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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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Funny Things Kids Say To Define "Love" !!!

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

I couldn't resist posting this story...it's not potty training related, but as parents I think we can all get a laugh from the funny things kids say.

(If you are looking for even more funny kids quotes, I highly recommend a book called "Scribbled Eggs" by Penny Jane Wilson. )

Click Below to Read the "Love" Quotes:
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

How to Ensure Your Child Will be Ready for Potty Training

A Fool-Proof Method of Cultivating Your Child’s Interest in Potty Training

“My child is 3 (or 2, or 4…….) years old and shows no interest in using the potty!” I hear this phrase from parents over and over (and over) again. Is there some toddler conspiracy happening that we parents are not aware of? Are parents misinterpreting their children’s intentions? The answer is no – parents are simply missing out on a great window of opportunity that exists while their child is still very young.

The Reason Your Child Has No Interest in Potty Training

Picture this scenario: You are three years old. For your entire life you wake up, you eat, you play, you nap, and you go about your day with absolutely NO thought about your bodily functions. You don’t need to pay attention to your bladder or your gut because whatever comes out seems to just happen without any thought or conscious effort on your part. Somebody is always there to clean you up and send you on your way. You have no idea what that big white thing in the bathroom is… but it is sure fun to play with – and the toilet paper can be turned into a giant fluffy (and shredded) pile! What fun!

One day your world comes to a screeching halt. Your life is turned topsy-turvy. The reason? Your mommy and daddy have changed the rules – and without any input from you! You are told that pee and poop belong somewhere other than your pants! To top that off, you are supposed to stop what you are doing, disrupt your playtime, and actually take responsibility for keeping yourself clean!

Put yourself in your child’s position, and you will understand why many toddlers reply to this invasion of their day with a skeptical and confused “Huh?!?”

The story of Lindsey

A friend of mine was considering toilet training her 19 month old daughter. For months, Lindsey had played with her potty, pretended to “use” her potty, and was very familiar with how the whole process worked. My friend told the other mothers at her playgroup that she was about to begin potty training and most of them looked at her like she was crazy. Some of them were envious or slightly jealous – thinking to themselves that they wished their child would show some interest in using the potty!

My friend then set upon toilet training her daughter. She chose a method (such as The Potty Boot Camp) and set aside a few days for training. She followed the instructions given to her in the training manual…and lo and behold Lindsay was reliably using the potty in a matter of days!

When my friend next saw her playgroup she was able to report that Lindsay was officially “potty trained!” Frankly, the other mothers were in a bit of shock that she was able to pull it off. I’m sure many of them secretly hoped she would fail! Fortunately my friend (with a potty trained 19 month old) had bragging rights!

Creating Your Own Success Story

Nearly every parent can have a success story like Lindsay’s. The best part is that it takes virtually no time or effort on your part to create the same result! The method is not complicated and is so simple I will be able to explain everything to you in just a few sentences. (Don’t blink or you might miss it!)

The trick to create potty-training interest and motivation in your toddler is to start “training” months before you start training! The premise behind this technique is to create familiarity with the toileting process long before you begin to ask your child to actually use the potty. Optimally, parents should start familiarizing their child with the potty as soon as the child learns how to walk.

Buy a child’s potty. Buy potty training books and/or DVDs. Let your child play with the potty – even if playtime involves putting it on their head and wearing it as a helmet! Let your toddler follow you and other family members into the toilet, and in a very matter-of-fact manner explain what you are doing. At diaper changes, take the naked child to the potty and sit. Read books and sing songs. Have “playtime” on the potty. (If they happen to actually use the potty, cheer loudly). Teach your child how to wipe.

That’s it. Start early, keep it low-key, and make the potty a normal part of your child’s every day routine. Before you know it, your toddler just might be pressuring YOU to begin toilet training!

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, May 19, 2008

Toilet Training Babies in India

This article presents and interesting perspective on toilet training in the East.

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If the prospect of a diaper free infant is something you might be interested in, I recommend reading The Diaper Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-loh. It teaches a "Western" version of this "Eastern" method.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Potty Training Dolls: Are They Useful?

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If you have been doing some research about how to potty train your child, chances are that you may have heard about a potty training doll which is supposed to be a wonderful tool that can help your child understand what potty training is all about. However, before you rush out and buy a potty training doll, it would be advisable to pause and think about whether using a potty training doll will indeed prove to be worthwhile and whether it is in fact a necessary tool or not.

