Your Questions About Baby Care

Mandy asks…

Best toys for a disabled/partially blind baby?

My daughter’s 1st birthday is coming up soon (April 2nd) and I have absolutely no idea what I can buy for her that she would be able to use and play with. She’s severely disabled, can’t walk, sit up or grasp objects and is partially blind, so most of the toys that are made for babies her age are a little too difficult for her. She can’t see lights very well, but can hear. She loves being talked to and listening to music, so I’ve been trying to find toys that light up and play music. But it needs to be something that can be activated by motion or that she would be able to activate by hitting it with her hand. So far, I haven’t found anything. If any parents of disabled children have any suggestions, they’d be greatly appreciated.

The Expert answers:

This Piano might be good for her. All she needs to do is kick it she can also hit it as well and it plays music:
Also there’s this:

Just a few suggestions. You could also maybe get her one of those play cell phones.

I hope that I helped you at least a little.

Michael asks…

6 month old loves toys?

my 6 month old son has really started to become interested in toys and things around him recently. it is so much fun! i unwrapped all his baby toys, washed them and got them ready for play today. is it ok to simply lay all of his age appropriate toys next to his play mat and let him choose which ones he likes? every morning i let him roll around on a blanket/ play mat and i figure i’ll just add the new toys to the mix by arranging them around the mat. i know it sounds silly, but i am really excited to see him play with them. this should be fine, right? thank you!
soilt: that would be fine if he wasn’t only 6 months…

The Expert answers:

:Yes i do that each day for my baby he is 5 months old and he usually crawls to the toy he wants try not to however over-stimulate him too fast just try a few and swap them every couple of weeks to keep him entertained. My husband often says I enjoy toys more then our son lol.

Maria asks…

At what age should my puppy have lost all it’s baby teeth and have it’s adult teeth?

I have a 9-10 month old Bichon and I thought he had lots all his baby teeth. He was just playing with his toy and I noticed blood. He had a tooth hanging out and quite a bit of blood. Doesn’t seem to be in pain, but I’m concerend becasue Ithought his baby teeth would be out by now? Any suggestions?

The Expert answers:

Usually by four weeks of age puppies get their deciduous teeth, commonly known as baby teeth. Beginning around three months of age, the deciduous teeth are replaced by the bigger and stronger permanent teeth. It takes an additional three to five months for the permanent teeth to replace all of the baby teeth. Occasionally, the permanent teeth do not erupt immediately under the deciduous teeth, and therefore, do not force the baby teeth out. When a dog has both an adult and baby tooth at the same site, it is referred to as a retained deciduous tooth. In the dog, this usually occurs with the incisors or upper canine baby teeth. If you have any more questions you can check out the sit this came from it is hope this can help

Charles asks…

Is it normal for a 4 mo not to grab things?

Baby books say that by 4 months of age babies are very interested in toys and like to reach for objects. However, my 4 mo girl does not do that! She does watch her mobile or toys I dangle in front of her, but never tries to reach or grab them. Is it normal? Should I be concerned?

The Expert answers:

Babies go at their own pace. Does she grab your finger? Or face? If you’re truly concerned call your doctor. The books aren’t always right. Give doc a call if worried. Better safe then sorry. But, she could very well going at her own pace. Good luck!

Lisa asks…

Suggestions for ways to not baby my toddler?

I have been thinking lately that I baby my 19 month old and it is starting to bother me. I think part of it is that he was a very mellow baby and then a late walker – so when he abruptly decided to walk around 15 months we just ran around creating a little baby-proof haven for him. Now that he’s 19 months old he’s showing constant signs of frustration (which is normal, I know) but I think part of it is that he’s developed a LOT over the last few months and we haven’t adapted.

I hear about things that other toddlers do his age (help cook, for example) and I get this stab of guilt – I should be encouraging him to engage more with our day to day life, not just as a passive observer or a baby surrounded by toys. I’ve started trying to encourage him to help dress himself (when he’s interested) but I’m looking for more things to do with him -specific things. So if you have or had a child around that age, what sorts of “bigger kid” things did they do and help with? If you cook with your toddler, how do they help? Just looking for thoughts about what is age appropriate and safe, but still a tiny stretch to help him and me get past this not-a-baby-anymore slump we’re in.

The Expert answers:

When we had my daughter’s half-sister “help us cook” at around age 2, she’d mostly just get things out of the fridge or stir the ingredients up. Occassionally we’d let her try to dump a premeasured ingredient into the mixing bowl; might not go well at just 19 months, though.

My daughter’s younger than your son but she helps with the laundry. She loves to take it from the dryer and put it on our bed, to put the dirty clothes she takes off into the hamper, and to take what I’ve folded to the appropriate places (like to her room or putting kitchen towels into the drawer they go in).

Oh and she likes to try to put away the groceries, too.

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