Tag Archives: Toilet training

Image

Potty Training this Summer?

If your toddler is not already wearing cotton nappies in the run up to potty training (ie taking away nappies during the day) I suggest you start using them.   Cotton nappies get wet and this may stimulate your child to start experimenting with holding and releasing the bladder out of curiosity.  “When I do this my nappy gets wet.  When I do this it stays dry.” That kind of thing.  Then when you take away nappies during the day your toddler has already been experitimenting with developing the bladder muscles.

It’s also a good idea to buy a potty before you start potty training.  Give your child the opportunity to sit on it once a day.   You can also play at potty training a favourite doll or teddy.  The idea is to help your child understand where poo and pee goes so s/he can take the lead when ready.  For more about this see the link at the end of this post.

We have special potty training kits available for just £20 for children over 12 months.  You can pick up from our shop or if you buy online please pay £3.90 for package and postage.  The nappies look similar to this.  simply lite with prefold LR

The kit comprises 10 cotton nappies, 5 booster pads for nights (they take longer to dry) and 2 waterproof wraps.  Add a roll of disposable liners if your child still poos in the nappy.

Yes, it’s an amazing bargain.  How can we do this so cheaply you ask?  What’s the catch?  The stock is unused remaindered stock.  However, our margins are still low, or zero but it’s marketing.  We believe you will find out how practical prefolds are and tell your friends and perhaps use them for your next baby.

One more tip.  Get a bucket with a lid from the pound shop for storing the nappies until you load the washing machine.

Enjoy this step towards your child no longer needing nappies!

For more info on potty training visit the blog at Real Nappies for London: New Thoughts ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Planning to potty train this Summer?

Want some help?

Nappy Ever After is looking for parents who are planning to help their child use the potty soon.  Won’t it be great?  No more nappy changing, no more buying disposable nappies or less washing if you’re already using cloth nappies.  And we want to help you and child make this great step towards independence.

We want to give you some FREE BRAND NEW cotton nappies to use before you introduce your child to wearing pants.  Why are we GIVING nappies away?  Cotton nappies give your child the sensation of wetness.  We believe this stimulates her/him to experiment with holding her/his bladder.  Logically this makes starting to wear pants and keep them dry easier.  We need your help to find out if this is true.

We are holding 30 mins workshops Monday to Friday, 22-26 June when you can take away FREE nappies.  The waterproof wraps are also free if your toddler is over 30lbs.  If your child is less than that you can buy medium wraps for £5 each.  You only need 2.  We will also give you night boosters so your child can wear cotton nappies at night.  We believe this also helps your child control her/his bladder during sleep.  The only thing you may want to buy is a roll of 100 liners which cost £3.95 each.  This catches the poo so it doesn’t go on the nappy and you don’t have to wash poo it off.

All we ask is that you fill out an online survey before you start using the nappies and 8 weeks after you started.

We are holding workshops every day from Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June from 11-11.30am.  Please book via this Eventbrite booking form.  If you really want to participate but can’t make any of these workshops please call 020 7014 3006 and we can schedule some more to suit you.  If no one picks up leave a message and we will call you back.  Tell your friends about this offer.  We need about 100 participants to make this a good piece of research.

Please note using cotton nappies is about bladder control.  For poos (bowel control) cotton nappies don’t really help.  To help your child to start using a potty for pooing let her/him sit on the potty once a day, without a nappy on, and read her him a story or enjoy a singing session together.  It doesn’t matter whether a poo comes or not.  If you know when one is likely to come it’s good to do it around that time, eg after a meal or on waking.

When a poo does land in the pot show that you are pleased and help your child be pleased about it.  If your child tends to poo in the bath (this often happens because the muscles become relaxed by the warm water) you make take your child out of the bath after a couple of minutes to sit on the pot.  Play around and see what works for you and your child.

