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6 of everything and nothing in its place - hill edition

I live in a valley but my car (and bike) live up a steep hill. it takes a few minutes to get from my front door to my vehicle, carrying my (increasingly-heavy-but-unable-to-climb) toddler the whole way. How do I (or how do YOU) organize stuff so that i am carrying as little as possible uselessly in and out all the time, but also so that my car doesn't feel like i also live in that? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jul 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Please help me break into my own bathroom

I'm in a new place, and my daughter just pushed the privacy lock on the bathroom door before closing it (she is outside the bathroom, thankfully). With most of these knobs you can just push something through the hole to pop it, but that is not working. There are no keys over the doorframe. There are no exposed screws on this side of the knob. The door hinges are on the other side of the door. Please help! [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Jul 1, 2016 - 38 answers

Introducing and managing TV time for toddlers

We don't have a TV and don't really plan on getting one, and our now 2 year old, until recently, had never watched any. Now we've relaxed the rule (we have an infant now and needed a little time so did it on a whim) and now I have no idea how to control this . . . [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jun 30, 2016 - 35 answers

What Possible Evolutionary/Biological Purpose Does Toddlerhood Serve?

Why did the toddler phase of human life evolve as it did? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Toddler Safety at a Lakefront Vacation Rental House

Please suggest tips and gear for keeping an active toddler safe for a week's vacation at a lakefront rental house. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 16, 2016 - 35 answers

Mexico City and beyond with children?

My family is traveling to Mexico City in August for a 10 day vacation. It will be myself, my wife, and our three boys - ages 5 years, 3 years and 8 months. We're planning to spend four days in Mexico City, two near Teotihuacan, and the rest is to be determined. What are your recommendations? Is there another side trip after Teotihuacan we should consider spending 2-3 days at before flying home? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Jun 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Construction for spectators?

My 3-year old son is obsessed with construction sites and trucks, to the extent that he will just randomly close his eyes and scream with glee at the things he sees in his imagination. How can I get him some live action safely and without being too weird? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Jun 9, 2016 - 39 answers

What to expect? 20 month old son has cyst on his penis.

My 20 month old (uncircumcised) son has a cyst on his penis. We going to see an expert but we have to wait a few weeks to get in and are feeling quite nervous. I am wondering if anyone has experience with this and what we should expect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Toddler sad about war

Looking for a way to show my toddler Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Episode 1525, or something similar. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Realistic books about toddlers for toddlers?

Our 21 month old is fascinated by the photos of parents and babies in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. It got me thinking that although he's got over 50 story and picture books, they nearly all feature animals as protagonists. Can you recommend some books featuring realistic everyday life with toddlers as the main characters? [more inside]
posted by prune on May 14, 2016 - 20 answers

Adult / Toddler friendly TV shows?

Our Friday night ritual is to watch a TV show with our two year old. So far we've been working through old Muppet Show episodes, and Wallace and Gromit, both of which she loves. However, us adults are getting a little tired of these and looking for something else to add into the mix. Do you have recommendations for other shows which are likely to be similarly appealing to both the two year old and the parents?
posted by pombe on May 1, 2016 - 61 answers

Anthropomorphic animal picture books about death for a toddler?

Grandma died. Grandma was a huge part of my daughter's life. My daughter is 9, but brain damage makes her like a 2-year-old. My daughter prefers to talk about sad/scary things via anthropomorphic animals in picture books. ("Scared like Piglet." "Sad like Franklin.") Any suggestions for a book with animals about death that covers everything simply - sickness, hospital, death, funeral, sadness, saying goodbye, comfort?
posted by clawsoon on Apr 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Palm Beach Island and surrounding area activities for toddlers?

Taking a week long trip with other family to PBI (in the next few weeks) and we are looking for recommendations for activities during the day for toddlers. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Apr 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Toddler Command Centre

My child will be two in May. She is completely obsessed with switches and buttons so I thought I would build her a console full of interesting switches. What might these switches do? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 1, 2016 - 13 answers

A Week in Okoboji

We are set to spend a week in July at Lake Okoboji with my in-laws. We have a toddler. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 30, 2016 - 1 answer

gift for two year old and for new parents

Hi everyone. I am going to be traveling in a month and staying with close friends, whose children I am fairy godparent to. Nephew #1 is two and a half, nephew #2 is going to be less than 3 months old. I would like to get a gift for nephew #1, the two and a half year old, and perhaps something for the parents. My needs are fairly simple, but I'm not around kids much and I don't know what I'm doing. More details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Mar 25, 2016 - 23 answers

Is the IMMI GO kids carseat any good?

