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Forum: Child-Led Weaning   06-20-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 808
Posted By CalBearMama
My older DS was 4 when his brother was born.  I...

My older DS was 4 when his brother was born.  I tandemed until DS1 was almost 6, with DS1 nursing only at bedtime from the time he was about 4.5.  DS2 is now 4.5 and nurses at bedtime, most...
Forum: Child-Led Weaning   04-11-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 653
Posted By CalBearMama
My sweet 4-year-old DS2 nurses every night at...

My sweet 4-year-old DS2 nurses every night at bedtime and every morning (assuming I'm home at those times).  He loves it and shows no sign of giving up either nursing session.
 
My DH is convinced...
Forum: Child-Led Weaning   05-14-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 930
Posted By CalBearMama
I have a couple of suggestions that might make...

I have a couple of suggestions that might make nights easier:
 
1.  Helping your child go pee in the toilet/potty at the first waking.  I learned about EC when my DS1 was 10 months old and was...
Forum: Child-Led Weaning   05-12-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By CalBearMama
I have had similar issues with my DH trying to...

I have had similar issues with my DH trying to push weaning at various times.  I mostly just kept on doing what I felt was right for my kids, without engaging too much or arguing with him.  Every...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-18-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By CalBearMama
Just one suggestion that no one has mentioned -...

Just one suggestion that no one has mentioned - take off his diaper and let him pee in a potty / toilet / bowl / bottle. My older son woke up constantly until I learned about EC when he was about 10...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-04-2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 766
Posted By CalBearMama
Quote: Originally Posted by GoldmanBaby09...

Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldmanBaby09 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15135717)
I sometimes wonder when I hear other...
Forum: Elimination Communication   03-04-2010, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 733
Posted By CalBearMama
I use the same system at home and while...

I use the same system at home and while traveling - a wide-mouthed bottle (I use a vitamin bottle, but Gatorade bottles are about the same size and shape). It enables me to hold DS in my lap, latch...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-25-2010, 09:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,465
Posted By CalBearMama
There are two things that help me, and both of...

There are two things that help me, and both of them involve a flashlight . . .

1. If DS won't settle down and sleep in the middle of the night, it often means that he is uncomfortable because he...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-26-2009, 08:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By CalBearMama
We EC as well (we started with DS1 because of...

We EC as well (we started with DS1 because of really restless sleep). The best night-time arrangement I have found so far for a boy is to sit up at the edge of the bed, pull him into my lap and...
Forum: Life With a Baby   09-13-2009, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 437
Posted By CalBearMama
Sounds normal to me for a non-ECed baby (like my...

Sounds normal to me for a non-ECed baby (like my older son was until I learned about EC when he was 10 months old). I personally find the sleep patterns of an ECed baby (my younger son) much more...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   09-04-2009, 06:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Posted By CalBearMama
All of my Japanese friends nurse very openly,...

All of my Japanese friends nurse very openly, regardless of where they are, so I'm sure you'll be fine. My best friend from Japan just visited us and nursed her 18-month-old several times without...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-13-2009, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By CalBearMama
Both of my boys have slept longer stretches when...

Both of my boys have slept longer stretches when they've been given opportunities to pee in the potty/toilet. When I'm lazy and don't get up to potty the baby, but instead just nurse him back to...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   08-11-2009, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By CalBearMama
I find that when my baby (7 months) is more...

I find that when my baby (7 months) is more tired from a long day, he will sleep longer stretches and not awaken so easily during the night. So perhaps when you're holding the baby and watching TV...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   05-20-2009, 05:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 439
Posted By CalBearMama
Quote: Originally Posted by weehasu...

Quote:
Originally Posted by weehasu http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13793251)
DS is 4 yo and still nurses along with DD (2...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-08-2009, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By CalBearMama
I have two sons - 4 years old and 2 months old....

I have two sons - 4 years old and 2 months old. DS1 slept with DH and me in our bed until he was 3.5. Then he started to want to sleep in his room, but only if I would sleep with him, which I did...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   03-08-2009, 04:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,302
Posted By CalBearMama
I'm no expert, but it's my understanding that...

I'm no expert, but it's my understanding that LLL leaders are supposed to stop any discussion of CIO that anyone tries to start at a meeting. So the fact that the leader herself suggested it is...
Forum: Parenting   11-06-2008, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,106
Posted By CalBearMama
My DS had to have a fairly large and...

My DS had to have a fairly large and fast-growing mole removed from his leg when he was 2.5. We explained the entire procedure to him ahead of time - that we would put medicine on it first to make...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   10-23-2008, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 742
Posted By CalBearMama
That brings up another good point. I have always...

That brings up another good point. I have always seen nursing as a very valuable tool in my parenting toolbox, especially during the tumultuous toddler years. Why deprive yourself of the ability to...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   10-22-2008, 08:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 742
Posted By CalBearMama
You could tell him that the American Academy of...

You could tell him that the American Academy of Family Physicians says that children weaned before two years of age are at increased risk of illness. It doesn't matter whether your child's "purpose"...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   10-22-2008, 08:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By CalBearMama
I don't know how long I dry-nursed DS, since he...

I don't know how long I dry-nursed DS, since he only told me after the fact that the milk had been gone (I couldn't tell). I believe I started producing colostrum around 20 weeks, and DS has been...
Forum: Family Safety   10-15-2008, 03:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 549
Posted By CalBearMama
Do you know how you go about getting that 10%...

Do you know how you go about getting that 10% discount for being a MDC member? Also, does anyone have any thoughts about whether it is worth the extra money to buy a latex mattress rather than an...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   09-25-2008, 03:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,481
Posted By CalBearMama
Knowledge is your friend. Even if you don't take...

Knowledge is your friend. Even if you don't take a birth preparation class, just knowing what your body is doing during labor helps immensely. If you know generally what to expect, it won't scare...
Forum: Family Safety   09-25-2008, 02:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By CalBearMama
My son is almost four, and his carseat has...

My son is almost four, and his carseat has always been in the middle of the back seat in our Volkswagen Passat. We have a new baby due in January, who will initially be in an infant seat, and then...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-24-2008, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By CalBearMama
Quote: Originally Posted by lizajane30...

Quote:
Originally Posted by lizajane30 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/12245589)
Can I ask how you did this? Our doorknobs...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   09-23-2008, 08:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By CalBearMama
My DS is almost four, and we're in the process...

My DS is almost four, and we're in the process of gradually transitioning me out of his bed. The first step was making his room and his bed a place that he really liked and enjoyed spending time. I...
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