8 Ideas for a Quicker Morning Routine

speed up morning routineWe live in a busy world. It seems like there’s never enough time to get done all the things we’d like. We can definitely feel this problem most strongly in the mornings when we’re trying to get our family out of the house. Here are some tips to simplify your morning routine and speed everything up.

1. Wake up a few minutes earlier than the kids

If you find yourself struggling to get ready while you wrangle the kids, you’ll find it easier to wake up a few minutes before them and get yourself ready for the day. You’ll be able to shower and dress without being interrupted.

2. Pick out outfits the night before

A big part of everyone’s morning routine is deciding on which clothes to wear. Solve this problem the night before for everyone, including yourself. This way you’ll take the decision making out of your hands and you’ll have time to adequately prepare appropriate clothes (for the weather, where you’re going, etc.).

3. Drop everything by the door

To save yourself from forgetting something and having to run back home, put everything everyone needs by the door the night before. This includes mom and dad’s briefcase or workbag, the kids’ school bags, instruments, special school projects, etc.

4. Nix the distractions

Even if you have a few spare minutes, don’t let the kids get enthralled by the TV or start some elaborate project they won’t want to stop. It’s not the time to check your email or make a quick work phone call.

5. Enlist your kids

Delegate some morning tasks to your children to complete. Put one in charge of brining everyone’s items to the car. One could make everyone’s bed while another can make breakfast (likely an older child).

6. Get to sleep on time

If you aren’t getting enough sleep (or quality sleep) at night, you’ll be tempted to allow yourself to sleep until the last possible minute. Then you have to rush to get through your morning routine to get out the door on time. Put yourself to sleep earlier if you have to or find out what’s keeping you awake at night, so you be awake in the morning with time to spare.

7. Prepare breakfast ahead of time

Breakfast is often the bottleneck that trips us up in the morning. Prepare meals in advance to streamline this process, or serve meals that take little preparation time. Weekday mornings aren’t the time for waffles, but bagels with cream cheese and tomato are quick and easy.

8. Play some music

Music is a great way to put everyone in the mood and keep a pace. It doesn’t distract us like a television would. Play something upbeat in the morning to get everyone’s body moving.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

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5 Tips for Getting Your Toddler Active

how to get toddler activeThe best time of year to get your toddler to be more active is now! It is so important that you teach your child to be active now so that they are healthy and have the skills for later in life. My family loves being active. We try to include an activity that gets our hearts pumping every day! It’s also a great way for the whole family to stay fit and healthy together. If the kids would rather watch TV and play on the computer, like most do, it’s time for them to start moving and grooving! Here are five tips for getting your toddler active.

1. Make it fun.

When you are trying to get your child to be more active, you have to make sure it is fun.  You can’t force your children into this or offer a mundane task like jogging. That will be boring! Come up with fun ways for them to be active, like playing tag, bike riding or swimming. The less you make it seem like something they have to do and the more it comes off as a fun activity, the easier it will be for your toddler.

2. Turn family time into active time.

One of the best ways to get your child active is to make family time active time. Plan a fun family activity for the weekend, where the whole family participates. Anything from after dinner bike rides, to family swim time and horseplay are great. The kids will have so much fun while also being active.

3. Sign them up for a sport.

Most towns have little league sports for younger kids to participate in. Generally, they aren’t going to be too intense, and should be the right amount of activity that your toddler needs. Joining a sport will force your toddler to become active and it teaches them to be responsible, respectful and social.

4. Teach them.

One way you can get your toddler to be more active is to teach them why it is important. Sit down with them one day and tell them why it is good to be active and all the positive benefits it has on the body. Knowing that being active is important will help them to want to be active.

5. Do it too!

If you aren’t active, how can you expect your child to want to be? The best way to teach is to show. Be more active. Let your child see you go for runs and walks with friends and hikes. Make it something they want to take part in because they love spending time with you. The more active of a lifestyle you live, the more likely your child will want to be active too.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Baby Hiccups: Causes and Solutions

Baby HiccupsHiccups are a harmless inconvenience that can happen to anyone at any age. They even happen in the womb. The diaphragm is a muscle in your torso that goes up and down when you breathe. Every so often, this muscle can spasm and cause hiccups.

