Potty training can be seriously stressful for moms and dads. especially, if you are potty training boys, it can be challenging for some boys. Some experts say that boys stay a little longer in diapers than girls. They believe boys are more active so they just do not want to ditch diapers. Another reason could be since girls share the same gender as moms’ so it is easier for them to relate.
Well, what to do when you are potty training boys? What schedule to follow when you are in the process of potty training? and most importantly when you have to start potty training?
In this post, I am going to cover all these questions.
Some moms have been successful in training their kids around as early as 18 months to 2 years old. Readiness may vary for every kid so you should not ignore signs to see when your child is ready.
If you are struggling with potty training your boy, then these tips are for you. Read on these helpful tips on potty training boys.
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Potty Training Tips for boys
These are my tips on potty training boys for you to help you get successful.
1. Do not stress and do not rush
This one is for mommies. I know how stressful and expensive the diaper phase is for kids, but let me tell you, every child is different and he eventually gets it at his own pace.
Do not stress, you would not see any 20 years old peeing his pants (only if he doesn’t have a medical condition).
Give your boy some time to be able to understand the concept. I would suggest you wait if you think your child is not ready.
2. Are YOU ready to potty train?
This one is for mommies. Are you mentally and physically ready to potty train? It requires patience, energy, perseverance and a lot of determination. If you are expecting another child, it is ideal to wait depending on the circumstances and the configuration of your house.
You do not want to run around with a toddler all the way up and down.
3. Is your child ready to be potty trained?
You have to see if your child is ready. Is he able to understand the concept? Is he getting somewhere when you started this whole potty training thing?
If your child is not showing any signs of readiness then wait for another couple more months and try again later.
From my experience, you will know in a day or two if he is ready or not. If yes, continue, but if your child is not ready, do not bother to pursue. It would take up so much energy, time, accidents, patience and sometimes still gets nowhere.
The most significant sign of your child is not ready, he seems super scared with a toilet seat or flushing sound.
Also, he is scared of sitting on the seat with a fear to fall down. In that case first, you have to get your child familiar with a toilet seat.
Once you notice, your child is showing one or two signs of being ready for potty training, start explaining to him how this process going to work slowly and gradually. Try to make up his mind for this whole new adventure for the next couple of months and then start over.
This would help him get hands-on experience with something much awaited. Also, do not forget to motivate him with an exciting reward in the end.
4. No big event coming up when you start potty training
Start potty training when you do not have any big thing coming up because you need to have a whole two months of time-frame at least, to have your child learn this peeing and pooping skill.
For instance, if your child is expecting a sibling arrival, then it is good time to wait, or you may want to try attempting, (if he is 3+) there is a chance he would get it depending on his age and understanding level.
“Keep trying” is the key, you never know when is your lucky day.
5. Have your child get familiar with a toilet seat
My son was scared of the toilet seat and I ordered the small toilet seat for him to have him get familiar with toilet seat thingy.
8. Time bathroom trips at regular intervals in the beginning
When you start with the process, take him to the toilet every 15 minutes and gradually increase the time. Have him sit and ask him to pee. He may not be doing it for the first time but keep trying.
If he pees bring him again in another 15 minutes and so on.
If he doesn’t for the first time, you may want to try after 5 minutes again and then start timing.
Gradually increase the time to 20 to 30 minutes and then an hour with a first few days of potty training.
Stay consistent with this and keep doing this method for 4 to 5 days in the beginnings. Once you are confident that he understood this concept, stretch the pee time to 2 hours.
Mind you, you may have to remind him to go pee and take him along for the next couple of months.
Sometimes you stop reminding and think he would tell you, in that case, accidents are very likely.
Always teach him to sit first and then have him learn how to pee while standing. If you would not teach him to sit and pee, there is a less chance of him pooping in the toilet. Also, make sure he points his penis down while sitting on the toilet seat.
Learning to poop may take time and sometimes it is a hit or miss. Always encourage to sit on the toilet seat.
9. When to remove night time diapers
When you think your child has got pee and poop concept pretty well, and he is waking up with dry diapers, you may want to remove it altogether.
You may want to take him to pee in the middle of the night once he learns how to pee while standing. Also, take him to go pee, first thing in the morning.
Learning this skill takes time but kids get it eventually.
10. Protect your bed and sofas
For night time, use waterproof mattress pads for kids to protect your bed from accidents. However, you can take him to the toilet in the middle of the night once he is trained enough.
11. Monitoring facial expressions and being on top of his schedule
You really have to be on top of your toddler’s pee schedule. You have to remind every half an hour to two hours. Gradually increase the time interval depending on how your toddler is responding to this new thing.
You have to keep an eye on your child’s facial expressions to understand when and what action is required.
