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A Walking Baby!

My one year old is walking! Everywhere! He has lost all interest in crawling and is toddling away and constantly falling on his bottom. He looks so funny. His legs are bowed in a way that makes me think of a walking gorilla. Come to think of it, the sounds he is making are somewhat gorilla-like as well, lots of gutteral gesticulations and pointy fingers.

The fact that he is such a tiny tot makes it seem even more surreal as he looks like he should still be lying down, just attempting the crawl. Instead he waddles into the bathroom first thing in the morning whilst I’m having a shower and looks up at me with his massive toothy (two teeth now) grin, all wide-eyed and bushy haired. If I could pack him in my bag and take him off to work with me I would. He is that precious!

My 3 year old on the other hand….has developed a bit of an attitude. I’m convinced he thinks he a grown up already. He even has the grown up sarcastic looks down to a tee. If I tell him off he sticks his chin down and raises his eyes and looks me in the eyes with a pinched expression on his face. That’s my “what do you think you are playing at” look, and he has pinched it. And all I can do is try to look away so I don’t burst out laughing. Attitude I tell you!

Get the pair of them together and you either have a recipe for disaster or just plain old noise. Sunday afternoon being a case in point. We’d just ate lunch and were all sitting in the living room watching the rain trickling down the windows when the 1yo pinches a toy from the 3yo’s hands and walks off with it. Of course, Will (3) was having none of it and promptly pinched it back, which resulted in a mini tantrum from Joe (1) who tried, and failed, to get the toy back.

Now I am quite capable of enforcing discipline on a situation, but before I can even bend down so I am at their level – a Supernanny tip – Will is berating Joe on his behaviour: “No Joe, you mustn’t pinch toys. That’s naughty”. Since when did my 3yo become the local enforcer!?

Given that Joe is still wailing, I try to calm the situation by offering Joe a different toy to play with, but Will is having none of it and explains to me that Joe isn’t allowed a toy now because he’s been naughty. Well, excuse me Mr Parenting 101, but who’s the parent here? Try and reason with a 3yo who knows (or thinks he knows) the rules and you may as well be shoutig for help from the top of a mountain.

Which comes to my question…how do you enforce discipline but then take away that enforced discipline if you don’t want to use it on one particular occasion? You try and teach them rules to live by and then they throw them back in your face simply to make your life just that little bit harder. Damn you Supernanny with your consistency rules that just aren’t always convenient.

I’m thinking the 3yo is too clever for me. And I’m scared for the future. He already has manipulation down as one of his many skills. The 1yo can still be controlled. I will focus my powers of motherhood on him, and hope that the 3yo doesn’t shout at me for doing so.

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Changing Nappies by the Minute – A Diaper Trauma

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My 9 month old has been sick for the past 2 weeks now, and for the second week found it really difficult to keep anything down. As much as I love him, is it wrong to be sick of changing stinky nappies!? On one particular early morning – 4am!! – I changed a total of 5 nappies in a matter of 3 minutes. It must be horrible for him, and I can tell he feels miserable, which makes me feel even worse for saying what I’m about to say but… I would be more than happy to never have to change a soiled nappy again.

Surely every parent or guardian goes through something similar? Can we have enough of a certain something when it comes to our kids, particular a certain stinky something? I don’t think it’s wrong to get fed up with certain aspects of parenting, I mean who wants to change umpteen dirty nappies in the space of several hours? So why do we feel guilty about it? Did I tell anyone who I wasn’t close to that I was getting sick of changing nappies? No. And why didn’t I just confess to this absolutely normal feeling? Because it made me feel like less of a parent. Here was my poor baby, feeling very sorry for himself with constant diarrhoea, and here was I getting fed up of changing his nappies.

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Thankfully, my youngest has finally started eating again, and has kept his food down for 2 whole days now. You can imagine how absolutely delighted I was to find his first solid poo in over 3 weeks,  and as sad as this is, I have no shame admitting that it was the highlight of my day! The best nappy change though was the first nappy that was simply wet. No diarrhoea, no nasty surprises, just wet. Marvellous!

We must have gone through 2 packs of nappies – the bumper packs – and about 4 packs of wipes in the past 2 weeks. My husband called the house a plague pit, and it felt like one! While I came down with the bug in a matter of days, my husband and eldest son were fine. A small miracle given the state of my youngest and myself!

Thankfully we are both better now but it felt like the longest 2 weeks. My sympathies are with any other parent going through something similar. It really is horrible to see your children unwell, but it’s even worse knowing there is nothing you can do for them except offer them hugs and kisses whenever they need them.

