My Son At 4 years and 11 months

Son in his school uniform

Where has the time gone, I can’t believe my son is almost 5 years of age. He is now thankfully toilet trained, only at night does he still where a pullem up, but even with that we’ll soon be losing the night time pants as he tends to use the actual toilet at night more than in his pullem up.

He has begun going to school, on half term this week, but he is doing really well. He still needs to work on his speech, but they seem to have his learning all sorted, as they do a lot of visual images so he getting what other words mean.

We are having to get him to identify numbers, colours and letters.

He knows what different fruits are, and is now eating bananas again, but still has gone off other fruits and vegetables.

At the moment he is having a nap because he wakes up so early. Early being 4am. We have tried to let him stay up later, but still he will wake up early. Rarely will he sleep in, but he doesn’t demand to go downstairs so much now, so I do get a lie in on days he doesn’t have school.

I know this is cliche but it has been a massive journey, I have made mistakes and still feel I am making them, but must not be doing to bad of a job because he has come on leaps and bounds, and seems to be progressing each day.

I will post again once he reach his 5th birthday.

Many thanks for reading,




My son at 4 years 9 months

I can’t believe how fast it has gone and how much my son, Henry, has grown.

He is now toilet trained, even though he still wears a nappy at night and been debating weather to or not to put one on when he naps during the day.

Please do not judge me on that, but his naps during the day are becoming less frequent aswell, and he will often have a dry nappy, so I try to leave the nappy off during the day as much as possible. He is a sleep at the moment, but he has been awake since 3am this morning, so was bound to be tired this morning.

That is one thing that has changed his sleep pattern. We try not to allow him to watch his tablet for too long, and he is very good at getting himself to sleep, but he won’t always be asleep for long, and does often wake up during the night.

Sometimes he will nap in the car aswell, but he doesn’t have a nappy on when we are out, and he will use public toilets now where before he wouldn’t. We have been  using our portable toilet seat, see my blog “Toilet Training Success” blog on my website for further details about this:


Here is a photo of my son on the swings, when my mum and I took him to Selsey for a couple of days. He walked a lot when we were in Selsey only sitting down a few times, but we didn’t use the pushchair once.

We still use the pushchair, but we are trying to phase it out, and when he starts school next week I will have him walk there.

I still can’t get my head around the fact that he will be at school next week, and I am a little anxious about it. He hasn’t settled to the thought of school well so far, and when I took him to his moving up day, he didn’t want to leave my side.

It was only when he saw there was a water play area, that he started to play and settle a bit, but then he saw the entrance doors open and tried to escape a few times.

He does love other children, especially older ones, and loved playing with his cousins in Selsey and even held their hands to walk along the seaside. He loves older children, and couldn’t stop watching them when they came out to play, on his moving up day.

I think once he sees other children playing and having fun, I think he will then settle into school. We are still teaching him to pull his trousers up and down, which he can do. Well he can take them off, no problem, just pulling them back on he struggles with, and it will be doing them up again, that he may find tricky.

I have been teaching him more about his name, and how to identify it. At Henry’s nursery they now lay out green leaves out with each child’s name on them and they have to put them on this tree attached to the wall, and I encourage Henry to find his name and put his leaf on the tree, and he will do it.

I think that is a brilliant thing to do, to teach children their name.

Henry loves Playdoh and will often have my mum’s Playdoh set to out to play with, and is happy for a long time. He loves kinder eggs, and we often when we go shopping have to buy him one, otherwise it can be world war 3.

He also loves Thomas the Tank Engine, Spongebob still and Peppa Pig.

It has gone so quickly, since the first day he was born, and he seems to develop more each day. I am so happy about the toilet training, just need to keep on with the getting the clothes on, as he loves being naked, and getting him more used to seeing his name.

So I will post again soon, probably coming up to his next birthday, but until then many thanks for reading,


Carrie X

My son at 4 years and 4 months

My son is now 4 years and 4 months old, soon to be starting school in September.

My son

We are still Potty Training, I had not idea it would take this long, but we think he is getting the idea as he will sit on his potty when needing the toilet more now, just a few accidents on the way.

Yesterday he managed to on his tablet, which we use only so he can watch Peppa Pig and nursery rhymes, he actually dialed my mum and did face time yesterday evening, at 4 years old.

He even lined up his cups in order as they have numbers at the bottom and had them neatly lined up. I did praise him for doing so and because he saw it was a good thing, he did it again.

We played a game where by I hid a ball under the cups he had to try and pick which cup the ball was under. He loved this game, that we played it for a long while.

Meal times vary his appetite keeps changing from becoming very high to very low, and he even told me that his meal in the evening was too much, so now we try and give him smaller portions.

