I was at a crazy, child-filled, Chuckie Cheese lunch today with some good friends, when I was asked a great question: "My 3 month old isn't rolling over completely yet, but I worried about her sleeping during the night. She moves away from the wedges we put her in and I concerned that she's going to roll over, get stuck on her belly, and not be able to turn her head. What should I do?"
Kennedy at 4 months, when she first learned to roll over.
That is a huge concern! When you your baby to bed, instead of laying her in the wedges, put her up against the side or the back of the crib (facing the way she typically likes to roll), then put a wedge on the other side of her. If you don't have a wedge, use a long folded blanket up against her. This will act as a barrier if she tries to roll. Swaddling her tightly will help her feel secure and she won't move around as much.
When the baby learns to roll over on her own, she'll chose to sleep on her back or roll over to her belly. Remember to remove all wedges, blankets, pillows, comforters and plush from the bed.
If you are still worried about the baby, remember if the baby rolls over during the night for the first time, she will fuss. It's not a comfortable or familiar place for her. I would give her more tummy time each day. She'll gradually build her muscles and learn how to support herself while she's on her stomach. Once you see her doing that, it'll ease your mind.
Kennedy slept on her belly from that day on.
My final thought on this is: If you are REALLY stressing and having anxiety about this situation, put the baby in a pack and play in your room so you can keep and eye and ear on her. When you feel better about her abilities to roll over, return her to her bed in her room. This is your child, that you are determined to keep safe and healthy. You have to do what you're comfortable with and what feels right to you. Trust your instincts. You are being a great, attentive mom.
Why should Mom be stuck cleaning up all the mess???
Everyday, my playroom is cleaned up by the teamwork of 3-4 toddlers, so one of the most popular questions I get is: How do I get my child to clean up their mess?
1. Give a warning that clean up time is approaching about 5-10 minutes ahead of time.
2. Stay in one room and give them a specific job. For example: Colton you clean up the blocks. Kennedy, you put the books back on the shelf. Mommy should have a job too. I believe it's important to teach team work. If your child wants to chose their job, that's great. Go with it. They're more likely to do it if they feel they have some power in making the decision on what they want to clean up.
3. Set a time limit 5-15 minutes at max. The longer you drag it on, the less likely the kids are to continue to help.
4. Make it a game or a race. Play music, have fun. Keep the mood light. You're kids will want to participate with you.
5. Lots of praise. Remember, these are young children. It's not going to be a perfect clean up like mom would do. Give them lots of "great jobs" and "at a boys" to boost their self confidence.
6. Rewards for doing the right things. Since she's a little older, Kennedy gets time on our computer to play games. Colton gets stickers, a piece of candy, or an extra book read to him, etc.
Remember, there are tons of other things you can integrate cleaning habits in your everyday life, such as having your little one put their plate in the sink after they finish eating and throwing their laundry into the hamper while they're getting dressed. Starting cleaning habits early will help reduce the mess in your house, as well as, teach your kid's responsibility.
If there's one thing I hate, it's the fact that I can't clean the mildew out of my kids' bath toys. YUCK! After throwing tons of money down the drain on bath toys, I came up with a simple and effective solution...use what you have on hand!
My kids have a blast using things like measuring cups, bowls, and empty shampoo or soap bottles. (Just make sure to rinse them out before using in the tub.) Travel size containers are perfect for little hands to grab, and they're pretty easy to replace once your little one wears them out. Most plastic toys (like Little People) can join in the bathtime fun as well.
This is a great way to keep bathtime fun and interesting without emptying your wallet!
Pictures of my sweet Kennedy in the tub - it's hard to believe she was ever so little!