Deployment advice...?

Amber - posted on 08/07/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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So my husband and I have been through quite a few deployments, but this is the first one since we've had our daughter. She'll be six and a half months when he heads back to Iraq and I'm looking for creative ideas for her to still "know" her Daddy. I bought one of those books at Hallmark that you record yourself reading and he's going to do that. We thought about video taping him talking to her or reading to her that way too. Any ideas???

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Candi - posted on 08/08/2010

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My daughter was 5 months old when my husband went on his 3rd deployment. It ws a little different for her. Our other 2 kids had already been through 2 deployments, so they were a little easier to tlk to about dad. But I wanted our little one to "Know" him when he came back, so I printed pictures of him and had them all over the house. I even lamenated one for her so she could carry it around without messing it up. All of my screensvers were pictures of the family and when he called, I put the phone on speaker so she could hear his voice. He came home for R&R when she was 11 months old and she went straight to him and knew exctly who he was! As long as you have pictures of him and you speak of him often, she will know him. And once he comes back, after a day or 2, it will be like he was never gone. Babies have no concept of time, so you are lucky there!!

Lauren - posted on 08/10/2010

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They have a little bear that you can get for her that you can record his voice, saying whatever you want him to say...so you can press the button and play his voice whenever you want. :)

Joy - posted on 08/09/2010

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My husband left for Iraq when out daughter was 3 months. I got her a daddy doll, which she took everywhere we went. Also, while he was deployed he taped himself reading several books to her and talking to her, put it on a CD and mailed it home to her. We always used Skype as a way of keeping in touch. Continue to show her pictures and talk to her about her daddy. I hope this helps

Jeannie - posted on 08/09/2010

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You can have oneis made with his picture on it, pillows or pillow cases with his picture on it, hang pictures in her room, show her pictures of her daddy and talk to her about him.

Rose - posted on 08/08/2010

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Hugee miss u dolls.. (daddy dolls) each one of my kids had one and they loved having daddy with them all the time.

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SUZETTE - posted on 08/10/2010

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WHERE DO YOU GET THESE DADDY DOLLS? I'VE HEARD ABOUT THEM, BUT WHERE ARE THEY FROM?

Bernice - posted on 08/09/2010

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My husband and I bought labtops with built in webcams so when ever possible we would skype each other. That helped us alot especially with our kids.

Tia - posted on 08/09/2010

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My son oldest son was 6 weeks old when my husband left for his first deployment. We set up skype accounts and talked up there pretty much everyday. When the baby was 7 months old my husband got to come home on his 2 week leave and just by seeing him and hearing him talk everyday when my husband came in the house and spoke my son knew exactly who he was. Now my husband is being deployed again next year a month before our new baby's 1st birthday and I plan to do the same thing with him so that he'll remember daddy when he comes back home.

Jaimee - posted on 08/08/2010

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My husband began training when my baby girl was just 6 months, he was away for 12 months and she just saw the photos hanging in the house of him and she didn't forget him.
Your bubba won't forget her daddy, it's funny I thought mine would but she didn't!
Hope this helps you!
Jaimee from Australia!

Gretchen - posted on 08/08/2010

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my husband was deployed when my son was born. were afraid that the baby wouldnt know him so we signed up for a skype account online and almost everday i would hold our son up to the computer and my husband would talk to him and make faces at him. when my husband was finally home my son found him voice very soothing.... my husband has only been home two weeks, i think my son like him better then me lol

Catherine - posted on 08/08/2010

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They have free daddy dolls through ACS and your local YMCA may have Operation Kid Comfort. Local quilters make blankets and pillows (depending on child's age) with pics of the service member and child for free. I recently got my children's back (I have a 7 month old and 2 year old) and they love them. Those are a couple kid friendly ways to remember daddy I've found. Hope that helps!

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