How Much Does A Stroller Cost? (Plus examples)

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Before my baby was born I decided (my wife made me) to research all different types of strollers, I had never realized how many different styles there were and all the many features I could find, so I decided that I wanted a stroller whose price is worth it.

In short, the average price of a traditional stroller is between  $25 and $350, jogging strollers are between $50 and $550, all-terrain strollers will cost between $150 and $400, high-end strollers can cost more than $600. Some strollers come with an infant car seat (they are called “travel systems”) and could cost from $100 to $600. Double strollers may cost between $75 and $800

As you can see, you will find strollers for all budgets, but besides the price, you have to consider your family needs, such as the size of your car (it is difficult to fit an all-terrain stroller into a small car), how many children you will have (such as twins or triplets) or the manufacturer. All of these factors will play a role in the final price of a stroller.

Purchasing a stroller requires planning, remember that one of the things to keep in mind is that if you buy a good stroller, it will last for 3-4 years, whereas if you buy ones that are less adaptable, you’ll be buying different strollers in the future as your child outgrows them – or if lesser quality they just break or will get ruined too fast. So you have to play it smart, and not only cheap.

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL, JOGGING, ALL-TERRAIN STROLLERS, AND TRAVEL SYSTEMS

  • A traditional stroller is usually the one with 4 small wheels and is not suitable for children under 5 or 6 months old (some of them are compatible with infant car seats, that you can buy separately and attach to them).

  • A jogging stroller has a fixed wheel in the front that you cannot swivel and a handbrake making them easier to push and the air-filled tires give a smoother ride to the child.

  • An all-terrain stroller is a three-wheeled traditional stroller with larger, air-filled tires that can be used on a variety of surfaces (these strollers are usually heavier than its counterparts, (they are usually presented as jogging strollers because of the similarity of prices and feel).

  • A travel System is a convertible stroller (whether it is regular, jogging stroller or an all-terrain), it usually comes with an infant car seat for when the baby is a newborn and you can detach as they grow.

  • Double strollers are those designed to transport two kids, you will find the traditional dual stroller or those called TANDEM which are able to be used as a simple single stroller for when you only have one child. Some of them are for twins or triplets and others are for children of different ages.

 

EXAMPLES OF TRADITIONAL STROLLERS PRICES:

  • Graco Modes Stroller – Around $250
  • Chicco Bravo LE Quick-Fold Stroller  – Around $250
  • Chicco Bravo Quick-Fold Stroller – Around $220
  • Graco Verb Click Connect Stroller Around $100
  • Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller – Around  $70
  • Besrey Airplane Stroller – $160
  • Pockit Lightweight Stroller – $180

 

EXAMPLES OF JOGGING AND ALL-TERRAIN STROLLERS PRICES

  • Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller – $190
  • Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller – $110
  • BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller, Black – $500
  • Baby Trend Xcel Jogger Stroller – $104
  • Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller  – $300
  • BOB Revolution PRO Jogging Stroller – $500

 

EXAMPLES OF TRAVEL SYSTEMS PRICES

  • Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System – $380
  • Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System – $280
  • Evenflo Vive Travel System – $160
  • Graco Fastaction Fold Click Connect Travel System – $200
  • Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System – $160
  • Baby Trend Expedition LX Travel System – $210
  • Safety 1st Smooth Ride Travel System – $190

 

EXAMPLES OF DOUBLE STROLLER PRICES

  • Graco Ready2Grow LX Double Stroller – $220
  • BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Jogging Stroller –  $640
  • Graco DuoGlider Double Stroller – $140
  • Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller – $280
  • Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger – $158
  • Chicco Cortina Together Double Stroller – $300

 

CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PURCHASING A STROLLER

Travel System vs Stroller and Convertible Car Seat bought separately.

One of the most difficult questions, (one that will turn you into a strategist) is that if it is better just to buy a travel system (which includes both a stroller and an infant car seat) o just the pram and a convertible car seat that your child can use longer.

The answer is this: It depends on your child size and how fast they grow (it could be by the time they are 5 or 6 months old, but this also depends on your genetics), the car seat of a travel system is usually smaller, but very convenient since you just take out and take in the seat from the stroller and the car.

The convertible car seat is usually meant to be rear-facing, but you cannot rear-face your child until they are two years old. On the other hand, I bought a travel system, used its car seat for like, 6 months and had to buy a convertible car seat.

With this in mind, I think it would be smarter to buy the travel system and a convertible car seat that can be used with children over 25 or 26 pounds (like the evenflow securedkid booster car seat), which is more expensive than a convertible car seat or than a booster seat, but you will only have to buy 2 products, the travel system and the car seat.

 

Size and weight of the stroller.

As I said it before, a jogging stroller is very heavy (and your back will complain eventually), they also occupy a lot of space, if you have a car with a small trunk or you suffer back problems and will be carrying the stroller very often, It is better to stay away from them. A compact stroller will be more suitable for you.

There are strollers that fit inside a backpack, such as the pockit lightweight stroller, although they are limited regarding cup holders and organizers (in case they are important to you).

On the other hand, if back pain or small spaces are not an issue for you, then a jogging stroller is extremely helpful, they go smoothly through all the walk and your little one will not even feel the potholes.

 

Safety of the stroller.

Always keep in mind that before comfort, usability and look, safety is the most important thing, nowadays strollers should meet these minimum standards:

  • five-point harness with waist, crotch and shoulder straps.
  • Good brakes.
  • Tether straps for your wrist and prevent the stroller from rolling away.

 

 

 

How Do Baby Registries Work And How To Build One?

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How do baby registries work and how to build one? By Yazmin Rangel.- The happiness of waiting for a new member in the family does not compare with anything, when I was expecting my baby, everything was clothes, bottles, pacifiers and researching on the Internet the most useful products for the new adventure of parenting; but also, receiving gifts from my mom, my in-laws and my loved ones, who usually did not know what we needed or what we already had.

This is how baby registries work: You create at a store a list of items that you would like to receive as gifts, (such as strollers, bottles etc.) which your family and friends can purchase for you, and thus, facilitating their task of choosing the presents and preventing a duplicity of gifts.

