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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Child Refusing to Poop on the Potty? Try the "Gradual Withdrawal Technique"


I used the Potty Boot Camp with my son when he was 22 months old. The potty training part was a complete success by the afternoon of day one. However, he refuses to poopy in the potty and it has been over 6 months now. He will not go in his pants he will specifically ask for his "special undies" (pull-up). I have tried leaving him in his room with his potty chair only to find feces on the floor and very very upset toddler. I have tried taping pictures of toys that he wants by his potty and having a reward bowl in the bathroom as well with no success. I have tried talking to him about it and reading "wheres the poop." He has continually watched his father use the toilet again with no success. I am really at a loss with this? I have not wanted to force him to do it because I fear he will hoard it. He is obviously fearful of pooping in the potty and I desperately need some advice with this. PLEASE HELP!!!!


This problem is sooo frustrating but you are not alone!

I am going to recommend a technique I call the "gradual" withdrawal process for your son. It might work well for him since he is obviously well aware of when he needs to go....especially since he asks for his pull-up. Here is how the technique works:

1.Tell him that he can use his diaper to poop, but he must first tell you when he's going to go. (Do this for about three or four days. After that, do the following steps, each for a few days to a week before moving on to the next.)

2. Next, he has to tell you AND he has to be standing in the bathroom.

3. Then, he has to tell you AND he needs to be sitting on the potty (in his diaper) when he goes.

4. Next, do the above steps, but cut a hole in the diaper before giving it to him. Make the hole bigger and bigger each time.

5. Finally, get rid of the diaper!

The other thing you can try is a "poopy place." Some kids just feel very insecure about going - ask him where he wants to put his "pooping potty" and together make it a special place. A great thing to do is buy a child's play tent (or make a homemade version with sheets, etc.) and make a cozy little area over the potty. Some kids just want privacy and a place they feel safe! You can fill it with stuffed animals, pillows, etc....anything to make him feel comfortable.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Potty Boot Camp Day 1 and 2 Question - Naked, Underwear, or Training Pants during Potty Training??

In "The Potty Boot Camp" program, I encourage parents to use non-padded training pants the very first day of training and to go naked during days 2-4. The question below is from a mother who didn't read the book until AFTER the first day and therefore used underwear on Day #1. Her question and my response follow:


I started first day in underwear instead of training pants/ pull ups, should I still have her be naked next few days? She has just been wearing underwear the whole time (no other clothes.)


I would go ahead and do the "naked" intervals even though you started in
underwear. UNLESS, that is, she is doing really well in underwear with
hardly any accidents. Then go ahead and stick with the panties.


The purpose behind the "non padded" training pants are that they do NOT feel like diapers to the child. "Non-padded" training pants are basically just like underwear but have a few layers of material instead of just one. These help (slightly) to catch messes compared to regular underwear. Underwear on Day #1 is actually a GOOD option as well - albeit it might mean more cleanup for Mom or Dad!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

The Bathtub Can Help Your Toddler Overcome Fear of the Potty!

My best suggestions for Potty Training usually come as a result of helping to troubleshoot when parents write me about bumps in the road as they go through Potty Boot Camp.  The following post is between myself and a Mom whose 32 month old daughter is crying each time she uses the potty - usually without success.  Follow through beginning with her original question through our entire conversation below:


We've been doing Potty Boot Camp since Friday with limited success. My  daughter (32 months) cries every time she is peeing on the potty. Is this normal? She has pooped once on the potty, and did not cry. She has not self initiated either; we're still going based on the timer.

Any advice you can offer would be great.

First Reply:

Sorry, I'm going to have a bunch of questions for you before I can help :)

Why do you think she is crying? Fear, or pain, or just to complain? What is your gut feeling? It isn't a typical response..especially for a 32 month old. We hear of this a lot in the little ones (18-22 mo.)

The reason behind it will help me tell you what next steps to take. Is she having a lot of accidents, or not? What are you using for timer intervals?

Mom's Response:

My gut tells me that it is fear. She pushes up on the potty with her hands while she's trying to go, like she doesn't want her legs to touch. We are having a lot of accidents, and she doesn't cry during those, and  they are often within 10 minutes of getting off the potty. After I wrote you this morning, she told me three times that she needed to go - one was a false alarm, and then has had three accidents followed by one self  initiation in the last few hours.

Our time intervals Fri-Sun were 10 minutes off, 5 on. Today I've done 20 off, 5 on, and 30 if she went. We don't have any trouble getting her to sit, and she'll often sit for 15 minutes if we're reading to her.

I feel like she finally understood the sensation Saturday night when she stood up in the bathtub and said she needed a diaper while pee was running down her leg. She even pooped on the potty on Sunday morning, but not since.

Second Reply:

It sure sounds like she is holding it until she just can't do so anymore....and even holds it when she's on the potty....likely due to the fact that it just simply scares her to let it go into the potty! I would try something called the "bathtub" technique. (I've copied it from another email:)

Bathtub Technique:

To get her to fully relax her bladder, you can try a little trick I have found to work well. Put her potty in the bathtub. Sit her on it (barefoot),and then turn on the bath water. Between the sound of the running water and the warm water on her toes, it almost always gets them to go! For obvious reasons, you will always want to do this supervised. Once she starts to recognize the sensation of what it feels like to "let it all out" it'll help
her do it on a more regular basis.

This will likely help her realize that it doesn't hurt, and it isn't scary.....low and behold it just happened without her hardly noticing!!!

If she has a success, go ahead and stick with the 30 minute intervals. That is GREAT news you finally got a self-initiation. She's on her way! Now we just need to conquer her fear of "letting go." Keep using the bathtub for a few days if needed..you can gradually work it out of the tub and back onto the floor.

Let me know how that goes!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Child is Pee Trained, but Still Not Pooping in the Potty

I received recently an email from a parent whose little girl is 99% pee trained using The Potty Boot Camp.  Her daughter is rarely having accidents but still is not pooping in the toilet.  Below is her question and my reply.


