UK Parenting, Lifestyle & Beauty Blog. Mum to Darcy

Friday, 22 September 2017

Potty Training Tips



So Darcy is potty trained, yay! I wasn't even going to start doing it yet but it seemed to just happen naturally. In May I bought her a training seat for the toilet as I could see she wasn't really too interested in her potty.  At first she wasn't too keen on that either but to be honest I could see why, it must be pretty daunting sitting on something with a massive hole which must give them the feeling they're going to fall in. A couple of weeks went on and she was getting more used to it, sitting on it but for no more than a couple of seconds but it was fine because this was progress. On Fathers Day in June, funnily enough she did her first wee wee, which we absolutely jumped for joy about. It didn't make me think though, right that's it now let's start potty training because I was a little anxious about this part. Over the Summer at home she was naked most of the time or at least from the bottom down and we just kept the training seat on the downstairs toilet. She was going on the toilet a lot, obviosuly was still having a lot of accidents but it really didn't matter. On the morning of the 31st August I decided to take her nappy off her and put on pants. We've had pants in the drawer for quite a few months now, and to make it exciting they were Peppa ones. On the first day of explaining to her that during the day she would now be wearing pants, she had a couple of accidents but was going on the toilet. On the second day she only had one accident and even did a poo which I rewarded with a little present. 

Two weeks on now and I would say Darcy is potty trained with wees! Poos are still a tricky subject but we are getting there. I am so so pleased and amazed with how quickly she has picked it up. Feeling very proud.

Here are my top tips:

Get a potty or training seat a few months before you plan to even start potty training. This helps them get used to it so it's not so scary straight away.

Look for the cues, are they interested in the toilet or potty, can they pull there trousers down? Chances are they are probably ready.

Take them shopping for pants, let them pick some with there favourite character on.

Buy some bribery items, (a reward chart, a toy for going on the toilet for a week or something)

Give them loads of praise, make sure they know that they have done such a good job.

In the early days when they will only sit on the toilet or potty for a matter of seconds, give them a book or something to look at, whatever works for you. Just to keep them on the toilet for a tiny bit longer.

Do you have any good tips?
Amelia
xxx

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

20 Things To Do This Autumn



Now that September has oh so quickly arrived I now consider it as Autumn, I think after it rained all day today, it gives me more reason to! I absolutely love the Autumn, the colours and just all the cosiness it brings, it's made me think about everything I'd like to do this Autumn and Winter!

1. Make a pumpkin or butternut squash soup

2. Make hot chocolates and cosy up under the blankets and watch a film.

3. Go on a walk and find lots of Autumn leaves, bring them home and make a picture

4. Go on a walk and take lots of Autumny photos of Darcy

5. Go on a scavenger hunt (I promise not all of these involve walking)

6. Make apple & blackberry crunble

7. Bake a chicken pie.

8. Go and pick a pumpkin

9. Put on my favourite snuggly jumper.

10. Put on our wellies and go and splash in puddles.

11. Do more reading (I know this isn't really Autumny but I always associate reading as being really cosy)

12. Write a early letter to Santa.

13. Cook a warming casserole.

14. Treat myself to a Pumpkin Spiced Latte

15. Play Monopoly

16. Make a Blackberry Gin.

17. Buy some new cosy socks for me and Darcy.

18. Learn to Crochet.

19. Do the Gruffalo Trail in Haldon Forrest

20. Collect Conkers and do crafts at home with them 

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Friday, 1 September 2017

My Blogging Story




I've been blogging unconsistently for around 5 years now, however I've been blogging consistantly since Darcy was born so maybe nearly two years. Before Darcy was born and before I got pregnant I'd of said I was more of a beauty/hair sort of blogger, just a typical girlie blogger. I really enjoyed this but I guess I clearly wasn't as passionate about it as I thought because I was getting around a post a month out...but I think this was okay because at the time I was enjoying it. I can't really remember why I was only posting once a month or maybe even once every few months because surely I'd of had more time than I do now. 
Anyway, from when I fell pregnant with Darcy I decided that I wanted to document my pregnancy and just generally Darcys life and that I did. I love that I have a sort of online diary to look back on and also Darcys monthly updates I can look back and see what she was doing at that time. I think this is when I really found my niche if you like because I just love talking about all things parenting. It's amazing how technology has grown and that we can do this now. 

I think it is crazy that there are people out there making this a job for themselves and how lucky are they, to be able to write about things they're so passionate about. I think that is ultimately a dream for most of us but with the blogging industry growing every single day it's getting tougher and tougher. I'm grateful to be able write as a hobby and hope to continue to do so in the future.


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