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What's a good video game controller for a toddler?

What's a good video game controller for a toddler? Absolutely required: A reliable way of connecting it to a Windows 7 or 8 laptop. I don't mind using JoyToKey or 3rd-party drivers if necessary. Preferred: Wireless, so it can't be used to pull the laptop off the desk; Durable and/or cheap, in case it gets thrown or dropped; Simple, few inputs. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Is this normal? Toddler day care edition

Mini-me is starting day care at a place that takes the toddlers to a local park every day. I'm cool with this (wearing him out FTW!) but they apparently have the class walk there — about six blocks through a dense urban area. I was a little surprised by this practice for such little kids (18-36 months). Husband is really concerned about the whole thing and I'm not sure what to think. Is this actually a totally reasonable thing for toddlers to do in a group care environment? [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jul 28, 2014 - 42 answers

Apps 86°

I have a lot of cream cheese. I have a lot of wonton wrappers. I need to make room temp (in hot August weather) appetizers. Hopefully toddlers will like some of them. What recipes do I want? I'm also happily accepting other recipes or ideas for warm room temp apps, and/or store bought items. I'm throwing a party in August for my toddler's birthday and am, um, self-catering. It will be an indoor/outdoor party, and our AC isn't great to begin with, so let's assume it will be warm inside as well as hot outside. I'm planning to rely heavily on Trader Joe's NYC stores for apps and wine, so suggestions are welcome, as they are for other stores or homemade ideas.
posted by cestmoi15 on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Stockholm with little kids

We will be spending four days in Stockholm in the middle of June, with two boys, three and six years old. We've got the standard order guidebook suggestions (Vasa Museum, Skansen, etc.) of things to do, but I'd really love some suggestions of fun things for kids, or even just playgrounds for them to run around when they have had enough of Vikings and whatnot. They tend to be very excited about all modes of transportation, so trams, ferries, etc are a bonus. We will be staying near Ostermalm.
posted by ambrosia on Jun 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Young toddler bedtime: doin' it wrong?

Bedtime has always been a production with our now 13 month old, and unfortunately I don't know many parents of similarly-aged kids to calibrate against. Does this routine seem normal/okay to you for this age? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Mar 16, 2014 - 28 answers

How do we get our kids to lock the door?

We have always lived in secure places and rarely locked our front door (a metal screen and a wooden door), but today our 2 year old demonstrated vividly that she can open the stiff high handle on the door and make it to the lift lobby fast. We need to socially engineer the rest of our family to keep the damn door properly locked all the time now. And to hide the key that the toddler is obsessed with and able to use. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Feb 24, 2014 - 32 answers

What are good "screentime" guidelines for my toddler?

My toddler son is finally of an age where the iPad and youtube are beginning to be a big draw. This is great, but I'd like to have some good guidelines from the start that allow him some screentime but prevent it from taking over too much of his life. I'm looking for a sense of what others have found works and doesn't work for them. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 22, 2014 - 28 answers

That Obscure Object of Desire, you know, for kids.

What is the best special toy or activity to keep at my house to occupy or entertain my friends' little kids when they visit? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 13, 2014 - 61 answers

Mama I do it! Mama you do it!

I have a 2 year old (26 months to be very precise). We have entered the phase of "I do it!", which is okay in and of itself, but a pattern is starting to appear. He wants to, say, put on his coat himself. Great! Usually one of 2 things happens: he puts it on himself (about 10% of the time), or as soon as I hand him the coat he insists that I do it. So I start to do it, but I get a tearful "MAMA I DO IT!" He creates an impasse where I can't help him but he refuses to do what he says he wants to do. [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend on Dec 13, 2013 - 29 answers

Toddler hunger strike

I know that picky toddlers are so common they are a cliché, but I really need help with mine. He has nutritional deficiencies that have disrupted his sleep (and therefore his daytime mood) due to his unwillingness to eat anything but cheerios, crackers, and fruit. We've tried different strategies but nothing seems to work. Advice? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 4, 2013 - 40 answers

What sports or activities are best learnt at an early age?

