Keeping beds dry during potty training

Keeping beds dry during potty training is every parent’s challenge. You do not want to have to change bedding in the middle of the night because your little angel wet the bed. Below, I have listed some ideas to help keep beds dry during this phase of life, or at least, ensuring the least amount of maintenance.

The first thing you need to remember when you want to keep the bed dry during potty training is that you can actually let the kid wear a diaper at night and still take them to potty. This is totally doable and many parents go this route. But sometimes, if you have a heavy wetter, the beds can get wet, even with diapers on. At that point, it’s a mess of wet sheets, stinky kids and wet mattresses and is no fun. Especially when it’s in the middle of the night.

The first thing I would do is get a vinyl mattress protector. This is a plastic like sheet that goes over the mattress. This can be used right up to adulthood actually and every mattress should have one. Even mom and dad’s bed, just in case your little angel decides to join you in the bed and have an accident.

After that, you can put a mattress protector on the bed. This will at least keep mattresses dry during potty training, even if the sheets get wet. But there are ways to keep the sheets dry too. Keep reading to find out how.

After putting on the sheet (over the vinyl mattress cover and the other mattress cover), you can get something called an incontinence pad, or a waterproof underpad. This helps the sheets and bed to stay dry. If there is an accident, the only thing that needs to be removed from the bed is the underpad. The rest of the bed would have stayed dry, and potty training can continue.

There are other ways to keep the bed dry during potty training, but these are the cheapest methods. One can also invest in a bed wetting alarm which wakes your child up in time to go to the washroom. All these things will help to keep beds dry during the potty training season.

Night time potty training ideas

Night time potty training can be quite difficult to achieve. Especially when you are struggling with a child that has incontinence. This issue can be hard to deal with and take many many months to sort out. This can also deprive you of sleep and sanity.

The first part of tackling the night time potty training involves a proper assessment of your child. Does your child have wet underwear during the day? If so, what is the cause? When your child reaches 7 or older and the underwear is still wet during the day, there may be a medical problem that needs to get checked out by a doctor. But if that’s been cleared up and there are no medical issues, you need to come up with some fantastic night time potty training ideas to get this sorted out.

I do want to say that there are many older kids who still go to bed with diapers at night. Some have genetic or medical issues, other have psychological issues and others just simply have a brain bladder problem where the brain is not communicating properly with the bladder, or the child could be sleeping so deeply that he or she does not wake up on time to potty.

If you are ready to tackle the problem of night time potty training and need some ideas, start here.

Firstly, you need to set your child up for success. Sit the child down and explain that you are going to try and keep your diaper dry during the night. To do this, it will cause some changes such as limiting liquids before bed time. The child needs to get used to the idea to successfully potty, there will have to be less liquids at night. So after dinner, have a little bit of water and leave it there.

The second thing you may want to do is make sure that your child uses the potty after dinner and again just before bed. This is important for successful potty training at night. There cannot be a full bladder before bed time, or bed wetting will occur and the potty training will not work.

The next thing to remember is to keep a light on in the house during the night. Kids do not like to get up during the night to go potty, regardless of whether you are busy with night time potty training or not. They don’t like the dark. Make it pleasant for them.

Something we like to do is have a large potty in each room, right next to the bed so that there is no running to the washroom during the night time potty training. The kid can just get out of bed, do the business can and get back into bed.

Before you go to bed, help the kid to get up and pee again before going back to sleep. This will help train the child’s mind to get up to make pee during the night.

Another important thing about night time potty training and an idea is to have bed-wetting blankets on the bed. This eliminates the need to change sheets in the middle of the night. Incontinence pads can be bought to put on top of the sheets. Stinky sheets are not pleasant, nor are wet sheets. The pads can just be taken off, leaving dry sheets underneath.

You need to also factor into the night time potty training the fact that you will have to probably not sleep for a couple of weeks as you train your child to night time potty.

Bed-wetting alarms have been known to work and is another option to look into. A bed wetting alarm helps with potty training at night in that it wakes the child up before the bed wetting actually occurs. New technology that detects body rhythm.

At the end of the day, successful night time potty training will only work when your child is ready to train and you make the necessary effort to train the child.

Natural remedies for constipation in kids

Constipation in kids is not uncommon. In fact, many children struggle with constipation and have parents run to the doctor for help. But before running to the doctor, how about trying some natural remedies for constipation in kids?

Firstly, before you even start thinking about natural remedies for constipation in kids, you have to know what the signs are that your kid is constipated. There are several tell tell signs:

  • Lack of appetite – It may appear that your kid has a lack of appetite, on a hunger strike or just does not want to eat. This is because being constipated makes him or her feel bloated, full and uncomfortable
  • Stomach ache – yes, constipation can cause stomach ache. If your child is constantly complaining about stomach ache, you may want to check out when last he used the wash room to make a stool. It could just be that there is a constipation issue going on.
  • There will be crying as your kid is trying to pass a stool. This is often the result of small tears or something else.
  • The stool can be burny which means the child will not want to pass the stool.

