Need help re:Lifting restrictions with a toddler in the house

Amy - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am 14 weeks pregnant and have an 18 month old at home. I was having some bleeding and was advised to rest as much as possible, although not put on bed rest, and to limit my lifting including that of my daughter. I'm looking for words of wisdom from other mommies who have been advised similarly. I can modify the changing diapers and dressing location, but what about the crib and high chair?

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Katherine - posted on 02/09/2011

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get the booster seat that is attached to a kitchen chair. We used this with our daughters when she was 1 and hated the high chair, plus it makes them feel apart of the family when eating. She is 18 mon so she should be able to climb up in it with a childs stepping stool infront of the chair. Like the ones used in the bathroom so they can brush their teeth and wash their hands and so they can reach the faucet and stuff
The crib well I would let your husband do it at night if at all possible. If its for nap time let your 18 mon crash on the couch or whereever the child falls asleep. My girls both crashed while playing I grabbed blanket and covered them up.
I dont think 18 months can climb safely into a crib.
You could also have your 18 mon old sleep on your bed if it doesnt require her to climb to high and just surround her with pillows or blankets to keep her from falling off.

Cyndel - posted on 02/08/2011

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I agree with Jennifer,
also i would change clothes/diapers on the floor, your bed, or on the couch where she can climb up.
Also if she can't climb into her high chair, invest in a seat that attaches to a normal table chair, I got one at walmart for $15, there are some a little more expensive but much more comfy I plan on getting a better one for this child, but we litterally only had $17 and we needed one immediately so I bought the cheep-o and it worked great, my son could climb in and out of it by 16 months.
Now would also be a good time to move her to a toddler bed so the crib is ready for the little one when s/he arrives. It'll be harder on her if you wait until the baby is ready for the crib to move her and she becomes jealous of the baby because she is not over 'home sickness' when the baby is needing the crib.
I'm sorry about the restrictions, I hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2011

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by 18 months a child should be able to climb up (with help if it makes you more comfortable) into their high chair. And since its only limited lifting instead of no lifting, you should be fine picking her up out of her crib only after naps and bed. Or switch to a toddler bed so she can crawl into it too....My son was in a toddler bed at 13 months. He can put himself into his highchair and his carseat..I am now 25 weeks pregnant and haven't had many issues with not lifting him since I let him try stuff on his own like that..of course I'm right there just in case :)

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