New Mother and Baby Chat video

I recently made a new Mother and Baby chat video on Youtube, talking about toilet training and my son starting school this week. Please see video below:

I hope you enjoy watching this video and if you would like to see more than do let me know in the comments section below.

Many thanks,

 

Carrie X

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Lazy mum Hacks

Check out these videos below of some Lazy mum hacks by Myka Stauffer.

I love these types of videos as they really help my day run a little easier

So let me know if you used some of these hacks and if they worked for you.

Let me know if you too have some lazy mum hacks I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Nose bleeds

Nose bleeds can be common if your child is like mine and picks it a lot.

We do try to stop him as much as possible, but often he can pick it so much it can bleed.

How do you treat a nose bleed. Ask the child to tip their hand forward, and then hold their nose just on the middle of the nose the softest part for 10 minutes.

Encourage the child to breath through their mouth, and use a disposable cloth to wipe up any blood gone on any surfaces or the floor. They need to keep breathing through their mouth, and should avoid hot drinks, picking or blowing their nose for 24 hours.

If they do get frequent nose bleeds then do seek medical advice just to make sure it isn’t anything more.

Here is a video which talks more about how to stop nose children’s nose bleeds:

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

DR ABC- CPR

I think as a parent knowing first aid for your children can really give you a good piece of mind. Hopefully you may not need it, but it is still worth knowing just in case.

This is how to do CPR, and practice following the DR ABC rules.

Check for:

  • Danger – keep yourself safe at all times, so check to make sure the area in which the child has fallen is safe for you to access
  • Response – Call them and touch their shoulders to see if they respond to you
  • Airway- Tilt their hand back, not too far if it is a baby, but enough so you can check for any obstruction in their throat, and if they are breathing
  • Breathing- Check for breathing by putting your ear to their mouth not touching but enough to get a clear sign if the child is breathing or not
  • If the child is not breathing then you must carry out CPR
  • Circulation: Hold their chin and squeeze their nose, and do 2 breaths, by putting your mouth over theirs, and use a CPR mouth shield, as this will stop any infections being passed on
  • Then do 30 chest compression’s, by pushing down onto their chest with hands pressed down on top of each other, between the breast area and then do mouth to mouth again and 30 chest compressions, until the person is breathing again
  • If it is a baby, do mouth to mouth, using a mouth shield but cover nose and mouth, and use two fingers or thumbs to carry out 30 chest compression’s
  • If they gain consciousness, then put them in the recovery position, by putting their outer hand (one furthest away to you) to their opposite cheek, lift their outer leg (the leg further away from you) and bring them over to their side by bringing them towards you
  • Remember to have someone call am ambulance whilst you do CPR, or ask another trained first aid person to take over whilst you call for help instead

Here is a video showing you more of how to carry out CPR:

 

First Aid for babies:

You never know what could happen and it is so important to know the basics, of first aid. I hope you found this information useful.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

How to treat scalds and burns

Children can be unpredictable at the times and can touch hot surfaces in the kitchen unaware that the hob for example is still hot from cooking.

We have a gate on our kitchen doors, one on our door leading to the living room and the another on the door that leads to the hallway.

However accidents can still happen and so if a child burns themselves, the first thing we do is grab some ice. DON’T. Run the burn under cold water for 10 minutes.

Scalds are caused by wet heat and burns are usually caused by dry heat.

Remove any jewellery, any clothes that is not stuck to the burn and then cover the burn in clingfilm.

There are three types of burns:

  • Superficial- Burns only the outer layer; often caused by hot water. It will look red, sore and swollen
  • Partial thickness- It looks raw and blisters form
  • full thickness- layers of skin are burned away to the subcutaneous fat layer or beyond. Burn may look pale, charred and waxy.

Never:

  • Cool the burn using ice
  • Burst blisters
  • Touch the burn
  • Apply creams, ointments or fats
  • Apply adhesive dressings
  • Remove clothing that has stuck to the burn

Always keep calm as possible not to cause alarm to the child, and they may be in shock too, so do take them to hospital or call 999/112. Here is a video of an example of how to treat burns.

I hope you found this helpful, lets keep our children as safe as possible.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

First Aid

As a parent I do feel that it is important we know some first aid tips just in case. Never think accidents can’t happen, as being a trained football coach and coaching children in the passed, accidents can happen.

I recently updated my first aid training as I am starting a new job working in a nursery, so it is essential that I know some first aid, and wanted to share some of the training I have been shown.

 

Choking 

It can happens whilst your child is playing with a toy or on some food. If it is mild and depending on how old they are, ask them “Are you choking?”. They should be able to cough or cry, which can help.

If it is severe:

  • Tries to cough but not working
  • Unable to talk or cry. They may be able to nod to answer you
  • Breathing sounds are wheezy or absent
  • The skin may initially flush, but then goes pale with blue tinges
  • Rapid reduction in consciousness as oxygen runs out.

 

  1. Ask them to try and cough.
  2. Call for help if they haven’t been able to clear the item blocked.
  3. Lean the child forward, or if it is a baby lay them across your lap with their head facing downwards
  4. Give to 5 sharp back blows, between the shoulder blades, with the heel of your hand
  5. If that doesn’t help clear the obstruction, then try Abdominal Thrusts, by standing behind the child or baby turn them to the side and press with two fingers between the breast and press down 5 times. Older child once, behind them, place your arms around them
  6. Make a fist with 1 hand and place it just above the belly button
  7. Grasp the fist with the other hand, then pull sharply inwards and upwards/ Do this 5 times
  8. Repeat these steps 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 until help arrives to try and clear the obstruction
  9. Still take them to hospital even after you have cleared the blockage as there could be some internal injuries from choking

Here is a video to show you exactly what to do:

I hope you find this helpful, and remember to stay as calm as possible, if you panic so will your child.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie

Only week away until school begins

It feels so strange that as of next week my son will be starting school, and going to be honest I am a little apprehensive about it, because I know the first day will be tough. So far getting him actually in the school premises has been tricky, so not looking forward to wrestling with him, into school.

