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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Infant Potty Training (or Elimination Communication)

The Potty Boot Camp definitely is not designed for infants, but a growing trend in toilet training is that of 'Elimination Communication', or that of infant potty training. In my experience, infant potty training is very difficult to accomplish unless the parent or caregiver can devote near full-time care to the child. That is often times a tough thing to achieve for working parents. Needless to say, for those who are able to achieve a diaper-free infant, hooray!

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Toilet / Potty Training Autistic Children

Potty Training

Potty Training
By Rachel Evans

According to Freudian psychology, potty training is an extremely important stage of child development. While not everything Freud wrote about is accepted as truth, this stage of development is widely understood as an important milestone in personal growth. The difficulty with potty training with an autistic child can be a singular challenge. If an autistic child is ever to gain a semblance of independence, it is necessary that potty training be carried out correctly.

There are techniques for potty training a normally developing child. These practices are fairly universal, but for the most part, they do not apply to the autistic child. Toilet training an autistic child requires some adjustment to basic strategies.

When potty training a normally developing child it is common for parents to use prizes and rewards to reinforce the behavior being taught. However, when it comes to autistic children, they do not usually react in the same way to positive reinforcement. Sometimes they may acknowledge it and other times it can be totally ignored. Autism is a disorder in which social interactions are impaired. Some autistic children may even avoid close relationships with their own parents, preferring to be alone or detached. This must be taken into consideration when drawing up a plan for potty training.

Furthermore, autistic children may not have an understanding of why it is important to relieve themselves in the toilet. This breakdown in communication is extremely important to address. Many autistic children do not speak. This creates another problem in terms of potty training. However, one of the most difficult challenges seems to be breaking autistic children out of rigidly adhered to routines. Many autistic children become attached to routines and find them difficult to break out of. An autistic child switching from diapers to underwear might sense this as a threatening change. The noise of the toilet flushing could also bother them.

If you’ve looked into methods of how autistic children learn then you are aware that most are extreme visual learners. Instead of using words to communicate the importance of toilet training to autistic toddlers, it is best to utilize visuals. The rate of success in toilet training using visual cues over verbal ones in toddlers with autism has been well documented. In fact, there is an entire industry of products related to helping teach autistic toddlers how to be properly potty trained.

In terms of the visuals that can be employed, the most common type is a series of pictures, similar to a comic book that relates the behavior that is going to be taught. These cards demonstrate the entire process of using the toilet and include information on what happens after the toilet process is finished. If you’re comfortable with the idea, let your child see you use the toilet. This visual cue will reinforce what you are telling them.

One of the other difficulties of potty training an autistic child is the fact that many of them do not sense the need to use the bathroom and are prone to having accidents. One of the ways this can be addressed in through the use of a timer. Timing out when the child should go to the bathroom can turn the urge to go into a routine.

As mentioned earlier, autistic children are often fiercely opposed to change. When beginning potty training do not expect to succeed all at once. The process should be taken slow and steady, completely at the pace of your child.

Although autism is a disorder that impairs the ability to communicate in a social manner it is possible for many autistic children to learn how to function independently. Potty training is one of the most important steps that will influence the life of an autistic child. If you want further information on potty training autistic children, there are plenty of resources and experts that can lead you in the right direction.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Potty Training Targets for Boys

Training boys how to properly aim while on peeing in the toilet is an age-old problem. This company has developed a product that actually makes going to the potty a game!

Instead of drenching your walls or floor, little boys are potty trained by playing a target game. Just place a target in the toilet and tell your little man to take aim! Rice paper potty training targets dissolve when wet, so there's nothing for you to clean. Just flush everything away!
Soon, he'll be asking to go to the bathroom (which means no more diapers for you!).

