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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Friday, November 28, 2008

Potty Boot Camp, Day 1 - It Works Again!

The link below will take you to a blog of a family that used The Potty Boot Camp to train their little girl. You can read their progress day by day, starting with day #1 all the way though being "potty trained" at day #4.

It's another Potty Boot Camp success story!!

(When you get to the bottom of the first post, click on "Newer Post" to move forward to the next post.)

Where in the World: Potty Boot Camp, Day 1

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Potty Caddy

In an attempt to try to make potty training fun (I know, that sounds like an oxymoron!) someone has created the Potty Caddy.

The Potty Caddy is a box that contains a variety of tips and humorous tidbits for both children and their parents. It comes with a reward chart, stickers, and toilet paper. (One of the stickers reads "Hooray for Poop!") Also included are special "pee targets" to turn the toileting process into a game.

In addition, pint-sized magazines like "Vanity Fairy" and "Rolling Stroller" provide your child with their very on "bathroom reading" - just like Dad!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Original PoT-Tee Prize Grab Bag

The Original Pot-Tee Prize Grab Bag gives you all the tools you’ll need to easily and effectively potty train your child in one convenient, cheerful package. Naturally, this critical step in your child’s early development can be stressful and time consuming. Our system adds structure to the potty training process creating a positive and memorable experience for you and your little squirt.

When your child uses the potty, when they’re supposed to, they can pick a prize from The Original Pot-Tee Prize Grab Bag. It’s up to you to determine if a prize is earned each time the potty is used or every three times, etc. Much of your potty training success will depend on the age and readiness of your individual child. All children are unique, so don’t get discouraged if at first things don’t go as hoped. Simply try again in the coming weeks or months. The Pot-Tee Prize Grab Bag Potty Training System is designed to make potty training easy for parents and fun for kids.

Here is what is included in the kit:

Whimsical Sticker Chart and Matching Stickers
Let your child select a sticker or a prize each time they use the potty, or you may want to offer a prize after every 3 stickers or so.


Filled with proven facts to help ease you and your child through the transition from diapers to undies.


Every graduation deserves a diploma and graduation from diapers to underpants does, too!

Pot-Tee Prizes

A variety of fun reward prizes in a canvas bag to delight your child and positively reinforce their appropriate behavior.

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, November 22, 2008

Preventing and Dealing With a Couple of Common Potty Training Problems

To understand potty training problems, look at the process from your toddler's view point. For most of their life they explore the world at their own pace and everything is a big science experiment. Learning to talk and walk have been skills they have acquired on their own terms and only when they were ready.

Suddenly, Mom and Dad have changed all the rules. They are told that they now how to stop going pee and poop in their diaper and must instead use a toilet. What??? Imagine the shock you would feel if someone told you that you must now stop using the toilet and must go in your pants instead! The analogy is a disgusting one to consider, but help you to understand why your child might be resistant to the process.

Preparation is the Most Important Step for Potty Training

Some activities you can perform before asking your child to use the toilet are:

1. Let him follow you to the bathroom and explain the process in detail.
2. Let the child sit on the potty with the lid closed and allow them to flush the potty. Show them how the pee and poop go down the drain.
3. Get a child's training potty and let the child play with it. Familiarity breeds comfort.


Regression is when a previously potty trained child begins to once again wet themselves. Your child may have been using the toilet happily for months and suddenly goes on a potty strike.

You'll want to consider any external factors that might be triggering the episode. The birth of a new sibling, a move, or a change in daycare might all contribute to upheaval in a child's life.

Regression is actually a normal part of toilet training unless there is a contributing medical condition such as a urinary tract infection. Be patient through episodes of regression as they do tend to resolve on their own or with a bit of encouragement. Consider adding special rewards or treats if desired.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Death of a Parent May Cause Potty Training Regression

Coping with the death of a parent is by far one of the most devastating emotional experiences a child can ever have to face. The age and developmental stage of the child will, in part, determine how they might react to and show the grief. Factors such as the age of the child, the manner in which the loved one passed on, and the relationship between the child and the deceased parent will all play a role in how the child displays and deals with the emotional trauma.

