Toddlers can be very frustrating to parent. They want something, they scream, you give it to them, they still scream. They actually don’t know what they want, so what is it they need? Why the meltdowns? Here’s a hint, it’s something a lot more essential than a new toy or an ice cream.
A while ago, I wrote about how the second pregnancy was different from the first.
Now that the baby is here, I can tell you about what it’s like going from one child to two. My son was 16 months when our daughter was born, so he’s still a young toddler.
I have included some tips I found helpful for introducing the toddler to the new baby. This is my personal story as someone with a partner, so if you’re a single mum, you may have a much harder time with two. Here we go…
Don’t you just hate when your child starts screaming in a shopping center and everyone turns to look at you?
Are you torn between doing something to pacify the child to take the onlookers attention off you, and holding your ground as you know you should to curb this behavior permanently? Despite your knowledge, do you often choose the former option anyway for fear of judgement?
Sending your baby off to daycare can be emotional and nerve-wracking. It’s hard to trust strangers to care for your little one, but at the same time you need to work, get things done and get some alone-time or time with other adults so you don’t go insane.
So, how do you choose a good daycare which will care for your children well? What are the most important things to consider?
I am sure there’s a lot of people who don’t like the idea of cloth diapers, particularly the toweling kind as opposed to the new modern ones. I chose to diaper my baby the old way.. I hate spending money on things that I know I’m just going to put in the garbage. It seemed senseless to me to be buying something that my child is only going to poop/pee in and then needs to be thrown out. I also didn’t want my sons first legacy to the earth to be a mountain of landfill. Yeah, I looked into the overpriced “biodegradable” diapers, and I have some bad news. If you’re putting them in the garbage and sending them to landfill, you’re not doing the environment any favors. there is not much decomposing going on in landfills due to lack of airflow. Those of you who know about composting will know that airflow is essential for efficient decomposition. if your heap doesn’t get turned, it will stink and decay very slowly. No matter what goes into a landfill, it’s not going to breakdown any time soon, so, unless you’re composting those biodegradable diapers yourself, you’re essentially paying more to only feel like you did something good when in reality you’re still contributing to the problem.
When I looked into cloth diapers I wasn’t expecting it to be easy, but it was something that I wanted to do anyway. I can say now I’m so glad that I’ve done it, and it’s not as difficult as I expected. It is well worth it for the saved money, the lessened environmental impact, and not having your child suffer with nasty diaper rashes caused by synthetic materials and the moist, non-breathable environment that disposable diapers create.
Here’s my top reasons to choose cloth…