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Re: thanks daisy... karen_kay

Posted by DAisym on June 27, 2007, at 23:53:56

In reply to thanks daisy... DAisym, posted by karen_kay on June 27, 2007, at 9:10:38

The secret other mother's don't share is that no one really knows what they are doing. Shhhh - really! We all second guess ourselves all the time. I promise this is normal.

BUT...you do have to decide what is important to you and begin to trust yourself around those things. Because if you aren't consistent, kids smell wishy-washy and are all over that in a minute! If bedtime is important to you, establish a routine, and follow through as much as possible. Bath, book, bed always worked for me. I'd leave the book if they weren't ready to sleep. And now, just to confuse things, I'll tell you that when kids start walking they often stop sleeping. There is this whole new exciting world out there, it looks really different on top of two legs, than it did on all fours. So he doesn't really want to stop to sleep or eat, walking is too much fun. It will get better. Development is a pattern of disorganization while learning a new skill, acquiring the skill and then reorganizing. And then it starts again. Other sleep stuff to look for - is he hungry? (15 months is a growth spurt area. Is he getting enough time with dad before he goes down? Has his nap pattern shifted?

The best we can do as parents is to be observant of change and be reassuring by providing routine.

I don't think you are hurting him by taking him in the bathroom with you. We've all done it!! :)

And as far as popcorn goes, 14 months is pretty young for such a chokeable food. If he is handling it and you are really watching, well - OK. But be really careful, cheese puffs are actually a better choice.

 

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