Struggling to get your child potty trained?

Have you been struggling on getting your child potty trained? Do you think they are at the age in which they should have already been trained? Well, the good news is although most people will tell you that your child should be potty trained by the age of 2, statistics say otherwise. 88% of the children in a study from University of Pennsylvania where not potty trained until the age of 3 ½. Follow the link below for the full story.

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Rebecca Romijn on Potty Training Twins

YouTube Preview ImageRebecca Romijn was on The Talk recently and talked about potty training twin 2 year old girls Dolly and Charlie.

“I’m doing something that I shouldn’t be doing, which is bribing them with M&M’s. But it’s do or die at this point! I’m like, ‘If you go pee pee on the potty, you get an M&M,’ and they keep going, ‘On a plate?’ So every time they go I get the biggest plate I can find [and] put one M&M in the middle of it.”

Children always respond to praise. If you want your child to perform a particular task, give them a hug, kiss, or word of encouragement, and she will likely do what you ask.

Potty training can be greatly improved if your child is rewarded for using the potty.

However, be cautious when rewarding a young child when they use the potty because she may not yet be ready or able to go on command.

For more information on this subject check out: http://www.pottytrainingconcepts.com/A-Potty-Training-Rewards1.html

 

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New 2-in-1 Swim Diaper & Training Pant

Last week Charlie Banana introduced a 2-in-1 Swim Diaper and Training pant for toddlers. These training pants are suppose to help toddlers who are potty training during the summer, and parents cut down costs. No need to buy training pants and swim diapers. These training pants/swim diapers come in fun colors and the inside is organic cotton.

My question is: Would you use them even if it’s not the summer?

Here is what Charlie Banana says about them, “As many parents have experienced, using disposable baby swim diapers are a waste. They do not retain anything, are bulky and very difficult to remove at all! Using a reusable waterproof swim suit is the perfect solution. Charlie Banana® offers multiple prints to make your little one a fashion sensation at the pool or the beach. Charlie Banana® 2-in-1 Swim Diaper & Training pants have a waterproof, outer layer and a soft organic cotton interior lining, which is gentle against your baby’s skin. They make an ideal training pant when potty training a child because of the trim fit, easy removal and they are truly absorbent!”

Even the stars are trying to be more eco-friendly. Celebrity new moms January Jones, Jenna Fischer, Denise Richards, Victoria Beckham, Paul and Erin Stanley, Evangeline Lilly, Emily Deschanel, Selma Blair, Kimberly Stewart, Alicia Silverstone, Ali Landry, Tori Spelling, Tia Mowry and Mary McCormack are among the first to receive and test the Charlie Banana(R) Fashion Collection.

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Abilene (from The Help) on Potty Training

In 2011 best selling book and movie, The Help, Abilene attempts to show Mae how to use the potty. Mae Mobley wants to see Abilene go first, and Mae Mobley shakes her head and says “You go” to Abilene.

And so what does Aibileen do? Well she takes the toddler out to her special bathroom and, “I take down my underthings and I tee-tee real fast, use the paper and get it all back on before she can really see anything. Then I flush.”

This is a revelation to Mae Mobley. The kid’s got her mouth hanging open “like she done seen a miracle.” Before Aibileen can spell tee-tee, the kid’s got her diaper off and is using the colored toilet.

Aibileen is so proud of her that she gives Mae two cookies when they return to the house.

That sets off this just too cute for words exchange:

“What Baby Girl do today?”

She say, “Tee-tee.”

Even though most toddlers don’t typically ask adults to show them how to go potty, the concept of showing a toddler by example is a great idea.

Take your child into the bathroom, talk to them, explain why and how you go potty. Once your child sees you go a few times, buy them a potty chair and let them sit and practice going at the same time.

(More information about The Help and this complete article can be found at: http://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com/chapter-reviews-from-the-help/chapter-seven/. )
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New Year Resolution – Potty Train Your Toddler?

With the New Year here, so comes our New Years resolutions!

Most people have things like:

  • spend more time with family
  • lose weight
  • quit smoking
  • enjoy life – work less
  • get out of debt

But for mother’s of toddler boys and girls, these goals will probably include potty training! Here are some great tips to getting your toddler potty trained this year.

  • Get rid of all diapers and pull ups! Use potty training pants or “big kid” underwear- have them feel the wetness.
  • Pick a potty training method and educate yourself that works for you and your family.
  • Be CONSISTENT
  • Scolding doesn’t work, positive reinforcement DOES!
  • Educate yourself FIRST, then teach your child the correct potty training steps
  • Don’t expect him to know how to go potty just because you do
  • Have LOTS of dry practice runs
  • Keep it fun! Remember that they are just kids :)

Check out the full article at: http://www.pottytrainingconcepts.com/A-How-to-Potty-Train-Toddler.html.

 

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Potty Training Schedule Tips

Typically when potty training begins, it can take a lot of time and most parents cannot spend every minute in the bathroom. Whether you have one child or multiple children, spending every second of the day in the bathroom is not possible.

