Category Archives: Health Care and Development

Toilet Training videos

Check out these videos I discovered and found really interesting if you to are toilet training your child.

It can be a frustrating time for you and your little on, so getting tips and advice can work a treat, and knowing you aren’t alone can be comforting too.

The video above is worth watching as it talks about Elimination Communication, which some may call potty training from birth, but there is more to it than that. Watch the video above to find out if this is for you.

I found another video by Mom’s a mess, about how she potty trained her two year old son.

We are still going through the process but we keep trying and I think by continuing to keep changing him even when he has an accident in the bathroom is getting the message, that the toilet is where you go now if you need a wee or a pooh.

I did worry constantly about him having accidents but I have come to realise it is all part of the process and I just need to be patient and allow my son to learn in his own time.

I hope you find these helpful. I also found some videos on Potty Training on Channel mum website.

https://www.channelmum.com/

Please if you have some tips and advice on Toilet Training then all information will be truly welcoming,

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Potty to Toilet Training

We have now decided to toilet train Henry rather than the Potty as it wasn’t going well and our son is still have accidents. We spoke to the Occupational Therapist who recommended the method to us.

When in doors he wears pants no nappy, so even if he does have an accident we take him upstairs to the toilet so he begins to make association and go through the method of him flushing the chain and washing his hands, so it becomes more structured routine.

Children with development delay can take longer to train. I felt so relieved now we don’t need to worry about the potty, and fingers crossed we will have better success.

I have come across some more helpful videos. Check this one out I watched yesterday about potty training.

I hope you find this helpful too.

Let me know if you have any tips and advice on toilet training I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Home Educating

I have now start to do home educating with Henry, to encourage his writing skills.

I got two books which were Easy Learning First Words and First Sums, from Whsmiths.

I am just doing one book at a time at the moment along with a book which is First 100 box set. This contains 8 books with different pictures, to help you child make association with words and images.

first educating books

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I am introducing these books as way to help Henry with his writing and reading skills, ready for when he begins school in September.

I will post more as I continue to home educate, as this has been a lesson for me too.

Making gradual steps is the key I have found so far.

I would love to know what tools you use to home educate your child aswell.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Avoiding bugs for kids

With the weather being as it is, it is very easy to catch those nasty bugs, but they are avoidable by regularly sanitizing yourself ( washing your hands and body thoroughly) and your home.

It is tricky to fit in cleaning all the time, but doing a quick clean can make all the difference too just little bits can help keeps bugs at bay.

Keep wipes in each room so you can wipe any dirty mark away and keep polish upstairs as well as downstairs, keeping them away from the reach of children.

Clean as you go, just a quick tidy as you move around the house can help keep up to date with chores and put bleach down the toilet everyday, again keeping out of reach from children.

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Image from: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/stomach-flu-treatment

Regularly change your sponges and cloths because these can have bacteria build up on them if continuously used and not replaced, and ring them out to dry.

Wash hands all the time when touching raw meats, chemical cleaning products and after you have been to the toilet. You’ll be surprised how many people you know and see that don’t do that, and I find it shocking that adults I know who don’t and they seem to be oblivious to the fact that they haven’t washed their hands. It takes two seconds and should be a natural thing to do, like breathing.

Put clothes straight into the washing machine instead in laundry basket as they can build with bacteria and wash clothes separately to towels and tea towels.

Use (this not an ad but a brilliant product) Detol all in one spray brilliant and kills bacteria.  Don’t forget to spray this on surfaces continuously used, on sofas, potty’s and door handles, bathroom, wherever you come into constant contact with.

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Image from: http://www.wilko.com/multi-purpose-cleaners/dettol-disinfectant-crisp-linen-400ml/invt/0429807

So if you have any more tips that I have missed then please share I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Coping with the heat

With the heat wave we have had in the U.K it can be tough to cope with, with our little ones, and so I wanted to share my tips with how I help my son cope with the heat.

 

Tip#1: Keep them cool at all times

When it is really hot with no breeze this can be tricky, but keeping your children cool as much as possible, and find where it is the coolest in your home or garden, have windows and doors open to let the cool air breeze through.

Invest in a fan.

Wipe them down with a damp flannel if they get too hot and only put on one layer of clothing.

 

Tip#2: Play outdoors, as it isn’t good for children to be stuck in doors all the time.

I find that my son copes better when he has some time indoors, away from the heat in a cool room with intervals of being outdoors. When he stays indoors a lot I find he can fall ill. Of course I clean my home and keep it clean, but heat when hot indoors can cause illnesses and bacteria to increase, so do allow some play time outdoors, but use sunscreen to protect their skin.

 

Tip#3: Cool warm baths always help my son cool down or have a paddling pool outside

My son has always been a hot child and so can get hot quite quickly, so it is important that I protect him from the heat as much as possible, so a warm cool bath does the trick, then just allow him to play indoors in his nappy or pull ’em up, or purchase a paddling pool, a great way to have fun in the sun as a family, making sure sunscreen is applied throughout the day.

 

Tip#4: Have plenty of liquids available to keep your children hydrated

So important, as children can become too hot and can become dehydrated so quickly so I make sure that I have plenty of liquids available, avoiding fruit juices and fizzy drinks as they can cause dehydration.

 

Tip#5: Keep cups and drinks in the fridge

Keeps them nice and cool, and have some water already chilled in their cup, so it will be nice and cold to drink, keeping them cool and hydrated.

