March Playgroup

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March Playgroup
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 4:16pm

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Registered: 02-11-2009
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 6:53pm

Loving hearing everyone's check-ins! Hey, I have a question for ya'll...

QUESTION about toys in cribs...

Do you/did you when your LO's were still in cribs leave toys in the crib for them to play with when they wake up or are putting themselves to sleep? I feel like this is a stupid question but lately I've been putting a toy or two (making sure it's a really safe one to play with without supervision) in their cribs with them and when they wake up from naps or in the morning I can often hear them through the monitors playing with the toys and babbling... it usually gives us an extra 10-15 minutes before we have to go get them which is helpful. I can't really see any reason not to have the toys in there, but I was just thinking how I didn't really know baby protocol on this subject and wondered what others have done/thought.


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Registered: 07-15-2004
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 7:14pm
Andi, this is something we did with Simon once we were comfortable with him being able to control his body and such and were not worried as much about him suffocating.



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Registered: 04-22-2006
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 7:36pm

32 posts already?? It's the 2nd, and I'm already behind! LOL!

Name: Alyssa

SO's Name: Kyle

Baby's/childrens name(s): Evan

How old is/are the LOs: 16.5 months

Any new milestones or fun stories: He's walking a lot more and loves to say "moo" for EVERYTHING! Oh, and he can do (peg) puzzles! It's pretty cool - he has figured out two in the last couple of days. One with 5 pieces and another with 9.

Words that you find saying most often to your LO(s): No!

Favorite part of March: My birthday, that I get to go to a conference (which means a hotel room to myself!)

What’s your favorite indoor and outdoor activity?: At the moment...Indoor: reading, playing with Evan's toys like blocks and puzzles. Outdoor: going for walks.

It's funny reading the responses to the "words that you find saying most often" question - seems like we're all in the same boat!

Also, I'm so jealous of the overnight thing! DH and I have been away from the house/family separately, but never together. It's tough because we have no family in town and getting a babysitter for overnight is really expensive at $10/hour.

Andi - I think it's completely fine to have toys in their crib now that they can move and sit up reliably.

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 7:53pm
Andi, I totally do that! I usually do it before he falls asleep. For nap times, I leave him in his bed with a bunch of story books and I can hear him from the next room playing and "reading", and then, when I don't hear him anymore it's because he just fell asleep surrounded by books. (extremely cute if you ask me!). Besides, if it is safe toy and it's working for you, who cares about "baby protocol"?... Sometimes I feel everything we do to/with our babies is ruled by some "higher power" of baby experts and it stresses me out so much!!!


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Registered: 12-28-2005
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 8:20pm
mari - the wedding planning is NOT going right now, because i still don't have a job. :( and rob's mom is still a pain, but i'm a little more laid back and tolerant of it now. it's hard because i feel like she's overreacting about all this...she's constantly behaving as though she's walking on eggshells around me, like she's afraid i'm going to be the bitchy DIL and take her precious grandson away from her, when i've made it clear that i'd never do that and even if we can't bring tad out to visit very often, she's welcome here any time, just let me know. it's still irritating when she comes and screws up a lot of progress i've made with him as far as eating or picking up toys or using certain words goes, but what can you do? i know she disapproves of a lot of my methods, but whatever. she had her chance with her own kids. she also has an annoying habit of buying everything she sees for him, which is really frustrating considering how small our place is, but i've pretty much given up talking to her about it. goodwill is going to LOVE us, lol.

ella - that sounds absolutely amazing. i hope you have fun! i got lucky because tad was STTN pretty consistently by the time he was 6 months old or so. the only time he didn't was when he was sick or had a particularly exciting day.

andi - i don't know what protocol is as far as this goes...i think maybe it depends on the baby? anyway, tad is still in his crib till his birthday (then i'm converting it to the toddler bed but putting one of those rails on it, so it'll be a soft transition, lol), and he has a lot of stuffies in there that he likes. he also has his favorite blanket and a sheepskin to lay on. once in a while, when he goes to bed (or just down for a nap) he'll want to take one of his little cars or his little toy thomas engine to bed with him and i usually let him, because he doesn't put stuff in his mouth the way most babies and toddlers do. he never has. when he was younger, he had a mobile that he used to play with. it had music buttons that he could reach. anyway, i think if you're making sure the toys are safe and it gives you a few minutes to wake up before your feet hitting the floor, it's definitely worth it. especially with two of them to juggle, lol.

alyssa - "moo" was tad's first animal sound. he used to moo at everything too, and still moos for some things. "moo" is his standard greeting to dave when he comes in the door every evening!

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Registered: 06-03-2011
Fri, 03-02-2012 - 10:34pm

Name: Jessica & Mike

Baby's/childrens name(s): Gabriella (Gabby) 18.5 months

Any new milestones or fun stories: She is learning her animal sounds - maeow for cat, moo for cow, a raspberry for an elephant and she knows them when you ask her. She is also starting to give us signs she is ready for potty training. She even put her pants on today and with a little help (very little actually) she got them up over her butt

Words that you find saying most often to your LO(s): lately it's been "use your listening ears" and "Your walking feet". They do that at daycare, so I have been starting it and it seems to be helping.

Favorite part of March: Not really a march fan....but for this March I am hoping our house will be done :)

What’s your favorite indoor and outdoor activity?: For me I LOVE reading and I love golfing or kayaking. For something with Gabby, we LOVE to play blocks and play on the swings outside.

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Sat, 03-03-2012 - 7:48am
Carly, I'm sorry that the wedding planning is on hold... I really hope you get a good job soon! As for the grandma issue... We've all been there!!! Even my MIL who is a good person and usually very respectful of other people's choices tends to do exactly those things you say!!! I swear, most of Fede's baby outfits and toys were bought by her!!! It made me feel like such a boring mom!!! And she was usually messing up with my choices about food and stuff. (Thankfully in the meantime SIL's baby girl was born, and now that her attention is divided, things got a lot better!) In her case, I expect things must be a lot worse... Just try to be patient!!


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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 2:09pm


Name: Suzie

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-Suzie :)



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Registered: 03-29-2008
Sat, 03-03-2012 - 2:54pm

Overnight discussion- Congrats to the ladies who are getting their first!

-Suzie :)



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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sat, 03-03-2012 - 3:33pm
Happy 2nd birthday Greyson!

I am right there with you on the baby fever Suzie. I feel it increasing by the week, I swear. I have a baby shower to go to next weekend and I'm sure that's going to send my fever through the roof! I too am trying to remember the benefits of a 3 year gap.

Congrats on the potential new job!! Less lesson planning is always a good thing! I teach over 30 sessions a week and with no previous curriculum to work from and no school events going on, some weeks I really struggle to find something to teach!

And thanks for your advice re: my maternity leave dilemma. I'm still waiting for the final word from the lady who handles it.