Health: Puppets

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16 Month Old on an Airplane

My 16 month old son and I are going to Travel to my parents, and I am having anxiety about the airplane ride. He is a very rambunctious little guy who can't EVER sit still. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I may be able to do with him.


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Finger Nail Cutting.

Does anyone have a better way to cut finger nails? My 16 month old has a...

Broken Bones & Sprains

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Broken Leg Activities

My poor baby Zeke broke his leg today, so needless to say he is stuck on the couch for then next few weeks, what are some sitting/laying down activities that we can do so he doesn't get bored and try to walk on it. We have: *playdough *movies *kids laptop *ds lite (what 2 year old friendly games???) Thanks moms!! :-)


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Pediatrician Wants Oil in My Son's Diet

My son has been, apart from teething, needing a diaper, hungry, or tired, a happy little boy. I still can't believe how happy he is and has been. He is very active, and is ready to walk, soon! He's been climbing, and his only sitter voted him the fastest crawler she's ever seen. He is lean, but he is not skinny - he has chunky thighs, and a little belly, not a pot belly. The pediatrician is suggesting, since he is underweight (his stats 'flattened out') he have oil included in his diet to fatten him up. This just sounds so WRONG to me! ...

Childhood Illnesses

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Traveling to Puerto Rico with a 23 Mo. Old & an Infant; Is This Feasible?

Hi Moms. My brother is finally getting married at the end of this year (right after Christmas) in Puerto Rico (where his fiance is from)! All of us are excited for him & would love to be there for his wedding. However, I am due with baby #2 Nov. 29th & am a little nervous about traveling that soon after the latest addition to our family arrives. BUT, I would like to try it if it's possible... My husband would be going too & we would be traveling with my Mom & Dad & my sister & brother-in-law (who have no children of their own yet), so...

Children's Hospital

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Baby #2 Due in 3 Weeks- How to Talk to 3 Year Old About Being in the Hospital

Hello. I am due to have my second baby in about 3 weeks and have been trying to figure out a the best way to tell my 3 year old daughter that I will be in the hospital for a day or two giving birth. I am looking for suggestions on a way in which she will understand the "reality" of coming home with a new baby. She is very excited to meet our new baby but I imagine it is going to be different once the new baby arrives. She is very much our "focus" and we give all of our time and love to her now- which of course will be shared very soon....


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Advice on "Talking Up" a Trip to the Dentist

My 3 year old daughter had her first trip to the dentist last week. From the start of us talking about the appointment she has had very negative feelings about going and has told us that she doesn't want to go. We do not know why. We have never to our knowledge bad talked the dentist. So, our first visit to the dentist did not go well at all. She would not lay down on the dentists chair, or even look at him. We watched a little boy go first, just counting the teeth etc. Still very resistant. Finally we had to hold her down so he...


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Non-animated TV shows/DVDs for a 2 Year Old Boy

I'm in search of some TV shows or DVDs for my two year old son that are NOT animated. He really doesn't like cartoons at all. He is very into Baby Einstein and Curious Buddies but I'm going to lose my mind if I have to watch these videos that much longer and would like to have a few more options in my DVD cabinet. I have been trying Sesame Street with him for some time but it only holds his attention for about 5 minutes on a good day. I've also shown him the Wiggles a few times but he doesn't seem interested in that either. Puppets of...

Diapers & Diaper Changing

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Diaper Changing Struggle with 11 Month Old!

Hi, I wonder if anyone has ideas or suggestions to help me keep my 11 month old daughter still while I change her diaper! She is always trying to get away when I am trying to change her diaper. Not so bad if it is not poopy, but can be a big problem if is is! She has also started to reach down to grab herself while I am trying to clean her. I do try to have interesting toys or objects handy to give her, but most of the time it doesn't distract her long enough. I do not use a changing table, but I have an area on a twin bed that is in...


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First Time on an Airplane

My husband, daughter and I are planning our first airplane trip in May. My daughter will be 2 1/2 then and I need advice! We would like to bring the car seat on the plane with us, it is a Britax Marathon, but I have been told by another mom that this particular seat pushes the child too much forward in the seat making their feet touch the seat in front of them. Has anyone experienced this? Do you recommend flying with the car seat or a seat harness at this age? Also, what do you do about drinks for your child. Since you can't get...

Eyes & Vision

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5 Year Old Needs Glasses!

Hi - Ok - our 5 year old (in Pre K)- told us at Monster Jam "he needed glasses but did not want them- they are ugly"- he had some trouble coloring in lines etc.- so I took him to Optometrist last week- and he has Amblyopia in left eye (vision 20/25 right eye- 35/70 left). He is getting a strong eyeglass prescription. Is anyone familiar with this? And anyone have advice how to get him to LIKE glasses? He is so resistant to the idea of the everyday glasses- even the cool glasses he will get for sports. We try to tell him they are COOL- but...


