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Potty Training Made Simple (& Up to 20% Off!)

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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• Bed-wetting is a natural part of potty training. Keep your tot dry throughout the night with the Ultimate Training Bed Pad.

• Get more bang for your buck with The First Years Potty Training system, which transforms from standalone potty, to trainer seat, to stepstool.

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Potty Training Tools of the Trade

Monday, April 4th, 2011

So my 2 1/2 year old, Lila, is turning out to be so much better at toilet training than I dared to dream. I almost don’t want to jinx it by explaining how comfortable she is with the process or how few accidents she’s had. But I’ll tell you that I know things are going a little easier because of a few tools in our arsenal. One are these toilet seat covers—an indisputable must now that we’re taking her out of the house in underwear. Unlike the ones you see in public bathrooms, these “potty toppers” have adhesive backs, so there’s no risk of one falling off the seat. I lived for these when I was training my older daughter, and my love has not diminished.

New to the game is a product called The Little Looster. As you can see from the photo, it’s a white plastic stool that wraps around the base of the toilet and keeps little legs at the perfect height. Lila didn’t dig it at first, but now using it is all part of her routine. (The makers say that it’s narrow enough that you don’t need to move it when it’s not being used, but we like to get it out of the way.) The Looster really adds to Lila’s confidence and reduced her initial fear of falling in.

What products have made potty training easier for your family?

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Word of Advice to Potty-Training Parents

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Yesterday I had the chance to chat with one of our advisors, Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block (one of my all-time favorite parenting books). I told him how Lila’s doing with potty training and he asked, “And you’re not going overboard with the praise, right?” Umm… why, yes, I believe I am. He explained why that can backfire: If you make a huge deal out of it every time your child goes to the bathroom, she starts thinking along these lines: “Wow, this is really important to them. I can’t handle the pressure. I’m not even going to try anymore.” Or your child might realize that she’s got the upper hand in this situation, and embark on a power play by not going on the potty.

Instead, Dr. Karp recommends a technique he calls “gossiping,” where you tell others how great your child is doing. (Do it in a whisper right in front of your child, to give her the impression that you don’t realize she’s listening to the “conversation.”) I actually did this the other night, when I told her favorite duck how Lila let me know at the birthday party that she was ready to use the potty. She then handed me her sheep, Pillow Pet, and turtle so that I could tell them the story, too. So from now on I’ll do more gossiping and dial down the unbridled enthusiasm after each trip to the potty.

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Another Potty Post

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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More Potty (Training) Talk

Monday, March 21st, 2011

DSC08050The 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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Perfecting the Art of Potty Training?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

potty-training-toiletsShould a child be banned from preschool for having too many potty accidents?

At a preschool in Arlington, VA, a 3-year-old named Zoe was recently suspended for failing to comply with the school’s potty training policy.  Even though Zoe had already been potty trained, the new preschool schedule changed Zoe’s potty dynamics.  Since she began having too many accidents in a short amount of time at preschool, she was reproached by the school and asked to leave for one month. Eventually, her mom found another preschool (one without a potty training policy) willing to enroll Zoe, and she has not had any accidents since starting her new preschool.

News about this suspension worries parents who are already feeling the pressure to speed up their children’s education from an early age, from enrolling toddlers in sports to getting preschoolers to read chapter books. Since some preschools now accept only students who will be less hands-on in the potty department, parents are feeling the need to potty train their kids even if they’re not ready for it. There is also a social stigma that if a child is falling behind in developing certain behavioral or language skills, the child is delaying his achievements.

However, as expert Elizabeth Page pointed out in The Washington Post, potty training is considered a motor skill that depends on a child’s own pace, much like other milestones such as walking, talking, and reading.  Adults shouldn’t force kids to potty train before they are ready or shame and embarass them if they aren’t progressing as fast as other children.  Potty training can take time and even those who are potty trained could still have accidents.  In short, children should be allowed to progress on their own terms to potty training success.

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As a parent, are you worried about potty training your child?  What potty training techniques and tips would you recommend?

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