How Do I Help My Toddler Adjust to a New Sibling?

This morning my 18 month old woke up and immediately looked for his baby sister. He looked first at her and then gave me a focused look using his mouth to imitate the sucking motion she makes when she eats. Evidently he was convinced she was hungry! He also proudly showed me her tiny toes and nose, and this brought such joy to my heart! His baby sister was born four weeks ago. True, at first he wasn’t a big fan, but here we are a few weeks later. Two months ago I was asking myself, “How do I help my toddler adjust to a new sibling?”. Today, here is the list of the top ideas I have collected for a smooth transition. A huge thank you to our contributor moms who contributed substantially to this list!   Talk Ahead of Time Before my daughter was born I taught my son the word “baby”. He didn’t learn to say it, but at least he was used to me pointing out babies and saying the word. Once his sister was born, he was saying “baby” within two days. My son was only 18 months old. In preparing for a baby, talking with big

Why is My Baby Suddenly Waking up at Night Again? (Part 1)

Why is My Baby Suddenly Waking up at Night Again? (Part 1)

Why is My Baby Suddenly Waking up at Night Again? (Part 1) Nothing makes you feel like a detective faster than trying to figure out why your baby is suddenly not sleeping through the night after weeks or months of sleeping peacefully. I blissfully thought that once my son was sleeping through the night the first time, I had successfully completed the sleep training step forever or at least until he was old enough for a toddler bed. Guess what? A few months later I found out that sleep training, like so many aspects of child training, is cyclical in nature. We’ve been through this cycle maybe six or seven times now over the last year and a half. Each time I have to start at the same point: Why is my baby suddenly waking up at night again? Here are five easy questions I ask myself now and some detective strategies I use to discover the answer as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to use your mommy instincts when sorting through the possibilities; they really do help! Is My Baby Hungry or Thirsty? Detective Action – This one is easy. Just pick up your little one when they cry and offer food

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 --