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1  Parents' Lounge / General Parenting / Re: Nearly 16 month old with only 3 teeth!!! on: September 29, 2013, 06:31:13 PM
Thank-you all for your advice. Late teething does run in the family (both sides) to an extent..I had my first tooth appear at 13 months and my husband got his at 14 months but after the first..remainder started to come pretty quickly. I guess with my little one, the worry has stemmed from the health visitor plus with how slowly the three teeth that have appeared seem to be coming out.

Eating-wise, lack of teeth hasn't stopped my daughter from eating variety of foods.

At one stage, another mummy scared me by saying that she may have calcium deficiency!! But that isn't the case.

Thanks once again.
2  Parents' Lounge / General Parenting / Nearly 16 month old with only 3 teeth!!! on: September 29, 2013, 11:16:58 AM

I hope I have chosen the right board for this topic. My daughter is nearly 16 months old (my only child) but up until days away from turning 14 months..she hadn't got any teeth. Since turning 14 months, she's got one tooth in the front lower jaw and two teeth in the front upper jaw. At 12 months, the health visitor (we live in UK) said I should take her to the dentist as it's worrying that she's not got any teeth and not showing signs of teething either. That appointment with the dentist was the most useless appointment ever (not to mention frightening for my daughter)....he didnt tell me anything useful and the gist of the visit was - the teeth will come when they will!!!

Now at nearly 16 months, the tooth in the lower jaw has still not come up fully...we can see it's come out more than halfway, but not quite out fully. The top 2 are also not out fully but have come out more than the lower one although the lower one was the first tooth to appear.

Right now, all my daughter wants to do is bite everything in sight...including my husband & I....but we cant see any other tooth on it's way.

She's on the 75th percentile for weight and height. She's a very active and happy girl and generally has no issues.

I am getting really worried as to where are the rest of the teeth!!! What do I do? Am I being paranoid and worried unnecessarily? Also, how do I stop the biting?

I'd appreciate any advice or tips in this regard. Thank-you

3  Parents' Lounge / General Parenting / Re: How to boost up toddlers immunity? on: August 19, 2013, 11:12:01 AM
Sorry, just reviving this thread as I wanted to add things that we are doing with my 14 month old daughter.

- For vitamin C - we are giving her some acai berry powder + camu camu powder mixed with drinks or food
- Spirulina - we have included this as a part of her diet by adding it into a smoothie
- Fish oil - aside from eating oily fish at least twice a week, she has some fish oil
- gelatin (great lakes unflavoured kosher gelatin) - before bedtime she has a teaspoon of gelatin mixed in water. Whilst I dont know if this builds immunity or not, gelatin is good for health ( and it helps with digestion.

We cook food for her in avocado oil or coconut oil as it is high in 'good' fats.

My daughter is allergic to dairy, and we avoid wheat/gluten based products as much as possible. There's a small bit of gluten/wheat left in our diet (oats + wheat flour for making indian flat breads i.e. chapatis) but the wheat flour is a very small portion in order to assist with getting the right dough consistency for rolling them out.

We eat a lot of amaranth (including amaranth flour for flat breads), quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, millet etc. aside from as much organic vegetables/fruits as possible. I prefer using homeopathic medication as much as possible instead of conventional medication.

We had a tough time with my daughter in the initial 6 months since birth as we were dealing with reflux due to allergies towards milk which wasn't detected until she was 3 months and it took a while for her gut to repair. But she's hardly ever been 'ill' i.e. with flu/fever etc. and since turning 6 months and her gut being fully back to normal, we have never had to deal with reflux either. She's exposed to all sorts of oudoor elements - we don't stop her from exploring things, putting things in her mouth within reason etc. There was only 1 time at 9 months when there was an epidemic of vomitting bug in the UK which she picked up but even that went away within a week on it's own and she was active the whole time and happy most importantly.

