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Honolulu indoor play space for toddlers?

Anyone know any indoor play spaces for toddlers in the Honolulu area? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Aug 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Introverted three year old and family get togethers

My introverted three year old refuses to engage at family gatherings. But how do I teach her to be polite? And what exactly is going on in her head? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 6, 2014 - 40 answers

It's a Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree

We are taking our toddler (almost 2) to Sesame Place this weekend. Have you been there? Do you have any tips for us to make our trip great? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on May 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Last Minute Vacation filter: Hopkins area of Belize

We're trying to plan a last-minute vacation somewhere warm for the week before our daughter's second birthday, cost/availability has led us towards a condo in the Hopkins area of Belize. Snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Death-free nature documentary

We're flying with our 2.5-year old and would like to find a nature documentary or TV show for her to watch on our iPad. She doesn't watch much TV, so this is a Big Treat that will hopefully distract her for at least some of the flight. The catch: we're not ready to deal with death yet, so I'd like something without predation/disease/starvation/etc. For simplicity's sake, I'd prefer something available on iTunes, but am willing to look other places, as well. We'd also prefer to avoid mass market characters (Elmo, Mickey Mouse, etc.). Any good suggestions?
posted by griseus on Mar 12, 2014 - 34 answers

ABC, 123, App

What are your favorite free iPhone/iPod apps for toddlers? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Seeking Team Canada / Finland / USA hockey shirts for tiny tot

I have a two year old niece. Her mom is American, her pop is Finnish, and her auntie biscotti is Canadian. I wanted to send her tiny little versions of the TEAM SUOMI and Team Canada and maybe Team USA hockey jerseys because (a) OMG the cute and (b) so her parents can dress her appropriately for Sochi. I can't find them, except for old versions of the US one. But I refuse to believe that Canadians and Finns do not want to dress their tiny tots in hockey paraphernalia, so I have to think these are out there somewhere. Can someone help me? My Finnish is limited to race drivers and the word "lansigootansmanpystykorva" so I can't really search on Finnish sites.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Dec 5, 2013 - 5 answers

14 month old waking crying at night for extended periods

My 14 month old baby has crying thrashing wakeful periods during the night on a semi-regular basis (roughly speaking, perhaps once every fortnight). He wakes up crying and can’t be consoled – arches his body and pushes away from me while in my arms (but cries harder if put down in his cot). [more inside]
posted by fever-trees on Sep 23, 2013 - 24 answers

I don't want a kiss from a child who doesn't want to give it.

My 3yo niece (through my husband's side) loves me, but is always shy at first when I see her. Her parents tend to push her at me saying "Give Aunt C a kiss!". She doesn't want to. That is fine. I believe that her body is her own, no matter how young she is, and I really, really don't want her to feel forced to have physical contact with me when she clearly isn't interested. I usually say something obvious like "oh, she doesn't have to, it's fine", but her parents don't seem to hear me and still hold her there, at my head level, while niece and I look like we are being repelled like magnets from each other. Can you help me come up with a script that will get it across that really, it's okay, with maybe a little bit about why I don't feel comfortable forcing her? I think it would be cool if they could reflect on the message they are sending her - this never happened/happens with her older brother, who is equally shy at first. [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre on Sep 5, 2013 - 29 answers

What kind of spider is this?

This spider bit my son this morning, and while he seems okay, it really would be nice to know....
posted by daisystomper on Aug 31, 2013 - 18 answers

What are the best IKEA products for ages one to three?

We are making a rare trip to IKEA tomorrow in part to get a table and chairs for our one-year old. What are other IKEA items that we should look at for him? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

What are some Toddler-friendly places in Manhattan?

My husband and I are taking my nearly 2 year old on her first trip to New York. We're going to be there to buy books and fabric, but this will take less than a day out of our three day trip. We've been to New York dozens of times, but never with a kid in tow. We'd like some suggestions for toddler-friendly shops, sites, and restaurants that we can use to break up our errands. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jan 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Tips/studies/articles to help put myself in my 1 year old's shoes?

