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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Below is a candid, yet humorous, account of one family's experience with The Potty Boot Camp. It just goes to show that each and every toddler (and family) will have their own unique twist on how the program will work best for them. Enjoy the read!

Potty Boot Camp

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 7, 2011

Starting Potty Boot Camp? Tips from the Trenches

I received this list of tips and tricks from a mother who recently used The Potty Boot Camp to train her son Oliver. Being an analytical sort, Dana meticulously made notes about her progress through the program and wrote down her insights about various tips that she thought might help make life easier for other parents going through the process.
Below you will find Dana's advice:
Potty Boot Camp
Notes from what I learned from doing the Potty Boot Camp.

Remember, every family does this differently as what works best for them but this is how I did it. Some of my comments below will make more sense after you read Potty Boot Camp.

1. The book:
The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers - online downloadable pdf that is short and a an easy quick read. I printed it and read it on the go in a day but it is easily read from your iPhone or iPad or Kindle. 

2. Underpants.
I started with 4 pair of underpants (what I had) and that was not enough. I had to wash a load each night. I would say 6 pair minimum but even more would be better.
I also found that character or animal printed underpants worked as a better transition welcoming him into the underpants world and saying good bye to his diaper which he was so familiar. He became very excited to put on Woody, Buzz or Monkey underpants.

3. A potty.
I found that using a child potty worked much better than the toilet seat insert. With the insert he seemed to have less control for himself with climbing onto the seat and getting himself actually pointed in the potty rather than out at my wall! I know that they will need to learn to use the insert for school and travel and such but for getting familiar with sitting for a long time and doing their business, I found that a potty on the floor is best. It allows them the independence to sit on their own and rest with their feet on the ground while reading or doing other activities while waiting to do their business. Also, be sure it is easy to clean! We have the BabyBjorn Smart Potty - White - Best Price and I really like this one - it is small, comfortable for him, good boy blocker in the front and easy to clean. It is also small enough that you can toss it in the car if you travel a lot.

4. Treats/Prizes.
Hit the Target dollar aisle. Stickers, coloring books, play dough, etc. I found that a color book was a great prize and then good activity while sitting. Suckers were good too. He loves them, knows they are treats and keeps busy eating it for a good 5 min. while sitting. Other ideas: kids flashlight, packs of gummy snacks, a new iphone game.

5. Children's Potty Book.
I had no idea how responsive he would be to a potty book. I honestly assumed they were just an excuse for parents to spend money on another book but my son loves the one I got him and seemed to actually apply what we were reading to his days of training. He quickly memorized what each page said and read it to himself over and over explaining to us that the little boy should NOT go in his diaper but SHOULD use the potty and he would cheer for him each time the end of the book showed that the little boy used the potty. He also seemed to focus on the page where the little boy says bye bye diaper and the page of all the drawings of underpants. He identified which underpants were dada's, mama's, cousin Willem's and his own.

6. Fluids.
My son typically drinks water, watered down OJ and milk but for this I treated him. Motts makes a fruit punch that has no sugar added and 40% less sugar than most juices (meaning lots of water and therefore good for producing urine!) but it tastes a lot more fun than water or OJ so he was excited to drink it. I also used chocolate milk as a prize/treat as he only gets that on special occasions.

7. Activities.
I found that getting him involved in brain sucking actives (tv, movies, iphone/ipad games, even playing with his train set) were dangerous between potty sittings. It was either hard to pull him away when it is time to use the potty or he would forget to tell me he needed to go and would have an accident.

However, a friend gave us this movie which I let him watch during potty training days and 1. he loved it because it was Elmo and 2. he would mimic what he saw- particularly the washing your hands after using the potty. Sesame Street: Elmo's Potty Time [DVD]

Have things for you to do that day as well- things that are easily interruptible. Don't plan to cook long crazy meals that require lots of attention or baking that requires things to be taken out of the oven instantly (I even managed to burn a pot of rice). I make quick meals on days we were potty training all day particularly ones that were ok to eat cold as many times we had to leave eating to use the potty. I spent the time cleaning the bathroom while we were in the potty and other activities like this- folding laundry etc, reading ahead in the Potty Boot Camp book.

Living in a split level house with carpet in many areas I found to be good and bad. Good because if we were in the kitchen where the potty was either up or down stairs, it taught him to hold it for a bit so that we could get there. It was bad in that times where he was too busy to tell me in time, we were not close enough to get to the potty in time and had to travel across carpet to get there. Which brings me to the next item . . .