Hiccups are usually not a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Even if your baby gets the hiccups every day, there probably is nothing wrong. They are also not usually painful (as the intensity of the spasm is proportional to the muscle’s size, which is small in the case of young children). However, your baby might find them unsettling and irritating.

As your baby’s digestive system matures, the occurrences of the hiccups will fade. In the meantime, here’s how you can help.

Hiccups are usually associated with feedings

You’ll probably notice that when your child has the hiccups, they occur after a feeding. This is because the diaphragm is located so closely to the stomach. Keep a simple diary on some paper so you can mark when each instance occurred and what baby was doing.

Reduce air swallowing

Young infants often gulp too much air during a feeding, resulting in hiccups and gas. You can tell your baby is swallowing air by examining his belly. If it’s distended, he’s gathering air in his stomach. Listen to your baby for the smacking sound of air being consumed.

If you’re breastfeeding, review your latching techniques. If you’re bottle feeding, tilt the bottle higher so air rises to the top and make sure you aren’t using a nipple too wide for baby’s age. Also, keep baby upright during the feeding and a few minutes afterwards so air rises up.

Be sure to burp baby after feeding

It’s always best to help your baby burp after a feeding. I know during those night time feedings (when mom is sleepy) it’s easy to let baby fall asleep at the breast or bottle, but you should really get a burp out of them.

Feed half as much, but twice as often

Overfeeding is a likely cause of hiccups. If the stomach changes shapes too quickly (full or empty), the diaphragm could be triggered into spams. Try to slow down the feedings. Pause halfway through and try and burp your baby. If he’s content, wait a few minutes before resuming the feeding. This way everything has a few minutes to settle.

Offer a pacifier

Sucking on a pacifier stimulates all the muscles from the mouth right down into the chest. There’s no scientific evidence this helps, but plenty of moms swear it works. Even if it doesn’t work, it will give your baby something to focus on so they don’t become stressed by the constant hiccupping.

It might be reflux

Hiccups are sometimes associated with gastroesophageal reflux, where babies regurgitate some of the contents of their stomach into their esophagus. This could trigger pain and hiccups. If your baby seems to be in pain during the hiccups, consult your doctor

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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5 Ways to Treat Your Baby’s Eczema

Treat Your Baby’s EczemaIt’s very common for babies to develop red, crusty patches of skin during the first few months of life. For some babies it will last into adolescence but for others they will outgrow it. It can appear anywhere on baby and the skin will appear dry and rough. Typically eczema will show up on baby’s cheeks and the surfaces of skin baby uses to crawl. There are different things that trigger eczema like heat or dry skin, but luckily it is very treatable.

1. Apply moisturizer

Since eczema is caused by the body not producing enough ceramides, your best option is to use a moisturizer that contains ceramides. It’s important that moisturizer or cream is used on a daily basis and applied after a bath to help baby’s skin retain moisture.

2. Keep baby from scratching

Baby will want to scratch at her dry, itchy skin but this will only end up making the condition worse. Trim baby’s nails often and file them so they are not sharp. You can also try to put mittens on baby to prevent scratching.

3. Use unscented products

Any kinds of creams, soaps, or even laundry detergent used should be unscented. Anything perfumed can further irritate baby’s skin and is rougher than mild, fragrance-free products. Natural, eco-friendly bath products are safer on baby’s extra sensitive skin.

4. Test for allergies

Your baby’s eczema could possibly be caused by food allergies. If this is the case, then those foods need to be removed from baby’s diet in order to treat the eczema. You can speak to your pediatrician about referring you to an allergist.

5. Let her skin breathe

Try to avoid dressing baby in thick layers and let her skin breathe. Smooth fabrics like cotton are your best option and you should avoid scratchy fabrics like wool. Heat can also dry out the skin so do not keep baby too bundled up.

baby headrestGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Tips for Making Feeding Time Fun

Tips for Making Feeding Time FunYoung children can sometimes be a little extra fussy when it’s feeding time. The key to an easy, successful, meal for your children is to make it enjoyable for them. If you can manage to make feeding time fun for the little one, it’ll definitely be more fun for you as well. Try these tips for making feeding time enjoyable for children:

Finger Foods

One way to make feeding times easier is to provide your baby with finger foods, such as pieces of cooked pasta, little squares of bread, or simply Cheerios. These will keep him busy, which will allow you to enjoy your own food as well. One common idea that parents like to employ for mealtime is to pour cereal straight on to baby’s high chair tray. While your child is busy picking up and playing with the individual morsels of cereal, you’ll be able to either prepare other food for him or eat your own meal.