Tips/studies/articles to help put myself in my 1 year old's shoes? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Dec 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Are all the other dads wearing cups?

I feel like I’m getting hit in the gentlemen’s region by my baby/toddler more often than is probably normal. Also a lot harder than I would have expected. I have some questions… [more inside]
posted by French Fry on Nov 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Toddler YAK costume?

Costumefilter, Toddler Edition : My friend's 2 y.o. has his heart set on being a yak for Halloween. Help? [more inside]
posted by synapse on Oct 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Getting a three-year-old to sit still for five minutes. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Ways to make a nebulizer easier for a three-year old? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Jul 3, 2012 - 13 answers

A bucket for his little brain

My 19-month old son refuses to wear his bike helmet. This is harshing my alternative transportation buzz. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jun 22, 2012 - 31 answers

Where should he sleep?

I just found out that when your child reaches 35 inches, they're supposed to transition out of a crib -- and that's my son's height. I think he could probably climb/fall out of his crib at this point. But what if he's not ready for a toddler bed? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Jun 16, 2012 - 30 answers

He loves to break my glasses. Now he needs his own.

Our 18 month old needs glasses. Before we head over to the eyeglasses store, is there anything we should know? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on May 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Modern toddler stories? My google foo is top-notch but I am frustrated with what's out there.

I am looking for simple, modern stories to tell my toddler. I am disappointed with what I am finding online and at book stores, mostly because it is so hopelessly outdated and/or un-relatable. I don't want stories about farm animals, or centuries-old fables written in ye olden english, or nonsensical babble that rhymes but makes little sense otherwise, or "stories" that are not stories at all but rather pictures that you point at to name colors, numbers, etc (we've already mastered those). Any recommendations on stories that a toddler can relate to, and perhaps learn a lesson or two?
posted by rada on May 4, 2012 - 35 answers

Toddler behavior - throwing things but not out of anger - what to do?

My 16 month old son throws his cup or his food when he no longer wants it. Not emotional, not a tantrum, definitely willful. The boy looks us straight in the eye and throws. He doesn't seem to respond to a harsh "No!" or the more empathetic, gentle "we set our cup down nicely" approach. I am assuming this is pretty standard kid behavior, but is there anyway to curtail this behavior in a kind, constructive and effective manner? He is pretty happy, easy going little guy, right now.
posted by flesti on Apr 20, 2012 - 30 answers

Toddler potty help

Potty training question for the more experience MeFi parents out there: We've been potty training out 33 month old for the past 2.5 months with some good success overall, but we're dealing with some poop problems. [more inside]
posted by thelaze on Mar 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Moving toddlers

How can I prepare my toddler for, and ease the transition to, a whole bunch of changes? [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Dec 28, 2011 - 16 answers

A Chariot at my back?

Help us figure out which bike trailer to buy. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Dec 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me wrap my brain around this

I currently work about 20 hours a week at my job while my parents watch my 18-month-old. Today I'm considering whether to apply for a full-time, telecommuting job -- it's kind of my dream job. (And yes, it's a legit work-at-home job with a national org!) Please help me decide! [more inside]
posted by trillian on Dec 19, 2011 - 22 answers

How do we help our toddler to be confident?

How did you instill confidence in your children? How did your parents help you become a confident child and adult? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Oct 19, 2011 - 37 answers

Toddler dress-up time!

I'd like to start collecting dress up clothes for my toddler daughter, but need ideas and tips. [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Sep 11, 2011 - 21 answers

Hoodie to fuel make believe

Parents (or others who clothe children) of Mefi - I need your help. Solid colored hoodies, unadorned, for small children/toddlers? Sizing question as well... please help a crafty non-parent? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Sep 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Months vs. years

Why is (apparently identical) toddler clothing labelled as both "2T" and "twenty-four months?" [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Aug 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Why is my child selectively affectionate with family members?

Why is my three year old opposed to affection from certain family members, including his father? Is this typical for his age? Is there anything I can do to make this situation better? [more inside]
posted by mudlark on Jul 14, 2011 - 30 answers

Stop a toddler from sucking her thumb?