"E" is 99% potty-trained for pee in the potty, but that last transition of poop in the potty seems to be tough. she tries: "E" pushing poo poo out. No, just pee pee."
She has pooped in the potty before -- a few months ago I caught her pooping in her diaper and ran her over to finish on the potty successfully. And one month ago she was peeing and noticed she pushed a bit of poop out then.

I don't think she is scared of pooping in the potty, it just isn't happening for some reason.

How do I get through this? she now poops about every other day, sometimes the poop is in her nap time diaper or pull up. I don't think she will poop in her panties, the stigma is bad enough that she seems to know that isn't an option.


The poop issue many times will resolve on its own given time. Especially when the child is doing well in every other aspect- like yours! It is much more of a problem when the child is 'sneaking' off to poop, hiding, or going in their underwear.

You can try to make it a separate 'event' - once per day have a 'poop' sit. (around nap time, maybe). Tell her you are going to work on getting the poop out. Maybe use the little potty instead of the big one.... Or the big instead of the little. (whatever is different from what she is using for pee.)

Just try to make it a special event- a cozy stuffed friend to hold, special music, a book - tell her you are going to stay until she goes (or at least tries for a while)......

She is doing so well I bet it will all fall into place soon!

Another source for parents to help with "poop problems" is Where's the Poop?, available from Amazon.com and other major booksellers.  I have heard feedback from many parents that it's light-hearted approach has helped many children overcome hesitation about using the potty.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Potty Training Your Child is Just Like Potty Training a.......Whale???

An interesting concept...teaching your child to pee on command based on training methods to teach whales? Chuck Tompkins, a Sea World animal trainer, has authored a parenting book based on techniques he has used to successfully train animals.  Check out the story below:

Tompkins is Sea World's head of animal training and co-author of the new book "Whale Done Parenting: How to Make Parenting a Positive Experience for You and Your Kids."

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Monday, November 9, 2009

How to "Sneak" Extra Fiber Into Your Toddler's Diet

During potty training, it is not uncommon for toddlers to develop constipation or " stool withholding," to the point that it might be days between a bowel movements.  When this happens, it is very important for parents to try to add fiber to their child's diet.  A lot of children at this age are very picky eaters so it might be difficult to add a fiber is foods.  Instead, parents can sneak a bit of fiber into the diet by using commercially prepared products like Metamucil  or Benefiber.

One method is to add Metamucil (unflavored) in your child's milk or juice every morning.  It is odorless and tasteless so he likely will not know it is there.  A general rule of thumb is to use ½ of the recommended adult dose.  In addition, try to offer your child high fiber foods like prunes or apples if he will accept it.

If constipation persists for more than three or four days, consult your pediatrician.

Eight good resource for parents about childhood constipation is the book "Overcoming Childhood Bladder and Bowel Problems."  (See below.)

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Decorate Your Toilet to Motivate Your Toddler

If you are looking for a fun way to motivate your toddler two head to the bathroom, check out Toilet Tattoos.  Touted as a " fun and whimsical way" to decorate your bathroom, the company that manufactures this product has a wide variety of designs available.

Three of the designs are in particular specific to toilet training.  According to the Toilet Tattoos company, "The first toilet training chart designed for direct application to the toilet lid. It not only provides the child with an immediate connection between the desired behavior and the reward, but also teaches the child to put down the toilet lid after using the commode. The child applies the reward sticker to the Toilet Tattoo themselves, exercising their hand-eye coordination. Works on even the most resistant child!"

Many parents have used stickers as a toilet training reward for many years.  The toilet tattoo company has provided a unique twist to the standard sticker chart because the sticker gets applied directly to the toilet!  What little one does not enjoy defacing your home by applying stickers in places where they typically should not??

The Toilet Tattoosare available from Amazon.com or directly from the Toilet Tattoos website at http://www.toilet-tattoos.com/ .

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Which is more environmentally friendly? Cloth or Disposable diapers? The answer might surprise you....

The article below is a great read. It discusses in depth the environmental impact from both disposable AND cloth diapers.  Intuitively, most people think that cloth diapering is more environmentally friendly....but surprisingly, this might not be the case! 

A better solution is to stop diapers as soon as possible and potty train while your children are still young.  The Potty Boot Camp program encourages training before the age of two.  For more information, visit or main site at http://www.thepottybootcamp.com/ .

Click HERE to read the article about diapers and the environment.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Potty Trained Five Year Old with Unique Nighttime Pee Problem


"My son is five years old. I potty trained him when he was two but he had troubles during the night up until a few months ago, when he finally stopped having bed-wetting accidents.  Over the past few weeks, he has started getting up in the middle of the night, walking a couple feet, and then proceeds to pee wherever he is at the moment!  I have caught him a few times and tried to get him to stop, but he doesn't even seem to register that I am talking to him. I walk him to the bathroom where he finishes going pee, and then I quietly lead him back to bed and he falls right back asleep. I am sure this is some sort of sleep walking but why is he doing it? Any suggestions on how to resolve the issue? will he grow out of it? Should I take him to the Doctor?


This is actually not an uncommon problem.  One parent told me about child who even peed in the refrigerator one night! When this occurs, the child is truly unaware of what he is doing.

You might want to wake him up at night before you go to bed and take him to the bathroom.  Emptying his bladder might made a difference. You could also fashion some kind of "bell" on a string that he might walk into in hope that it will wake him. 

Many pediatricians say that sleep disorders of any kind are actually due to a lack of sleep.  It might be a good idea to re-evaluate his sleep habits and make sure he is getting in plenty of hours each night.  Most young toddlers need 10 or more hours every day.

If the sleepwalking/"sleep peeing" doesn't resolve itself in a few weeks, consider seeking help from your pediatrician or other sources.  One website resource you might want to consider is "Help with Sleep Problems." 

Overall, hang in there.  Like most things with kids, this too will pass. 

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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Potty Boot Camp for Children with Autism and other Special Needs

Many parents ask me if the potty boot camp will also work for their child with special needs. The answer is "yes!" Children with developmental delays, autism, or other special needs do respond well to the program. Generally speaking, these children will take longer to train than a child without these challenges. Ultimately, however, the program is just as successful. Parents of special needs children simply need to maintain consistency, expect frustration, be very patient, and remember to smile!

