Potty Training Is So Hard!

After my post at the weekend about the Best and Worst of last week being around potty training things went down hill quickly yesterday.

To say that it tested my patience, strength and resolve is an understatement. The day started well. C asked to take his bedtime nappy off and used the potty happily and put his big boy pants on. Hurray I thought, he is really getting it!

I spoke too soon. What a nightmare, two accidents before 10am and then a really bad poo accident and I was so tempted to stick a nappy on him and leave it. But I decided that I would have wasted all our hard work over the last few days and I would be giving him an easy way out too, not just me. So I cleaned him up and stuck pants on again and luckily we had no more accidents!

So far today we are going ok. No accidents but it’s quite hard work. On Saturday he was brilliant, no accidents, lots of potty trips, all instigated by him. Where did it all go wrong?

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The Mamascarf Review

Before I start this review I just want to say thank you to Keira O’Mara, the lovely lady behind the Mamascarf for supplying me with a beautiful French Navy Mamascarf to try out and review.

The blurb:

Mamascarf is an award winning breastfeeding scarf that not only allows mothers to breastfeed stylishly and discreetly but also provides essential support without the need for a cushion.

The Mamascarf can be worn as a scarf, or neatly folded away. It even comes complete with a hidden pocket to store your breastpad.

  • It is easy to use and won’t draw attention to you.
  • Less distraction for your baby.
  • Hides your post pregnancy tummy.
  • Covers you before and after feeding.
  • 100% cotton and machine washable at 30 degrees.
  • The perfect gift idea for someone special who is pregnant.
  • Was invented by a breastfeeding mum for other breastfeeding mums!
  • One size fits all.
  • You can still see your baby and maintain eye contact.
  • New improved soft tactile cotton.
  • Can be used to feed any age baby.
  • The textured fabric is great for disguising creases.

What we thought: Lets be honest, the Mamascarf is a product for me! The Mamascarf is lovely, I chose the French Navy scarf as I love navy, its classic, won’t clash with my clothes and would hide a bit of dirt! It’s also available in Black, Cream and Retro Leaf, all of which are nice in their own way.

I have tried so many different ways of covering up when breast feeding but always found that shawls etc slip or are pulled by baby or limit your movement for fear of slipping etc. The Mamascarf is a scarf that ties behind your neck and then is moved into position to allow secure feeding. I followed the video on Youtube and the tips on the website to see how it was done and jumped in to try it myself. I found I had to try tying the Mamascarf a few times before I was completely happy with the positioning, eventually I put it how I wanted it and asked R to tie it for me to make sure it was ‘just right’! Now I don’t unfasten it apart from if I need to use it for something else (more on that later!)

Once on I had coverage for preparing for breast feeding as well as for feeding and removing LissyLou after her feed. It allowed me to readjust my clothes and provided a nice peaceful environment for her to feed. Although the Mamascarf is textured to both make it look pretty and hide the creases I put it on inside out one day and found that LissLou loved to stroke the textured material and it lulled her into a fantastic peaceful feed in a very busy restaurant. I could still she her face if I peeped in the top of the scarf so if she fusses or isn’t latching correctly I can sort things out without moving things. At the base of the Mamascarf there is a secret pocket for storing your breast pad, this was ideal for me as often I have sat with my pad between my knees to prevent it from getting lost! Much better to know its easy to get to. It also helps to support babies weight so you are comfier as you don’t have a little dead weight on your arm! I found it gave me a bit more freedom of movement which definitely comes in handy when you are trying to feed and eat/drink at the same time!! (Why do babies always know when you are getting a drink or having some food????)

The Mamascarf is great as it comes in use for a number of different things. On holiday this week I have used the scarf for feeding, as a shawl when it turned cool, as a hat when it rained, as a mini rain cover for LissyLou when it drizzled and as a pillow for C when he was tired!!!!! Talk about value for money, all that from one product.

The Mamascarf retails at £17.99 (plus postage), I didn’t think this was bad, a normal scarf costs anything from about £5 to £30 on the High Street and wouldn’t be as useful for feeding! I would buy this scarf as a gift for a new mum, its the sort of thing that you maybe don’t know you need until you get it, but then you don’t know what you ever did without it!!

