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Monday, December 29, 2008

Once Upon a Potty for Boys: Consumer Reviews

In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. For thirty two years, Once Upon a Potty has been the classic "go-to" book written for children on the topic of potty training. The title has sold more than four million copies worldwide. These books for children help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often challenging parenting task. When I was about to begin training my daughter, this book is the one my pediatrician recommended.

Thanks to their timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty — Boy and Once Upon a Potty — Girl are being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. These two books, with their phenomenal staying power, target and meet the needs of an obviously perpetual market.

User Ratings and Reviews

5 Stars Great Book
My Son loves this book. We had gotten the Book for girls at a yard sale and he constantly looked at that book. We love the one for boys just as much. He seems to relate to this book. He shows me the page and tells me all about it while he sits on the potty.

3 Stars Fun Book, But Not What I’d Consider A Teaching Tool
I really enjoy reading “Once Upon A Potty” to my kids. It’s rather direct and features gender-specific illustrations of the “parts” for boys and girls. This particular book features the male anatomy of little Joshua. Joshua’s story gives children the confidence to sit and wait for something to happen, even if it doesn’t feel like something will occur.

I personally don’t consider this book a good teaching tool for potty training. While it’s a fun story and does get rather specific about body parts, it doesn’t teach little boys how to stand when urinating. As others have stated, the illustrated potty is a “wee” bit outdated as well.

Still, kids will have fun with this book and I do mildly recommend it. Some parents might think that terms like wee-wee, poo-poo and pee-pee are too childish for their children, but I think they’re just fine for the little ones.

5 Stars
Once Upon a Potty — Boy

This book is a classic! It is well written and geared toward little boys and their specific body parts related to potty training. I think it helps to teach our son about his body and elimination in an easy and simple way.

4 Stars Pretty Good Book
I don’t know if any one book actually helped get my son to potty train. I think it helped put the idea into his head though. Potty training is more difficult than I ever imagined, but I think we’re getting there. I recommend this book though. Kind of odd drawings with pictures of the boy’s rear end, but I guess kid’s need to see it. Maybe.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Dr. D. Preston Smith - The "Potty Doctor"

Dr. D. Preston Smith attended Rice University in Houston, Texas where he graduated with honors in Economics.

He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1987. Following medical school he spent two years in General Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville. In 1993, he finished his Urology Residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. He concluded his training upon completion of a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Tennessee at Memphis and LeBonheur Children's Hospital in 1995.

Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith's dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.

Dr. Smith is a father of three young children.

Parents looking for advice on potty training, constipation, or bladder control problems might find his books enlightening. Below is a link to books Dr. Smith has written:

Books by Dr. D. Preston Smith

In addition, Dr. Smith is the founder of www.pottymd.com, an Internet resource for parents who are toilet training their toddlers. "PottyMD is the only physician-based resource for parents, physicians, and families with concerns about all aspects of urinary and bowel problems in children. We provide education and products for those caring for children with potty problems. PottyMD provides help with toilet training, potty problems after training, bed-wetting and constipation. Our PottyMD team is committed to providing the most comprehensive, practical, and affordable assistance that is currently available. We want results." Common problems we address include:

Potty Training
Child Constipation
Urine Accidents
Urinary Urgency
Urine Frequency
Urinary Tract Infections
Bowel Movement Accidents/Encopresis

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dealing with Constipation While Potty Training

What is a parent to do when their child is psychologically AFRAID to use the toilet to poop? Below is a link to an article written by Karen Alonge, who gives parenting advice through her website and blog. In the article, she discusses various things you can do and say to your child when they are having difficulty conquering their fear of pooping. Click Below:

advice for parents: Dealing with Constipation While Potty Training

Another great resource for parents with constipated children is:

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Doctors Issue Warning About The Danger Of Heavy Toilet Seats To Male Toddlers

UK doctors have expressed considerable concerns about the growing trend for heavy wooden and ornamental toilet seats after a number of male toddlers were admitted with crush injuries to their penises.

Writing in the December issue of BJU International, Dr Joe Philip and his colleagues at Leighton Hospital, Crewe, report on four boys under the age of four, who were admitted with injuries serious enough to require an overnight stay. "As Christmas approaches many families will be visiting relatives and friends and their recently toilet trained toddlers will be keen to show how grown up they are by going to the toilet on their own" he says.

"It is important that parents check out the toilet seats in advance, not to mention the ones they have in their own homes, and accompany their children if necessary. "A recent market research report has suggested that there has been a worldwide increase in the number of wooden and ceramic toilet seats sold. We would not be surprised to hear that other colleagues have noticed an increase in penis crush injuries as a result of this."

The four boys, aged from two to four, all attended as urological emergencies. All had been recently toilet trained and they were using the toilet on their own.

They had lifted the toilet seats, which had then fallen back down, crushing their penises. Three had a build up of fluid in their foreskin, but were still able to pass urine, and the fourth had glandular tenderness.

Luckily there were no urethral injuries or bleeding and the symptoms settled down with pain relief. All the children were able to go home the next day.

The authors have come up with four key recommendations:

1. Parents should consider fitting toilet seats that fall slowly and with reduced momentum, markedly reducing the risk and degree of injury.

2. Heavier toilet seats could be banned in houses with male infants.

3. Households with male infants should consider leaving the toilet seat up after use, even though it contradicts the social norm of putting it down.

4. Parents could educate their toddlers to hold the toilet seat up with one hand when they pass urine and keep an eye on them until they are confident that they are able to do it unsupervised.

"As any parent knows, toilet training can be a difficult time with any toddler" concludes Dr Philip. "We are concerned that the growing trend of heavy toilet seats poses a risk not only to their health, but to their confidence."

Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132665.php

Doctors Issue Warning About The Danger Of Heavy Toilet Seats To Male Toddlers

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Help! My Toddler is Refusing to Use the Potty!


How can you make your child use the potty or toilet when they refuse. Our son is three years old, he will wear undies all day until his nap time or bed time, at that time he lets his bladder go during that time. He will physically hold his bladder for seven hours at a time until he is allowed to go to bed and then will go in his bed. He will not have anything to do with the potty, he will not use the toilet. If he is wearing a pull up, he would sit in the wet or soiled pull up for hours and cries when we try to change him into something dry. We are trying to be consistent with the undies, but it is hard to watch be in so much pain with holding his bladder. Do you have any suggestions on how to make him use the toilet instead of holding it?


I wish there were some easy way to make you child stop refusing to use the potty. Short of physically restraining them (which I would NEVER advocate), you will need to find a way for him to decide it is his idea.