Another tip is for you to do some imagainary potty training with your child.  Get your child to put a nappy on a favourite teddy or doll, change its nappy, put the toy on the potty and praise the toy when there’s an imaginary poo or pee in the potty.  You can also find books to read to your toddler that help your child understand the process.  We can talk about all of this at the workshop.

I look forward to meeting you.  Children welcome.

If you think your children’s centre or play group would like me to come and run a session let me know.  I’m happy to come along and bring the cotton nappies.  As I’ve already said, we need to find 100 participants to get results that mean something.

Joy

Our recent toilet training/EC chat

We had a toilet training and EC chat last Saturday afternoon in our Chalton St shop. Joy’s summed it up below!

Thanks to everyone who came and participated in the ec/toilet training discussion on Saturday. I was a bit nervous about how it would go with people who were doing EC, people who were about to potty train and people who had potty trained.

It turned out to be a great sharing of experiences and learning from each other. I talked about some of the Triple P strategies around preparing children for trying something challenging, clear communication, realistic expectations of ourselves as parents and of our children. The question of ‘do rewards work’ came up.

I’m going to do it again. It’s just about bringing people together so they can share experiences, gain knowledge from other parents and then use it to inform what feels right for them and their child. The main ethos is listen to your child and work with your child, gain their co-operation. I hope you all got as much out of it as I did!

Joyx

We’ll hold another of these sessions soon. We’re setting up new events and workshops all the time (Herbal Medecine workshop for mothers and mothers-to-be coming soon!) – see our new Events & Workshop section on our website.

October Eventastic

We’re all back from the summer holidays now and have five fantastic events planned for the month. Some are in the day and the rest in the early evening, which we hope will be of use to parents-to-be who are working during the day. If you can’t make the planned day/times, please get in touch so we can look at future event days/timings.

These events are in addition to our daily/weekly cloth nappy demos and our monthly Saturday nappy demo (next one, 20 October at 12.30pm if you’re interested but please book as space is limited). In fact, please book for all of the below workshops so we know you can all fit in.

Natural Infant Hygiene Workshop

The first event is at 10.30am to 12pm  Thursday 11 October – Natural Infant HygieneWorkshop with Rachel Richardson. We’ve hosted a number of these workshops and they are always well attended and well received. The workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the practicalities of Natural Infant Hygiene, to ask questions, and to talk to someone who has experience of it. It may also be a way to network with other parents trying this method for the first time.

Natural Infant Hygiene is the natural way to care for your baby’s toileting needs, and a growing number of parents are returning to the traditional practice of offering the baby toilet (or potty) opportunities. If this approach is used, there is no need for ‘conventional’ toilet training, as the child learns about toileting gradually, often starting from birth.

Toileting at 3 weeks of age
Photo courtesy of http://www.bornready.co.uk

Cost for tickets is £7; booking essential here. Our previous post about Natural Infant Hygiene, sometimes called Elimination Communication, with a resources list can be be found here.

Introduction to Slings and Babywearing

This evening event is from 6.30 to 8pm, Wednesday 17 October and run by Mama Natura’s Becky, a Trageschule Certified babywearing consultant.

This workshop will give you an overview of the benefits of using slings, break down some of the myths and misconceptions, and provide important safety information. There will be a demonstration of the different types of sling commonly available with an explanation of their pros and cons, plus a chance to try out a few with a weighted demo doll at the end of the session, with guidance and tips from a qualified babywearing instructor.

Woven wrap, photo courtesy of http://www.mamanatura.co.uk

All workshop participants will receive a voucher for 10% discount on the purchase of a sling from the Mama Natura online shop. Cost for the tickets is £8. Booking is essential here.

Normal Birth

Run by Andy and Viv, independent midwives from Maya Midwives, this workshop will take place at 7.30 to 9.30pm Wednesday 24 October. At this workshop you will learn techniques to help yourself – or your partner – prepare for and enjoy a normal birth, whether that be at home or in hospital.

