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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

Recommendations for 3-year-old birthday toys around $50?

My 3-year-old daughter's birthday is coming up and once again (looking through archives, I've asked this every year) I need toy recommendations. Grandma gave us $50 to get something for her and we are well, well under budget with our gifts too. bilibo [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 4, 2013 - 22 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

Winner Winner Chicken Pox Dinner

I have a 3 year old who has gone through at least round one of the chicken pox vaccine (not recently, so this is not about vaccine reaction). Last week she had a rash on her back. Friday she was peckish (but probably skipped her nap at daycare which has been happening occasionally). Saturday she has a few (no more than 5) moderately (not all the time, I guess more occasional) itchy blister type spots in random places.. [more inside]
posted by TheLibrarian on Aug 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for some kind of California/Nevada resort that has baby care

So I'm dating this single mom with a 6 month old. It's been going well but all our dates end with her rushing to take care of her baby - as a mom should. But she clearly needs a rest and I'm trying to figure out if I can take her on a vacation anywhere. Is there somewhere in the Northern California/Nevada area that is some kind of resort with stuff to do AND offers babysitting for a six month old as part of the package? Is there a name for resorts or vacations or recreation options like this? As a single guy with no kids I have no idea what the options are here. So please...educate me.
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Travel advice in SF and area with toddler

We (couple and 1.5yr old) will be in the city Fri and Sat and then Sun-Wed morning in Cazadero. We'll be staying at a hotel in Japantown and will not have a car while in the city. We are renting a house in Cazadero and we will have a car there. I have a number of related questions. [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Jun 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Toddler not adapting to new age-group room at daycare.

I am worried about my 2.75 year-old daughter. Today is the 8th day she has been in the new, 3-ish to 4-ish age room at daycare. She is now crying really hard every morning when I leave here there (new behaviour, but still normal). But she is also refusing to go to sleep at night, throwing huge fits, jumping out of the crib, clawing at us to get away when we try to rock her, and basically forcing herself to be awake until she is so exhausted she can't stay awake any longer. She won't or can't give me a clear answer about what's wrong. How do I help her? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jun 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Caring for a 4yr old with a broken leg...all summer.

My (step)son broke his leg today and is currently getting it splinted until it can be cast on Monday. We have 50/50 custody and decent communication, but as the resident mama of his other home, how can I best make him comfy and keep him entertained for the next 6-8 weeks? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Jun 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Don't you DARE ask me if he's teething

My 14 month old son cries and screams every waking moment he's with me. This has gone on for months, and it's killing me. Please help me understand what's going on and how I can make it stop. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jun 7, 2013 - 49 answers

Food...for a kid...on a plane.

Seeking suggestions for non-perishable foodstuffs to feed a toddler while flying cross country. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Toddler, sleep, blah

I'm having trouble lately getting my two year old to sleep at night. Do we need to change the schedule? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on May 8, 2013 - 19 answers

I need to educate my daycare about toddler sunstroke.

I am looking for a) a threshhold or medical recommendation of how long a toddler can remain in direct sunlight at temperatures of 77 degrees (25 Celcius) and above - before heat or sunstroke occur b) recommendations on how to prevent sunstroke. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 7, 2013 - 24 answers

My child will be in Depends at his 2032 freshman orientation.

Potty trainers of MetaFilter - parents, non-parents, if you have any modicum of experience potty training, please help! [more inside]
posted by Leezie on May 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Care and keeping of curly hair... on a toddler

My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has inherited my crazy-thick, curly, totally uncooperative hair. She is a spitfire personality who despises having her head washed/combed/messed with, and I want to somehow minimize the trauma of keeping her looking civilized (which, at the moment, she rarely does). Help! [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on May 3, 2013 - 53 answers

Questions on adopting a dog, with consideration for desert and a baby

My wife and I have talked of adopting a dog for a while. Following the untimely passing of one of our cats, this is more feasible, and could help console us. But we have questions for adopting a dog in our desert climate, and on dogs coming into a family with a baby, and a cat. And we're concerned about being good owners, as our time at home is limited during the week. Also, we're discussing what a good age range for an adoptable dog would be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 3, 2013 - 33 answers

Toddler lunch ideas.

What do you feed your toddler for lunch? [more inside]
posted by that's how you get ants on May 2, 2013 - 28 answers

In Portland, OR for a week with a toddler. What shouldn't I miss?

We're going to Portland for a week-long vacation (and maybe a moving trial run) in a few days. We've visited before, but this time we're taking our 2-year-old daughter, and I wanted to ask if there are any great toddler friendly destinations or day trips that we shouldn't miss. Any tips on kid-friendly restaurants and organic grocery shopping in NW Portland are also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mmc on Apr 29, 2013 - 16 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

Towns to use as a home base in Scotland?

My family will be spending 10 days road tripping through Scotland in May. There will be four adults (myself, my husband, and my retired parents), and one 18 month old toddler. What towns will work best as bases for exploring surrounding areas? [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Head start for the advanced learner

My almost 3 y.o. has been accepted into the head start program in the summer. Will they be able to work with him as an advanced learner? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

RoadTripFilter- I Need Toddler-Friendly Attractions/Stops Along I-40

I'm on a big road trip with my 2-year old. I'm taking the I-40 between AZ and TN. I'll be going through Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville. I would love any suggestions for things a toddler would like along the way. Museums that have hands-on exhibits geared to toddlers, great parks and playgrounds, water he can play or splash in and waterfowl of all kinds is always a hit. He's also happy just running around at a rest stop obviously, but if I can make stops he really likes he complains less about the time in the car.
posted by Mozzie on Mar 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Miiiiiiiine!