Even when we were making the preparations for our Baby Shower many relatives talked about bringing so many gifts for the baby, The problem is that we already had most of them, that’s why I decided to have a Baby Registry, which I will explain to you, what it is and how they work.

WHAT IS THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF A BABY REGISTRY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

A Baby Registry is a list of special items for the baby that we can create from our local store or an online store and we can share to our loved ones so they know what to give us, it works just as a wishlist that your family an friends will see before you throw a baby shower or the day your baby will be born.

I know, maybe you feel uncomfortable telling people what kind of products you want instead of letting them choose one according to their possibilities, budget, and good will, but think as well that many of them do not want to be guessing, do you like giving a present and find out that perhaps other two people gave the same thing as you?

In the list you can put a variety of items of different prices. From baskets, clothes and utensils to feed the baby to cribs and infant car seats.

It is worth noting that there are Internet sites specializing in baby products that do not have a physical store.

It is quite common for moms who will have a baby shower to create a Baby Shower Registry (which is basically the same). On some occasions, instructions on how to find or use the registry are included in the invitations.

Most of the departmental stores that offer these registries have special machines where people can print the list containing the items selected by the mother as well as special promotions, such as discounts or gift complements. Once the product is paid for, the cashier (or the e-shop) deactivates the item in the register, so that it does not duplicate, that is the purpose of a baby registry.

 

HOW CAN I BUILD A BABY REGISTRY?

It is important that you start with a list of items that you would like to receive, select the items by categories, such as “baby room”, “hygiene”, “breastfeeding”, “for mom”, etc. Try to choose products within your friends’ budget, do not add too expensive products if you know they can not afford something like that!

  • One of the coolest things about baby registries (especially online), is that you can add items at any time in most of them, just as they come to your mind, so the first thing that you need is to decide where to register your list. choosing a store with a big selection of items is a must, if you see that their catalog is too limited, skip that one.
  • Remember to check out the refund policy before choosing your registry and the items.

 

POPULAR BABY REGISTRIES

Many mothers create their gift list at Target, Buy Buy Baby or baby.list. You can have lists in several stores and they all allow you to create it in their website, so you can go work on it and add items little by little.

The good thing about most of these stores is that they offer you a discount coupon (completion coupon) to buy what is left over from your list after the baby shower when the date of delivery approaches.

Another option is to create a Universal Baby Registry, you may find some of them at Myregistry.com or BabyList, where you can add gifts from several sites. You can usually put a button in your navigation panel to easily add the products you see on other web pages.
The advantage is having everything in one place (instead of keeping several lists in different stores), but the disadvantage is that these sites do not usually offer a coupon in the end.

A good combination of both types of Baby Registries is Amazon, which in addition to allowing you to select from the wide variety of products it sells, it is also a universal record. Amazon offers a coupon for most of the products you choose from its website, but not for those that are part of the Universal Registry.

 

IS THERE A COST INVOLVED IN A BABY REGISTRY?

In essence, a baby registry is free, but you should consider some costs that may be involved for example:

  • Some baby registries bay charge a fee for some transactions (especially when there is a gift card involved or a payment service provider, like paypal or payoneer). This could cost between 1% or 2% of the total price of the gift.
  • A fee if, for instance, when there is a refund or you want to exchange an item.

 

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING A BABY REGISTRY

  1. Start planning in advance, preferably about 10 to 12 weeks before your baby shower (if it is a baby shower registry and you already know the gender) or before the baby is born.
  2. Research your prefered retailers, take a look at their conditions, for instance: if they offer postbirth discounts, refund and shipment policies etc. It is better to choose a store you are already comfortable with and make sure their catalogue is vast enough. Take into account your family’s budget, for example, if they are wealthy you may choose something like POTTERY BARN, others like Amazon are for a wider public.
  3. Research your preferred items. Remember that you may want to end up buying some of these, especially when they offer discounts, check out the price, your budget and your needs, then add them to your list little by little. Always keep in mind choosing from a wide variety of prices, not only expensive or cheap products, I recommend an average of $30 for the cheaper items and $800 for the most expensive. (Check out the list below)
  4. Let your relatives and friends know about your baby registry, most of the times this can be done through the retailer but you may also want to create a printable. If you have the skills you can create it yourself or you can pay someone to do it, I like FIVERR for that kind of stuff, for as little as $5 dollars some of them can create a pretty printable list.

 

WHAT ITEMS SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY BABY REGISTRY LIST?

The list will depend a lot on your taste and parenting style. Are you going to breastfeed or give formula? Are you going to use disposable or cloth diapers? You should keep these and other questions in mind when you make your list.
Make sure to include a variety of prices for all budgets.

Diapering

  • Diapers
  • Cover cloth (for cloth diapers)
  • Wet wipes
  • Changer
  • Container for dirty diapers
  • Ointment

Hygiene and health

  • soap
  • shampoo
  • brush
  • nail clipper
  • teether
  • nasal aspirator
  • thermometer
  • hooded towel
  • laundry detergent for children
  • bath

Feeding

  • baby bottles
  • milk extractor
  • tableware and cutlery
  • pacifiers
  • High chair
  • Pillow or breastfeeding pad

Baby room

  • Moses
  • Cradle
  • Mattress
  • Bed sheets
  • Waterproof protector for mattress
  • Rocking chair
  • Monitor
  • baby monitor system
  • humidifier
  • Mobile

 

Activity

  • Rocking chair or hammock
  • Play carpet
  • Playground
  • Toys
  • Blankets
  • Books

 

Walking

  • Pram
  • Safety seat
  • Baby carrier

 

WHAT NOT TO PUT ON MY BABY REGISTRY LIST?

 

  • Most of the moms choose not to include clothes, shoes, blankets, bibs or pacifiers since the guests usually buy them anyway and also because when buying clothes, the models you chose when you created the list may not be available.
  • I think this will sound kind of obvious, but do not include formula, you do not know if it will be the right one for your baby.
  • Some moms suggest not to include a bottle warmer since they take longer to warm the milk, the truth is that at least for me it, was a life saver, especially at some hotels where there was not any other way to warm it.