We have included flax/hemp seed, dates, walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, sesame into her diet and that has also helped. M is a very active and happy girl and I feel all of the above has helped in staying healthy.
4  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: My mom has cancer! I need your help!!! on: June 27, 2013, 02:00:50 PM
I am terribly sorry to hear this sad news. May your mum's soul rest in peace. My sincere condolences to you & family. In this trying time, god is with you more than ever.
5  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: Do you have an Early Learning Buddy? on: June 25, 2013, 11:03:50 AM
Hi lzp11

I agree with you about the Facebook Group page as it's an 'open' group. I did think once or twice about whether I should ask if this group could be made 'closed' as then this stops any posts that members make from appearing on newsfeed but then wasn't sure how that would be perceived. I don't post pictures or videos of my daughter on the group page for this same reason - privacy & possibly being judged (by those outside of the group). If this was a closed group, then I'd definitely reconsider my stance in this matter.

I don't really talk about EL with many people as well...I tried to introduce BK to a couple of other friends (both personal and work friends) and didn't get a positive reaction or interest in a way that I had hoped. Of course every parent has to make their own choices on how to raise their child and I totally respect that but the reactions I also experienced were along the lines of me being absolutely mad. On a positive side, due to some of my posts appearing on people's newsfeeds, there have been those on my facebook friends list (that I haven't talked with in a long time) who have messaged me and said thanks for introducing them to EL because they have started utilising resources with their children. That I guess is positive karma in which I attribute towards my daughter..I'd never be here if it were not for her (and feel so empowered that I can influence her in so many positive ways and be her first and foremost teacher).

6  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: Do you have an Early Learning Buddy? on: June 24, 2013, 03:57:33 PM

There's a BK mom I have met through this forum with whom I exchange messages every so often and that's been great as she's also in the same city as me. I have been able to openly discuss with her about my daughter's progress and likewise she's told me about her son. That has indeed helped, although we haven't had a chance to meet as yet.

Locally, there's a mum with whom I have become good friends and through that friendship, I was able to introduce her (and thereby her son) to early learning which in turn helped with splitting costs towards the Tweedlewink DVD we do chat about our children's progress. However, I am not sure I am comfortable yet with openly talking about (or brag even) about my daughter's achievements/progress and not feel guilty or be told that I am bonkers!!!

I recently posted on the Early Learning Group page (on facebook) to share my immense joy with the progress my daughter has made since being born (she just turned 1 earlier this month) and it felt great that I could talk (write) about her with a group of parents who felt the same way in terms of raising their children. That was a small way, I could get some of my excitement off my chest and share with others.

I would love to meet more parents or speak over the phone/video-chat as there's so much to talk about, exchange ideas, get tips/feedback etc. and not just on early-learning but about kids in general.

7  Parents' Lounge / Coffee Corner - General Chat / Re: 7 Reasons to get ABC Roundup from MonkiSee on: June 24, 2013, 10:50:02 AM
Hi Krista

When would this be available to order? I wanted to order the DVD set from the US website as it seems to be working out cheaper than buying it within the UK.

Many thanks
8  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: You guys make me feel I'm under-educating my kid. Seriously. :) on: June 24, 2013, 10:40:00 AM
I felt that way (especially when I joined this forum) and do feel that way regularly. My husband & I both work full-time in demanding careers, therefore our time with our 12-month old daughter is more quality-based than quantity. She's looked after by a nanny who thankfully is just as keen to give our little one every opportunity to learn, grow, develop and so am able to ensure that she learns whilst at home and goes out as much as possible.

1) Money-wise, the biggest purchases have been the BrillKids package (including French & Mandarin). The next biggest purchase has been Tweedlewink DVDs (which thankfully, I was able to reduce the costs by buying the set jointly with another parent). We recently purchased a home-gym for DD to use (we are not DIY people when it comes to these things) and that cost about the same as the split-up cost of Tweedlewink. Other than that, it doesn't cost much (if at all) for the apps I tend to purchase through iPad (we had it before she was born, so I wouldn't say it's something we bought specifically for our daughter) and the local playgroups tend to be free for the most part and the paying ones typically around £5 per class per week.

2) I have only bought those which I have been able to test on my daughter before purchasing the full-pack to see if she has any interest. For apps on iPad I have looked up reviews before making up my mind.