This is especially because you either will be waiting for quit some time for your child to use the bathroom or you will be running them to the bathroom repeatedly throughout the day, for false alarms and to check to make sure that they do not need to go.

However, this can be avoided, the bathroom time that is unproductive, that is frustrating for you and your child too. Instead, it is a better idea to start paying attention to when your child is going to the bathroom. You will need to pay close attention to how soon they go after eating or when they go at night and first thing in the morning.

This also means watching the signs that your child exhibits when they need to use the potty too or when they are going. This is also a great way to teach your child to pay attention to his bodily feelings of when he has to go.

To create a potty schedule, you will first want to:

  • Watch when your child is going. Pay attention to how soon they are going after meals, waking up and before bed, as well as all the times in between too.
  • You want to keep a journal and write down this information, as well as if they are peeing, pooping or doing both together too. This will require checking their diaper closely after each changing so you know which is happening.
  • Keep track of their facial expressions or body language as well prior to going and make these notes in the journal as well. Is there something special they do when they poop or pee? Pay attention to these signals so you’ll know when to take them to the bathroom. Many children will fidget, walk around a lot, hold themselves, etc., watch what your child does before they go.

After you have kept a journal for a while, at least a couple of weeks, start going over the patterns that are happening when your child is going. This will help you establish what the schedule should be like. These patterns will be of when they are pooping most often or peeing most often, depending on what they are eating, what they are doing at the time or when they are taking naps for instance.

Once you know all this, begin taking your child to the potty at these times. So, for instance if your child pees first thing in the morning when they wake up, wake them a little sooner and get them to the potty. Or if they pee and poop after eating breakfast, take them there at that time too. The schedule should fit your child’s own potty habits and this will make teaching potty training easier, since your child will be going at the times when they would naturally go anyway. ​​​​​​

Here are some great FREE Potty Training Charts for Girls from Potty Patty and FREE Potty Training Charts for Boys from Potty Scotty.

 

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Do I Keep Potty Training Even When My Child Is Sick?

If your child isn't feeling good, just take a break potty training.

If you are potty training and your child is going through a stressful time, they may not want to potty train any longer during this period. Stress can come in a number of ways for a child, whether it is because they are sick, a pet has passed away, a baby is being born, their has a been a separation or divorce or even moving to a new home, the stress this can cause them many times will result in your child not wanting to use the potty.

The stress can cause their body not to recognize when they need to use the bathroom too, so sometimes stress can get in the way of potty training too. So in this case, being that your child is sick there are a couple of options to use when this happens while they are being potty trained.

  • You can go back to a regular diaper temporarily. This has to be made clear to the child that the diaper is only temporary due to the fact that they are sick. You will need to let your child know that they will be going back to using the potty when they are feeling better. This can be an option to use when they are needing a lot of bed rest while sick and they are sleeping a lot and won’t necessarily feel when they have to use the bathroom.
  • There is also the option of using waterproof training pants too. If your child has been using underwear during the day while potty training, going back to the training pants may be the first step before going back to regular diapers. These are available in a waterproof design or a plastic cover can be put over them. This allows your child to still feel when they are wet, without soiling their sheets too. This could work for a child that is sick, but necessarily bed ridden. If your child is still moving around, than the training pants can work so that they can still tell you that they have to use the potty once they feel they feel they have become wet a few times.

No matter what you decide, you will need to stay very calm and positive at this time. They cannot be in trouble for having accidents, even if they had not been having them before. This is probably making them feel bad too, especially since they are sick also. So, keep in mind that having to go back to training pants or a regular diaper during their illness is not a sign that potty training has stopped, just that it needs to be put on hold while they are getting better.

You want them to retain the potty training you are teaching and if they are sick, they may not remember a lot of what you are teaching them.

 

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Child Keeps Holding Their Urine

Many parents go through the problem of a child holding their pee, you are not alone.

The child at first is very respective to using their potty chair or potty seat and then suddenly something changes and they no longer will go on the potty. This is normal, although not a good thing to have happen, when a child is holding their pee, since this can cause other problems as well as mean that accidents are more likely to happen.

Many times a child will regress and you need to look at what else has happened or is happening that is causing them to regress and not use the potty any longer, as well as hold their potty too.

Some things to consider are:

  • Is there a medical condition? This can be something as simple as a yeast infection or bladder infection. If they have become to hold their potty, these conditions can also be created by doing this too. A yeast or bladder infection can cause painful urination that is very uncomfortable. This can make a child not want to use the potty, since it hurts every time they go and they only go when they cannot hold it any longer. Holding their potty again can cause these conditions too. You may want to take your child in to make sure that nothing like this is happening, as well as checking to make sure that they have not stayed in wet underwear or that their underwear is too tight. These two conditions can cause yeast infections, even in boys when they are younger. You also want to make sure that they are wiping properly and helping them with this too. Bacteria can get into areas, especially in girls, that it shouldn’t causing an infection and painful urination also. Make sure that they are wiping from behind and front to back to cut down on the chances of an infection happening.
  • Has there been any negative behavior that has happened that has been associated with the potty? Have they had an accident and you became upset at them, thus making them nervous to go on the potty because they do not want to make a mistake.
  • Major events Sometime major events such as new baby, divorce, separation, or loss of a friend or loved one can be completely devastating for a child. These major events can have the child either regress or cause the child to need to get control of something in their life. Regressing can sometimes be a sign of deep fears, loss of control or major changes in their lives.
  • Is he Confused? If your child is standing up and then peeing, this could be that there is confusion with their own bodily functions. They may not have all the feelings in their body yet, to know when they have to go and when they sit down, these feelings are dampened further. This is the opposite of what usually happens when we sit down to pee, however it is not uncommon for a child to have mixed signals. In this case, it may be okay to let them go with no bottoms on or let them pee in the shower even, to ensure that they go when they are standing up.