You can find the targets at Moms On Edge.com for $9.97 for a pack of 50. (I figure the $10 will likely save about 20 loads of laundry when he pees on the bathroom rug.!)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Potty Training a Developmentally Delayed Child

Potty Training a Developmentally Delayed Child
By Patty Hone

The most important thing you need to remember when potty training a developmentally delayed child is that potty training may not happen until your child is much older than his peers. As a parent, you may want him to potty train sooner, but like any potty training child, he isn't going to be potty trained until he is ready. You can start pre-potty training your developmentally delayed child whenever you are ready. Your little one might stay stuck in the pre-potty training step for a long time before you ever see a potty training success, but be patient. He will figure it out eventually.

Here are some pre-potty training ideas that you can do with your developmentally delayed child.

-Teach him the words for urine and feces. You can use whatever words you want to for this. During diaper changes talk to him and make sure to tell him about "pee pee" and "poo poo". If he isn't talking yet don't worry, his receptive language (what he understands) may develop before his expressive language (what he can say).

-If he is walking, take him to the bathroom when you go to the bathroom. Let him flush the toilet or sit on the toilet. If he doesn't want to sit on the toilet or if he gets scared, back off and go have some fun. Making him sit on the toilet when he isn't ready will just make potty training more difficult.

-Get him a potty seat or potty chair. Don't worry if he doesn't actually use his potty seat any time soon. Let him sit on it when he wants to. He may not actually pee on the potty but let him enjoy his potty seat and being a big boy.

Signs that your child is ready to start potty training.

- He can walk to the bathroom by himself

-He can take his pants on and off by himself

-He can understand simple instructions

-He has regular bowel movements

-He is capable of communicating his needs to you

-He takes an interest in wearing underwear

-He is not afraid of the toilet

-He lets you know when his diaper is wet or soiled or takes diapers off

Once he starts showing signs that he is ready to start potty training take things slowly and be patient. Take him to the potty and let him sit on the toilet or potty chair. He may not actually go on the potty but as long as he is happy let him sit on the potty for a while. He may enjoy sitting on the potty like a big boy but not actually get what he is supposed to be doing. Don't worry. He will get it eventually. Let him practice sitting on the potty once or twice a day. First thing in the morning and right after nap time are both good times to let him try sitting on the potty. If he gets frustrated or you get frustrated take some time off.

You may go through months before you have one success but one day you will be pleasantly surprised when your developmentally delayed child finally pees on the potty. The first success is always the most exciting but don't be surprised if the first success isn't followed by another. When my developmentally delayed child started potty training and finally had a success, I though "eureka, he's finally got it." Just to be disappointed when he didn't do it again for another two or three months. Keep plugging along and keep letting him practice sitting on the potty. In time his success stories will be more frequent and eventually he will be completely potty trained.

Patty Hone is a wife and mother to four kids. She is also the cofounder of Justmommies. For more tips visit Justmommies social networking for moms and be sure to check out Justmommies Baby Names at http://www.justmommies.com/pregnancy/babyname.shtml

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

"I Survived" Potty Boot Camp T-Shirts

Now available - "I Survived The Potty Boot Camp" t-shirts.

These toddler-sized tees help your child brag about his accomplishment. (Although it might be more appropriate if the "I Survived" T-shirts were available for the potty-training parent!)

The shirts are available from sizes 6 months to 4T, and come in white, blue, pink, and yellow.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Potty Seat Or Potty Chair: Which Is Best?

This article discusses the the pros and cons of using a child's potty chair vs a toilet seat insert while potty training. Click on "read more" to view the entire article.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Diapers and the Environment

If you didn't need more incentive to potty train your child, take the time to read this article by Pamela Lundquist. It discusses the (scary) environmental consequences of diaper usage.

Children's Health Environmental Coalition

First Steps: The Diaper Debate
by Pamela Lundquist
Children’s Health Environmental Coalition

From birth to toilet training, a baby goes through an average of 8000 diaper changes. This sheer volume of diapers makes one thing clear: Your choice of diaper – cloth or disposable – has a tremendous impact on the welfare of your baby and the planet.

