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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

TootnTinkle - Adventures in Toilet Training

The name of this company is so cute and catchy. I've got to give them credit for coming up with a name that is memorable!

Toot-n-Tinkle offers a full line of potty training products. There are training potties, sticker, sticker charts, toilet seats, and reward packs. For the boys are 'Toot Balls' which are good for target practice. (No sprinkling while tinkling!)

The characters are cute and should be appealing to kids. Toot is a little train (for the boys) and Tinkle is a pink fairy. (For the girls, of course.) Also handy is the 'Tinkle Timer.' (The Potty Boot Camp program advocates the use of a timer during one phase of training - another product kids really like is the Potty Watch)

Right now the only catch is that the Australian-based company does not appear to have any U.S. distributor. I'll be keeping my eyes open for when the products are available here in the States.

To Visit Toot-n-Tinkle:

TootnTinkle - Adventures in Toilet Training

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pocket Snails Potty Adventure Free DVD Giveaway on Parent Reviewers.com

The blog 'Parent Reviewers.com' is giving away the DVD 'Pocket Snails Potty Adventure'. Visit their site and you'll find instructions on how to enter the giveaway:

Parent Reviewers

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, August 23, 2008

The Cost of Diapering Your Baby (Using Disposable Diapers)

Ever wonder how much it costs to diaper your baby from the time of their birth until they are potty trained? I got curious, so I sat down and figured it out:

First, I looked on www.Diapers.com for current pricing. One thing I did NOT realize is that as your child grows, the cost per diaper continues to increase!


For Pampers Cruisers, a size 3 diaper costs approximately 25 cents per diaper if you are buying the 'mega' 160 pack. A size 7 diaper, on the other hand, is selling for 43 cents per diaper. (Also in the mega-pack box.


Assuming your child will be wearing diapers from birth until they are 2.5 years old, he or she will require diapers for about 912 days. We cannot know how many size 1, or size 2, or size 3, etc. diapers that the child will require over those 912 days so for argument's sake I'll average the price to 28.6 cents per diaper. I am also going to assume (conservatively) that your child needs a diaper change every three hours. That equates to eight diapers per day.


So..the math:


912 Days X 8 Per Day X 28.6 Cents Each = $2086.66 !!!


Two thousand dollars. For 2 1/2 years. Wow. Also keep in mind that if your child is older than 2 1/2, the cost per diaper escalates to nearly double the cost per unit -- If that's not incentive to potty train early, I'm not sure what is!!



Post by Dr. Suzanne Riffel, author of 'The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers'


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stress Less: Potty Training in Public

Toilet Seats are Not as Dirty as You Would Think!

Most parents freak out about their child touching a public toilet seat. Turns out it's probably the least likely place in the bathroom to harbor germs. Click Below to Read Full Story:

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Toilet Training The Child With Down Syndrome

I found this article about potty training children with Down Syndrome: Toilet Training The Child With Down Syndrome. (Click the link to read the entire article.)

Key points to take away after reading this author's advice:

1. Use a schedule. Find out how often the child needs to urinate or poop, and then take them to the toilet twice as often. (For example, if they go every two hours, take them to the toilet every one hour.)

2. Teach a physical sign for the child to be able to use to demonstrate the need to use the bathroom. (For example, have the child tap their nose.) Use this in conjunction with verbal communication.

3. Make it fun, yet have the child participate in clean-up of accidents. This is a key concept that I also teach in The Potty Boot Camp. (Actions have consequences.)

4. Let the child help make the decision to train. If they are very resistant, wait a while before commencing the learning process.



Post by Dr. Suzanne Riffel, author of 'The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Toilet Training a Six Year Old with Autism - Poop Issues

This article by Lisa Jo Rudy is helpful for parents of autistic children. Potty training kids with autism can be challenging at times, and this article reviews some of those challenges and specifically addresses fear of pooping in the potty.

The author discusses reasons behind why the child might be reluctant and/or difficult to train, including sensory deficiencies, no interest in what their peers are doing, and no interest in 'big boy (or girl) underwear.'


To read the full article:
Toilet Training a Six Year Old with Autism: Your Advice Requested

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Economics of Potty Training | The Unbroken Window

An interesting, deep, and in-depth discussion about potty training. The author has taken a very scientific view of the cost/benefit ratio in regard to having a toilet trained child.

I always thought the shift toward later potty training was purely social phenomenon rather than an economic one....but this article presents a unique perspective and hypothesizes that the trend might actually be a socioeconomic one as well.

(For those who like deep thoughts!)

To read the full story:
The Economics of Potty Training The Unbroken Window



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, August 12, 2008

Potty Training Supplies at Mommy Auctions

I've just discovered a site that is great for Moms! It is Mommy Auctions.com , a website for parents to sell used and new parenting supplies in an EBay-like auction format -- but WITHOUT the high EBay listing fees. You only pay if your item sells.

'This is an auction site for moms and moms to be. FREE listings, FREE stores, FREE wanted ads, and you only pay a fee if your item sells! We are a community for and by moms where you can Buy, Sell, and Trade. Join us in the community to chat with other moms and join in the fun, contests, and shameless sales plugs!'

For parents looking to potty train, Mommy Auctions has an entire category dedicated to 'diapering and potty' : http://www.mommyauctions.com/Diapering-and-Potty,category,2397,parent_id,categories


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, August 6, 2008

Using Borax for Potty Training Accidents

Here is an idea for parents looking to clean up those icky 'poopy underwear' accidents when toilet training. Get a bucket and a box of Borax at the store. Fill the bucket up with warm water and a cup of Borax. Every time there is a dirty pair of underwear, rinse it out in the toilet and put it in the bucket. Your son or daughter can help be responsible for cleaning up their own mess and you can have them put the underwear in the bucket. Let all the pairs soak about 24 hours and then wash normally. The stains and smells will come out.


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.

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