When you talk about early potty training, there are often several negative responses.
You shouldn’t potty train early, you’ll harm your child.
You have to wait until toddlers show “signs of readiness” and are developmentally ready to train.
You can’t train a child before they can talk. Why force your child to potty train early?
There is no rush. It’s not a race to grow up.
And so on..
The truth is that there is NO one way or perfect timeline to potty train a child, and every child (and family) is different.
A child is not “better” or “worse” for starting potty training later or earlier. However, it is also incorrect that early training is harmful, forced, or reflects a parent’s desire to “rush” childhood milestones.
In fact, early potty training can be gentle, relaxed, fun, and have many benefits.
Our son started early potty training in January 2022 at 10 months of age.
Below we share our experiences with early potty training as parents still currently in the thick of raising a toddler: the method we are using, how it’s going so far, and answers to some questions about early training for those who might be interested in trying it with their child.
Overseas travel looks NOTHING like it did a few years ago. My husband and I are both seasoned travelers, having been to a combined total of more than 10 countries.
However due to the continually changing travel guidelines, under the pandemic that has stretched on for over 2 years, overseas travel has become a completely new experience.
There are still long queues, longer flights, and an array of pre-flight preparations to consider. Add to this extra regulations, unbelievable layovers, and the wildly unexpected, and you have today’s travel experience.
While single or married this might present its challenges, but add to the mix an infant, and everything has the potential to become just a little more overwhelming!
While traveling overseas with a baby does require more careful planning, it is manageable if you are willing to be flexible (and can deal with the possibility of temporary sleep deprivation – which most parents of infants are experts at already!).
Our most recent travels overseas took over 20.5 hours of flights and layovers from Japan to the U.S., and over 34.5 hours on return (that is not counting driving to and from the airports both ways!).
Based on our overseas travel experience, here are our tips for traveling with an infant overseas.
During pregnancy, so much focus can be on preparing the baby.. but preparing the mother is important, too!
Especially for new mothers, it can be helpful to know what to expect after giving birth, and how to make the transition to motherhood easier.
Below I share a list of what I found useful during my postpartum recovery, and my thoughts about each item. Or, scroll to the bottom of the post to discover what items were “not worth it”!
Pregnancy can feel overwhelming with all of the preparation involved, and a very real deadline within which to accomplish it all!
In addition to purchasing items for baby, deciding on a place to give birth, and so on, there are also so many resources out there to read written on the subject of pregnancy itself.
Below are a few of the titles that I read prior to my son’s birth, and my thoughts on each resource.
Our son Jamie is EBF, which means exclusively breastfed.
Although you might not see a lot of people breastfeed publicly in Japan, many public spaces are supportive of breastfeeding. The building where we grocery shop includes a breastfeeding area on the third floor, which can be easily accessed via elevator.
I have taken advantage of a few of these public “baby stations”, and they are very convenient!!
As of today, the last month of pregnancy has finally arrived!
My husband and I have been busy with final preparations, making sure that everything is organized for baby, as well as postpartum. Due to COVID, all of the in-person childbirth classes in our area have been shut down.. so over the last few months, we’ve been turning to online resources and books to prepare for childbirth.
If you are in the home stretch of pregnancy and interested in what we have been doing to prepare, keep reading for my recommendations below (as well as a discount code!)!