Naturally, many parents wonder whether disposable are truly healthy. Growing concern about the environment led many to conclude that disposables wasted resources and left a legacy of non-biodegradable plastic in our landfills. Today, many parents still wrestle with the decision.

To help you decide what’s best for your family, here are some things you should know.

Diapers and Health

Since babies have diapers touching delicate areas 24 hours a day, it’s no surprise that health concerns have arisen.

First, there’s the issue of diaper rash. Cloth diapers tell kids and parents when they’re wet, while disposables may feel dry because the absorbent materials pull wetness into the middle of the diaper. This often means fewer diaper changes and possibly increased diaper rash. Therefore, regardless of the type of diaper used, it is important to change them frequently, every 2-3 hours, even if they feel dry.

Second, with all the synthetic materials in disposables, could a baby be exposed to harmful chemicals?

One study, conducted by Anderson Laboratories in 1999 and published in the Archives of Environmental Health, found that disposable diapers do release chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene. All of these VOCs have been shown to have toxic health effects, such as cancer and brain damage, with long-term or high level exposure.

The researchers also discovered that mice exposed to the chemicals emitted by disposable diapers were more likely to experience irritated airways than mice exposed to emissions from cloth diapers. These effects were increased during repeat exposures. The authors suggested that disposable diapers may cause "asthma-like" reactions and urged more study into a possible link between diaper emissions and asthma.

Babies breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults do, and children are generally more susceptible to the toxic effects of air pollutants. The good news is that cloth diapers and one brand of disposables had low emissions. (Unfortunately, due to the nature of the study, brand names weren’t revealed.)

The main absorbent filler in disposable diapers, sodium polyacrylate, could cause respiratory, as well as skin, irritations in occupational settings where exposures are at higher levels than occurs with diaper use. However, some studies indicate that super absorbent gels are not associated with skin irritations. Note that the gel used in disposable diapers today is not the same as that used in super absorbent tampons, linked with toxic shock syndrome, a number of years ago.

Another study, conducted in Germany, looked at a small group of baby boys and found that those wearing disposable diapers had higher scrotal temperatures. However, it is not clear whether this had any effects on fertility. Another study found that scrotal temperatures in boys wearing cloth diapers with a protective cover were the same as those for boys wearing disposables. Cloth diapers worn alone were linked with the lowest temperatures.
Most diapers, whether or not disposable, are bleached white with chlorine. As a result, there have been claims that diapers may contain trace amounts of dioxin, a highly carcinogenic byproduct of chlorine bleaching. Since the diapers come into contact with the genitals, some parents worry about potential reproductive cancers. Currently, there is no evidence that this is the case. See the next section for more on dioxin and diapers.

Finally, using diaper pins is another concern for new parents. Luckily, Velcro® fasteners or snaps now replace pins on most diaper covers these days.

Diapers and Our Natural Resources

Many natural resources must be used to produce diapers. Disposable diapers use 1.3 million tons of wood pulp — a quarter-million trees — each year, along with plastics, which are made from petroleum resources. Both types of diapers also consume energy and water in their manufacturer and, in the case of cotton diapers, cleaning.

It has been argued — primarily by the makers of disposable diapers — that the production and cleaning of cloth diapers requires more energy and water and generates more water pollution than the production of disposables.

Mothering magazine estimates that washing cloth diapers at home uses the same amount of water as flushing the toilet five to six times a day — which is what your child will be doing once she’s potty trained. Diaper services wash in high volume, which is more energy- and water-efficient.

Environmental Pollution

Use of both disposable and cloth diapers can cause harm to the environment, but in different ways.


The basic problem with disposable diapers is disposal. Disposable diapers are made of paper, plastic and the absorptive gel, sodium polyacrylate. These materials don’t biodegrade well, which means disposable diapers, like diamonds, are forever. Most go straight into landfills at the rate of 3.3 million tons —a whopping 18 billion diapers! — per year, according to EPA estimates. However, experts in waste management say that most things fail to biodegrade — even natural materials — in the environment of a landfill because of the lack of oxygen and water.