If your kid is suffering from these symptoms, it is very possible that your child is suffering from constipation. This is unhealthy and can end him or her up in hospital if it’s not dealt with.

Natural remedies for constipation in kids includes the following:

  • Water – Drink a lot more water. The water is said to loosen the stools and help with digestion. It will help with softening the stool and thereby passing the stool easier.
  • Exercise – Exercise is said to be very important in fighting constipation. Our bodies were designed to move around, not sit still all the time. Doing some exercise will help in stimulating contractions and bowel movements.
  • Fiber – Increase fiber in the diet. Fiber helps with the digestive system both in kids and adults. Having a healthy amount of fiber in the diet will help with digestion and constipation
  • Less dairy – decrease the dairy as dairy is said to be a known cause of constipation, bloating and gas. While kids need dairy, when there is constipation, it can help to decrease dairy until the constipation has been resolved.
  • Prune Juice or eating prunes – One of the favorite and most go to remedies for constipation in kids. They may not like prunes but it certainly does the job.
  • Watermelon – Watermelon can also help some children to pass the stool when there has been constipation.
  • A laxative – There are over the counter laxatives that can be used for remedies of constipation in kids. Some of these are oral and some of these are suppositories. Which ever one you choose, make sure that your pharmacist knows that it is for a kid that it will be used.
  • Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly – Rubbing a bit of Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly on the anus may help the stool to pass easier. This is a go to when there is a struggle to pass what needs to come out!

Whatever you do, and whatever natural remedies for constipation in kids you try, it is always advisable to see a doctor if the issue does not resolve itself. There could be a greater problem than just constipation.

What can I drink on the Keto diet

The Keto diet is all about keeping hydrated. Because of the lack of minerals in your body when you are on Keto, you need to keep drinking. And no, it’s not just all about drinking water. Yes, drinking water plays a big part in the Keto diet, but drinking water is boring for some, and does not take away the thirst for others. So the question remains, what can I drink on the Keto diet.

There are many drinks that can be taken on a keto diet. One of my favorites is Coke Zero. Another is Sprite Zero. Yes, this is pop, but it has zero carbs. I have to add that it contains Asparatime as a sweetner, so you may not be too happy about having this as a drink on the keto diet.

Other options include diet sodas and tonic water. These are great as they do not contain caffeine. Best not to have too much caffeine when on the Keto diet. Drinks like diet sodas and tonic water usually contain little to no carbs. One does have to read labels though.

For lazy people like myself, another delightful option of what to drink while you do the keto diet is herbal tea. Herbal tea is much better than normal tea when you are trying to deal with the lack of sugar and milk if you are like me. Black coffee is also an acceptable drink on the Keto diet, although do not drink too much black coffee as it contains caffeine.

When you are on the keto diet and you want a hot drink on a cold night, there are options for hot chocolate, late’s and other warmer drinks. Those are found mostly in Keto recipe books. Most of these contain almond or coconut milk and heavy whipping cream.

One of my favorite drinks on the Keto diet is a smoothy. I use this for breakfast in the morning. It contains fruit and is filling enough to last me until lunch or snack time. Not only is it filling, but it is super healthy.

There are also plenty of commercial Keto drinks available from Amazon and other health related stores. These are usually instant powder drinks and especially designed to put you into Ketosis. I prefer the natural drinking options discussed above though.

So you see, there are many options of what you can drink on the Keto diet. With a little bit of time and research, you could find the perfect combination of drinks to get you through your Keto dieting days.

Forehead Thermometer

Forehead Thermometers in Canada

If you’ve ever had kids or tried to measure a small person’s temperature, you will know why a forehead thermometer is the best thing since sliced bread. Yes, really. The forehead thermometer is truly the best thing ever.

Kids wiggle, squirm and cannot sit still. They complain and don’t want to hold the thermometer in their mouth. Babies fuss when you want to put the ear thermometer in their ears. They never want to sit still.

The forehead thermometer is an ingenious invention which helps a great deal in taking a kid’s temperature. It’s also more comfortable for the adult.

This type of thermometer usually comes with small round and flat batteries that almost look like coins, and measure temperature a lot faster than it’s predecessors. It’s small and handy to keep in a drawer or even in your purse if you have a big enough purse. But when you have kids, it’s always handy to have the forehead thermometer with you. They can get sick at any moment during a busy day where you simply cannot go home. I also keep a cloth and bottle of water in the car for cooling hot little foreheads.

Aveeno Baby Eczema Cream

Aveeno Baby Eczema Cream

Aveen Baby Eczema Cream is an amazing cream. It is designed to deal with your baby’s eczema. Eczema is a condition on the skin where the skin can itch, a rash can develop, the skin can open up or crack and feel extremely dry. This condition is usually genetic and come from a gene in your body. The condition could also come from allergic reactions to washing and laundry detergents as well as other chemicals.