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Caring for young children when you are feeling unwell yourself is a struggle, especially when all you want to do is curl up in a ball and sleep, and I am so glad it’s over. But with 2 young children you know it’s only a matter of time before the next bug descends on the house, and no doubt I will catch that one as well! Until the next time!

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Norovirus Bug

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My youngest son has spent the past five days suffering from the norovirus bug. If any of you have had this bug you will know how horrible it is: Joe can’t keep anything down and is feeling very sorry for himself.

The norovirus bug is the most common of the gastroenteritis bugs and is extremely easy to catch as it is passed around very quickly. I have it already and I’m sure it’s only a matter of days before the husband and eldest son come down with it.

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It’s not the first time we’ve come into contact with this virus. When my eldest started preschool, he would often come home with one bug or another – any type of school or enclosed environment is a breeding ground for bugs of all sorts, and I’m sure most parents are nodding their heads at that one!? Will caught the Norovirus bug when he was a year and a half. We both came down with it within hours of each other and spent 3 days on the couch, with towels underneath us as Will was regularly projectile vomiting – such a pretty picture!

It’s not so bad this time, although so far I’ve had to change outfits 6 times in 2 days. Joe was being sick after every drink or snack and I was worried about him dehydrating so I took him to the doctor’s. Unfortunately, as it is a virus there isn’t really anything that they can prescribe, in fact the NHS (the UK’s National Health Service) website advises that you stay indoors and drink plenty of water to replace the fluids you will lose. Obviously if you have a young baby and are worried about anything to do with their health, then always call your doctor and get an appointment. Younger children are at more risk of dehydration than adults and so may need rehydration medication.

I was concerned about Joe getting dehydrated as he couldn’t keep much down for the first 2 days but the doctor checked him over and pronounced him healthy enough. However, as Joe is only 9 months old he did get prescribed with some Dioralyte, which is an oral powder that is meant to rehydrate the body. The solution is simply added to water so I just gave him a few bottles with the mixture inside. It did seem to help, and I was particularly impressed that he even managed to keep it down, although we were into day 3 so the projectile vomiting had calmed down a bit.

Given that I’m now into day 5 of what should only be a 48 hour bug I’m still a bit concerned, but I have been reassured that babies generally take a lot longer to get over viruses than others as they haven’t built up their immune systems yet. Obviously I’m constantly checking him, which is quite easy to do as he is very clingy when he’s not feeling well.

Just in case you’re wondering what the symptoms are, they include nausea, projectile vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and aching limbs. I can’t tell if Joe is achy or nauseous but he has the other 3 symptoms. I’ve lost count of the number of nappies I’ve had to change and can’t remember ever having gone through so many before. Given that I feel as rubbish as I do and I only have the nausea and aching limbs symptoms Joe has been fantastic. He is still smiling and trying to eat but he can’t keep anything down and his energy levels are noticeably down.

No doubt like every other parent out there, I hate seeing my little boys feeling unwell. I’m just thankful that my eldest son hasn’t succumbed yet, and I’m hoping it stays that way. I have noticed an improvement in Joe now, only 10 nappy changes today so we’re making progress. I’m hoping I get a few wet nappies only in a day or two as I have seen just about enough diarrhoea to last me quite some time. Fingers crossed we all recover quickly!

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In case anyone has similar symptoms, or just wants to know more about the Norovirus bug I have included the link to the NHS page below. It has information on the bug, the symptoms, treatment and suggestions to prevent infection.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

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Gift ideas for a one year old

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With Christmas coming up there are a lot of presents to be bought and a lot of searching to be done to find that perfect present. Hopefully this guide will help you to choose a present for the little ones in your life, whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, christening or for any other occasion.

A 1 year old will be very active, either crawling or learning to walk, and starting to make coherent sounds and forming their first words. They are becoming more co-ordinated and extremely interested in how things work and what happens when they do this or that. Toddlers like to help their parents do little jobs – my son’s favourite activity is helping his daddy with any DIY jobs – so anything that imitates adult activities, i.e. toolkits or shopping accessories, will be big hits. Whatever toy you choose, a toddler will want freedom to move and explore so try to think of things that will engage their intelligence and capture their interest.

Here are a few suggestions:

Push Along Toys

These can be used to lean against and range from sturdy wooden toys to activity walkers, though it is imperative to check that the toy has a wide base so it won’t easily topple over.