Below is a link to the MomsLikeMe.com message boards, where one mother reports on her child's success with the program.

Click here to read the full post:

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Free Potty Training Kit, Chart, and Trophy

I am not a huge fan of pull-up style training pants - essentially they are diapers that pull-on. When potty training, it makes a child feel exactly like he is wearing diapers.....which obviously is a deterrent to learning how to use the toilet!

That being said, however, the kind people at Pampers are giving away a free potty training kit. The kit includes:

• A free sample of Easy Ups Trainers
• High-value coupons
• Fun stickers & coloring pages
• Step-by-step potty training tips
• Potty Progress Chart
• Dora or Diego training trophy

Some of these items will surely come in handy when going through potty training with your young one - especially the progress chart, stickers, and trophy.

You can get your free kit from Pampers online. Click HERE

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Having Trouble Potty Training Your Stubborn Child? Here are some helpful tips...

The article below has some great tips that apply to ALL aspects of parenting - not just potty training. The key point here is that giving negative behaviours a lot of attention can actually perpetuate the problem.

Have a look at the article here:

Tips for Parenting Stubborn Children

I have also found the following book to be an INCREDIBLE resource and well worth your time:

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Potty Training Scrapbook Pages!

I am always jealous of my friends who are creative and take the time to make super-cute scrapbook pages of their children's proudest moments. (My creativity extends to placing photos in a photo album.) For you handy-types who would like to documents your child's toilet-training adventures, there are new custom-made pages and elements available from a site called Statements by Jodi.

Check it out - This kit is perfect for scrapping your child’s potty training adventure. It’s also great for those big kid underwear photos!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Using Bribery During Potty Training - Yes, It Can Be a Necessary Evil

I am a firm believer in using a little bit of bribery when potty training. It is one of those parenting moments when I say, "go for it" it it helps! Common bribes include candy, "forbidden toys", stickers, and even money. Some parents use sticker charts that help the child "save up" for a bigger prize. The bottom line is that you can let go of any 'parental guilt' involved with potty training. Bribe away and don't lose a moment's sleep over it!

Although bribery (aka 'positive reinforcement') works well for most children, some do better with verbal praise or even negative reinforcement. For your child, try, try, and try again until you discover his 'currency.' If something doesn't seem to be a powerful motivator, move on to something different. (Sometimes parenting just requires some good old common sense!)

Below is a sample 'sticker chart' commercially available product for parents to consider:

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tried and True Potty Training Tips

Here is a link to a great article about one mom's experience with potty training and the "tips and tricks" she learned along the way:

Potty Training Tips

And, on a totally unrelated note, my daughter saw these on TV this morning. Interesting concept....a hamster cage and system like the old "Habitrail" I had as a kid...minus the pooping the peeing hamster! What do you all think of them? Cute!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Video About When to Start Potty Training

This video has a lot of "common sense" potty training tips, but I really the the one about bringing along a portable potty where ever you go. A lot of kids are incredibly afraid of the sound of commercial flush toilets. (Those things are LOUD!) Even my four year old is still terrified of them and she's been potty trained since 20 months old. Having a familiar portable toilet can ease anxiety and make a child less likely to fight a trip to the bathroom.

A good selection of travel potties can be found on Amazon.com. My favorite is the On the Go Potty because it fits in a diaper bag. (See below)

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Compelling Reasons to Consider Infant Potty Training

Below is a link to an article by Laurie Boucke, which outlines the medical community's views on infant potty training (also known as elimination communication.) She gives a very unique perspective on the topic - and how BILLIONS of people in the world think it is very natural and typical to never diaper their children. She also presents on of the best arguments I've ever hear about why early potty training is not damaging to children.

"If any harm is caused during any form of toilet training or any other aspect of child-rearing, it is generally caused by the overall parental approach, behavior and use of punishment (and not the fact that you are potty training an infant). In other words, there may be parents who are not ready for IPT, whereas a healthy infant in a stable and loving environment is ready if you are."

Click below to read Laurie's article. It is compelling reading.

Medical Views on Infant Potty Training

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Many Good Reasons to Potty Train Early

I LOVE this article. The author lays out a number of reasons to consider potty training your child while they are young. She and I are like-minded on this subject and I congratulate her for taking time to educate parents about this topic.

Read the full article below:

Infant potty training: the sensible approach for Single Moms

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

School-Age Children Sent to School - Still in Diapers!

This story from the UK talks about a growing trend - that of students in primary school still being in diapers. Read the full story - your jaw will be on the floor by the end.

I'm sorry, but this the most outrageous thing I have ever heard! People are sending their school aged children to school, expecting their TEACHERS to deal with it, and then threatening to sue if the school doesn't want to - All while claiming the school is violating some disabilities act.

Parents, take responsibility and don't add yet another burden to our already over-crowded, under-funded schools and get your children to use the toilet like millions of other "tiny citizens" who have learned at a more appropriate age.

That's my rant for today.

Pupils start school still in nappies - Telegraph

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Astrology and Toilet Training????

I'm a pretty practical, scientifically-minded type gal. So, when I heard about a new book that help you utilize your child's star signs as a guide to potty training it made me raise an eyebrow. I'm never one to fully discount ANYTHING that might work, however, so if you are of a mindset that might find this information useful, I'd like to pass along the information.

The book is entitiled "Star Parenting: What astrology reveals about your child's personality and potential," by Sherrynne Dalby.

The text is described as a "lively, accessible and detailed guide. Sherrynne explores the sun signs and their relationships to planetary movement and alignment, and how this affects our children; their strengths, vulnerabilities, traits and potential."

"More than just astrology, more than just parenting, this book goes in depth to explain why our children reach their milestones at different ages, why some rebel, why some are good at sports, why some of them are artists, why some dream and why some lead."

"A fresh, approachable and contemporary format, Star Parenting will help parents understand the strengths and levels of their child, how to encourage and nurture them and help them thrive."

"Packed full of practical tips, the book covers a whole range of issues from toilet training and suitable activities for that child, to the best feeding and sleeping routines."

