Baby proofing your home

Baby proofing your home

Preparing your house for the arrival of your baby can seem like a daunting task. You only need to crawl around on your hands and knees for a few minutes to see all the potential dangers that exist. We cannot possibly protect our kids from every bump and bruise, despite our best efforts, but thoroughly baby proofing our house can greatly reduce the risk of serious injury. While your eagle-eyes are by far the best baby proofing you can do, don’t underestimate how tired you are likely to feel the first year and how quickly things can happen. What should you do before baby arrives and what can wait until they show signs they are ready to crawl? Here is a list of ideas to get you started.

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Two key tips for successful potty training

Two key tips for successful potty training

In my experience, there are two things that can make potty training process much quicker and easier. 

First and most importantly, finding a straightforward and effective approach to potty training that's best for you and your child.

Second, using incentives that actually work.

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Six simple steps to effective potty training using the Calm Method

Six simple steps to effective potty training using the Calm Method

If there's one thing we've learned about potty training it's that there are no set rules! Children show signs of readiness at different ages and a method that yields great results with one child can be completely ineffective for another, even siblings. That being said, the methods we believe are most effective are used after children are 18 months old and showing signs of readiness (check out our Toddler Method - Potty Training page).

The potty training approach below is based on the method used by our very own contributor, Terri. It is a relaxed, straightforward, child-led approach to potty training that allows you to effectively train your child how to use the potty stress-free. This method is great because you can go about your day almost completely as usual because the potty is always close by to your child (which helps to prevent accidents). If you need or want to go out with your child during the potty training process, just put her diaper or training pants on, and go. 

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Seven effective picture books to support potty training

Seven effective picture books to support potty training

Potty training can be a stressful and frustrating process for both parent and child, so I’m of the mindset that anything that is going to reduce the pressure, add some light humour, and actually be useful - is all good!  Kids learn from picture books and potty training is no exception.  There are a lot of books to choose from and they range from horribly boring to funny and effective!  Knowing your child and what makes them tick would be a great place to start.  From my own personal experience, comedy works with my kids.  Who doesn’t love some good potty humour, right? Having engaging characters, great illustrations and useful content are also a must. Below is a list of seven picture books that will hopefully appeal to your toddler, ease the process and maybe even make it a little bit of fun!

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