 

 

 

Best Hiking Carriers For Toddlers, How To Choose The Best One?

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Best hiking carriers for toddlers.- I have always practiced hiking, specially when I was single. And now with a baby? why would I stop? I only need the right equipment. My first walks as a new dad were not with the best toddler carriers for hiking, however when my wife and I discovered the ergonomic baby carriers we did not know it could be so easy and fun to share this experience with our child.

From large outings to small walks we have practiced a bit of everything. We have climbed to considerable altitudes and we have taken simple walks in the park or in the countryside. In any case they have always been wonderful experiences in which the toddler carriers have helped us eliminate barriers and enjoy enormously our activities with total comfort and simplicity.

The choice of the best baby-toddler carrier for hiking.

In any case we should always choose a toddler carrier with support on both shoulders. Usually we will spend a lot of time walking and it would be absurd to think that we can carry the baby in an asymmetric way for a long time.

The best types of toddler-baby carriers for this activity are: the wrap(knitted, preferably), the mei-tai or the ergonomic backpack.

First toddler carrier: The Wrap

The wrap is probably the best toddler carrier option and, most importantly, the most comfortable. It is versatile, and when you learn to use it , your will find it simple and original, since you can change the knot depending on the age of the baby, the time of day, the situation, etc …
When used correctly, it is comfortable, and perhaps the best for a long-way porting, even when the child is already one or two years old, and even more so if she/he is not too heavy (+ 26 pounds).
The advantages with respect to other options are the type of fabric (natural as cotton, linen, or others), the fact that they are breathable and thermoregulable, they also have good adaptability to both the parent and the baby, good weight support and its distribution in the trunk the carrier. They do not add weight to the child because they lack harnesses or frames.

The disadvantages: it requires learning, the wrap is a device that needs practice, observation and above all, patience, but the time spent in learning how to use it is worth it.
An unsuspected advantage is that when standing it becomes useful as a blanket for the floor, a diaper changer (being careful not to stain it) or evena  hammock.

You will find many of them in Amazon here.

Second Toddler Carrier: The Mei-tai

A second option is the mei tai, with a good comfort-practicality relationship, it is a baby carrier of traditional origin, very easy to use and adapting very well to both carrier and porter.
For longer hikes we should prefer in this case the mei tais with wide strips that facilitate a knotting with the possibility of three layers of support for the baby. That is, the strips can be worn simply by holding the knees (favoring a good position), or they can be stretched wide, favoring not only a good position but also forming two more layers to the seat of the toddler carrier, thus giving greater comfort in the portage.

Advantages: It hardly needs learning, since its use is very intuitive. It bulges very little and is quick to put on and take off. It also lacks harnesses or frames so it does not add more weight to your body. It is also breathable and thermoregulable if it is made with natural fabrics.

Disadvantages: Not suitable for children under 5 months. For long or sloping hikes it is a type of baby carrier that may tend to pull back slightly especially with big babies, so, you may get tired quickier and a little less comfortable compared to the wrap , but this is not a handicap if you do not like the wrap. It is a very good option.

Variants of mei tai such as ombuhimo or similar ones, are less versatile, especially if we alternate the toddler carrying between front and a back, but they can be feasible alternatives.

You will find many of them in Amazon here.

Second Toddler Carrier Option: Ergonomic Backpacks.

One last option are ergonomic backpacks, but those that really are ergonomic, not those that commercials tell us they are ergonomic when in reality, they are not.
Ergonomic backpacks really are the commercial version of mei tai and for those who do not like knots, this is a quick and easy option. Although there are many brands we will try to favor those that are made of natural fabrics because they will give your toddleer freshness when it is hot and warmth in winter. We will avoid the marks or models of synthetic fabrics and / or with cushions too thick and annoying.

Backpacks with metal frames are not very suitable since they dissociate the weight of the baby from ours and increase their weight because of the frame.

I have seen many times these backpacks in which the baby finds it difficult to place his head to sleep there is no contact with the carrier either.

Advantages: Simple use, adjustable and relatively fast adjustment, practically the same as the mei tai in all aspects.

Inconveniences. Their belts and strips are usually padded which also makes them hotter in those areas. If mom and dad want to change places it has to be adjusted again before starting the march again.

In all these devices, wrap, mei tai or backpack, the baby MUST be sitting on his buttocks, in no case his legs will be hanging down.

You will find many of them in Amazon here.

The Position of the baby.

In general and given the activity it is better to carry the baby on the back when hiking, but if it is a baby of a few months, they often need to eat (especially if mom is breastfeeding) so, it may be more convenient to carry them on the front.

Keep in mind that the baby will be above your diaphragm most of the time and this will limit our breathing capacity favoring a feeling of fatigue more quickly. In this case you should schedule short trips and take your time to rest.

If you already have experience or confidence, carring your toddler on your back will give you much more freedom of movement and even a faster reaction capacity in case of slipping off,when  testing the ground, or simply avoid a branch.

Taking them on the back also helps us to protect the baby from possible “surprises” and / or sudden movements.

As precautionary measures, always monitor a correct position of the baby making sure that the knees are slightly above the bum and the baby is properly seated. Cover your baby’s head with a hat and with apply maximum sun protection. Do not neglect the hydration of the baby at any time. Ask a companion to verify from time to time theres nothing missing, using your commons sense is basic.

A good position favors the blood circulation of the baby, but if you have doubts, check their feet from time to time (temperature or color), since a bad position (legs hanging) or a bad baby carrier can be dangerous in case of extreme cold weather.
Sweating is normal, both for you and the baby and even desirable because it is our body’s way of regulating temperature. If it is too hot or the humidity makes the day heavy you can always stop, relax and start again a while later.

In any case whenever you have doubts it is better to check all that is necessary and even undo and re-do the knots or the complete porting system if you think it is badly regulated.

