Thursday, 17 July 2014

Dry Like Me Review & Giveaway!

As you may already be aware, I started potty training Isabelle a few weeks ago and I'm proud to say we have finally mastered daytime potty training (which you can read about here) and with it being summer I thought we would go the whole hog and also tackle night time potty training! My challenge is to try and get Isabelle fully potty trained before my next little girl arrives in August.

We are taking part in Dry Like Me's summer campaign 'Potty Training Live', which is an exclusive 6 week summer programme of support to help get you and your little one through the challenge of potty training which launches on July 14th!

Dry Like Me have very kindly sent us 4 boxes of their night time pads and a "How to Potty Train" book. First impressions are really good; I love the use of bright colours and characters on the packaging and book, the pads feel soft and thicker than the day time pads and they have a fun little star design. Each pack contains 14 pads and a re-sealable plastic pouch to keep fresh ones clean or to contain dirty ones if you don't have access to a bin. The pads are like little sanitary towels that you place inside your toddlers knickers or undies, so when they have little accidents, they start to understand and react to what's happening. 
Before I started I made sure I was prepared...what you'll need:
  • I have a waterproof bed sheet and also use Little Angels bed mats from Asda under her sheet for extra protection, so I don't have to wash the waterproof bed sheet everyday!
  • A potty in her room
  • Spare bedding and pyjamas to hand in case of any accidents
  • Dry Like Me Night Time pads 
  • 'How to potty train' story book 
I found the book really useful as it covers every aspect of potty training from preparing your child, recognising the signs that they're ready, through to night time potty training and going out and about. 
It's filled with lots of colourful illustrated stories to read with your child (which Isabelle loved) and also comes with charts and planners, top tips and lots of free stickers.
We have now been using the pads the last 10 nights and we have had some success and some failures (4 out of 10 mornings have been dry), which I expected as she is still quite young. 

For the first few nights she had accidents so Jude and Di (the founders of Dry Like Me) recommended a 'dream wee'. Meaning at about 10:30/11pm you lift your child, place them on the potty/toilet and encourage them to empty their bladder.The first night we did this we found Issy went straight back to sleep and was DRY the next morning...yay! I also like the way you can layer the pads by putting one at the front and one at the back to give extra absorbency and helps to prevent leakage. 

Our bedtime routine goes something like this:
  • A drink of milk about an hour before bed.
  • Potty/toilet last thing before bed between 7/7:30pm
  • 'Dream Wee' at 10:30/11pm
  • Encourage Issy to go straight to the potty/toilet first thing in the morning and reward for doing this.
Overall, I think they are great and definitely worth a try. I would have loved to have known about these when I was potty training during the day. I found some of the instructions about how to insert the pads a little confusing but I soon realised you can use the pads in different ways and can layer the pads by putting one at the front and one at the back to give extra absorbency. One of the main things I found from using the pads is that it definitely helps Isabelle to recognise that she has had an accident. She now takes off her knickers and puts clean ones on if she has had an accident, whereas before I would need to prompt her to take off her pull ups in the morning, They are much cheaper to buy than pull ups so definitely worth a try.

For more information, practical advice and special offers go to www.drylikeme.com.

Dry Like Me are available in most major supermarkets both online and in-store, on Amazon and directly from Dry Like Me on their online potty training shop.

COMPETITION TIME!
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To celebrate the launch of their annual summer potty training programme, potty training live 2014! Dry Like Me are giving my readers a chance to win a 'Smarter Way To Potty Train' pack worth £24 each! They contain four boxes of Dry Like Me pads with a lovely reward chart and stickers - all the tools you need to help your little one achieve potty training success. As an extra tool, the prize also includes a copy of the helpful book 'How To Potty Train' written by Dry Like Me founders, Judith Hough and Diane Titterton.
For your chance to win just enter the rafflecopter below:
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  1. Closing date for this competition is 31st July 2014.
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Monday, 7 July 2014

Potty Training Update - So Long Nappies!!!

Since my last update (which you can read here), we have definitely turned a corner. I don't want to jinx this, but I think Isabelle is potty trained!

If you have been following our progress you will know I originally started potty training Isabelle when she turned two last summer. However, after a great start she started to regress and was having lots of accidents and was also refusing to go on the potty or toilet (she is very strong minded!). So, after seven months of trying to potty train her, I made the decision to put her back in pull ups. This was to give us both a break and take the pressure off for a couple of months as I was getting frustrated and Issy was getting upset.

