Jan 072014
 

Ready to Go Toilet  Time

You’d think after doing the whole toilet training business twice before (at the same time and with a boy and a girl) I have some idea of what I am doing but the truth is that nothing ever goes as planned. As you may remember I have been planning to use the Ready to Go! Toilet Time Kit and the organised part of me had decided to neatly start on January 1st…

Ready to Go! Toilet Time GirlsWith nothing on the agenda for another 3 weeks I figured it would be a perfect time to stay home and ditch those nappies. The weather would be warm and summery, washing would dry quickly and she could run around in nothing but undies. Needless to say I would have an endless supply of clean undies, wipes, toilet paper and toilet cleaner at hand, I was well prepared. Of course miss 3 had other plans…

On Boxing Day we left for a few days away to beautiful Halls Gap, a 6 hour drive away from home. Now that’s already quite the car trip with four young children who need to be fed and entertained and I hadn’t counted on a very determined 3-year old who insisted on having a dry nappy at all times and using every single roadside toilet we passed. I have never seen so many public toilets in my life! (And I have never been so grateful for family size bottles of hand sanitiser and bulk packs of disinfecting wipes)

Ready to Go! Toilet Time BoysAs you can imagine it was a challenging few days, both on the road and while at the holiday park. Let’s say I have a new found appreciation for my trusted cleaning liquids and the big stash of emergency toilet paper in our laundry cupboard. Who would have thought you could fit so much toilet paper in a toilet? (I almost had to go ask reception for help unblocking the toilet but thankfully I was spared the humiliation)

Now that we are safely back home our sparkling white toilet is all of a sudden not so interesting at all and so far we only have a few stickers on our Ready to Go! Toilet Time chart, but every step (and every toilet visit) counts so we’ll just keep going.

If you have a fabulous, tried and tested, toilet training tip I would love to hear it and make sure you enter our giveaway to win 1 of 2 Ready to Go! Toilet Time Training Kits.

Mar 092012
 

I used to think that I would have so much more time once the twins were fully toilet trained, not having to change nappies anymore but boy did I underestimate the mess they can make in the toilet! They go to the toilet so many times a day, using way too much toilet paper and wiggling around on the seat as they go. At first they both sat nicely on the toilet, but after having seen a public toilet on the inside I quickly thought my little man to stand up. Since then there is even more for me to clean up as aiming is a skill he has not mastered yet. Lucky there is very clever gadget to help me out, the Widdleman.

The Widdleman is specifically developed for toddler boys who are learning to go to the toilet standing up and the goal is to encourage them to wee in the toilet and not up, around or next to it. When you are only little it can be pretty tricky to get it right which can be frustrating for both child and parent. Just like with many other things that kids need to learn the key to success is to make it fun and rewarding.

The Widdleman is definitely fun: you place this little gadget in your toilet and when your little boy manages to hit the target the digital counter starts counting. The Widdleman even expresses some extra encouragement by saying ‘Great aiming little man, don’t forget to wash your hands/put the seat down/flush the toilet!’. Good habits can’t start early enough so a reminder is always welcome.

My boy thinks the Widdleman is super cool and gets very excited when he hits the target properly, it is not surprising but my daughter is very sad that she can not wee standing up. The device itself sits flat against the toilet ‘wall’ and gets cleaned with every flush, of course you also just take it out of the cradle to clean it when needed. Batteries are included and priced at just $14.99 it is a fun and affordable way to teach your little man how to use the toilet without making a mess.

To find out more about the Widdleman ($14.99), to take a closer look at the device and to order online visit www.widdleman.com.

For your chance to win one of three Widdleman devices visit www.widdleman.com and answer the following question: What part of toilet training do you find the hardest?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends April 9, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Feb 252012
 

If you are using cloth nappies on your baby you have most likely discovered that not every nappy does what it is supposed to do. They all promise to provide an excellent fit and not leak but in reality that is not always the case. Maybe you tried them again and again, hoping that they would get more absorbent after a few washes (something that is recommended by many cloth nappy brands) but you still end up with a useless nappy that was a waste of money. I have experienced this scenario myself too but there is one brand that has never let me down, Close Parent.

I have been using Pop-In nappies for more than two years and in that time the nappies have been redesigned and improved several times, getting better and better each time. Although I was already very happy with the performance of the Pop-Ins I did understand the mums who said the pastel colours were a little plain and could do with a little ‘pop’. Close Parent has listened and the old pastel colours have made room for funky brights in the New Generation Pop-In.

The Pop-In’s are a one size fits all nappy designed for babies between 3-16kg so they will last (most babies) from birth all the way to potty training. The velcro closure and press studs at the front allow you to adjust the nappy for a perfect fit at any age and stage. Fitted with a double elasticised gusset the Pop-In offers excellent containment whilst still being soft, stretchy and comfortable (no nasty marks from tight gussets, even on my chubby baby).

There are two different Pop-In styles available, bamboo and minkee, and both come in a range of colours. The bamboo Pop-In is the perfect choice for people who love the extra absorbency of natural bamboo and how gentle it is on baby’s skin. The minkee Pop-In on the other hand is a tad faster in drying and the minkee fabric is extremely soft. Both styles are fantastic and it really is a personal choice.

The Pop-In system is super easy, even for dads and babysitters, as the nappy goes on in one piece just like a disposable. The nappy itself consists of three pieces: the outer shell (soft to touch and waterproof), an inner soaker and booster. As the wetting pattern of boys (front) and girls (middle to back) is different the booster can be adjusted accordingly. The three parts are all connected by press studs so they are easy to put together or change. To make it even easier you can leave all pieces connected during the washing (just undo one end to create a ‘chain’) so you don’t have to waste time searching for individual components afterwards. The washing tabs make sure the velcro tabs stay safely in place and won’t damage the other laundry in your machine.