One thing you can try, although it doesn't work for every child, is to reward the child for cooperating and taking away privileges for not cooperating. This technique usually works in a few days, as long as you can remain calm, unemotional, and stubborn - don't give in! Also, ALWAYS make the child clean up their own messes. (At first making them clean up might not seem like it's working, but trust me....it gets real old quickly.) After having to disrupt playtime day after day to clean himself up I bet he'll finally realize that it's just easier to use the toilet.

Here is something else for you to consider:
What does your son REALLY love? Does he love the backyard? Does he watch TV? What are his favorite foods? Is he allowed to eat dessert after dinner? What would he really, really miss out of his daily routine? Those are the items you need to use to motivate him. For example, my daughter loves to watch the Noggin channel, play in her sandbox, and have dessert. Figure out two or three things that you know he’ll be upset about if he loses them.

He’s 3, so he is capable of understanding action and consequence. The very first thing I would do is have a very serious discussion with him. (Try to be VERY matter of fact during this 'talk') Explain to him that you know that he has been learning to use the potty, but that he simply must try harder. Pee and poop belong in the potty and it is simply unacceptable that he keeps having accidents. Let him know that Mom and Dad now expect him to use the potty every time. Use the same tone of voice and conviction that you would use to tell him that he can't eat candy for dinner or run into the street alone. You are the parent and some things are not negotiable.

Explain to him that from now on, he must not put his pee or poop anywhere but the potty. It is now his responsibility to use the potty - and if he does, he gets his rewards. (Whatever you've decided to use for 'Prizes') If not, he will lose a privilege. Make sure he stands to lose something if he has an accident. It's not punishment, it is just life! Play by the rules and be rewarded...don't play by the rules and you will usually be faced with something unpleasant. It's incredibly hard, but try to not show emotion. You might have a couple of days of him testing you to see if you will follow through so hang in there. Tell him that the next time he does not use the potty, he can’t watch TV/eat candy/play outside/etc for a certain length of time (make it long) – like six hours, or ‘until tomorrow.’ (Until tomorrow works best if you can stand the whining for the rest of the day.) And, when he asks for his privilege back, shake your head sadly, and say ‘I’m sorry – but you can’t. You didn’t use the potty. Those are the rules. Maybe tomorrow you’ll do better and you can have your ‘X’ back.’

This usually will get some great dramatic cries from your child, but most parents tell me that after this final ‘last standoff’, it takes about three days to realize that you are serious. Then they FINALLY give in.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Potty Training Autistic Children

The link below will take you to a series of articles on About.com about potty training children on the Autism Spectrum.

In Summary:
1. Be prepared to be patient. It will probably take longer for your child with Autism to potty train than a child without disabilities.

2. Children with Autism can often have gastrointestinal problems. Make sure he is not suffering from constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or other "tummy" problems.

3. Kimberly Kroeger-Geoppinger, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, says that the child's readiness signs might be very simple: "For us, the prerequisites include ambulation, the ability to get up and down -- and that's it."

4. Have your child drink a LOT of fluids while potty training. Increased trips to the toilet increase chances for success.

5. Buy needed supplies: Rewards, books, and a comfortable potty seat.

6. Prepare to spend the entire day in the bathroom. "have him or her sit on the toilet (taking breaks every half hour) for as long as you CAN. Dr. Kroeger and her team literally spend all day in the bathroom, from the time the child wakes up until he goes to bed. Drinks, food, and playtime can all take place in the bathroom."

7. It might take up to five or six days to see reliable results using the above methods.

8. Be aware of a habit some children with Autism might exhibit: Fecal Smearing. Children might do this "for one of only four reasons," she explains: "to get attention, to get something they want, to escape from something unpleasant, or to have or avoid a particular sensory experience."

This link will take you to the full series of articles on About.com.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Your Child is Ready to Potty Train....But Are You??

Below is a link that will take you to an article written by Gwen Rockwood for the South County Mail. For parents who are considering beginning potty training, she gives some great food for thought! She points out that potty training can't be a "part-time" endeavor. It takes hard work, weeks of dirty underwear, hours spent sitting near a toilet, and a good sense of humor. Your child might be ready to potty train, but are you???

Click Here to Read Gwen's Entertaining Article entitled "Train or Get Off the Pot: It Takes Two,Baby!"

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Potty Training Boot Camp: A Review

Potty Training Advice : Potty Training Boot Camp

Below is a copy of a Review of The Potty Boot Camp, as written and posted on the website "Potty Training Advice.com"

Potty training boot camp is what many parents have appreciated as a very efficient method of teaching their children how to get rid of diapers. It all started with one mother who tried various methods either from specialized books or posted on Internet sites and found no success. Finally she has decided to combine several methods into only one that is more complex figuring that this way she will achieve the so longed for success. And the result that she desired was finally obtained.

The potty training boot camp by definition is a combination of various methods. Why has this combination been necessary? First of all children differ from each other, and there have been many cases in which one very well known and appreciated method failed in some children’s cases. That is because not all techniques go with all children. So taking the best out of these most known and successful methods and putting them into one just had to work. The potty training boot camp consists of four phases, the first one being preparation work. The two following are boot camp and reinforcement. And finally there is maintenance. The smart thing about this four phased method is that if you achieve no real success in the first or the second phase or stage, there will surely be success during the third or the fourth.

Many parents have resorted to the potty training boot camp and apparently all have been successful. This method can be purchased off the Internet and on the site where you can actually get it from, you can find testimonials from parents that have already used it. All the results obtained were pleasing and all of the parents talking about it on this site praise the method. Some of them have previously tried the one day method, or the timed method and many others that you may have already come across. Most important in order to gain success with potty training boot camp, is to start applying this method only when your child has signaled in one way or another that he or she is ready for the training.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Couple of Potty Training Tips for Boys

Is it Really More Difficult to Train Boys?

A common misconception and old wives's tale is that it is more difficult to potty train boys than girls. This rumor actually is just that - a rumor! The key to successful toilet training is actually the readiness of the parent, the readiness of the child, the dedication to the task, and the method used.

Standing or Sitting? Can a Woman Teach a Boy?

In an ideal world, men would train boys to be able to teach by example. This is not always a realistic possibility, however, and women are certainly equally capable of training their little boys. I generally recommend teaching your little boy to first pee while sitting down. A useful method to prevent "over spray" is to teach him to "tuck it" down while sitting. Urine splash guards sometimes are useful, but I've heard many a story about them dislodging, failing to work, and even causing minor scrape injuries.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Win a Pot-Tee Prize Kit!

