The Potty Boot Camp is a remarkably successful new toilet training method developed by Dr. Suzanne Riffel. It combines a number of well-known techniques into one unique and EFFECTIVE program. Learn a LOT more by visiting our website at www.ThePottyBootCamp.com.

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Infant Potty Training

The Potty Boot Camp is not intended for kids under eighteen months, however the concept of infant potty training has been around for ages. This article, entitled "Look Who's Going Potty," discusses the new trend in toilet training for babies.

I wholeheartedly endorse the concept, and just wish I had been able to dedicate the time required to make this technique successful. (It works best for stay at home moms.) More power to those who can do it!


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Developmental Milestones

This article from Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D of Psych Central discusses how children vary widely in the timing of reaching developmental milestones:

The Truth about Developmental Milestones

by Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D December 19, 2007

Unfortunate or not, there is something inherently competitive about being a parent. One of the ways this comes to light is when parents compare how old their children were when they finished a whole bottle, slept through the night, or sat up by themselves. It is a source of pride when our children learn to stack blocks or recite the alphabet or master toilet training earlier than the other children we know do. (The things our friends’ and neighbors’ children do earlier than our are all minor or irrelevant, of course!)

But drawing broad conclusions from whether one child passes these developmental milestones, as they are called, earlier than another is fraught with danger and is sure to lead to disappointment and frustration. It is a particular problem during the first year or so for the parents of children who are born prematurely.

Most new parents find themselves glancing at the many charts in books about child development, wondering if their child will be “on time” or “ahead of schedule” in his development. The mere fact that these milestones are in print and in the form of a table or checklist lends them an undeserved aura of precision. It’s that implied precision that gets parents upset if, for example, their 6-month-old son can’t pick up a small block in his hands. After all, that’s the age at which he “should” be able to do that.

And so parents worry. Is he falling behind? Does this mean he’ll have problems in school? Should I spend extra time helping him with his coordination? The answer to all of these questions is: Probably not.

Passing the Stage is Important, Not the Age

There’s one basic rule you should remember about developmental charts that will save you countless hours of worry and heartache in case your child hasn’t been studying them as closely as you have, or is feeling rebellious and has decided to follow his own developmental schedule. The fact that a child passes through a particular developmental stage is always more important than the age of that child when he or she does it. In the long run, it really doesn’t matter whether you learn to walk at ten months, twelve months or fifteen months — as long as you learn how to walk.

When I give speeches to parents in the U.S. and Canada, I’m often asked questions about toilet training by parents (almost always mothers, for they are apparently more comfortable with the topic) who are obviously upset and worried because their child is “behind schedule.” I usually preface my answer to their question by asking two questions of my own: How many adults do you know who have never been successfully toilet trained? Before you married your spouse, did you ask him how old he was when he was toilet trained? Both questions help put their concerns into perspective. Yes, it feels like it will go on forever, but it won’t. And yes, it seems like a big deal right now, but in the long run it won’t matter.

That’s why you really should look at the ages in those charts as a range instead of a single number. In general, the older the child the wider the range. After all, children aren’t magically able to grasp a small object a certain number of months after being born. It’s the culmination of a series of skills involving vision, concentration, muscle coordination, and more. We would naturally expect children to show a significant variation in when they master something that, for them, requires a lot of complicated coordination.

There are two other reasons for this variation or age range. Understanding those reasons takes a bit of arithmetic. This is where the parents of premature babies can get some much-needed reassurance.

First, when you’re trying to figure out roughly when your baby should reach a particular developmental milestone, it’s a good idea to start counting from your child’s due date instead of the actual day he was born. Remember that being born a month early isn’t the same as getting a high school diploma ahead of your peers because you worked extra hard, went to summer school, and skipped a grade.

Physical and mental development take time. A child who’s born two months premature is no more developed than an embryo who will stay in the womb for another eight weeks. The act of being born doesn’t speed up that child’s growth. Consequently, it’s not surprising to find a 6-month-old baby who was born two months ahead of schedule to be at the same developmental level as a 4-month-old who was carried to term. That’s exactly where he should be. But if you simply looked on a chart for 6-month-olds, you’d be unnecessarily worried.

Second, look at ratios instead of age differences. This is related to the first point, and explains why we don’t worry as much about correcting for premature babies’ age after the first year or two.

