Potty Training Updates...

~ Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:48 AM ~

Oh boy, it's been more than 6 months since I last blogged about my boy's potty training progress! Let's see, I blogged about starting Ben back on his potty training in February after months of delaying it (Alyson came along in September and I had to pause Ben's potty training since then) and even listed down some short, medium and long terms goals that I looked forward to accomplishing with Ben. Then I also blogged about the precious sight I get to see - Ben finally pooping in his potty! (instead of diapers which he always insisted on), and revisiting those goals I set in February against the progress in early May this year and checking off the ones we achieved 3 weeks later, and now...

Goals Set in Feb 2012

(35 months old)

Updates in 24th May 2012

(38 months old)

Updates in 10th Dec 2012

(45 months old)

Short Term: To move on to peeing into the toilet seat

Completed!

Ben is able to pee into the toilet seat nowadays!

Same status though my boy still prefers to pee in his potty or into the drain hole next to our toilet seat (which he then washes off by pouring a bucket of water on the floor)

Short Term: To continue training him to poop in the potty until he feels safe to sit on the toilet seat

Completed!

Ben is able to poo into his potty nowadays without needing me to be around!
Status same though nowadays, he will just pull down his pants and get to pooping in his potty by himself.
Short Term: To train him to poop in the potty by himself without me sitting behind & cuddling him for assurance Completed! Completed!
Medium Term: To train him to hold his pee for a longer period Completed! Completed!
Medium Term: To go diaper-free during his afternoon naptime after the above goal is met

Achievable!

In progress! I started on 3rd Dec afternoon before his naptime by gently asking whether he thinks he can hold his pee until he wakes up and he nods. Success first time! Repeated again on 5th Dec onwards, so far all success!
Long Term: To poop in the toilet seat

Achievable! 

To continue this...
Long Term: To go out in public without diaper and potty Completed! Completed!
Long Term: To go diaper-free during his bedtime To try this task soon... To try this task soon...

 

As for my 15 months old girl, she is learning fast by observing her big brother! So much so that when I can see her obvious signs she wants to poo, I will immediately take off her diaper and put her on her brother's potty (which surprisingly, is the one property of Ben's that he gladly shares!!!)

Of course, I do need to sit around my girl to ensure she does not get up by herself before she finished her business, but I'm glad to share that she's receptive with the potty when it comes to pooping. So that's one potty training milestones for her off the list I guess! ;)

So there you go, looks like we are getting almost all of the goals soon for Benjamin! Thank God for this and for my dear boy to be so good in following through his potty training!

We are all so proud of you both, Benjamin & Alyson!

iPad App Review - The Chalk Box Story

~ Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM ~

My 3.5 years old boy has no problems identifying colors and he does coloring with chalks in our balcony sometimes but my purpose to review this app is more to see what is the story about and test whether my boy can follow the instructions in the app when it comes to using what colors to color the respective objects. Anyway, my review as below...

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The Chalk Box Story

* Title: The Chalk Box Story
* Price: $3.99
* Category: Education
* Released: Nov 29, 2012
* Version: 1.0.0
* Size: 70.4 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Auryn, Inc
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Description from the product page:

"Eight very special sticks of colored chalk transform blank sheets of paper into exciting stories that become quite real. Pieces of colored chalk draw a story about a boy stranded on an island and the turtle who rescues him. This app helps children learn colors and also the spirit of team work. The process of knowing this through The Chalk Box Story is beautifully illustrated and written by Don Freeman. "

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also move the chalks and color the pages on the screen as we go through the story!

* Initially I thought we have to color according to the story line before we could move through the pages, so I am happy to note that we can skip forward or return back to the colors on respective pages (more like free play) instead of being forced to go through each pages.

The Chalk Box Story

* I was not a fan of watercolored illustrations before this but I think my perception has changed after trying out this app. The drawings on each page is simply breathtakingly beautiful and cute!

* The storyline is simple and easy to follow, I'm so thankful for the happy ending where the main character gets rescued and able to leave the island he got stranded on.

The Chalk Box Story

* There is a bonus feature in this app which you can drag and drop the objects accordingly. The nice thing is if the object is not appropriate to be placed where you want them to, you will see a red mark on the object. For example, you can't put the dolphin on the island or crab in the ocean.

The Chalk Box Story

* I do however feel the price $3.99 is a bit high for this app though but I realised that the apps I am reviewing lately is around this price range.

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You can purchase the "The Chalk Box Story " app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

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December to Remember Giveaway - BabyButton Nappy Wallet

~ Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM ~

This is the final month of the year!!!

So let's make December a month to remember!

For today, I'm giving away 2 BabyButton Nappy Wallets!

That means 2 lucky worldwide people will get to win a nappy wallet!

The giveaway will be open for entries from 9th Dec 2012 until 8th Jan 2013.

This giveaway is sponsored by:

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Good Luck!