Crafty Mamas, Help!

My daughter is turning 3 in April and we're doing a safari animal theme (she...

First Aid

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Looking for Childcare Opinions

Hello Moms! I am looking for opinions on a childcare question. My 14 month old is taken care of full time by a sitter who lives within walking distance of my job. She is a grandmother, watches only my daughter, is CPR certified, has years of experience, treats my daughter like family. We adore her. She speaks spanish and my daugther has been exposed to both english and spanish since she was six weeks old and is becoming bilingual. I will be off for the summer and when I return to work my daughter will be 18 months old. My question is...



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Daughter Keeps Saying That She's Scared...

My 2 yr. old daughter keeps telling us that she is scared of things. Sometimes, it seems like she is just startled by something, like when one of our cats runs around, but other times it is something bizarre. Last night, as we were reading a new book, there was a tiny picture of a walrus, and she kept saying that she was scared of the walrus. Huh? She has seen pictures of walruses before, and it never freaked her out. She is also scared of puppets, and things on her hands. Since birth, she has never liked her hands covered, so that one...

Good Hygiene

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My 2 1/2 Year Old Won't Let Us Brush His Teeth...

My 2 1/2 year old won't let us brush his teeth... he will come to us and say "I brush teeth" and wants his toothbrush with his toothpaste on it. When we try to brush his teeth he will fight us and clamp his mouth shut. If we give him the toothbrush he will suck the toothpaste off of it and want more. He used to chew on the brush but doesn't do that anymore. How can I get him to allow us to brush his teeth? We've tried brushing our teeth with him but he only wants our toothbrush when we do that. We've tried pretend crying to see if he'll let...


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Mom-in-law Is Trying to Ruin My Marriage

HELP! How do I deal with a controlling, manipulative mother-in-law? Seriously, I think she wants nothing more than me to disappear! My husband has been the only parent to his 2 children, their mother hasn't been in their lives at all. So, his mom (grandma) basically was their mom. Prior to our marriage in November all was well, I was wonderful, an answer to her prayer blah blah blah. Then we set some boundaries to her access to the kids, she wants to pick them up when she wants, bring them home when she wants with no regard to us as...


"Racism at Four?"

Hi Moms, My family and I went on a cruise to Bermuda. Most of the staff on...

Home Remedies

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Toddler on a 10 Hour flight...HELP Traveling Mommies :)

Okay, so for toddlers under 2 years of age they are not required to have their own seat, and on one hand thats an awesome thing (not having to pay another $800). Well I plan on taking a trip back home while my husband is deployed & the only way I can afford it is if I have her sit in my lap. My daughter will be 19/20 months old at the time....anyone have a good way to keep her calm during the flight. I already plan leaving around her bedtime so HOPEFULLY she will sleep most of the way...but if you ladies have any other ideas...I'll be glad...


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WANTED: Singing Puppets That Entertain!

Alrighty so my son has just began to enter the tv stage. Right now he'll watch tv as long as..... they're puppet (barney, babybop etc.) that sing.. lots of singing is important.. so my problem is that i am absolutely sick of barney lol. Anyone know any other singing puppet (not really sure what they're called) and the wiggles is out for some reason he takes no interest in it at all. PLEEEEASE someone give me an idea.



I took my 3.1 yo to the local library to participate in their storytelling...


Mentally Ill Father

To make a very long story short, the father of my 5 month old daughter has a...

Illnesses & Symptoms

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Kids Play Places

My cousin and I are toying with the idea of opening a center where mom's bring their kids just to play. In the area where we live, there is nothing like this, other than the McDonalds play area. There isn't even a play area in our mall. Our plan would be for it to be a place where mom and child would stay - no drop-offs, not a daycare. We would have a cozy sitting area for mom's with coffee and snacks, and wifi, maybe a tv. The kids area would have a variety of different activities - an art center, a train table, an area to play "house...


Constant Runny Nose

Hi momma's since starting preschool my DS constantly has a runny nose every...


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Child Won't Take Medication

My 19 month old son will not take medication when he is sick. He will spit it out, throw up or cry and scream. It is awful. Any suggestions?

Mental Health

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2 Yr Old Afraid of Shadows...

Lately, my DD, who will be 2 next month, has been talking about shadows and how she is afraid of them. My husband and I used to make shadow puppets when she first discovered shadows (about a year ago) and she never seemed bothered by them. Now, she talks about being afraid of the "big shadow." I have tried to show her how shadows are made, even point out what is making shadows (our bodies, the plant, her bed, the dog, etc) and she seems fine, but when it's bed time, she acts afraid. I try to reassure her that there is nothing to be afraid...