I have been using the New Generation Pop-In’s since January so they have had a great work-out with plenty of washing and I can safely say that the new Pop-In is a real winner. I am not surprised that the performance is outstanding (no leaks) and the fit is great, nice and trim so not the bulky look you might expect from cloth nappies. My choice for night time is the bamboo Pop-In as it is a little more absorbent especially in combination with the night-time booster. For daytime with more regular nappy changes the minkee Pop-In are ideal as they dry in no time, especially in summer.

To find out more Close Parent, to browse the range and to locate your nearest stockist or consultant near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win one of two New Generation Pop-In’s watch the Pop-In video on www.ozbabytrends.com.au and answer the following question: What have you learned about the New Generation Pop-In?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 25, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Jan 102012
 

If you have been following Hip little one for a while you may have been wondering how our toilet training journey is coming along. Having newborn twins was hard, having three kids under two was hard too, but compared to toilet training twins that was all a piece of cake. I did not expect it to be this hard, this time consuming and so stressful, each time we made progress something happened and they took a few steps back so I really didn’t have much to write about.

I decided to wait it out until summer, the toilet training season, so they could walk around in undies all day, saving me the hassle of undressing, dressing and washing numerous outfits every day (twins really is double the work!). Every child is different and although I copped a fair few moments on my decision to wait I knew we would tackle this in our own time, when they were completely ready. That time has come and so far so good, no more nappies at daytime and aside from a surprisingly small number of accidents everything is going brilliantly.

I was well prepared this time: 20 pairs of undies for each child, an endless supply of toilet paper and several boxes of Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes for Kids, a stool, soap and all within a hand’s reach. I have made it my life’s task to ask every 5 minutes if someone needs to go to the toilet and I don’t rest until I get a yes or no out of them. The twins have taken to the new routine really well, I was amazed by how many times they go to the toilet and manage to produce a few drops.

By now they can go the toilet by themselves, often our toilet is a high traffic area with one twin on the toilet, the other twins waiting for a turn and mummy trying to make everything run smoothly and with as little mess as possible. The baby is watching these new developments closely and sometimes even claims to want to do a ‘wee-wee’ herself, pulling up her top and sitting down on the potty, without success so far but that doesn’t matter!

They think toilet paper is very interesting and all this extra wiping can be pretty harsh on their skin so the Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes are a perfect solution. These handy wipes are alcohol free and contain Aloe Vera, so they are gentle and soothing to the skin like the baby wipes they are used to. It makes cleaning little bottoms a lot easier and once done they can be flushed down the toilet (unlike regular baby wipes!).

You can buy the Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes for Kids from most Woolworths, Coles and independent supermarkets and now also Big W. A 42-wipe refillable pop-up tub costs just $4.98 each and when empty you simply purchase the 84-wipes refill pack ($6.98), the clever pop-up design makes it easy to use for little ones and only one wipe comes out at a time (no unnecessary waste!).

To find out more about Kleenex, to browse the range and to get involved with the Kleenex Mums community online visit www.kleenexmums.com.au.

For your chance to win one of ten Kleenex prize packs valued at $41 (containing a Kleenex Plush Puppy, Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Fresh Wipes for Kids Tub and Refill Pack) visit the toilet training section on www.kleenexmums.com.au and answer the following question: What is your best toilet training tip?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends February 10, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Oct 302011
 

Just after the twins were born I suffered badly from babybrain but I was still hoping this wouldn’t last forever, surely once the babies would start sleeping through my elephant memory would return to its pre-baby state? Yes the kids are all sleeping through, and I have managed to fit in baby number three, but my memory and concentration skills are far from what they used to be and I really need to write things down to remember them. The MUMentum Family Organiser is a great tool to help you remember not only your own plans but also the schedules of your other family members.

The MUMentum Family Organiser (RRP $15.95) was designed by two mums, who know exactly how hard it is to run a busy family and do it all without making double appointments or forgetting important meetings. This handbag sized diary has plenty of room to keep track of everyone’s plans in a clear overview so you can feel under control and on top of it all. The diary is packed full of clever features and you can fill in the dates yourself so you don’t have to wait until January to start getting organised.

The MUMentum range is distributed in Australia by Lifestyle Parenting who has a whole range of innovative products under it’s umbrella. For mums there is a selection of great products on offer for example Milkscreen, a home test which detects alcohol in breast milk. Thanks to Milkscreen mum can have the occasional drink or celebrate a special occasion with a glass of champagne, knowing that her breastmilk is safe for baby.

For babies and kids Lifestyle Parenting has selected some fantastic products too: from Cheeki stainless steel bottles and Playtex cups and mealtime sets to the funky Groovy Grippers utensils, from the Drop Buddy to the very clever Wee Target and much more. This last one is a real cool way to help boys aim in the toilet bowl saving you a lot of mess to clean up: when your son manages to hit the target a cool picture appears, how cool is that?

If you like the Lifestyle Parenting range you can sign up for the free Lifestyle Parenting Hot Offer Coupon Programme to receive regular email updates with great discounts on your favourite Lifestyle Parenting products. You can also keep up to date by joining the Lifestyle Parenting Facebook page, they are giving away a $50 gift card every week!

To find out more about Lifestyle Parenting, to browse their range of products and to locate your nearest stockist visit www.lifestyleparenting.com.

For your chance to win a Lifestyle Parenting prize pack containing the MUMentum Family OrganiserMilkscreen 3-pack, Wee Target and a Drop Buddy visit www.lifestyleparenting.com  and answer the following question: Aside from the products mentioned above, which other Lifestyle Parenting product would you like to try?

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Competition ends November 30, 2011. Sorry, Australian entries only.