Toddlers, preschoolers, and very young children commonly show major regression in earlier developmental stages such as potty training and even language skills.

A great article about helping kids cope with the loss of a parent is by By Cathy S. Babao-Guballa of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Click below to read the original and entire article:

Helping kids cope with grief - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

A selection of books from Amazon books about helping kids cope with grief can be found by clicking here.

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, November 18, 2008

The Potty Boot Camp Named as of "The Seven Best Potty Training Methods" by the Baltimore Parenting Examiner

Parenting expert Mia Redrick is an author, lecturer, radio personality, personal coach and mother of three young children. She is a leader in the push for the self-care of mothers, and shares her wisdom on how to raise children without sacrificing personal needs.

In an article entitled "The Seven Best Potty Training Methods", Mia lists the Potty Boot Camp as one of the recommended techniques.

"The Potty Training Boot Camp - This is a great site with information on how to have your child out of diapers overnight. I own this e-book and it has good tips and strategies on how to quickly get your child into underwear. The site is complete with its own potty training blog where the latest and greatest new products and information are shared with potty training parents.

Mia's column has a great collection of really helpful parenting information on a wide-ranging variety of topics from childhood obesity to ideas for special 'mom time.' Check out her articles at

To read the entire "Best Potty Training Methods" article, click here: Baltimore Parenting Examiner: The Seven Best Potty Training Methods

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.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Potty Boot Camp: Another Success Story!

Another Potty Boot Camp Graduate! Below is a link to a blog post from a family that used The Potty Boot Camp Technique to toilet train their son (successfully!) The post is great because it is written 'journal' style - you'll be able to follow their progress as they worked through the program. Congratulations to this family for having a potty trained toddler!

Read More: Life Together: More or Less Potty Trained

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.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Considering Your Child's Personality When Potty Training

Your child's personality should be your number one consideration when trying to decide on a method of potty training. If you have a child that loves to explore and gets excited about new experiences, you can usually jump right in. Shy or hesitant children - or those who are resistant to change might require more 'preparatory' time. You could consider reading books or watching videos on the topic for several weeks ahead of time.

You'll also want to consider your toddler's temperament when deciding upon rewards and/or positive reinforcement. The thing that will make one child happy is the one thing that will cause rebellion in another. Clapping and cheering and sticker charts may work for some children, but will be met with a look of boredom from another. Other children respond to 'negative criticism' - being faced with the threat of losing a beloved toy or activity before they'll cooperate. Some children thrive on attention, and others crave privacy.

Taking time to assess your own child's unique personality will ultimately help determine how quickly you are successful when toilet training. Take a moment to pre-evaluate your course of action and you'll soon have a diaper free child!

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, November 12, 2008

The Great Diaper Debate (from The Boston Globe)

The Great Diaper Debate

Many parents who want to lessen the environmental impact of raising a baby are choosing cloth over disposable diapers. Problem is, they may not always be making the greener choice.

Most parents will change diapers about SIX THOUSAND times in their baby's first two years. Deciding on whether to use cloth or disposable diapers is a lot harder than it should be. Everyone wants a straightforward and easy answer but none exists.

There are pros and cons to both cloth and disposable diapers. Disposable consume more room at landfills (up to 70 times more), but it takes considerable amounts of energy to transport, wash, and dry the cloth versions. A recent study by Britain's environmental agency actually found no significant environmental impact difference between the two after taking into account all of the variables.

To read a great article from the Boston Globe that goes into a lot more depth regarding the topic, click below:

The Great Diaper Debate - The Boston Globe

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, November 10, 2008

Potty Tots Potty Training Kits - New!

