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My two year old is really starting to hate me and his father going to work every day. My mother and best friend watch him duri…

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So it's been a few hours since I found out another parent at my kids daycare slapped my 5 year old and was screaming at my 8 ye…

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My 2 year old is refusing to eat anything but cheese and peanut butter and Jelly I offer him other things and its nothing but a…

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My son will be 1 year old tomorrow. Recently he has been smacking, biting and throwing temper tantrums. Is this normal? He doe…

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My son will be 1 year old tomorrow. Recently he has been smacking, biting and throwing temper tantrums. Is this normal? He doe…

1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” Charles says one other word like “hi,” “bye” or “no.”
2. If I haven’t yet, I’m installing safety gates at the top and bottom of our stairs. Baby wants to climb and explore everything, and I want to keep the stairs off-limits!
3. My baby might become less interested in breastfeeding or bottle-feeding at this age — Charles is so interested in looking around and exploring, Charles doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage Charles to eat by taking Charles into a quiet, dark room where there aren’t so many distractions.
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4. My partner and I are making time for intimacy this week. Even if we don’t have time for sex, we’ll have an intimate conversation and talk about something besides just baby.
5. I’m helping baby learn to entertain herself. I play with Charles for a few minutes, and once Charles is engaged with the toy, I step back and let Charles play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes Charles gets so absorbed in the toy, Charles doesn’t even notice when I step out of the room for a minute!
6. I don’t want a picky eater, so I’m offering baby lots of different kinds of foods! I give Charles different types of grains like quinoa and barley, lots of vegetables like cauliflower and zucchini, and various fruits like cantaloupe and pumpkin.
7. My partner and I sat down with each other and any other caregivers to make sure the rules for baby are always the same. Consistent rules will help Charles feel secure.
1. Baby’s brain is growing like crazy, so I’m making sure to give Charles plenty of good fats for brain nutrition! I add a powdered omega-3 supplement or ground flax seed to his meals.
2. Now that baby is getting more mobile and active, Charles is starting to appreciate the playground! I take Charles outside for at least an hour every day.
3. Baby can drink from Charles own cup now! Charles does spill it, but I give Charles a chance to practice regularly while sitting still on the floor or at a little table.
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4. This week, I’m doing something fun that’s just for me like watching a silly TV show or movie or reading a good book.
5. I need some morning inspiration. I found a quote or mantra that motivates me, and I wrote it on my mirror with dry erase marker so I can read it every morning.
6. I’m taking lots of pictures this week — and I’m making sure that I’m in some of them, too! I like looking at pictures of baby best, but I know that when Charles is older, Charles will enjoy seeing me in the pictures, too.
7. I talk to baby about time, schedules and memory. I ask questions like, “Where did you leave your sweater?” and I tell Charles what’s happening next in our day. This will help baby develop a sense of how time works.
1. My baby is going places! Charles is starting to roll, scoot, and even crawl. Suddenly Charles is getting into everything! I’ve followed Charles around the house to spot anything that isn’t safe for a baby to explore, and I’ve made sure everything dangerous is out of reach or securely locked.
2. I don’t have to puree baby’s foods anymore. Charles can chew well, so I just boil food so it’s soft and mash it with a fork. My baby is practically eating with the family!
3. I’m still careful about which foods I give baby. I wait several days between introducing new foods, and I keep track of what foods Charles is eating. That way, if baby has an allergic reaction, I’ll know which food caused it.
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4. I feel like I’m busy all the time these days, but I try to make time to take care of myself, too. Even a quick shower does wonders for how I feel!
5. I’m making time for some “alone time” with my partner this week. Scheduling it may not be romantic, but it’s the only way to make it happen these days! We both know baby could interrupt, so we’re prepared to be flexible.
6. Now that baby’s mobile, Charles bumps her head constantly on the floor and on furniture. I know how to recognize a concussion, and I know what signs mean I should call my doctor or take Charles to the ER.
7. Baby puts everything in Charles’s mouth these days, and sometimes I find random things in Charles’s diaper a few days later! I know what symptoms would mean something’s stuck in his digestive tract.
1. Baby can feed herself with a spoon! I’m not sure how much Charles is actually eating, because Charles makes a huge mess, but hey, Charles is having a blast.
2. Baby has started teething. I don’t see any teeth yet, but Charles is drooling and chewing on everything and seems a lot more irritable than usual. I know this could last a while, so I’m stocking up on teething toys, cold washcloths, and patience!
3. Baby understands me! Charles recognizes her name and can sometimes follows simple commands like “yes” and “no.”
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4. My doctor told me to give baby a daily supplement of vitamin D.
5. I’ve started a freezer meal exchange with a few friends, and it’s really simplifying my cooking! Each of us cooks a lot of one meal that can go in the freezer, and then we all swap.
6. Baby has a security toy. It’s really sweet to see Charles carrying the “lovey” around everywhere we go!
7. I’m treating myself this week with some relaxing exercise like a yoga session or a long walk.
1. My partner and I are both so tired after bedtime, sometimes we barely even talk! This weekend, we’ll take one of baby’s naptimes to sit down together and have a real conversation to reconnect.
2. Baby can turn Charles’s head from side to side and look up and down. I’m working on teaching Charles to nod “yes” and “no!”
3. Baby and I love to listen to music and dance! I hold Charles in my arms and turn on my favorite tunes, and we dance our cares away. Charles also likes to lie on the ground and do some “dancing” of Charles’s own!
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4. I’m doing something simple special for me this week to help me feel pretty, like painting my nails or taking a long shower and doing my hair.
