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 can I get my baby to sleep without being held?

How do I get my Baby to Sleep without being held?

How can I get my baby to sleep without being held? Today I am going to give you a put-your-baby-to-sleep-without-nursing-and-not-attached-to-you idea. I didn't figure this one out until my third, and I've only tried it on one child, so you can take it with however many grains of salt that's worth. While I actually love lying down with my babies and nursing them to sleep, there are times when this is not convenient and I need a solution that doesn’t involve a thirty minute process ending with me delicately easing myself up from the bed like a ninja, hoping that they don’t wake up and foil all my plans! I can't handle "sleep training" of the variety where you put them in the crib, leave, and just let them cry till they conk out. Some people can. Not me. I like a gentle and quiet approach. I came up with this strategy when my youngest was newly home from the hospital and it worked pretty well for us throughout his infancy. After being sure baby was fed, changed, comfy, etc, I gave him his ten thousand kisses and put him down in his crib. Then I quietly slipped out and ran over to

How Do I Turn my Foot-Dragging Child into a Real Hiker?

hiking with kids

When I was three years old, my parents took me on a camping trip in the mountains. We have lots of great memories from that trip: the yellow jackets swarming us while we tried to have pancakes for breakfast, hanging food from trees to keep them out of the reach of bears, and of course, me throwing up in the rental car from traveling around all those mountain curves on the way to the campsite. But the most legendary story of all is how I hiked seven miles on my own two feet and earned the nickname “Strong Legs.” We were a hiking family. That’s what we did on our weekends and vacations. I learned to be comfortable in and love the great outdoors. That’s still where I would rather be than anywhere else. But as for the hiking seven miles when I was three: I must have been some kind of hiking prodigy. Because none of my children, at age three, showed the slightest inclination to attempt anything like that. In fact, I have found that most three, four, and even ten or twelve-year-olds can spend an entire day running around the backyard but then acquire a melting leg disease

I’m going back to work and not pumping enough milk. Help!

not producing enough milk and I'm going back to work

I'm going back to work and not pumping enough milk. Help! Recently, Mommy Medicine received a question from a new mama going back to work and trying to pump enough breast milk to keep her wee one full and happy: “I'm at about a 5 oz. pumping deficit each day. Any recommendations on supplementing with formula? What do you use? When do you give it to them?” Oh, how we can relate to this frustration. It's no fun to sit holding that undignified pump sucking on us for fifteen minutes only to see less and less drops of milk going down into the bottle. We reached out to Mommy Medicine's wonderful doctor on call, Dr. Auxier of Gilbert Pediatrics in Gilbert, Arizona. We think he had some great and creative suggestions. Make sure you are staying well hydrated! Find a place at work where you can relax. Turn the lights off and put your feet up. Use a double electric pump- it empties you out a lot faster. Make a recording of your baby's “I'm hungry!” cry and listen to it as you begin to pump. Also record your baby's latching, sucking, and drinking sounds and listen to them while you are pumping.

How Do I Make Chores a Part of Our Family Life?

how do I get my kids to do chores?

How Do I Make Chores a Part of Our Family Life? Chores are an important part of raising responsible, independent children. It’s good for them the way vegetables are good for them- they may not like them but they’ve got to eat them to grow healthy and strong. And, just like getting them to eat vegetables, it can be a royal pain to get them to actually do their chores. The truth is, you can and should start your kids helping with chores at around age three, but it’s unlikely that you are going to feel like it’s actually easing your chore load for at least four or five years. It’s going to take patience on your part, mom and dad! They need supervision, help, and your willingness to let a few crumbs go unswept (attention, perfectionists, I’m talking to you). Decide what you want “help” with and what you don’t.  This may boil down to what you can stand to let be done imperfectly and what you feel is absolutely essential to have spotless. Children do not have your eyes, trained over many years, to see every dust bunny, every water mark on the faucet or every speck of toothpaste on

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

What Are Some Great Spring Break Ideas for My Kids?

cheap ideas when your kids are on break and you need to get out of the house?

What Are Some Great Spring Break Ideas for My Kids? We adventured from Phoenix to Santa Fe for Spring Break. We are used to the 5-6 hour San Diego drive, so road-tripping the 8-9 hours to New Mexico posed some extra challenges to our van full of giggly girls. Of course, by now we are used to our days being a compilation of hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments followed by shrieks of horror and outbursts of anger, then back to happy and harmonious play. This is life with children. And yes...this was our van ride. Breath-taking pink and orange sunset views of Tonto Rim that even my three-year-old marveled at, followed by two children in tears because I refused to skip one of the Wiggles songs that was playing, followed by energetic storytelling rounds that ended up with everyone in stitches (mostly because the only phrase our youngest kept adding to the story was…"and then he pooped in a shoe"). Here are some fun Spring Break ideas we came up with: Go on a road trip to a new city & while on the road... Sing songs. Tell stories one word at a time or one phrase at a time, going in rounds. Give

How Do I Get My Kids to School on Time?

How do I get my kids to school on time?

  How Do I Get My Kids to School on Time? This morning I was woken up far too early, by my 10-year-old looking for her school uniform. Of course, it wasn’t in her drawer where she should have put it the night before. And of course she assumed that her sister had “stolen it” from her. Oh boy. Can I just please sleep a few more minutes? The next 45 minutes were taken up waking the 1st grader, finding missing shoes under the sofa, pottying the 3-year-old, filling water bottles--with ice cubes flying everywhere, signing homework forms and searching every drawer in the house for one surviving hair band. After several years of this early-morning routine, I find we are finally adjusting to it. Some mornings are pull-my-hair-out stressful and others are surprisingly calm and filled with laughter around the breakfast table. This morning, thankfully... was topped off by some comic relief. I had managed to get the kids into the van before our oh-no-we-are-going-to-be-tardy-again cut-off time. I was actually dressed and NOT wearing slippers. Backpacks: check. Water bottles: check. Baby buckled: check. I rested my head against the car seat, waiting for all the kids to climb in the van. This

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

When Do I Start Potty Training my Child?

When Do I Start Potty Training my Child?

One way to ensure that your child is potty-trained by age 2 to start young-- very young. Younger than you would really even think is normal or accepted. In many countries around the world this is common practice. Traditionally, even in the US...this was the case. My grandmother used to boast that her children were already using the “pot” when they turned 1! I had my reservations. Until, that is... I had my own kiddos. I began researching elimination communication, which is the practice of watching infant cues for elimination and getting them to the potty as young as 6 weeks old! So, I decided to potty train my girls quite young. I started putting my babies on the potty around 8 months of age. Crazy, I know! Obsessed? Perhaps. I simply couldn’t bear the thought of changing those diapers that had transitioned from breast-milk only to pureed chicken and green beans. Here’s the thing. It worked! My babies began pooping and peeing on the potty. Not just once in a blue moon, either. Every single day! My friend Nakeisha Thrash did the same with her little boy. She had him on the potty at 8 months of age. She does claim

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