The author is Australian, and it appears the book has limited availablity in the U.S. - but I did find availability on Amazon.com. Click below to learn more:

Springwood author's parenting tips from the cosmos - Local News - News - General - Penrith Star

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

How to Teach your Child How to Wipe...and a whole lot of other useful teaching tools!

From author Allison Pennell is a great article about teaching your kids how to do everything from wiping themselves to tying their shoes. It's written in a light-hearted and easy to read manner - you'll thoroughly enjoy the read!

“I can do it myself!” Surely, a battle cry for the ages? well, ages 2-18. In the spirit of the DIY revolution, we’ve put together our own home schooling guide, Babble style. Here are 25+ tips and how-to’s for teaching kids lots of useful and, frankly, not-so-useful-but-really-fun new skills, from floating in the pool to curing an ice-cream headache to losing like a winner. — Allison Pennell

Click Below to Read Allison's article:
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Child Will Not Poop on the Potty? Maybe it is a control issue...

I know this article is entitled "Soothing themselves to sleep," but there is a great Q&A section about children refusing to poop on the potty.

Soothing themselves to sleep - The Irish Times - Tue, Jul 21, 2009

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Starting The Potty Boot Camp after failure with another method


I recently found out about your book online and after much desperation of failing to potty train my 2.5 yr old son over the past few months. I started researching and found that The Potty Boot Camp book seemed inspiring and worth giving a try. So far the book seems like yes it would work, but I don't really know where to start since I have already tried potty training him over the past few months.

He was doing really good at going pee on the potty, but mostly because I think I was just taking him so he wouldn't have accidents. He was telling me when he had to go pee sometimes, though he still has yet to go poo on the potty and runs and hides every time.

I thought we were doing pretty good with the peeing part and then we went on vacation to the lake for a couple weeks. He HATED having to stop playing to come and go potty and just kept having accidents over and over again - so I just put him in pull ups. He is more than willing to go pee on the potty, it is just a matter of getting him to tell me plus he doesn't seem to mind peeing his pants either.

Should I just start your program from the very beginning.. even though he has the concept of the potty and has gone many many times in it??


After hearing your story, I would recommend starting with day #1....but modify the timing a bit. (More about that in a second.) I would also "give up" on mentioning the potty for a couple of weeks. Take a (well needed and much deserved) break.

When you start, explain to your son that "today is the day" we are going to give up diapers forever. You might want to pick a date on the calendar to start. Let your son help choose. Then have him look at the calendar every day and put a sticker on it to help "count down" to his diaper-free day. This will help build up some excitement on his end and will help motivate him to succeed. On the start day, make a big deal of getting rid of diapers. Have a little ceremony/party to mark this momentous occasion.

On day one, since he's already using the potty, I would not do 10 or 15 minute intervals. Try 35-45 minutes. Do the drills as described in the book - this teaches him that accidents are undesirable. Do make a big deal of having dry pants. Also do the cleanup technique. Kids sometimes like these at the beginning but they get tiresome after a while and do indeed become a deterrent to having accidents. If he has a lot of accidents with the 35 to 45 minute intervals, shorten them a bit.

It think the key for you is to start 'fresh" after a small break.

Below are some great "potty themed" stickers you could consider:

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Child is Pee Trained but Won't Poop in the Potty? Here are a Couple of Things to Try!

Here is another of my "Question and Answer" Series based on emails I've received from parents who are following my The Potty Boot Camp toilet training program - this one regarding a child who won't poop in the potty.


I recently purchased your e-Book. I have a 28 month old daughter who we've successfully potty trained over the last few weeks - that is for #1. We have had only 2 accidents (both during naps) over the past 2 weeks.

However, #2 isn't going so well. I've tried some of the tricks already listed in the book about pooping (Chapter 9, such as having her help clean it up, catching her in the act, etc), but she won't poop on the potty. She uses an adapter seat on the adult toilet to pee. We have a small potty for the floor, but she treats this like a toy and has no desire to potty or poop in it.

I've tried catching her in the act and we've had just one instance where she'll finish on the toilet. The rest of the time - she'll sit there and sit there - we'll read books, etc. But 5-10 minutes after she gets off of the toilet she'll poop in her panties.

Any other ideas? I'm going to try the "poop presents" idea today. She is in love with The Backyardigans and has even asked for a specific movie that she saw at the store the other day.

Her vocabulary is great and we have words for all the bodily functions. When you ask her where she's supposed to poop, she'll say "in the toilet."

Any ideas?


The "poopy present box" is definitely the first thing to start with. Sometimes finding the right motivator is the real key to success. That and a LOT of praise. I've also found that talking about it a LOT during the day in general conversation is also important.

Do you think that there is any fear involved? If so, the book It Hurts When I Poop!: A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty
can be helpful. Have you tried leaving her alone and giving her privacy? For some kids, that is the reason for the hesitation.

Let me know how it goes after the present box and/or trying to give her privacy. There is another technique listed in the book called "gradual withdrawal" that I call explain to you later if needed!

For more about the "gradual withdrawal" method please keep checking back to The Potty Boot Camp Blog for future posts!

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Ready To Give Up on Potty Training? Don't!!

Each week I receive numerous emails from parents who are wildly successful in training their children, are encountering some small stumbling blocks, or the occasional few who feel like they just aren't getting anywhere. Sometimes those parents are at their breaking point and just want to give up and go back to diapers. I encourage those folks to just NOT GIVE UP! Think of all that time and energy you have already invested - you don't want it to be for naught. Below is the text of a "question and answer" from one of those emails I received. (Names have been changed to protect privacy.)

Bad news, I suppose. I'm giving up on potty training for now. Michelle was doing so great before bed last night, and she hasn't peed in the potty even once today. She did, however, poop on the carpet and step in it, tracking it everywhere (she, the hallway, I, and the potty looked like we had been hosed down with poop), and then peed in her pants, on the floor, and all over herself 3 times ALL IN THE SPACE OF 15 MNUTES. I can't do it anymore.