I know these times will pass and he will eventually get used to it, but getting him into the routine is going to be a huge transformation.

So far we have got him toilet trained. I hope I haven’t just jinxed that, and now we are trying to get him to pull his trousers up and down.

I know there will be other parents going through the same, and I do feel comfort from that, but it will be a massive transition for both Henry and I. I have enjoyed our time together, spending endless days playing indoors, going up to London, going on days out to various places like Legoland Windsor and taking him to softplay.

As a lover of Youtube I did come across a really good video by Emily Norris who gives tips on how to prepare your child for school.

 

We have Henry’s uniform all ready, and so all that has to be done is to put his name labels on it, and we are trying to get Henry to recognise his name, which he is starting to do.

Is your child starting school too, how are you preparing them?

I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Toilet Training Success

I have been putting off of writing this blog, because every time I think we have succeeded with the toilet training Henry has an accident, but we are having less accidents now so we are succeeding. Last Friday he had no accidents at nursery, just when he was in the car, but the traffic near where we live is bedlam at the moment and took my husband 50 minutes from nursery to home so Henry had wet himself in the car.

However we are having super success and he is even doing number two’s in the toilet too. Sorry for the TMI.

We have just been putting him on the toilet every 2 to 3 hours or before or after he has eaten so he gets into a routine and has started to go to the toilet on his own. I think the accidents are caused, due to him occasionally forgetting or not realising he needs to go.

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My mum has really helped with it, it is good to have someone to help who has been there and done it. Toilet training children isn’t easy and letting them see you go can help, so they get to understand that they need to use the toilet now for wee’s and pooh’s, and Henry now is no longer in nappies during the day and we have had days where there has been no accidents at all.

I am even going to stop putting a nappy on him when he has a nap during the day, but the naps during the day are becoming less and less too.

Henry didn’t like using public toilets so we have this portable seat which you put over a normal size toilet seat so they don’t fall down the hole.

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These are great my mum bought us one for Henry and you can get them from Boots. One tip thought, put black stoppers underneath, helps to keep the portable seat still.

They come with a little bag you can put them in so easy to carry around and remember to wipe them over once used, I clean ours every time it is used. So carry some antibacterial wipes with you, when out to help keep the seat clean.

If you have any toilet training advice then all advice is welcomed. It has been a long process but pleased we are getting there and finally having some success.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Battle of Toilet Training

Henry is now 6 weeks away from starting school and we are still toilet training.

It is a long process, but we are now not doing any nappies during the day, apart from when we go out for a long time or he has a afternoon nap and only for night time. It does mean a lot of washing, but I know it is the only way.

He was telling us he needed the toilet but then suddenly stopped and seemed to just go as if he is not expecting it, himself.

Yesterday when we went out, we didn’t put a nappy on him when we took him to softplay and the park, he did go toilet in a public toilet which he wouldn’t do before.

First of all we have a feat to try and keep him on the toilet, as soon as we sit him down he wants to instantly get up again, so I try to encourage him by singing nursery rhymes, at nursery they do shapes.

He doesn’t wear nappy pants at nursery now either, and it did seem to be working, but we are still having accidents. When he goes on the toilet we do reward him with a bit of chocolate, or a balloon.

If I had known it would take this long I would have done the potty training sooner, but it seemed that he wasn’t ready. He seems to take one step forward and two steps back.

It is all about being persistent like everything else, I know, but it is getting a little frustrating, as we think he’s got it, and then has another accident.

I try not to punish him for the accidents, but just act a little disappointed, and say “Henry, why didn’t you say anything?” and then I will put him on the toilet to remind him that is where he needs to go.

Toilet training is a massive transition and I think we all at some point wet ourselves, but it’s getting the message that isn’t what you supposed to do which can  be the frustrating part about it.

Any advise I would give is buy a load of packets of pants to start of with, so you can just take them off, and put another pair on, or on some days I leave him bare, when we are staying indoors, so he can just go on the toilet and go, rather than have to pull pants up and down.

If you have any toilet training advise then all is welcome.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

Returning to work

As I was doing some studying for a new adventure, I am becoming a Nursery Assistant, and because of an article I came across, and because I wrote a section on this topic in my new book The Parenting Adventures, Baby to Toddler years, I thought I’d write about it in a blog.

It can be a tough decision to make to return to work. A lot of the time, we feel we have no choice because of financial reasons, but we can continuously feel guilty at the same time.

The article I came across on Bloglovin talked about balancing Working Mum Expectations Vs Reality 

Then there is Childcare costs aswell, it can feel like a massive weight on your shoulders, and deciding what to do.

I say weigh up the Pros and Cons, what are your fears about returning to work are and not returning to work.

If the reasons are financial then it maybe that returning to work would not be a good thing after all.

As a fellow mum, it can be a lonely world being a parent, so chatting with other mums can help too, and you never know they may be able to look after your child for a few hours, should you decide to return to work. The worse thing to do is to isolate yourself and so getting out for a couple of hours can help the mind decide on what do.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X