Here's some information on how to win a potty training kit by Pot-Tee Prize Potty Training System:

Hosting Site: Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House
Prize: Pot-Tee Prize Potty Training System
How to Enter: Comment with who you will give it to
Ends 12/17
US Only

Link to the contest: http://twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.blogspot.com/2008/12/pot-tee-prize-potty-training-system.html

Do-N-Slide Picture To-Do Lists - Visual Aids for Potty Training

Here is a great visual aid for potty training - the "Do-N-Slide" with Potty Training pack. I can see this product being useful for all parents - however, parents of children with Down Syndrome or Autism might find it especially useful.

The Do-N-Slide is a product that allows parent to help parents help themselves by using visual aids to clearly define a set list of activities or tasks that need to be completed. (In the left column is the "To Do" tasks, and in the right column the "All Done") Your child simply slides the visual reminder from the left to the right after the activity is completed.

What makes Do-N-Slide so fabulous is its versatility, and the abundance of situations it which it can be used to help both children and parents. Just some of the ways it may help you in your home are:

Help your child learn one or many new routines

Reduce your child's resistance when its time to change activities or environments

Boost your child's confidence by providing them with a means to complete activities independently

Advance your young child's ability to use and understand language

Improve your child's understanding of organizing and sequencing - a prerequisite to improved reading and writing skills

At last!...you can stop repeating yourself!

The Potty Training Pack includes the following tasks: go to bathroom (girl sitting) - go to bathroom (boy sitting) - go to bathroom (boy standing) - bathroom - clean diaper wipe - dry panties - dry underwear - turn on faucet - turn off faucet - dry hands - flush - lift seat - seat down - underwear down - underwear up - pants down - pants up - potty - wash hands

Do-N-SlideTM is a remarkable tool that can be used by both parents and children. It is made from die-cut cardboard materials - similar to children's board-books, but 3-ply for strength and durability.

Do-N-SlideTM has 2 columns, a 'To-Do' column, and an 'All Done' column, and allows the child to simply slide picture cards across the board from one position to the other. There are 6 slider partitions in all - one for the day of the week, and 5 for the picture cards that represent activities or steps within an activity that the board is being used to display.

The picture cards can represent a multitude of things, including, but not limited to: activities to be completed (getting some help around the house), or a new skill to be taught (potty training). In addition, the picture cards can be arranged in any order, changed daily with ease, and most importantly - used to represent whatever it is that YOUR CHILD is learning!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Toddler and Childhood Constipation

Below is a link to an article about childhood constipation: it's causes, symptoms, and various remedies.

Children often become constipated for a variety of reasons. One might be as simple as the fact that the child doesn't want to take time away from fun activities to go use the bathroom. For some children, a previously painful bowel movement can create fear and avoidance of having another.

Causes Of Childhood Constipation

Diet & Nutrition, Lack of Exercise, Emotional Upsets and Anxiety, Holding stools, Prescription Drugs, and less common causes of constipation such as depression, attention deficit disorders, and sexual abuse.

Constipation Symptoms

Less than 1 bowel movement per day, Stools that are hard and difficult to pass, headaches, fatigue and/or depression, accidental fecal soiling, or abdominal pain near or around the navel. Also bed-wetting, decreased appetite and nausea.

Constipation can undermine the whole body and it is now known that irregular bowel movements are directly related to serious health conditions. Constipation does not have to be a problem if you will practice prevention with your children and implement the suggestions found in this article. Regular bowel movements are an important mechanism for removing toxins from the body and thus keeping the body healthy. Remember: Prevention is always the key. As always, if severe symptoms persist, do not hesitate to see your healthcare professional.

Children Get Constipated, Too

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Potty Boot Camp, Day 1 - It Works Again!

The link below will take you to a blog of a family that used The Potty Boot Camp to train their little girl. You can read their progress day by day, starting with day #1 all the way though being "potty trained" at day #4.

It's another Potty Boot Camp success story!!

(When you get to the bottom of the first post, click on "Newer Post" to move forward to the next post.)

Where in the World: Potty Boot Camp, Day 1

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Potty Caddy

In an attempt to try to make potty training fun (I know, that sounds like an oxymoron!) someone has created the Potty Caddy.

The Potty Caddy is a box that contains a variety of tips and humorous tidbits for both children and their parents. It comes with a reward chart, stickers, and toilet paper. (One of the stickers reads "Hooray for Poop!") Also included are special "pee targets" to turn the toileting process into a game.

In addition, pint-sized magazines like "Vanity Fairy" and "Rolling Stroller" provide your child with their very on "bathroom reading" - just like Dad!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Original PoT-Tee Prize Grab Bag

The Original Pot-Tee Prize Grab Bag gives you all the tools you’ll need to easily and effectively potty train your child in one convenient, cheerful package. Naturally, this critical step in your child’s early development can be stressful and time consuming. Our system adds structure to the potty training process creating a positive and memorable experience for you and your little squirt.

When your child uses the potty, when they’re supposed to, they can pick a prize from The Original Pot-Tee Prize Grab Bag. It’s up to you to determine if a prize is earned each time the potty is used or every three times, etc. Much of your potty training success will depend on the age and readiness of your individual child. All children are unique, so don’t get discouraged if at first things don’t go as hoped. Simply try again in the coming weeks or months. The Pot-Tee Prize Grab Bag Potty Training System is designed to make potty training easy for parents and fun for kids.

Here is what is included in the kit:

Whimsical Sticker Chart and Matching Stickers
Let your child select a sticker or a prize each time they use the potty, or you may want to offer a prize after every 3 stickers or so.


Filled with proven facts to help ease you and your child through the transition from diapers to undies.


Every graduation deserves a diploma and graduation from diapers to underpants does, too!

Pot-Tee Prizes

A variety of fun reward prizes in a canvas bag to delight your child and positively reinforce their appropriate behavior.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Preventing and Dealing With a Couple of Common Potty Training Problems

To understand potty training problems, look at the process from your toddler's view point. For most of their life they explore the world at their own pace and everything is a big science experiment. Learning to talk and walk have been skills they have acquired on their own terms and only when they were ready.

Suddenly, Mom and Dad have changed all the rules. They are told that they now how to stop going pee and poop in their diaper and must instead use a toilet. What??? Imagine the shock you would feel if someone told you that you must now stop using the toilet and must go in your pants instead! The analogy is a disgusting one to consider, but help you to understand why your child might be resistant to the process.

Preparation is the Most Important Step for Potty Training

Some activities you can perform before asking your child to use the toilet are:

1. Let him follow you to the bathroom and explain the process in detail.
2. Let the child sit on the potty with the lid closed and allow them to flush the potty. Show them how the pee and poop go down the drain.
3. Get a child's training potty and let the child play with it. Familiarity breeds comfort.


