What You Want To Understand With Regards To Heel Pain Causes

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Think about how much work your knees do every day – they help you walk, run, stand up, sit down and more. Even when you’re just standing still, your knees are responsible for bearing about 80 percent of your body weight. With this kind of workload, the knees are very vulnerable to injury, but you can help protect them by doing exercises that will strengthen surrounding muscles. Today I walk pain-free, I constantly make certain I use an
arch support in any shoes I use. I will never ever put on flat shoes without an in single with arch support. Thank you “Barefoot Science” for providing me back my feet.

Jude & Di Love… Bibetta Wet Bags

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When we were introduced to the Bibetta Wet Bags we could immediately see how they would be perfect for those messy events that are part and parcel of potty training, and on receiving a sample to road test we really were impressed.

The Wet Bags come in 5 different bright colours and the material is a very good quality. They are lightweight and a perfect size for holding a spare change of clothes and some extra Dry Like Me pads for when out and about. The fact they zip up helps keep everything together and the strong strap would be great for hanging over pegs at nursery, or even hanging on the buggy.

The biggest advantage of the bags though is that they are 100% waterproof and can be used to discreetly contain and carry wet or dirty clothing home after an accident. They can be popped in the washing machine and tumble dryer and then are ready to go again.

We love these bags and if we were still potty training our little ones, we wouldn’t leave home without them!  In saying that, I can think of plenty of uses for them now. My daughter is going swimming later and I think they would be great for putting her wet costume in!

Di x

Bibetta designs and manufactures its own, unique range of innovative and highly functional products, many of which are made of neoprene (wetsuit material). You can browse the range and shop online at bibetta.com.

Jude & Di Love… Rollers R2

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Our Mum In Translation blogger brings us the next review of the Rollers R2.

I was recently sent the Roller R2 to review for my son who is 2 1/2 years old. He has already tried a mini scooter and balance bike so we were excited to try something different.

On receiving the big box with the photo on the front my son was hugely excited and jumped around the kitchen whilst I opened the box up. He wanted to start using it immediately but the Roller requires a small amount of assembly. The product came in 3 main parts plus some small screws and clamps, which should be a 5 minute job but I would have liked simpler instructions to help speed things up as my son was anxiously waiting to use the scooter. That said however, the parts are very lightweight but strong so it is easily a job for one person and all the tools are included which is great.

Once it was assembled we first tried the R2 without the seat – as the Inline Scooter. It was good in that the wheels were big and strong and the footplate is nice and wide. He could understand the concept of scooting but his balance is not quite advanced enough to successfully scoot on 2 wheels yet, so we put the seat on to make the Balance Bike, which was a simple case of clicking it into the frame. He was really excited when he saw this and immediately sat down steering the bike around whilst using his feet to move.

He found it very comfortable and easy and we made a successful trip to the shops and back with him happily rolling along. It felt safe to watch him on the Roller as it is low to the ground and cannot go too fast as his feet stopped him – perfect for his age group and now his ‘transport of choice’.

The best thing about the Roller as a parent is the weight – it’s easy to take places and sling on to the back of the pram. It is also quick to set up (subject to simpler instructions) and will last for a good few years once he grows and can use the scooter without the seat and raise the handlebars.


The Rollers R2 is now available to buy in pink or blue at Argos.

How do you train a child with special needs?

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Lorraine MacAlister, Autism Training Consultant, The National Autistic Society gave some good advice on this…

Why might children with autism find toilet training tricky?

There are various aspects of autism that might make toilet training tricky, but not impossible. Some of the communication and interaction around toilet training can be difficult to understand; the amount of verbal language used, phrases like “let’s spend a penny”, learning what to do by copying others, not liking change or being put off by the idea of wearing ‘big boy/girl pants’. Many children also have sensory differences, therefore they may find it difficult to register the need to use the toilet or may find the bathroom a very overloading room to be in – or they may love it and be more interested in posting things down the toilet or flushing it!

What things are important to think about?

When thinking about toilet training a child with autism, there might be some other things to think about when planning for this.

  • Think about the bathroom – remove unnecessary distractions and try to start changing nappies in the bathroom
  • Language – think about the words you’re going to use, make sure everyone uses the same words, e.g. “wee and poo”
  • Supplies – do they need a toilet seat, foot stool, rails to hold on to, wet wipes, a ‘toilet toy’ to encourage them to sit on the toilet
  • Developing a toileting routine – using visual supports
  • Are they ready – it can be useful to monitior their nappies for a 2/3 days to get a picture of when they normally have a wee and this will also let you know if they are staying dry for about 1½ hours in the day which is an indicator that they are ready, they may need help with learning how to sit on the toilet and with understanding that wee and poo need to go in the toilet (Rewards and Social StoriesTM can help with this).
  • When you are ready – remove the nappy and using your visual routine to support your child, try sitting them on the toilet around the time where they were usually having a wee or around break or mealtimes – but not too often as to put them off or to encourage them to wee too often.

For more information, visit the NAS website.