Communication

Try to use encouraging communication with your baby while they are eating. A combination of talking, praising, and smiling to show they are doing a good job eating their food will go a long way in making the meal more enjoyable for them. If they begin to refuse their food at any point, try taking a quick break to play with them, and hopefully their mood will lighten up again.

Fun Utensils

A classic idea for encouraging a fun feeding time is the “airplane” trick. Children love the imaginative nature of this simple movement where parents pretend the spoon is an airplane or train. Along with being creative while feeding them, you can also find some fun utensils to buy for your kids too. Since there are so many options out there for parents, try to find a spoon that is designed into one of your child’s favorite toys or figures. Children are sure to love a fun utensil over the generic plastic ones.

Baby See, Baby Do

Since you are the sole role model for your child at these young ages, they will trust your decisions and actions most. Due to this, if you can demonstrate eating to them during feeding time, it will make it a lot easier and more fun for them. Take a bite yourself, or pretend to, and then make yummy noises to show them how good it tastes. Chances are your child will be much more willing to give it a try now!

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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How to Tell if Baby Has a Food Allergy

How to Tell if Baby Has a Food AllergyOnce your baby is old enough to start eating solid foods, this is the time when parents begin to wonder if there is a possibility that baby could have a food allergy. Food allergies can cause many different symptoms in infants, and there are specific foods that are more likely to cause allergic reactions. It’s good to catch any food allergies early on, but parents should still wait to give baby certain foods.

These top eight foods are more likely to be allergenic, but it’s suggested to wait until your child is three years old before giving him peanuts:

  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat

Symptoms can occur immediately after the food is eaten, or they can take up to a few hours to appear. If your child has difficulty breathing, is wheezing, you notice swelling of the face or lips, or baby starts vomiting, you should call 911 right away. These reactions are severe and can be fatal.

Other symptoms that can occur due to food allergies include:

  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Coughing
  • Tongue swelling
  • Diarrhea

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. They will evaluate your child to identify specific allergies and most likely will tell you to remove the food from your child’s diet. To identify the culprit, many doctors recommending eliminating foods from baby’s diet one by one until they figure out the problem. An allergist can also prick your child’s skin with food-protein extracts. Allergy-causing foods will leave a red, itchy bump. Sometimes food sensitivities or allergies can go away with time and you will be able to add the food back into your child’s diet.

If there is a history of allergies in the family and baby’s older siblings have food allergies, there is a higher chance that baby will also develop food allergies.

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organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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Guide to Teaching Kids Table Manners

Guide to Teaching Kids Table MannersGood manners are skills that help your kid succeed in multiple areas of their life; in class, with friends, with future employers, etc. These good manners can start in your own home, and more specifically at the dinner table. If you teach your children how to behave properly at a young age, it’ll be sure to carry on with them throughout their lives. Here are some tips for teaching kids table manners:

Rules to Teach

 1.  Sit at the Table

Teaching your child to actually sit at the table, without getting up, squirming, or standing on their chair, is the first place to start. Between 15 and 30 minutes is a good starting point, but as they get older they’ll settle down a bit and be able to sit still for longer dinners.

2.  Chewing with Closed Mouth

Giving your child an example of how rude it can be to chew with food in your mouth is a good place to start. Eat some food and open your mouth wide to show them how gross it can look. Explain this is impolite and show them how to properly chew their food at the table.

3.  Using a Napkin

You can start by showing them how to properly place a napkin in their lap to avoid any stain if they drop food by accident – which is very likely with children! Make sure to explain that we use napkins to wipe our mouths or anything else that may become dirty during dinner. Tell them how it will keep their sleeves and shirt clean as well.

4.  Asking Nicely

Asking politely for more food and drink is another aspect of teaching good table manners to your children. Rather than “I want more chicken”, you should teach your kid to phrase it, “Can you please pass the chicken?” Since this is something the entire table will likely hear, guests will certainly be pleased to see such good manners in your child.