The age difference between a 6-month-old and a 9-month-old is the same as the difference between a 30-month-old and a 33-month-old. But the 9-month-old has had 50 percent more time outside the womb to develop, while the 33-month-old has had only 10 percent more time to develop. Consequently, we would expect to see more significant differences in everything from physical coordination to intellectual abilities between the younger children than between the older ones.

That’s why we need to recognize that even though the developmental charts are only rough guidelines for the first year, they are even less precise as our children get older. Older children can be years apart in when they reach certain developmental milestones (such as puberty) and still be completely normal.

There’s one other important variable that sometimes causes parents needless angst: a false belief in the precision of anything associated with numbers. When I taught a graduate seminar in public health, I would tell my students that my son, according to the medical records from his routine physical examinations, was consistently at about the 70th percentile for children his age in both his weight and the circumference of his head. The records also showed that he was taller than only about 30 percent of children his age when he was 3 months old, but bigger than 90 percent of children his age a few months later. I then asked them for the most likely explanation.

I was always amazed by the complexity of their answers, which ranged from rare brain tumors to growth-hormone problems. I then reminded them that babies don’t like to lie still and be measured. They squirm. You can get much more reliable measurements of a baby’s weight and head circumference because he can move around while you’re doing those. The most likely explanation for the difference between the two checkups was that the nurse wasn’t able to get an accurate measurement of his height either time.

Dr. Lawrence Kutner is a nationally known clinical psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School, where he’s co-founder and co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media. He’s the author of five books: Parent & Child: Getting Through to Each Other; Pregnancy and Your Baby’s First Year; Toddlers and Preschoolers; Your School-Age Child; and Making Sense of Your Teenager.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

What to Try When a Potty Trained Child Reverts

This is a question I received from a mother whose "potty trained" child decided to stop using the potty. Below is the question and my response:

Everything was great, she loved the potty and was even able to go #2 in the potty. BUT ... after about a month she decided she doesn't like going to the potty anymore. It has become a kicking screaming tantrom to even get her IN the bathroom, much less to get her pants off and sit on the potty. I refuse to put diapers/pull ups on her except for bedtime ... but she still goes (pee and poo) in her panties. I feel that I've tried all the tips that people have told me about. I've done a sticker chart, given her stickers, prasied, danced, watched Elmo's potty time a million times, bribery of all sorts, and have even offered suckers for successful bowel movements. I need some serious help. Suggestions?

You can try the "currency" concept. Find something that she likes that you can give her when she's successful and take away when she has an accident. You can even use coins! Make it very clear WHY she's getting the "present" when she's successful and make it very clear why you are taking it away when she has an accident. My daughter loves those little princess figurines you can get at the toy store.

Here's an example:"OK...you are a big girl now. You know how to use the potty and I am not going to make you use it anymore - you have to decide on your own to use it like a big girl. Every time you use the potty, I"m going to give you one of these "thing-a-ma-jigs" that you love. BUT, understand that if you have an accident in your panties, I'm going to have to take it away and you won't get to play with it. Then we'll all be very sad."

Set the "bribes" out where she can see them but not get to them - to use as temptation! Then, try to step back and stay hands off. Hopefully the desire for the toys/coins/etc. will outweigh the stubbornness and the power struggle she's trying to have with you.

Hope that helps,Suzanne Riffel, Author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Psycho Toddler: Potty Humor

Here is a funny post about a conversation between a parent and their toddler. Do you know any good knock-knock jokes???

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Psycho Toddler: Potty Humor

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Where have all the playgrounds gone?

A great commentary about the differences in parenting between America and the U.K.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Useful Tips for Potty Training Boys

Toilet Potty Training
By Loo Puay Kiong

Successfully potty training boys is said to take a longer time than girls. Nobody can really tell the reason why, but most people consider the fact the it is the mommies who are the potty-trainers, and considering the difference between males and females, girls are usually the ones who immediately get the idea of toilet potty training since they are physically like their mommies. Boys on the other hand would need a male role model to completely get the right procedure.

Another reason may also be because, more than learning the basics of potty training, boys need to also learn and master the proper way of peeing standing up. At first, boys need to learn to pee sitting down since peeing and pooping usually come at the same time at least for the first few months thus, it would be easier to toilet train them that way.