Regression is when a previously potty trained child begins to once again wet themselves. Your child may have been using the toilet happily for months and suddenly goes on a potty strike.

You'll want to consider any external factors that might be triggering the episode. The birth of a new sibling, a move, or a change in daycare might all contribute to upheaval in a child's life.

Regression is actually a normal part of toilet training unless there is a contributing medical condition such as a urinary tract infection. Be patient through episodes of regression as they do tend to resolve on their own or with a bit of encouragement. Consider adding special rewards or treats if desired.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Death of a Parent May Cause Potty Training Regression

Coping with the death of a parent is by far one of the most devastating emotional experiences a child can ever have to face. The age and developmental stage of the child will, in part, determine how they might react to and show the grief. Factors such as the age of the child, the manner in which the loved one passed on, and the relationship between the child and the deceased parent will all play a role in how the child displays and deals with the emotional trauma.

Toddlers, preschoolers, and very young children commonly show major regression in earlier developmental stages such as potty training and even language skills.

A great article about helping kids cope with the loss of a parent is by By Cathy S. Babao-Guballa of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Click below to read the original and entire article:

Helping kids cope with grief - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

A selection of books from Amazon books about helping kids cope with grief can be found by clicking here.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Potty Boot Camp Named as of "The Seven Best Potty Training Methods" by the Baltimore Parenting Examiner

Parenting expert Mia Redrick is an author, lecturer, radio personality, personal coach and mother of three young children. She is a leader in the push for the self-care of mothers, and shares her wisdom on how to raise children without sacrificing personal needs.

In an article entitled "The Seven Best Potty Training Methods", Mia lists the Potty Boot Camp as one of the recommended techniques.

"The Potty Training Boot Camp - This is a great site with information on how to have your child out of diapers overnight. I own this e-book and it has good tips and strategies on how to quickly get your child into underwear. The site is complete with its own potty training blog where the latest and greatest new products and information are shared with potty training parents.

Mia's column has a great collection of really helpful parenting information on a wide-ranging variety of topics from childhood obesity to ideas for special 'mom time.' Check out her articles at

To read the entire "Best Potty Training Methods" article, click here: Baltimore Parenting Examiner: The Seven Best Potty Training Methods

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Potty Boot Camp: Another Success Story!

Another Potty Boot Camp Graduate! Below is a link to a blog post from a family that used The Potty Boot Camp Technique to toilet train their son (successfully!) The post is great because it is written 'journal' style - you'll be able to follow their progress as they worked through the program. Congratulations to this family for having a potty trained toddler!

Read More: Life Together: More or Less Potty Trained

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Considering Your Child's Personality When Potty Training

Your child's personality should be your number one consideration when trying to decide on a method of potty training. If you have a child that loves to explore and gets excited about new experiences, you can usually jump right in. Shy or hesitant children - or those who are resistant to change might require more 'preparatory' time. You could consider reading books or watching videos on the topic for several weeks ahead of time.

You'll also want to consider your toddler's temperament when deciding upon rewards and/or positive reinforcement. The thing that will make one child happy is the one thing that will cause rebellion in another. Clapping and cheering and sticker charts may work for some children, but will be met with a look of boredom from another. Other children respond to 'negative criticism' - being faced with the threat of losing a beloved toy or activity before they'll cooperate. Some children thrive on attention, and others crave privacy.

Taking time to assess your own child's unique personality will ultimately help determine how quickly you are successful when toilet training. Take a moment to pre-evaluate your course of action and you'll soon have a diaper free child!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Great Diaper Debate (from The Boston Globe)

The Great Diaper Debate

Many parents who want to lessen the environmental impact of raising a baby are choosing cloth over disposable diapers. Problem is, they may not always be making the greener choice.

Most parents will change diapers about SIX THOUSAND times in their baby's first two years. Deciding on whether to use cloth or disposable diapers is a lot harder than it should be. Everyone wants a straightforward and easy answer but none exists.

There are pros and cons to both cloth and disposable diapers. Disposable consume more room at landfills (up to 70 times more), but it takes considerable amounts of energy to transport, wash, and dry the cloth versions. A recent study by Britain's environmental agency actually found no significant environmental impact difference between the two after taking into account all of the variables.

To read a great article from the Boston Globe that goes into a lot more depth regarding the topic, click below:

The Great Diaper Debate - The Boston Globe

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Potty Tots Potty Training Kits - New!

Potty Tots® Offers Comprehensive Potty Training Kit Which Provides a Resource for Toddlers and Offers Tools for Multiple Learning Styles
Parent Review: "My daughter used the Potty Tots system for my granddaughter she was potty trained so quickly! She loved the characters really liked the little girl. It has a cute story and easy to learn songs. The Potty Tots kit is easy for parents to learn and really fun also. Alexandra, my granddaughter, calls me every time she uses the potty because she is so proud!"
TEMECULA, CA - August 29, 2008 - Potty Tots, a provider of comprehensive, child- centered potty training products and resources, today announced the availability of its new comprehensive potty training kit. This unique product, which consists of a storybook, animated DVD with bonus music videos, step-by-step illustrated potty chart and progress and rewards game, features a group of ten ethnically diverse preschool characters, all with their own personalities and interests, so that any child could pick a character with which they could relate.
The Potty Tots training system was developed to work for all children including those with special needs such as Reactive Attachment Disorder, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Development Disorder, who commonly have issues with potty training and need structure to feel secure. Toddlers learn best with a lot of visual and structured programs, which also include positive reinforcement and tangible rewards but most of all when learning is FUN.
The Potty Tots training kit, which provides extensive visual aides, including a detailed "how to" chart, is intended to encourage kids to participate, ultimately fostering independence, confidence, and self-esteem. The program also features a "Toilet Bowl" game, fashioned after the Super Bowl, so that kids can keep track of their progress and gain positive reinforcement with praise and rewards.
Additionally, the program focuses on addressing multiple learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), which is reinforced through a variety of program components. The story book was animated on a DVD so young children could easily follow along and original songs were developed (the Potty Song, Potty Rock, and Potty Stomp) to help kids sing and dance their way to remembering the six steps in potty training. "
Although there was a large selection of products on the market, they were primarily singular in focus and nearly all of them consisted solely of graphs and stickers to keep track of a child's progress," stated Jill Leech, founder of Potty Tots. "None of the resources I found showed the child the steps of potty training, in sequence, so that they could understand what to do next," she added.
In addition to the potty training kit, the company also has launched an interactive web site, www.pottytots.com. An integral part of the Potty Tots Training Program, the web site features a variety of tools and resources for both parents and children. Those include a "Parent's Page" which features an FAQ section; an online informational newsletter, "Tidbits for Toddlers;" and "Tales from Toddlerhood," a Parent's Blog which offers parents a glimpse into one witty mom's world of raising two toddlers and the adventures they encounter every day.
The site also hosts a "Just for Tots" page, which was designed for the express purpose of having fun while learning about potty training. It includes coloring-pages, interactive games and a "Meet the Potty Tots" page. It also has a Potty Tots "Diploma," which can be customized and printed once the child's potty training has been mastered.
The potty training kit, available in both boy and girl version, can currently be purchased online for the cost of $19.95 and ultimately will become available at retail stores. Also, individual Potty Training Charts, featuring any one of the ten adorable Potty Tots can be purchased online for $7.95.
The company plans to debut its new program this month at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. For more information on the Potty Tots or to take advantage of the company's online resources visit http://www.pottytots.com/