5.  Using Utensils Properly

If your child is old enough to use their own utensils, the next step is teaching how to properly hold and use them. First, teach the basics like how to properly hold a fork or spoon when attempting to eat their food. Then, they can graduate to cutting their own food if they’re allowed to use a knife. Since the proper cutting technique requires developed motor skills, you may need to wait until they’re a little older.

baby swaddleWritten by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Woombie? Send your topic idea to pr@woombie.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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5 Most Common Potty Training Mistakes

potty training tipsLet’s face it, potty training is probably one of the hardest things you are going to face with your toddler or preschooler. If you found this page, you have most likely been Googling this potty training topic for a while, and weren’t as lucky as the mom at playgroup who claims “he just potty trained himself”. There are a million tips out there on how to potty train your child, and all the information is pretty much the same. So instead, let’s talk about the possible mistakes you could be making during potty training. Because in my opinion when it comes to potty training, there is a lot more you can be doing wrong, than doing right, that may be the cause of unsuccessful potty training. Here are the most common mistakes parents make when beginning potty training.

1. Potty Training when your child is not ready.

If you want potty training to be successful, then your child has to be ready. Potty training a 15 month old and wondering why he or she is not getting it, is frustrating for both you and your child. I have seen 15 month month olds potty trained, but it’s not very common. Most children are ready at 22 months of age, so trying before then may be a challenge.

2. Allowing diapers to be worn “sometimes.”

This is a huge no no. If you have made the commitment to potty train your child, then you have to make a promise not to revert back to diapers. No matter what! What kind of message are you sending your child if you expect him to use the potty, but slap on a diaper when you have to go to out? There are plenty of options for outings during training, if you absolutely have to go out. You can get a travel seats that fold in your purse and even piddle pads for car seats (pictured below).

3. Going out during training.

If you don’t have to go out, then don’t. Make a commitment to stay home. Potty training is no joke! and treating it as such will lead to failure. If you are serious about this, then you have to commit to a long weekend or do it during a time that you can stay home. The first couple of days you are going to have major accidents, so it is best to be home. It’s easier for you and it’s less stressful for your little one.

4. Not trying long enough.

A lot of parents get frustrated after a day or 2 of messy floors, constipation, accidents, etc. I know, because I was one of those parents. Some children may need a little more time. It took my daughter 5 days to be pee trained, and 7 to be poop trained. If I gave up after a the first EXTREMELY horrible 3 days, she wouldn’t be potty trained right now. Give your child at least a week. It usually doesn’t take any longer than that.

5. Not getting help, when it’s not working.

This is a biggie. Many parents just keep trying over and over, and potty trainingcontinues to be a massive fail. Some kids are more stubborn than others. Some are defiant or just really afraid of the potty. With these kids, the traditional potty training tips are just not going to work. Bare bottom methods, or forcing your child to potty train may be traumatic for a child that has such fears. Knowing how to respond to these types of situations, will be crucial to your success.

If you have tried potty training on your own and have been unsuccessful then I would recommend a good potty training book or guide. There is nothing wrong with getting a book with tips, a program, guide etc. There is a reason these things are available, because not all children are easy to train, and sometimes without help or guidance you will just keep facing the same road blocks. I suggest getting something that is going to give you a step by step process. My favorite is the “Start Potty Training” program. Here is my review of it, as well as other popular 3 day potty training programs.

potty training tipsGuest Blog by Violet Giannone, Registered Nurse and Owner of Tots and Kids 101

Violet Giannone is a Registered Nurse, a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, as well as a professional member of The National Sleep Foundation. She has also written articles for parenting websites such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Violet started her website to help parents who were experiencing the same issues she had with her first daughter, Brianna. When Brianna was born, she wouldn’t sleep at all at night. Violet became exhausted, frustrated, and was at her wit’s end. She knew she had to do something so she studied every single sleep training method, sleep book, and program out there. She relied on her nursing knowledge of sleep cycles, disturbances, and how sleep works. She tried different methods and tweaked things until…ta-da! Brianna was sleeping through the night.

Since then, Violet has helped many families through the information on her blog, as well as on an individual basis. She maintains a blog to help parents with potty training and potty training tips. She loves sharing all that she has learned with other parents. She knows firsthand how important sleep is to be able to function and take care of your day-to-day responsibilities. She now has over 150,000 parents visit her site each month!

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All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Woombie makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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3 Day Potty Training: Is It Possible?

