Red Rose Mummy
Tales of life as a thirty something Mum, living in the North-West with my partner and our two children. I have a son, 'Bud' aged two and a half, and a new baby daughter, 'Little Miss' who was born in September 2012. I was made redundant in the Summer of 2011 and am now a stay at home Mummy. I love being at home with my little ones and we try to have as much fun as we can together. I'm looking forward to sharing life with Bud and Little Miss with you all. You can also read me here.
January 6, 2013 at 11:00
January 6, 2013 at 11:00
Potty training has been a difficult issue in this house for quite some time and I'm really getting fed up of people asking me when Bud will be dry. I'm keen to get there, of course, but I've recently witnessed another little boy similar in age to Bud being 'trained' which seemed to consist of a slow painful, process taking weeks and weeks, because he wasn't ready to start
We've had the underpants and potty in place for months. I've bought books to read about going on the potty or on the toilet and we've been reading them incessantly. Nothing. He just wouldn't entertain the idea. We've even suggested that only babies, like his young cousin and Little Miss wear nappies but he's been quite happy to be included in their number rather than the ranks of 'big boys' like his older cousins.
I was offered My Carry Potty to review some time ago and I've been hoping that Bud would be ready so I can review it properly. Well, we're finally getting there and this potty has really helped. My Carry Potty was invented by a mum who had seen the isssues of potty training whilst out and about and wanted to create a simple way of training on the go.
Bud is the kind of child who needs to make his own mind up about something but, when he does, we usually never look back. After several attempts with the basic IKEA potty I decided to get out My Carry Potty and see if a more interesting seat would engage him. He was really fascinated by it. This potty works straight out of the box and requires no assembly and he was really impressed that it was a bit like a suitcase. Sadly, when he tried to put some toys in it and carry it around it wouldn't close as the two halves are designed to fit snugly together to seal any 'deposits' within. He really enjoyed carrying it around though!
Bud will sit quite happily on the potty and, the other day, he even managed a tiny wee on it! It seems very comfortable for your little one to sit on. We may be getting there with the training yet and I'll be sure to do a follow up post when we actually get there. When I closed the potty after the wee I can confirm that the potty sealed all the liquid inside, no matter how much it was waved about and which way up it was held.
Something I think is a great addition is the free potty training book. This has a reward chart and stickers which we will definitely be making use of in the coming weeks.
We're really pleased with My Carry Potty and I think we will get a lot of use from it over the next few months. I especially like that it is all contained within the sealed box so you don't have to worry about having a plastic potty in a carrier bag which is potentially messy and unhygienice.
The My Carry Potty website has lots of really useful information of potty training and is well worth looking at. You can buy My Carry Potty on the high street in John Lewis and online at a variety of stockists including
I received this item free of charge to review but the opinions are honest and unbiased.
November 5, 2012 at 11:00
According to Alfred Wainwright, there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. We're firm believers in that in our little family and we all have a wealth of outdoor clothes, including waterproofs and boots which should allow us to get out whatever the weather. As my pregnancy was so horrible we've struggled to get out much in the last few months but we are trying to do more as a family now I can actually walk again!
On Sunday we decided we would have a drive to a farm and gardens around 25 miles from our home. We'd originally planned to use a Groupon for a Zoological Park that I had but a combination of a late start and a lack of printer ink meant that we shelved that for another day and Googled to find an alternative. Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens is situated near Garstang in Lancashire and, as I had promised Bud we would go to see some animals, we decided that would be our destination.
The weather was beautiful but we've had a lot of rain recently so we anticipated mud. The people at Hippychick had sent Bud an All in One Waterproof Suit, through my new role as a Direct 2 Mum Blogger and we decided that our day out would be the perfect opportunity to put it to test.It can be difficult to source effective wet weather clothing for young children but I think Hippychick have a solution in this range.
Bud isn't overly keen on new clothes and tends to greet them with the words 'too big' and refuses to put them on. We persuaded him by explaining that he could wear the suit in the mud with his wellies and we quickly put it on.
The suit was so easy to put on. There is velcro at the waist and around the ankles which means it slips over the clothes, and shoes, and you simply tighten it as much as you need to and it will fit nicely. This one is a little big on Bud but I don't mind that as suits like this tend to be worn less often so a bit of growing space is always useful to get real value for money from it. He could also wear a coat or gilet underneath this suit if it was very cold. It was cold on Sunday but he was very warm in this so it might not be necessary. It feels quite thin but the fabric is really tightly woven and Bud stayed warm and dry in it, despite being splashed with mud when jumping in many muddy puddles.
This suit is great for any kind of outdoor activity and Bud really put it through it's paces.
He did get muddy but I popped the suit in the wash when we got home and it looks great now. It can also be wiped clean as it is made from a Teflon coated fabric. The suits are waterproof, windproof and breathable and also have taped seams for extra water resistance.They are available in sizes from 12 months to 4 years and are all fully adjustable. The first two sizes (12-18 and 18-24 months) also feature elastic stirrups to keep them in place over the feet. They are available in yellow, pink and blue. I was so pleased to be sent the yellow suit as a certain little girl will be able to inherit it when Bud is too big for it and she has grown a little. I always buy items like this in unisex colours to make sure they can be passed down. The suits are priced at £27:50 which I think is a very good price for a suit of this quality. I am sure it will see a lot of wear through this Winter and beyond. This is definitely suitable clothing for bad weather, Mr Wainwright.
Cobble Hey was a lovely place to visit with fantastic views out over the Ribble Valley to the Lancashire coast. As it was a clear day we could even see ships out on the sea on the horizon. November is a difficult time to visit many outdoor attractions like this and the gardens were closed due to mud but Bud really enjoyed meeting the goats, calves, pigs and chickens. Admission prices are much lower than a number of farm attractions that we have visited and the tearoom looked lovely and seemed popular. I think we will definitely be returning in Spring or Summer when I am sure we will be able to experience fully everything the farm has to offer. It is in a beautiful location in an area that we know well and visit often. We finished our day out by driving to Blackpool for fish and chips and a walk down the promenade at sunset, altogether a lovely day out!
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