Taking her to the dentist now seems drastic, but it’s probably time to think about brushing. A quick Amazon search for Infant Toothbrush returns so many different types of teeth-cleaning devices, I don’t know where to begin. Do we start with a finger toothbrush? Or a silicone toothbrush? Or should we start right away with a toothbrush with bristles, since that’s what she’ll use eventually?
And what about training toothpaste? Is it good enough to just use water at this point?
Frances can no longer sleep through the sound of a single dog bark, but doesn’t wake up after vomiting all over herself? Motherhood is full of surprises!
This morning Franci awoke at her usual time with her usual smile and giggle, accompanied by a little surprise for her dad: a huge pile of dry vomit. At some point in the night, she had puked in the crook of her arm while on her stomach. The dried chunks covered her face and hair, and her sleep sack and pajamas were cold and damp. Whatever made her sick worked it’s way out of both ends, because her diaper was in a similar state of affairs.
An infant getting sick in the middle of the night isn’t big news, I’m just incredulous that she slept that way for hours! And that she didn’t even notice upon waking up. The smell alone was enough to make me cry. That and the thought that my poor baby slept in her own barf. Maybe she wasn’t upset because whatever made her stomach turn was short-lived. Her temperature and temperment are completely normal and if you ignore the load of bedding tumbling in the dryer, it’s like none of it even happened.
Every parent has at least one good vomit story in his or her repetroire, so let’s commiserate. What’s your best tale of puke?
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was planning to pick up the pace on using baby sign language. I finally found the book I was looking for when I cleaned house, and I’m glad I did!
The Baby Signing Book by Sara Bingham is a great resource that I’d recommend to anyone wanting to use ASL with their kids. The book starts out with instructions on how to introduce sign language to your baby. The following sections are geared toward young babies, older babies and toddlers.
Bingham includes strategies and “teaching moments” as well as “Notes from a signing parent”. All of these additions helped me get excited about signing with Frances. She encourages you to use as few, or as many, signs as you’re comfortable with, and I appreciated her low-stress approach.
There is a pretty good sized selection of baby signs included. It covers most of the signs we’ll be using, but doesn’t include a few I was interested in, like patient and poop. Overall, there are plenty of signs worth learning. I especially appreciated the “memory aids” she includes with each sign to help you remember them.
The last section includes several songs and the signs that accompany them. I like the idea of signing while singing, and I’ve already committed a few to memory.
If you’re only going to buy one book about Baby Sign Language, I’d check out The Baby Signing Book.
Frances’ “bad behavior” started off with hair pulling and nipple biting. A stern “NO” and forcing her to release the hair (or nipple) still results in a giggle and a big smile.
Like all babies, she loves computers. If she’s sitting on my lap while I type, she struggles in my arms to reach for the keyboard. Moving her farther away, or removing the keyboard from her path, results in a meltdown.
Now that Frances is crawling, she’s getting herself into a lot more trouble. We’re more into “house-proofing” the baby than “baby-proofing” the house, but parenting books don’t seem to get into the “how-to’s” of accomplishing that. I’ve read different ideas on correcting “wrong” behavior, and I’m curious to hear what our readers have found to be successful.
What do you use as an age-appropriate “punishment” for your infant? How do you discourage “wrong” behavior?
As I mentioned in last week’s post, we’ve been having success with infant potty training. One of the best investments we made when starting out was the BabyBjorn Smart Potty. At $15, it’s paid for itself in saved diapers and loads of laundry.
As you can see, Frances loves to sit on it. I think some times she holds it in, just so she can sit there longer playing patty cake and looking around. Before she could sit on her own, I would hold Frances over it, one hand on her back and the other holding her feet. We even bought one to keep over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
I know we could try holding her over the toilet, or over a bowl or whatever else, but I’m really glad we’ve had this from the beginning. The inside comes right out for easy rinsing in the toilet with our diaper sprayer.
If you’re thinking of trying infant potty training, I’d give this model a try. Even if you don’t end up doing infant potty training, it will be easy for your toddler to use when it’s time.
I was inspired by Joy and her success with infant potty training long before I was pregnant, so when Frances came along I was determined to give it a try. I read Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene cover to cover and was intrigued to learn about life before diapers, and modern cultures that don’t use diapers.
Although I wasn’t ready to let my baby run free without a diaper at all, I wanted to give infant potty training a try. As they say, it really is “parent training”. I have to make sure to put Franci on the potty when I think she needs to go. We started at about 4 weeks, and it didn’t take her long to get the idea. I enjoyed the communication that passed between us, and it felt like one of the only things we could “do together” at that point.
Now that she’s older, things have changed. As soon as she started teething, she went from 6-10 times a day on the potty to 3-6. Luckily, it’s usually the poops that make it into the potty. I can hear her grunting in preparation and can whisk her away in time which makes it much easier.