3 day potty training

I’m sure you have come across 3 day potty training methods that promise to potty train your child in 3 days. But you wonder if such methods are just gimmicks. Same here! When I started potty training my daughter, she was such a hard case. I started looking into all of these potty training methods for girls, programs, and books. I was so desperate and wanted a quick fix. “Only 3 days!” I thought… that’s awesome!

But which program or book do I choose? What potty training method is most effective? There are so many out there that promise different things. They all differ in how to approach potty training. My daughter was so scared of the potty, and stubborn at the same time. So I had to find a program that was going to consider her temperament and fears. So I decided to do what any good blogger would do. I decided to review some of these popular programs. For myself, and my readers…you’re welcome!

First let’s answer the question, “Can I potty train my child in 3 days?”

What is the best potty training method? Well that depends on how you define potty train. If you mean that your child will be completely accident free after 3 days, then the answer is NO. And any program that promises you that, you should definitely stay away from. Your child will have accidents and that is completely normal.

If you think that your child will be diaper free at night time after only 3 days, then the answer is also a resounding NO! Being able to hold urine in during the night is a developmental thing. Your child’s bladder has to signal the brain and wake her up. That is something that happens with age. This is not something you can train or control. Sure a few lucky parents will take away diapers during the day, and their child will stay dry at night too. But those are a lucky few, and usually the ones that start potty training late, meaning the child has already achieved that physiological development.

Now if you define potty training as your child being able to control pee or poop and let it go in potty or toilet. You expect a few accidents here and there, and you don’t think night-time control is a prerequisite. Then YES, it is possible to potty train in 3 days.

Now let’s talk about the different potty training methods and programs out there.

Keep in mind that they all have pretty much the same concept. Which is that you get rid of diapers, devote yourself to at least 3 days of stay at home potty training, and not use pull-ups to sabotage the process. So I will discuss the main differences between them.

#1 Pick Start Potty Training Program, by Carol Cline

Out of all the programs I have reviewed, this one is my favorite potty training method. This program is created by a mother of 4, and daycare owner who has tons of experience with potty training toddlers. In this program, Carol teaches you an easy to follow method of potty training, with no pressure to nighttime train.

What I love is that she covers a variety of topics. She talks about differences between potty training boys and girls. She has special sections in the program for special needs children (autism, down syndrome etc). There is a section especially for twins/multiples, and older children who may be more difficult to train. The best part of this program is the “bumps in the road” section, which every potty training parent will face during potty training. In this section she addresses fear of pooping, wetting the bed, tantrums, regression and so much more. She also teaches you how to handle outings to places like the mall, fairs, pools, and even airplane travels. I also love the fact that you can ask her questions when they come up during the training process (and trust me, your always going to have questions). Carol offers a “lifeline” where you can reach her directly, with any unique questions you may have.

The personal consultations is what had me sold. This program goes way beyond a quick 3 day potty training method, Carol Cline literally helps you through EVERYTHING. There isn’t a topic that she doesn’t cover. You are truly getting your money’s worth. That is why I recommend this program above any other. Don’t be discouraged by the gimmicky sales page. The site could use a little work in the marketing department. I bet many parents are turned off by the silly video. But if you overlook that, it’s a really great program. Here are some more features of the Start Potty Training Program.

No-Sweat Potty Training, by Dana Obleman

This is another popular potty training program. And as most of the other programs, you ditch the diapers, offer tremendous praise and rewards for success. The main difference with this program is that your child is allowed to wear diapers at night. Dana considers daytime and nighttime training as two separate entities. Dana says “you should also understand (and let your child know) that he’ll still be using diapers at nighttime, and that nighttime diapers are OK — even for big kids! (The fact is that bladder control at night takes longer to master.)”

This alone is a huge plus in my book. I need a program that’s going to offer a realistic method and approach, not a quick gimmick. What I also like about Dana Obleman is that you can get lots of freebies right from her site. Useful information that may answer your questions, before you even decide to purchase the program. For example, right now you can get a free PDF where Dana talks about potty training myths, and gives you tips on how to potty train. Here it is.

3 Day Potty Training by, Lora Jensen

A program that quickly gained popularity (I’m guessing it has something to do with title). The gist of this program is that you take away all diapers, put on underwear, and don’t ever revert back to diapers. You offer liquids and high fiber foods. And you praise and reward your child for using the potty. It’s a pretty simple program, straightforward and easy to follow. There are a few things I didn’t like. First Lora has you refer to accidents as “yucky” or “pew”.

