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 »
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
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 »
The Parents’ room down the KMart end of the centre has been renovated and it is BEAUTIFUL! Read the rest of this entry »
Riverton Forum has recently been renovated and the Parents’ Room hasn’t been left out. Read the rest of this entry »
I have found that the best bibs ever are from Cotton On Kids. They are quite pricey, $9.95 each or two for $15, but they are thick and absorbent, have cute designs, and fit nicely around the neck with a press stud. I wouldn’t bother with any other cotton/thinner bibs. *On sale until 26th September 2011 – these bibs are only $6.97 each!
It is easy now to say what I would buy now for a new baby, but in the beginning it was very tricky. There are SO MANY products on the market and as all first time parents want to have the right equipment at the right time, it can leave one feeling very confused and uncertain. Especially when everything is so expensive :/ So after 14 months, there are a few things I’d buy if I could go back in time – or next time around (I will add to this list as I remember things!) Read the rest of this entry »
With three colds in the past two months, our Hippo Deluxe Steam Vaporizer
has had quite a work out. The back of it got a bit scaly so we decided to buy a new vaporizer and went for the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer (because our local chemist had it, and it was on sale for $49.95 including the Vicks Vapour liquid and a Baby Vicks rub). Read the rest of this entry »
As I’ve been thinking about what I was doing this time last year A LOT lately, I thought I’d write about the hospital bag: what I found handy, would have found handy and what others told me to take! Keep in mind I had a winter baby. Read the rest of this entry »
These little cups were another gift from my fabulous cousin who has just moved to Perth from Dublin. She has four beautiful children and knows all the tricks of the trade when it comes to things like this!! Read the rest of this entry »