Goodbye Nappies……Hello Underpants

He’s only gone and done it!

After my last post about how hard i was finding it to potty train Oliver, he has decided himself to grab the bull by the horns and go for it, not only has he been dry for the past two weeks during the day but he has also been dry throughout the night too!

I’m so proud of my little boy, I really thought we wouldn’t be able to be dry by the time he started nursery. He was being very lazy when he was wearing underpants and would almost always wet himself in them, I think I was changing him about 3 times in one hour on some days. We still use a nappy for night time but they have been dry, he is even waking me up in the middle of night asking for me to take him to the toilet.

A few weeks ago It seemed like the days of not washing out wet clothes was never going to end! During the week, I used to drop Oliver off at his childminders in the morning wearing his underpants with a liner in them and when I picked him up at the end of the day the childminder would always hand over a bag full of wet clothes, telling me that he had an accident and she had to put him into a nappy because he had run out of spare clothes to wear. At the weekend, we used to have the odd accident when he had a nap but I would constantly ask him if he wanted to use the potty but we still had a few accidents, where he was just too lazy to pull down his trousers and pants and go on the potty. He never even used to tell me that he wet himself either, I would only find out once i picked him up or noticed that suspicious wet mark around the groin area.

During the February half term, I decided as I was off work that it would be the best time to just go for it! No more nappies! As soon as Oliver woke up I would put him on the toilet, then I would get him dressed into clothes that he chose, especially his own choice of underpants. The rest of the day I asked him every half hour if he wanted to use the toilet, he soon got used to the idea of using the toilet and soon began to unlike the feeling of walking around in wet underpants. We spent a few days away in a hotel and at Nannies house and we forgot to take the potty, so now Oliver has got used to using the toilet like the rest of us, he won’t even sit on the potty no more.

Oliver now asks to use the toilet when we are out and about, during the night and just before bedtime, it has now become a routine for him rather than weeing in his nappy.

We carry a bag that Oliver packs himself, inside it are 3 pairs of underpants, spare trousers, socks, wipes and some dry like me liners. The bag goes everywhere with him, to the childminders, to the park, to the shops and it even goes into the car if we are going for a drive.

I am no longer picking Oliver up from his childminders and receiving a parcel of wet clothes and my washing pile has gone tenfold, now I can buy a new carpet that was promised to me, by Paul, once Oliver was dry 🙂

Thank you for reading my post 🙂

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I’m going Potty

For the past few months we have been potty training Oliver, he is now 2 and a half years old and will be starting Nursery in September so he needs to be out of nappies by then. Oliver knows how to use a potty and has done since he was a year old but has become too dependant on wearing a nappy.

When he isn’t wearing a nappy or any underpants then he is perfect at using the potty but when he is wearing something then he will not ask to use the potty, he has become lazy and will just use the nappy. My other two children were dry by the time they were 2, maybe it’s because I am now in full time work and am not at home during the week days to get him into some sort of routine, but whatever the reason we now need to buckle down and get him used to asking for the potty when he is wearing his clothes.

He has a potty at his childminders house and whenever we are indoors we take off his clothes so he doesn’t need to take down his pants and he doesn’t even have to ask for a toilet as he can just go off upstairs to where his potty is kept and use it. He has become very good with using it this way but I now need to get him wearing underpants and to asking when he wants to go.

What we have done so far:

  • Bought two potties, one for upstairs and one for down stairs
  • Praise him for whenever he uses the potty
  • Given him stickers
  • Encourage him to go first thing in the morning and whenever he has a drink
  • Bought Dry Like Me pads to line his underpants (absorbent gusset shaped liners)
  • Let him chose his underwear (he particularly likes Thomas the Tank engine ones)
  • Cut down on his Milk so he’s not drinking so much of an evening and first thing in the morning
  • Bought him a special bag that he can carry on his back which we put his nappies into so he carries them himself
  • Take a spare set of clothes with us everywhere for those little accidents
  • Use Mio Bambino reusable training nappies for indoors and on short journeys
  • Use pull up pants when on long journeys
  • A potty at the childminders for him to use
  • Encourage him to get himself undressed, so that he can get used to pulling down his trousers and pants

These are all things that i have done with other two children, but with Oliver it seems that the process of potty training is going on a bit longer! I introduced a potty to Oliver at a young age and he has always been interested in using it, but sometimes he screams to be able to wear a nappy.