You can also buy online at Amazon, Mamascarf Breastfeeding Scarf – Navy

The Pourty Review

Before I start this review I just want to say thank you to Jon Rathbone the man behind Pourty for supplying me with a blue Pourty to test.

The blurb:

The Pourty potty is the brilliant new baby and child’s potty that makes potty training boys and girls easier.

The clever new Pourty potty has a wide flat seating area and is made out of a sturdy plastic, which boys and girls find more comfortable to sit on than standard potties. The Pourty potty’s unique pouring duct enables mum, dad or child to empty the unpleasant contents out of the back of the potty away from where the child sits or touches with no mess or dribbles.  Its features include:

  • Unique patent pending pouring duct making the Pourty potty more hygienic and easier to empty and clean
  • Handle at the front so that you pour contents out of the back of the potty away from where the child sits or touches
  • Sturdier plastic than other kid’s potties and wide base for extra stability
  • Larger and wider seating area than other kid’s potties for greater comfort for boys and girls
  • High splash guard.

The Pourty potty is ideal for potty training children from 12 months to 4 years’ old

What we thought: The Pourty arrived to shouts of delight from C, “My new potty, for wee wee!”. So it must have looked like a potty. Except the Pourty is not your average potty. Its unique pour feature is really clever, it makes getting rid of ‘the business’ much easier, more hygienic and quicker.

The Pourty is well made, the seat is wider than on a lot of potties I’ve seen, this was better for C, who won’t sit on a normal potty as they hurt his little bum.  Its available in 4 different colours, BLUE, CREAM, PINK and PURPLE so something for everyone.

The Pourty is also sturdy, with a normal potty C can tip them over getting on and off, you can imagine the consequences (YUK!). With the Pourty, this isn’t an issue, its wider seat makes it more stable and I tried to see if he would knock it over but even after getting on and off a number of times C didn’t even make it wobble.

The handle on the front makes carrying the Pourty easy and helps you to easily use  the prime feature the special pouring ‘duct’ or as C calls it the slide!  I filled the potty with water to test out this function, well you never know with new products how they will fair, if you will use them ‘correctly’ or actually if they are any good. The Pourty passed all my attempts to splash the contents everywhere, it poured cleanly and accurately into the loo. I tried pouring at awkward angles (as you might do in a hurry) and it stood up to the test, the duct channelled all but the tiniest drip straight down the way it was supposed too. I was impressed!

Often, you see a new product on the market and think to yourself is that the sort of invention that didn’t need inventing? Not the Pourty, I don’t think I would have realised its greatness had I not tried it but now I can’t see why no-one has thought of this before!

The Pourty retails at £9.99, not bad when you consider that a normal potty cost me £6.99 from a well-known retailer. C won’t even use that one! Its won a few awards to date and is now stocked by some very big retailers, click here to buy online  Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty (Blue)

            (Photos taken by me, C has his nappy on to maintain his dignity and yes, he did                  rather fancy it as a ‘Pirate hat’!)

http://www.pourty.com

Highs and Lows

Yesterday was a day of HIGHS and lows.

HIGH : 2 wee’s in the potty

low:  1 poo on the lid of the potty

HIGH: playing in the garden in the glorious sunshine

low: temper tantrum when we came inside from playing in the garden

HIGH: watching C play beautifully with his sister

low: C deciding that LissyLou would love being hit on the head

HIGH: securing some really exciting products for review

So more HIGHS than lows = pretty good day!

And so it begins…..

I always knew that C would tell me when it was time to start potty training. Believe me, I thought it was months away yet!

Well he didn’t so much tell me as scream loudly in my ear “MUMMY, I NEED A WEE-WEE……….NOW”  So picture me jumping off the couch at lightning speed, grabbing the potty and ripping his nappy off as fast as humanly possible, all the while sure that this was yet another false start. Nope two seconds later he stands up with the proudest smile ever and proclaims “I DID IT!” Sure enough, there in the potty is a wee, I have never been so happy to see wee in my whole life.

For those of you with children you will understand the enormity of this, those without, one day maybe you will understand 🙂

To be honest, this is rather poor timing! I wanted to wait until after our holiday, and definitely didn’t think we would be actively potty training without a washing machine. Think I might have to do a lot of washing in the kitchen sink this week………