Beware of manufacturers who claim their disposable diapers are "biodegradable". Technically, they’re not. To make this claim, manufacturers add cornstarch to the plastic. This helps the plastic break apart in little pieces. But the plastic doesn’t convert into environmentally benign substances. To add insult to injury, cornstarch makes the plastic impossible to recycle. There is a European brand of diapers, called Nature Boy and Girl, that is compostable; however, in the U.S., commercial composting facilities for household waste are virtually non-existent.

Proper use of disposables includes dumping fecal matter into the toilet before putting the soiled diaper in the trash. In practice, however, most parents don’t take that extra step. The smell and bacteria can create public health hazards. Fecal matter also carries live viruses that could potentially be released into the environment through leaking landfills.

The biggest environmental plus for cloth diapers is that they can be reused between 100 to 150 times. This also lowers their environmental impact per diaper, as compared to disposables.


Since cloth diapers are made from cotton, pesticide use is a major pollution issue. Cotton crops use more pesticides than any other crop. A second cotton concern is that, more and more, farmers are planting genetically engineered varieties of cotton. While this has little impact on us or babies directly, there is very little long-term research on the environmental impacts of genetic modification of farm crops. These altered plants may affect the ecosystem in a variety of ways. See Food, Farms and Genetic Engineering for more information.Dirty Wash Water
Many believe that the waste water from washing cloth diapers can cause environmental harm. But, these days, diaper services generally use biodegradable detergents and, otherwise, diaper wash water is benign.

Diaper production, regardless of type, causes the release of dioxin, a potent carcinogen and hormone disruptor, in waste water due to chlorine bleaching of cotton and wood pulp. Dioxin tends to persist for many years and can cause reproductive effects in wildlife. It also accumulates in animal and human tissue. Humans are exposed to dioxin through food that has been contaminated through environmental pollution.

Along with dioxin, waste water produced by the manufacture of wood pulp, paper and plastics in disposables can contain solvents, sludge and heavy metals.

Diapering in the 21st Century

With about 90 percent of American households using disposables for convenience, there has been a tremendous decline in the number of diaper services. The National Association of Diaper Services lists at least one diaper service company in 42 states.

But, given the facts, the right cloth diapers may make the most health and environmental sense. Another incentive is cost, which tends to be less for cloth ($35 per month vs. $50 per month for disposables), even with all the washing. In general, organically grown, unbleached cotton products offer the healthiest, environmentally friendly option. If busy lives demand disposables, you can use disposable diaper liners, which mean that you won't have to soak the diapers before washing. Diaper liners are usually available where cloth diapers are sold. You can also turn to eco-friendly disposable diapers. Several brands, including Tushies, Seventh Generation, Nature Boy and Girl, and Mother Nature, are out on the market today. They vary considerably, so do some homework before you choose.

In the future, there may be a way to reduce the impact of disposable diapers further — by recycling them. A six-month pilot program in Santa Clarita, California, showed that diaper recycling can work. Parents brought their diapers to the curb in a separate can. The company that processed the diapers, Knowaste LLC, washed them and separated their components. Recovered wood pulp and plastic can be made into roof tiles, decking, oil filters and insoles.

Mothering: archive of diapering articles and a list of resourcesNational Association of Diaper Services: list of diapering services by state
The Non-Toxic Times, Seventh Generation's newsletter, explains the company's rationale for making disposable diapers with sodium polyacrylate in their June and July 2003 issues.
See AlsoHow To Set Up a Cloth Diapering System
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Free Potty Training DVD from Pull-Ups

I'm guessing this free DVD places emphasis on using Pull-Ups as a potty training tool....but hey, it's a free DVD! If anyone has seen it, let me know via the comment form below.

Here is the link to get the DVD: http://www.fsisolutions.com/KCPullUpsDVD/
Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"

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