Any tips moving forward? She just has a diaper on right this minute b/c I just can't clean up another mess today. I will say that she did learn to recognize when she pees in the past three days, which she didn't know before. I don't know if I should totally forget about it for now, or take some more small steps.

Thanks again for the advice.


Oh my gosh! You poor thing. I totally understand where you are coming from.

I'd encourage you not to give up, though. You've come so far and put in so much work. So, here's what I would recommend from here:

Have her wear pull-up style diapers with underwear underneath. Tell her that it is still VERY IMPORTANT to keep her panties dry, and still give rewards for dry panties. Talk about dry panties all the time. Talk about YOUR dry panties, and Daddy's dry underwear, or her big sister's dry panties...etc. Make a big deal about it. Keep using the Potty Watch. She seems to have limited bladder control, so set it on the smallest interval. (30 minutes, I think?) So that you're not having to deal too much with dirty wet panties, stay sane by keeping a garbage bag in the bathroom. Just dump the excess contents in the toilet and throw the underwear in the bag. At the end of the day, plug your nose, dump the entire bag of wet panties in the washer, and take care of it all at once :)

Are you giving potty training rewards right now? I would encourage using some, and if you need some ideas I can give you a few. Reward for both dry panties AND for going in the potty.

Doing it this way, it will probably take a few weeks...but I think you'll hopefully find that each day you are dealing with fewer wet panties. When you're down to only one or two per day, you can again try to wean her off of the pull-up.

This still means a lot of trips to the potty, but it will keep you from going crazy and you'll ultimately achieve the same end result.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CootieGuards Protect Toddlers from Germ-Ridden Public Toilet Seats - CootieGuards

CootieGuards Protect Toddlers from Germ-Ridden Public Toilet Seats

Disposable Seat Covers Help Reduce Stresses of Potty Training

Parents who dread the inevitable need to assist their toddlers and young children in public restrooms, now have a new tool that not only fights exposure to germs, but also helps reduce stresses associated with potty training.

Called CootieGuards™, (www.cootieguards.com) these new disposable toilet seat covers completely slip over toilet seats – much like a pillowcase -- protecting kids and parents from germs transmitted by surface-to-skin contact.

The key to CootieGuards’ effectiveness is its patent-pending design, which creates a sanitary, waterproof barrier between children and the toilet seat. CootieGuards completely encapsulate the seat, with side flaps that cover exposed surfaces on the exterior sides of the bowl where children often reach for stability. CootieGuards already come with a center hole designed to support both boys and girls.

One of CootieGuards’ unique design features is that is keeps children weighing up to 60 pounds suspended over the bowl, preventing smaller children from falling through adult-sized toilet seats. When used as directed, CootieGuards will not slip, slide or fall off, and have no adhesive strips that can be bothersome for installation and removal.

The inspiration behind CootieGuards was a classic case of finding a new solution to a common problem facing inventor Jim Martin while potty training his daughter. After more than a year of design, prototype development and patent applications, Martin believes he’s found a better way to help solve what is often a very unpleasant activity.

“Unlike the paper toilet seat covers found in many public restrooms, which are ineffective and difficult to use, CootieGuards give parents peace of mind that their child is not exposed to a plethora of common bacteria and viruses found on public toilets,” Martin said. “Customers who have used CootieGuards particularly like the simple design and the fact that they can be conveniently carried in a purse or diaper bag.”

Single-use CootieGuards are made of FDA-approved food-grade plastic and can discarded or recycled, but should not be flushed.

CootieGuards are available in resealable four-packs for $4.95, and are available online at www.cootieguards.com.

CootieGuards Protect Toddlers from Germ-Ridden Public Toilet Seats - CootieGuards - pitchengine.com

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dealing With a Stubborn Potty Training Child? Here's a New Resource You Should Check Out!

In the potty training business, I hear back from a lot of parents of toddlers about a variety of behavioral issues that come up on a fairly regular basis. Commonly, toilet training problems aren't a failure of the child to understand the process but rather a failure of the child wanting to cooperate!

A child in a bad mood is a child who isn't going to want to learn to use the potty, or to listen to basic directions, or to want to please his parents. These behaviors carry over into each and every aspect of you and your child's day.

Recently, I've learned about a great new audio course for parents about how to deal with stubborn toddlers. It is put together by a gentleman named Chris Thompson, who is an expert in something called “neuro-linguistic programming” (NLP), which is a method of using words to make people feel differently about things, or to persuade them. He teaches you specific words and phrases to use that magically "connect" with your child.

I'll let Chris's information page tell you more about his program and let you decide for yourself if it might be right for you. I think it's worth a few minutes of your time to check it out. To learn more, visit this link: Dealing with Terrible Twos

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Wee Friend Potty Training Stickers

My Wee Friend is a new and exciting yet simple and effective way to potty train.

Developed by a Mother of six and Grandmother of seven ©My Wee Friend™ has been tried and tested By real Children and it REALLY Works!

My Wee Friend is a black sticker that fits into most flat bottomed potties, when your child wee’s into the potty a happy smiley face appears (one of nine designs) encouraging potty use. The smiley face will stay long enough for your child to rise from the potty and be pleased with the result, then it will fade back to black ready for the next use.

When your child uses the potty and realises that he or she has made the happy smiley face appear they just have to tell and show Mum and Dad (so please be close at hand as your child running around your house with a full potty may be a bit messy!)

My Wee Friend is a black sticker that fits into any flat bottomed potty.

When a child wees into the potty a happy, smiley face appears (one of 9 designs).
The smiley face remains long enough for the child to rise from the potty and be pleased with the result.

My Wee Friend then fades back to black ready for the next use.

My Wee Friend is fun and easy to use, and stays in the potty for up to 12 weeks!

(Please Note you do need a flat bottomed potty to use)

My Wee Friend is available from www.PottyTrainingConcepts.com

Saturday, April 11, 2009

How to Deal With Potty Training Accidents

Tips and Ideas When Dealing with Potty Training Accidents:

Potty training is emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting, and mentally tiring. Try to take a deep breath before you react. Make your mantra "No emotion. No emotion. No emotion." You can always vent to a friend or family member later on.