So those are my tips for coping with the heat, please share your tips with me too be good to know how you cope with heatwaves and in the summer.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I know now since being a parent

  1. Tiredness and sleep deprivation in parents can last until they are 3 years and older
  2. There is no one way, everyone can have a different style of parenting, who’s judging?
  3. Continues to be challenging, especially come potty training time
  4. Every minute of the day matters
  5. When you get free time to yourself, finally, you can feel lost
  6. If you suffer with Anxiety it can increase
  7. No time off really
  8. Tantrums are non avoidable at times no matter what you try to prevent and stop them
  9. Once your child begins walking you are forever running
  10. You never know what your child is going to do at times, but that’s the joy of it all

I would love to know what things you have learned to.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie

Toilet training

I didn’t expect this would be easy, but you do have to take a chunk of your schedule to go through this new transition, I discovered. I have to accept that Henry will have accidents and it may take several times for my son to get used to the fact that he won’t be toileting in the nappy anymore.

 

We have had some success, 3 times so far, but now it as if he is avoiding going in the potty, but is understanding that if he needs to go, it has to be in the nappy, and so it is teaching him to communicate to us too, that he needs to go. Get used to not having a nappy on. I did introduce pants, but they lasted on him about 2 minutes, so need to continue with this one.

So on Sunday I am going try different techniques and see if we have success.

It is going to take time, but I know I just have to be persistent and start teaching him that soon there will be no nappy and will have to use the potty or toilet.

I will report back once I have learned more.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Potty training

Yes we are potty training at the moment, and yesterday Henry used his potty for the first time and actually had a pea.

Why am I sharing this?

Well because I know how tricky of a transition it is. One minute they are in nappies next they are having to use this plastic thing and it is a different ball game altogether.

We did have a little accident the day before, I won’t say anymore, but I had to stick Henry straight in the bath, but least it happened in the right place, the bathroom, just not in the potty itself, well some of it was but I hadn’t realised until I trod straight into it.

My fault!

As said before you can prepare yourself but you can never really plan, when it comes to children.

Sorry for the TMI. Henry will probably be totally embarrased if he reads this when he is 18 years old. However it is out of good reason to help and give support to other mums, who may also be potty training now too.

If your child is potty training at the moment too, then my advice is to persist and be patient. If they aren’t ready then do not fear, you will soon know when they are. Henry was even asking for the potty and tells us when he needs his nappy changed. So children do pick up new skills quicker than what we think they do.

So true when it comes to children, every day is different, and you don’t know what to expect, so you just have to continue on, the best you can.

Anyway I will keep you updated on more news and what I am learning as a parent.

Thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Speech and language

Let me begin by introducing my new page I created called “Recommended links”where I have recommended links to websites and videos with useful tips and information, on helping with the development of your child and other subjects too.

I wrote a post last year back in September/October about Henry starting Occupational Therapy to help him with his speech and language. (see link below to read this blog)

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/?s=Occupational+Therapy

Now he has begun his second lot of sessions to help him with his speech and language.

It really is an insight on how different children are, and how each child responds.

There was one child who when it came to sitting down at the table to do tasks, got really stressed out and began to really cry. Henry kicked off during this part too. One thing that we have been working on. He finds it hard to concentrate at the table, when there so many things to do, and in a room where he doesn’t spend time in that much, of course he wants to be nosy and look around.

Tips#1 The one thing I would suggest is to keep bringing your child back to the chair and encourage him/her to sit down. When they do sit down without wanting to get up and they join in the activity, I would always recommend a reward by praise.

Tell them that they have done something good. We used the words “Well done” from very early on when he was a baby, so he knows now what these words mean “Good”.

In a different environment, it is always going to be tricky.

If he saw other children playing at the table, then the chances are he would then follow.

Henry first session this week was all about outer space and parts of the body. They sang a song which encouraged them to touch their head, knees, shoulders and toes, then sang the song “10 Little Men in a flying saucer” and each child got to take a man off stuck to a piece of paper and then put it down.

Once all children took a man off the paper, they then got to each take turns in sticking the men back on.

The table activities were, finding stickers in a bucket full of rice, another with lentils, which had cups and a ladle in and the another one had sand, to encourage the children to draw lines, and use their motor skills.

This is to encourage the children to concentrate. Part of the occupational therapy is to help with that too, and to help children focus. One skill they will need for when they start school.

Tip#2 The one tip I was given by one of the therapists, because Henry doesn’t like touching sand or even stepping onto it much, was to massage his hands and feet, as it helps warm them up and help them get used to the sand texture.

Tip#3 What I would advise to do, is to put a bath toy that they like to play with into a bucket of sand see how much they can fill it up before it over flows and wet it a bit, and show them how to make a sand castle.

It is good unstructured play and gets in touch with their creative side, and speak to them as you are making the sand castle, keep repeating the word, as I have learned that the more you repeat a word, the more they will say it too.

I found this useful site called Pathways.org, which talks more about Sand Play:

https://pathways.org/blog/sand-play-natures-etch-a-sketch/

Please see my Recommended Tips page, which also has links to helpful ideas on how to help your child with speech and language.

Try not to fret over the fact your child has speech problems. It won’t help you or them.

The Occupational Therapists are there to help and so if you are unsure as to what you can do at home or any activities you could try that would help them, ask the Occupational Therapists. They are there to give you support as much as your child.

They give you home work type activities at the end, to help continue their learning at home.

Children will catch up and they will learn how to communicate once they see it and do it often enough.

Tip#4 So one tip I would give is to put them into social situations as much as possible, example, take them to a zoo, a play cafe, a museum or a park where there are other children there too.

No child is the same that is why they are so unique.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X