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Girls Master Toilet Training Sooner Than Boys

There just might be some truth to the old wives tales that girls are easier to potty train than boys.

A new study has been completed that has come to the conclusion that girls acquire potty-training skills at a younger age than boys do. Researchers from the study have concluded that the ages when children are ready to potty train, known as "readiness signs," is now at an older age group than in previous decades. The new typical range for "readiness" is between 22 to 30 months.

Dr. Timothy R. Schum of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee colleagues claims this is an American and Western society phenomenon as potty training in other countries often happens sooner.

A diaper manufacturer, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation (makers of Huggies diapers) sponsored the study and it is published in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The investigation included 126 girls and 141 boys between the ages of 15 and 42 months. Each week for 12 to 16 months, parents were asked to answer questions that asked about their child's potty training behavior.

Overall, the investigators found that girls demonstrated potty-training abilities at earlier ages than boys.

"One obvious explanation is that girls' physical and language skills mature sooner than boys'," the authors write. "Another explanation is that parents may initiate toilet training girls at younger ages than boys, and the practice at an earlier age leads to earlier acquisition of skills."

The average ages for "staying dry during the day" were 32.5 months for girls and 35 months for boys, the report indicates.

The surveys found that for girls and boys the results were as follows: "showing an interest in using the potty," 24 months for girls and 26 months for boys; "staying dry for 2 hours," 26 and 29 months, and "indicating a need to go to the bathroom," 26and 29 months respectively.

Most "experts" nowadays advise that parents should not force their children to begin toilet training before they are "ready." Instead, they say, parents should watch for signs of readiness, seek advice from their health care provider, and then proceed--usually around the time the child is 2 years old.

Schum and colleagues also note that the age of daytime bowel and bladder control has steadily increased from approximately 24 months in the 1950s to 36 to 39 months in the late 1990s. (How does human biology change, I might ask????)

"Although some boys and girls acquire readiness skills before their second birthday, most do not," the authors write. (As the author of The Potty Boot Camp, I heartily disagree. 75% of The Potty Boot Camp graduates are two years old or younger! It is obviously physically possible!)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rocks In My Dryer: Every Single Stinkin' Thing I Ever Learned About Potty Training

Below is a link to a post from a mother who writes about "Every Single Stinkin' Thing" she ever learned about potty training. The article is eloquent and hits the nail on the head!

"Before these days get any further behind me, I thought I should write down everything I learned about this most glamorous parenting task. If nothing else, I want to be able to show it to my own children when they come to me 20 years from now, frustrated that little Shannon Junior isn't complying with their potty demands. I will give them a gentle hug, point them to this post, and then walk away, smirking (just an bit) when I think of all the carpet cleaning bills I've paid over the last decade.

Potty training can be overwhelming, and even when it's going well, there are setbacks. If YOU are a potty training momma, then Honey, you just get yourself a Diet Coke and come sit next to me. Let me tell you what I've learned."

Read the Entire Original Post: Rocks In My Dryer: Every Single Stinkin' Thing I Ever Learned About Potty Training

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Socioeconomic beliefs about the appropriate age for initiating toilet training

A study was done recently which surveyed a number of parents across different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds - and differences were definitely noted between the groups.

The entire group of parents felt that the average age at which toilet training should be initiated was 20.6 months, with a range between 6 to 48 months. White/Caucasian parents, on the other hand, believed that potty training should be started at a considerably later age (25.4 months) compared with both African-American parents (18.2 months) and parents of other races (19.4 months). Other factors which determined when parents believe it is time to initiate toilet training were race and higher income. Higher income equaled later training, and lower incomes were correlated with earlier training. Perhaps the possibility of not having to pay for diapers was incentive for the lower-income parents to get the process done earlier.

Read More: Beliefs about the appropriate age for initiating toilet training - ParentDish

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Monday, November 3, 2008

TACA: Autism - Potty Training Guidelines

TACA: Autism - Potty Training Guidelines

Above is a link to the "TACA - Talk About Curing Autism" page about potty training. The link takes you to a very interesting and very specific, day-by-day training technique for potty trianing toddlers with Autism.

Below is the text of the article, but to see the original source, click the link at the beginning of the article.

Potty Training Guidelines

1. Buy lots of the child’s favorite drinks and salty foods.

2. Make sure the “ultimate” reinforcer is available to the therapists/parents for the child’s successes on the potty.

3. Buy regular underwear

4. Buy a potty seat that fits on top of the regular toilet and a stool for the child to rest his feet.

5. Prepare activities for the child to do while seated on the potty such as; puzzles, books, manipulative toys.

Day 1

1. When the child wakes up, dress him/her in a shirt or sweatshirt, underwear and socks

2. Makes sure all SR+ items, activities, drinks, salty foods and the potty area is set up.

3. Begin giving the child liquids (LOTS!) for about 5 minutes.

4. Continue giving the child liquids until he/she is on the potty.

5. Start entertaining activities such as singing songs, puzzles, toys, etc.

6. Keep the child on the potty until he/she is successful. This can be a long time, 1-2 hours. This time will be this days baseline time.

7. Once the child is successful, reward the child greatly verbally and with his/her ultimate reinforcer item. Let the child off the potty for 10 minutes with his or her underwear off in the bathroom area. Continue fluids at this time.

8. Once the 10 minutes are up, put the child back on the potty until he or she is successful or the baseline time is up. Whichever is first.

9. If the child is successful, reward him or her greatly and let the child off the potty for 10 minutes in the bathroom area. If the child does not go, let him or her up for 3 minutes in the bathroom area and then bring the child back to the potty.