After an accident, your child is likely to be upset and confused. Take time to calmly review the situation. Say something such as, "Oops, you didn't make it to the potty in time. You peed in your pants and in the floor. That feels very yucky, doesn't it. OK. Now we need to go get cleaned up." Your toddler will feel reassured that you are in control and will make him feel better soon. Try to make him an active participant in the clean up process.

Next, provide the appropriate solution. Ask your child what you should do next. Walk her through each step - moving to a different room, cleaning herself off, selecting new clothing, and getting re-dressed. Actively have her participate in the cleanup of the floor or area of the accident! Making your child responsible for his or her own accident will ultimately make them less likely to want to repeat the process.

Do try to stay positive, but do convey to the child that accidents are undesirable. Do this in a UNEMOTIONAL tone of voice! The child needs to understand that peeing in his pants is not a desired behavior, but that it isn't a behavior that will lead to anger or frustration from Mommy or Daddy. Always try to encourage your child that next time they will be successful - and make it clear that you are the number one fan in their cheering section!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Orlando Parenting Examiner: The real poop on swim diapers

Below is a link to a great article from the Orlando Parenting Examiner regarding the use of swim diapers. Key points to take away from the article are that a) swim diapers do NOT keep urine out of the pool. The products are designed only to prevent bowel movements from escaping into the swim water (yuck!) AND b)regular pull-ups or diapers will blow up like a balloon when used in a pool, although do serve the same purpose as a swim diaper to prevent a "Caddy-Shack" moment in your pool!

Click the link below to read the entire article:

Orlando Parenting Examiner: The real poop on swim diapers

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bed Wetting Issues - Advice From an Expert

(I recently received this comment on a previous blog post about bedwetting. Since it has such valuable information and advice, I wanted to publish it as it's own blog post.)

I work with the Enuresis Treatment Center, which deals only with bedwetting cases, and I know they can help. They have treated thousands of bedwetters, including teenagers, and adults. Bedwetting is actually a problem caused by abnormally deep sleep, which doesn't allow for the bedwetter's brain and bladder to connect so they can effectively respond to each other.

In 99% of all bedwetting cases, the root cause is sleeping so deeply. It is an inherited deep-sleep disorder that results in bedwetting as well as a non-restorative, unhealthy sleep. This compromised sleep can also result in daytime symptoms; difficulty awakening, fatigue, memory difficulty, irritability, difficulty concentrating.

There is No guaranteed that someone will outgrow bedwetting, in fact after the age of seven, it is less likely. 1 in 50 teenagers, as well as 3.2 million reported cases of adults still wet the bed. More importantly, if a child were to outgrow this problem, they are then left with a sleep disorder, along with possible challenging symptoms that can no longer be treated. Meanwhile, the psychological impact of bedwetting can be devastating.

Studies indicate that deep sleepers rarely hear smoke detectors and can sleep through fire/burglar alarms. Alarms alone are ineffective as the key component for ending bedwetting. Children/Teenagers report great confusion and frustration when using an alarm, because they cannot hear it in time, or at all, to make any impact on the bedwetting. A majority of the time they simply experience another failed attempt to end their bedwetting. The core of the problem is an inadequate arousal of the brain, a sleep disorder that needs to be changed to permanently end the bedwetting.

We encourage parents to discontinue the use of diapers since they only keep the bed dry, not the child, as well as prolong the child’s suffering from the bedwetting and sleep disorder. There is a false belief that older children will get discourage by wearing Pull Ups or Good Nights and be able to wake up and go to the bathroom. Our experience with tens of thousands of bedwetting cases indicates this has never occurred. If a child could wake up, they would.

For 34 years, the Enuresis Treatment Center has been ending bedwetting for children, teenagers, and adults who thought there was no hope. Our research and experience has validated that bedwetting is the result of a genetically-linked sleep disorder that can be treated without drugs or invasive surgery. I would encourage your readers to visit their website and take advantage of their extensive knowledge.

Lyle D. Danuloff, PhD
Farmington Hills, Michigan

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Parenting Examiner: Potty training tip: make your own personalized potty training book

Here is a GREAT idea for you creative types! Instead of buying a potty training book, make your own!

In the following article on the Parenting Examiner website, a number of unique ideas are discussed to personalize a special book for your little one:

Parenting Examiner: Potty training tip: make your own personalized potty training book

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Tips for Toilet Training

This article discusses some unique ideas to help with potty training - from using "peer pressure" to "male bonding." My favorite is the tip that came from a dad who said he and his son ran around in underwear all weekend while singing "the manly man song" - a special tune he made up just to get his little boy motivated. Whatever works!!!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

7 Months Old? Potty Train Her! - CBS News

A technique that has been around for many years is recently gaining popularity among parents - it's called Elimination Communication, or "infant potty training." It helps parents teach babies as young as 7 months old how to use a potty instead of a diaper.

A key part of the method is to teach the baby a verbal cue, such as "sssssss-sssss." When whispered into the ear, the infant is conditioned to release their bladder. The infants themselves are not necessarily "trained." Instead, parents get their children used to responding to the need to go.

Below is a link to a story on CBS about Elimination Communication, as well as additional information. In addition, resources for parents on the topic include The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative and Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living, both available from Amazon.com

Here's the link to the CBS story: 7 Months Old? Potty Train Her! - CBS News

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Potty Tots Gains Industry Recongnition

Below is a press release from Potty Tots, a company that makes a cute line of toilet training products:

San Diego, CA (1888PressRelease) January 09, 2009 - Potty Tots, a provider of comprehensive, child-centered potty training products and resources, was recently recognized by JPMA, a national trade organization representing 95% of the prenatal to preschool industry, as a finalist in their annual Innovation Awards Competition. Gaining recognition for their new comprehensive potty training kit, the company also recently received Honorable Mention from StartupNation, an organization, which was founded to serve the need of entrepreneurs, in their second annual StartupNation Home-Based 100 ranking in the category of most innovative.

The JPMA awards contest included more than 130 products, which were evaluated by a selection committee of trade media representatives and industry retail buyers, and judged on their innovation, marketability, trend-setting potential, appeal and usefulness. A finalist in the contest, Potty Tots launched their new product this past year at the ABC Kids Expo. The 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.