Pull Along Toys

These are great for the more advanced walker as they can pull the toy behind them as they move.

Sit and Ride Toys

When choosing a toy for a young child to sit on make sure it is close to the ground so the child’s feet can rest on the floor. There are lots of different versions of these toys, from toy cars to small trikes and many are adaptable so they can be customised as a child grows enabling them to be used for a good couple of years

Blocks

Toddlers love to build tall block towers and then knock them down, and while they’re having so much fun you can feel reassured to know that they are developing their motor skills and creativity.

Shape Sorters

There are lots of different shape sorter toys in the market, from the classic wooden “peg in the hole” games to the cookie jar shape game, and they all help to develop a child’s problem-solving skills. Toddlers love repetitive tasks and will happily play with these toys for months to come.

Balls

Any kind of ball will be a hit with young children, though it is best to go with a soft ball to start them off. Now is a fantastic time to start playing catch, and while they may not always catch the ball they will have a great time running round after it. Children can also have fun rolling the ball and this may be an easier game to start off with.

Crayons and Paper

Any child loves spending time with some paper and crayons to draw beautiful paintings that their parents get to hang up on the walls. Just make sure you buy washable pens as toddlers aren’t fussy where they scribble. An alternative is to buy some fun watercolour or poster paints. This activity is also fantastic for increasing a child’s spatial intelligence, encouraging them to think in three dimensions and develop their imaginations.

Books

At this young age the best books to buy are picture books. Reading is vitally important to any child’s development and the sooner their interest in reading is started the better as it is a hobby that will last them a lifetime. Parents can encourage their children to read the book and make up their own story to go along with the pictures, or simply encourage their child to describe the things he/she recognizes.

Musical Instrument Toys

Children love making noise and playing with toys that make sounds, and you will be helping to develop their musical intelligence by investing in a musical toy. Anything from a tambourine to a toy drum kit or even a basic rattle will delight a child.

Tool bench or toy kitchen

Children love imitating adults and are fascinated by the tasks they see their parents doing, from cooking and cleaning to DIY. Next time the parent is cooking or putting up a shelf, their child can help using their own tools. Children love interacting with their parents and feeling like they’ve achieved new tasks so this present will help to improve their interpersonal skills, allowing them to use their imagination whilst also interacting with others. These toys will also have a longer shelf life as they can be developed with the child.

Hopefully the ideas in this list have inspired you or guided you towards a particular toy. However, if you are still struggling with ideas a gift of money will always be a welcome one. Lots of parents will have saving accounts for their little ones so you could contribute to this, or simply give a gift of money for the parents to choose an appropriate present.

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Memory Games for your Toddler – What’s in a Shopping List?

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There are many different memory tools parents can use nowadays and there are always new-fangled techniques on how to develop your child’s memory coming onto the market. However, if you take a step back and look at the activities you and your child do on a regular basis you can develop your own memory games and make learning fun for your child. It really is true that learning starts at home!

As an example, one easy technique is the shopping game. The aim of this is to develop your child’s memory by getting them to remember 5 or more shopping items which you will both choose before you go shopping. As you go round the shop you should then prompt your child to remember the different items on your list. You can use memory triggers such as a high five on entering the shop and as you go round the aisles talk about all the items on your list that you need to buy. Make it as easy or difficult as you like, and increase or decrease the number of items dependent on the age of your child. Everyday items like milk and bread will be easier to remember than one off items such as oxo cubes and vinegar.

Before you go to the shop sit down with your child and make a list of five items you need. A recommendation is to include items that your child knows and uses, such as bread, apples, biscuits. Alternatively it might be fun to make up a funny story involving the items you need to buy. The more humourous the story the easier it will be for your child to remember.  

An example would be…

“Aggie Apple went to the fair with Mr Tomato and Butter Bob. They went on the big swings and ate blueberries until their tongues turned blue. Farmer Tom gave them some milk to wash down all the blueberries.”

Cover the list up and leave it alone for ten minutes. After that time see how many your child has remembered. You can leave it for a further hour, or even until the next day, and see if they still remember their list items. Remember that the older the child the more items you can add to the list, and if you start out with just a couple you can add to the list as time goes by.   

Another option is to give your child an incentive to memorise the list. If your child is older or you have more than one child you could play a game to see who can make up the zaniest story or who can remember the most items.

There are lots of ways to develop your child’s memory and this is just one example. Look at the things you do everyday and see if you can make a game out of any of those activities. Remember if you make it fun your child will get more from it!