Has anyone ever tried switching to cloth diapers while they were potty training?
We’re trying to get Ian back into potty-training mode and he’s fixated on the characters on his diapers and I really don’t want to buy any more. I got to thinking, why not switch to cloth diapers. They are reusable (after washing) and they feel like underwear. They’ll last through accidents without using rubber pants (which Ian absolutely hates and I think part of the reason he’s regressed) and it’ll cost a lot less than buying diapers. Obviously I would still use the disposables while we’re out and about, but with Jesse having the car 4 out of 5 days during the week, we’re home far more than we’re out.
I’ve also heard of cloth diapers that have velcro already on them so you don’t have to use pins. Does anyone know where I could find some?
I’ve come across a couple of books that Ian just love and I had to share them. The first one is Fisher Price’s Little People Let’s Go to the Zoo!. It’s a great board book that doesn’t have a lot of reading content, but it has a ton of things for Ian to check out and do. Here’s the book description:
Featuring lots of new animals, Let’s Go to the Zoo! teaches colors, counting, matching, and more in an entertaining way. With surprises hidden behind dozens of flaps, kids will want to visit the Fisher-Price zoo again and again!
It’s fabulous and they are right. Ian loves going back to this book just to check out what’s under the flaps. Even though there isn’t that much to read, I can make it up as I go. I can ask him what the lion says or the tiger and he’ll respond (he loves saying RAWR!). Each page is something different too. The first one deals with sounds, the second one has colors, the third has numbers, the fourth deals with motions, and the last page is all about matching up the babies with the mommies. Ian loves looking at the babies (he loves pointing out all babies) and he’s pretty good with matching them up too. When he got this book for Christmas, I wasn’t expecting too much, but damn is he enjoying it. I have a feeling I’ll have to end up replacing it because he loves reading it so much.
The second book that Ian (and mama) is going nuts over is B is for Bear by Roger Priddy. Ian is a huge fan of the Usborne Touchy Feely books (i.e. That’s Not My Dragon by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells) and this one is along that same line, but it’s all about the alphabet. Whereas the Usborne Touchy Feely books are simple and repetitive, this one is a little more indepth (for a toddler) and it’s great. Each page has a different letter of the alphabet with an image and one of the images has something he can touch. There isn’t something on each page, but it’s not needed because he loves running his hands over the entire page and finding the “hidden treasures”. One of the things I like is that the sentences aren’t all the same. While there is still the rhyming theme going on, I’m not reading the same 5 words over and over again (like in the Usborne Touchy Feely books). This is the other book that Ian has been reaching for a lot lately. Plus it’s one of the bigger board books so Ian can put this in his lap and read on his own (which I’ve seen him do).
Another set of books that has Ian jumping for joy round the clock are the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends stories. He’s been going nuts over trains ever since he got a domino laying train for Christmas and these were a godsend. The best part about the books, they are short and sweet. Each book contains 3-4 stories and Ian has no problem sitting through one or two. And, not all the books contain 3-4 stories either; there are a wide selection of content for the books. One of the more simplier books, Catch Me, Catch Me! only uses 50 words to tell the story about a race between Thomas and Gordon. Another great aspect of these novels are the DVDs. Now that we’re reading so much Thomas the Tank Engine, I had also picked up a few of the DVDs so Ian could see the trains and they are great. He loves watching the trains on the TV and I love it because each segment is only about 5 minutes long. These stories are perfect for his attention span and it increases his vocabulary.
The last book that Ian tends to go back to time and time again is Matthew Van Fleet’s Spotted Yellow Frogs. The book itself is really simple, but he loves being able to pull out the pages and looking inside. The basic idea is that on 8 different pages, there are 8 different colors and patterns, that when you turn each flap reveals an animal of that color and pattern. Then the last page is a huge fold out page where each of the animals are part of a mural, but all of their patterns have been changed. Ian loves the “flap” part of the book. He’ll sit there and we’ll go through it 4 or 5 times before he gets bored with it. Plus, they don’t have just one animal under each flap, but multiples so we can also count how many are there. It’s not that complex, but it’s another great story we can make our own. Ian can do the sounds of the animals, count how many are there, tell me what the colors are, etc etc.