What I liked most about Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene was the encouragement to just start with once a day. Even if all you manage for the first year is just once a day on the potty, that’s one less diaper to throw away or wash. Plus, when it’s time to potty train, your little one is used to the routine.
Frances and I are hitting the skies again, for a much longer flight this time. On our last trip, our time with the Transportation Security Officers was extended because they just couldn’t identify the Lansinoh Wipes through the X-ray machine. After running our diaper bag three times, they did a hand search and then re-ran both the bag and the wipes.
This time I’m planning to bring some breast milk along because I’m not sure I’ll be able to pump enough before we leave Franci with her cousins for the evening. It might not be necessary, but I want to be sure I have enough for her. Considering my past luck with TSA, I’m a little worried this won’t go smoothly.
Have you traveled with bottles of formula or breast milk? Are there any tricks I might employ to make sure this goes more smoothly than my time with the wipes?
When Frances first started on solids and her eliminations began to change, I remember thinking, “well, this isn’t too bad”. I take it all back! Of course it wasn’t too bad when all she ate was a few bites of fruit or avocado.
Thankfully we use cloth diapers and can use disposable liners when we expect her to poop. If she does poop in the cloth diaper, we use a sink sprayer installed in the bathroom to rinse the diaper out. Sink sprayers are a fourth of the price of the equivalent diaper sprayer, by the way. Check out Rebecca’s post on Diaper Sprayers for more information.
My real issue is with the disposable diaper she uses at night. And during naps, which we didn’t have to do until she started teething. (Now if we want her to nap for more than 30 minutes, into the disposable she goes.) She doesn’t often poop in the diaper, and just the pee stinks to high heaven! Especially if she ate something with asparagus or garlic.
Even if I wrap up the disposable diaper in a plastic bag before throwing it away, it still stinks up the whole room every time I open the trash can lid. And my stash of plastic bags is running low! It also feels like a waste to take the trash out before the bag is full.
Short of buying a diaper genie, is there any way to minimize the stink of disposable diapers? Should I put a chunk of charcoal in the bottom of the bag? Buy a can of lysol? Stop feeding Franci solid food??
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
As much as I liked the first book, On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep this one fell short for me. It really shouldn’t be its own book, and I almost feel like the used price I paid (a couple of bucks, shipped) was a rip-off. Why not just append it to the first book, since it’s really more of a pamphlet, any way?
Despite the typos, overtly christian themes, and repeated tips, there were a few nuggets between the covers of On Becoming Baby Wise II: Parenting Your Pre-Toddler Five to Fifteen Months. “Begin as you mean to go” is Ezzo’s big tip, meaning that you should start correcting “wrong behavior” the minute it starts instead of waiting until the child is older. Even if your infant can’t understand why she can’t throw her bowl off the table, she shouldn’t be allowed to do so.
The reason I picked up the book to begin with is because Frances has taken up the habit of yelling loudly during dinner time. If I’m not feeding her fast enough, we’re treated to a very long and loud vocalization. We’re going to take the advice from the book and not feed her another bite until she’s quiet. And if she doesn’t comply, we’ll remove her from the situation and try again later. It’s worth a shot!
Since I’ve been getting into baby sign language, I was especially sensitive to Ezzo’s suggestion that you only introduce one sign at a time. Other material I’ve read says to use as many signs as you can. I mean, research shows you shouldn’t limit the number of spoken words said to your infant, so why limit the number of signs?
I also don’t necessarily agree with the suggestions for introducing solids. Ezzo is still in the “cereals first” camp, while we think it’s best to start with vegetables, fruit and meat. We already combine different vegetables together, and often feed Frances whatever we’re having for dinner, like Indian food or spicy Mexican. Also, I feed Frances solid food first and follow up with breast milk. I figure she might not even notice when we wean if she’s used to filling up on solids first.
Basically, I’d skip this book. I’ve heard On Becoming Toddlerwise is worth picking up, which I’ll do at some point.
Lately our ”date nights” have included Frances, especially now that she’s eating solid foods and is easily entertained at restaurants. The last time we went out to dinner alone, Frances’ bedtime was pretty late and we got home before her last feeding.
Now Franci’s bedtime routine starts at 7pm and she is asleep by 8pm. By routine I mean she nurses for 40 minutes, I change her diaper and put on her pj’s, and then she nurses herself to sleep in the next 15 minutes. I would love to go out on a date with my husband and come home to a sleeping baby, but I’m not sure how to go about that.
Do I need to change our routine first? She doesn’t take a bath or have a bedtime story before going to sleep. My M.O. is to fill her up with as much milk as possible so she sleeps all night. I’m afraid any changes we make will affect how long she sleeps, so I haven’t made any moves yet.
We’re going to give it a try here pretty soon, and I’d love some advice on how to make our first run a little less painful for Grandma!