Babies - Slings, carriers, more ideas

Using MFW Preschool & Pre-K Packages, as well as occupying babies and toddlers while teaching
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Ariasarias
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Babies - Slings, carriers, more ideas

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Thank you baby sling!!

I just want to thank those that have suggested using a baby sling. I am definitely not one that is sold on attachment parenting, but this sling has really helped me. I have dd6, dd3.5, and dd1. The one year old is such a mommy's girl. I have done lots of things to train her to play on her own and the such, but there are times during the day that she just needs to be in my arms. It is typically when I am in the middle of mopping the floor or explaining a new math concept or cutting up onions for dinner. I finally tried the sling. She did not like it at first, but has learned that she will get to be by mommy's side if she gets in it. Today I even mopped the floors with her on my back. She loved it, and I got my work done.
Thank you so much for your advice. And those with little ones, please be encouraged -- there is hope!! :)
Nicole, wife to Claudio since 1996, and mom to dd (2000), dd (2003), dd (2005), and ds (2009).
cbollin

MFW K & 1st, MFW science

Unread post by cbollin »

jtcarter14 wrote:I have been searching... Is there a good thread or two on here with advice on how to have school with a baby around?
I would look in the archives under Preschool. here's the link to that section.
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewforum.php?f=2

Another idea is to listen to MFW workshop about Occupying Toddlers while teaching others-- either order it from MFW or perhaps if you have time to listen via stream (not download), try here for David's talk in 2009
http://hche.org/Mp3.jsp?id=945&SectionID=3

My youngest was a hand full. those days are a blur to me. She was a very miserable baby with many issues. I had her in a sling to do anything. I sometimes had her upside down in my arms (she liked that position) and taught just enough....

in the kitchen, it was high chair and ice cube, or mashed potatoes all over her face. but in her high chair, at the table she was with us and the older sibs dealt with it too.

I did lessons with older kids while youngest was in a swing (indoor and outdoor!). She had severe sensory integration issues.....

and there were times that we did evening school or weekend school when dad was around to do something to help

it gets better as they get older......

-crystal
jtcarter14
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Re: MFW K & 1st, MFW science

Unread post by jtcarter14 »

Thanks for that link to the workshop! Are there any others? It's very encouraging to hear something like that, even on a different topic.

The high chair is a good idea, too!

Thanks,
Jessica

Ds (9) Started ECC 10/09
Dd (8) Started ECC 10/09
Dd (born 5/19/09)
cbollin

Re: MFW K & 1st, MFW science

Unread post by cbollin »

here's the link to the CD's of MFW workshops that MFW sells
http://www.mfwbooks.com/workshops.htm

I do know there are some others on that same site from the other link. I'm trying to strike the balance between helping people hear the talks and not taking business away from their CD sales... so. take a listen and buy one later? (giggle) But definitely if anyone goes to convention -- be sure to attend the workshops in person too. (is that on the fence enough for all needs? good)

(I know the links say 2007, but they are from 2009 based on the age of his grandchild in each of these)

this one is "family ministry"
http://hche.org/Mp3.jsp?id=968&SectionID=3

This is the Combining Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unit studies in a Christian perspective
http://hche.org/Mp3.jsp?id=1005&SectionID=3

Exposed Isolated Insulated
http://hche.org/Mp3.jsp?id=1008&SectionID=3

and one of my dh's favorites of David's talks.... Working Dads can homeschool too. good one for dads to listen to. it's guy to guy. and even football :)
http://hche.org/Mp3.jsp?id=999&SectionID=3
(I love his intro on that one... Totally agreeing with you David about that "tv product" amen. amen amen and were you really THAT bad in the grocery store with your oldest? LOL this is a fun version of this workshop so far....)

and one more
http://hche.org/Mp3.jsp?id=973&SectionID=3

-crystal
afelton
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MFW with infant

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faithschool wrote:Hello all!
I am new to this message board and this is my 2nd year using MFW.
I have an 11 yr old, 6yr old, 4 yr old and a 2 month old. We are doing Creation to Greeks this year and my 4 yr old is doing Kindergarten.
This is my first year homeschooling with an infant, and I need ANY advice I can get! My 2 month old is also VERY colicky and needy. I am stressing so much over how I am going to school this year because I am very much involved with the MFW...and that is how I WANT to homeschool. I am terrified though!
Any tips?
Do u have a moby wrap or other carrier that you can keep your baby close but still do school with the others. That's what I did. HTH.
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faithschool
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Re: MFW with infant

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Yeah I have a Moby and a front carrier and he isnt too fond of either :/
Thanks!
NJCheryl
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Re: MFW with infant

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I have a 7 month old. He was born in December and I was in the middle of a school year with a Ker, 3rd grader and 6th grader. I used the baby k'tan carrier and it was very helpful. Also remember that sometimes, "the baby is the lesson." If you google that you will find a blog entry someone did about the subject and it is so true. Your children will learn so much by watching and helping you care for an infant. Truthfully, I wish I had stuck to my own advice a little more and hope to do so this coming year. I felt the need to complete everything on the grid each day, but I wish I had relaxed a little more about it. The babies grow so fast! Our day may take a little longer due to the interruptions, but the interruptions are such a blessing!
afelton
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Re: MFW with infant

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Regarding the moby, I found that my fourth did better if I tied it looser. Also, keep trying. Sometimes they will like it better later. Also, does your baby like the swing? Just another option. I also agree that the baby can be the lesson. Great point.
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lea_lpz
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Re: MFW with infant

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I used an Ergo and my son lived in there until he was like 15 months. He could even nurse in that thing! I didn't hs but did have an active 2 and 5 year old to run after.....just a suggestion of carrier types. The Ergo was my best baby gear invesent ever!
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faithschool
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Re: MFW with infant

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Thank you all for your replies!
I will keep trying the wraps and carriers. And yes we have a swing. He actually has stayed in it a few times this week! :) But prior to this week,he wasnt a fan.
I just get so overwhelmed wondering if I am gonna be able to work it all out!
mommaklee
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Re: MFW with infant

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How 'bout a bouncer?
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Christine4512
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Re: MFW with infant

Unread post by Christine4512 »

I just wanted to write and tell you I empathize with you! My fourth is also very high spirited and needy. She is 17 months old now and honestly she is no easier. Sorry. But I do totally get it. She wasn't terribly happy in any sort of carrier. Sometimes I could get her in a pouch type sling facing forward like http://www.taylormadeslings.com/instructions.html (just the first link I found for a picture of the position. I don't know anything about those slings). She finally got used to the Ergo and will tolerate it when we are out, but doesn't care for using it at home. (and she hates strollers and shopping carts.) Sometimes I'll put her in it if I *have* to get some housework done.

Last school year when we started my boys were 2nd, k and 3 years old and the baby was 6 months. We moved September 1 and I didn't get a lot of school done last year. I was unpacking here and there for months and just overall overwhelmed. The baby didn't start sleeping through the night until she was about 9 months old.

I recently read an interview with Susan Wise Bauer along these lines. She said to stick to language arts and math. That would be my advice. That is how I got through the last couple years. You could also go to the library and let your 11 year-old pick out books on history and science that interest him/her.
http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/05/ ... -days.html

I don't know what is going to happen this year. When she is awake, she either wants to be held in arms, nurse or get into mischief. :~ I started Adventures and K last September. I am thinking of just dropping that and having the 1st and 3rd grader do the rest of Adv together on good days and doing age-appropriate LA and math during naptime in the afternoon.
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at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
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