The Duct Tape of Baby Creams

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Initially I purchased this cream as Ella had some dry patches on her arm that didn’t seem to go away.  We had showed these patches to our doctor and of course the doctor gave us cortisone cream which I couldn’t imagine using on baby skin.  As you know cortisone cream thins the skin and forever makes it more sensitive to everything!  The calendula cream worked wonders on the dry patches and in no time they were gone – all with a safe and natural option which was exactly what I was looking for.   (more…)

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Kandoo Flushable Wipes

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Kandoo Flushable Wipes – 4 stars 4 stars

These wipes are thicker than toilet paper so it’s easier for little ones as one sheet is enough so you don’t have to worry about them getting enough toilet paper and being able to fold it.  They are pre-moistened so I find it cleans better than toilet paper.  It’s lightly scented but I hardly even notice it and it’s sensitive enough that Ella hasn’t had any reactions to it.  We’ve used these for a couple years now and we have not had any issues with our toilet clogging (ours is a low flow toilet as well).  In addition they are biodegradable which is nice.  I buy these in bulk which helps with the cost a little.  They are about the same price as baby wipes per sheet.  These were exactly what I was looking for so I haven’t tried any other brand to compare if it’s better or worse.  I find they are all comparable in pricing so I’ve just stuck with these.

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Step Stool for Potty Training

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1. Ikea Bolmen stool – 3 stars 3 stars

Ikea stoolThese stools are high which was what I was looking for since we started potty training when Ella was about 32 inches high.  This was a perfect height to help support her getting onto the potty and then accessing the sink to wash her hands.  The platform is average size but of course with the added height be careful if they need to turn around while on the stool.  There is a small chance it could tip over with the height as well so I would recommend supervision if the child is small. (more…)

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Potty Seat

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In researching potty seats, there were a few things that I looked for.  It needed to be comfortable and easy to clean.  After some research I ended up purchasing two options:

1. Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer – 5 stars 5 stars  (more…)

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When is the Right Time to Potty Train?

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Getting ready for the arrival of Ella and being warned about the amount of soiled diapers I’d have to change, I stocked my nursery with all the essentials – changing pad, diapers, wipes and disposable gloves.  Yes, disposable gloves were a must have for me as the thought of even accidentally getting any of it on my hands grossed me out.  As with everything when you actually become a parent, you just learn to deal with it as there is no other choice.

As a result, I was happy to support potty training as soon as possible!  We were lucky as Ella’s baby sitters were completely on board.  I read a lot of articles about when the right time was and many of the articles indicated that you should wait until they showed interest in the potty or were uncomfortable sitting in a soiled diaper.  Ella was 19 months at the time, and I can’t say that she showed interest or even cared too much about a soiled diaper.  In looking back, I think she was a little young to really care one way or another and I wonder if I waited until she had more of an opinion on things whether she would have been as agreeable to go along with it.  Who knows, all I knew was the sooner the better and since she didn’t fight us on it, why not? (more…)

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