Now my little girl had a very bad fear of “letting it go.” (you can read about thatHERE) Among all my research, I learned that kids with these fears usually view their “duty” as part of themselves and their body. In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is call “a part of your child’s body”, “yucky”.

That’s a horrible idea, and will only make your child feel ashamed. The other thing that was a deal breaker was that Lora has you take away diapers, even at night-time. I agree taking them away during the day, but as I mentioned before night-time training is a developmental milestone, that matures with age. Lora says that if your child is at least 22 months old, they should be waking up dry and gives you a few different options of “nighttime training”. I tried her method and it just didn’t work. There is no way my 22 month old was going to stay dry at night. That is not something you can “train”. She wet the bed over and over. When she woke up, the diaper had cold pee, and she had no idea she had done it. Meaning she did at some point during the night while she was asleep. Waking my daughter up from her sleep to take her potty just wasn’t an option for us. And you can’t really change things up either, Lora says you have to “follow the program to the T” for it to be successful. This program may work for others, but it didn’t work for us.

So there you have it! A quick guide to the most popular 3 day potty training programs that promise to potty train your child in a few days. If there are any you would like me to review that I haven’t mentioned please leave me a comment below, and I will try my best to get a copy for review.

potty training tipsGuest Blog by Violet Giannone, Registered Nurse and Owner of Tots and Kids 101

Violet Giannone is a Registered Nurse, a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, as well as a professional member of The National Sleep Foundation. She has also written articles for parenting websites such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Violet started her website to help parents who were experiencing the same issues she had with her first daughter, Brianna. When Brianna was born, she wouldn’t sleep at all at night. Violet became exhausted, frustrated, and was at her wit’s end. She knew she had to do something so she studied every single sleep training method, sleep book, and program out there. She relied on her nursing knowledge of sleep cycles, disturbances, and how sleep works. She tried different methods and tweaked things until…ta-da! Brianna was sleeping through the night.

as on an individual basis. She maintains a blog to help parents with potty training andpotty training tips. She loves sharing all that she has learned with other parents. She knows firsthand how important sleep is to be able to function and take care of your day-to-day responsibilities. She now has over 150,000 parents visit her site each month!

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Helping Mom Get the Sleep She Needs

Helping Mom Get the Sleep She NeedsAs a parent, we talk a lot about baby sleep. We analyze our children’s sleep schedules, judge their needs and bend over backwards to help them get the sleep they need. But what about moms?

There have definitely been some mornings for me where I laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling, wishing I could have just fifteen more minutes of sleep. I’m sure I’m not alone. Motherhood is a grueling experience for new parents. Amidst the lovey tender feelings is certainly some stress and anxiety. So how does a mom go about getting the rest sheneeds?

Sleep when the baby sleeps

There will always be chores to perform and errands to run, but your priorities should be your baby’s health and your own. When baby sleeps, you should sleep. Even if you aren’t particularly tired, lie down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Get the rest when you can.

Avoid excessive responsibilities

Everyone as a limit; a point of which they can do no more. Recognize yours and stop volunteering to help when you’ve come to it. For example, don’t volunteer to attend your child’s school field trip if the thought of a long day with hours on a bus makes you anxious.

After your delivery, use the hospital nursery

It’s funny that when we’re the most exhausted we’ve ever been (right after birth), we also want to interact with our little one as much as possible. Take advantage of the hospital staff and let them tend to your baby for a night or two while you recuperate. You’ll have plenty of time to bond.

Accept offers of help

When grandma wants to visit for a couple hours, say yes! Even if you don’t feel tired or stressed, let her come over and mind the baby for a bit. Rather than use the time torecover your inner calm, use it to prevent stress and exhaustion. Plus, you might have plenty of people who would enjoy the experience.

Speak up!

If you’re tired, tell someone! There’s no need to carry a burden by yourself if others are willing. Talk to the people in your life, especially your spouse. Let them know that the stress is starting to accumulate and you’re worried about its effect on your health.

In fact, carrying for a child while you are sleep deprived is dangerous. You could make a terrible mistake. You aren’t a bad mom just because you need some time to yourself – you’re just human.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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