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Monday, March 28th, 2011
Check out this proud little girl! This picture was taken this morning. Lila now asks to go straight to the bathroom as soon as she wakes up, and even though her diaper was soaked, she still managed to go.
Lila really impressed us this week. Especially yesterday, when we were at a birthday party at Pump It Up. I put her in a diaper and decided to not even mention potty training to her. But in the middle of the party chaos, she told me she needed to use the potty. I scooped her up and sprinted off to the ladies’ room, asking her to hold it. She calmly replied, “I am.” I did the whole routine you’re surely familiar with: put my hand inside the toilet paper holder and then spun it furiously to collect as much paper as I could, then gingerly covered every inch of the seat, yanked my child’s pants down, and ripped off her diaper (all while trying not to create too much air flow around us, thereby causing the toilet paper to gently float down into the toilet or onto the floor). I plopped her down and within seconds, she went. How cool is that? As we exited the bathroom she shouted to the people coming in, “I JUST WENT PEE ON THE POTTY!”
PS: I decided I’m going to spare you (and older Lila) the details on her exploits learning to go #2 on the toilet, but I’ll say that she’s starting to have success on that front, too, and leave it at that!
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Monday, March 21st, 2011
The update on potty-training my daughter Lila: We’re getting there, but I think this is going to be a slow road. She had some success on the potty (both real and portable), but she was sitting there for so long, it was almost inevitable. By Wednesday of last week she got tired of passing the hours this way. When I made my lunchtime check-in phone call, Lila answered the phone by proclaiming, “DON’T WANT TO SIT ANYMORE.” Another day she greeted me with, “I NOT SITTING ON THE POTTY!” We’ve been tracking how often she actually goes, and when you subtract the naptime and nighttime diapers, it’s not that often. So over the weekend I wanted to see if Lila could try sitting on the potty only when she needed to go. Two accidents later, I can tell you the answer: not yet.
I’m not discouraged, though. She’s actually doing pretty well considering how many (unmissable) events and activities we crammed into the past two weekends. This week’s challenge is helping her understand that she needs to go before it’s too late. Any advice? I’m all ears!
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Thursday, November 18th, 2010
10 Controversial Toys That Won’t Be On This Year’s Wish Lists
Ten toys that reached the market over the past few years that probably never should have seen the light of day. [Wallet Pop]
Diaper Research Tracks Infant Estrogen Levels
The method, previously used in nonhuman primates, will allow researchers to learn more about the association between estrogen levels in human infants and their long-term reproductive development as well as the development of sex-specific behaviors, such as toy preference or cognitive differences. What’s more, the method will also allow researchers to look at how early disruption of the endocrine system affects long-term maturation, a growing concern among researchers and physicians. [Medical News Today]
Watch Video: The U.S. Gets Low Marks for Preemie Birth Rates [MSNBC]
Highlighting Gender Promotes Stereotyped Views In Preschoolers
In many preschool classrooms, gender is very noticeable – think of the greeting, “Good morning, boys and girls” or the instruction, “Girls line up on this side, boys on that.” A new study has found that when teachers call attention to gender in these simple ways, children are more likely to express stereotyped views of what activities are appropriate for boys and girls, and which gender they prefer to play with. [Medical News Today]
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Monday, July 12th, 2010
See that pair of Disney Princess—adorned training pants? I think we might have ordered our last pack. I may very well be jinxing things, but we just had four dry nights in a row in our house, and I’m pretty pumped. My daughter Julia will be 5 next month, and she’s been potty-trained during the day for almost two and a half years. Nighttime has been a completely different story. The child must sleep like a rock, because her diapers are routinely drenched. It got to the point where I was doubling up on them at night. My pediatrician said a 4-year-old who’s not fully trained is normal and nothing to worry about, so I haven’t given this a whole lot of thought. But when the topic came up among a group of moms in Julia’s pre-K class and I learned that nearly every child had moved on to underwear at night, it made me wonder how much longer it would be for my daughter. After three nights of dry training pants, last night we decided to up the ante and live on the edge with undies. I can’t think of a better reason to wake up at 5:20 a.m. than because you hear your child making her way to the bathroom on her own, and heading back into bed!
I’d like to poll you all, too: When was your child trained through the night? And so that I manage my expectations correctly, will you tell me how often you have setbacks?
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