10. Continue these steps until the child has 3 successes on the potty.

11. After 3 successes, decrease the amount of fluids and gradually increase the amount of time off the potty by 3 - 5 minute increments. Remember to keep the child’s baseline time documented on the potty chart.

12. Continue with this for the rest of the waking hours of that day.

Day 2

1. Re-start the entire potty training procedure to get a new baseline time for the day. Each subsequent day you should see a decrease in the baseline times. At some point, the child should go as soon as you set him or her on the potty.

2. Continue with this for the rest of the waking hours of that day.

Day 3

1. Re-start the entire potty training sequence to establish the new baseline.

2. Use the amount of time from Day 2 off the potty time and let the child be able to go into 2 rooms of the house supervised.

Consequence for Accidents

Have the child clean up the accident with hand over hand prompts. Have the child rinse out his/her clothing and get dressed. Put the child back on the potty. Add 10 minutes to the time the child sits before the baseline time begins. In essence, the child sits on the potty longer.

GOOD LUCK! Remember to be patient, potty training can take up to a week. Remember to document times on and off the potty with the Potty Chart.

Special thanks to Autism Spectrum Consultants for their Potty Training information and Potty Chart. For more information about Autism Spectrum Consultants go to: http://www.autismconsultants.com/

Sunday, November 2, 2008

WeeMinder Potty Training Timer Watch

Until now, there have not been a whole lot of options for 'potty training watches' for toddlers. Using a timer/watch during toilet training is INCREDIBLY helpful to get your child into a toileting routine, to prevent accidents, and to build confidence. A relatively new product that is available is the Weeminder. Unique to the Weeminder product is that it also comes with a book and DVD - unlike its competitor 'The Potty Watch'.

WeeMinder Potty Fun Watch Timer:
Easiest to Use/No Programming, On/Off
Sings, "Put a big smile on your face and hop, hop, hop to the Potty Place"
Three modes, 1, 2, 2.5 (Medical experts recommend every two-three hours)
Best fit/Most comfortable for your toddler, 1.5" length face

WeeMinder Potty Fun DVD
3-Fun Choices
Music Video of children hopping and singing to the catchy/fun Potty Song
Movie showcasing Wally the Wallaby successfully overcoming trials on his way to the potty with the help of his WeeMinder Potty Fun Watch Timer
Testimonials from parents, doctors, and the author/inventor
WeeMinder Potty Fun Storybook

10-page board book
Showcases Wally the Wallaby the Potty Animal on way to Potty
Only Potty book that addresses temptations to play instead of go potty
Doctors, Parents, and Experts Hails WeeMinder as the Best Potty Aid
"I was desperate. My son screamed, cried, ran, and completely refused to use the potty. The more I tried the worse it got. Luckily, he loved the Wally and the WeeMinder instantly! He watched the DVD over and over and even after being completely potty trained, he still wore the WeeMinder, sang the song, and watched the DVD."

"I tell everyone about the WeeMinder. It changed our lives. Sounds corny, but I was pulling my hair out, until the WeeMinder turned our home into laughter, smiles, and dry pants! We love Wally and he is part of our family. We recommend this product to EVERYONE!"

The Weeminder is Available online at Amazon.com as well as other retailers.

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yes, the Amazon Kindle is Worth the Money

This is a completely unrelated topic to potty training, but I just wanted to tell everyone about my Amazon Kindle - because I think everyone should know about this device.

I'm going to gush like a schoolgirl with a new crush. I love this thing. I mean really, truly, love this thing. I think it's about the most exciting purchase I've made in a long, long time.

I first checked out the Kindle for my Dad. His eyesight isn't as good as it used to be, so I thought the adjustable font feature would be helpful. We bought one for him as a gift...and as soon as I saw it, I wanted one myself. It's slim, lightweight, and uncomplicated. He showed me how easy it was to flip through 'pages' and I tried it out. My love affair began.

I begged my family to get me one for my birthday. It arrived a couple of weeks before we took a trip out of the country. One of the coolest things about the Kindle is that it works on the Amazon 'Whispernet' network, which uses cell-phone technology. Basically, if you are in a location where you can get cell phone service, your Kindle is capable of connecting to Amazon. I figured I wasn't going to get cell phone service in Costa Rica so I purchased a bunch of books for it before we left. After uploading five novels, I looked at the thing in amazement. I was holding FIVE novels in my hand! (In one tiny, lightweight device!) Considering how we all have to conserve on luggage on airline flights nowadays, this was a huge plus.

Sitting and reading with the Kindle is a real pleasure. The book can easily be held in ONE hand - a huge difference between it and a traditional novel. The screen doesn't feel like you are looking at a computer monitor - it isn't back lit, so it feels like you are looking at a piece of paper - in fact, if the room is dimly lit you'll need to sit under a lamp. (Just like a 'real' book.) Scrolling through pages is as simple as a quick 'click, click, click' of one of three buttons positioned on the right and left side of the device.

When you leave the book for any length of time, it goes into sleep mode but remembers what page you were on as soon as you turn it back on. Your progress through the book is monitored by looking at a series of dots on the bottom of the page, so it's easy to tell if you are at the beginning, middle, or end of your story.

The best part of the Kindle has got to be the Whispernet service. Unlike the Sony reader, it doesn't need to be connected to your computer via USB cable to upload new books. Sitting in a coffee shop and want a new book? Waiting in your doctor's office? No problem. Just browse the Amazon store and your next novel is awaiting. I recently started reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series and quickly got hooked. When I finished the first book it was 1:00am and I was dying to start the second novel. Instant gratification! I went to the Amazon store, bought book number two, and within 30 seconds was reading.

The Kindle is certainly full of the 'cool factor' as well. Everywhere I take it, I get questions from curious strangers. If you're looking to make new friends, the Kindle will give you an instant conversation starter.

Bottom line, if you get a Kindle, you won't regret it! I can't even imagine holding a 'real' book anymore and get quite annoyed when something I want to read isn't yet available in the Kindle format. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before publishers automatically publish in both paper AND Kindle format. You, too, can start a new love affair as well......

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Help! My Toddler Won't Poop On the Potty! (Part IV) - A Step-by Step Method to End the Struggle

The most frequently visited posts in my blog are consistently the ones related to a child refusing to poop on the potty. It isn't uncommon for 40% of my visitors to have reached me via the keywords 'refusing to poop'!! This common parenting dilemma let me to actually address the issue in a separate chapter within The Potty Boot Camp - one I entitled 'The Potty Poop Camp.'

The problem with this chapter, for most parents, is that you don't need the entire Potty Boot Camp book - only the chapter about getting your child to do their BMs in the toilet.

