Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Other Mothers Know Best

And in this case, the other mothers are you.  I have a few questions that need answering.  Questions that are above the age and stage that I'm at right now.  So hopefully if you have kids that are about Isabella's age or older you can help me out either in a comment or an e-mail, I'm not picky.

1.  At what age do they stop climbing on everything?  Because having a monkey for a child is getting old.

2.  When will she stop throwing her food on the floor?

3.  At what age can you start time outs?  Nanny Jo/Super Nanny, whom I just simply adore, says 2.5.  What do you think?

4.  Will she ever not be such a picky eater? (you may need to whip out your crystal ball for this one)

5.  At what age were your children potty trained?  Potty training stories are welcome because I find them hilarious.

6.  When can I expect public tantrums to end?  I've learned how to deal with them but they're still, um, unpleasant.

7.  Did your kid(s) ever try to climb out of the crib?  She hasn't yet, but it's terrifying to think of!

8.  Tell me about your transition from crib to toddler bed.

Oh thank you so much in advance.  I could google, but I find real life answers from real live people much more helpful.  If I can answer any of your questions don't hesitate to ask.
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Crystal said...

I think I can answer a few of these. My daughter is 22 months old right now. She still climbs on everything. Her newest activity involves throwing all the dirty clothes out of her hamper and then getting inside the hamper to play peek-a-boo. You have to just laugh. : )
Food throwing has stopped but her pickyness has gotten worse. She doesn't eat much anymore and its really frustrating.

I haven't attempted time-outs yet but friends of mine have and say they work. I'm not buying it.

She has just started to go pee on the potty. Its a slow process that I don't want to force. She is getting better and better at telling me when she has to go but she isn't fully trained just yet. I'm hoping by 2.

I feel like public tantrums have gotten worse. I'm hoping they get better in the near future. Fingers crossed.

Jules dosn't climb out of the crib and has never tried to. I'm lucky in that respect. I'd like her to stay in her crib as long as possible.

Ginger said...

Ok, mine is 8, a monkey and picky I'll answer as best I can :)

1. Never. Once a monkey, always a monkey. I've just set firm boundaries, and made it clear that if her actions panic me, they're not allowed.

2. somewhere around 2 or 3. Around the time they can understand "if you throw that on the floor, you're STILL eating it". Maybe I'm just really mean.

3. We started time outs at about 2 or so. They were short, and took a huge amount of consistency, but work well for our kiddo. She's very social and needs tobe around others. Having that removed was an effective tactic to get her attention.

4. Possibly. Mine is still a picky eater, but as she's gotten older, she's much more open to trying new foods and textures.

5. She was trained somewhere around 4ish. I don't remember exactly - it was a very gradual process and we just followed her cues. I don't have any hysterical potty stories, sadly.

6. Well...public tantrums subsided for us somewhere around 5 or 6. When she made the connection between the fit and going home for time out...they stopped.

7. yes. She actually slept in one of those playpen things, and at 2 1/2 she climbed out at naptime one day. Scared the piss out of me when I turned around and my little person is standing RIGHT THERE. Hubs got her a "big girl" toddler bed that day...I sobbed my eyes out. She wasn't my baby anymore!

8. erm. I cried. and cried and cried. and then when we put her to bed I'd lie on the bed, snuggling with her and reading her to sleep. Those are some of my most treasured memories - her little sweaty baby curls snuggled up against me, softly snoring.

For me that transition marked the beginning of her growing up, and tore my heart to bits. I've come to terms with it now, but it was a hard, long process.

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Grams said...

Thanks for stopping by Grams Made It. My kids are 29 and 31 years old, so I'm a little rusty on the answers to your questions. But, I'm going to take a shot at a couple of them.

The picky eater thing is something a lot of us cope with. You just have to keep offering the new foods multiple times. I read that it takes as many as 10-12 times for a kid to accept a new food.

My kids did climb out of the crib early and my granddaughter did too (around 18 months). I think its partly a function of them being unusually tall for their ages. In my opinion, once they climb out, it's time to move out of the crib into a toddler bed. The fall out of a crib is too high to take the risk. My granddaughter only took a few nights to get used to her toddler bed. However, they had to put a child-proof doorknob cover on the inside of her bedroom door so she can't let herself out and wander around the house alone.

On the subject of potty training ... different with both of my kids. My daughter was trained around 2 1/2 years but regressed when my son was born. My son was easier and was trained pretty well by the time he was 2.

Good luck with all these. It's always good to get advice and direction from other moms. It's good to know that none of us is in this alone.

Boondocks MaMa said...

Hi! Love your blog, first off. As far as the potty training thing goes- from experience- don't push it till you know your child is good and ready. Uggh it was such a saga in our house! I was "that mom". The one who's kid wasn't potty trained till she was 3!! YES 3! Anyway, I learned that if it becomes something that YOU want her to do it will become a power struggle. Let it be something SHE wants to do:) Good luck!

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