Thursday, 17 July 2014

Potty training

A little while ago, I wrote a post about potty training and asked how to do it. Well recently Nate decided to do it by himself. He just started to take himself to toilet at nursery and put himself on the potty at home.

After a week of him taking himself to the toilet at nursery we decided to try him in big boy pants. Most of his pants have a character on the front so I explain we've got to try to keep them dry which he seems to understand and he will tell me at bedtime or toilet visits that Buzz or Spider-Man is still dry.

At nursery he's having the odd accident where he hasn't got himself to the toilet in time or has missed the toilet (he was sitting) and hit his clothes instead. We've had one accident overnight since he's asked to not wear a nappy over night. For four weeks in, we're very happy especially as it has been done to Nate's schedule.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Huggies Little Swimmers

On Tuesday, Nate and myself made our way to Wimbledon for an event held by Huggies Little Swimmers, from North West London on no less than three trains. Nate loved all of the changes although he was a little disappointed that the last train wasn't a "blue one".

We got to the venue which was a beautiful house with lovely grounds and of course a swimming pool. I was handed a name badge and a coffee. Nate who is always a little shy to begin with started to warm up and talk to people. 

Soon Nate realised there was a back garden and somehow managed to encourage Izzy (photographer) to go on an adventure outside and look at the ponds. Thank you, Izzy! He came back and I had to go on the same exploration and than he encouraged Little Pip and her mum to do the same. 

It soon came time to get into the pool. 

We tried out the Hygiene Mat which I wish we'd had when Nate first started swimming, and as long time users of Huggies Little Swimmers, Nate knew the drill for getting into his Little Swimmers. We started taking Nate to swimming lessons from 9 weeks old as its an important skill that lasts a lifetime, and we are glad we did as he is so confident around water.

We all got into the pool and had great fun taking part in a session suitable for 14week olds all the way up to nearly 3 year olds by Nature swimming. Little Pip and Nate then got the opportunity to wear the lovely flowery swim hat that appears in the Little Swimmers advert. 

After swimming we were treated to a lovely lunch and a massage for the adults. 

As we left Nate noticed my name badge and asked what it said. I read "Lou & Nate" and he replied "that's half of Louise, mummy, Lou is half of Louise"

Thank you to everyone from Tuesday we had a great time and I loved the geeky chat about nappy chassis'.

The Allergy Show 2014

This weekend was the weekend of the allergy show. This year it linked up with the back pain show, v delicious(vegetarian) and Love Organic.

Brands worth mentioning:
Rebel Kitchen
Secret sausages

As always we had a visit to the Pudology stand and found out our local Tesco stocks them by the Gü desserts. Then I had a little try of the Rebel Kitchens milk, Nate doesn't share his flavoured milk. The adult mylks were lovely especially the matcha green tea. 

The biggest complaint about the show this year was the lack of a show guide and what seemed like less space to walk around and signs for things but with no clear signs for where they would be occurring. 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Samsung Showcase

A few weeks ago, we attended a showcase of Samsung’s new fridge. This was a lovely event which was held at the Violin Factory with lovely food.
Looking at the fridge, which is an American style side by side fridge perfect for a family. The fridge has a showcase door which enables you to just have access to the things stored in the door of a fridge, which keeps the fridge nice and cool. It was great to hear how the fridge had been designed to contain multiple different milks etc… as a family who for a little while were all drinking different milks (cows milk, oat milk and coconut milk) it was a struggle to find them all space in our fridge. 

There is also a drawer designed in the showcase door for children to have easy access so you can encourage them to have healthy snacks.

To round off this fridge there is a freezer with Ice maker and water dispenser. Having measured our fridge at home this is slightly deeper so would only work in a bigger kitchen.

 Looking at the fridge from afar.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Ella's Kitchen Weeney Restaurant

Today Nate and I were lucky enough to go to Ella's Kitchen's weeney restaurant. Nate was one of the oldest children there but it didn't stop him enjoying himself. This was a little adventure for us as we had to travel up on to London on the train and I managed to lose a memory card (found now) on the journey. 

The first thing I noticed when I walked into the restaurant were the decorations, sorry rubbish phone pics coming up as I didn't have my camera at this point. There were lovely child friendly decorations with lovely low fence to keep the babies in the play area, it didn't keep Nate in as he easily climbed over it. In the play area there was music playing, the music was about veg and fruit and then soft food toys, shakers, a tunnel and the best bit for me were the plants. There were plants for sniffing so lovely smelly herbs like sage, rosemary and citrus fruits like lemons. 

Here is Nate empty all of the fruit and veg from their baskets
Nate having a look at the smelly section, he took a particular interest in the lemon and lime.

The choppy fruit and veg which could happily have kept Nate entertained for hours

Nate was also introduced to a whole aubergine, we often cook with lots of different vegetables but I have never thought about showing Nate the whole vegetable or letting him explore it before it was cooked. Nate has not stopped talking about aubergines since leaving, I'll have to get him to help me cook next time we are making something with aubergines

After we'd spent a little time in the play area we were encouraged to move to the restaurant area. On the tables there were numbered red boxes, under the lid there were tablets for the babies/toddlers to order their own dinner. I really loved this idea.

You had to choose the age that was most appropriate for your child.

 Then pick your main course by choosing  a picture that appealed to you. After you had picked your main course you chose your dessert by the same process. The pictures were really engaging and illustrated exactly what they were going to receive. I would quite like an adult experience at this restaurant. 

There were also nibbles from the new snack range which went down a treat with Nate, his favourite were the tomato and fennel seed crackers and he quite enjoyed the apple and cinnamon nibbles.

Fish bowl activity

This is an activity Nate came back from nursery with as he'd say down to do it as I arrived. Nursery happily put enough fish, water and seaweed in a bag for us to take home. As soon as we got home we unpacked it and got to work. 

We don't have glue sticks like nursery has, not to self invest in pva glue and some glue sticks. 

Nate happily applied the glue everywhere on the plate, on the paper, on me and himself. 

Nate's finished work. 
Materials needed:
Glue (lots of it)
Paper plate
Yellow paper cut into the shape of a fish. (Any colour will do)
Blue tissue paper torn for the water
Green plastic, green paper will do. 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Toilet habits

I've been away for a long time, I promise to be better in a month's time at least. At the minute there are hundreds of deadlines and people to please. On to the topic of this post:

Nate has been half potty trained for a while, he goes to poo on the toilet. We've had one or two accidents in the last year but mostly he goes on the toilet. However, he will only go once a week. At roughly the same time every week we have this performance where he will be in tears over going to toilet. He is refusing to go to wee on the toilet and I think it is linked to going to poo and the 'pain' he associates with it.

Tonight we have just had all the tears, the begging to make it stop and it made me think. There must be someone else going through the same, or gone through the same. What are you doing to make it more bearable? We've tried prescribed laxatives (days of stomach pain and no sleep), prune juice (how do you get a 2 year old to drink enough of it?) massaging (used to work). If it wasn't for the tears, I wouldn't be too concerned about the weekly nature of the poo, especially as the doctors aren't at all concerned.

Oh and any suggestions on how to get a little boy fully potty trained would be happily welcomed as well.