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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......

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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!)

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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

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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/

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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