Best Playpen For Crawling 2018 (US and UK)

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Best playpen for a crawling baby by Yazmin Rangel – Imagine your little one crawling safely in his/her playpen without the need of constant supervision preventing them from hurting themselves and chasing your baby all over the house,this is why you are planning to buy a playpen but do not know which one to choose.

Some people think that putting your child in a playpen can be like putting them in “baby jail” restricting a lot of fredoom. Nothing further from the truth!, playpens can provide more freedom to your little one since they will be basically allowed to do everything they want in there without constant interruption from their parents, they also help a mother get a lot done when she needs to.  They are also no different than putting your child into a playard in order to get work done.

Do you want to find the perfect baby yard for you little one and just did not know where to look?  Have you just ever wanted someone to give you the best advice (pros and cons) on how to choose a playpen for your child?  Look no further, here you will find several different playpens to look at, and get to see their pros and cons.  Having to deal with your children can be frustrating enough at times, why should it be a hassle to pick out a playpen for them?

 

BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 1:

SUMMER INFANT POP N’ PLAY PORTABLE PLAYPEN

This ultimate playpen gives you the ability to create the perfect safe space for your little one.  This particular playpen is quite light and extremely portable as it has the ability to fold very easily.  It can be used at home or on the go since it folds in seconds and will not take a rocket scientist to figure out.

PROS:

  • Freestanding
  • Portable
  • Can be used inside and outside
  • Lightweight folding frame
  • Full cover canopy to protect baby from harmful UV rays
  • Mesh sides for easy visibility
  • Two zip panels for access to baby and optimal air flow

CONS:

  • Padding is not thick enough to protect against the baby hitting the floor if they fall
  • Bottom padding cannot be removed for easy washing
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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 2:

NORTH STATES SUPERYARD COLORPLAY 8 PANEL PLAYPEN

This easy to set up plastic pen is extremely colorful and lightweight.  It is simple to fold and has a nice carrying handle for easy travel.  This pen will help you to create a safe space for your child with ease.  The North States Superyard can be configured to fit pretty much anywhere, is durable and can be used with most pets as well as children.  This playpen comes with multiple uses and is simple to open in case you need to get to children quickly.

 

 

PROS:

  • 7ft corner to corner, plenty of play room
  • Lightweight
  • Convenient carrying handle
  • Can be used for children 6 to 24 months
  • Comes pre-assembled

CONS:

  • So simple to open that a child might be able to do it if of ample size and adequate intelligence.
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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 3:

BABY PLAYPEN KIDS 8 PANEL SAFETY PLAY CENTER YARD BY BEST MASSAGE

This is a playpen that is big enough for your child to learn to crawl or walk in.  It comes with 8 interchangeable walls that have interesting toys attached to them.  Each wall piece has a suction cup bottom for indoor use.  This bright and colorful pen is made with lightweight PE material and is very easy to fold down for storage.  This yard can be used indoors and outdoors, and if more than one set is purchased they can all be linked together.

PROS:

  • Easy to fold
  • Durable and lightweight material
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Suction cup feet for indoor use
  • Can be made bigger with the purchase of additional pieces
  • Can be adjusted to different shapes

CONS:

  • Walls are a little bit low
  • Pen itself is a little bit pricey

 

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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 4:

KIDZONE’S BABY PLAYPEN

The BPA free, easy to assemble pen comes with 8 panels.  These panels can all be used, or just a few can be used.  Some of the panels come with activities on them.  You have the ability to change the shape of this pen to fit wherever you need it to fit at.  It is very strong and sturdy, plus it comes with suction cups for use on hardwood flooring.  This is a perfect pen for babies ad small toddler and even comes with a locking gate for easy access for you, but safety for your toddler.

PROS:

  • Locking gate
  • Suction cup feet
  • Registered as BPA free
  • Easy assembly with no tools or screws
  • Comes with fun activity boards

CONS:

  • Kids can get limbs through the slots

 

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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 5:

GUPAMIGA ACTIVITY CENTRE PLAYPEN

This eye-catching product will make life a little easier for mom and dad.  This BPA and LEAB free has a mat that has been created from foam rubber and the rest of the panels are PE material.  It is extremely durable and even has rubber on the bottoms so that it does not slide when being used indoors.  Pieces are easy to interlock, so adding multiple panels should not be a problem.  Pen is big enough to c

ontain multiple children.

PROS:

  • BPA and LEAB free
  • High panels so children cannot pull them down or flip over them
  • Interlocking pieces for easily adding multiple panels
  • Can contain multiple children

CONS:

  • Mat that comes with the pen is thin
  • Sometimes panels have an issue locking
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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 6:

REGALO MY PLAY PORTABLE PLAYARD WITH CARRY CASE AND ADJUSTABLE/WASHABLE, TEAL.

This playpen was design to be extremely easy to put up and take down.  Once assembled playpen easily folds up and pops open with ease.  This pen is very easy to clean and is durable enough to handle everyday use with even the smallest, roughest children.  Comes equipped with secure foot locks so that the folding pen stays in place while in use.

 

 

 

 

PROS:

  • Pen is lightweight and easily portable
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable enough for everyday use
  • Has a nylon flooring that helps keep children safe from rough surfaces
  • Has foot locking mechanism to stay in place

CONS:

  • Only big enough for up to two small children
  • After multiple uses foot pedal can break causing pen to be useless if not properly done every time

 

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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 7:

FDW BABY PLAYPEN, ACTIVITY CENTER WITH LOCKED DOOR

This pen can be assembled in any form with the non-toxic 8 panels that are included with it.  Panels are chunky, blue and cream colored.  Comes with suction cups and has a locking door for safety.

PROS:

  • Non-toxic
  • Hinged door with locking mechanism
  • Suction cup feet
  • Can assemble in multiple different fashions

CONS:

  • Has not been purchased enough to even have reviews
  • Does not have a good description on any site it is featured on

 

 

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BEST PLAYPEN FOR CRAWLING 8:

BEST CHOICE PRODUCTS PLAYPEN

This playpen is amazing and comes with multiple features.   Comes equipped with numerous activity panels and can be formed into any shape that you like.  If multiple pens are purchased you can turn the already large diameter of this pen into an even bigger play place.  Is lightweight, easy to carry and fold down.  Perfect for multiple children up to four years of age.  This pen can be used indoors and outdoors, and comes with suction cups for indoor use.  The Best Choice playpen is sturdy, durable and very easy to clean.