So those are Ian’s favorites at the moment. He has other books he likes to read, but these are the ones he keeps going back to and I’m really glad they are in my collection. Although, I have a feeling that once the Thomas DVDs go back to the library, I’m going to get into trouble.
Over the last year or so, a few of our friends have been experiencing the joy of parenthood (or know someone who is) and we’ve had to figure out what to get them as a baby shower gift. Most of the time, the parents-to-be have a gift registry of what they want, but I’ve found out (granted after I had Ian), that what was on my registry wasn’t always what I needed. For instance, I didn’t have a single toy for Ian when we brought him home. It didn’t dawn on me to include any on the registry or to pick any up (trying to play with a newborn is frustrating enough without having a toy around to get their attention). So I started deviating off of registries and getting items that I knew would come in handy. Usually this meant items that were family cheap and it allowed me to get more.
Now I have a few friends who are asking about gift ideas and I thought I would write down my suggestions. These are random items that I either couldn’t live without or found to be truly excellent (and Ian loved as well). Most of my suggestions are all under $20, so they are completely reasonable as gift ideas.
The first suggestion I have is a Sassy Earth Brights Wooden Trio Toy. It doesn’t have to be this exact toy (this is the one we had for Ian), but something from this line. The wooden toys with the color fabric is a great sensory toy and they come in so many different shapes and sizes. They not only make noise when they are clinked together, but each fabric generally has a different feel to it, so it’s expanding baby’s knowledge too. Plus, you don’t have to worry about (s)he teething on it since it’s wood.
Both Ian and I loved the Bright Starts 3-Piece Chill and Teethe Teethers. These are a must have! Before, I had only seen the bigger teethers and we had them for Ian, but he had such a hard time getting them into his mouth, that he wouldn’t use them. When I found these, instant success. They come in different shapes, but each one fits in an infants mouth. Plus they weren’t so big around that Ian couldn’t glasped them with his tiny hands. Even now, at 22.5 months, Ian still loves chewing on them. He’ll still reach for these instead of the bigger ones.
You may not think the Sassy 24-Piece Lively Links are all that great, but you’ve probably never had to bend over multiple times trying to pick up a toy either. These things are great; I wish I had found them sooner. You can attach them to the car seat, through other toys, the stroller and nothing will get lost. Plus, you link a few of these together and they can act as a rattle and they are perfect for tiny hands. Ian always had a blast swinging these around. Another benefit to these is that they come in different colors and textures.
I highly recommend the Hyland’s Teething Tablets. These work wonders for Ian while he was teething. They instantly desolve on his tongue and I was able to give him between 1-3 tablets depending on his pain. They are homeopathic, so I wasn’t giving Ian any kind of drugs for the minor annoyances that teething usually has (before bed, he did get either Tylenol or Motrin). They don’t last all that long (I want to say 4 hours), but you can give them to any baby up to 3 times a day…a lot more than Tylenol and Motrin and they’re not harmful. You can find them individually at Meijer, Wal-mart, Walgreens, etc and they are pretty reasonably priced. Ian loved them and got to the point where, if he was teething and his gums hurt, he would point these out because he knew exactly what they were for.
A great starter book for any baby is
That’s Not My Puppy (Usborne Touchy Feely) (or any of the other books from this line). They have bright pictures and different textures to feel on each page, plus the content is simple to read and repetitive for any child to pick up on. Ian still loves them and we’ve added quite a few from this line to his collection.
Another great book is Goodnight, Baby by Ikids and Ana Larranaga. You basically put all the babies back in their beds and tell them good night. Initially, Ian couldn’t do it so I did, but it didn’t take him long before he knew what to do and wanted to do it. It helped with his coordination and his fine motor skills; and the words were simple enough that he enjoyed listening to them time and time again.
