Toilet training. The very phrase strikes fear into the heart of parents everywhere. Your toddler refuses to wear a nappy any more. So you go through the ritual before you go out, making sure everyone’s been to the toilet. And you’re 20 minutes down the road, when a little voice pipes up from the back seat. “Mummy, I want to go potty!”.
So you pull over, and can’t find a toilet anywhere (or you do, and it’s so gross that you can’t bring yourself, much less your toddler, to use it). So then what do you do?
Well, now you can whip out the Tron potty! They’re foldable, disposable and fully biodegradable.
Cleverly designed (by an architect, no less) to support up to 30kgs, even the largest toddler can use one of these. In fact, you’ll be able to use these up until your toddler is around 6 years old.
Inside is a biodegradable pad that absorbs up to 250ml within 30 seconds, as well as all the smells. When you’re done, just use the clever little catch to fold it away (no touching required!) and the handle to pop it in the bin.
It’s small enough to fit into your nappy bag, under the pram, or in the car so it’s handy for emergencies.
Watch how easy it is to use:
How handy is that?
And the best part about it is that it’s fully biodegradable. From the cardboard, to the bag inside, and the absorbent pad.
And if your toddler decides that no, she actually doesn’t want to go now, you can just fold it up again and pop it back into your bag for next time.
It’s lightweight, portable, comfortable and hygenic. Toilet training genius, in our opinion!
Like shiny hair and glowing skin, a brilliant smile is a great physical asset. It’s a mark of good health and one of the first things people notice.
No wonder then that people spend so much time and money trying to make their teeth whiter and brighter. And why there are so many teeth whitening toothpastes, bleaching strips, and similar products on the market.
Unfortunately, most mainstream teeth whitening products contain peroxides and other harsh chemicals that can actually damage teeth and gums.
Why should you avoid conventional teeth whitening products?
Your body drinks up practically everything you put on it. So you can just imagine that it absorbs all the toxic chemicals you put in your mouth, even when you try not to swallow. Yes, that means you’re basically eating the ingredients in your teeth whitening strips and bleaching kits.
Most of these products contain the active bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide. Studies have found that certain concentrations of this chemical can cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. There’s also concern that excessive use or high concentrations may lead to cancer. And because teeth whitening products haven’t been around all that long, scientists don’t really know what their long term effects are.
The quest for a brighter smile is real, but harsh teeth whitening ingredients aren’t the only way to go. Yes, mainstream teeth whitening products do work. But you can also whiten your teeth and get a photo ready smile without putting a cocktail of chemicals in your mouth.
Safe teeth whitening ingredients
These natural teeth whitening ingredients aren’t only safer—they’re easier to use, cheaper than mainstream options, and help improve overall dental hygiene.
It may seem counterintuitive, but using an ingredient that makes your mouth look pitch black can actually leave your pearly whites looking a lot brighter. Activated charcoal binds to the tannins—the compounds in things like coffee, tea, and red wine that stain our teeth—and lifts them right off the surface. Because activated charcoal has antibacterial and anti fungal properties, charcoal teeth whitening products also leave your mouth feeling—and smelling—so much cleaner.
Toothpastes with bicarb soda are more effective at whitening teeth with intrinsic stains than toothpastes without it. They also remove plaque from teeth more effectively than toothpastes without this versatile ingredient. The higher the concentration of the bicarb soda, the more effective the toothpaste is at removing plaque.
Bicarb soda may be too abrasive, so don’t use it on its own to whiten your teeth. It’s better mixed with liquids (like coconut oil) or as an ingredient in toothpaste.
Yes, turmeric stains just about everything it touches. But not teeth, apparently. Turmeric, an ancient herb that has a ton of medicinal uses, removes the plaque that causes teeth to be discoloured. Not only does it leave your teeth looking lighter, its antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties also leave your mouth much healthier.
Papain, an enzyme derived from papaya, whitens teeth by breaking down food residue that leads to stains. A 2012 study found that a toothpaste containing papain and bromelain (an enzyme derived from pineapple) had better stain removing and teeth whitening effects than a conventional toothpaste (in this case, Colgate regular).
Bentonite clay removes teeth stains naturally and easily. It’s abrasive enough to slough off plaque without damaging the enamel. It also neutralises the bacteria that lead to tooth decay and discolouration, leaving your teeth sparkling clean.
These are skills that lead to mathematical thinking, for example, about colour, size and shapes; about classifying and balance; and about numbers and counting; symmetry and balance.
How can you help your baby develop mathematical skills?
There are lots of ways that you can incorporate mathematical concepts into every day activities.
For very young children, developing mathematical skills can be as simple as singing songs with numbers, such as Five Little Ducks, or No More Monkeys Jumping On the Bed, or the PlaySchool classic Roll Over, Roll Over. Use your fingers to show baby how the number of monkeys reduces every time one of them bumps his head!
Use numbers while you’re chatting to baby about everyday objects, “Look, there are three birds in the sky,” or “Mummy has two apples, one for you and one for me.” These are very simple mathematical principles.
As baby learns to walk, you can count steps with her.
Count objects at the supermarket, one banana, two bananas, etc., or the number of trees in your garden.
Start teaching baby to count. Although she won’t have any idea of the concept to begin with, you can teach baby the numbers by singing or chanting them with her.
Sort objects around the house. Your toddler can help match socks, for example. Be sure not to overwhelm her by giving her too many at a time, and gradually increase as she becomes more proficient.
Read stories together and classify objects in the story. Which is the biggest billy goat? Which is the smallest tree?
Play shape games with blocks and puzzles. Teach your baby the names of the shapes, then once she has started to pick them up, find shapes around the house. The TV is a rectangle, the plate is a circle, etc.
Mix and match patterns with household objects. It could be different coloured pegs, that you lay red, white, blue, red, white, blue. Then ask your toddler to continue the pattern.
Begin teaching number recognition, with flashcards or magnets, or a jigsaw puzzle. As your toddler becomes more proficient, practice number recognition while you’re out in the car or at the supermarket.
Play Snap with Uno cards. These are ideal, as the numbers are printed in large type, and children love the snapping and shouting of snap, and don’t realise that they’re learning numbers as they simply want to play.
When your child is able to recognise numbers, why not try games like dot to dot? This is great practice for sequential numbering.
Older children can help with measuring ingredients while you are cooking.
Mathematical concepts are all around us. Involving children with everyday activities and explaining to them what you are doing will give them a head start on grasping mathematical concepts.