8. Clean up.
Carpet spot cleaner- I use what we do for pet stains- Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover - Free Shipping
Rags and towels for carpet and solid surface floor clean up.
Wet basket in the bathroom for wet and soiled pants and cleaning rags after accidents between washes.
I keep a container of Seventh Generation Wipes in the bathroom for quick cleaning the potty between frequent potty uses.
Wet diaper wipes or toilet wipes for toddler clean up after accidents and BM's.

9. Timer.
I used my iphone timer and set it to the dog bark sound. He knew that when he heard the dog bark it was time to go to try to use the potty. Now, what happens when we are outside and actually hear a dog bark . . . I will let you know!

10. Tips and Notes.
As soon as he wakes up in the mornings, I take him to the potty, and he is, for some reason, always willing to do so even though he still has on his night time diaper and I have found that if I take him immediately from bed to the potty, he goes. Sometimes it took a few minutes but he would go and after 2 days he was waking up telling me he had to potty first things. Same goes for nap time. He was waking up dry after nap but I had to take him to the potty as soon as he woke and he would always go.

Potty manipulation!
My son quickly learned that anytime he yelled POTTY I would let him out of bed to use the potty. And each time (the first night it was 4 times) he was able to produce urine in the potty each time, thereby justifying his need to get out of bed. I was not sure how to handle this exactly but figured that telling him NO and making him go back to bed and wet in his diaper was counter productive and so I would let him up, but he knew that there were no activities or treats to be had. I think what may help is installing a dimmer switch on your bathroom light and leaving it on the low setting or having a well lit night light in there for night time bathroom usage to keep from blaring the bright lights in their face like you would in the day. If found this was particularly harsh first thing in the morning when the sun was not out and he had to use the potty and not completely awake yet.
It seems that everyone I know who has used Potty Boot Camp to potty train has done it a bit differently as did I based on my schedule. My son is at school every day until 330 but for an entire week, Monday - Sunday, I dedicated our time (when he was not at school) to potty training. M-F from 330 until bedtime I did an amended version of day 1 training. Then on Saturday, all day, I adhered to boot camps day 1 plan. Sunday we did day 2 and Monday I sent him to school in underpants.

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 6, 2011

The Coolest Potty Training Book Ever

I just found the greatest idea for a book about potty training. It's a story about a toddler learning a "potty dance" - and it stars YOUR child. Wish I had one when I was potty training. It's not cheap, but neither are diapers!

Potty Dance Personalized Children's Book

Help with Potty Training!8x11 custom keepsake-quality personalized storybook. Make potty training fun with your child’s dancing adventure around the world.

All books are customized with your child as the star. Child’s name and face are featured throughout story.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Child Afraid to Poop on the Potty? Here's a few tips....

Here are a few tips if your child is peeing well on the potty but hesitant to poop anywhere but a diaper:

A few things you can try:

1. Provide 'privacy' - some kids just want to go poop in private! (A tent, closet, cozy corner...all can help.)

2. Make it cozy - set up an area with some stuffed animals, books, a favorite blanket.....some kids are just really afraid and need some reassurance.

3. Let him poop ON a diaper...but not in it. Tell him he can use a diaper to poop as long as he is sitting ON the diaper....which you will place ON the potty.

Keep in mind that sometimes the poop training can take a few weeks after starting on pee training.

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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wooden Potty Chairs

My personal favorite things are the bits of furniture fashioned with small kids at heart. You will find wooden potty chairs emblazoned with both the logo and the style princesses, farm animals, or super heroes. What an excellent selection of wooden potty chairs are available available on the market. There are wooden potty chairs, travel potty chairs that are portable, musical potty chairs, potty chairs for children which may have special needs and others.

Handcrafting these lovely wooden potty chairs has started a significant unique niche in the marketplace today. You will get wooden potty chairs that are plain or fancy. If you wish to get some good idea of how these wooden potty chairs look, think such as one for boys which is grandly named His Majesties Throne. These wooden potty chairs will definitely have a little girl or boy feeling just like a king or queen.

Wooden potty chairs all come with handles to enable parents to move them around with ease. Wooden Potty Chairs utilize disposable potty liners.  Also, once the toddler has progressed to using the 'big bathroom' and  no longer needs a potty chair, the lid can be closed - turning it into quite a toddler chair.

For a TRULY effective Potty training program that will have your child 90% trained in a couple of days and diaper free in a week, check out "The Potty Boot Camp" by Suzanne Riffel. www.thepottybootcamp.com

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pros and Cons of One Day Potty Training

Who says it can be done?

Dr. Phil claims the guy can undertake it in one day, I seem to recall that some kid was rewarded by a call from other fave character (a buddy ready to play along) One mom says, "We were skeptical that this method would really guarantee a goodbye to diapers in only one day."

Unfortunately, I don't think it'll work with every child, and the stars would not line up for my particular child while I tried to potty train her in a day. This book offers a system of potty-training that is quick, but elaborate, and potentially a challenging time. Know better than to put a lot of expectations on your daughter.