“We are thrilled that identified as a finalist in the contest,” stated founder Jill Leech. “It’s encouraging to see that other industry professionals view our product as an innovative and useful tool for kids and parents. Our goal is to address what we see as a challenge in everyday parenting by giving those parents and kids the tools they need to be successful,” she added.

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.

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 www.pottytots.com.

About Potty Tots

The Potty Tots® Potty Training Program is a unique and universal system that is child-centered and provides all of the resources necessary for successful potty training. It features an adorable group of ethnically diverse preschool characters that engage children by singing and dancing their way through the six steps of Potty Training. This highly interactive program, which includes storybook, animated DVD with bonus music videos, step-by-step illustrated potty chart and progress and rewards game, addresses multiple learning styles, encouraging kids to participate and ultimately fostering confidence, self-esteem and independence. It provides everything you’ll need for a fun, stress-free potty training experience.

The Potty Tots Potty Training Kits are Available from Amazon:

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Early Childhood Parenting Examiner: How to make your own baby wipes for free from recycled materials around the house

I found this great tip on the Early Childhood Parenting Examiner website. Making your own wipes is certainly more difficult than buying some at Wal-Mart, but is a considerably more Eco-friendly option. (Not to mention a more cost-effective one as well.)

Early Childhood Parenting Examiner: How to make your own baby wipes for free from recycled materials around the house

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Technique for Getting Rid of Pull-Ups Once and For All


My daughter was 20 months when we started and is now 22 mo. She is now dry through night time and naps and knows it is potty time right when she gets up. She also knows that number two goes in the potty with only occasional accidents here and there. We have never done completely away with pull ups for outside the house. I tried undies underneath and she never noticed. How do I get rid of the pull ups and not have her wet several outfits while out and about? It is hard to spend several consecutive days at home right now. We are getting a travel potty, but even when we have it how will she know she has to tell us while out of the house that she has to pee? Or does she just learn through trial and error?


Glad to hear you're making progress...and that we just need to get over that last hurdle.

I think you might have to just bite the bullet and totally get rid of the pull-ups. You might have a few days of accidents, but I think we can minimize them. I think it should be pretty easy but a little time consuming.

My advice is to wait until you get the travel potty. Plan on bringing it with you EVERYWHERE for a little while. I would also get a Potty Watch or even just a kitchen timer. The first day out of pull-ups, set the timer for about every 20 minutes. Take her to the potty every time the timer rings. You can increase or decrease the timer intervals depending on how well she is staying dry. The beauty of the travel potty is that you can take it out anywhere (from the grocery store parking lot to the trunk of your car!). Once she goes two or three days with very few accidents (even though she won't be self-initiating) it will usually help her brain to make the connection between a full bladder and that feeling of needing to go. I think you'll find that shortly thereafter she'll actually start telling you - especially if the intervals have gotten far enough between that it gives her the chance to self-initiate.

So...hopefully that helps. It should be a good way to stop the pull-ups for good without having to deal with the stress of a bunch of accidents.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Potty Training - Fine when Naked, Accidents in Underwear: A Solution


I started the potty training process with my daughter about 3 months ago at 22 months old. It didn't take her long to catch on.

It was late July at the time so I tried to start her off bare butt. She now recognizes every time when she needs to pee and poop and will go to either the big potty or her potty chair all on her own...BUT ONLY WHEN SHE'S NAKED!!!! Yes, my plan backfired on me. If I put panties on her (we're not even talking about pants too) she will go as if she were still wearing a diaper. It doesn't matter how many accidents she has.

I don't think she likes telling me that she has to go potty. She's very independent and likes to do everything on her own and if she's wearing panties she hides and just goes potty in them. I've tried everything from bribery to taking away privileges or toys. Poop is the worst though. She can sometimes remember to tell me when she needs to go pee but she will never tell me with poop. If she has to take anything off, she'll hide and go in whatever she's wearing. If you have any advice I am open to just about anything!


You are really at a 'naked' standstill. I think your instinct about her independence is dead-on.

Since it has lasted for months, it might take a creative option. Try this for a few days and let me know how it goes.

Take a pair of panties that you are willing to 'sacrifice'. Then cut out the crotch. Make a BIG deal of presenting them to her. "Wow! Look at this special present! These are special pee-pee panties" You can wear panties that are so special that you don't even have to pull them down to pee.!" (And so on and so forth.) This way she can still use the potty, while 'wearing' panties, and without your help!

If this goes well, we'll talk about how to wean her back into "non-crotchless" panties!!! The first step is a baby one....just to get her to use the potty while doing something besides being naked.

Also, I would have "pantie practice sessions".....for a couple minutes per day, put some on and practice pulling them up/down/up/down. Then take them off. It's just to give her some practice doing it herself.

For some kids, "baby steps" is the magic solution. Go slow, GRADUALLY wean her into panties, and in no time she'll be right on Track.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

A Great Product for Bedwetting Accidents when Potty Training

I just found a great product that I wish I had had while night-time potty training my daughter. It's the SOS 4-in-1 Mattress Pad. The concept behind the product is to make for quick and easy changes when your child has a bed wetting accident.

Nothing is worse than having to change sheets at 2:00 am. With the SOS 4-in-1, you quickly zip off the wet top layer, leaving a fresh and dry layer underneath. Wah-lah! Quick, easy, and painless. It sure would have saved me countless nights of lost sleep in those potty night-training days!

The SOS is available from Amazon. Click this link to learn more: SOS Mattress Protector

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How to Solve Bedwetting Problems

Below is the text of a post from the blog of Dr. Molly O Shea, a Michigan-based pediatrician. The original article can be read HERE.

Dr. Molly O'Shea: Ask the Pediatrician
Bedwetting is common; here's how to manage it

I get a lot of questions about bedwetting. I often suspect parents are going to bring it up when I walk into the room for a well visit for a really healthy 8-year-old boy and find both parents in the room.