This was the most brillant thing I had for Ian (aside from my Boppy). The Boppy Prop Up Play Pad was awesome. This is probably the one gift I have given again and again when I go for just one item (it’s the most expensive on this list at $25). We bought this for Ian because it was recommended to us to put Ian on his tummy as soon as we brought him home (which we did), but he couldn’t keep his head up. This allowed him to be on his tummy and kept his head propped up so it wasn’t buried in the flour. It’s a smaller version of the Boppy, so it was great while he was little and couldn’t hold his head up. Once he started getting bigger and tried to sit up, we were able to use this again as back support. We had him sitting up on his own way before he could actually do it simple because of this. It also comes with a few toys, so while Ian was sprawled over it, he could reach out and grab at the toys. It also comes in a more girly pink version, but even though this is the boys version, I still prefer it to the other since it seems more neutral than strictly boys.
Shirts w/Mittens is a must. They can be a bit hard to find, but I have seen them at Meijers. Basically, any kind of shirt and PJs with mittens for the first three months are essential. Ian would grab ahold of his hair and start pulling, then he would start screaming which would make him pull his hair even more. He would also claw at his face with his nails. Having the mittens on his shirt were great because he couldn’t fling them off and it prevented him from pulling his hair or using his nails on anything. This helped him get to sleep so much better that I went out and tried to find more. These are very much worth the effort of tracking them down and I always include them in any gift I’m giving. Baby R Us has PJs with mittens, and they may have the shirts, but I know Meijer gets them in the neutral tones of yellow.
That’s all I can think of at the moment, but if I come up with anything more, I’ll add to it here. Does anyone have any items that they found they couldn’t live without?
Back in March, I posted an article on Ian’s favorite books. It’s been a few months and while he still really enjoys those novels, he has added a few to the list.
Right now, Ian is not at the stage where he’ll read on his own, however, he’s all about being read too. He still brings a book and want to sit in my lap so we can read it together; in fact, today, he dragged me into his room so we could sit in his rocker and read. We’ve just started reading to him as part of his bedtime routine and he seems to be really enjoying it. I know he’s going to sleep without any noises (aside from a few jabbering) and that’s just one more step towards a big boy bed. Right now, Jesse is reading him Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, so hopefully he doesn’t get any disturbing dreams.
Ian is still loving the Usborne Touchy-Feely Board books (That’s Not My Dragon by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells) and if you haven’t found these yet, then you need to. They are awesome and they have a whole variety of topics – pirates, penguins, puppy, kitty, lion, trains, dinosaurs, monsters, etc. He still really enjoys Goodnight Baby by Ibaby. Since the previous post, we also we out and bought On the Go by Ibaby as well and that has been just as well received.
Lately, he’s really been into this one book from the library, Cars: rushing! honking! zooming! by Patricia Hubbell, Megan Halsey, and Sean Addy and I went out and got the other two like it, Trucks: Whizz! zoom! rumble! and Trains: steaming! pulling! huffing!, but he’s all about the cars. These books are actually really good because they really don’t tell a story, but they tell everything about cars. What they can do, the sounds they make, how people interact with them. There’s really no plot, but it has a lot of rhyming and the illustrations are awesome. It also has a great page layout since not all the pages face the same direction. There’s a couple of pages strewn throughout where you have to hold the book the longwise in order to read. I like this aspect since it makes you move a bit more and it tends to get Ian’s attention.
He’s a huge fan of Boynton, but we’ve been going with the One, Two, Three and Oh My! Oh My! Oh Dinosaurs!. We also have Your Personal Penguin and with all three of these books, he’ll sit still in my lap and look at the illustrations. Granted, there really isn’t much to her books, but what is there is perfect. She has just enough material on each page to keep Ian’s focus and doesn’t allow him to wander off.