Potty Training

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How Can I Potty Train My 25 Month Old Daughter?

She still wears diapers but now with a 3 week old I am buying double diapers and I would love for her to be potty trained. Can anyone tell me what they did, how they did it, and how long it took? She tells me all the time that she pooped but she never did when she says that and she never tells me before. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Mama's


When to Potty Train?

I have twin girls, almost 18 months old. One of my daughters is constantly...

Preventative Care

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Travel with a 13 Month Old...

I have a trip planned to surprise my dad for his 60th birthday. I am taking my 13 month old with me (my husband thinks I am crazy.) It's a 2 hour flight and timed a little bit qround nap time which might help. I plan on a DVD player, food, pacifier, toys, bulkhead seats. Anything else I am missing or not thinking of? He is very energetic and into walking (and a little yelling) so I am somewhat nervous he won't want to sit still or might be loud (hence the pacifier.) Any advice?

Shots & Vaccines

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Activities for My 7 Year Old Niece to Do.

Ok I've asked a similar post, but it was during rainy weather. I am yet again watching my niece for who knows how long while we wait for an opening in her daycare day camp program opens. I don't have a car I can take my baby and my niece in so going to the library, museum, or similar activities are not always a possibility. I do live in the middle of a big town, but where I live is just a little to far away to walk. We do have a park that we walk to, but she has already gotten bored of it. I've made a mommy friend with a girl her age, but...


To Vaccine or Not?

Hi Moms, you helped me before when my two year old daughter wouldn't brush...


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Problems Trimming 2 Year Old's Nails

Today my toddler showed me her "terrible" 2 phase when I tried to trim her toe nails and finger nails. She normally resists a little and then will let me do it if I count her fingers as I trim the nails. This time it was a different story. She had a full out tantrum, screaming and kicking and grabbing my arm. I tried a time out to calm her down, but then when I said it was time to trim the nails she would start the "no no no" and crying. I don't know if I should stick to the time out until she is calm even if takes a long time or if I...

Skin, Hair & Bath Care

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Bath Time Troubles

My daughter is almost 15 months old and hates taking a bath. I have changed her bathing routine several times to try to make her enjoy it more. This started many months ago before she was a year old (about 10 months old). She didn't like her baby sling thing... so I took her out of it and put her in the tub... but then she would try to crawl around or stand up in the tub and end up almost falling... so I got a baby bath tub seat that connects to the side of the tub so she wouldn't fall. Then she threw a tantrum in the seat (after a few...


Pre-teen Skin Care

I have a friend whose 10 year daughter is starting to break out, primarily...


Sleeping Habits

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Bedtime Shenanagans & Noise

BACKGROUND: My daughter is 26 months old and sleeps in her crib. She is very happy in her crib and I do not intend on moving her to a bed until she shows signs of wanting to climb out or get a big girl bed. Her room is directly next to my son's room, who is 11 months old. Unfortunately, the walls are thin and sound carries easily. We have white noise playing at a moderate (not soft!) level to try to mask house noises (so the baby's crying doesn't wake her and vice-versa.) Moving rooms is not an option. She is really good about...

Social Workers

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I Wouldl Ove to Stay Home with My First Baby!!!

I've received so much help from all of you that I am couting on you again!!! I am expecting my first baby and I would love to stay home with him or her! I am currently working as a social worker and at times it can be very strssful. I was looking into doing a home daycare, but I know myself and I would want to spend alot of time with my newborn! (and I plan to breastfeed!) then I was thinking of becoming a Medical Transcriptionist and that is my question...are there any moms who are transcriptionists or who know someone who is? how did you...


5 Year Old Lying

my daughter has been telling little lies and we catch her all the time when...

Stages & Milestones

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1St Birthday Party, Small or Big?

I need some opinions since I'm divided between make a big party for my baby's 1st birthday or make just something small and simple. I do want something BIG with tons of friends and puppets and music, food and a HUGE cake ... but my husband wants something small, just close friends and a small cake for her to dig in. Some people say that is not a big deal since she wont remember it but I will and I really think is a big milestone for us as a parents too. I don't know what to do. Suggestions?


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5 Year Old Needs Glasses!

Hi - Ok - our 5 year old (in Pre K)- told us at Monster Jam "he needed glasses but did not want them- they are ugly"- he had some trouble coloring in lines etc.- so I took him to Optometrist last week- and he has Amblyopia in left eye (vision 20/25 right eye- 35/70 left). He is getting a strong eyeglass prescription. Is anyone familiar with this? And anyone have advice how to get him to LIKE glasses? He is so resistant to the idea of the everyday glasses- even the cool glasses he will get for sports. We try to tell him they are COOL- but...