As I sit and write this, Oliver has just stopped playing on his tablet and ran over to his potty saying “I need my potty!” He does this independently quite often, more and more each day, but it’s getting him to take off his pants to do this when he is wearing his clothes.

Any ideas on how to progress in his potty training would be appreciative, thank you.

Hopefully my next potty training post would be a completely dry post 🙂

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Dear Santa! A letter from a 2 year old

Dear Santa,

I have been a really good boy this year for Mummy and Daddy, I do have the odd occasion where I may just play up a little bit but they are just learning curves and I say sorry afterwards! Well I heard Mummy talking to Daddy last night whilst i was laying in my bed pretending to be asleep (Sshh! don’t tell!) about what to buy for me for Christmas and they was talking about buying me a toddler tablet, which yes I would really love to have but It’s not what I really need, so here is my list:

1. I love to play with my Mummies hair, it helps me get to sleep and I always need it to comfort me when i am upset, So please may I have A wig of her hair so I don’t have to play with my own hair

 

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2. Mummy asked me the other day what I wanted from Santa and I told her that I wanted a Motorbike, she laughed at me obviously thinking that I didn’t know what I was talking about but she’s wrong, I really do want my own Motorbike! When we was on holiday in the Summer I had to park my scuttlebug next to a Motorbike, I was SO embarrassed! It made my bike look small, so to stop any future embarrassment I think owning my own motorbike would be awesome

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3. Last year I was filmed for an advert for Cow & Gate and I got the chance to play in a recording studio, I didn’t think much of the instruments that they put out for me and the other children to play with but I absolutely loved banging my shoe onto the recording mixing desk and I would really like to play on one again. So I would like Santa to bring me one of my own so that i can mix up some tunes and have some more fun with some more of my shoes

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 4. I would like a very big hall for me to run around in as much as I want til my heart is content. When I sit with Mummy when Joseph is at Gymnastics, I get to run and play in the hall and I love it! I get to do my roly poly’s and run around the edges again and again, sometimes resulting in Mummy asking me to calm down, but how can I? The hall is huge! And I just want to run.

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5. An Ikea trolley would make a perfect substitute for a bed and I personally find them really comfortable, much to the fact that, whenever we are shopping there, I fall asleep in them. I don’t think Mummy will mind if I put it into the bedroom, would she?

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6. One last item that would really make my Christmas Day would be a bottle of milk! I love the stuff! Mummy wants me to get rid of it but there is no chance that it will happen in the near future! She tried to tell me that you, Santa wants all of my bottles and that I have to leave them for you on Christmas Eve, but i don’t believe her! Well she will have a shock when she learns that you have sent me more lol

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If I receive my gifts, Santa, I will love you forever! I promise that I will continue to be a good boy and strive to be the best that I can. I will leave you one of my half eaten chocolate bars (it will make Mummy happy as she normally finds them under the sofa) but please put the wrapper into the bin when you have finished as she will not be happy otherwise.

Love forever

Oliver

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Win a Tommee Tippee Animal Antics Sports Bottle 12+

Tommee Tippee have launched a new collection of decorated cups to make drink time even more fun! The Animal Antics range consists of nine new characters each with a unique skill from podium balancing to tightrope walking!

The range of cups from the UK mums’ number one choice, tommee tippeee, is carefully designed to help baby develop drinking skills without the spills. The cups have the same patented non-spill easiflow valve for easy drinking and unique soft-flex spouts to protect gums. The Animal Antics cups are part of the tommee tippee explora range, which caters from 4 months to 3 years and includes cups, spoons, tableware and bibs.

The new characters are available across 6 cup types including 4m+ 1st transition cup, 7m+ beaker, 12m+ Sporty and 12m+Sports Bottle.

20131120-064400.jpgThe characters are:

NAME: Rory  TALENT: Podium Balancing  ABOUT: Rory has been balancing his whole life and takes pride is his performance. Rory likes to make lots of noise during his act, displaying his strength by roaring fiercely and shaking his mane. Rory.

NAME: The Tempo’s  TALENT: Singing   ABOUT: The Tempo’s are a bird and hippo musical double act. These two have been singing together for many years with birdies sweet voice complementing hippo’s dulcet tone to provide jazzy songs for the crowds to enjoy. The Tempo's.