My son will be turning two soon. We'd like to take advantage of his spongelike brain to expose him to as many different opportunities to learn new things as possible. I've seen early footage of Justin Bieber and Tiger Woods showing proficiency at this young age already in their respective fields, it seems like there is an advantage to seeing if your child shows talent even at that stage. I have no desire to be a pushy stage mother but if our kid does show interest and ability at something it would be nice to encourage it. So what activities, (violin, guitar, tennis etc) should you be learning very early on to have any chance of really excelling at? And which ones are ok to pick up later? It would be a little sad to find out at 12 that he showed talent at say, gymnastics but started too late to make anything of it.
posted by Jubey on Sep 9, 2013 - 31 answers

Recommendations for great apps for toddlers

The baby machine, a small boy of 15 months, and I will be taking our first flight in a couple of weeks and I'm freaking out just a little about keeping him entertained for the time at the airport as well as the 2 hours that we're on the plane. We don't do a lot of screen time as he's pretty little but I was thinking that if we there were some fun apps he could play with as part of our entertainment package (!) for the journey. [more inside]
posted by machine on Jul 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Seen but not heard (well not CONSTANTLY)

I need help teaching my 4 year old how to not interrupt and how to be silent when necessary. [more inside]
posted by blue_and_bronze on Jun 3, 2013 - 24 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

Vancouver, BC with twin 2-year olds and no car

Me, my wife, and our twin 2-year old boys are taking a day-trip to Vancouver, BC next Friday, mainly to get some paperwork taken care of at the Bentall Centre downtown (above the Burrard Skytrain station). We'll be flying in by float plane in the morning, will be finished with our appointments at 11am, and taking a ferry home from Tsawwassen in the evening. What to do in-between? [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Apr 21, 2013 - 12 answers

what to buy for 2yr old girl, premature baby boy + due-soon nephew???

Being without children myself and not that well versed on what they need/want or the big trends right now, i need suggestions for the following gifts i need to buy in the next month or so: gift for a premature baby boy (or his mum); gift for a 2yr old girl; gift for my soon to be arriving nephew [more inside]
posted by moreteaplease on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What do I do with this toddler?

Parenting a toddler: what should I know? What are your tips? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Dec 31, 2012 - 36 answers

I thought diapers were supposed to, you know, actually contain the pee.

Is everyone changing diapers at 3am and I just didn't know about it? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 1, 2012 - 36 answers

Should foxglove be removed from a garden used by a toddler?

Should foxglove be removed from a garden used by a toddler? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Jul 2, 2012 - 18 answers

When you gotta go...

How can I help my 4-year old get over her new fear of public toilets? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 10, 2012 - 34 answers

Help me not screw up my kid!

Please tell me about your toddler's difficult questions. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jun 7, 2012 - 20 answers

What are some science experiments that would be fun (and impressive) for a 4 year old?

What are some science-y experiments that would be fun (and impressive) for a 4 year old? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Jun 5, 2012 - 34 answers

Car seat for a Mini convertible?

My husband loves his 2007 Mini Cooper S convertible, but also loves his 3 year old, 38" tall, 30 lb daughter. We're hoping to bring the two things together with the perfect car seat. It needs to be easy to get into for the kid, harness (as opposed to seat belt) preferred. Have any actual real-life Mini owners made this work?
posted by nkknkk on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

My best guess is that the Very Hungry Caterpillar is really terrifying.

Toddler nightmares: what helped you calm the shrieking beast? [more inside]
posted by sonika on Apr 9, 2012 - 35 answers

Business trips when you have a toddler at home

How do you make business travel as painless as possible when you have a toddler at home? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jan 18, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm too exhausted to know where to vacation.

Where should my family with 2 toddlers travel for week-long vacation in June based out of the Mid-Atlantic? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Jan 10, 2012 - 4 answers

I need mind-blowing books about parenting!

I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jan 10, 2012 - 27 answers

Hey, I don't really want to hug her, either.

Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 29, 2011 - 46 answers

Movies for the very young and the very immature

Movies that I can watch with my two-and-a-half year old, that both of us can enjoy? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 21, 2011 - 45 answers

Terrific, not Terrible, Twos Party

Help me throw a birthday party that doesn't suck for my soon-to-be-two-year-old. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Sep 28, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me not be such a neurotic freak of a mom!

Do I need to calm down A LOT, or is it okay to yell until I'm hoarse in the hopes of keeping them safe when my little kids create such out-of-control craziness? [more inside]
posted by minx on Sep 18, 2011 - 45 answers

Can you help us get our kid to go back to sleep?

Can you help with our toddler's sleeping problems? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Sep 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Good ways to deal with a toddler who hits

How to deal with a toddler who hits? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jul 31, 2011 - 28 answers

Hey, I'm "Reading" Here!

Toddler Zizzle doesn't like being read to, but he likes to "read" books on his own. Should we make more effort to read to him, or is this okay for now? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jul 23, 2011 - 16 answers

How does a French immersion school work?

What will our experience be like in sending our kids to a French-immersion school? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Mar 14, 2011 - 17 answers

His Name Even Means Curly Headed

My two year old son has really curly hair. How do we brush it so he's not traumatized? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Mar 7, 2011 - 42 answers

My kid is bored and I am frustrated.

Is it fair that I ask my 2.5 year old daughter to play independently? She wants me around to do *everything* with her and I feel like she should at least be able to occupy herself alone for a few minutes at a time. I need guidance and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 - 49 answers

What documentaries for a 2-year-old, like Babies?

Documentaries/movies like Babies for 2-year-old? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 26, 2011 - 7 answers

How do you get toddlers to fall asleep in the same room?

Trying so hard to figure out how you get two toddlers to share a room and it's HARD! [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag on Jan 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Activities for a sick toddler needed

I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Nov 22, 2010 - 41 answers

How do I cheer up my MIL? And how do I prepare my son for the worst?

My mother-in-law's lung and lymph cancer is spreading. Outlook is not good. I would love some ideas to cheer her up or show solidarity. I would also like resources for when the inevitable comes and I have to explain to my three-year-old why he won't ever see his grandmother again. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 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

Help me introduce my peanuts to peanuts.

My kids are now 2 yrs and 7 months and we're going to be introducing them to peanut butter for the first time. Their pediatrician says it's safe. If you have direct experience with this can you please tell me at what age you introduced your kids to nuts and how it went? I'm specifically trying to figure out what possible allergic reaction warning signs we should be looking out for and how we should react to them. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 28, 2010 - 34 answers

Toddler wants to stand in the bath... ?

My (toddler?) 16 mo old son has developed a new habit at bath time: standing. While he has been a little hesitant to go walking solo outside the tub -- inside the tub he has suddenly become enthralled with the idea. Any suggestions on how to handle what has become a standing.. sponge bath? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Sep 10, 2010 - 22 answers

Books About a New Sibling for Toddlers?

Are there any good story books for toddlers that might help explain the arrival of a sibling? [more inside]
posted by pb on Jul 22, 2010 - 18 answers

Did we break our kids?

We took away two of our sons' pacifiers last week, and they're significantly crabbier. Can we help them get back to their old (relatively happy) selves? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jul 13, 2010 - 9 answers

How can a serious person learn to be playful with kids?

I am generally serious, practical, logical and introverted. How can I learn to be lighthearted, playful, and entertaining with young children? I'm afraid I'm boring and unimaginative. Also I've forgotten a lot of kids songs and games. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 24, 2010 - 40 answers

Two teenagers and a toddler - recipe for chaos?

How difficult is it to raise two teenagers and a toddler at the same time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Car vs Train vs Plane with toddlers

Least stressful way to transport a family from London to Toulouse? Car vs Train vs Plane! [more inside]
posted by Joh on Apr 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Who is ultimately in charge of my son's overall health care treatment?

Multiple doctors and specialists for a toddler--but no one seems to be overseeing his treatment as a whole. Who is supposed to be my main source of information when he's having immediate, severe health issues? [more inside]
posted by Lullen on Apr 7, 2010 - 12 answers

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