That's why I am now making available a download of just the 'Poop Camp' - at a reduced price, and without all the unnecessary information about how to get your child pee trained. The regular eBook costs $5.95 - the 'Potty Poop Camp' is priced at only $1.95. Click the link below to download the chapter.

The Potty Poop Camp outlines a very specific series of steps to try when your child has 'stool refusal' - starting with the least complicated and most obvious solution. Should step #1 not effectively solve your problem, the Poop Camp will give you increasingly more in-depth activities to perform.

For $1.95, you've got a lot to gain and nothing to lose (except a bunch of poopy underwear!)

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

TEACCH - Toilet Training Children With Autism


For parents of children with Autism, the above link will take you to an incredible, must-read article about potty training. The TEACCH autism program is one of the best resources available. The article is exhaustive in its detail and is well worth the time to sit and absorb the information.
Teacch teaches parents how to use a structured principles for toilet training. The main topics covered in the article are:

1. How to look at toilet training from the child's perspective.
2. How to assess a child's readiness for potty training, including a system for recording an elimination history/schedule.
3. How to physically set up an area conducive to training.
4. How to establish visual aids for training
5. How to address specific problems, such as difficulty in pulling down/up pants.
6. How to establish a communication system between you and your child.

To learn more, or view the full article, visit http://www.teacch.com/toilet.html.

Another couple of useful resources for toilet training individuals with Autism are:

Friday, October 24, 2008

New Resource for Potty Training Children with Autism

Below is a link to a new potty training resource for parents of children with Autism. I have not personally read the downloaded material, but it sure does sound like it is worth your while to at least check it out.

"Astonishing NEW techniques to unscramble the neurological chaos within your Autistic Child’s mind."

According to the author, the material covers:

Tips about which natural supplement helps autistic children sleep
* Tips for getting your autistic child photographed
* Techniques for potty training an autistic child
* Tips for traveling with an autistic child
* Dairy free diet treatment of symptoms
* Tips for celebrating holidays with your autistic child
* Set scheduling needs of autistic children

In addition, the book covers:

  • Determine the facts of the 3 general groups of symptoms that identify autism disorder: 1. Social relationships and interaction 2. Language and verbal communication 3. Play and physical activities

  • Identify autistic signs at an early stage.

  • Identify the difference between autism disorder and Asperger Syndrome.

  • Realize how to diagnose your toddler to determine if they suffer from impaired social skills.

  • Teach games that can test attention span and engagement.

  • See why teaching children to use a sing-song voice or robot-like tone will help them to communicate more frequently.

  • Comprehend causes of repetitive body motion, self-abusive behavior, pain and hypersensitivity characteristics.

  • Determine 3 powerful techniques that can immediately provide comfort when aggravated or irritated.

Most importantly, they are offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you aren't happy with the information. I always figure that if you have NOTHING to lose....why not check it out? In the process you might gain a potty trained child as well as a new understanding of your child's condition.

Click Here to Visit Autism Symptoms and Treatments.com

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Aaah™ - Toiler Paper Moistener : Feel as clean as you can be

Aaah™ - Toiler Paper Moistener : Feel as clean as you can be - "Aaah! Toilet Paper Foam Moistener is a new, environmentally-friendly solution that uses the natural absorbency of toilet paper to apply wetness for effective cleansing and the natural ingredients leave a soothing, fresh and clean feeling without extra waste"

I'm not going to get gross by being too graphic, but we all know that sometimes dry toilet paper just doesn't do the trick. (Unless you use half of the roll - wiping, and wiping, and wiping.)

For parents who are potty training, there is a new product that can make you and your child's life easier. It's called Aaah (TM) Toilet Paper Moistener.
The idea behind the product is to squirt a dab onto a wad of toilet paper before wiping. The moisture and cleansing effect can decrease, the number of times you need to swipe the area in question before the paper comes out clean. (OK, that did likely create a bit of imagery that you didn't need!)

My daughter is 3 1/2, and has been toilet trained since 20 months old. It is just now that we are trusting her to be responsible for getting her self clean. Up until now, we knew that letting her have full control of that task would lead to, well.....skid marks. Had I had the product sooner, she might have been able to do this herself a few months earlier.

The advantage of Aaah is that it creates no extra waste (good for the environment) and costs far less than other moist wipes. (Have you priced those things? They are phenomenally over-priced!) In addition, Aaah is better than baby wipes because it obviously is flushable.

To find out more about Aaah Personal Cleansing Foam, visit: http://www.byebyedry.com/

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

What Is A Good Age to Begin Potty Training?

Below is a brief history about the age at which children have been potty trained in the past. A well-known fact is that the age of training has been steadily increasing - in part due to the effectiveness of today's comfortable dry diapers. Experts and studies seem to concur that children are able to obtain full bladder control between 18-20 months of age.

One European company is trying to help parents train by developing a new diaper that allows the child to feel the wetness after urinating, therefore causing a sense of discomfort. If the child is uncomfortable, they will be more likely to want to NOT remain in the diaper. SCA has created a new product called the Libero Diaper. The company's press release is quoted below:

"Ready, set, go....but when? Children in diapers are getting steadily older. Super-efficient modern diapers are thought to be one reason. To make toilet training easier Libero has introduced a special potty training diaper.

Giving up diapers is a way of feeling older. Today's more effective diapers mean children wait longer before they start toilet training.In the 1950s, before the advent of disposable diapers, children were put on the potty as early as six months of age. In the 1980s, many children were toilet trained by the age of three. Today, children in the Western world are usually around four before they can totally manage on their own and go without a diaper during the day.

Comfortable diapers

One reason for this is thought to be today’s super-efficient diapers, which absorb all fluids and leave the outer layer dry. Diapers, quite simply, are not uncomfortable enough for children themselves to feel the need to get rid of a full diaper.

“There haven’t been studies of how four-year-olds, for instance, are affected by having diapers, but I can’t imagine that children think it’s fun,” says Anna- Lena Hellström, a urotherapist and lecturer at Göteborg University.

SCA has developed a special diaper to make toilet training easier, Libero Potty Training Pants. [Not Available in the US. Click to see other Training Pants.]

"The outer layer in the potty-training product is special," says Fredrik Krook, Category Marketing Manager Baby. "It keeps the moisture there so that children can feel they are wet and then react."

The potty-training diaper is available in two versions, one for boys and one for girls.

The ideal potty-training age
Toilet training is a sensitive phase that is easily disturbed by changes in children’s day-to-day lives.

“When children start preschool, when their mother or father returns to work or when they get a new brother or sister, diapers can once again feel more secure than the potty,” Hellström says.

