Potty Training AKA Schedule a carpet cleaning.

Couple months ago I had the great idea to start potty training G. Not sure why, she screamed whenever I mentioned her sitting on it. She couldn’t tell me if she needed to use the bathroom or even pull down/up her pants to go. Mom friends made potty training seem so easy though. How difficult can it really be to teach a little human to not pee their pants? Just give a mini piece of chocolate, make a potty dance or they will just want to use it on their own. Easy, shouldn’t take more then two days. DONE.

So, I did not read any special books or know what method I was going to use. I did watch one IG story highlight from Dr. Organic Mommy. This kinda gave me some good guidelines to follow and a lot of encouragement. Dr. Organic Mommy seemed like a potty training ninja and just gave it to me step-by-step what I needed to do. The other pre-potty tool I did was download this app on my phone for G to play with. It just kinda made the potty something fun. Full of knowledge, a tad bit naive and ready to go.

Start date was one random afternoon. Naked from the waist down, here-we-go. Not as many accidents as I expected and G really liked all of the praise she was getting. So like her Mama, words of affirmation for the WIN. G, also thought it was super cool to dump it all in the toilet. Diaper back on at bedtime. The first day seemed to be successful. Day two, so many accidents. I was over it by noon. Day three, same, so many accidents. G, wanted nothing to do with her potty and frustration begets more frustration. At this point I made the executive decision that neither of us were ready for this process and I stopped.

Three weeks later, I started again, with a better attitude and ready to potty train. I will be a pee-catching ninja this time. G was naked from the waist down again. I did a better job of making sure she was on the toilet ever thirty min or at least attempting. Also, when I left the house it was no diaper. Just had to be smart about my timing. Short trips at first, until G was OK using using the bathroom outside of the house. Couple weeks into this and G was doing great.

As an aside to this training is if possible making sure that whom ever is helping you with the care of your Little one needs to be on the same game plan. Just putting a diaper on other then nap or nighttime does lengthen this whole process.

Then we went to a super fun Birthday party and it was a disaster. G had like three accidents in two hours. Would not use their toilet. Just a crazy meltdown when the bathroom doorway was breached. I think just having such a good time with her friends she did not want to stop for anything. Lesson learned, just keep more change of clothes with me and more frequent trips to the bathroom.

Tools I had for G. First potty was an Elmo one which terrified her. We traded that model with a friend for a basic white one. This is what we kept wherever G was so she could immediately use it. Toddler insert to use on toilets when we were out using a public toilet or at families. One of my favorite buys was this toilet seat cover with a step-stool. Very easy to take off and put back on and the best part is G can use it without any help.

Undergarments were the last piece of this puzzle. OK these character underwear are very appealing to Little ones. I asked G which ones she wanted and she wanted them ALL! So we have like thirty pair of underwear now. For comparison sake. Carters had really nice underwear for toddlers but they do not have the fun characters on them. Target had a great selection of any princess underwear you could think of but the quality is not that great. Wrapping this up we also got a couple training underwear with a little padding in them.

Definitely a process for us. Took a few weeks before we were going days without any accidents. Probably OK for us to get our carpet cleaned now.

Little Shoe Obsession

At times, I wonder, which of my attributes I will pass down to my daughter. Like this shoe one I got from my Mother. Growing-up my mother would tell me invest your money on shoes and handbags not clothes. Thankfully, we have not started to buy her handbags.

Children’s shoes can be overwhelming. Two years into this Mom life an I am still overwhelmed by what to buy. The shoe should have great quality, will last a while and is reasonably priced. When G was little, I would just put her in moccasins when we went out. Actual shoes purchases did not start until she was crawling. Below are a few of the Brands and Styles that have worked for us.

Little Bipsy is a adorable shop. Pretty sure we probably own one of everything. This shop will be mentioned in a couple of post so let me just focus on the shoe game. Literally, you can purchase an amazing quality shoe for your little, from Newborn, on up to Big Kid. The sandals and high-tops, are all extremely well made, super easy to wipe clean. If I have any critique, I notice G wanted to take her high-tops off in the summer because her feel would get a bit sweaty. Who’s feet don’t get sweaty in the summer?? Little Bipsy sandals have a very strong Velcro strap that stays put through running around. The upper portion of the sandals looked great even after months of wearing them. Every pair of shoes and sandals I have purchased, I have been able to pass down to friends, because they are still in amazing condition. FIT: I would just suggest measuring your little’s foot and compare it to the size guide on the website. Size guide worked perfect for G.

Little Bipsy link below

Adidas has some of the most comfortable toddler shoes. Well, they look super comfortable. G has not been able to express fit critiques with me yet. This past fall I found these Adidas Superstar 360. Super cute camo print, peach colored stripes and it was a slip on. Seriously, I fell in love. The inside of the shoe is really soft so G did not need any socks with them. Super easy to slip on and off. The soles of these shoes are very easy to clean and have this crazy pattern which makes them super flexible. This print is not currently on the site but I have a link to the same style shoe. FIT: I would again just suggest using the size guide on the website. Actually, I just ordered the same size as I was purchasing in the Little Bipsy brand and they worked.

Link for Adidas Superstar 360 below

Carter’s does have a wide selection of shoes. Please do not Momshame me but I usually am not a fan of the styles they have. Shopping there one day, G just happened to spot this pair of glitter slip-on shoes and it was love at first sight. This pink glitter shoe is probably the first shoe that she just wanted to “show off” to us. Surprisingly, this shoe has been pretty fun to use for dressing up a causal outfit or tearing it up on the playground. FIT: Fit is true to size and we have not had any issues with it slipping off while playing.

Amazon link for Carter’s shoe

Vans are just super cool shoes. Kinda feel like I should own a pair just to improve my self confidence. So these Vans velcro strap toddler size shoes are absolutely ridiculous. Super sturdy, great for the playground, easy to wipe clean. Look pretty awesome with jeans. Just a really big fan of how stylish these kicks are. FIT: True to size maybe even a little more room in the width which is kind of nice.

Amazon link to Vans below

Dadawen boots were an Amazon find. I purchased these boots because they reminded me of a Doc Martin. These were purchased as something cute to wear with tights and a dress. Honestly, G has not worn them very much. I would categorize them as more of an occasion type of shoe for us. Quality is good, they look super cute and are easy on and off. FIT: Runs a little big

Amazon link to Dadawen below

Maxu boots had really high hopes for us. This boot was also an Amazon find. Let me start by saying the print is absolutely adorable. I just pictured pairing these with skinny jeans or leggings. This shoe for us just didn’t work because it was a hassle to get on and off with the side zip and lace up the front. G, just didn’t like running around in them. They seemed kind of clunky on her so I think G just didn’t feel very stable in them. FIT: Runs a bit big

Amazon link to Maxu below

Because every little girl needs a black patent leather shoe I had to share just one more pair. Also, an Amazon find, the Bear Mall shoe is so adorable. The sole has some grip to it which helped G to tear up the dance floor when she wore these for the first time. The velcro strap is pretty strong which makes the shoe pretty stable. Upper is very easy to wipe clean if needed. So happy to have snagged this shoe. G literally danced for three hours in them and did not have any issues. Super cute if you need a dress shoe. FIT: true to size. Usually I size up like a half size when I buy G her shoes so she has room to grow. These I purchased to fit the size she was currently wearing.

Alright that is a few of my kids size shoe finds.