PROS:

  • Easy to clean
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Large play area
  • Locking mechanism on door panels
  • Comes with activity panels
  • Made with non-toxic material

CONS:

  • Must purchase round corner pieces separate and this is marked no where
  • Must make sure there are no leftover small panel bits from production
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Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Review– Nursing Timer And Safety

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Halo bassinest swivel sleeper review by Yazmin Rangel.– Can you imagine leaving your little one in a safe place and next to you while you sleep knowing that you will have complete and easy access?

If you are one of those love giving moms who love to co-sleep with their child when they are breastfeeding, you know that this can lead to a whole world of issues; it is nice to feel close to your child, but it could be a bit risky to sleep with your child in bed next to you without a barrier.

This is because you could roll over on your baby, drop them off the bed and a number of other unimaginable issues can arise.  Even if you do not want to acknowledge that there are safety issues with co-sleeping without a barrier you may need to acknowledge that there are other issues as well.

Partners also need time to bond and connect after the baby has been born.  Especially first-time parents need to learn to actually become parents.  This also includes getting some much-needed relaxation time away from the child for each parent as an individual.  This cannot happen if you are in the habit of co-sleeping with your baby.  And besides, do you want to be sleeping with your child until they are five or six?, it is important to know that co-sleeping and promote this type of behavior.

WHY DID I BUY THE HALO BASSINEST SWIVEL SLEEPER?

In this occasion, and because you are doing your research to see the best option for co-sleeping safely we will review the pros, cons, and function of the Halo Bassinest, its nursing timer and its safety, which you can say, is the middle of both worlds.

I was a breastfeeding mother, and was very strictly warned not to put the baby in the bed with me when I was sleeping, but what was I supposed to do then?  They were also very strict about keeping up with timing and switching sides during breastfeeding, for appropriate and even release.  I was overwhelmed with all of the information that they were feeding to me all at once but I tried to keep up.  Finally, my doctors recommended a number of different options, but one of them was the HALO BASSINEST.  It gave the feeling of co-sleeping, without actually allowing the baby in the bed.  It would make breastfeeding easier at night without having to crawl around and grope my way to another room to find the baby.

HOW DOES THE HALO BASSINEST WORK?

This bassinet provides a very safe sleeping space for your baby in your room, right in bed with you, without actually being in the bed.  The bassinet has a 360-degree swivel that makes it easy for mom or dad to move the bassinet part anywhere they need to.  The bassinet is turned so that it is over top of your bed.  Then the baby is placed inside and it is almost like they are sleeping right beside you.  The base of the bassinet also slides under the bed to be mostly out of the way.

The bassinet comes with an easy to fold down the wall for very easy access to baby.  Women who are breastfeeding and women who have had C-sections will find using this bassinet is incredible.  The base of this incredible bassinet very easily slides under the bed so it is out of the way, but unfortunately is rather large.  This means that a portion of the base sticks out and needs to be watched as it poses a tripping hazard.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE HALO BASSINEST?

There are four different levels of this bassinet and each one comes with a different set of features.  The basic model, which is known as the Essentia Series, comes with one storage pocket, a retractable side wall, and a fitted sheet.  This storage pocket can come in handy and the retractable sidewall makes it very easy to access the child.  The next model up comes with all of that plus an additional side pocket, vibration, lullabies and nature womb sounds, a nightlight and a nursing timer.  Two storage pockets were an amazing help and my baby absolutely loved the vibration and sound mechanism.  This is known as the Premiere Series.  The Luxe and Luxe Plus Series both come with all of this, plus a floor light and storage caddy.  I did not opt for this because the price difference did not warrant only getting a storage caddy and floor light.

THE NURSING TIMER

There is a nursing timer that comes with this bassinet and it is one of the greatest features of the whole thing. Its nursing timer helped me remember when to feed and how long to feed on each side.  It also helped me to time between feeding so that it was easier when I went to talk to my doctor about it.  It was loud enough to wake me but not so loud that it woke my husband beside me or the rest of the house.  It also helped to keep me awake during the feeding so that I could switch sides on time.

Don’t get me wrong, the storage pockets were a lifesaver at times and the nature sounds helped my baby fall asleep every time, but the breastfeeding timer was an absolute lifesaver.  The whole time I was in the hospital they kept stressing to me how important it was that I get correctly timed on both sides so that there was no swelling and no mismatched growth.  They also never failed to remind me that both breasts needed to be relieved.  This timer was awesome.

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF THE HALO BASSINEST’S BUTTONS?

  • The one with the little bulb is the nightlight, if you press it twice it increases brightness and a third time will turn it off (it also shuts down after half an hour.
  • The button with speaker and musical notes pictures will turn on the sounds.
  • The little one with the mom and child is the nursing timer,
  • The weird one that I guess is a baby in the bassinet being rocked is the vibrator button.
  • There is another button for the Luxe/Luxe Plus model, which is the floor light.

HALO’S BASSINEST SAFETY

HOW SAFE IS THE HALO BASSINEST SWIVEL SLEEPER?

The safety of the Halos is something that has not been called in to question.  The frame of the bassinet is very durable and heavy as this is not a portable bassinet.  The whole thing is meant to promote safety in the first place by keeping mommy from rolling over on the baby.  The collapsible wall is safely fastened so that it does not easily come down if yanked on by the baby.  The bassinet has mesh sides so that the baby may be easily viewed and has a lot of breathing space, and the sheet that comes with it is fitted well.  This means that the baby will not get easily bunched up in the sheets and has maximum breathing room.  This bassinet provides maximum safety for co-sleeping.

ARE THERE ANY SAFETY ISSUES WITH THE HALO BASSINEST?

Probably my only concern is that the Halo Bassinest does not seem sturdy enough and the material feels like it is going to break at my touch, but so far so good.