The IMMI GO looks interesting, since it also looks semi-portable for travelling, but doesn't yet have IIHS ratings. The seat is only available through the website, so it has no user reviews on Amazon. Does anyone have personal experience with this seat? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 4, 2016 - 8 answers

What is my nephew doing?

My nephew, aged 2 and a half, gathers up a bunch of little toys, pillows, blankets, etc. and pushes them around the floor while loudly saying "Oh no! Oh no!" over and over again. This can go on for 15-20 minutes. Is this normal toddler behavior? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Feb 25, 2016 - 33 answers

The baby/toddler next door screams more than what I think is normal

In the evenings, there's a deep male voice that yells, "stop it!", "be quiet!", "NO!", multiple times, and there are really loud banging noises along with this. One day when I walked past their door, there was a woman putting boxes outside who looked exhausted. I said Hi and she barely acknowledged me. When the guy gets excessively loud - like just now - I'll yell, "WHAT THE FUCK!?" to try to let them know I can hear them, but the kid just keeps screaming. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Feb 17, 2016 - 35 answers

Toddler Proof IPhone Case

My husband saw a toddler-proof iPhone case online and now we can't find it again. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by amro on Feb 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Cool Things between Charlotte and College Station

This is going to be a first for us - an extended family road trip that's not entirely about driving overnight and getting to the destination ASAP. And so, we are turning to you for some help. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Like Paw Patrol, but with more bitches.

My two-year-old daughter is obsessed with Paw Patrol. I'm not in love with the gender representation on the show. What shows are similar but with better diversity in terms of gender? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 21, 2016 - 36 answers

Breast cancer treatment with special needs child -- help?

I'm asking this for a friend who was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. She's getting monthly chemo starting next week for 4 months. Following that will be radiation for 6 weeks and then Tamoxifen. She has an 18-month-old son born 3 months premature who cannot stay in daycare (he's immuno-compromised and has short gut syndrome, so the pediatrician has ruled it unsafe until he's at least 3 years old). We are looking for resources to help with child care during her treatment and recovery. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jan 21, 2016 - 11 answers

What songs can I play on a Little Tykes Piano?

I want to be able to play and sing for my 13 month old. Difficulty level: four key baby piano. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian on Jan 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Preventing ear infections in a toddler

Is there anything I can do to prevent my toddler's colds from turning into ear infections? [more inside]
posted by john_snow on Jan 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Toddler books with lots of things in the pictures?

Our toddler's really into pointing at things in picture books. What books have lots of things for him to point at? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jan 12, 2016 - 44 answers

Long, formal Christmas lunch...with a toddler

Pretty stressed about Christmas lunch with my in-laws. We have a 21-month-old awho is even worse at sitting still than most toddlers, the meal is apparently four courses (!), and the dining room is tiny and packed full of antiques so there's nowhere for her to get down and play. Help! [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Dec 24, 2015 - 63 answers

Talking about sex with a partner who has Stage 4 cancer...

I really need some advice on how to talk with my partner and address her questions about our sex life (or lack of it) as not only do we have a two-year old but my partner is also undergoing treatment for cancer. Help, please... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2015 - 22 answers

Preparing to go from One to Two Children

We are having another baby soon, and I'm really worried about handling it with my toddler, who is having some issues right now. [more inside]
posted by heavenknows on Dec 1, 2015 - 20 answers

Help me plan 5 hours in San Francisco

I have a long layover in SFO next week just before a very long trans-Pacific flight. Of the time I have there, I have about 5 hours total I can spend in the city (after transport each way). I have two goals: tire out my 1-year-old, and meet up with some friends for drinks and snacks. Can you help me plan where to go for these? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Nov 26, 2015 - 12 answers

1 year old, thanksgiving, midwest. Go

I live a couple of hours south of Chicago. Given a 4 hour driving radius, what would be a good place to go with a 14 month toddler? I don't expect her to make any memories from this trip, so it's really more of a trip for her parents (us!) . [more inside]
posted by harisund on Nov 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Toddler bedtime is monkey time

How can we shorten the time from lights out to going to bed and sleeping? Our two-year-old energizer bunny takes an hour or more of climbing about, initiating interaction, jumping on the bed, etc. after lights out. [more inside]
posted by meijusa on Nov 13, 2015 - 19 answers

Hawaii Hotels with Zero Entry Pools

We are looking to stay in Kauai (or possibly another Hawaiian island) for a week in the spring and am having the hardest time finding a place to stay that has a zero-entry pool, a separate sleeping area, a/c, and is priced under $300/night. Are these criteria unreasonable or is there hope? [more inside]
posted by mouse noises on Nov 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Seamless/bumpless socks for toddler

My almost-four-year-old has a very hard time with socks. I'm looking for seamless socks that also don't have the "bump" of a seam next to the big toe and pinky toe, since that's the part that bothers her the most. [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Nov 10, 2015 - 20 answers

What to do about messy toddler at a restaurant?

