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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.

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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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