We have started to give him a multi vitamin as he not keen on vegetables at the moment, he just decided he didn’t like them, even though he did eat them before with no fuss at all.

He now asks more for things now, like if he wants to watch football or rugby or Peppa Pig. We try to balance it out, so he can have less ball time more mental play, such as getting him to do puzzles or drawing.

When he does say a new word we praise him for it, and let him know that his length of communication is getting good, and he will sit down more and play rather than wanting to run around all the time.

We are trying to ease him out of the pushchair by taking him out without the pushchair, and when he walks with us we praise him, but if he runs off we make sure he knows not to by not taking him to the park for example. He can have privileges, when he has done good, not when he has done wrong.

I do feel he has progressed hugely since he turned 4, still got a lot of progression to work on in terms of his communication, but feel it is getting better each day.

I would love to hear how your little one is growing too, do you have any tips you would like to share of how to for example to potty train with less accidents.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X





Now my son is now 4 years old he is becoming more engaging in so much. His favourite thing is football, and requests for it everyday or watching Peppa Pig.

He now will try to form sentences and his communication which was slightly delayed has progressed so much now, that he is becoming less frustrated when trying to tell me something, like if he wants a drink or a certain type of food.

We are now are trying to do more mental play rather than doing physical play all the time, as he will play ball all day if we don’t. We try to get him to play matching pairs, or do a puzzle, or play with cars and do imitation. Henry imitates a lot.

Potty training is still underway and now we are putting him in pants during the day and he is more keen on using the actual toilet rather than his potty.

It can be frustrating though at times as he will play up on occasions like he did this morning, where he wouldn’t let me put his trousers on or his shoes, but he knows by changing the tone of my voice, that he is doing wrong and will stop.

Now his communication is a lot better he is having less meltdowns, he doesn’t always nap now and can stay awake the whole day.

I have already begun applying for schools and have picked by 4 choices, now is the time to apply for schools if your child too is beginning school this September.

You will know once you visit the schools which is the right one for your child, like you may have done when searching for a good nursery. It’s a feeling you just know when it is right.

I will report back once Henry gets nearer to starting school, on how he is doing.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie x



My son nearly coming up to 4 years old

Henry at almost 4 years old

Henry is now coming up to 4 years old and we are now looking at schools for him, as he will be starting school in September 2018. He has more energy than before if that is even possible, but it seems that he does.

He isn’t talking still as much as we would like but he is saying more new words each day and in the last couple of months or so, begun to speak full sentences.

Nap times vary and sometimes he has gone a full day without a nap, depends on how early he has woken up and how much energy he has used up at the beginning of the day. He still tends to wake early, but this can vary aswell. It can be between 5 to 6am.

Henry goes to nursery twice a week now on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30am and to 4pm.

He was swearing say a few naughty words, but we have been nipping this in the bud, by ignoring him and he has realized that he doesn’t get a reaction so stops.

At the moment we are working to see if he can have some more speech and language sessions to help with his communication as he has the tendency to throw things when he doesn’t understand or can’t communicate correctly.

For his birthday we are taking him to a place called Flipout in Wandsworth, and invited some other children, and then having food and extra play at my step dads school, where they have a nursery.

Time has gone so fast and he is forever growing and looking forward to the next days and months where he will doing more still.

Many thanks for reading,


Carrie X



New products recommended

Here are some essentials I would always make sure I  have in the home or out and about.

One item is a thermometer.

I always make sure I have one of these as you never know if they are struck by an illness, and recommend a portable one so you can take it away with you. There are ones which you can check temperature, inside your childs ear, and acts as a room thermometer too.

The other item is a Potty, and a mini toilet seat, great to have one in each room or floor of the house, just in case you get caught short.

We have a cheaper version from Boots, was £4.99 and a more expensive one which is thomas the Tank engine, as shown above, the one above cost £32.99 from, Boots and bought a smaller Winnie the pooh toilet seat, with step cost £9.99 each for the seat and step.

Toddler cups/First training cups, you can get a good price one from Boots, at £1.45 or even the Poundland stores.

Clarks Toddler Sandals, really smart we get a pair every summer and will continue to do so.

Perfect for their little feet and comfortable too.

So please let me know what you would recommend for a toddler, whether it would be clothes to toys, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X


Potty Training Videos

Not easy! however I have come across some videos on Youtube which have been most helpful.

The 3rd one is quite funny and make you see, that you are not alone in feeling a little frustrated, as potty training is a transition for everyone, so never fear watching and learning from others can really help.

There are some great story books and cartoon type videos too to help. An example below:

I hope you found this useful and if you want to share some tips please do, be most welcomed.

Many thanks for reading and watching,


Carrie X