Another mom says, "I withheld one star from my review because I figured the writer encouraged spending more money for this process than was necessary. I can't rate this book on content because I'm not planning to make this happen technique; it may be the best technique on earth but I am going to never figure out." Yet another says, "My son had two accidents before he actually peed within the toilet and contains had only one since (he couldn't get his pants down in time because he was holding a banana and didn't can deal with it.) After the original two accidents, he stayed dry between sitting on the toilet."

Come to your own conclusions.

For a TRULY effective Potty training program that will have your child 90% trained in a couple of days and diaper free in a week, check out "The Potty Boot Camp" by Suzanne Riffel. www.thepottybootcamp.com

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Your Child is Potty Trained - How do you Maintain???

After a few days of post potty-boot camp interval training it is time to get your child back into clothes. Obviously they can’t run around naked for too much longer and it is time to take the major step of buying underwear! It is important to bring your child to the store with you so they can choose their own underwear, as this will get them more excited about wearing them and give them a sense of ownership of the underwear. Praise them for taking this step, for becoming a “big boy” or “big girl” with special underwear. Tell them they have graduated from potty boot camp and are now a “potty star!”

To wean your child off using the timer, you will have to be responsible for reminding them every 30-45 minutes to use the potty. How you word this request is important. Every parent with a toddler knows that every question they ask their child gets answered with a “NO!” so make the request a statement rather than a question. Try “Time to use the potty” rather than “Do you have to go potty?”

It’s very likely that you may see some regression in your child’s potty habits at the point when they start using underwear. This may be caused by episodes of “bladder memory”. When your child feels the absorbent underwear material on their bottom they awaken the memories of diaper usage and begin to unconsciously let themselves go in their underwear. If this happens, continue to use the timer until your child is having fewer accidents.

Potty training maintenance is sometimes more difficult than the potty training itself. The excitement of the initial success of potty training has worn off and now you are in constant reminder mode. As a parent you feel like a nag, but you must be vigilant and consistent. At least every thirty minutes you must remind your child that is time to use the potty. They will be able to tell you at this point if there is a need to go, but don’t wait for them to tell you.

Accidents will happen at this stage, it is inevitable, and there will be episodes of frustration for both children and parents. Remember to think of this as a learned skill that your children are slowly acquiring. When they learned to walk there were often accidents as well but eventually they did stop wobbling and began to move forward with confidence. So it is with potty training, unsteady and unreliable in the beginning but progressing nicely over time to the point where they can be completely trusted and self-sufficient.

The key for parents is not to expect a dramatic change too soon. If you are hoping your child will recognize the urge, go to the potty, pull down their pants, wipe and flush and cleanup all by themselves after graduating from potty boot camp then you are bound to be disappointed. There will be gradual progress and frequent regression, but when they are fully independent then you will wonder at how it seems they were always doing this by themselves.

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, January 31, 2011

Using Clean-up as a Technique to Motivate Your Child During Toilet Training

Countless parents ask me personally throughout their toilet training process in what way to give their child that additional dose of encouragement to use the toilet. A common sense and simple tip I have provided is to have the youngster help in the cleanup of accidents. Instilling a feeling of personal accountability actually enables you to motivate your toddler to use the bathroom instead of the carpet!

The manner in which you behave as well as speak while tidying up is actually pretty important. When she has an accident, come up with a look on your face that conveys "ick!" Convey to her she is required to tidy up her gross, yucky, pee pee or poo clothing and also the icky mess on the floor.

Never act mad or even irritated whatsoever, but make it crystal clear to her that this is something that is icky and she or he has got to deal with. Make her remove her own garments. The first time one does this, show her in depth exactly what she has to achieve - but there after make her get it done by herself, making her do every step.

Tidy the floor to begin with. This will make her be in her wet clothes a little longer, and that is a motivator to not have it occur yet again. Then make her wipe herself down - if it is really messy you could take her to the bath tub and have her give herself a rinse-down. You will likely be silently cringing while doing this entire cleanup because she is prone to make the mess even worse as opposed to better!)

Immediately after she takes off the dirty clothes, pick them up like they are polluted with nuclear waste materials and bring all of them to the sink. ( Of course get rid of the poop from the panties in to the potty to start with.) Inform her she has to wash her icky clothes simply because they're now stinky and dirty from her pee or poop. Demonstrate to her tips on how to operate the water, place the knickers beneath the tap, squeeze and rinse out. Next take her towards area you want her to put her dirty under wear.

Show major relief - "Whew, that is certainly a whole lot better now that you are not soiled and icky any more!" Go find some good fresh knickers.

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.