Review – KidloLand nursery rhymes app

Kidloland nursery rhymes app

Now I don’t know about you but I have one of those children that likes to watch the weird nursery rhymes videos on YouTube (finger family, anyone?). I don’t mind it as some of them are educational, but YouTube isn’t wholly safe for children, especially if they are *ahem* left on their own with it while I have a cuppa. Or 50 winks. Or a shower. Anyway, you get the drift. So when I was asked if I would like to review a nursery rhymes app from KidloLand, I obliged as I thought Jacob would really like it. Turns out, the whole family like it… Read more

Jacob at 3 years 10 months old

Wow. I thought I had better write an update on Jacob as I have been (kind of) keeping up with then for Noah, and I knew it was a while since I last wrote one, but, I didn’t think it was this long! Six whole months ago! Even the photo from then, he has changed so much.

I always mention Jacob’s behaviour in his updates as we have had many troubles and you may remember we went on a course to try and help deal with it. We have been so consistent with lots we learned since then – well, I have anyway – and his behaviour, though still incredibly difficult to deal with some days, is so much better on the whole. It is when I am within a reasonable distance of him anyway; sometimes he can be unpredictable when they are in a different room together… or maybe not so if I can predict it happening! Read more

Time for a toilet regression?

Is there such a thing as a toilet regression? Why do I ask? Because, well, we seem to be having one with Jacob right now.
It’s been 4 months now since we moved and his Grandad passed away, but we have had no other big changes since then so I am trying to figure out the reason, or if it is actually just a phase – in which case I shall just repeat the mantra “This too shall pass. This too shall pass.”
It wasn’t actually long after we moved that he started to do all of his business on the toilet. For a while he still had a nappy on for bed time and would hold out for that to do a poo rather than on the toilet, but one evening just decided he wanted to wear pants and he hasn’t worn a nappy since. We did have the odd accident – and still do occasionally – but for the most part he has been using the toilet for wee’s and poo’s.
Yes, that is a photo of my toilet.

That is, until the last two or three weeks. Suddenly he just started pooing himself again and we have gone through no end of pants – I’m glad I Santa bought him some more for Christmas! He knows when he needs one as he can usually tell me. For example, yesterday morning when he actually sat on the toilet for five minutes saying he was doing a poo, then he decided he didn’t need one after all. Five minutes later, he had done a poo in his pants!
I am trying my hardest not to show it, but it is incredibly frustrating after him taking so long to get used to using the toilet anyway and then we thought we had finally cracked it (after a year!). I do tell him firmly – but not angrily – that he should be doing a poo in the toilet, and every time he goes to the toilet now he gets a sticker. We did have this reward in place at first but it kind of phased out once he was using it. 
I did think it might have been a power issue, but he has done it at nursery too where he also used to do everything on the toilet. I’m hoping that re-introducing the reward system may help, as today he actually did a poo in the toilet again. Fingers crossed.
Have you ever experienced this kind of thing, and at what age? Was it after a certain event or a change? I would love to hear your experiences and advice!

Craft tutorial – Egg box Christmas trees

We’ve been doing quite a few Christmas crafts this month – mainly stolen from Pinterest I will admit – but this one I just thought up when I bought some eggs in a green box. Egg box Christmas trees! (Obviously with a plain egg box they would need painting too). It does involve a little adult help for cutting the cones from the egg box and possibly putting the glue on them, but the sticking allows children to be creative with their trees and makes a very simple enjoyable activity. This is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers, as even Noah managed to sit through the whole craft and enjoy himself! They are a lovely decoration to put in a keepsake box, use for future Christmases, or give as gifts to family members or visitors.

Materials needed

  • an egg box
  • PVA glue
  • sequins
  • glitter paper
  • pom poms
  • Cut out cones from egg box and paint green if needed.
  • Dot glue about randomly on cones.
  • Stick on decorations.

24 Advent Activity Ideas For Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers

The 1st of December is upon us, which means the Christmas countdown has officially begun! The boys have chocolate advent calendars from relatives, and you may remember we received this wooden advent calendar from Hobbycraft to review last year. I was a bit last minute with it then, but this time I have compiled a list of activities which I have put inside so we will have some Christmas fun-filled days in the lead up to the big day – some of them may even involve Buddy the Elf again 😉
I’ve been scouring the web for activities and here are the ones I have decided we are going to be doing – the boys still have such short attention spans that most of them are quite simple and easy, yet lots of fun!
Make Christmas cards
North Pole breakfast
Delivery of letters from Santa
Christmas colouring pages
Drive around looking at Christmas lights
Christmas jumper day
Attend a Christmas party
Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
Choose Christmas books from library
Help decorate the Christmas tree