12. Not going back to diapers
Once your child is diaper-free for a couple of weeks and doing well, do not go back to diapers for your own convenience, like in travel or change of place. Unless you do not have access to any bathroom or public restrooms.
If your child is old enough to understand the concept, bringing back diapers would confuse him even more. However, this does not mean that you keep him diaper free in extreme cases when he should not be. Be your own judge and decide what you think is your child’s best interest.
As a general rule, If you are starting potty training when your child is above 3 years old, I would highly recommend you to take off his diaper completely except for the nights.
However, once your child gets trained, you should involve him in ditching the diapers altogether. Have him donate it to someone, a friend’s younger child and do not forget to celebrate this big achievement with him.
14. If he is not getting it, be patient, and try again after a few weeks
When your child is in the process of learning this new skill, be considerate, patient and do not get mad at your kid even if it ends up with an accident.
It takes time to learn a new skill of peeing and pooping. Learning to hold on to pee and poop may take time. Being upset would do no good but harm.
15. What to do when you are going outside – Explore different bathrooms
I would recommend start going to places when you are in the potty training phase and your child is responding positively to this new thing. This will help him understand this in a better way.
When kids are on this potty training journey they might want to see toilets everywhere they go, not to pee just for fun. If your child says “I need to go pee”, take him, otherwise you can distract him with something else when you know he has no urgency (depends on liquid intake).
16. Liquid intake more or less
Well, this whole potty training thing varies as per your child’s liquid intake. If your child drinks plenty of water, expect more frequent bathroom trips and more chances of wet bed at night.
You can control moderate liquids intake (more or less) during this potty training phase.
17. Pooping in the toilet could be challenging
Some boys may take more time to start pooping in the toilet. They just want to have a diaper on for poop. No matter what, they would not want to use the toilet.
In that case, you may want to wait for your child to feel ready to do it.
Even if that seems impossible, just give him some time and he would get it before you even know it. Moreover, you have to encourage him to first sit down and then pee. Chances are he may not be able to resist a bowel movement any longer.
Kids love water, you can use a hand-held bidet or a watering can to wash their bottom instead of wiping it with a toilet paper. Trust me, this will be so exciting for them and would be willing to come to use the toilet.
18. Lots of appreciation or Reward system
Appreciate your child extravagantly when he pees or poops for the first time and every proceeding episode. This will help him feel encouraged and create a willingness to learn faster.
Potty training regression gets real when your child may get back to diapers after being fully trained and have frequent accidents during the day. There are a number of factors that lead to potty training regression.
Change of place – you may have moved on to a new place lately.
2. New sibling- your child feels he is getting less attention due to a new baby in the family.
3. Guests around- if there are some guests in your house and somehow your child feels strange about it.
4. Traveling – Sometimes due to traveling, potty training does not seem to be working the way it used to.
5. School: Starting school and dealing with a new environment could be one of the reasons for this potty training regression.
Gastroenteritis is often called Stomach flu. Stomach flu is basically an infection of the stomach or intestines. Viral infections are usually a cause of gastroenteritis. Stomach flu in kids and toddlers are very common.
The symptoms of stomach flu in kids are diarrhea and vomiting but it may cause fever too.
Lately, both of my kids have been vomiting and having diarrhea, one day no fever and the other day fever at about 99 degrees.
Just like every concerned mom, I made an appointment with my kids’ pediatrician. It is always a great practice to call your doctor but sometimes it is better to give it some time to see how things turn out in case of no fever or less than 100 degrees.
How to treat stomach flu in toddlers
This is what my kids’ pediatrician advised for stomach flu in toddlers.
Lots of fluids
It is very likely your child is losing lots of fluids due to vomiting and loose motions. Dehydration is the biggest concern for this condition called gastroenteritis. However, giving your child lots of fluid may help to keep her hydrated.
Kids do not really feel like eating or drinking anything at this time when they are feeding sick already. Moreover, they are unable to stomach everything and their appetite is not very active due to this viral infection or seasonal allergies.
Feed liquids in a very small amount. If they are able to stomach that, you can increase the quantity gradually.
For kids, Pedialyte is a great source of electrolytes, that have minerals, sugar, and salts which they need to regain their hydration level.
You can water-down Gatorade to make sure they take in all those essential minerals, salt, and sugar.
Try to avoid caffeinated drinks or acidic like orange juice, etc. as it may cause more discomfort.
Semi-solid or light food
If your child is able to take in liquids and not throwing up more frequently, you can try feeding soup.
Bone broth or vegetable broth is a very healthy and a great source of energy. Do not give solid or semi-solid food for a day or two depending on how frequently your child is throwing up or passing stool.
