Archive for August, 2010

Potty Training – How Do You Know When Your Toddler Is Ready

August 30, 2010

My granddaughter is now just over 2 years old…well, 2 years and 2 months to be exact.  My daughter has been debating whether or not to start potty training her.  It seems such a simple thing to do but once you actually start thinking about it the task of potty training can be quite daunting. 

After working in education for so many years and potty training numberous toddlers, some more easily potty trained than others, I have written a list of what I would consider the top tips for potty training.  The important thing to remember when potty training is that each child is an individual, what works for one may not work for the other (even if they are siblings).  Try different tips and techniques and decide what is right for you and your toddler.

1) First and foremost you have to decide if your toddler is ready to be potty trained.  Ask yourself these questions:
a) can your child pull her pants up and down                                                                       

b) Imitates others’ bathroom habits (likes to watch you go to the bathroom, wants to wear underwear, and so on)
c) Has the words to express that she needs to use the potty

d) Dislikes the feeling of a dirty diaper ( not every child does, but it helps immensely if this is the case with your child)

e) Has “dry” periods of at least three or four hours (this shows her bladder muscles are developed enough to hold her urine in and store it)

There are many other signs that your child is ready such as following simple instructions and showing signs of independence.  Once you have come to the conclusion that your toddler is ready to be potty trained.

Baby Proofing 101

August 19, 2010


Whether you are expecting or your little bundle of joy has already arrived there is no time like the present to baby proof you home.  Your little one will have a very unique way of finding things that are dangerouse and that you forgot.

Baby proofing your home is not as difficult as it sounds, no need to get a professional baby proofer to come by.  Here are some of our top tips for baby proofing your home:

1) When looking around, get down to baby’s level of sight, things look alot different from down there.  Clear all surfaces from chest level.

2) Worried about doors slamming on tiny fingers?  Attach rubber stoppers to the top of doors to illiminate any pinched fingers.

3) Here’s a very important tip:  make sure not to leave your purse lying aroung, fun for baby but dangerous at the same time

4) Install door locks, if possible the magnetic kind, they are a bit more difficult for that genious baby to figure out.

5) The toilet is too much fun and way too dangerous….use a toilet lid lock!

6) Plants? Which are safe and which are not?

7) Door mats and rugs can be major slip and fall traps, use slip proof mats under all mats and rugs

8) Install cover guards for all sharp table edges, this is less expensive than buying new furniture.

9)  Every time you enter a room look around on the floor, under the furniture and in the corners for small objects, crumbs and anything that baby can grab onto and put in that tiny mouth. 

10) Our last tip is remember, baby proofing doesn’t stop once you think you’ve finished.  As your baby gets older you will have to baby proof your home with each stage of development….baby proofing is an ongoing task to keep baby safe at home.

Snug As A Bug Or…..Growing with Grobag

August 12, 2010

You baby has grown up safe and secure, all comfy and cozy while sleeping in a Grobag baby sleeping bag.  You have found a Grobag for all season, tog 1.0 for warm summer months, tog 2.5 for year round except hot summer months and tog 0.5 for very hot climates.  Grobag baby sleeping bags have let you and your baby sleep in peace knowing that baby is covered and safe at all times.

Now your baby has grown and is in his/her toddler years. It is time to move onto a “big kids bed”.  You worry about the blankets falling off at night.   You worry about your toddler falling out of bed. You worry, worry worry.  The people at Grobag are trying to help eliminate as much worry as possible and have come up with this ingenious solution to “big kid bedding”.

The ingenious design of the grobag first duvet bedding sets means they’ll have the safety and security of a baby sleeping bag without the fear of them falling out of bed or pillows going over their heads.

(Duvet sold separately)

With the grobag first duvet bedding set, the cover can be securely attached to the fitted bottom sheet using a zip system on both sides, so it’s easy for your little one’s to get into bed, but you’ll have the peace of mind that they can’t fall out! Plus the pillowcase is also attached to the bottom sheet – eliminating the risk of it going over their head in the night.  

Use coupon code grobag at check out for 10% off Grobag bedding ( while supplies last) …our way of thanking you for your patronage at