Looking for ways to keep your little one's bed dry at night? From postbedtime potty trips to making your child's bed in layers, here are seven useful tips for making the overnight potty-training process easier for both you and your child.
It's been three, four, five, six, or more years, and your child is still carting around and cuddling his lovey. Is it time for your child to start seeking comfort without his favorite object?
Mom Kacie says her 4-year-old son Corbin is starting pre-K in August and has been attached to his blankie for three years. "I need to get him to start leaving it at home," she says, seeking the Circle of Moms community for advice on how to say "bye-bye, blankie."
Similarly, Debra N. says her granddaughter is 5 years old and still loves the blanket she got when she was born. "She wouldn't dream of sleeping without it — during the day, she holds/cuddles it while watching TV, and she has given it a gender (she says it's a 'he'). Do I slowly wean her off having a blankie, or let her do it on her own?"
Most parents find it a welcome relief when they can say goodbye to wet and stinky diapers. But potty training takes patience. Here, Circle of Moms members suggest 10 books to help encourage your child to use big-kid underpants and make the process as accident-free as possible.
Toys, clothes, books, paint: it can be worrisome when your child constantly puts things in his mouth that don't belong there. What's a parent to do?
"My 2-year-old daughter . . . still puts everything in her mouth. Luckily we haven't choked on anything to this point, but I thought we would be done with this by now," says Jamie N., seeking the Circle of Moms community for advice. "Anyone else having or have had this problem and if so, what have you done?"
Carisa V. shares the same problem with her 4-and-a-half-year-old and 16-month-old daughters. "My oldest daughter is still putting things in her mouth. Sometimes I will tell her to take something out of her mouth only to find her putting it back in a minute later. My 16-month-old also puts everything in her mouth, which is probably normal for her age, but I'm afraid she will never stop because her sister does it. Any ideas on how to break this habit?"
For suggestions on how to keep unwanted things out of your young child's mouth, consider the following five tips.
As a Circle of Moms member named Yolanda shares, the scariest thing in the world is seeing your child run straight into potential danger: "My son bolted from the store and started to run into the parking lot!"
Even so, it's no fun to walk with your child when you're spending the entire time correcting her for running ahead. You know she's too young to perceive real danger so you warn her constantly, but she feels like she's being controlled and acts like a horse chomping at the bit to get away.
Two Ways to Teach Safe Walking
Teaching your child the two walks described below not only helps her learn to be safe around cars or out in nature, but also helps her develop self-control and responsibility. Both walks require an explanation and several rounds of practice before using. A great place to practice is in an empty parking lot or an unused road.
Which words should parents use when talking with children about private parts? There's certainly more than one perspective on the issue: Some moms adamantly believe that only anatomically correct names should be used, another camp is fine with cute code words, and still others fall somewhere in between. Here we break down the key reasons parents choose the words they do.
We all know those parents of 2-year-olds who claim they've got the terrible 2s under control and their kid is perfectly disciplined because they have the secret behavioral formula. But for most moms of toddlers, it can be incredibly frustrating trying to keep under control a child who is at an age when he is not exactly a rational human being.
That's why moms like Danielle P. want to know what is reasonable when setting behavior standards for toddlers. She says she's tried and failed at "everything" to try to discipline her "independent, determined, stubborn, and adventurous" 22-month-old daughter. Lisa A. feels similarly frustrated, noting, "Sometimes I feel like I'd get more of a response talking to/disciplining a rock."
So what do you do when you're pushed to the limit and feel like nothing is working with your misbehaving toddler? While there's no one-size-fits-all approach to discipline — some moms maintain a good spanking is the key to disciplining a toddler, while others are adamant about avoiding spanking — many Circle of Moms members agree on the following tried-and-true strategies for helping tots learn good behavior and helping moms not feel so frustrated in the process.