If your child is fond of Chicken Corn soup, then this is an ideal meal for her and trust me it is going to be everyone’s meal for that night. It is that tasty. However, you can skip a few ingredients if you want. For the recipe click here.
Crackers are super light for easy digestion while your child is suffering from stomach flu. They are light and you would know your child is getting better when he is able to digest them.
Once your child starts to digest things a little better do not start off with fried or acidic stuff, rather, start something light, like applesauce, bananas, rice, bread, noodle soup, etc.
I know its hard for moms but you must avoid dairy products like whole milk, yogurt, shakes, etc. Dairy foods could worsen the situation if not avoided. You can resume feeding (whole milk or reduced-fat milk) to your kids once they start feeling better.
For breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, talk to your doctor about feeding your baby under 1 year of age.
If your child has a fever you can give Tylenol, ibuprofen to reduce fever.
Do not stress over your child vomiting or watery motions as that’s the only way his body is going to excrete out and get rid of those germs.
It will take a couple of days to get their appetite back and then they are going to eat just fine.
Do not give any over the counter medication for stomach infection. Vomiting and diarrhea are natural ways of body to fight infections by getting rid of them. Certainly, you do not want to stop that process. Although, this may take time to flush out all those toxins out of the body a few days and your child would be feeling better.
When kids complain about stomach pain or abdominal pain, it is probably a gas or bowel movement pain. As a mom, to the stomach pain, you may feel helpless as there is nothing you can do to relieve pain immediately.
My son complained about stomach pain a few days ago, for the very first time since he started talking, and he was crying with pain time and again. I could not figure out what was the reason and what is that pain.
I was worried and feeling helpless as I could not think of any medicine besides gas drops. I gave him Fennel seeds to chew as they are very helpful when you feel bloated. Also, I massaged his tummy with olive.
Fennel seeds worked 100%. So if you feel gas is the issue with you or your kids, you need to have fennel seeds in your pantry all the time.
However, if you feel abdominal or stomach pain is not due to gas, it could be some serious issue if your child has vomiting or fever. Do seek medical advice.
How to handle the Post-vomit cleanup
For me, vomiting is more stressful than diarrhea. Somehow diarrhea is manageable if your toddler is still in diapers, whereas, the throw-ups could cost you, your sanity.
Once you clean up and then again a throw up back and forth.
Vomiting at night is just like a nightmare for me.
For moms, having two or more kids who are sharing a room, can relate, when one of the kids wakes up due to a throw-up and crying her lungs out, automatically the one sleeping next to her wakes up too. Indeed it is hard to manage both kids in the middle of the night, especially when they are crying. Above all, you need an immediate clean up as it might be stinking really bad.
Things you need for vomit days
You definitely need a waterproof mattress pad for each bed if you are co-sleeping or even if your kids are sleeping in the crib or toddler bed.
For sick days have two or three crib sheets on your baby’s crib or bed. You can remove one or two in case your baby has messed up sheets, without interrupting other kids’ sleep. You don’t have to put sheets on in the middle of the night.
You can rinse everything right away to avoid any smelly atmosphere. However, you can still wash everything messy in the morning.
Do not turn on the lights, rather, it is a good idea to have a tiny night light in the room for sick days.
You need to keep lots of disinfecting wipes, paper towels, handy. A basket with a trash bag on in case you cannot run to the toilet.
Kids may get sick and that is stressful for parents. However, it takes time for diarrhea and vomiting to go away.
Always call your doctor if you have any concerns or you notice these signs of extreme dehydration.
Fever over 102 degrees
Crying with no tears
The mouth seems dry as in no saliva
Crankiness or noticeable lack of energy
For small babies, the soft spot on the baby’s head seems sunken.
Noticeable blood or pus in stool or vomit.
For safety precautions always encourage your kids to wash hands frequently. You should always wash your hands after every diaper change, bathroom use, or outside visits. Moreover, always wash fruits and vegetables before consuming them.
Baby’s diaper rash is a skin irritation on the bottom area that occurs mainly in infants and toddlers who wear diapers or nappies. Almost every baby tends to get a diaper rash in the first few years of his life. Diaper rash is caused due to overly soaked wet nappies, especially dirty diapers of babies who have started eating solid and are having acidic bowel moments.
Diaper rashes on the baby’s soft skin seem very painful. I am sure babies do get uncomfortable due to rashes and unfortunately, they cannot express it. Rashes could cause itchiness and this could worsen the condition.
Why do babies get diaper rash
Skin irritation on the diaper area is called diaper rash. Babies get rashes due to a number of factors but it is hard to tell in their newborn period.
Contact with pee or poop can
sometimes be enough to cause skin irritation.
In some cases, a yeast called Candida Albicans is responsible for causing considerable redness and irritation.