I will be honest, since the move we haven’t really been reading to him as much since most of his books have been packed away. We’ve been keeping up our weekly trips to the library (yes, I’m still driving all the way back to RH…it’s so worth it) and we’ve had books home, but I just haven’t been able to find any others that he gravitates to. He’s coming up to 18 months and I really would like to hear him talking a little more, so if anyone has any novels that their kids love, all my ears are open.
No, nothing has happened to Ian and we haven’t had to take him to the hospital. However, I saw this post over at Maw Books and it made me think of our time at Beaumont last spring. Thankfully, Ian wasn’t that old so we didn’t have to worry about keeping him entertained or making sure he knew he was fine in the hospital, but that’s not the case anymore. I might want to get a couple of these books at some point. Especially since Ian hasn’t been liking the doctors office visits lately.
I did not know this. It was a very good thing that I read this article by MSNBC. I never knew you could drown as early as an hour after being out of the water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, some 3,600 people drowned in 2005, the most recent year for which there are statistics. Some 10 to 15 percent of those deaths was classified as â€œdry drowning,â€ which can occur up to 24 hours after a small amount of water gets into the lungs. In children, that can happen during a bath.
That’s actually scary to know that he could drown after being in his bath. Ian gets a bath right before bedtime, so if this were to happen, we would never know because he goes to bed soon after. Although, the bath tends to energize him if we don’t put him straight to bed, so we may have to change his routine a little. A bath and then bed maybe at least 30 minutes afterwards.
The three signs that could indicate dry drowning:
- difficulty breathing
- extreme tiredness
- changes in behavior
All three symptoms come from a loss of oxygen flow to the brain, which would make sense since it means there is water in the lungs. I know I’m going to be very careful around water with Ian now.
Ian had his fifteen month check up on Thursday. I know I’m a little late posting about it, but I’ve been busy the last couple of days. Ian is off with Nana this weekend, so I have a little more time to play on the internet before going to pack.
Anyway, he had is doc appointment. He weighed in at 24 lbs which is actually less than what he was at his 12 month checkout, but only by 3 oz, so it’s not bad. My guess, his diaper was a little fuller than it was this time. He has grown, he’s now 31.5 inches long. This all puts him in the 50-75 percentile for his weight and the 50 percentile for his height; the doc said he’s more proportionate regarding his height:weight ratio. His head is 19.75 inches, which is in the 95 percentile. My little man’s brain grew by an inch!! I’m hoping that is good. He received more vaccinations during this visit, but I was told that after his 18th month checkup, he’ll be done with vaccinations for awhile. He received the Haemophilus Influenzae (type b HIB vaccine), DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis), and Pneumococcal (PCV). Just a side note, I found these handy vaccination schedules over at the CDC. Overall, the doctor said Ian was developing well. He had Ian do a running test; well, I think it was more of a test to see how well Ian walked, but Ian kinda ran to me instead. Everything looked good, and since we’re worried about Ian developing Asthma since both of us had it, the doc checked and there isn’t any sign of it at the moment. The one thing the Doc did want to mention is to make sure we use suntan lotion on Ian when he’s outside. Even if he’s out for 15 minutes, we need to hit the exposed areas. He’s pale right now, so he’ll burn easier.
While at the doctors office, we did find out something troublesome….Ian can open doors now. The exam room door had a latch handle (the type where you push down to open) and Ian figured out how that works. While we waited for his vaccinations, Ian decided it would be a fun game to escape the room and have mama run after him.
In the past three months, Ian has started clapping his hands on demand or when he knows something is good. His balance has also been improving remarkably. He’s even started trying to run, but he’s not quite there yet. If he gets going too fast, his head gets farther than his body and he ends up falling. Plus, he’s climbing anything and everything. He can easily get on any piece of furniture (end tables, chairs, couches, dinner tables, etc) and he has no problem getting down. Although, there are times he doesn’t realize he can’t simply walk off the furniture. He still has his four teeth, bu the has been teething something fierce, so we’re hoping for some more soon. The doc did say he saw them, but they weren’t broken through yet.