After a few months or so, when your son can now pee sitting down by himself, he is ready to go to the next step: learning to pee standing up. This would require a male role model so it is better to ask his dad, an older brother or an uncle for help. Make your son go with his male role model to the bathroom and see for himself how it is done. After a while, he can try doing it himself.

To help him perfect the proper way of peeing standing up, here are some potty training tips that you could try:

Aiming takes a lot of practice and so you must be ready to do little wipe-ups here and there before your boy can actually do it right. Show him how to point his penis down so that he won't spray his pee around the bathroom. It would also be helpful if he has a target to which he can aim his pee. One potty training tip suggests Cheerio cereals, paper boats or any other small, floating and flushable products as useful and fun targets.

Making toilet potty training fun for him can also help. Instead of floating cheerios, you could also try draining the water from the bowl, then painting a red target. This could be another way of perfecting his aim.

Training could also be made fun with his role model. On a trip to the woods for example, or somewhere where it is private, the boy can practice his aim. In the winter, father and son could have a peeing party while trying to right in the snow.

It would also help to make everything about toilet potty training comfortable for the boy. If the boy can not reach the toilet bowl, give him a boost by letting him stand on your toes or providing a safe platform on which he can stand. But, be sure that the toilet seat is secure enough not to fall down on your little boy as he is urinating or is guarded enough to prevent him from scraping his penis. You wouldn't want his potty experience to be a painful one.

Toilet potty training your young boy won't be much of a problem for you if you make it fun and easy for your son. Without the stress of trying to learn something new and perfecting it, your young one could learn to go to the potty with ease.

A must read Toilet Potty Training for all parents.
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Potty Training "Advent Calendar"

A significant part of The Potty Boot Camp involves "convincing" your child to stay seated on the toilet for periods of a few seconds to up to five minutes. I am often asked by parents how to accomplish this: Bribes? Blackmail? Threats? Rewards? My answer to this question is: Yes. All of the above! Unfortunately, we just need to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The Potty Training Rewards product is just one of many incentive-based toilet training items. The child pushes a button to hear a congratulatory message, picks a door, and gets a reward. This helps the child to be actively involved. The "mystery" of what reward is coming next will hopefully help the toddler to have enough motivation to sit on the potty again....and again...and again!

You can find the product at: http://www.pottytrainingrewards.com/

Friday, December 7, 2007

Another new Potty Training DVD - The Pocket Snails

I personally haven't watched the video, but the concept sounds good.

"The Pocket Snails Potty Adventure" is available through Amazon.com or elsewhere on the web. Here is a quote of the editorial review of the DVD:

Review"Potty training is within your preschooler s reach with this sweet and compelling animated program." --2007 NAPPA Honors Award Product Description Potty training has never been so much fun! This full-featured potty training program is designed to encourage and motivate children to say "Goodbye Diapers" and "Hello Potty." Your child will embark on an exciting journey right along with the Pocket Snails® as they help guide their friend Jake and his little sister Wendy step by step through the complete potty process - all with the help of the Potty Steps Map (included). Pocket Snails Potty Adventure has received recognition from prestigious organizations for its entertaining and innovative approach to potty training. * NAPPA Honors Award - 2007 National Parenting Publications Awards competition * KIDS FIRST!® Endorsement - Coalition for Quality Children s Media * 5-Star Rating - The Dove Foundation * Seal of Approval - The Toy ManTM * Award of Excellence - The Toy ManTM * Editors Choice Award - The Toy ManTM * Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children s Products Award for the entire Pocket Snails series

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Winnie The Pooh Potty Chair Recalled

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the nationwide recall Thursday of approximately 160000 Chinese-made potty training seats.

Here's a link to the official CPSC press release:

Monday, December 3, 2007

Potty Training Toddler Watch

For parents enrolled in The Potty Boot Camp, a timer is an integral part of training during days two through five. A unique product is the Potty Watch. Instead of relying on a kitchen timer, the toddler wears a watch that can be programmed for different intervals. When it's "potty time" the watch plays one of a few different songs and reminds the child it's time to go.

I have found that many children will adamantly say "no!" when a parent tells them to go to the toilet; however if some object tells them it suddenly becomes OK - it takes away the "power struggle" between parent and toddler. It also helps that no child can resist any kind of noise-making appliance!

I've checked around the web and it seems like the least expensive place to get the watch is EBay. Click HERE to go to the current EBay listings.