Sometimes this yeast finds its way to the inside of the infant’s mouth causing thrush.
Diaper rash may get worse due to pee or poop, hot weather and long hours without getting changed.
Well, diaper rash is very common yet very disturbing for moms as well. Although, diaper rash is not something you need to call a doctor still there are times when diaper rash gets worse and needs treatment or medical assistance.
However, there are a few causes of diaper rash which you have to rule at and treat accordingly.
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1. Intolerance or irritation to something baby is eating
Rashes are developed or increased due to the rubbing of feces on the baby’s bottom for a long time. Sometimes the bowel movement does not cause any rash even though you are changing a diaper after a few hours. However, sometimes the acidic content in the baby’s poop makes it worse and causes diaper rash.
Firstly, when your baby gets rashes, most importantly you have to think about what are you feeding your baby. Once you figured out what could be the cause of rashes, you might want to skip that food for a while.
Most likely it is due to milk or lactose intolerance at that point. Probably you are introducing formula or switching to whole milk or any other type of milk which is taking a while to digest and your baby’s body is getting used to that particular type of milk.
My kids were getting too many rashes and too often and that is due to change in milk while I was visiting my family overseas.
2. Weather or climatic change
Another factor is the weather that could worsen the rash condition. Sometimes the weather gets really hot or you have too many layers on your baby due to cold weather and your baby could not express how he or she feels.
If the weather is hot then even just a wet diaper could worsen the rash.
3. Wearing Dirty diaper or nappy for a long time
If you are using cloth diapers, chances of rashes are higher with a wet and dirty diaper.
The friction of poopy diaper for a long time with a bum area is one of the causes of developing a rash.
Wearing a diaper for a long time and not changing it too often is one of the reasons babies get diaper rash.
Although a diaper rash is very common and you do not have to call your doctor for that particular reason unless it is showing any kind of infection or pus. However, a few over the counter topical ointments could be very effective.
There is another great product called Tush Swiper to apply diaper rash creams without making your hand dirty and the cream does get stuck in your nails either. This has made rash cream application easier and less wastage, also it fits at the top of almost every diaper rash cream tubes.
While on my visit this is one of the best things that have been working on a diaper rash for my kids.
2. Mustard oil with water: a home remedy for diaper rash treatment
Here is another diaper rash treatment that works 100%. This works quickly and has awesome results.
Take a tbsp of organic mustard oil and an equal portion of water. Mix both of them well and apply whenever your baby gets a diaper rash. This remedy works for kids and adults both tried and tested 100%.
If you live in a hot climate and your baby is vulnerable to get diaper rash more frequently then this remedy is for you. This will work if an ointment remedy fails.
This remedy is definitely a hack and every parent should have mustard oil at home at all times.
Mustard oil is great for hair oiling treatments, it would be great for moms too. You can get this from closely Indian or Pakistani store or you can order online from Amazon.
3. Apply Breastmilk on a diaper rash
Another home remedy that a lot of parents swear by is applying breastmilk on rashes. I have never used this trick, however, those of you who are producing enough or pumping could give it a try.
4. Care at home to treat or prevent diaper rash
If you are switching from formula milk to whole milk, it is very common to have rashes as the baby’s digestive system is getting used to milk.
When your baby’s digestive system is getting used to milk or having diarrhea then diaper rashes are unavoidable for the time being. These are the precautionary measures you can take at home to have your baby feel better and rash free.
Change diaper or nappy more frequently and be vigilant for not leaving the dirty diaper on for a long time.
Avoid alcohol wipes and scrubbing them on your baby’s bum.
Use water to wash your baby’s bottom and avoid using fragrant soaps.
Pat dry with a clean cloth or soft towel and then apply A+D ointment or mustard oil mixed with water and put the diaper on.
Apply corn starch mixed with water is an effective remedy for treating rashes.
Using just a bit of baby powder (talc free) to keep the area dry to avoid rashes.
If you are using cloth diapers, make sure they are clean and washed properly.
Sometimes itchiness could worsen the rash condition. If your baby skin has an itchy condition (rash or no rash), you need to use Curel Itch Defense lotion. This lotion works great for itchy skin.
You definitely need medical advice if your baby’s rash is not going away within 4 to 7 days even after using over the counter topical ointment.
Minimizing anything that triggers rash is all you have to do.
Use of detergents, soap, diaper brands, and wipes anything can cause diaper rash. Changing any of them may help.
Additionally, the use of zinc oxide, ointments or petroleum jelly may help.
For severe rash, always discuss with a doctor about possible treatments. Your pediatrics may prescribe steroids or antifungal cream to treat diaper rashes.
Although diaper rashes are common yet they could have a burning sensation on the baby’s soft skin. A little care could avoid them significantly.