Potty Tots® Offers Comprehensive Potty Training Kit Which Provides a Resource for Toddlers and Offers Tools for Multiple Learning Styles
Parent Review: "My daughter used the Potty Tots system for my granddaughter she was potty trained so quickly! She loved the characters really liked the little girl. It has a cute story and easy to learn songs. The Potty Tots kit is easy for parents to learn and really fun also. Alexandra, my granddaughter, calls me every time she uses the potty because she is so proud!"
TEMECULA, CA - August 29, 2008 - Potty Tots, a provider of comprehensive, child- centered potty training products and resources, today announced the availability of its new comprehensive potty training kit. This unique product, which consists of a storybook, animated DVD with bonus music videos, step-by-step illustrated potty chart and progress and rewards game, features a group of ten ethnically diverse preschool characters, all with their own personalities and interests, so that any child could pick a character with which they could relate.
The Potty Tots training system was developed to work for all children including those with special needs such as Reactive Attachment Disorder, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Development Disorder, who commonly have issues with potty training and need structure to feel secure. Toddlers learn best with a lot of visual and structured programs, which also include positive reinforcement and tangible rewards but most of all when learning is FUN.
The Potty Tots training kit, which provides extensive visual aides, including a detailed "how to" chart, is intended to encourage kids to participate, ultimately fostering independence, confidence, and self-esteem. The program also features a "Toilet Bowl" game, fashioned after the Super Bowl, so that kids can keep track of their progress and gain positive reinforcement with praise and rewards.
Additionally, the program focuses on addressing multiple learning styles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), which is reinforced through a variety of program components. The story book was animated on a DVD so young children could easily follow along and original songs were developed (the Potty Song, Potty Rock, and Potty Stomp) to help kids sing and dance their way to remembering the six steps in potty training. "
Although there was a large selection of products on the market, they were primarily singular in focus and nearly all of them consisted solely of graphs and stickers to keep track of a child's progress," stated Jill Leech, founder of Potty Tots. "None of the resources I found showed the child the steps of potty training, in sequence, so that they could understand what to do next," she added.
In addition to the potty training kit, the company also has launched an interactive web site, www.pottytots.com. An integral part of the Potty Tots Training Program, the web site features a variety of tools and resources for both parents and children. Those include a "Parent's Page" which features an FAQ section; an online informational newsletter, "Tidbits for Toddlers;" and "Tales from Toddlerhood," a Parent's Blog which offers parents a glimpse into one witty mom's world of raising two toddlers and the adventures they encounter every day.
The site also hosts a "Just for Tots" page, which was designed for the express purpose of having fun while learning about potty training. It includes coloring-pages, interactive games and a "Meet the Potty Tots" page. It also has a Potty Tots "Diploma," which can be customized and printed once the child's potty training has been mastered.
The potty training kit, available in both boy and girl version, can currently be purchased online for the cost of $19.95 and ultimately will become available at retail stores. Also, individual Potty Training Charts, featuring any one of the ten adorable Potty Tots can be purchased online for $7.95.
The company plans to debut its new program this month at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. For more information on the Potty Tots or to take advantage of the company's online resources visit http://www.pottytots.com/

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, November 8, 2008

Girls Master Toilet Training Sooner Than Boys

There just might be some truth to the old wives tales that girls are easier to potty train than boys.

A new study has been completed that has come to the conclusion that girls acquire potty-training skills at a younger age than boys do. Researchers from the study have concluded that the ages when children are ready to potty train, known as "readiness signs," is now at an older age group than in previous decades. The new typical range for "readiness" is between 22 to 30 months.

Dr. Timothy R. Schum of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee colleagues claims this is an American and Western society phenomenon as potty training in other countries often happens sooner.

A diaper manufacturer, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation (makers of Huggies diapers) sponsored the study and it is published in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The investigation included 126 girls and 141 boys between the ages of 15 and 42 months. Each week for 12 to 16 months, parents were asked to answer questions that asked about their child's potty training behavior.

Overall, the investigators found that girls demonstrated potty-training abilities at earlier ages than boys.