5. I finished babyproofing, and I’m ready for baby to crawl! I’ve got locks on cabinets, everything breakable is moved out of reach, and I’ve checked all the windows for strangulation hazards.
6. Whenever baby’s around, I say the name of everything we see to help Charles learn new words. Sometimes I catch myself doing this when baby’s not around, too!
7. If it’s allergy season, I’ll watch baby for any signs of asthma or allergies like coughing and wheezing. If I notice any symptoms, I’ll talk to our doctor.
1. I’m totally baby’s favorite. Charles laughs and smiles when I come into the room and cries when I leave. It breaks my heart, but it also makes me feel like the most important person in the world!
2. Baby rolled from tummy to back for the first time! I’m not sure who’s more excited about this — me or baby. Charles won’t stop practicing this new trick!
3. I never, ever leave baby on a bed, changing table, or any other high surface. Now that Charles is rolling, it’s even more important that I always follow this safety rule.
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4. I think it’s time for another date night. I’ll try to find a babysitter this week so my partner and I can go out for a little while, even if it’s just for a quick coffee.
5. If I don’t already have a nasal aspirator, I’ll get one this week. Baby’s first cold is probably coming soon, if Charles hasn’t had one already!
6. My partner and I are making time for sex again, but things are a little different these days. If I’m breastfeeding, it’s totally normal to leak milk in the middle of an intimate moment. I know this is nothing to be embarrassed about (and my partner might even get a kick out of it)!
7. I talked to my pediatrician about when baby should start solids. I also asked about good choices for baby’s first foods. I’m looking forward to this new culinary adventure!
1. Is the 4-month growth spurt starting already? Suddenly baby wants to breastfeed all the time. I’m continuing to feed on demand — I know it won’t last forever.
2. Baby is starting to like colors! I’ve started offering more brightly colored toys instead of the high-contrast ones Charles used to enjoy.
3. Singing, whistling, clapping, and even blowing raspberries — baby loves sounds! I have lots of fun making sound effects for baby throughout the day. This helps Charles’s language development, too, so I’m okay with sounding silly.
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4. Baby is finally getting the hang of using Charles’s hands! Charles is grabbing everything in sight — especially my dangling necklace or hair. Time to take off my nice jewelry for a while.
5. If baby gives me a minute to myself this week, I’ll go online and find some healthy recipes. Soon I’ll be cooking for baby, too! — but in the meantime, I want to make sure my partner and I are eating healthy, especially if I’m breastfeeding.
6. My breast milk is changing as baby grows. I’m making sure to eat healthy fats like nuts and avocados to get all the nutrition I need.
7. I’m enjoying the fact that baby’s schedule is getting more predictable! It’s tempting to use every extra minute to catch up on chores, but I’m making time to rest and unwind, too.
Erika answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #11
1. I’m working on helping baby enjoy her crib, so I got Charles a projection soother that attaches to Charles’s crib and projects a scene onto the ceiling. Charles loves to look at it!
2. Baby might try to interact with other kids. Charles is interested in other babies!
3. I’ve learned to give baby a massage. It’s fun for both of us! — it’s relaxing and soothing for Charles, and it’s bonding for me. We’ve made it part of our bedtime routine.
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4. I’m taking time to exercise regularly — at least three times a week. Even if I don’t have a lot of time, I take a quick walk with baby in the stroller to help myself relax and lower stress.
5. My partner and I talked about when we plan to start solids. Most experts recommend waiting till after baby is six months old.
6. I’ve talked with my pediatrician about when I need to call if baby gets sick. Especially if baby is in daycare, I know what symptoms to look for and when I should worry.
7. We made it past the newborn stage! My baby is officially an infant now!
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Baby Checklist. Week #10
1. I double-check baby’s environment for choking hazards whenever I put Charles down to play. Anything smaller than a toilet paper roll is small enough to fit down a baby’s throat.
2. My baby’s skin is a little dry, and Charles’s starting to get eczema, so I use a gentle hydrating cream after every bath — and apply it again throughout the day.
3. Baby loves familiar people — and right now, Mommy and Daddy are his favorites. Whenever Charles sees one of us, Charles smiles. Sometimes Charles even reaches for me!
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4. I’ve organized our schedules! I made a calendar with all my appointments for work and home.
5. I made a list of baby essentials that I need to have with me at all times. I’ve packed a diaper bag that can travel with baby to daycare or a babysitter, and I’m keeping it stocked with everything baby needs.
6. I’m keeping baby’s bum healthy! I chose a diaper cream that’s natural and hypoallergenic, with no petroleum.
7. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself all day long, because I’m constantly talking to baby — and even singing to Charles. I sound silly, but baby loves it! And I know it will help develop Charles’s language skills, so it’s worth it.
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Baby Checklist. Week #9
1. My baby’s growing! Charles eats 4-5 oz of formula at every meal. If I’m breastfeeding, I don’t need to measure how much Charles eats — I just feed Charles on demand.
2. Baby can figure out where a sound is coming from! When Charles hears something that interests Charles, Charles turns Charles’s head and locates the source of the sound with his {name}’s eyes.
3. My baby seems a little constipated — Charles’s not pooping every day, and when Charles does, it’s hard. I move Charles’s legs in a bicycle motion to help get his digestive system moving.
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4. I’ve set up the baby monitor, and it’s my new best friend! I can get stuff done on the other side of the house while baby is napping.
5. I really don’t feel like getting it on right now! I’ve never been so uninterested in sex. I know that breastfeeding can affect my sex drive, and my partner and I talked about how I’m feeling and how we can work together to stay connected even when I’m not feeling inspired.
6. My lactation consultant thinks that dairy I eat might affect baby, so I’ve cut milk out of my diet temporarily to see if it helps constipation or eczema.
7. I think my partner and I are ready for our first real date night! We’ve hired a babysitter, and we’re going to go out for a short dinner in the early evening. We’re prepared to come home early if baby gets fussy.
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