Toddler possessiveness is so commonplace I feel a little ridiculous for needing help with it. But I have no idea how to act as a parent on the playground, when my almost-2-year-old refuses to let anyone play with what she is playing. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 6, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me optimize my young toddler's nap schedule

My 14 month old toddler seems to have transitioned from 2 naps a day to 1 nap a day. Our two-nap schedule was fine, but now with one nap our days are a mess. I need guidance on how to structure a toddler's daytime routine. I've read the sleep books but I need a fresh set of eyes on this situation. [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Mar 5, 2013 - 10 answers

I'm looking for healthy, yummy, portable snacks for a toddler.

My two year old likes to snack and enjoys trying new foods. What are some healthy, nutritious snacks that I can keep in my bag for when she needs something to eat? I'm looking for stuff that I can make myself or buy off the shelf. Ideally, I would like things that don't cost too much money, but I'm willing to try anything. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Mar 4, 2013 - 25 answers

How should we respond when our daughter plays with herself?

She's only a toddler, is this a problem and, if so, how do we handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2013 - 51 answers

Parents of MeFi, share your day to day!

My daughter is home from the hospital (yay!). Now what? I'm looking to hear from stay at home parents of infants up to toddlerhood. Can you give me an idea of your daily routine at various ages and how you developed it?
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Feb 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Should we take our toddler to Kenya, if not, where?

I have a great opportunity to go to Kenya in June, the question is, does my partner and daughter (20 months by then) come with, or do I meet them somewhere on the way back to Australia? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Feb 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Non-Heated Daycare Lunches

Need lot of ideas for lunches for a 1 year old. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Jan 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Keeping a toddler in bed: sharing a room edition

My exactly-two-year-old (tomorrow) shares a room with his older brother. When bedtime rolls around, stories are done, and lights are out... he will not stay in bed. Looking for any ideas. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jan 29, 2013 - 25 answers

How to occupy little one in car trips?

One year old is very inquisitive and very active. I need to drive twice a week with a one hour duration each way. With a dislike of being in the car (or just being confined), little one has figured out how to undo the seat belts. Without getting new car seats, are there any good mobile toys or anything to keep this mind (and hands) happy? Stores are full of colourful toys which last all of 2 minutes. Was contemplating something along the lines of an easier version of rubik's cube. Open to all suggestions. Thank you. (Also welcome suggestions for iPad apps - preferably ones that require some thinking rather than just play music.)
posted by oink on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 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

Is this toddler sadness reasonably normal?

My 2.5 year-old daughter has gently, soundlessly sobbed when I sang to her at bedtime twice now. It seemed like a deep and genuine sorrow that shocked me terribly the first time it happened. I feel extremely concerned. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 15, 2013 - 39 answers

Looking for novels featuring good parenting

I want to improve my parenting skills for my almost-2-year old. I don't have a lot of role models nearby, so I'd like to do some reading. I tend to put off reading non-fiction, even if it is well-written about a topic I am interested in. However, I will read novels even if they aren't very good and I don't really have time to read them. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Spring visit to a national park with a toddler in tow

Which national park should we hit with our toddler this spring? [more inside]
posted by eliina on Jan 5, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I protect my newborn from getting sick

I have a 4 day old baby and my 2 year old just came down with a fever (101.5 at the moment). We don't have anyone who can take the toddler for a couple of days, but I am afraid the baby or my wife might get sick. I am really worried. What should I do?
posted by crawfishpopsicle on Jan 4, 2013 - 21 answers

No puppies either; my sister would kill me.

What is the most awesome gift I can give a two year old these days? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 1, 2013 - 47 answers

Teaching kids to deal with frustration

How did you teach your toddler/pre-schooler to best deal with frustration?
posted by drezdn on Dec 28, 2012 - 15 answers

UK-onlyRoadSafetyFilter: how do I get a pavement put in our dangerous road for my kids and others?

I want to get a couple of neighbours (directly or via the municipality) to put a pavement in the currently pretty dangerous piece of road that connects me and my kids' house to town so we can walk there safely. UK only please. [more inside]
posted by KMH on Dec 26, 2012 - 4 answers

There Are Two of Them and Two of Us, so Why do we Feel Outnumbered?

Parents of Metafilter: All I want for Christmas are your tips, advice, dark humor, commiserations, stories of hope, etc. for surviving the transition from 1 to 2 children. [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Dec 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Quirky gifts for cheap-ish

Interesting gifts for my family - give me some inexpensive gift ideas for weird, funny, creative, or out of the ordinary gifts. Bonus if I can order them online and get them on time for Xmas, still. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Dec 18, 2012 - 18 answers

My mean-ass toddler

Does a 2.5 year old's aggressive tendencies point toward aggression issues later on? Or will he truly grow out of it (with consistent consequences, etc.)?
posted by kristymcj on Dec 18, 2012 - 23 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

So many adorable tiny humans!

What should I knit or crochet as gifts for friends and family who are having babies? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Dec 12, 2012 - 32 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

Strict dad or easy-going dad?

At times my 3-year-old son deliberately misbehaves. Do I double down on the discipline, or shrug it off? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 27, 2012 - 48 answers

Toddler music and musical DVD recommendations?

XmasGiftFilter: Recommendations for DVDs that have adults leading children in the usual song-with-actions classics? And classic kids song CDs that are decent and not Raffi? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 12, 2012 - 9 answers

apps for a 2yr old toddler

Can you recommend some iPad apps for a 2 year old toddler? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Nov 5, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I make myself a good mother?

I'm a crappy parent and my daughter doesn't like me--now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by andariel on Oct 29, 2012 - 49 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

Needs clear rules

My 18-month-old suddenly has very specific ideas about what she wants or doesn't want to do RIGHT NOW. And boy, does she holler when she is thwarted! I end up not being as consistent as I want to be. Please help me come up with a strategy. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 12, 2012 - 35 answers

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