You need to talk to your doctor if the rash appears to be an infection or allergy to any kind of food you or your baby might be eating. Sometimes changing diapers frequently and leaving baby diaper-free for a while to let the area get dry would help significantly. In the case of yeast infection, you need to seek medical advice.
Sleeping is as important as food for babies, kids, and adults. No matter at what age you are, you need your due share of sleep every night. One of the biggest challenges of motherhood is to manage sleep deprivation and managing your baby to sleep through the night is a big task, as your little one is waking up every 2 hours for feedings in the middle of the night or due to other sleep problems.
There are several other reasons due to which your baby is waking up more frequently, or they are not sleeping enough due to their sleep issues.
Despite a full tummy or feed on demand, your baby is having trouble sleeping through the night which leaves moms and dads sleep-deprived, stressed. Even mom and dad both have to go to work or either one of them stay at home for looking after kids, no matter how much sleep deprived you are, you have to get things done and that leaves you more stressed, agitated and definitely not emotionally or physically healthy.
Well, first things first, for new parents, you have to know that sleep deprivation is a real deal with newborns. The biggest favor you can do yourself during that time is DO NOT STRESS OVER BEING SLEEP DEPRIVED.
Just be mentally ready about that phase of parenthood. Nature’s way is preparing moms for sleep deprivation starts during pregnancy when moms won’t be able to sleep due to frequent bathroom trips or a huge belly. Although you might end up going to bed again when you have a little one(s), it becomes a different story.
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Baby sleep problems
Now let’s get to how to know how you can help your baby sleep through the night by identifying what could be their sleep issues.
Despite all that feedings during the night, your baby might not be sleeping through the night and wakes up more frequently. My kids have not slept throughout the night until they were on breastfeed and even after that too.
Now I can analyze why and what are the reasons they might be waking up which could be helpful for moms too.
If your baby is not sleeping through the night, it could be one of these reasons you might want to rule out.
These are the sleep problems and issues you might be having with your babies which is not helping them to sleep through the night.
1. Tummy is Not full
This is a very common reason for your baby to wake up due to an empty stomach. Breastmilk digests within 60 to 90 minutes whereas formula-fed babies sleep a little longer.
Some moms choose to formula feed at night so they could have another hour of sleep for their sanity and babies could sleep better too. Using a formula at night could also solve sleep problems for those who are good eaters and get hungry every hour.
Babies sleep while eating and then wake up after half an hour. this happens when your baby does not really eat well and falls asleep because she may be too tired or too hungry. Doctor suggest to undress your baby (just leaving the diaper on) and then feed 15 to 20 minutes each side (if breastfeeding) and then add 2 oz to 4 oz more for top feed.
Just be sure that your baby ate well before sleeping and burped before you lay her down.
2. The temperature might be too high or low
If you have a nursery set up for your newborns or toddlers, the temperature should be moderately cool so that they could sleep well through the night.
If your baby is wearing fleece onesie and your room is not too cold then it might get too warm for the baby at night or vice versa.
You have to make sure they are not too warm or not too cold during the night.
You have to keep the temperature and the baby’s clothes fabric in mind.
The ideal temperature for babies is 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Crib or bassinet are placed close to a vent
My son never liked his bassinet and crib and one of the main reasons was, we had put his crib in our room close to vent and it just did not work for him. However, I made sure for my daughter that her crib should not be close to vent and she did relatively good about sleeping in a crib and her bassinet.
If you think your baby is waking up feeling cold at night make sure to change crib placement.
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Whereas my daughter slept in her bassinet and crib and she had managed a blanket very well. I kept a close eye on her even in the middle of the night. As we all were sharing a room so it was closely monitored.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY BLANKETS OR PILLOWS IN BABIES CRIBS. It has a high risk of SIDS. I do not advise you to use any blankets or pillows in your baby cribs to ensure your baby’s safety.
Too many layers for your baby at night is not a good idea if you have a central air-conditioner and heating system.
Rather it depends on where you live. If you happen to live in colder regions and no central heating then you might want to add a couple more layers for your baby to stay warm and cozy to sleep better
If you live in a warmer region with less access to electricity or air conditioners, you need to keep your baby in a very light thin layer of clothing.
I recommend to keep their feet covered during winters but putting a hat on during the night is not a good idea. Sometimes it covers babies’ eyes or nose too while they move their head during the night. That tends to wake them up and cry out because of that.
This happened to my kids when they were newborn a couple of times while wearing a non-slip hat. It somehow covered her face and she was crying her lungs out.
6. Night-time clothes
There are two things to consider if you are putting your baby to sleep dressed up in a onesie (footie) even if they have grown out of the swaddling stage.
Using buttoned onesies for nights get airy for babies and sometimes they tend to feel cold at night (if you are following no blankets policy).