NAME: Theodore  TALENT: Ball dancer   ABOUT: Theodore is the Master of Ceremonies and has the very prestigious task of introducing all of the acts. He is also a very talented dancer using a special star ball as part of his act and he always finishes with a loud and clear ‘TA DAH!’. Theodore.

NAME: Sarah  TALENT: Podium Balancing   ABOUT: Like Rory, Sarah is an expert balancer. She can take a run up and push herself up to jump and land gracefully on top of her podium. She is known for her elegance when performing and when the crowd applauds her she enjoys clapping her fins together. Sarah.

NAME: Ellie  TALENT: Tightrope walking   ABOUT: Ellie is the star of the show and the act the audience loves to see. When Ellie performs, she shows daring acrobatics as she tip toes across a tightrope that is suspended at a great height. Ellie.

NAME: Chuckles  TALENT: Juggling Unicycle   ABOUT: Chuckles is particularly clever as he is able to ride expertly on his unicycle and juggle at the same time. But because Chuckles enjoys having a good laugh he is always playing jokes that make him laugh so much he can fall off his unicycle. Chuckles.

NAME: Jazz  TALENT: Juggling   ABOUT: Because Jazz is a Panda, he has amazing climbing abilities and this has helped him become a great juggling artist. He is able to juggle more quickly than Chuckles and he also likes to juggle along to The Tempo’s lively music.Jazz.

NAME: Lulu  TALENT: Jumping hoops   ABOUT: Lulu is one of the great stars of the Animal Magic show. She is able to run fast and jump very high through hoops and is known for her lovely hair and costumes that she makes herself.Lulu.

NAME: The Tumblers  TALENT: Tumbling   ABOUT: The Tumbling family have been busy performing their remarkable pyramid for many years. The ants are able to build on top of each other to reach lofty heights then one by one they jump and flip and are caught by their fellow team-mates to safely land.The Tumblers.

We was sent two cups, one to review and one to giveaway to one of our readers. Oliver quickly chose the cup that he wanted, Theodore, the talented dancing dog. The cups are fun to look at, bright in colour and made to a high quality. Oliver loves his new cup and feels all grown up with it, just like his older brothers. His little hand fits just right around the bottle and after using it for a few weeks now I can definitely say that it is Spill Proof, we have had no spills from the spout and Oliver finds it easy to open and close it. It has witheld the odd drop to the floor and is easy to wash out using a bottle cleaner. He enjoys looking at the little character on the side and points to it saying ‘Doggy’. As the cups capacity is only 300ml it doesn’t get too heavy for the little ones when they are holding it.

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The tommee tippee® explora® Animal Antics cups are available at Asda priced £4.49 for the First Transition Cup, and £3.99 for all other cups, from 21st October 2013. They are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe and BPA-free. To find out more and download your colouring sheets for your chance to be in our 2014 Animal Antics calendar, please visit

www.tommeetippee.co.uk/animal-antics

If you would like to win A Tommee Tippee Sports Bottle with the Character Rory on it, please fill in the rafflecopter form below

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My Trendy Matalan Toddler

My boys love there clothes and like to choose their own outfits, sometimes changing their clothes more than once in a day to choose their mood and it looks like the youngest one has his own mind in what clothes he wants to wear too. Oliver is 27 months old and has a very big personality, he loves to choose what shoes to wear every day and he even tells me what coat he wants to put on.

A couple of weeks ago we was invited along to a Matalan Movie Club event in London where the children had their very own private screening in a small cinema of Finding Nemo, once the film was over the adults got to mingle with each other and chat over looking at a rail of selected ladies and childrens clothes. The boys tried on a few outfits and Jak fell in love with a particular jacket which had an aztec design on it

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Oliver was given by the PR a green coat, it has to be the softest children coat i have ever felt. The inside of the coat is lined with cream soft fluffy fur, the hood has a fake fur trim and is lined with a cotton tartan material.

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The coat makes Oliver look lovely and cuddly and even more important it keeps him as warm as toast. As the material is soft it doesn’t restrict Oliver’s movement so he can still run around at the park and have lots of fun in the winter months but still keep warm.

As the days are getting colder, what are your children’s favourite coats?

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