We’ve also started a new sleep habit for Ian. Well, he didn’t have much choice in the matter, so he didn’t take to it right away. Basically, Ian hadn’t learned how to fall asleep on his own since I was always rocking him to sleep, so we started the Ferber Method. It means we stick Ian in his bed and let him cry himself to sleep. The first night was a little rough, but it’s going fine now. Ian cries when I go to put him in his bed, but once I get him in, he generally goes right to sleep. He may talk or whimper for a bit, but he doesn’t do it for long. We’ve even started doing this for his naps and it generally takes him a little longer to go to sleep, but that’s mainly because he doesn’t want to and he wants to stay up and play. Overall, it’s going good.
Speaking of sleeping, Ian’s nap habits have changed. He’s now officially down to one nap a day. He started skipping naps around his 1 year birthday, but I really wasn’t enforcing it since he wasn’t doing it every day. Now, it’s uncommon if he wants two naps, so we’re doing one naps only now. Ian’s been fine with it. He gets his nap around noon and he sleeps for about 2 hours, depending on the day. There are times he sleeps for only an hour and other times he out for 3, but it depends a lot on how he’s feeling. While he’s teething, he doesn’t normally sleep for very long, but I don’t really give him Motrin before his naps, so he gets woken up by the pain sometimes. He gets teething tablets, but they only work for so long it seems like. There are times when it seems like he’s getting tired at night, even though he had his afternoon nap, but he really doesn’t want to go to sleep. This just makes it easier to get him to bed at night, so we’re not really worried about it.
Ian did make his first trip to the Zoo in April and he loved the petting area. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, but I know that I’m going to have to find some in the area to take him to. We’ve also been spending as much time outside as we can. It’s been a little hard since the ground outside our apartment building has become a doggy toilet (the complex is working to correct that or so they say), but we’ve been going to different parks whenever we’re able. Ian is really loving the chance to be outside, so I know he’s going to love the backyard when we get a house. Now we just need to get our own toys for out there.
That’s pretty much what has been happening the last couple of months. We’re starting to get into the summer months and this year it’s going to be a lot different with Ian. This time last year, Ian was barely sitting up and moving on his own, so it was pretty much quiet. Now he’s running around and wanting to get into everything, so I have a feeling we’ll be a little busier this year (getting a house notwithstanding). Our Mom’s Group has plans to spend our meetings at different parks and at the zoo this year since we can’t have them at our usually meeting place, so Ian will definitely get his time outside in.
ASSOCIATED PRESS â€¢ March 27, 2008
LANSING — Starting this summer, more Michigan children will be required to be in booster seats while traveling state roads.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed legislation Thursday requiring all children under age 8 and shorter than 4-foot-9 to be fastened into booster seats. The new law takes effect July 1, and violators will face fines of up to $65 per offense.
The new measure expands state law already requiring children under age 4 to ride in an infant or child car seat restraint system. The new law is aimed at protecting older children who are not best protected by seat belts alone.
â€œWe know that deaths related to motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of deaths for children in Michigan,â€ Granholm said during a bill signing ceremony at the Capitol. â€œWe want to make sure that our children are safe.â€
An organization called Partners for Child Passenger Safety says that the risk of injury for children between the ages of 4 and 8 is reduced by 59 percent when using a car seat or booster seat.
Michigan will become the 39th state to adopt an expanded booster seat law.
Sen. Michelle McManus, a Republican from Lake Leelanau, has been working to pass the legislation for five years. She said older children often are less reluctant to get into booster seats once their role in safety is adequately explained.
Democrats in the state House sponsored similar legislation.
Also today, Granholm called on the Legislature to pass bills she said would allow the state to get federal money to give booster seats away to more low-income families. There already are some programs available in Michigan to provide booster seats to those most in need.