3) I would definitely recommend the BrillKids stuff. I would also recommend Tweedlewink DVDs + Sparkabilities (app on iPad). Other than that, YouTube is brilliant to see lots and lots of videos for free :-)

9  EARLY LEARNING / Teaching Your Child - Other Topics / Re: Is there really such thing as "gifted"? on: June 24, 2013, 10:28:24 AM
There are those that simply have better aptitude towards certain subjects/interests e.g. some are simply more interested in music than others, so much so that they actually learn the subject in depth and hence do well in it. I do believe there is such a thing as 'natural' flair which may or may not be giftedness per say but for some people it's just simply easier to grasp certain subjects whilst for others it takes dedication/hardwork to get the same level of result.

If I do a comparison just between my husband & I, we were both brought-up in middle-class families, hard-working parents (in my case single parent) then I see that my husband has a natural flair for languages (something I simply do not have in the same way)...he picked up fluent reading/writing in /speaking in Russian within 3 months of living there...similarly, he's picked up German having worked in Germany for a very brief period. I used to learn German through classes and I'd say that I just wasn't as inclined and am still a basic level German speaker.

What do we jointly aspire for our 12 month old daughter - to be the best she can be, be happy, content and have a fulfilling life. That fulfillment may come from career aspirations, family aspirations, combination of different things etc.
10  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Should i nurse my tod while showing the lessons? on: June 21, 2013, 07:07:59 PM
Thx Tamsyn, I just wanted a view from one parent to another and so this helps.

11  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Should i nurse my tod while showing the lessons? on: June 21, 2013, 11:28:19 AM
Hi Tamsyn

We used to show all the educational apps/videos etc. to our daughter during mealtimes but this started off because she wasn't co-operative with eating and would need distraction (which we figured was best done through educational stuff as at least she learnt something in the process). However, I was subsequently advised that having distraction is basically creating a bad habit and that mealtimes should only be about mealtimes and nothing else and that child should eat without needing distraction of any sort. As a result, we stopped showing her stuff during mealtimes. She still plays up over meals every now and then (for e.g. she'll refuse to chew food that's in her mouth, or refuse to open her mouth altogether etc.) but we have now gotten to the stage where we don't need to specifically distract her to get her to eat. I would love to get views on whether it is indeed wrong/formation of bad habit of watching videos etc. whilst eating. Of course, we are able to use other (non-mealtimes) to teach her but indeed mealtimes would also be a good way of utilising time to learn (a la multi-tasking).

Many Thanks
12  Products Marketplace / Product Discussions and Reviews / Re: Baby's 1st birthday - any must-have toys? on: June 16, 2013, 07:26:50 AM
This is what we got for our daughter in the last couple of months and she's been playing with these comfortably (she's 1 year and 1 week old)

I am also looking out for interesting educational toys. Would love to get more suggestions too.
13  Downloads + Collaborations Discussions / General Collaborations / Re: Wouldn't you just love an 800 fact Little Reader Country Course? on: June 02, 2013, 09:12:53 PM

I'd like to contribute to this.

many thanks
14  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Brain building games suggestions? on: May 31, 2013, 09:01:02 AM
There's some lovely links and suggestions on this thread. Thanks very much.

Would anyone happen to know if Tangoes Jr was available through any online retailer within the UK? I looked up and found that it mainly retails in the US and so I'd be looking at additional shipping costs.

Thanks so much.
15  Parents' Lounge / General Parenting / Re: Book review: Calmer Easier Happier Parenting: Descriptive Praise on: May 29, 2013, 09:36:41 AM

Thanks for this thread, its been very helpful read. I have now downloaded the book as well. Coming from an asian background, praising one's child, has not been a natural thing for me, I was brought up with lots of comparison to other kids (mainly to spur me on to do bigger and better things) and also given criticism (constructive usually but not always). My husband & I want our daughter to grow up into a self-assured and confident young woman, spurred to do better because that's something she believes in and wants and something we encourage (not by comparison to someone else). Your review has given us some ideas, and I think it's just as valuable for a 1-year old.

Thanks once again
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