Bulk of the advice I followed came from Jo Frost’s Confident Toddler Care (Great Britain, 2011), as well as that from work colleagues who have all gone through toilet training either recently or many moons ago. And of course, the mums in my Mothers’ Group :) I was on the lookout from the weeks around Lucy’s second birthday for any of the signs that she’d be ready for toilet training. Jo Frost (2011, p.178) notes 3 signs:
1. Nappy after afternoon nap is lighter – control over the bladder.
2. Tracking how much and when liquid is drank – for how long can the bladder be held
3. Hearing all about it – “I’ve done a wee!” or when it’s happening, or after it’s happened. Read the rest of this entry »
So, 2012 was quite a busy year in the end! I managed working 2 days a week with keeping the house and a growing toddler. In fact, I could easily say that 2012 was MY year. I had the routine of life down pat (with a little bit of spontaneity thrown in!) So this poor blog fell by the wayside. New Year’s Resolutions then…. Read the rest of this entry »
I have recently discovered these wooden puzzles with pegs from KMart. They are $3 each and have the picture of the piece on the board (which I like as it helps Lucy develop her problem solving skills by reducing her frustration factor!). There are capital letters, numbers 0-9, farm animal, jungle animals and transport – from what I saw. Lucy loves them and they are the right size to store in a large snap lock bag. And for $3, you can’t go wrong!
Lucy working on her puzzles
Banana, coconut and choc chip muffins
I found the most delightful muffin recipe on
yesterday. It is such a fantastic source of recipes, I am on this website most often around 3pm as I try to decide how to jazz up my menu planned meal! This recipe requires a few “out of the ordinary” cupboard items, but you can stock them up and make 36 mini muffins. Freeze them, serve them as morning or afternoon tea, or use them as lunch box treats for the whole week. Read the rest of this entry »
We went to have lunch at Damien's work, but I hadn't brought anything for her. I even forgot her drink bottle. But we improvised and asked the cafe for a takeaway cup of milk with a lid and straw - instant sippy cup! Lucy tried my salad wrap but wasn't a fan.
Here I have compiled a list of all my ideas for lunches for babies from 6mo onwards. Depending on where you are at with breast/bottle feeding and other solids, pick and choose what is relevant for your bub! Also the combinations are endless. Read the rest of this entry »
East Perth Playground
Opposite from the Queen’s Gardens in East Perth is a little playground. It is completely fenced off, shaded and has soft fall on the ground. It is a beautiful little playground as it sits underneath some fabulous trees and is surrounded by a beautiful lawn. Read the rest of this entry »
Lucy and her friends at Kadidjiny Park
This outdoor space is amazing. There are picnic benches, grassy spots, paved areas and soft fall. There are plenty of sand pits – however not all are adequately shaded so ensure you bring a hat and sunscreen! The playground is completely fenced off, however children can climb up the rocky embankments around the slides and for small, adventurous toddlers I see this as quite dangerous. So it’s definitely not a drop-your-kids-off and sit with a book (if they’re young). If they’re primary school aged, then I think this would be very much ok – depending on your child of course. Read the rest of this entry »
A friend has just asked me about Dreambags and the seasons in Perth. So below I will outline what we put Lucy in and when. Read the rest of this entry »
Here I have compiled a list of all my ideas for breakfasts for babies from 6mo onwards. Depending on where you are at with breast/bottle feeding and other solids, pick and choose what is relevant for your bub! Also the combinations are endless. Read the rest of this entry »