It is certainly a good idea to first of all look closely at what a potty training doll is and see how it can benefit your child so that you can decide whether to use it or not. Essentially, a potty training doll is a special kind of tool that is able to pee and which also comes with its own potty chair along with training pants. It also has a bottle from which the doll drinks water that is then expelled, usually when the doll is sitting on the potty chair.

Find Out More About Possible Benefits

So, now that you are acquainted with what a potty training doll is and what it does, it is time to find out how it will benefit your child in learning potty training. To begin with, once the child starts to get interested in using the toilet, it would be the right time to introduce your child to the doll and encourage them to feed the doll with some liquids and then put the doll on the potty chair.

Next, you need to inform the child about how grown-ups use their potty and that they do not pee into their diapers and at the same time you and your child should watch the doll pee into the potty chair. This should help establish a connection of sorts in the mind of your little one. And if you then ask the child to imitate what the doll does, it may result in desirable action on the part of your child.

The fact of the matter is that many children will show interest in copying what their potty training doll does and will thus become more amenable to also doing the same when it is time for them to pee. However, often children may even have an opposite reaction and may actually develop a fear or may not show much interest in doing what the doll does, In such cases, it may not prove to be a very useful tool.

Thus, the jury is out whether using a potty training doll will indeed prove to be a big help in teaching your child how to potty in the appropriate manner.

If you do indeed decide that a doll might be helpful, I recommend that you DON'T spend a lot of money on a doll. Below is a link to one on Amazon.com that is reasonably priced (Under $20 - unbelievably, some potty training dolls are 80 bucks!) Plus...who doesn't remember having a Baby Alive when they were a little girl??? :)

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.

Toilet Training for Autistic Children: Autism Podcast: Moms on Autism, Episode 4 | Potty Training

Instead of another article on toilet training autistic children, here is a link I found to a Podcast about the subject:

Autism Podcast: Moms on Autism, Episode 4 Potty Training

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bed Wetting: Rarely a Medical Problem

This article by Dr. Andrew Oakes-Lottridge, M.D discusses bedwetting - and reassures parents that it is often a normal part of childhood. He also discusses tests your doctor can run as well as some treatment options. (Medications vs. Bed-wetting alarms, for example.)

Getting your child to stay dry through the night can be a challenge. Potty training and bladder control are a part of development that can cause tremendous anxiety for some children and parents. Regarding bed-wetting, at what age should you be worrying about something more serious? What treatment options, if any, are available?

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Mommy Fest Blog Party

Welcome Blog Party party participants. Thanks for visiting! My blog is dedicated solely to anything potty training so if you need help in this area, please look around. I'm also the author of a potty training guide entitled "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers." During the blog party, I'm giving away one free download of the eBook. Just leave a comment and I'll select a random winner when the Mommy Fest is over.

Suzanne Riffel

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Help! My Child Won't Poop on the Potty! - Part II

(This blog post is intended to supplement my original article/post entitled "Help! My Toddler Won't Poop on the Potty!")

I hear from parents over and over again about their child refusing to use the potty to poop. These kids inevitably are doing great with their pee training, but will absolutely NOT poop in the toilet. Some kids just go in their underwear while others actually run and hide. In my book, "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" I dedicated a full chapter (The 'Potty Poop Camp') on the topic since it is such a common occurrence!

One of the most common reasons for a child's refusal to use the toilet for '#2' is fear. Some are afraid of the sound of the 'plop' or the feeling of the air hitting their bottom. The most common cause of fear, however, is that the child has has a previously painful bowel movement.

That's why I am excited about this book by Howard Bennett, M.D. The book, entitled, "It Hurts When I Poop: A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty" It tells a story about a little boy named Ryan who is afraid to use the toilet. Through the book, children follow along with Ryan's "poop program" as he learns to overcome his fears.