In an attempt to solve the problem, parents have limited fluids after dinner, given their child a pep talk about getting up during the night if they feel the need to pee, and some have even set their own alarm or wakened their child when they go to bed to pee during the night. A few have tried dangling a big reward (like a new bike) if the child can stay dry, and others have punished their child for these wet nights. These strategies have something in common: They don't work.

What parents don't understand is that this is a very common problem, and their child is not to blame. Most kids complete potty training and stay dry throughout the day by age 3 1/2 to 4 years, but nighttime dryness can take much longer to achieve. Did you know that 9 percent of boys and 6 percent of girls still have consistent bedwetting at age 7? These percentages decrease only slightly by age 10, and even at age 18, about 0.5 percent of people wet the bed at least twice a month.

Sometimes the cause of bedwetting in school-aged kids is a sleep disorder. If your child snores a lot during sleep, be sure to mention this to your doctor. Very rarely is bedwetting caused by a neurologic problem and associated with constipation and clumsiness.

So what is a parent to do? First, it is appropriate to bring your child to the doctor to confirm there is no physical cause for the problem. This is especially true if your child never had bedwetting issues and has suddenly started wetting the bed.

Because an immaturity of the neurologic system is at the root of the problem, trying to train your child to stay dry at night before he or she is ready is futile. I liken it to trying to teach a 6-month-old to walk. How then do you know when your child is ready? If you have a family history of bedwetting and know the age at which the relative achieved dryness, you can start trying about 6 months or at most a year ahead of that age. If he has been wet every night of the week for years, and suddenly you are getting a couple of dry nights each week, it is a good time to try. Other signs of readiness are a desire to be out of Pull-Ups at night.

The best method for night training is to use a bedwetting alarm. These alarms awaken the child as soon as there is any wetness on the sensor. This process can take several months but is over 80 percent effective.

What about medications? DDAVP works by essentially turning off the kidneys so less urine is made. The medication works for about half the kids and can be tried if your child is going to camp or a sleepover.

Eventually, your child will achieve consistent night dryness either through normal maturation or the help of an alarm.

Dr. Molly O'Shea is a Troy-based pediatrician. Read Dr. Molly's blog at www.detnews.com/drmolly.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Your Child Can Be a Potty Training Star - Casting Now

Potty Training Reality Show (PAID) - January 28, 2009
We are conducting a casting for a POTTY TRAINING REALITY SHOW

Casting Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday January 26, 27, 28, 2009
Prize Money: All participants will be compensated. One family will appear in a National commercial.

We are looking for the following:
Families that: Cover a broad and accurate spectrum of today’s American society. The parents should be engaging, outgoing and interesting. Their ages can vary from early twenties to mid-forties. Their family size should vary from an only child to multiple children (including twins and triplets if possible).

The parents should be comfortable in front of camera both when crew is and is not present.

The parents should be willing to use only the client’s products until their child is potty trained.

We are looking for Families with children who will be potty training in March 2009
We are booking a lot of families with children and we would like to see Boys & Girls ALL ETHNICITIES!

Caucasian, Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American, any and All
Ethnicities. * Please note send only Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach families.
The children should range between 18 months and 4 years - old during shooting. Because of the time sensitive nature of potty training challenges and the shoot schedule, we should look for children facing challenges that fit naturally within the featured product offerings (extra protection at night when sleeping, time sensitive potty training deadlines like pre-school enrollment, etc.). The children need to be comfortable around a camera crew. Children with interesting personality traits (stubbornness, playfulness, etc) are a plus. Children who exhibit pre-existing special potty training related story lines are also a plus (fear of flushing, unwillingness to sit on the potty, etc).

Things that will be explored during casting:
· Single parents
· Spanish (or other second language) speaking households
· twins and triplets
· Extended families under one roof
· parents of toddlers in their mid 40’s
· young first time parents
· children with challenges that require our featured product offerings
· children with pre-existing potty related story lines

Email Tammy If you want to attend this casting. Tammy@bocamodels.com

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Helpful Potty Training Tip - A Great Place for Your Travel Potty

Below is a link to a blog post about a helpful potty training tip: To turn your vehicle into a moving porta-potty! (For a selection of great travel potties, click HERE.)

Thanks to this blogger for a great idea!

Life At the Circus: Best Potty Training Trick Ever

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Another Potty Boot Camp Success Story

Below is a peek at a family's blog....the mother has made a post about her twin boys and their success with The Potty Boot Camp.

It works again!


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Potty Training Problems

Potty training is new territory for your toddler. Up until now, they have been happy-go-lucky, learning about her new world at there own pace and making all kinds of exciting discoveries. They have learned how to form sounds into words that communicate what they want, she’s learned how to put her legs under her and walk and all this was done at her own pace. They probably thinks she invented walking and talking. Now all of a sudden, someone has decided she will no longer relieve herself in her diaper and plops her down on a potty and tells her to “go”. This is fertile ground for potty training problems.

Prevention is the Best Cure

Look at potty training from the child’s perspective. What kind of introduction has she had to the toilet and the bathroom in general. Has this room been off-limits before now? Let her follow you into the bathroom before you start potty training her. Answer the questions that occur.

Let her flush the toilet and sit on it with the lid closed first. Believe it or not, many children are afraid of the toilet. They see things go down and not come back and wonder if that can happen to them.

When they are comfortable being around the toilet, let her sit on the seat. If they feels afraid, buy her a potty seat that snaps on securely or a potty chair. Humans are born with the fear of falling and sitting on a toilet seat with nothing under her can make your child feel like she’s going to fall.

Regression, is when a child begins to learn potty training, then suddenly seems to lose ground. Children who were perfectly happy to go along with the potty training routine all of a sudden begin having accidents frequently. Regression isn’t always a problem.

There may be an external factor such as a change in the environment that is causing the regression or it may just be that they want to slow down a little. Most experts agree that periods of regression are normal during potty training and, unless there is a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection, they do not need intervention. Simply continue to gently encourage her with her potty training and they will get back on track.

Most potty training problems can be identified by looking at them through your child’s eyes. Inconsistencies, fears, punishment for accidents and regression can all trigger potty training problems.

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