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  • My step-daughter started eating solid foods fairly late, I'd say she was around 10 months. I don't know what all she was fed, but I know she ate a lot of apple sauce and I think that was her main food besides milk at that time.
  • I think that's a tough call. I think it needs to be a mix of as many of those qualities as possible, however I'd probably prioritize it this way: 1. How close they are to me 2. Financial 3. How close they are to my children 4. Similar values T…
  • My step-daughter as far as I know has been clearing the table and rinsing her dishes (or putting them in the dish-washer) since she was 6. In general she's a little spoiled so for most people I think having more complex chores by that age is normal…
  • I think men learn best by example and they're usually not very inclined to learn from a woman, so yes I think it's important for them to have friends who have similar interests, goals and situations. If they have a bunch of friends who aren't fathe…
  • My stepdaughter was around 4 when I'd take her to grocery stores and she would take items and put it under her shirt, squat and drop it to the floor, saying she "egged it". It took me a while to understand what she was doing but it was really cute!
  • Making healthy desserts like oatmeal cookies, fruit crisps and baked apples keep their sweet tooth satisfied and actually gets some good food in them. Also if they will eat soups and stews there's all kinds if healthy things you can add in. Chili …
  • I think people should try to not discipline other people's kids unless they are given permission. Even then I think the best thing to do is tell the parents what happened and let them handle it unless its an emergency.
  • How did your so feel about you hiring help though? 1happymom? I'm a little nervous about what my so expects me to be able to do after the baby is born.
  • @1happymom said: We have the kind that projects stars on the ceiling. The boys love it. That sounds fun. I might even want one in my room?! I might be a big kid but it sounds like a great way to fall asleep!
  • Yes, it is a job interview! I think often people forget that doctors are hired and can be fired and replaced. I think if you ask questions you'll know how to hire the right care provided for you.
  • Actually a lot of companies now look at social media accounts and do internet searches on prospective employees. They could project judgement onto someone based on what they see online without even intending to. It sounds like its safer to not sha…
  • Good point momma5931. Do you remember how long the night light phase lasted?
  • You can find cheap housekeepers willing to come once a month. Its worth your peace of mind in my opinion. Finding a babysitter is more difficult and depends on your needs but people put babies in childcare as early as 6 weeks.
  • I didn't see my stepdaughter often at all in the first few years. I never thought she didn't recognize me but now it makes sense that she didn't realize I was the same person each time. My advice would be to show pictures, do videos with him and ta…
  • There could be problems with drawing attention to your children towards people who might prey on children. Another thing is that it might make the children uncomfortable if they don't know the pictures have been posted and someone recognizing or sh…
  • I think that sounds great happymom. I'm sure your boys will have great memories and appreciate your hard work when they are older also it might be possible to find abother single mother to switch or trade time with for working, family time and alon…
  • That sounds like a great remedy! I was sick a lot as a baby/child. I don't know how I got better but I did up until I got really sick and found out I had severe allergies and asthma.
  • There are little baby toothbrushes that you can slip your finger into. It's very gentle on the gums and might actually help with teething(I can't be sure). I didn't realize brushing for babies was a thing, but I actually saw more than one type of …
  • There are some very popular baby soaps and products that while they were popular for a long time have a lot of pretty bad chemicals in them so people don't want to keep using them anymore. It seems to me that people are more interested in using org…
  • This reminds me of a video I saw today, it has some f-words thrown in there but it's pretty funny. It's about a mom who wants to go out and she's texting with her husband who doesn't know what to do with the kids when she's gone for just a few hour…
  • As of now I have a lot of savings. My plan is probably to start working from home or part-time when the baby is around 6 months, but I don't know for sure how it's going to work. A lot of women I know have stayed home for many, many years but I fe…
  • I'm creating a space within our room for the baby. We will be co-sleeping, but we also have a bed for the baby when it gets older. I'm not necessarily worried about getting it all finished right away. I don't know the gender of the baby and I gue…
  • I did not struggle we decided to become pregnant and within one month I was. I actually kinda changed my mind a few weeks later, but then I found out I was indeed pregnant. I am 29.
