When your toddler is constipated
Mum Knows Best
Don't waste money buying expensive pet blankets and bedding from pet shops. Baby blankets and bedding items from charity shops serve the purpose equally well and cost a lot less.Hilary Burfoot, Berkshire. Tip from Woman's Weekly
When it's all going pear shaped, rebalance yourself with a move that's a bit yoga-ish. Sit comfortably; inhale for the count of 3, exhale for a count of 6, until you feel calm. You'll find you can't breathe and count and hold on to stressful thoughts!Woman Magazine
I had nowhere to keep my daughter's sand-pit toys so I washed out my old kitchen bin and keep the toys in there. If it rains, I put the lid on to keep the toys dryKim, via email
When my son, Charlie, was potty-training, I made it fun by giving his favourite bear, Tom, his own potty. It was only a spare soup bowl, but Charlie loved the fact they were training together.Bella Smith, 28, Bournemouth, Dorset, mum to Charlie, 2
Re-use the small string bags that come with washing tablets. They're ideal for storing hair bobbles, nail varnish and make-up. They're also good for children's small toys like marbles and conkers.Amanda Evans, North Yorkshire. Tip from Woman's Weekly
Try other approaches. Offer regular drinks of water between meals, with fruit juices at mealtimes. The bowel needs plenty of fluid to move things along.
Increase the fibre in their diet by offering washed fruit and vegetables with skins on. Stick to wholemeal bread, pittas and so on, and offer them brown rice and wholemeal pasta. Making sure that they're active will also help keep the bowel working efficiently.
When they do need to poo, use a little chair for him to rest their feet on when on the toilet. Raising the knees can help ease constipation, as can rocking gently forwards and backwards.
Annette Maloney, health visitor.