and toys again, especially ones that can be chilled. Try giving her some cold water, or rubbing her gums with your clean finger.

It’s not a good idea to give her those old standbys such as ‘chilled carrots’ (she can bite off a chunk and choke). Teething biscuits are messy, but can help soothe. If during the molar eruption, a little blood comes, it’s totally normal. Your toddler can now have acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

Stay calm and smile because you will have a break until the second round in 12 more months. Avoid homeopathic remedies as they are not FDA approved and can be harmful if swallowed. Consult with your child’s pediatrician to discuss remedies you both feel comfortable with.