PROS AND CONS OF THE HALO BASSINEST

There are a lot of different pros and cons that can be seen in the Halo.

The pros are:

  • A safe option for co-sleeping
  • Smart features included
  • 360-degree swivel feature
  • Collapsible side wall lowers for easy access to baby
  • All walls are mesh for best breathability
  • Sounds and vibration for baby
  • Durable
  • Perfect for breastfeeding mothers or mothers who have had a C-section

The cons are:

  • The cons to this seemingly wonderful machine are that it is very heavy and large.  That makes the halo bassinet a non-portable option.
  • Also, even though the base goes partially under the bed it is still very wide.  This can be a problem since this poses a tripping hazard, especially at night.  This can be prevented if you place a light where you will remember that there is something extra next to your bed.

HOW LONG CAN A BABY USE THE HALO BASSINEST?

One of the things that you can see as an advantage but also as a con is that your baby can use the halo bassinest until he/she reaches around 9.1 kg (more or less 20 pounds) or until your baby starts to pull up by themselves, or when they can sit up without your help, when they are able to push themselves with their knees, feet, and hands.

Having said that, if you are pregnant and your baby seems to be tall or he/she looks like is going to reach the weight limit too soon, I would suggest checking out other options.

OVERALL SCORE FOR THE HALO BASSINEST

The overall score of the Halo bassinet is about a 4.8 out of 5.  It serves its purpose like it is supposed to, and it does it safely.  There are drawbacks that cannot be ignored all of the time, which is why it did not get a perfect 5 out of 5.  The pros definitely way outweigh the cons in this case and I would make the same exact purchase again if I had the choice.  It was excellent as I breastfed my brand new baby, and I didn’t want to co-sleep anyway, so this stopped the urge to do that as well.  The Halo bassinet gave me perfect access to my baby through all hours of the night and the breastfeeding timer was definitely one of this item’s greatest features.

This bassinet is heavy and durable, plus it is sturdy enough to hold your child correctly.  The swivel feature was a big help when I needed to get out of bed at night at first, and was still great as I used it over time, just not as needed.  The bassinet is not portable but who really needs it to be.  If you were going on vacation you could always break it down and take it with you.  No, it wouldn’t be easy, nor would it be cheap if you were flying, but it may be something that you and your baby both grow accustomed to having.

You may also check out my review of the SNOO SMART SLEEPER in case you are interested in a crib that rocks your baby to sleep.

IS THE HALO BASSINEST WORTH IT?

The Halo is totally worth it if you are concerned with your kid’s safety while you sleep but also want to have them close to you. Either way, the ultimate choice is yours.  Co-sleeping may not be something that you are concerned with doing, or you may not be a breastfeeding mother.

A bassinet for sleeping just is not an option for some people, while it is for others.  It is basically a matter of preference in which sleeping method you use for your newborn baby, even if it is co-sleeping.  The fold-down door does make this bassinet and absolutely wonderful bassinet and gives very easy access to your child when they are distressed in the middle of the night.  This bassinet can definitely save you from a lot of heartache and sleepless nights, and can also promote a sense of calm in your baby.  The sound machine and the vibration are amazing features that I could not have lived without.  The choice is yours, make the right choice for yourself.

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This is what helps with nausea and illness while pregnant

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Pregnancy is a very special time for a woman and it is a life changing journey however pregnancy can be overwhelming and discomforting as a result of lowering of the immune system, hence most pregnant woman are susceptible to illnesses during this period. There is however no cause for alarm because most of these illnesses are treatable with modification of lifestyle, diet or even home remedies. About 9 out of every 10 women would get sick in pregnancy because of this reduced immunity. This is a guide to help you through this period for most common illness and discomfort and help you have a pregnancy you would enjoy, however be sure to consult your doctor, if symptoms are severe or are getting worse.

 

Nausea and vomiting

This is very common especially early in pregnancy (the first trimester), it usually occurs because of hormonal changes in pregnancy, commonly called morning sickness, it could be more severe in some women known as hyperemesis gravidarum and requiring hospital admission.

Home remedies include:

  • Having a plain biscuit and a cup of tea in the morning, because it is usually worse on an empty stomach.
  • Ginger supplements have been known to be helpful
  • Dietary modifications such as eating small quantities of high carbohydrate meals such as bread, pasta and potatoes
  • Drink plenty of fluid
  • Get adequate rest
  • Try distracting yourself as much as you can by watching some movies, going shopping for baby clothing or have a friend visit

Avoid

  • Ensure to avoid fatty meals
  • Avoid cold drinks and foods that make you sick

Flu in pregnancy

This presents with fever, aches, running and stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, cough, chills.

Home remedies

  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizers to prevent re -infection
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • If you are having a temperature take acetaminophen (Tynelol)
  • Steam inhalation, menthol sweets to help clear congestion
  • Take antioxidants like vitamin c
  • Eat well, especially fruits containing antioxidants such as oranges and lemon juice

Avoid

  • Taking medications not presented by your doctors such as antihistamines, ibuprofen, aspirin.
  • Most herbal drinks and teas except lemongrass or one cup of chamomile tea a day (without caffeine).

 

Headaches

This is usually common in pregnancy and most of the times harmless, caused by an increase in blood volume and a hormonal surge in pregnancy

Remedies

  • Place a cool compress over your head
  • Get adequate rest and sleep
  • Drink lots of fluid especially water
  • Take your prenatal vitamins
  • Include physical activities to your routine such as daily walks
  • You can take acetaminophen (paracetamol/tynelol) occasionally to treat your headache.

Avoid

  • Herbal medications
  • Taking medications not prescribed by your doctor

 

Indigestion and heartburn

commonly called dyspepsia, 8 out of 10 women would experience this as the growing uterus presses on the stomach, symptoms include bloating, regurgitation, belching, feeling of fullness, and is usually worse after eating.