Using zip sleep and play onesie is a great clothing item to buy for babies because it will keep your baby packed and they feel more comfortable while asleep.
Well to be honest when babies are tired all they want is to sleep wherever they can sleep anywhere even with loud music on. It’s just that THEY NEED TO SNOOZE.
You might have wondered just like I did. Why is my baby waking up just after a good 20 minutes sleep to a floor cracking sound?
Just like my kids, there must be some other babies who are super responsive to any kind of sounds even while they are asleep. They just could not sleep better and keep waking up. What moms got to do when they have to get chores done and wait for kids to fall asleep.
The moment you step on the floor your floor cracking sound is so lethal that it could wake your baby up or get uncomfortable at night or during a daytime nap.
You have to wake up, hold your baby, nurse again and then wait for getting her to be in deep sleep. Either way, you are worse off. You actually cannot do anything when you need to do some laundry, or you need to get your dishes done.
A lot of moms swear by using the sound machine for their babies to sleep during the day or night, that could solve the baby’s sleep problems significantly. It could minimize loud noises of household chores and your baby could sleep longer and better.
This one is perfect for traveling. Compact, portable and something that works well on the outlets everywhere.
8. Your baby might be Overtired
If your baby is too tired, she going to take time going to sleep. And if she does sleep, she is more vulnerable to wake up in a few minutes after sleeping and keep waking up.
Gently massaging an overtired baby could help sleep her better. Use coconut or olive oil to massage baby at night for a more comfortable sleep.
9. There is a need to burp
Your baby would certainly wake up if there is a gas issue going on. Although you have just put your baby down and your baby is gonna wake up because of gas. The best practice is to have your baby burp before putting to sleep and they keep waking up for a few months due to this issue because they cannot sit up or burp on their own.
You have to deal with that. Trust me, it will get better with time.
Try using gas drops if your baby has started solids lately and her stomach is having a hard time adjusting to the new textures. This gas drops work best for my kids.
Your baby keeps waking up if you missed changing a dirty diaper when you just changed a while ago.
There are chances, your few months old baby is trying to sleep on her own and she keeps waking up. Despite a full tummy, her diaper needs to be changed. Dirty diaper could be one of the reasons she is not going in a deep sleep.
Last but not least, sickness could be one of the main sleep problems your baby might have. She could not breathe better due to the congested nasal passage, or she might be running a fever. You need to monitor that too.
13. Your baby might be sleeping during the daytime instead of night
This is a very common problem when babies sleep during the day and stay awake at night.
You have to make a clear distinction between the day and night once you are home with the baby after hospital discharge.
Keep day time noisy and nights calm.
Days brighter with more natural light coming through the windows and night dark, calm. Eventually, once your baby gets this day and night difference, it will be much easier.
No matter how tempting it may sound, do not respond if your baby is the mood to talk at night. Even for nighttime feedings, keep a night light and do not brighten up the room. The nighttime feel has to be consistently practiced.
However, I really hope after reading this you will be able to rule out your baby’s sleep problem during the day or night.
14. Baby wants to sleep on your chest
Some babies want to sleep on the chest or they would Co-sleep. The moment you put them down in the crib or bassinet, they would wake up.
My son was like that when he was in his infancy stage. Although I co-slept for 2.5 years and then transitioned on his toddler bed still I it wasn’t tough as I anticipated. The transition went much smoother.
If your baby does not want to sleep in her crib or she just wants to be snuggled, do not stress and go with a flow. Eventually your baby is going to sleep on her own, however, it may take more time for you.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any other suggestions that worked for you.
Having two kids under 2 years of age is one of the most life-changing and mind-jolting experiences. A lot of times you have never thought about having two. Neither you have planned to have two within two years nor you would want to if you have a tough time with your firstborn.
I had my second one when my first born was 19 months old. To be honest, my first one was not a tough one when he was little, and I had not imagined what my life would be with two. Managing two all by yourself is tough but this too shall pass and they are little for a very short period of time.
However, time passes quickly and they grow out too soon before you even know it.
The infancy stage is the most beautiful and cherished stage, fast forward to when they start talking and there you go…
Life begins …
If you are still reading, either you are expecting your second one or you might want to have your second one.
Regardless, whatever the case is – buying your baby products wisely is very important.
If you are expecting twins that is totally a different story. You have to have everything for two. However, If you are pregnant with your second one when your first one is still a baby then it is no less than a twins thing. It is just about the same.
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What you need to have when you have two kids under 2 years of age
1. You need a bassinet or two cribs
You might have a bassinet or sleeper already and that should work for your second one too
If you have a bassinet for your first one, she must have grown out of that by now and sleeping in her crib or co-sleeping, whatever might be the case, you still need it for your second one too.