"One obvious explanation is that girls' physical and language skills mature sooner than boys'," the authors write. "Another explanation is that parents may initiate toilet training girls at younger ages than boys, and the practice at an earlier age leads to earlier acquisition of skills."

The average ages for "staying dry during the day" were 32.5 months for girls and 35 months for boys, the report indicates.

The surveys found that for girls and boys the results were as follows: "showing an interest in using the potty," 24 months for girls and 26 months for boys; "staying dry for 2 hours," 26 and 29 months, and "indicating a need to go to the bathroom," 26and 29 months respectively.

Most "experts" nowadays advise that parents should not force their children to begin toilet training before they are "ready." Instead, they say, parents should watch for signs of readiness, seek advice from their health care provider, and then proceed--usually around the time the child is 2 years old.

Schum and colleagues also note that the age of daytime bowel and bladder control has steadily increased from approximately 24 months in the 1950s to 36 to 39 months in the late 1990s. (How does human biology change, I might ask????)

"Although some boys and girls acquire readiness skills before their second birthday, most do not," the authors write. (As the author of The Potty Boot Camp, I heartily disagree. 75% of The Potty Boot Camp graduates are two years old or younger! It is obviously physically possible!)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rocks In My Dryer: Every Single Stinkin' Thing I Ever Learned About Potty Training

Below is a link to a post from a mother who writes about "Every Single Stinkin' Thing" she ever learned about potty training. The article is eloquent and hits the nail on the head!

"Before these days get any further behind me, I thought I should write down everything I learned about this most glamorous parenting task. If nothing else, I want to be able to show it to my own children when they come to me 20 years from now, frustrated that little Shannon Junior isn't complying with their potty demands. I will give them a gentle hug, point them to this post, and then walk away, smirking (just an bit) when I think of all the carpet cleaning bills I've paid over the last decade.

Potty training can be overwhelming, and even when it's going well, there are setbacks. If YOU are a potty training momma, then Honey, you just get yourself a Diet Coke and come sit next to me. Let me tell you what I've learned."

Read the Entire Original Post: Rocks In My Dryer: Every Single Stinkin' Thing I Ever Learned About Potty Training

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Socioeconomic beliefs about the appropriate age for initiating toilet training

A study was done recently which surveyed a number of parents across different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds - and differences were definitely noted between the groups.

The entire group of parents felt that the average age at which toilet training should be initiated was 20.6 months, with a range between 6 to 48 months. White/Caucasian parents, on the other hand, believed that potty training should be started at a considerably later age (25.4 months) compared with both African-American parents (18.2 months) and parents of other races (19.4 months). Other factors which determined when parents believe it is time to initiate toilet training were race and higher income. Higher income equaled later training, and lower incomes were correlated with earlier training. Perhaps the possibility of not having to pay for diapers was incentive for the lower-income parents to get the process done earlier.

Read More: Beliefs about the appropriate age for initiating toilet training - ParentDish

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, November 3, 2008

TACA: Autism - Potty Training Guidelines

TACA: Autism - Potty Training Guidelines

Above is a link to the "TACA - Talk About Curing Autism" page about potty training. The link takes you to a very interesting and very specific, day-by-day training technique for potty trianing toddlers with Autism.

Below is the text of the article, but to see the original source, click the link at the beginning of the article.

Potty Training Guidelines

1. Buy lots of the child’s favorite drinks and salty foods.

2. Make sure the “ultimate” reinforcer is available to the therapists/parents for the child’s successes on the potty.

3. Buy regular underwear

4. Buy a potty seat that fits on top of the regular toilet and a stool for the child to rest his feet.

5. Prepare activities for the child to do while seated on the potty such as; puzzles, books, manipulative toys.

Day 1

1. When the child wakes up, dress him/her in a shirt or sweatshirt, underwear and socks

2. Makes sure all SR+ items, activities, drinks, salty foods and the potty area is set up.

3. Begin giving the child liquids (LOTS!) for about 5 minutes.

4. Continue giving the child liquids until he/she is on the potty.

5. Start entertaining activities such as singing songs, puzzles, toys, etc.

6. Keep the child on the potty until he/she is successful. This can be a long time, 1-2 hours. This time will be this days baseline time.

