How Does Mommy Medicine Work?

Mommy Answers

Providing Mommy Answers! So, I definitely have some OCD tendencies. And this in addition to being very, very Type A. Mix these two ingredients with being a new mom & well… let’s just say with every single new mom question I faced, I grit my teeth, dug in my heels a little farther and searched fervently for the answer. Looking back now, I see I was a bit animal in my behavior and certainly fear-driven. But, as new moms we simply have so many questions and we are hunting for oodles of answers. Why is my baby crying? Why is he not sleeping? What is that red thing on her forehead? Oh God, is she coughing or dying? Initially, I refused to give my firstborn any vaccines, as I had heard so many theories flying about. Her first 6 months I read countless books and websites...trying to make sense of everything. Do I vaccinate? If so, at what pace do I vaccinate my child? Do I give my child all of the vaccines or do I pick and choose? In the end, because of our frequent travel to Third World countries, we chose to do most of the vaccines but at a

Real Mom Talk: The Scoop on Poop

baby constipation tips and tricks

Real Mom Talk: The Scoop on Poop Baby Constipation Tips and Tricks for Little Ones I don’t think I ever used the word “poop” more than a few times a year before I had kids. Then suddenly I had babies and found myself telling my husband about the day’s poop as soon as he walked in the door at night. While my babies never suffered much with constipation, I’m rather familiar with constipation in the slightly older human form, having carried a screaming child clutching their tummy to get abdominal-rays at the ER and to a whole series of doctor’s appointments to get the problem cleared up. Turns out some mom had been letting her offspring eat too much refined junk food and not enough fiber. Yes, even I, your crunchy organic veggie-loving blogger, had given into the endless demands for things made with white flour. This week we got an inquiry from a mom about a new product on the market from Wellements® called “BabyMove.” She wanted to know if we’ve ever tried it and if we had any other tips about handling constipation in babies. I’m happy to say that we have on our team a pediatrician (Dr. Auxier of Gilbert

How Do I Get my Toddler or Preschooler to Stay in Their Room Past 5 am?

How do I get my toddler to stay in their room so I can sleep?

How Do I Get my Toddler to Stay in Their Room Past 5 am? 5:30 am: The windows are dark and you’re staring into space with a cup of coffee in your hand while your child eats their bowl of cereal, wondering how it came to this. There was a time when you never got up until at least half an hour after sunrise. Why, oh why, you ask yourself, did I stay up till 11 last night? I should have gone to bed at 9! Or maybe 8! We all want to have some adult time to ourselves, and it’s necessary to being a good parent. Going to bed at 8 pm isn’t really an option. We need those precious evening hours to reconnect with our spouse, binge on Netflix, and enjoy that pint of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream we’ve been hoarding behind the frozen peas. I hope I can give you a practical idea today on how to put a stop to those cold, dark mornings. You may have noticed that toddlers and preschoolers don’t really understand clocks. Enter the light-timer! Those little gadgets you use to turn your lights on and off at set times while you are on vacation

Can I Potty Train my Child at 18 Months?

Can I potty train my child at 18 months?

 Can I Potty Train my Child at 18 Months? Yes, yes, and yes! Those sphincter muscles are fully developed at around 18 months of age, which means your little one can be potty trained successfully. My kiddos all sported fancy Dora, Elmo or Princess undies at 18 months. Now, I started potty training all my kids earlier than most because I was not a big fan of changing poopy diapers. However, you can be just as successful if you begin potty training around the 18 month mark. Neeley Dosdall, mother of 5, started her kids out at 18 months and never looked back! Here are some fantastic potty training tips from Neeley: Once you start potty training, never go back to a diaper except for night time. Start potty training your child at 18 months. Never look back! Avoid potty training during life-changing seasons or events, like the holidays, moving, travel...etc. Use a splash guard potty seat for boys and make sure it doesn’t pinch them! Have them sit for only 7 minutes at a time. Then try again later. For boys between 18-24 months, you can pour warm water over their little boy parts and “kaboom” it makes them go! Use stickers

A Good Night’s Sleep

listening to your mommy instincts and getting a good nights sleep

  Before I had kids I really was pretty harsh on the young parents in my life. They'd come in to work complaining about lack of sleep and I simply did not get it. My thinking was they should have just turned off those lights and gone to bed earlier. I mean, how hard could it be to sleep? Oh, I had no idea. No clue as to what happens when you bring a new baby into your home--for the rest of your life! No understanding of the torture that is involved. Beautiful joy and beautiful pain all wrapped together. It isn't just one night of sleep that you lose. It is a 2nd and a 3rd and a 4th...and then it is one year of no sleep, 2 years of no sleep. And so forth and so on. I have always been really pleased when my kids reached about 2 or so, because I found that there were less disturbances at night and less early morning wakings. Now that my youngest is 3 it is even better. I am actually beginning to get my 8 hours of sleep-- now and then. Until of course, nights like last night happen. So, I'm

What is Mommy Medicine?

What is Mommy Medicine?

