Saturday, January 24, 2009

I Want a Happy Toddler!

The other day I was listening to my current favorite podcast, Pregtastic. Yes, I still listen to pregnancy related podcasts even though I am no longer pregnant. I really should be listening to something else, but I still have about 60 episodes to catch up on!! Anyway, the last show was an interview with Dr. Harvey Karp, author of Happiest Baby on the Block and, now, Happiest Toddler on the Block. After hearing that his toddler book was on dvd, I immediately went to my Netflix queue and added it to the top. Yesterday, the dvd arrived and I watched it while Jordan was at daycare.

Let me tell you, this stuff WORKS. Jordan usually throws a big tantrum when I put her in her crib at night. She lets me brush her teeth, change her diaper, read books, turn off the lights fine, but as soon as I put her in her crib, major meltdown appears. So last night I applied Dr. Karp's techniques to my daughter and what do you know, it worked!!! Moments after starting, Jordan stopped crying, laid down in her bed, and said "bye mama". Voila, tantrum ended!!!

I am sure Jordan will give me plenty of opportunities to practice this weekend. But at least this time I am armed with valuable techniques to tame my toddler.


On a side note, I would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Jaxon, who turns the big 2 today. He is the first of my labor buddies' babies from to turn 2. I can't believe how fast time is flying by. Anyway, I hope Jaxon had a wonderful birthday!! We're sending our love to him and his family.


Michelle Lynn said...

OMG I must get that book! What did it tell you!?!?!?!

katiebear said...

The basic principle is that toddlers are like cavemen and you have to speak on their level to them instead of reasoning with them during tantrums for them to calm down. So the book/dvd teach you how to do that. It feels silly to do, but works! I haven't read the book, when do I have time to read?? But the dvd is only like 35 minutes long.

Dani said...

OH I'm going to put that on my Netflix list right now!!

Cassidy is fine for bed, it's diaper changes and wiping her off after dinner when she turns into a terror.

Irishembi said...

I have resisted this DVD/Book for some perverse reason (something to do with that whole stubborn/bullheaded thing LOL!) but I think I may check it out. Meredith's not so tough, but it will work on my little Caveman Jamie!

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Michelle Lynn said...

Picking up the book on Monday! All I do is read while Josh is gone, might as well make it something worthwhile!