7. Once the child is successful, reward the child greatly verbally and with his/her ultimate reinforcer item. Let the child off the potty for 10 minutes with his or her underwear off in the bathroom area. Continue fluids at this time.

8. Once the 10 minutes are up, put the child back on the potty until he or she is successful or the baseline time is up. Whichever is first.

9. If the child is successful, reward him or her greatly and let the child off the potty for 10 minutes in the bathroom area. If the child does not go, let him or her up for 3 minutes in the bathroom area and then bring the child back to the potty.

10. Continue these steps until the child has 3 successes on the potty.

11. After 3 successes, decrease the amount of fluids and gradually increase the amount of time off the potty by 3 - 5 minute increments. Remember to keep the child’s baseline time documented on the potty chart.

12. Continue with this for the rest of the waking hours of that day.

Day 2

1. Re-start the entire potty training procedure to get a new baseline time for the day. Each subsequent day you should see a decrease in the baseline times. At some point, the child should go as soon as you set him or her on the potty.

2. Continue with this for the rest of the waking hours of that day.

Day 3

1. Re-start the entire potty training sequence to establish the new baseline.

2. Use the amount of time from Day 2 off the potty time and let the child be able to go into 2 rooms of the house supervised.

Consequence for Accidents

Have the child clean up the accident with hand over hand prompts. Have the child rinse out his/her clothing and get dressed. Put the child back on the potty. Add 10 minutes to the time the child sits before the baseline time begins. In essence, the child sits on the potty longer.

GOOD LUCK! Remember to be patient, potty training can take up to a week. Remember to document times on and off the potty with the Potty Chart.

Special thanks to Autism Spectrum Consultants for their Potty Training information and Potty Chart. For more information about Autism Spectrum Consultants go to: http://www.autismconsultants.com/

Sunday, November 2, 2008

WeeMinder Potty Training Timer Watch

Until now, there have not been a whole lot of options for 'potty training watches' for toddlers. Using a timer/watch during toilet training is INCREDIBLY helpful to get your child into a toileting routine, to prevent accidents, and to build confidence. A relatively new product that is available is the Weeminder. Unique to the Weeminder product is that it also comes with a book and DVD - unlike its competitor 'The Potty Watch'.

WeeMinder Potty Fun Watch Timer:
Easiest to Use/No Programming, On/Off
Sings, "Put a big smile on your face and hop, hop, hop to the Potty Place"
Three modes, 1, 2, 2.5 (Medical experts recommend every two-three hours)
Best fit/Most comfortable for your toddler, 1.5" length face

WeeMinder Potty Fun DVD
3-Fun Choices
Music Video of children hopping and singing to the catchy/fun Potty Song
Movie showcasing Wally the Wallaby successfully overcoming trials on his way to the potty with the help of his WeeMinder Potty Fun Watch Timer
Testimonials from parents, doctors, and the author/inventor
WeeMinder Potty Fun Storybook

10-page board book
Showcases Wally the Wallaby the Potty Animal on way to Potty
Only Potty book that addresses temptations to play instead of go potty
Doctors, Parents, and Experts Hails WeeMinder as the Best Potty Aid
"I was desperate. My son screamed, cried, ran, and completely refused to use the potty. The more I tried the worse it got. Luckily, he loved the Wally and the WeeMinder instantly! He watched the DVD over and over and even after being completely potty trained, he still wore the WeeMinder, sang the song, and watched the DVD."

"I tell everyone about the WeeMinder. It changed our lives. Sounds corny, but I was pulling my hair out, until the WeeMinder turned our home into laughter, smiles, and dry pants! We love Wally and he is part of our family. We recommend this product to EVERYONE!"

The Weeminder is Available online at Amazon.com as well as other retailers.

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.