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Friday, June 27, 2008

FREE Dora the Explorer PRINTABLE Potty Training Charts

Just wanted to let everyone know where you can download and print some free Dora potty training charts. Charts are a useful visual motivator for children to use the potty since they can see their successes 'adding up'.

FREE Dora the Explorer PRINTABLE Potty Training Charts


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Monday, June 23, 2008

Literary Critique: “Flush the Potty!” by Ken Wilson-Max « Kirsten in Montana

This blogger, in her blog 'Kirsten in Montana', wasn't a huge fan of the book "Flush the Potty!" by Ken Wilson-Max. Her entertaining review made me laugh. Below is an excerpt from her post:
"It starts off with a motivational stanza about being a big kid and wanting to go the way the big kids go- all well and good. Trouble starts in the second stanza proclaiming the trainees readiness to take part in the flushing fun:Let’s scoot off to the toilet.I hop, skip, jump- and run!What kind of toilet training advice is this, I ask you? Should a child who isn’t all that familiar with his excretory functions be dilly-dallying on the way to the toilet? And in a fashion that would encourage the function to process more quickly? That is a recipe for missing the target in messy fashion." (Click on the link below to read the entire post.)

Literary Critique: “Flush the Potty!” by Ken Wilson-Max « Kirsten in Montana

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Late potty training 'leading to infection'

The average age of potty training has been increasing over the years and not without consequences. Many children are developing medical problems related to the delay of training.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

If you are stressed about potty training and need a good laugh....

I found this post in a blog that I happened to find while surfing. It's about a conversation between two small children as it relates to bodily functions. If you are stressed about potty training, this will make you chuckle!

http://tracywadeandfamily.blogspot.com/2008/06/potty-training-is-

Monday, June 16, 2008

Free Potty Training Sticker Charts

Who doesn't like something for free? These potty training charts from Able Baby are free to download and print. You can use them with your own stickers. Potty training charts are a helpful incentive when toilet training because your child is able to view tangible evidence of their accomplishments!

Click here to visit the Able Baby website.


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, June 12, 2008

Potty Training Tips for Stubborn Children - Associated Content

Much of the article (link below) is common sense, but I really like the tip about letting your child pick the date to begin training. Anything you can do to allow your child to take ownership of the process can only be beneficial in the long run.

Potty Training Tips for Stubborn Children - Associated Content



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, June 3, 2008

The Potty Hammock Portable Toilet Seat Cover


I'm always on the lookout for unique potty training products, and I've found one that sure isn't well-known. It's the Potty Hammock.



The Potty Hammock is a "sleeve" for your toilet seat. You lift the seat up, slide the hammock down and secure it. Once in place, it won't slip around - and the best feature is that it totally covers the nasty, germy toilet seat. When your toddler grabs onto the seat to steady themselves, for once you won't have to wonder about what exactly they might be touching.....


When I was potty training, I stuffed one of those padded toilet-seat inserts into my diaper bag. The drawback to carrying around one of those (besides the bulky size) is that people were constantly looking at me, wondering why in the world I would carry around a toilet seat. The Potty Hammock folds up and fits into your purse, pocket, or bag - discreetly. It's also washable, so if anything might happen to splash onto it you can just throw it into your washing machine.

Wish I had one when I was toilet training!

I found the product at Mom4Life.com for $19.95.


Monday, June 2, 2008

The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Women get gun prize for toilet training

So, you think you're having trouble potty training your two your old? Be glad he or she isn't an adult! This story is bizarre on a number of levels.

Apparently, in India there is a region where women 'defecate' in the open rather than using toilets. As you can imagine, this presents quite a health and sanitation problem.

The government, in an attempt to 'toilet train' their populous, have begun to reward the women for using the toilet --- with guns. 'Poop in the potty, and we'll give you a gun!' Somehow I suspect that this toilet training reward system wouldn't be well accepted by Western moms!

Read More: Women get Gun Prize for Toilet Training



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Sunday, June 1, 2008

History of Potty Training

I've always been a huge fan of potty training early, and not because it is a personal opinion. In the past, early potty training was the norm - not the exception. It is only in modern times that we find the average age of potty training increasing. This article by Adam Hart-Davis talks about the early potty training and the historical basis behind the rationale.

Original Link: potty-training

Text of article:

Chinese toddlers often wear split pants, so that they can be held out to relieve themselves on to the ground without soiling their clothes. In the West, however, babies wear nappies or diapers until they learn to use a pot. For many parents, the learning process becomes a battleground.

There are three probable reasons why young babies cannot learn to use pots. First, their sensory nerves (or the interpretation of their signals by the brain) are not well enough developed for them to know when they have excreted, let alone when they are ready to do so. Second, they do not know how to control their sphincters; so they can't perform on cue. Third, even though the thought of a wet or dirty nappy is horrible to the parents, most babies do not mind it at all.

Some parents try desperately to potty-train their children much too young, and may think not only that they have succeeded, but also that they, the parents, have made a great achievement. But then at the age of 3 or even 4 the children suddenly realize they have a wonderful weapon at their disposal, and start performing at the most inconvenient moments — in the supermarket, for example, or in the middle of lunch with Grandma…

A 1989 survey in Minneapolis reported that three-quarters of parents started potty-training when the child itself was apparently ready; 30.5% between 18 and 23 months, 42.6% aged between 24 and 29 months. The average age for completion was between 24 and 27 months.

Advice to mothers has gradually softened during the last two centuries. Pye Henry Chavasse suggested in 1839 that the baby should be held out over a pot at least a dozen times a day at 3 months old; if this were done, there need be no more nappies at 4 months! Around the turn of the century, the now less-influential Sigmund Freud regarded sphincter control as part of the second, or ‘anal’ phase of development, and Freudians suggest that babies become aware that what they produce is theirs, comes out of their bodies and is part of them. Therefore it does not belong to the mother, and should not necessarily be given to her, let alone thrown away in the lavatory. Since then, psychoanalysts have suggested that much of our behaviour stems from the way we were toilet trained. To take just one example, a 1992 paper suggested that François Mittérand's toilet training accounted for his stiffness, obstinacy, shyness, anxiety, attitudes towards money and time, ambivalence, hesitations, contradictions, and desire for power. In 1912 Edward Mansfield Brockbank said that ‘After the second month, the baby can be held … in a sitting position, with some weight on the chamber. … It should be put on the chamber before, during, and after each meal…’ In 1939 Marie Stopes wrote, ‘When a baby has responded to the touch of the chamber and passed either water or a motion, he should be rewarded by an expression of pleasure by nurse or mother. “That's right. Good baby”… On the other hand it is a cruel mistake to show signs of displeasure or annoyance about wet or soiled nappies.’

Many clever devices are available to help anxious mothers and encourage the babies, including a musical potty, marketed with the slogan ‘Make toilet-training fast, easy, and fun!’. When gold-plated sensors register moisture they trigger one of sixteen cheerful tunes, including Yankee Doodle, Little Brown Jug, and Chim-Chim-Cheree.


— Adam Hart-Davis



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National Potty Training Awareness Month

A (VERY) little known factoid is that June is "Potty Training Awareness Month". Wow. What is there to be "aware" of??? What's next....."Nose-blowing Awareness Month"?

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