Remedies

  • Eat small quantities of food frequently
  • Sit up straight while eating
  • Avoid going to bed immediately after eating, delay about 2-3 hours
  • Drink a glass of milk

Avoid

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Avoid triggers like bending over, eating chocolate
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Eat less spicy food and fatty foods

Sleeplessness

As your bump gets bigger it becomes more difficult to get a good sleep, especially since you have limited sleeping positions (lying on both sides) as advised from 16 weeks to prevent compression of major blood vessels from the growing uterus.

Remedies

  • Get all the nap you can during the day
  • Use some relaxation techniques taught in antenatal classes before bedtime
  • Include some activities such as walking, swimming into your routine

Avoid

  • Teas and coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking

 

Constipation

This occurs due to the hormonal changes in pregnancy which relax the intestinal muscles hence reducing intestinal motility

Remedies

  • Eat foods which are high in fiber content such as cereals, wholemeal bread, vegetables and fruits
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Maintain regular exercise

Avoid

  • Iron supplements they are known to worsen constipation, except they are recommended by your healthcare provider

Cramps

Occurs usually at night mostly  involving the calf muscles and feet

Remedies

  • Regular gentle exercise to improve circulation
  • Gentle massage of the legs, and calf muscles

Avoid

  • Pain medications except prescribed by your health care provider

 

Swelling of the fingers, ankles and feet

occurs due to the extra fluid accumulation in the body tissues, because the body is retaining more water and also the growing womb  puts pressures on the large veins especially the inferior vene cava which returns blood to the heart from the lower extremities causing pooling  of blood and hence force fluid into the tissues of your lower limbs hence the swelling, however if you notice swelling on our face and facial puffiness be sure to call your healthcare provider to rule out serious conditions such as pre-eclampsia

Remedies

  • Foot exercises to improve circulation
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Rest your feet on a cushion as you lie down

Avoid

  • Standing for long
  • Wearing tight shoes

Fainting

This usually occurs if the brain is not getting enough blood and oxygen

Remedies

  • Get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position
  • If in a standing position, sit down and lower your head to your knees
  • If it occurs while lying on your back turn to the other sides

Avoid

  • Getting up too quickly from a sitting or a lying down position

Incontinence in pregnancy

It is common because of the relaxation urethra and pelvic floor muscles caused by pregnancy hormones and virtually all pregnant women experience varying degree of incontinence

Remedies

  • Plan to use the bathroom at least every two hours, so as to empty the bladder
  • Try to control weight gain in pregnancy
  • Do pelvic floor exercise such as Kegels exercise

 

Urinary Tract Infections

Common symptoms include pain or burning sensation when you wee, feeling generally sick, cramps in your lower tummy or back, dark colored urine

Remedies to prevent UTI

  • Always use the toilet as soon as you have the urge to wee
  • Drink plenty fluids
  • Always wipe yourself from front to back to reduce the spread of bacteria

However report to your doctors for any of the symptoms to receive appropriate treatment.

 

Yeast infections

Also known as vagina candidiasis, caused by a fungi called candida albicans, it is common in pregnancy because of higher estrogen levels which makes the vagina  produce more glycogen and thus encourage the growth yeast,it presents with symptoms such as whitish vaginal discharge, though sometimes can be creamy or cottage cheese in color, orderless, itchiness, irritation, soreness, discomfort during sex, and burning sensation while urinating

Remedies

To soothe the itchiness you can use an ice pack or soak in a cool bath for about 10-15 minutes

.consult your health care provider, so a sample can be taken to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe over the counter anti fungi suppository or cream that are safe in pregnancy

Avoid

  • Douching in pregnancy or at any other time
  • Don’t use bubble baths, scented and perfumed soaps or feminine hygiene sprays because this could further worsen irritation
  • Avoid tight pants and pantyhose

it’s not fun been sick especially while you are pregnant, most infections also are worse in pregnancy because of the general low immunity, since you can’t avoid all sources of infection while pregnant it is important to get prenatal and antenatal cares,and practicing good personal hygiene such as regular washing of hands,not sharing cups and utensils,protect your hands while gardening, drink plenty of fluids  and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, ensure your meals are well cooked, stay away from anyone who has a contagious illness, and practice safe sex to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

 

6 Things To Stop Telling Your Child

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Words can do more damage than any strap. This is a way of telling you that intelligence has more power than force. Here you will find phrases that parents use very often and do not insult directly, but they do not serve to educate either, so you must exclude them from your vocabulary.

 

1. “Do not cry”

With this phrase you are teaching children that crying is bad. This will lead them to be adults who do not handle their feelings well, they will not know how to control their emotions.

2. “Can’t you do the same thing that this other child does?”

Having role models, is not wrond, but each child is unique and saying that someone has to be like other person is harmful to both, because it is implied that one is better. With your attitude you could lower their self-esteem.

 

3. “I promise you” “I swear I will do that, be there”

It is not wrong to give your word that you will do something because if you deliver that teaches children what commitment is. The problem comes when you promise something and then you do not fullfill. The message that the child receives is disastrous, because you break their trust completely.

4. “But how can you be afraid?”

That you do not fear and another person does, does not mean that you can ridicule them. If your child is afraid of something, you must help him overcome it day by day, little by little, find a way to make it rational. Do not make him feel weak.

5. “Shut up!”

It is not a phrase that you use to address any adult with whom you want to have a good relationship, your children do not deserve that imperative either.

 

6. “Because I say so”

When you jump from authority to authoritarianism you lose the ability to be fair and to deserve respect. In your son you will provoke indignation, for the simple fact of not knowing how to listen to their point of view, they could react with rebellion.

 

10 Smart Baby Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Being a new parent is often a difficult and terrifying test and getting a little help is always useful. That’s why these hacks will save you time and you will stop worrying about small things so you can spend more time with your baby.

 

1. During the bath place your baby in a plastic basket to prevent him from falling and his toys float near him
two babies inside a plastic basket inside the bathtub with toys.

2. Use a bathing cap to prevent water from getting in your kids eyes.

3. Put silicone on the sole of your kid’s shoes to keep them from slipping putting silicone on the bottom of a girl’s shoes.

colocando silicón a la zuela de los zapatos de una niña

4. Avoid accidents with the doors using a pool noodle on the edge of the door to avoid accidents.

Fideo de piscina en la orilla de la puerta para evitar accidentes

 

5. … Also use them to avoid knocks on the corners of your furniture.