The Telegraph in the UK compiled a list of the 50 top children’s books. There are a couple of books on here that I think shouldn’t be (A Christmas Carol by Dickens), but there are some that are missing too. Where is Goodnight Moon or Curious George? I also don’t understand how Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince made #6, yet the first book in the series is no where on the list. Anyway, here’s the list:
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C S Lewis
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
- Famous Five series, Enid Blyton
- Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
- The BFG, Roald Dahl
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J K Rowling
- The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
- The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
- Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
- The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
- The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
- Matilda, Roald Dahl
- The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Cat in the Hat, Dr Suess
- The Twits, Roald Dahl
- Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves
- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
- The Malory Towers Series, Enid Blyton
- Peter Pan, J M Barrie
- The Railway Children, E. Nesbit
- Hans Christian Fairy Tales, H C Andersen
- The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
- The Witches, Roald Dahl
- Stig of the Dump, Clive King
- The Wishing Chair, Enid Blyton
- Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jan Brett
- James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
- A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
- Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
- Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
- Aesop’s Fables
- The Borrowers, Mary Norton
- Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
- Meg and Mog, Jan Pienkowski
- Mrs Pepperpot, Alf Proyson
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen 4
- The Gruffalo’s Child, Julia Donaldson
- Room on a Broom, Julia Donaldson
- The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
- Miffy, Dick Bruna
- The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
- Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
- The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson
- Ten Little Ladybirds, Melanie Gerth
- Six Dinners Sid, Inga Moore
- The St. Clares Series, Enid Blyton
- Captain Underpants, Dav Pilke
I’ve been experimenting with different kind of snacks trying to find healthy ones for Ian that won’t break our bank account. While the Gerber Graduates are good, they can be a little messy as well as kind of pricey. I would like to think I’ve had some success, but there have been some duds. Here are the snacks I’ve tried so far.
- Raisins – Ian really didn’t take to these too well. On three separate occasions, we’ve tried giving them to him only to have him spit them back out. We’ll try again at a later time, but right now, it’s not a snack he’ll eat.
- Goldfish Crackers – These work really well. Ian likes them and you can get them in different flavors as well as colors. We’ve only tried the multi-colored ones, but I’m planning on trying a new flavor next. The only thing against them is that they crunch really easily in tiny hands. They are definitely a snack that you don’t let him run around with. Not unless you want to do a lot of vacuuming.
- Animal Crackers – Ian loves them. I can give him one and he’ll carry it around with him, but it’ll always end up in his mouth. He rarely leaves them around.
- Dried Blueberries – Jesse found these near the raisins in the produce section. They are tiny little balls that Ian just eats up. It’s a great snack to put in the diaper bag because they don’t take up that much room.
- Craisins – If you haven’t seen these, they are actually really good. I’m not a fan of them, but Jesse loves them which is how we ended up with some. They are dried cranberries for those who are not familiar with them. Another great dried fruit. Ian loves these too.
- Pepperidge Farm Snack Sticks – Ian likes the sesame seed ones better than the pumpernickel ones, but he’ll still eat them. Basically, they are little bread sticks, perfect for his hands. He can hold on to them and chew on them for a bit.
- Nutrigrain Bars – I actually bought these for Jesse and gave one to Ian once and he really liked them. This is definitely a messy snack, so he has to stay in his high chair, however, I’ve found these are good on the go too. As long as I break off pieces and give them to him, it’s not as messy. You get the grains as well as some fruit and
- Cheerios – The classic infant snack food, however, we haven’t figured out if Ian likes them or not. If you give him a couple at a time, he tends to spread them out like bird food. If you put one directly in his mouth, then he’ll eat it. But I haven’t seen him eat them on his own yet.
- Bread Anything – Ian likes to munch on bready. Bagels, muffins, breadsticks, anything. I can even give him a slice of bread and he’ll eat most of it. Ian loves biscuits. The nice part about bready snacks are they tend to be dry and soft so Ian can get them in his hands and mush them together, but they are easy to pick up off the floor.
- Teddy Graham Crackers – They come in four different flavors and they melt in his mouth. It’s not an instant melt, but they turn to mush easily enough. Ian really likes the Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal ones. They taste a lot like cookies without all the sugar.
That’s everything I can think of right now. If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.