For many people, including babies, eczema is difficult to treat. The conventional and prescription eczema creams usually do not work. However, as a person who struggles with eczema on my fingers, the Aveeno baby eczema cream has started helping. It does not take the condition away, but it does make it better. It does help prevent the condition.

The Aveeno baby eczema cream forms a layer around your skin that is waterproof. That means, that it protects your skin through the layer it formed from needing cream every five minutes. And as the skin is protected, it can start healing itself, slowly.

Aveeno baby eczema cream really has been the best product out there for my eczema and is dermatologist recommended. You can get Aveeno baby eczema cream at most drugstores and supermarkets in Canada, but you can also buy it online from Amazon.

Nursery Organizer

Nursery Organizers

A baby nursery can be a mess or it can be a place you enjoy holding your baby and a room to spend time in. That is why nursery organizers are so important. Especially with your life having turned upside down.

In Canada, there are many nursery organizers available. Many of the online websites sell them, but you can also buy them off Amazon and other more international sites.

Baby nursery organizers are important. They can help you organize baby’s things into easily findable options such as diapers together, sleepers together, towels together etc.

It is important when you work with a baby to know exactly where everything is. When you are busy with the baby, there is usually not a lot of time available to look for things. Especially if you just bathed baby and forgot to take out a towel! That is where a nursery organizer is very handy. If you know exactly where everything is, it’s easy to pull it out without looking, and thereby you can still have your attention fully on your baby.

There are many different types of nursery organizers. There are foldable ones that can be stacked away and plastic ones that are up permanently, as a shelf or in the cupboard. But whichever one you decide on getting, know that a nursery organizer is a very useful thing in a baby nursery!

Baby Swaddle Blanket

Baby Swaddle Blankets

Baby swaddle blankets are baby blankets that you cannot do without. A baby needs to be swaddled if it’s going to feel happy. The reason for this is that the baby spent nine months inside the tummy of the mommy and now suddenly have a lot more space around them. They are no longer cramped.

The problem is that the baby is not used to this. That is why swaddling a baby in a blanket is so important. To give the baby a sense of normality (as far as you can) and to get the baby back to the feeling of being in the womb. This only applies to tiny babies.

To obtain baby swaddle blankets is not a hard thing. Walmart Canada as well as Amazon Canada sells baby swaddle blankets. There are many to choose from. There are read folded ones that you don’t need to fold, ones that you fold around the baby and different fabric ones. There are baby swaddle blankets for strollers, especially handy in the cold weather of Canada, and then there are muslin and flannel baby swaddling blankets.

Muslin baby swaddle blankets are made of lightweight material, but isn’t as soft as flannel. Flannel on the other hand is the soft type of fabric, almost like your pj’s. I have always preferred baby swaddle blankets in flanel as they are nice and soft.

Baby Monitor with Camera and Audio

Baby monitors with camera and audio in Canada

Baby monitors have become very popular in modern day life. What has become even more popular is baby monitors with camera and audio. These are available in Canada and worldwide actually.

Why do you need to choose a baby monitor with a camera and audio? Peace of mind is one answer that comes my way immediately. The thing is, when you have a baby, you cannot be with baby 24/7. There are times when you need to go to the washroom, go take a shower, go make some lunch for yourself or simply lie down a little to rest. It’s at these times when baby monitors with camera and audio come in very handy.

You can have peace of mind knowing that your baby is sleeping safely by being able to watch the baby on a remote screen. The baby monitor (crib unit) will broadcast a signal to the remote (parent unit) screen where you will be able to see your baby in real time, on the baby monitor camera and you will be able to hear the baby via the baby monitor audio. It will be as if you are right next to your baby.

These baby monitors with camera and audio provides incredible relief for parents as they can watch their babies at all times while they are lying down, busy with chores or taking a shower. You know your baby is safe.

Baby Bum Cream

Baby Bum Cream in Canada

There are many options available when it comes to looking for baby bum cream. Canada has specific bum creams that are available here but nowhere else.

When it comes to choosing baby bum cream, it really depends on what type of diapers you are going to be using. Are you going to go for disposable diapers? Are you going to use modern cloth diapers? The type of diaper determines the type of baby bum cream that you should get.

Then there is also the type of skin sensitivity to work in. Some babies are much more prone to diaper rash than other babies. Choosing a baby bum cream can take time and be trial and error until you find the right one.

For disposable diapers, Sudo cream and other cream based baby bum cream are always good options. But when it comes to modern cloth diapers, these diapers cannot handle the baby bum cream and it affects the amount of water that the diaper can hold. For these types of diapers, it’s best to use a non cream based baby bum cream.

Non cream based baby bum creams are mostly coconut oil based products. You can use pure natural coconut oil that you mix into a paste with corn starch, or you can just spray coconut oil on during the hot weather. This works well to remove diaper rash too. It is also said to be a lot healthier to use coconut oil as a baby bum cream.