So it may be good not to start toilet training when major changes are going on in the family. The question is whether there is an ideal age for children to give up diapers. Researchers have yet to find a specific “toilet gene” that would indicate when the time for toilet training is most appropriate, but there are several well-supported hypotheses.

German researchers have determined that on average children’s diapers stay dry during the day at 28 months and overnight at 33 months. But individual variations are considerable, and roughly 20 percent of five-year-olds don’t have full control of bladder or bowel.

A Swedish study found that all children, even infants, are aware that they are peeing. It was also observed that many children could control their bladders at the age of 18 months, a period that can thus be suitable for toilet training, according to Swedish researchers.

From SCA's corporate magazine SHAPE 2/2008
Text: Elisabet Tapio-Neuwirth

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Potty Training Advice by John Rosemond

Dr. John Rosemond, a well-known psychologist, gives some no-nonsense advice on toilet training. He feels that delayed potty training is an insult to a child's intelligence, and I'm inclined to agree.

Dr. Rosemond, in his article, discusses how potty training should NOT be a complicated or traumatic event. Waiting until a child is 'ready' is not always the best way to go - are you underestimating your child's capabilities and intellect? To read the full article, click 'read more'.

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The Potty Boot Camp Receives Online Press!

Below is a link to an article written on the 'Discipline How-to Blog' - The Potty Boot Camp book is discussed as a new and effective potty training method. (The author of the article owns a copy as well.)

To read the original article click HERE

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Friday, October 10, 2008

WeeMinder Potty Training System

Here is a new product that is likely to give the "Potty Watch" a run for it's money....

It's the Wee Minder. When toilet training, repetition is incredibly important. (A key part of The Potty Boot Camp is 'Timed Intervals.') In the past, I've always recommended the 'Potty Watch' because plays cute little jingles when it's time for your child to go to the toilet.

The unique features of the Wee Minder have me excited! Not only does the unit play a 'jolly and catchy' song, it comes with a storybook and DVD. The cute little character is a bunny who teaches kids to 'Hop Hop' to the potty!

When you make potty training fun, or like a game, it only helps to improve motivation and made your training that much more successful!

The following is a direct quote from the company's press release:

The WeeMinder® Potty Training System is a pro active, fun and interactive approach to the universal problem of potty training. Wally the Wallaby is the "potty animal" and he demonstrates to children good choices and practices throughout the day as he himself uses his WeeMinder® in potty training.

Kids will love to watch and relate to Wally's trials and learn from his good example of how to be a "potty animal" and hop to the "potty place."

The WeeMinder® is an alarm that your child wears that you set to go off to "wee-mind" them to try to hop to the "potty place." This empowers the child and puts the power in their hands and gives them the opportunity to "choose" to be in control of their potty training.

For More Information visit http://www.weeminder.com/

A good source for the WeeMinder is Amazon.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Poteez - The Eco-friendly disposable potty, Happy Child, Happy Parents, Happy Planet

If you are in the U.K., you are fortunate to have a new product to add to your potty training arsenal. 'Poteez' is a new, environmentally disposable potty.

The designers of the product realized there was a need for a handy way for parents to be able to bring their child to a toilet on a moments notice. They didn't want o put their child back into pull-ups for car journeys or short jaunts away from home - yet were afraid that if they didn't a toilet might not be close by.

That's why they developed the 'Poteez' - a disposable, easy-to-carry, easy-to-assemble portable potty. It stores flat and assembles in seconds.

Wish I had one when I was potty training...and will be looking forward to having them available in the US.

For more information, visit: Poteez - The Eco-friendly disposable potty, Happy Child, Happy Parents, Happy Planet

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Amazon.com: Tinkle, Tinkle Little Tot: Songbook and CD: Songs and Rhymes for Toilet Training by Bruce Lansky

A parent review on Amazon.com com says: "I bought this CD and songbook for my daughter and we have loved it! I gave it to her about two weeks before we started potty training as way to talk about the process of going potty and just to make it all a little more fun. She loved the songs and the fun words. She listens to the CD often and we both learned the words to most all of the songs. We would pick one to sing while she was sitting on the potty. The tunes of the songs are familiar to little kids and there are cute, easy to learn words. I have loved this CD and have enjoyed watching my daughter get excited about potty training because of it. This is a must have for those kids who love music."

Being the author of a potty training guide for parents, I know all to well how difficult it can be to motivate toddlers to use the toilet. Therefore, ANY tool that might be beneficial is a tool that I'm a fan of. That's why I'm excited about this book and CD combo I found on Amazon.com. "Tinkle, Tinkle Little Tot: Songbook and CD is a fun little product.

The product description says: "The funniest and most motivating toilet-training book ever! It contains 17 funny songs and rhymes parents can use to coax kids into the bathroom, and the accompanied CD of songs will make them love to sing along! Toddlers learning to potty train will find the familiar tunes, positive reinforcement and easy repetition a great way to learn how to use the potty!"

Sample Lyrics:
(To the tune of Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Star)
Tinkle, tinkle, little tot
Sitting there upon the pot.
Any second now, you'll see ...
Sprinkle, splash and you'll go pee!

(To the tune of On Top Of Old Smokey)
On top of my potty
I sit and I wait
I know what I'm making...
Is going to be great!

I can already picture it....you're sitting in the bathroom, on the floor. Your toddler is on the potty. She wants to get up....but you start singing the Tinkle Tinkle song....lo and behold...it's now a fun game! It'll buy you at least a few extra minutes, which can ultimately lead to increased chance of success!

The Book is Available from Amazon.com

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Potty Boot Camp: Amazon Stats

US: THE POTTY BOOT CAMP: Basic Training For Toddlers got down to 10244 on Amazon.com. Authenticated by ranktracer.com

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Unique Princess Potty, Prince Potty, Jungle Potty, and His/Her Majesty's Throne

So, you consider yourself a Mom with style? You can't stand the thought of an ugly plastic potty chair sitting in your family room? Well, aBaby.com has some great alternatives.

The photos above are just a sampling of the high quality, attractive, and cute potty chairs for toddlers. For all of those little girls who are simply convinced that they are truly princesses, there is the 'Princess Potty Chair.' Little boys will love the 'Jungle Chair.' Other options are the Her Majesty, the Western, the Noah's Ark, and the Bonnie Sue - just to name a few.

Most of the chairs are hand-painted, feature a removable bowl for easy cleaning, and offer a toilet paper holder/dispenser. A few even have book racks to keep your child's favorite toilet training book handy, which might just encourage them to sit for just a few extra minutes!

The chairs range in price from approximately $50 to $70 and are available from ABaby.com.

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.