  • I don't think I would trust anyone to stick needles in me! I don't like taking blood tests even and I took only the one that was mandatory at my prenatal appointment. I would look at any other way I can to ease pain other than needles, although I …
  • I don't remember who told me anymore, a doctor or a midwife, but it was recommended to read to the baby everyday. There are also certain sensory games they are supposed to play to help them get fine motor skills. It's good for them to do things wh…
  • I am having a difficult pregnancy. Morning sickness, dizziness, blood pressure and blood sugar issues, but my tests have come back fine, however feel weak and sick all the time. I also have a lot of practice contractions.
  • In the U.S. you don't get any child benefits unless you file for child support because you don't live with your child's father. You can get on government medical if you can't afford your own medical or you can apply for welfare if you don't work or…
  • I really don't see people using strollers a lot unless they have multiples or 2 small children under the age of 2 or 3. I have a stroller but it is the kind made for an older child so I'm not going to worry about getting one to suit an infant.
  • I don't have any stretch marks, but I have read that it is related to genes. I actually saw a woman with a bunch of stretch marks at the pool and I have to be honest I thought they were beautiful. It's not that I am jealous and want stretch marks,…
  • I'm planning to breastfeed. I read a great book called the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, it is a great book and I highly recommend it, even if you decide not to breastfeed. There's a lot we don't often hear about it, so it's great information and …
  • I am not paying attention to how much weight I am gaining. I'll look at it after the birth. I am really working hard on trying to manage stress. I am trying to eat healthy, but also not to worry and obsess over the numbers. I also plan to give m…
  • No, I never really thought of planning when, maybe I'll try that next time around. This baby will be born in fall. It is very difficult being pregnant during summer. Maybe next time I will use natural family planning to get pregnant during the su…
  • I feel my relationship will need to recover from this pregnancy. It's hard to find the time to be alone but I definitely think it's really, really important. I feel like everything right now is about preparing for the birth and first few months, a…
  • I honestly can't remember having an experience like this with my step-kids or any kids I've taken care of.
  • I've seen some baby swim classes. I wanted to be certified to teach it but never got around to it. I think you first just teach them to float on their backs when they go under so they learn water safety first. I think instinctively we know how to…
  • I think I would like to have a few more after this one. I grew up surrounded by big families and I really prefer that. I think 6 would be the maximum for me though, including my step kids.
  • I was raised vegetarian and it suited me really well. I wouldn't eat meat as a kid and my parents went to doctors trying to see what was wrong with me. Eventually they found out it's actually not so bad. Lots of cultures actually do have traditio…
  • My parents had me really young. I didn't want to end up I the same situation because they warned me so much about that, but I feel in some ways like I may have waited too long. Most of my friends had kids from either really young to early 20's. I…
  • I have really enjoyed taking prenatal classes. I feel like it has helped me just during the pregnancy and of course, I look forward to using my new skills during labor, but I am very glad I did. There are different types of classes, so maybe some …
  • I don't smoke, but my dh does. I would like to see him quit, but I know it is difficult, especially if you've been smoking for awhile. Washing hands and brushing teeth after is a good idea though! I'll suggest that to him.
    in Smoking Comment by teachingmom July 2017
  • That's a great idea. I am not sure what kind of music I want to listen to, but I know singing really calms me down and helps me to stay as low-stress as possible.
  • I have a name in mind, but when it comes down to it I think I'd like to wait until I see the baby and their personality first before deciding.
  • A lot of people in my family, including myself are allergic to cow's milk, so I learned a lot about breastfeeding. I used to take care of a lot of children too. I've heard of giving them cow's milk but I haven't heard of diluting it. Usually I've…
  • Hello, my name is Era, I am expecting my first and a step-mom to two. I'm 30 from Georgia.

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