Every review I have read about this book is a positive one. Below are a few comments from parents who had positive results from reading the book to their child:

  • "When you have been through 2 years of poop problems, and not knowing what else to do, this book is the answer. It describes perfectly how my daughter felt, it was if she wrote it. I love this book, it is her favorite book. Some tomes we don't talk about these kind of this because we are ashamed, but now with this book it is easy to help in this matter. I am so thankful I found this book, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! "
  • "My daughter has had a poo poo problem for three years and FINALLY!!!!.....I purchased the book and from the first time I read it to her she started to relate to Ryan. She wanted me to read her the book at least five times a night and when she was on the toilet. People don't understand the late nights crying on the toilet for three hours at a time unless they have been through something like this. My daughter was in pain every day and Ryan has the exact symptoms as my daughter had. I really wanted to thank the author of this book. I also purchased one for my daughters doctor. If your child has this problem please buy this book it really has done wonders for my daughter and the family. "
  • "After months of abdominal pain, I was desperate for my son to find some sort of solution to his....err....ummm....going problem. He wouldn't poop. No matter what he would not poop. Enemas, laxatives, fruit, it was all like trying to shave your head with a butter knife..... FUTILE I bought this book at Barnes and Noble (sorry amazon) on a whim. Without even reading it, my son was pooping himself right in the store! It was like he knew what was coming so he readied his bowels. When we got home I sat him on the toilet and read him the story. 5 months of impacted fecal matter came pouring out of him like water from a fountain! Oh we are so lucky to have found this book. Without it my son would probably have blown up like that blueberry girl from willy wonka. Yay Poop!"

In my book I discuss the topic of fear - and that every parent needs to address this issue first before they will ever get cooperation from their child. I think this is a great first step to take when you are constantly cleaning up poop!

Once the fear is gone, other issues can be tackled. Some children are just plain stubborn! When that's the case, it's on to "Potty Poop Camp!"...........

Personalized Potty Song

I love it! The folks at http://www.pottysong.com/ have come up with a downloadable, personalized, song that helps with potty training. Every time your child goes potty, you can play this song to celebrate their achievement! I'll warn you, though...the tune is catchy enough that it is likely to get stuck in your head.

According to their website, benefits of the song are:

  • The Potty Song generates excitement through a personalized, upbeat and easy to remember song that speaks directly to the potty training child.

  • Toddlers at the potty training age know their name and get excited about a song made just for them.

  • The Potty Song is so catchy that it’s hard for a toddler to get it out of his head. This reminds him that he wants to hear it again which in turn reminds him that he needs to use the potty in order to make that happen.

  • The length of the song is just right for the attention span of toddlers. Toddlers get so excited to hear the song, but it’s short enough to leave them wanting more. The desire to hear it again and again generates motivation to use the potty again and again.

  • Singing the song together can be a fun bonding experience for parent and child. This adds to the excitement and increases motivation to repeat the process.

  • Unlike candy or prizes (other popular motivational tools), you always have The Potty Song with you (even if you have to sing it without the CD). Also, candy and prizes create an added cost and create a reward system that is materially oriented…not relationally oriented like The Potty Song.

    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, May 8, 2008

5th Annual Mommy Fest Blog Party!

I'd like to invite all of you potty training moms to the 5th annual Mommy Fest Blog Party. It's a great way to interact with and discover other blogs written by moms just like yourself! Check back here during the Blog Party between May 12th-16th to participate. I'll be giving away a free copy of The Potty Boot Camp eBook!

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.

Handling Potty Training Accidents

This article is originally posted at http://family-parenting.savvy-cafe.com/getting-through-potty-training-accidents-2008-05-08/

If you have been working with your toddler on potty training, the subject of potty training accidents is probably a big one in both of your lives! Having accidents in potty training can be discouraging to both child and parent and may make the stretch from diapers seem wider than it really is. It’s especially difficult as adults attempting to understand the needs of a child who may be struggling to find its first words!

Why They Happen

You may have little memory of being two or three years old. But keep in mind that at this age, a simple trip to the barber may be a completely new experience! You may feel that you have lost progress when a child suddenly has an accident, but occasional potty training accidents are all part of the process. It may have nothing to do with the success of your technique, but may be the child’s reaction to a relatively minor change, like a trip to a relative’s house or a birthday party.

The Do’s And Don’ts

When these accidents happen, there are few things to keep in mind. As with many other challenges in child rearing, a positive attitude is the best weapon against potty training accidents. Try to remove the emphasis from the potty training accident itself and place it on making more progress and remembering successes. Positive feedback that a child can process effectively is a much more important tool than making negative statements. Celebrating another dry night and asking which sticker do they want as a reward is much easier to process than reminding them that they keep on wetting themselves.

Keep Them Involved

There are so many products available now tailored to your needs. But remember your needs come after the child’s! When shopping for products in your quest to deal with potty training accidents, keep your child involved in the decision making process. Do they want pull-ups at night, when potty training can be trickier? Which character do they want? Simply knowing that they’re wearing their favorite character may help them keep potty training front and center in their minds.