Katrina’s sleeping twins at one day old

Tickets cost £5/10 individuals/couple. Booking is essential. Contact Nappy Ever After, mail2007@nappyeverafter.co.uk or call 020 7383 5115 for a booking form.

Placenta Encapsulation Information Workshop

OK, this event is on 1 November from 6.30 to 8pm, but we’re including it in the October events anyway! :- This will be an informational evening for parents to learn the benefits of utilising the placenta for healing after birth.

A chance for parents to ask Saskia and Jessica, North London Specialists of IPEN Placenta Network, questions about the 3rd stage, post-natal health and their options with their placenta.

Placenta capsules, photo courtesy of http://www.placentanetwork.com

£5 booking fee (partners can attend for free) – £5 off your placenta remedies with your local IPEN Placenta Specialist. Bookings essential here.

We have one more event to share but we’ll leave this for the next post. We’re finalising details this week!

Nappy Ever After

Elimination Communication

What is it? Can we do it in a modern society? How does it work?

We’re not the experts on the subject of elimination communication, sometimes known as natural infant hygiene, by any means. We’ve not used it properly on any of our children, although we were definitely using some of the same techniques when toilet training.  And we’ve discussed it with many parents over the years, whether it be advice about early toilet training or being asked for products which help when ECing. Our current general advice handout that we give out at our shop and at Nappuccinos, includes the following information:

What is elimination communication (EC)?

  • Babies are born with the idea to be clean.
  • EC is about listening and responding to your baby’s needs and to change her/him when s/he ‘asks’.
  • Help your baby ‘eliminate’ without a nappy, eg make a ‘psss’ sound when you change your baby to encourage her/him to pee on an open nappy.
  • For more information google ‘elimination communication’ or see www.bornready.co.uk.

Our current stock of Becopottys are perfect for those considering ECing because they are smaller than many potties (please note new versions of this potty may be bigger so check with your retailer).

It was great to see EC/NIH showcased in Sharon Horgan’s programme How to Be a Good Mother (around minute 9:30). Daria is a ‘Continuum Mum’ where the mother remains as close as possible to the baby by co-sleeping, sling-wearing and responding to her baby’s needs, as an example, knowing when she is going to the toilet. It was also great to see Daria sharing her knowledge and support with other local parents. There is a forum on http://www.bornready.co.uk which has loads of help and support for parents and carers.

In the same spirit, we teamed up with Rachel Richardson, an expert in Natural Infant Hygiene, and recently ran two events at our shop for people who were interested in finding out more about EC/NIH. Both of these events were sold out – contact us if you’d be interested in attending another one. Rachel is holding another session at the Coin St Neighbourhood Centre, Southwark, on 9 February. See here for booking information.

If you’d like to know more, then also take a look at Rachel’s Fact File on the Real Nappies for London site.

Nappy Ever After

We’re back!

Well it’s been a bumpy few months so a quick update and then we hope to be back with regular news as it happens!

1) The laundry we have used for over five years decided to give us notice so we had to find a new one to continue with the laundry service; we did and changed over mid-April. All going well – phew!

2) We were stuck abroad with the volcanic ash cloud and got back on the Friday before Real Nappy Week – argh! The holiday was lovely but the last part was rather stressful.

3) Real Nappy Week was great and there should be a video of our Hackney nappuccino on Go Real soon (that said more preparation time would have been good!).

4) We’ve finally launched our online shop. It went live on 12 July – woohoo! We’ve still got some stock items to upload but in essence we’re there!

5) DS1 has night toilet trained! Will post a blow-by-blow description about how it happened next week.

More soon!

Soo, the night toilet training update is…

Hmm, well, as per my other post about night training DS, he woke up with a wet nappy. Not surprising really. We spoke to him and he said he woke up wet. So we’re not sure if he wakes up and then does a wee in the bed or does the wee while asleep.

He helped strip the bed, taking it downstairs to the washing machine – bless him.

So we can’t handle the washing during the week and we’ve put him back in a nappy at night and will try again in a few weeks.

Will keep you posted!