At the end of May I decided it was the right time to start potty training... for the second time! I would ideally like Isabelle to be out of pull ups before baby number two arrives in August. I explained that she was going to wear big girl knickers from now on and we were throwing pull ups in the bin (well, during the daytime that is!) and I introduced a potty training reward chart. I also bought a Babyway Step Toilet Trainer as she has shown a lot of interest in the one her friend had, although, she has refused to use this up to now!
Success!
At first we had many accidents (you can see how our first week went here), but as we reached the second and third week something had clicked and most days she was accident free. It's now been 6 weeks since we started potty training and she now takes herself to the potty or toilet, can pull her knickers up and down and only has the occasional accident when she is distracted playing.

It feels so good to have finally turned the corner, our next step is to ditch the pull ups at night.

If you are currently potty training or planning to in the near future, watch this space as we have a fantastic competition to share with you all in the next few days!!

Jemma

Monday, 30 June 2014

The Bump: 31 weeks

I'm now nearly 32 weeks pregnant! Up until now the weeks have been flying by but they are now starting to drag.

I had my 30 week check up with my midwife last week and she was happy with my bump measurements. I am still measuring slightly smaller than average but she's not concerned as I measured smaller with Isabelle and she weighed a healthy 7.5lbs.

Over the last few weeks we have been busy re-decorating the nursery and sorting out all of Isabelles newborn clothes. The latter was a bit of a chore as there was so much to go through and wash!

I am also glad to tell you I have finally purchased a pram after months of looking. I finally decided to get the iCandy Peach Jogger in Blackberry. I love it and can't wait to take it on its first trip out!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Isabelle's Room - Before and After

I'm so glad to finally share before and after pictures of Issy's new room. A couple of months ago I created a mood board of idea's for Isabelle's new bedroom, you can see the post here if you missed it.

Although, there are still a few more things I want to buy before I can say it's completely finished, Isabelle has now moved in to her new room and she loves it!

Here is Issy's room before...
I wanted to create different zones in her room; A place for sleep, reading, dressing up, drawing (the dressing table will double up as a desk), playing and getting ready for the day. Some of these are still work in progress!

Let me show you around... 

I thought I would start with the walls, I knew from the start that I wanted a very pale pink but it took many samples to find the right colour and eventually we decided on Dulux Sorbet - as the name suggests, a strawberry ice cream infused pink.
Her bedding is what drove the fairy theme for her room, after seeing the Amy Fairy Bed Set in Next I fell in love! I also bought the co-ordinating curtains which have the fairy detail and most importantly have a blackout lining.
Continuing with the fairy theme I also bought the matching white canopy which has 3d metallic silver stars on it, a bedside lamp, a set of 2 ballerina canvases and a set of 3d fairy wall art which have expanding pom pom skirts that look really cute!
Now I haven't bought everything from Next ha...

Trying to continue with the whimsical feel of the bedding we bought the chandelier from Dunelm Mill, which I have just seen is now on sale (how annoying!).
As the wall below is so big I have put up some bunting to fill the space and plan to create a book corner near the window.
After shopping around for bedroom furniture we chose the Hemnes range from Ikea, we decided not to buy Issy a toddler bed and went straight to a full sized single bed so it would last longer. We were worried about her falling out and was going to buy bed guards but so far she has been ok, instead I have put a flat sheet under her duvet cover to took her in.

To make the bedside table and chest of drawers look more girly I bought some pink diamond knobs off Amazon and personally think they look great! The nest of suitcases in the background are from Homesense, I love this shop as they have unique items at great prices!
And that's Issy's room so far!

Over the next coming months I also plan too...
1) Add a book corner
2) Buy a white dressing table with chair or stool
3) Add shelves to display decorative items
4) Add a photo board
5) Hang a full length mirror on the wall
6) Add hooks at her height so she can hang up coats, bags etc
7) Underbed storage
8) Wardrobe organiser
9) Buy a roller blind

What do you think? I hoping that it will last Issy a good few years and can't wait to add the finishing touches. Will keep you updated as I add new things. 

Now to make a start on the nursery (post coming soon!)

Where to buy it:
Suitcases - similar here
Bunting - similar here

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The Bump: 29 Weeks

I am now 29 weeks and can't believe it's only 11 weeks to go until the big day, how scary is that?!