Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sometimes Babies Give Weird Signals

I know I've talked before about how a baby signals you when she needs to go to the bathroom. She might turn red, or start grunting, or if you've taught her sign language, she might even start signing that she needs the potty.

But every baby is different, and sometimes, babies just start doing things that are downright weird. For example, I have noticed that when my daughter crawls under our desks and just sits there, that means that she needs to go use the potty. Now, maybe it's not so weird. Maybe she just knows she can go there to get my attention if I happen to be on the computer.

The point is, be on the lookout for unconventional signs that your baby needs to go. It might seem weird to you, but there's a good chance that from your baby's perspective, it makes perfect sense.

I could also do a related post about how it might seem perfectly logical to your baby to start peeing on certain objects because they are potty-like, but that's another story for another day.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

IPT During The Stomach Virus

There is definitely a time when disposable diapers have an excellent function: when your family has the stomach virus. My daughter (now 1) got it first, and so we decided to put her in a diaper since we figured she'd get diarrhea. Unbelievably, throughout the whole cycle, she didn't have a single accident. The diapers were a great ease to my mind though, which is important. (Side note: if you are EVER feeling stressed out about infant potty training, switch to disposables to give yourself a break! You might find that you only need an hour or two to get your batteries recharged!) I was surprised that my daughter actually fussed and refused to "go" in the diaper; she waited till I could take her to the potty.
The stomach bug is not fun at all. My son (3 1/2) and husband woke up at midnight very sick, and I feared I'd be next, and I really had no idea how I could handle it all. So, I started to pray. I also went to my medicine closet to get these:

Unfortunately, I had misplaced one of the Sea-Bands. They worked wonders for me when I had morning sickness with my two pregnancies. They also really help my sister who gets carsick. So what was I to do? Well, they say necessity is the mother of invention, and I found that to be true. The way these Sea-Bands work is by the principle of acupressure. The pressure point in your wrist apparently can be manipulated such that you don't feel nauseated. So, I tried to quickly figure out a way to replicate what Sea-Bands do. They fit pretty tightly, so a scrunchie wouldn't work. Here's what I ended up doing:

First, you have to find the pressure point. Take your first three fingers and place them starting at the bottom of your hand, thusly:

Next, take two dried white beans (or any other small round object) and place them on the point.

Lastly, take some masking tape and tape the beans to your wrist. The tape needs to go all the way around your wrist in order for there to be enough pressure on the pressure point. Use your judgment as to how tight to get it. You don't want to be in pain, but you do want the beans pressing into the point.

That's it. It'll do in a pinch. And if you find yourself feeling queasy when you don't have beans and masking tape, you could always just press your thumbs into each wrist's pressure points.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Infant Potty Training: Sometimes, a bit frustrating

Lest I mislead anyone, there are times when infant potty training is less convenient than traditionally diapering a baby. Well, maybe.

Take last night for example. We went out to eat with some friends, and our girl kept acting like she needed to poop, but wouldn't. I took her to the restaurant's bathroom, and she pooped a tiny bit. Normally that means she needs to do a lot more, but for some reason, she wouldn't. After getting back to the table, she continued to fuss, so I ended up taking her out to the van to give her an opportunity to use the Potty On-the-Go. She refused to go, but did nurse a whole lot. Usually when we are going out, I nurse her right before we leave, take her to the potty when we get to our destination, and then we don't have to think about a pottytunity until we are done with eating and heading home. However, during a growth spurt like the one she's going through now, potty breaks are a little more frequent, and it can seem like infant potty training is more of a burden than traditional pottying...

But then I consider that with a traditionally diapered would be "going" just as often as a baby who does IPT. Thus, then there would be just as many "interruptions" since you should ALWAYS change your baby after she wets/soils her diaper. (Though some parents don't. Ew.)

It's tempting when you're doing something different (like practicing infant potty training) to think that the grass is greener on the other side, that traditional diapering is so much easier. But then I think about that short period of time when we took a break from IPT with my son when he was 6 weeks old. That's when I remember that infant potty training is much much more convenient (and so much more hygienic!) than traditional diapering.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Journey To Independence

As I mentioned in my last post, the thing we're going to be working on now, since we basically have our girl potty trained is to become independent. Of course, until she's a bit older she'll need help with things like wiping and dressing, but I really want to encourage more independence. I just bought a book called "We Help Mommy" at a consignment store last night, and as I was flipping through it today, I noticed that the little girl and boy in the story are probably 3 or 4 years old. The kids undress/dress themselves, make toast, help make the bed, dust furniture, mop, sweep, help with laundry, put groceries away, make sandwiches, set the table, help with doing the dishes, help with cooking, and put their toys away. This book was written in 1959, and it seems that things have changed since then. Nowadays, parents don't complete potty training until age 3, and some are training even later, with Kindergarten being the absolute deadline....

The question then is whether it's better for kids to be independent later or earlier. I understand the temptation to protect children and baby them. But is it really a positive thing for the child? Kids are becoming less and less independent, and surely that has repercussions on our culture. (This also makes me think of how my generation seems to want to rely on the government, instead of themselves, for success) Is this trend of late potty training simply an symptom of the prevailing parenting trend wherein the child is in control?

What do you readers think? What were some methods you used to encourage independence with your little ones? (IPT related or otherwise!) The main thing I've been doing with our girl is to try to get her to walk to the bathroom. Sometimes she obliges me, other times she resists, and I'll admit that the majority of the time, I just end up carrying her.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Infant Potty Training At Age One Year

It's so hard to believe, but my darling daughter is turning one in a few days. If you're wondering what infant potty training looks like at one, then this blog is for you!

Misses: We have about 2 pee misses a week, but sometimes more if she happens to be teething. Last week we had a bit of a missy week with her waking up and peeing before we got her out of the bed. Poo misses are extremely rare, maybe once per month. It usually happens when I think to myself "wow, I can't remember the last time we've had a poop miss."

Independence: She's still very dependent on us realizing she needs to go and then taking her. This is partially my fault, because I don't have her little potty out where she could just walk over and sit on it, and also, I could be encouraging her to walk to the toilet, but I carry her instead. That's what we'll be focusing on in the coming weeks/months.

Frequency: She still goes about once per night, twice after waking, once after her nap, and then after feeding. We always give her an opportunity to go right before we go somewhere and before putting her in her high chair.

Potty Places: Her favorite by far is the padded potty seat, though she still will use the Potty on the Go, and the Bebe Jou potty when needed. We rarely hold her over the sink now, because she's 22 lbs, and that's a whole lotta baby to hold!

Sign Language: She does the signs for: all done, poop, daddy, nurse, please, bye, brother, fish, more, and dog.

If any of you are thinking about doing IPT but are afraid that it might delay development, consider that my daughter crawled at 4/5 months, and walked at 10 1/2 months. She's starting to talk, and interacts very well. And look at how cute she is!