Esquinas de los muebles con fideos de piscina

6. If your baby’s teeth are coming out, fill an ice cube with milk or juice and turn your pacifiers into an ice palette.

Cubitera llena de chupones con hielo de jugo

7. … also put a bit of applesauce in a towel dipped in cold water, roll it up and give it to your baby to suck it.

Proceso de poner puré de manzana en una toallita mojada

8. To avoid mosquitoes cover with a sheet the upper part of the playpen.

Corralito de bebé con una sábana encima en un jardín

9. Open the flaps of the juice boxes, so your child can use them as handles.

Niño sosteniendo su jugo de las solapas de los costados

10. For your child to learn which shoe should go on each foot cut a decal in two and place half in the left shoe and the other half in the right.

 

Zapatos de un niño con la mitad de una calcomanía en el pie izquierdo y la otra mitad en el derecho

 

Proven Ways To Calm a Crying Baby

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Asking for help is the main reason why a newborn cries. During his first months of life he will only know how to communicate through crying. A primitive alarm signal that has as a consequence the immediate response of their parents who come to attend their needs. Although sometimes this response can translate into despair and desire to accompany the baby in tears.

Why is my baby crying?

During the first months the newborn cries very often. Fortunately after the third month the time of crying will be considerably reduced.

There are several reasons that explain why a baby cries: pain, sleep, discomfort, hunger, loneliness, lack of stimulation, over stimulation, frustration. Babies can not tell us “I’m hungry”, “the diaper is wet and it bothers me” or “I get bored here lying all day” and instead have no choice but to cry … and cry, and cry … sometimes , in the eyes of his parents, without any apparent reason. Surely you have already tried everything. You have checked the diaper, you have breastfed them, and they have slept enough. Why don’t they shut up? Do not panic! During the first few months, perhaps because of its still immature nervous system, a baby can be upset or angry at anything, for example by some smells, noises or sensations to which they are more sensitive. Soon, as the days go by, you will discover what makes your baby feel bad, and best of all, what is the cause of each sob.

 

Advice to calm them down

Although not all tricks work for all babies here we leave you some techniques to calm your baby when the tears come out. Soon you will find the way that most comforts your little one.

Talk to them: The familiar and close sound of mom’s voice is one of the most effective ways to calm a baby. Speak slowly and gently without losing your calm. It will make them feel secure.

Touch them: Physical contact stimulate receptors in the brain that calm a baby. A good hug can reassure them. Massage is also very effective, especially they suffer from colic. An abdominal massage can sit very well. You can also lie her/him on their back and take them by the ankles, make circular movements with their legs, as if they were pedaling.

Another trick, if you they are uncomfortable with gases, is to place them on their shoulder. The belly should be at the height of the shoulder, and their head and neck hanging from behind. Hold their head well since they can not do it on their own.

To the rhythm of your heart: Hold your baby upright against your chest, so that their head rests at the height of your heart. and feel the rhythm of mom’s heartbeat.

Recreate the mother’s womb: At birth the babies arrive in a luminous, hostile and noisy world. It is normal that they miss their previous “home”. To imitate, as far as possible, their old environment can appease them. To do this, wrap them in a sheet or blanket with their arms extended along their body. keep them lying on one side or on his stomach and not on his back. Emit rhythmic noises, or you may use some youtube videos that mimic womb sounds. those were very effective with my child

A good bath: The relaxing properties of a bath of warm water added to the sound of the water falling can do wonders.

Take a drive around: Try taking your baby a couple of blocks by car. The constant movement in addition to the sound of the engine, will make them fall round.

Bring out the singer you have inside: Singing to your baby is one of the tricks that for me worked like magic. Do not worry about you tune or if you do not remember the lyrics of the song. Make it up! . Try lullabies, slow songs, etc. The body responds to music by adapting the heart rate and breathing at the speed of music.

 

Potty Training Hacks For Toddlers That Actually Work!!!

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Potty training was difficult for me as a parent. I really did not know how to go about it, or when to start. It was a total frustration.

What we were sure of was that we did not want to do this in a rush, Neither did my wife want to force him to learn fast, much less put pressure on him.

When you potty train, do not scold your child when there is an accident. When we learn something new, we make mistakes and that is normal. When they learn to walk, they fall, and we do not dispute them. It’s the same when we potty train our kids.

Do not humiliate them when an accident happens, the typical: “you’re a bad girl/boy, you peed in your pants”, should be banned. It seemed natural to me until I heard some of our relatives say that to one of my nephews … We do not like to be humiliated, neither children, especially in the learning phase.

POTTY TRAINING HACKS:

  • For each pee and poop, your child can have the right to stick a sticker on their pot. That will be a fun challenge! Then, little by little, they will forget the stickers, and peeing the pot will become natural (I have used these, but you may use whatever stickers you want).

 

  • Read your kid some entertaining books on the subject with characters they can relate to and imitate.

 

  • Stay with them at the beginning, be their companion to reassure them, those things that come out of their body are, for them initially, not normal. their pee and poo are, in their mind, an integral part of his body. they will have the impression of losing something. You have to play down all and explain why, why we pee and poop, what it is, etc … Then, little by little, when your kid understands, leave him his intimacy.

 

  • A child likes to be congratulated, like every self-respecting human being, but do not exaggerate.

 

  • Be patient, this will be an excellent opportunity to test and develop your patience and humor. Do not lose confidence, your child will succeed. We all struggle to achieve things,.The only watchword, I will say, is to trust your kid.

 

  • Do not put pressure on yourself, and do not put pressure on your toddler.

 

  • Do not make comparisons with other children, everyone advances at their own pace, not because your neighbour’s child is already pooping in the toilet that you will feel frustrated. Every person is different, and that’s good!

 

  • Leave the pot available at all times. I know that it’s not really a decal for the living room, but it will be much easier for them. If the pot does not work, try the bowl reducer, nothing better than imitating mom or dad, proud on the real throne!