Re: August Infants and Toddlers
posted at 8/27/2013 12:18 PM EDT
Agreed on the walking. My DS didn't take his first steps until 14 months, and he's always been a cautious kid (so much so that we don't even use baby gates!). It was definitely a few weeks at least before he started walking more than a few steps at a time, and he was like CWag's DS at daycare -- never wanted to walk with another kid around him. Fast forward to 18 months, he is running everywhere!
We started on sippys around 6 months, too. For quite awhile, they were just a toy. He's pretty addicted to his "dawa" (water) now, though. Guess it's ok as long as it's just water...?
Siena, though I had the opposite problem with supply, I do remember people suggesting pumping or hand-expressing before feeding, but I would definitely see what an LC has to say.
We just got back from a week at the beach with my mom's extended family. DS loved it! Seeing him try to comprehend the ocean was just awesome. The first day, he just plunked his butt in the sand and STARED at it for a good 10 minutes. He wouldn't even respond to us trying to give him toys -- he just wanted to stare. Next day he was running around in the tidepools shrieking with excitement, and by our last day my mom and DH had him in the shallows, dunking and playing in the breakers. I've definitely got a water baby!
DS also had a major language explosion last week. Wonder if it's a coincidence that he was surrounded by kids 4 and up? He's repeating everything, and went from having maybe a dozen words at his 18 month checkup to at least twice that. So awesome!
We're also in the process of moving to 1 nap. DS has been only taking 1 at daycare for awhile, but consistently doing 2 at home. When we asked the pedi, he said it could end up messing with his sleep rhythms, so if possible we should try to make them consistent. A couple of late wakeups and missed naps on vacation made us decide to try it. After a couple days of trying, I have a couple questions:
- Those of you who made this transition with a toddler, did you do it gradually? We kinda went cold turkey, and DS was a tantrum-spewing mess by bedtime both days we did just a midday nap. I'm thinking of pulling back a bit, just doing both naps later until it gradually becomes 1.
- Most kids I know that do 1 nap sleep for at least 2 hours. My cousin's 20 month-old regularly does 3-4! DS has been doing two naps totalling about 3 hours up until now. The couple days we did this midday nap, he only did about 1-1.5 hours and as I said was beyond exhausted by bedtime. As the single nap becomes more regular, can I expect him to go longer?