I have a two-year-old, and occasionally I take her out to a restaurant. (Nothing fancy or inappropriate for kids -- think Chili's.) She sits in a high chair and she's pretty well-behaved, but she drops a lot of food on the floor (because she's two). What is the best way to handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by cider on Nov 10, 2015 - 27 answers

Nanny share v. Nursery?

I'm considering moving my 18 month old from a nursery to a nanny share. Thoughts on what I may not be thinking of? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Keeping a Young Toddler Busy in the Car

Two upcoming road trips for the holidays plus one young toddler who could make it all pretty miserable. Please share any tricks for keeping the little guy busy in the car. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Gift for two year old

What gift will blow my two year old's mind? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 26, 2015 - 34 answers

My 3.5 yr old is not interested in sleep

A few weeks ago my son who was previously an excellent napper and sleeper decided he is no longer interested in napping or sleeping at night. [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 answers

The toddler and the very tall breakfast bar

We're renting an apartment with a very small open-ish kitchen and a full bar height breakfast bar, with a baby going on toddler who is getting harder to seat at the bar. Are there any good solutions for seating toddlers at a full-height breakfast bar? [more inside]
posted by sputzie on Sep 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Christmas Planning: Awesome Toys for bright 2 year old?

What's your best toy(s) recommendation for a bright 2 to 2.5 year old? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Sep 22, 2015 - 22 answers

Waterproof shoes for a preschooler

My rapidly-growing preschooler needs new shoes for fall and winter. [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Sep 22, 2015 - 22 answers

What keeps your eighteen month old absorbed?

What quiet-ish activity does your toddler love to do? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 11, 2015 - 27 answers

Where should we live in the Boston area?

My wife and I live with our 20 month old daughter in Cambridge, MA and we're researching options for moving to the suburbs. We live in Inman Square and love what we have but want to (affordably) have some more living and outdoor space. Which communities in the Boston area should we consider? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Sep 7, 2015 - 24 answers

I've spent the summer with a 2 year old and now I'm leaving

I've been helping take care of my two year old niece this summer, but now I'm leaving. How can I help her understand this transition and make it easier on her (and her parents, and me)? [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns on Aug 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Toddler Killing Me With Sleep Deprivation

I have been doing the mom thing for over 5 years now with two kids and I am honestly at a point I'd never thought I'd be in: out of ideas and at my wit's end since 2.8 yo is apparently on a sleep strike. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Aug 12, 2015 - 28 answers

Babysitter-filter: How much do I pay for watching/driving a toddler?

I have 2 different scenarios I need help with: 1. My sister is getting married and my husband and I have booked a hotel room near the venue. My toddler will likely not be able to stay up past 8, so I will bring her back to the hotel and put her to bed and then return to the wedding. We are hiring someone (college student/friend) to basically just sit in the hotel room with my sleeping toddler once I put her to bed (8-11ish). How much do we pay her to do this? 2. Starting in the fall, my husband and I will both need to leave the house in the morning by 7:15. Daycare does not open until 8. We'll need someone to come to our house in the morning around 7:00, hang out with toddler and then take her to daycare for 8:00 (daycare is about 10 minutes away). This would only be for 3 days a week. The person is potentially one of the ladies who works at the daycare (so she would be staying there, if that matters). How much do we pay this person? By the hour? Week? Accommodate mileage? Thanks!
posted by chela on Aug 6, 2015 - 10 answers

How to deal when a child hits yours

This has happened several times, and I react differently every time, and never feel like my response is correct. My son is 18 months, and at various playgroups/events/playgrounds, he has been hit or pushed over by children that are older and larger than him. In every single instance, the person meant to be watching that child was not, and the only response to the act would be coming from me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Relaxing Vacation a Short Flight from SF Bay Area? Difficulty: Toddler

Our family of three (two adults, one toddler) is trying to plan a vacation for the spring. We have about a week to spend and would prefer a flight less than 4-5 hours but could be convinced to go further for a great destination. We're just having so much trouble narrowing down destinations based on the different interests/needs of our family - please help! [more inside]
posted by mouse noises on Aug 2, 2015 - 12 answers

How many more months of formula are ahead with an 11-month-old?

Should I buy formula in bulk for an 11-month-old baby? I want to follow his lead on weaning, but I also don't want to waste money or formula. I'm looking for advice from parents who let their babies self-wean. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jul 27, 2015 - 28 answers

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