There are many reasons or issues that can cause this behavior in kids, and trying to figure them out can lead many parents to feel frustrated. Remember the more frustrated and upset you are, the more your child feels it and will refuse to comply.

As a last result, you may consider letting your child go back into diapers. This will temporarily elevate the pressure on your child, and give you the time to figure out what is going on.

 

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How To Use Sign Language To Help Potty Train

Sign language can be used with younger children, especially when as a parent we are eager to get our children out of the diapers and potty trained. Sign language to teach potty training and other skills was created over 20 years ago to use with babies.

The sign language can be used for babies and toddlers too, since many children are and can start potty training as young as one years old to eighteen months old. Using sign language is a great way to communicate with a child that cannot speak what they need or want. It can be used so that they child can let you know that they need to use the bathroom and you can help get them there.

Furthermore, teaching potty training before a child has turned two is easier many times as well, since prior to two, children are not as stubborn and more likely to follow commands and directions. There is less resistance when they are younger when it comes to learning new things and being taught how to do something.

Five simple signs that can be used when potty training your child will work by the time they are one year old at the most.

These signs include:

  • When you change your child, make your hands into fists and shake your fists up and down or back and forth every time a diaper change happens. Show your child to use the same sign when they need to use the potty too.
  • To teach a child the sign of more, begin with tapping your fingertips together when your child wants more of something. Show your child that tapping their fingers together means more, by them receiving more of what they wanted. Later, convert that to tapping their fingers together when they still need to pee or poop on the potty while going.
  • Teach the sign all done, by sweeping your arms down by your side when your child has finished eating or drinking something. Show this sign to your child when you are finished doing something as well. Later, convert this to having your child sweep their arms by their side when they are done using the potty and going to the bathroom.
  • The washing hands sign is to put one hand over the fist of the other. This can be shown when your child is done eating, by using this sign after meals and snacks. As well as you use it to when you are getting ready to wash your hands as well. When your child is using the potty, use the sign to remind your child to wash their hands when they are done going to the bathroom.

These signs can be used, as well as if there are already signs that you use in your own home, they can be used when potty training too.

 

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Tips on Potty Training Boys

You may have heard that potty training boys is so much more difficult that potty training girls. This is not necessarily true and the biggest difference is that boys stand to pee and sit to poop. Which means teaching one and than the other later on.

However, other than that, boys all learn at different speeds, just like girls do, there is no rule to this.

So, here are some tips on potty training boys.

  • Let your son decide if he wants to sit or stand initially. Your son should do whatever he is comfortable with in the beginning. He mainly want him to go, so sitting is fine and many times easier for boys, since reaching the toilet may difficult, as well as aiming. Your son can always stand later when he wants too. You can also have a potty chair and a potty seat so he can decide what to do.
  • Potty training your boy can be made easier if he has his daddy or brother or any other male show him what is suppose to happen, just by watching. Allowing your son to see what other boys do will go a long way when it comes to potty training.
  • Use toilet targets if your son is beginning to stand to pee. These are fun and there is an array of choices to use. There are some that are thrown in the water and dissolve when your child is able to pee on it, as well as others that are placed in the bottom of the toilet and change colors or images when your child pees on it too. This is than more of a game when your son goes potty and he does not even realize he is learning how to aim into the toilet.
  • Allow your son to go bottomless when at home or in the backyard. This is a great way for them to recognize their bodily emotions, since most children do not want to have an accident. However, do remind them to go to the potty regularly, so there are no accidents, but it does make it easier for them to go, since there is no clothing to take off.
  • Make sure to have a reward system in place for when your child uses the potty correctly. They can receive stickers, small toys or anything else that they respond to for doing a job well done.
  • Cut back on how much your child is drinking at night, so there will be less of a chance of an accident happening. Mainly this is because children need to master daytime potty training, before they can master nighttime potty training. Trying to do both at the same time can be overwhelming to a boy.
  • Always bring a portable potty or potty seat with, so that no matter where you and your son are at, he always feels comfortable to go to the bathroom. There are disposable potties, as well as inflatable ones and the traditional fold up potty seat too. You want to make sure that you are consistent when potty training a boy and having a portable potty with means that this can happen.
  • Begin using underwear occasionally when your son is staying dry for long periods of time. This is a reward for staying dry and not having accidents, as well as a way to help encourage your son to go, so that he does not go in his favorite character underwear too. ​​​​​

 

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