Category - Tips & Tricks

Public Potty Tips

Being the mom to a newly potty trained 2.5 year old I’ve struggled with getting the hang of going potty in our own home. Potty, wipe, flush, wash. Then I realized once I left the comforts of my own home, my step-stool and into the “unknown” of public restrooms that it gets scary.

For those moms who are preparing to take their little ones on the public potty here are a few tips and suggestions I hope you take with you.

A few of my momma friends have actually purchased travel potty seats, a mini toilet cover fold-up version so the kiddos bums don’t have to touch the existing seat. A lot less actual work in the potty. You can find some here:

Most, but not all, public restrooms have the paper toilet seat covers that are a life saver when you don’t want to hold your little one over the toilet in mid-air. Beware, occasionally the seat cover will fall in if you don’t place it correctly and nix all your plans for a germ free-ish potty session. In my search I also found disposable potty covers (like the free ones but better) and these ones even stick to the seat with adhesive tabs! Check them out:

Now we don’t have these and if you use the potty seat covers this may be going a little overboard, but if you’re really freaked out by germs then you may want to think about getting some Potty Mitts. Looks like they cover your child’s hands so they can grip the potty but not have to worry about what’s getting on them. I wonder if they make holding on more difficult though, they look a little slippery. Perhaps an upcoming review idea??? If you want to buy some Potty Mitts I suggest these:

and if all else fails there’s the good ole standby: Toilet Paper. Here’s a trick I like to use while I toilet paper the potty like it’s Halloween on steroids. After trying to get into the largest stall available, (it gives you more space to not bump into anything and keeps little hands further from the yuckies,) I look for a drain, or colored tile, something that I can assign Little Miss to stand on that’s hopefully just out of reach from everything. I double and triple paper each side (including the front) of the potty so she has a spot to put her hands and does not have to touch the actual seat/base.

A few smaller tips I also like to use in the community potty sessions are: putting paper towels under my arm so I have them ready immediately after Little Miss washes so her shirt, pants, shoes don’t get too wet. Also hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer.

What are your tips for using the public restrooms with your children??

Baby Favorites

If you’re a new mom, shopping for a baby shower, or going to be a mommy anytime in the are some things you may want to think about getting to save your life!!!! I’ve listed the top 10 things I couldn’t live without being a mom, at least a mom to a baby. These do not include the givens, diapers, wipes, food, but are definitely things you may want to look into.

In no specific order:

1. Diaper Genie II- especially now that she is eating solids, I don’t think we could live without it. Plus it’s so easy to take out and change the cartridges.

2. Purell Hand Sanitizer- for times when you could use a sink but there’s none around. Love the stuff with aloe so your hands don’t dry out too.

3. Baby carrier- any kind will do, I have Infantino. But this comes in handy for shopping, simple housework or just calming your baby down sometimes even putting them to sleep. Not so great for doing dishes or anything food related.

4. Burp cloths- Avery is the spit up queen, so this was and is still a must for us. We have them upstairs, downstairs, in the car, in the diaper bag, and still that’s not enough. Easy to wash and handy for explosions.

5. Swing- I love love love the Fisher Price Papasan! It’s so versatile you can rock two different ways, and Avery loves the mirror and animals. Unfortunately, the weight limit says 25lbs but Avery is topping it off at 17.5lbs. She is too big for the seat and when we put her in it creaks, probably not a great sign. But she has used it tons since birth, so I’d say we got our money’s worth, if you don’t have one and have a new baby put this on your registry!

6. Gas drops- these were a huge help. I use Little Tummies Gas Drops, I’ve also heard that their Gripe Water is a good one, we buy these in bulk :):)

7. At least 2 changing pad covers- of course changing pad covers are a must, but I love that I have two, when one is in the wash I can use the other, I don’t have to wait for it to wash and dry, this definitely saves me time and is well worth it.

8. Pampers diapers- I was going to just put Swaddlers on here, but since then I’ve also used Cruisers and Baby Dry and love all of the Pamper Line diapers. They are great, as far as diapers go. They may be a little more expensive than some others, but I’ve not had one pee-pee leak period.

9. A good watch- not just any watch, a watch with a stopwatch feature is a must. I use mine to time feedings and also to see how long she is awake and sleeping. Even to this day I am using it to help me remember. Lord knows every mom has a lot of things on her mind already, why not help yourself out a little bit? The only thing is you have to remember to set the timer or else it’s worthless. It’s more sporty than fashionable but then again now you’re a mommy. Sometimes fashion has to suffer when it comes to convenience.

10. One word: Boppy. I use this for lots of stuff. Mainly to feed Avery, it saves my back and gives her and I support. Whether your baby is formula-fed or breast-fed you can use this. We also used to prop Avery up with it when she was very small and then when she was learning to sit up alone used it as a cushion. The covers and Boppy are both washable and easy to travel with.

I hope these suggestions help you. I know there are tons more but these were the most important to me.

We Love Chick-fil-A

For those of you who regularly frequent Chick-fil-A with or without your families I don’t have to tell you how amazing this fast food restaurant is. In my opinion, and until I am corrected, this is the top family fast food joint offering customer service, kid friendliness, and tasty food high above other fast food standards.

Chick-fil-A is the only fast food restaurant where I’m greeted and my order is taken in a very polite manner. Occasionally I’ll get a, “How are you,” or a “Please pull up” at other ff restaurants but typically I’m just glad if I get a glum, “Can I take your order.”
Now aside from their friendliness this joint is amazing if you have kids. This is the only fast food that I know of that gives you disposable place mats, bendy straws, and allows the kids to trade their toy for ice cream. On several occasions when dining in we’ve had servers help by brining food to our table and even getting items like high chairs, and silverware for our table instead of staring at us while we struggle like most fast food restaurants. Just that in itself amazes me.
Also on the kid front I love that Chick-fil-A is so involved in the community offering several activities monthly for families.
Now while I’m not always in the mood for chicken, (sorry Chick-fil-A cows,) when I am I do love their fried chicken and the fact that it’s white meat. Maybe not the healthiest lunch but very tasty. I appreciate the reduced fat milk and fruit cup choices for the kids meals.
I love Sunday’s but I do have my sad moments when I realize that Chick-Fil-A is closed 🙁
So thank you Chick-fil-A for being kid friendly, community friendly, tummy friendly, and just generally friendly!