If potty training accidents suddenly start happening with frequency, look to external factors to try and diagnose the situation. The child may be experiencing a health issue like a urinary tract infection or constipation that they may be unable to verbalize. Keep the lines of communication open by asking your child calmly and non-judgmentally about what’s going on. They may be putting off going to the toilet because they do not know how to deal with an unfamiliar condition.

Another common reason for regression is the arrival of a sibling. Many couples these days choose to space their kids by about two years. Of course, two is primo potty training time, and you may see a surge in potty training accidents upon the arrival of a newcomer who is suddenly absorbing all parental attention. Respond to this situation with understanding. Remain firm about your shared goals for potty training, but take time to discuss what’s going on and give them a chance to talk about their thoughts.

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.

Your Child and Nighttime Potty Training

This article, found on http://family-parenting.savvy-cafe.com/, discusses nighttime potty training. It helps parents to realize that accidents are common in kids even as late as age five.

For some children, nighttime potty training can be an easy and smooth transition from their daytime routine. For these kids, simply being able to conquer bladder control during the day develops their nighttime habits enough that they are able to stay dry the majority of the time. However, about one third of kids under the age of three still have accidents........

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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.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sonic Granades: Potty Training Strikes Back

Here is a funny potty training story posted by a parent whose son made an very keen observation while toilet training:

Sonic Granades: Potty Training Strikes Back

I had a funny moment as well while potty training. My daughter had just finished going #2 in the potty. Of course she had to admire her handiwork. In fear of giving you too much information, the poop had broken into three pieces. Megan started into the toilet, looked up at me and said, "Look Mommy! A Poopy Family! A mommy poopy, a daddy poopy, and a baby poopy!" (Apparently all was well in poop land...until the whole family got flushed!)

What is your funny potty training story? Please let me know using the comment form below the post.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Online Advice Community: Potty Training Advice

I just joined a community where people can go to write and read advice about almost anything. It is http://www.minti.com/. (tpbc.minti.com)

Among the articles available, a good one I found is "Potty Precautions" about various ideas on how to deal with inevitable toilet training accidents. The article is here: http://www.minti.com/parenting-advice/686/Potty-Precautions/

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, May 1, 2008

Peter Potty Flushable Toddler Urinal - Helpful Product for Potty Training Boys

Over and over again, I hear questions from parents about how to potty train their little boys. Should they train sitting down or standing up? Should they use a urine splash guard or teach their son to "tuck it"?

This unique product is promising, very practical, and solves a lot of the problems mentioned above. The manufacturer claims that it actually speeds up the time it takes to potty train a toddler boy. Below is their press release about the item:


The World’s Only Flushable Toddler Urinal Can Speed the Potty Training Process By As Much As 15 Months!

Chicago, IL – Not only has the potty training process changed little since the introduction of disposable diapers, but the process has actually become more difficult due to the super absorbency of modern diapers. Until the Peter Potty®, no new products have emerged to specifically encourage early potty training for boys. The Peter Potty®, the world’s only flushable toddler urinal from Visionaire Products Inc., effectively encourages boys to become interested in potty training at a younger age. In addition, it empowers them to be able to stand and go potty by themselves, just like Dad does.

According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, on average, boys do not master potty training until after their third birthday. With the Peter Potty®, parents find on average, boys achieve this milestone 6 months earlier; with some as much as 15 months earlier. In addition, the normal stresses for both
parents and child are reduced, as it is natural for boys to stand while going potty.
The stand-up factor of the Peter Potty® can be a key aspect in the early potty training of boys. Most two-year old boys have mastered the motor skills needed to lower their pants and training underwear partially, while standing. In contrast, the motor skills required to lower their pants and underwear to their ankles (necessary for sitting on a traditional potty chair) are not developed until they are much older.

Little boys also delight in the added reward of having the ability to flush the potty themselves, and eventually use the Peter Potty® without adult supervision.
Parents also appreciate the fact that the Peter Potty® saves money by speeding up the training process.

Using a Peter Potty®, to eliminate even one month of training, saves parents approximately $45 in diaper costs, not to mention when potty training occurs 6-15 months sooner!

I found the Peter Potty from Amazon.com (See Above) and www.PottyTrainingSolutions.com