How can I stop a toddler from sucking her thumb? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Mar 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Southern California with a 2.5 year old.

Southern California with a 2.5 year old. Tips for things to do in and in between SD and LA. [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Mar 2, 2011 - 20 answers

Nursery Must Haves

Help me make a list of nursery must haves (books and nursery rhyme CDs) that any english speaking toddler should have! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 5, 2011 - 30 answers

must get iron into baby

I have a toddler. I also have an iron supplement. When you put the two together, you get lots of vomit. Help. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Dec 18, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I convince a toddler to wear a hat this Halloween?

How do I convince a toddler to wear a hat this Halloween? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Oct 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Sweetie, Mommy's incapicitated today.

I threw out my back pretty badly. My ability to move is limited to a low shuffle. I am also home with my two year old. What can I do with him today? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Oct 27, 2010 - 28 answers

Bedtime Stories for Whiners.

Are there any great books out there about whining? My toddler is well on her way to becoming a regional champ & it's a problem. [more inside]
posted by Ys on Sep 10, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I get medical tape off a toddler?

Tape off a toddler? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Aug 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Has my toddler been damaged by forcible foreskin retraction?

My uncircumsized two-year-old's pediatrician forcibly retracted his foreskin today. My son is now experiencing pain and swelling. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by mudlark on Jul 27, 2010 - 29 answers

Biking with a baby in the city

What's the best set-up for biking with a toddler in the city? [more inside]
posted by sandor on May 23, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me put baby to sleep.

My 15-month-old still won't sleep through the night. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 9, 2010 - 63 answers

Have toddler, will fly?

Have kid, will travel? Hey parents, what airline tips do you have for your toddler's first trip on a plane? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on May 3, 2010 - 22 answers

How can we make the best out of a bad swim class situation for our toddler?

Todder Swim - how can we make the best of this class situation? Way more inside. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Where to go in France with a 3-year-old?

Help us plan our summer trip to France. Did I mention we're taking a 3-year-old? [more inside]
posted by sbrollins on Apr 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Taking a baby to the beach

Eight-month-old at the beach. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by sandor on Feb 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Tips for Toddler Travel?

I am going to be flying alone domestically with my 23-month-old toddler soon, it will be his last trip without his own seat*. He is very, very active, and I am trying to get prepared now so it will go as well as possible. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Jan 17, 2010 - 44 answers

Tunes for toddlers: Help me find music that provides 'instant gratification' for my 2 year old

Tunes for toddlers: Help me find music that provides 'instant gratification' for my 2 year old [more inside]
posted by dimon on Nov 27, 2009 - 33 answers

Why does my two-year-old throw up almost daily?

My 28-month-old boy throws up like Stan in "South Park," every 2 to 3 days. How can we help him keep his food down? [more inside]
posted by homelystar on Sep 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Suggestiong for Toddler Wrangling Book?

Desperate friend has turned to me for book suggestions on her three year old. Ideally available in Australia, but Amazon is always possible. What are your killer books for nailing the second really difficult time in a parent's life.... the 2-3year old? [more inside]
posted by taff on Sep 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Toddler dropping the F-bomb! How to get him to stop?

My toddler is saying, "fuck". Funny when some kid on YouTube says it, not funny when your 2 year old says it at a church during prayer! And he's not trying to say truck like a defective Elmo. He's actually picked it up...(I'm no an angel, but my wife and I try to watch our mouths) and ohmygosh please any ideas on how to make him stop? What sucks the most is most other parents assume his mom and I swear like sailors. My theory on how he picked it up...he probably heard us or TV say the word or he was trying to say another word...we reacted to it...and now it's his favorite little show when he's angry and not getting his way. We've tried suggesting he was trying to say another word like frog or truck...telling him to say another word that's more fun like "fooey"...and now since he gets a devlish look on his face when he says it, so we've opted for discipline. Other parents: your kids ever done this so young? Did people look at you like the scum of the earth when he was throwing a tantrum at Target, too? lol
posted by mikee on Jun 2, 2009 - 50 answers

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