Now make sure it does not have wheels or if it does it should be in a place where your first one is not going to stroll it all over the place.
Safety has to be ensured.
If your first one has a standard size crib then you might have a space concern. You can get a mini crib if you want. By the time your first one jumps on to the toddler bed, while your little one can move on to the standard crib.
If you have their separate rooms set up then you can have cribs set up as you want.
My first one had a Graco reclining high chair. It is on a bigger side. I got that for him when he was 3 months and now he is almost 3 and he still uses it.
It is very sturdy, durable and safe. Highly recommended.
When my second one was born, I was waiting for my son to just quit sitting in the high chair so I can use it for my daughter, but no YOU HAVE TO GET TWO high chairs to keep them contained when you really have to get some stuff done.
For your own sanity. your child’s independence and for your child’s safety.
Yes, one for an infant which you probably have one if you haven’t transitioned your first one to the front facing car seat.
Sometimes babies tend to cry a lot while sitting rear facing, eventually, things get better when they can see much more happening while sitting front facing.
You might want to transition your first one to the front facing car seat and use your already existing infant car seat for the new baby.
I had two front facing seats for my first one installed in each car as I moved him to front facing at around 11 months. When I needed for my second one, I had it already.
I would not recommend spending too much on stuff which they are going to grow out of too soon.
NOTE: This is totally your choice when you want to shift your baby to front facing from rear facing. Discuss with your pediatrician about it.
If you have a plan to grow your family at a faster pace then plan things ahead of time. Get a car seat which is compatible with most of the double strollers.
4. You need a DOUBLE stroller
If you are living where an independent lifestyle is practiced, a double stroller is a must have for your own sanity.
You cannot just stay at home, and get crazy because how you can move around with two when you do not have another 2 more hands for help. You need to go out get fresh air and that is only possible with two if you have a double stroller.
Having a double stroller is a life saver. I believe it is a necessity even if you have a three years old and a newborn.
When you have to get a stroller, get something that is compatible with your newborn’s car seat.
I had to get something compatible with the car seat I had. So I went with Chicco double stroller. The pros are sturdy, enough room for two, easy to maneuver, seats are reclining so kids can sleep, compatible with Chico car seat. The cons are, it is heavy and big. Yet it can be adjusted in a sedan if you take off wheels which are easy to remove and attach.
It is great to travel. Kids are sitting in the front and back so not too many fights.
This you are going to use even if you have to travel, go to a mall or a visit to the park. Kids cannot walk forlong hours, they get tired and there will be a stage when you cannot just let them run around for their own safety. You have to keep them contained.
This is another great option.
If you have your first one over a year – you don’t need two bouncers. If you have two in 1 year which is definitely possible then you can get two bouncers. There will be a sharing battle but eventually, your first one will get used to.
Money saving Suggestions
You don’t need to get extra toys if you already have enough.
If you have the same gender kids, gently used clothes can be used with your second one. This would save you a lot of money. However, I would discard those poop stained onesies for good and get new ones.
When it comes to moving your child to his independent sleep space, it gets a little tricky for parents as every child responds differently to the transition from crib to a toddler bed.
Every child is different and as a parent in order to encourage independent sleeping for your baby is really essential from the beginning especially if you are a working parent.
Co-sleeping is a great option for parents if their newborns are not sleeping in their crib or bassinets. Also, some kids if not all may end up co-sleeping after a few months of enjoying a crib journey.
Keeping these things in mind, moving your kid from one bed to another or transition from co-sleeping to toddler bed makes it overwhelming for parents. You still have to go through the transition process and have to be super consistent about following a rock-solid routine to put kids on independent sleep.
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Tips on how to Make Transition easy from Co-sleeping to Toddler Bed
These tips will help your transition make easy for your kids from crib to toddler bed or co-sleeping to their own independent sleep space.
1. Keep your room and house configuration in mind
Well, as a matter of fact, having a crib for infants is a tricky decision for every parent, what kind, what size, all those questions have to be considered. Keeping all that excitement and eagerness for a new baby aside, as a parent some decision needs to be realistic than emotional. Your take on setting up a nursery for your baby is so much relatable for every parent, however, in some cases, we have to question ourselves that “Do we even need this?”
To be honest, you can’t be 100% sure if something is going to work for your baby but you really have to consider the configuration of your house. for instance, you cannot have a newborn sleep on a different level of your house while you cannot be around for the most part.
2. Encourage independent sleep from day 1
Try your best to have your baby sleep in his own crib to establish better sleep habits. Some babies, if not all, just never sleep by themselves. they need to be held up or be on your chest for a cozy sleep.