One night a few years ago...when I was having a rare and wonderfully deep sleep, I had a vivid dream. In my dream I was Mary Poppins. I wore the hat, carried that fantastic magic purse and was strolling along using the umbrella as a walking stick. Suddenly, I--or me as Mary Poppins--found herself signing up to study Pediatric Medicine online. I woke up with a jolt and sat up in bed, horrified. You see, dreams will sometimes mean something to me. I find God will use dreams to direct me, share thoughts, or reveal my emotions to me. In fact, a few years before I had prayed that God would start speaking to me in dreams. And He had. Now I was petrified. Here I was with three young children. Had I missed my calling? Was I supposed to become a pediatrician? How could I have missed this? How would I accomplish this? There was simply NO way. It was 4am and I was wide awake, my heart racing. I just could not wrap my heart around the "how" of this. How would I quit what I was doing and spend 4 years in Medical School? When I was

My 2-Year-Old is Throwing Terrible Toddler Tantrums. What Do I Do?

what to do when your child is having a temper trantrum? What to do when your child is in full on tantrum mode?

So you've hit the terrible twos. Suddenly your sweet, innocent baby is morphing into a mean dictator. It seems so harshly put...but for most of us who have raised a few kids, we are not surprised when this sweet angel turns demon. It can be ugly. In my house, I have learned a few tricks that can turn that toddler's frown upside down. It takes work and stick-to-iveness, but you will be rewarded! Here is one simple solution I use that works quite well. It comes in three simple steps. How to combat a Tantrum: 1) Communicate with empathy. (Find out more about this principle with Love and Logic. 2) Explain the problem and the consequence clearly. 3) Always act consistently with what you communicate 4) Repeat Example 1: Here is an example. Baby sees that older brother has a cookie she wants. She proceeds to grab the cookie. When big brother tries to take the cookie back, baby slaps big brother in the face and yells,"No! My cookie!" Here is the Mama solution. "Oh, sweetie (in a very soft and gentle tone)...we don't take cookies from big brother. And we don't hit. No, thank you. I am going to put you in the bathroom all by yourself

7 Tips to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

my baby is waking up at 5am every day what do I do? how do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

This weekend my husband and I eagerly awaited our family trip “up north” to where Oma and Opa live. Beautiful rolling hills, the fragrance of pines and home-cooked meals not made by my hands...just some of the many benefits of being with my parents. To add to our normal crazy, we had just come off of a 10 day-knock-us-down-one-at-a- time tummy bug. Short-lived, thankfully...but messy.  Baby got the worst of it, dealing with diarrhea for nearly a week. Of course, as all moms know...our littles ones (and often our husbands) sort of go back a few years when sick.  We dote over them, nurse them back to health...and then suddenly...although perfectly healthy and fine, they are still clingy and whiny. (Our babies, of course...I am not referring to husbands now. Wink.) Isn’t it interesting? A little extra hovering and doting and out emerges a sweet, little monster. Oh joy. When your baby is sick -- whether a younger baby or an older baby/toddler -- it is very likely that they are up at night fevering, suffering from an ear infection or dealing with diarrhea. We must take care of them and we know that this is part of Mommy Basic Training --

How do you prepare your young child for the birth of a sibling?

We were barely into toddlerhood with our first child when we discovered we would be expecting our second child!  Very excited, we began preparing for the arrival of our daughter's younger sibling.  Being an unseasoned mother, I couldn't fathom not spending every waking second with my daughter, meeting her every need and making sure she wouldn't feel abandoned if I gave attention to a baby.  I wanted to make sure both of us were prepared ahead of time for the arrival and changes of a baby coming home to live with us. Here are a few ideas to help make a smooth transition. 1) Create a home-made book with pictures and a story that details the process of mommy growing a baby in her tummy, where mommy will go to have the baby, the plans of care for the "big sibling" during delivery, and what it might be like when baby comes home to live in our house, and how the sibling can help take care of baby. For example, here is a snippet from "Lauren becomes a Big Sister" written and illustrated (with stick figures!) by "mom".  "When the baby is ready to be born mommy will go to the hospital and

How can I get my toddler to eat the food I give her? Do they come with highly-developed taste buds?

How to get a toddler to eat

Hmm, well...the answer to this is, you won’t ever get her to eat everything you want her to eat! These little people are extremely determined beings and for some crazy reason they have highly-developed taste buds at their very tender ages. My little 2-year-old regularly picks up a delicious mushroom or other gourmet veggie off her plate and hands it to me with this look that says, “Get this away from me. It is evil. It is disgusting. I want nothing to do with it.” I roll my eyes. Seriously, can’t even set it aside? You want it out of your sight? I am appalled. I worked hard to make that, you know. Nonetheless, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that have worked well with my kiddos. First of all, I make sure there has been a good two hour window since our last snack.  Now, we are a family of grazers. However, we graze only during certain windows.  7-8am.  9:30-10:30am.  12:30-1:30pm.  3-4pm.  5:30-7pm.  We snack. Then we close out snacks until the next meal or snack. Done. No questions asked. They may whine or cry or throw a fit. I don’t care.  I know  they are not starving. Secondly,