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Display Name: winivy
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Oops, I meant to type "my daughter" not "me daughter." I'm not a pirate.

How To Get Your Toddler's Teeth Brushed Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
2/25/10 11:57 AM

I tell me daughter that it's time to tickle her teeth, and she opens wide!

How To Get Your Toddler's Teeth Brushed Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
2/25/10 11:55 AM

Our favorite indoor activities are reading, singing, fingerplays (e.g. "This little piggy" etc), and coloring. But my daughter Winter also loves...

1) The indoor kiddie pool (a.k.a. the midday bath). I fill up the tub and let Winter splash to her heart's content. She also gets to play with all her bath toys of course. All the fun of bath time, minus the trauma of hair washing.

2) Office chair ride. I seat her in my office chair and spin her around -- a full circle in one direction, then a full circle in the opposite direction, and so on. This way she doesn't get dizzy.

3) Big ball bounce. I seat Winter on my exercise ball and bounce her around. Then I flip her onto her tummy and rock her back and forth.

4) Mommy bridge. I do a downward dog pose, but with a wide leg stance. Winter likes to crawl around underneath me. Sometimes the cat joins her and they chase each other around.

5) Sticky stuff. Sometimes I give Winter a cheap fridge magnet and she goes around trying to see where it can stick. I avoid this variation if she's tired though, because she gets frustrated if she can't get the magnet to stick to something. Sometimes I tape a piece of contact paper to the wall and cut out different shapes from construction paper so Winter can make a collage. She's really particular so she spends a lot of time arranging and rearranging the shapes, and luckily contact paper is sticky but not too sticky. Other times I put a bit of tape on the back of photos (usually photos of the cat) and Winter walks around sticking the photos to various objects.

6) Hide-n-seek. We take turns hiding behind the couch or whatever. Sometimes when she's playing by herself, she'll hide a toy, sign "I don't know" and then act all surprised when she finds it. Sometimes we walk around looking for the cat, who's usually sleeping in the linen closet.

7) Construction/demolition. We stack just about anything that's stackable to make tall towers, then we knock them over and start again.

8) Packing/unpacking. Winter likes to put things into containers, then take them out again, and so on. We do this activity with just about anything, but lately I've been doing it with Play-Doh. I make about a dozen little pyramids (so they don't roll if they fall off the table) and Winter packs/unpacks them one by one. It keeps her occupied after a meal while I clean up.

9) Playing doctor. We have a forehead thermometer that beeps and turns different colors depending on the temp. Winter loves it, so I take her temp, my temp, the cat's temp, her dolls' temp, etc. I also have some fun kiddie band-aids that we put on our make-believe boo-boo's.

10) Mini scavenger hunts. I ask Winter to bring me various things that fit a certain criteria ("Bring me something that goes woof!" etc).

11) Leaving the house. Just because you can't play outside doesn't mean you have to stay in your own home. We usually head to the library, which has a great children's room with lots of toys. Or we run errands (groceries, etc) and eat out. Or we go to someone else's house for a play date.

My daughter just turned 19 months, by the way. These are activities she's enjoyed for the past 3 months. I have so many more activities, but this comment is long enough!

5 Activities for a Young Toddler | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/29/10 04:49 PM

Once, when she was around 8 months old, my daughter kept signing "milk" while napping. She was making sucking noises too.

Another time, at 14 months, she woke herself up because was laughing so hard in her sleep.

Talking in their Sleep | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/28/10 02:48 PM

jamjaree -- You've sleep trained your cats?! Amazing!

Carrie, I hope you find a solution soon. Have you tried putting some orange or lemon slices in your water spritzer? Most cats hate the smell of citrus, so maybe this will work for you. Even my cat, who is the anti-cat (she loves sticky tape, will scratch anything with mesh fabric, and plays fetch), hates the smell of citrus.

Pets that Wake the Baby | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/6/10 12:44 PM

This is our dressed-up Ikea table/chair set, courtesy of my mother-in-law.

Ikea Latt TransformationFlickr Find | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
12/8/09 04:50 PM

I met my best mom friend in the parking lot at Walgreen's!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Survey: How Do You Meet New Moms?
5/29/09 11:24 PM

I'm Asian-American and grew up with a "no shoes indoors" policy. Before I had a baby, I didn't care whether guests removed their shoes or not, though most did when they saw the shoe rack in the foyer and noticed my bare feet. Now that I have a baby crawling all over the place, I'm a little more strict about the policy. I do warn people before they come over though, so they're not caught off guard with holey socks or stinky toes. My housekeeper also removes her shoes before cleaning. The one exception to the rule -- if I have a plumber or handyman coming over to fix something, I don't ask them to remove their shoes. I just clean the floors after they're done working.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Survey: No Shoes in the House Policy?
5/29/09 11:17 PM

bad economy my clutter = lots of charitable donations

i can't afford to give cash donations anymore but i know that my gently used (& sometimes never used) stuff can help a good cause. i donate about 4 to 5 boxes of clothing, small appliances, etc. to the vietnam vets of america (v.v.a.) every month.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Apartment Therapy On... Being a Pack Rat
5/19/09 10:10 AM