Even in that case do not stress if you have a tough newborn who wants mommy 24/7. Trust me, your newborn is going to grow out of this phase before you even know it.
3. Co-sleep if your baby does not seem to like sleeping in the crib
Some babies tend to hate sleeping in the crib, they happen to sleep so much better staying closer to mom and dad. The best thing to do with them is to co-sleep.
Co-sleeping works best for breastfeeding moms who do feeding on demand. Although nights get rough for moms when you are co-sleeping still that is the best way you can get your fair share of night sleep when you are sleep deprived for the longest time.
Well, if you have started off with bassinet or crib, it can be either standard or mini crib depends on your space.
Choosing the right bed for every age is very essential. Most of the Mini Cribs do not convert to toddler beds or day bed, however, the standard size crib does convert and your child may end up sleeping in his independent space.
5. Choose Convertible beds for kids
Most of the cribs are convertible to twin beds, in order to have those set up later you would have to order rails and the twin mattress for a twin bed. It would be great if you keep a crib manual safe somewhere in your house for future reference.
Most of the standard cribs convert to toddler beds or day beds, This depends on how and where you are using your standard crib. Consider all possible options before making a purchase.
If you have an attached changing table then there is quite a chance that you cannot use it as a toddler bed in a small space as you cannot detach them depends on crib settings.
You can still transform it into a twin bed in a bigger space. But if you have a small space, you need to make your purchases wisely.
6. Purchase a separate mattress for toddler beds
You have to get a mattress separately. You can see what type and size of crib mattress you need for your crib. Always read the dimensions while you order the crib and you should also know the dimension of the room where you want to put a mini or standard crib.
I got the toddler bed for my son that is compatible with a standard crib mattress and that works perfectly.
7. Bed Transition at the right age and right time when your child seems ready
When you move your newborn from bassinet to a crib or co-sleeping, you need to make a decision about when to move your kid in her independent space. Either it is a room sharing on a separate bed or a separate room for your little one.
Regardless, you have to make a transition when you think your child is adaptive enough to cope with these changes well. I moved my co-sleeping child since birth is his own toddler bed (room Sharing) when he was 2.5 years old.
8. Make sure crib or bed is sturdy
Toddlers love to jump, you have to make sure the bed is sturdy and able to handle a good amount of weight.
9. Make sure the mattress is firm and there should be no cover sounds
You must use a firm mattress in the crib or in a toddler bed, regardless of any age. The covers should not be making crispy sounds.
10. Make him excited for his new bed
If your child is in the age when he understands well, try to involve him in choosing the toddler bed that will keep him excited about it as it makes a lot of difference for kids to feel happy about good changes.
11. Choose Fun characters bed sheets or pillows
When its a new bed, it should be all fun with favorite character bedsheets and blankets. Also, once you feel your kid is ready to use pillows and does not pose the risk of SIDS anymore, you can choose your kid’s favorite character sheets, pillows, blankets, etc.
12. Have your child sleep in your bed and then shift him in his own bed while he is still asleep
If your child has been co-sleeping, there is quite a chance your kid likes his new bed for a day or two and after that, he seems to be coming back to co-sleeping. Well, you cannot expect him to be sleeping in his bed right away. Obviously he is going to have his highs and lows in this transition.
you may need to have him sleep in your bed and shift him in his own (new) bed once he falls asleep. He might wake up if he is a light sleeper, but consistency is the key. With time sleep does get better.
13. Do not turn your child away if he comes to you in the middle of the night
Some nights all they want is a little snug, do not turn your child away if he wants to sleep in your bed and comes to you in the middle of the night.
14. Do not be rigid but consistent about sleeping in his own bed
While you are training your toddler to be independently sleeping in his own bed, you cannot be losing the ground. Stay consistent in practicing the same routine every night. However, do not try to be inflexible when your child needs the comfort of his parents.
Do not stress and do not think to have him sleep once with mom or dad, will make him spoiled for life.
15. During bed Transition – skip nap time or reduce nap hour time
If your child sleeps well at night, during the transition from crib to a toddler bed, or co-sleeping to a toddler bed, the best thing is to skip his nap altogether. Till he gets ready for bedtime at night, he will be so tired that he would not even bother which bed it is.
16. Assurance of being there for your kids
Parents who are struggling with the transition from co-sleeping to a toddler bed, in my honest opinion, you have to be there for a while until your child falls asleep. This you might have to do for the longest time until he learns to be sleeping on his own. Again, that varies from one child to another.
Your child needs assurance that you are there for them.
17. Have waterproof mattress pads for toddler beds
I absolutely do not encourage my kids to bring toys in the room when it is bedtime. Toys tend to divert kids’ attention and they might end up sleeping later than bedtime. Also, it may interrupt sleep when they wake up seeing toys all around in their room.
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