Potty Training Tips #parenting #pottytraining #pottytrainingtips

My daughter is now 2 years old and ready to potty train.  I think the hardest part is being consistent as parents when it comes to potty training our little ones.  My daughter has shown that she is ready for a while now, but honestly with our schedules I have failed on being consistent with her.  Giving it another try this week, and really sticking to a schedule.  I don't remember everything I did with my son years back, but I remember it being so easy but after having multiple children I have learned, just like every pregnancy is different, every child is different.

No matter what kind of parent you are, it will be different every time - if you have more than one child.  Don't be hard on yourself of your child when potty training.  It will take time, and persistence.  Speak to your child and keep offering their potty seat often during the day.  On top of persistence, my next tip of all would be to not start too early in your attempts.  If you see your child knows when she/he is going in her diaper, that is one sign.  If you see your child hiding when they go, they are most likely ready.  If they are verbal and telling you when they go or after they go, they are most likely ready.  I find that if you start too early it can be both discouraging for you and your child.   

If you are home with your child and able to stay on top of it - a child can be fully potty trained in as little time as 2 weeks.  I have read reward systems work for some kids, but with my son I didn't have any.  I don't have a reward system going on with my daughter either, just simple praise and letting her know she is a big girl when she does a good job.  Naturally the excitement shows when she does succeed! :)

As far as potty training diapers go, I don't have experience with them.  As I mentioned, my son was very easy to potty train.  I remember one day, just telling him he is a big boy, letting him know there is no diaper so he has to go potty in his big boy seat and it worked.  I also *think* real big kid underwear motivates them, as well as wets them if they go, so they are more aware of what the whole purpose of going in the potty is all about.

So if you are potty training, keep at it, and good luck.  Remember every child is different, feel free to stop, and try again another time.  Oh..and be ready to clean up after accidents because they will happen. ;)


What is Nesting? #pregnancy #pregnant #3rdtrimester

This isn't my first pregnancy so I'm very familiar with the natural instincts of nesting that kick in around the third trimester.  Every time I was so sure I won't start freaking out a bit to get things ready for baby, but every time I did - and I am now. 

My "symptoms" of nesting so far in my pregnancy has been wanting to clean everyday.  Not just the usual cleaning that I do, but dig through every drawer, and will even start re-arranging furniture.  I have been nonstop for the last week, and can't stop thinking about what else I can do next.  I think of it as a bird looking for the best nest for baby, much like in one of our bedtime reads from Dr.Seuss "The Best Nest."   
Every one is different in the way they nest.  If you are near the end of your pregnancy and suddenly wake up with the sudden urge to clean and re-organize..you are most likely nesting.  It's the urge you get to get ready for baby's arrival.  It's said that it is similar to the urge every one gets during "spring cleaning" time, you've been cooped up all winter long and get the urge to brighten things up and renew.

If you are nesting, just remember to be safe.  I've gotten the urge to move furniture around, which I have done - but I make sure to not lift.  I have even went around painting in the past while hubby was at work, and if you are like me - make sure to wear a mask.  Use your common sense don't overdo anything, get ready for baby and enjoy every moment.  If it's your first pregnancy, think of it as your first motherly instincts kicking it..enjoy! :)