Diapers and Mother Earth

IMG_5832Once in a while, The Potty Fairy runs across some interesting and important information from other associations that care about children and our world.  Diaper Doom is just that group with an important message about disposable diapers that are highly intriguing and important for all of us to learn more about.  We hope you enjoy reading about this topic as much as we did!

Diaper Doom is our guest blogger this week:

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At what age did you start potty training your child? If you said between the ages of 2-3, then you’re not alone… in the United States, the average age is 2 ½ years for girls and 3 years for boys. That means that if your baby was wearing disposable diapers, they were being exposed to over 50 chemicals for up to 3 years because of their soft, sensitive skin!

American babies soil 27.4 billion diapers annually and generate 7.6 billion pounds of trash… that is enough garbage to stretch to the moon and back 9 times! Plastic disposable diapers take over 500 years to biodegrade in landfills which is so long that the diaper you wore as a baby will outlive your great- great- granddaughter!

Plastic disposable diapers should be a major concern for all parents because your baby is wearing them 24/7… during a vital time in their development.

Disposable diapers are made of both polyethylene and polypropylene… or in simple terms: PLASTIC. Polypropylene is actually the same plastic that is used to make grocery bags.

Your baby’s diapers being made of plastic should be a problem to you for a number of reasons:

First, it takes one cup of crude oil to make the polyethylene plastic for one baby: that adds up to 3.4 billion gallons of oil every year to supply diapers to all babies… enough to power 5,222,000 cars!

Second, plastic retains body heat so when the plastic diaper is constantly rubbed against your baby’s skin it creates a rash.

Third, most plastic is made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas which release toxic emissions when extracted from the earth.

Lastly, in order to make your baby’s diapers feel soft, diaper companies use a plastic softener called phthalate. It is concerning to you as a parent because of this chemical acts as an endocrine disruptor which can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and developmental disorders in your precious baby.

The most dangerous chemical found in almost every diaper brand on the market today is dioxin: a carcinogenic chemical that is a toxic byproduct of the paper- bleaching process. In addition to cancer, dioxin has also been known to cause birth defects, skin and liver disease, and genetic damage in lab animals.

We try to protect our babies from as much as we can… but should we really have to worry about their diapers too?

Disposable diapers on the market today are scarier than attempting to potty train your baby! Do we want our children to live in a world stinking of diapers and covered in plastic? Diaper Doom is an advocate for ending the use of plastic disposable diapers because we can’t stand the stench any longer! We feel it’s time to air out the disaster that is the diaper industry! Follow @diaperdoom to keep up with our mission… something has got to change!

At what age did you start potty training your child? If you said between the ages of 2-3, then you’re not alone… in the United States, the average age is 2 1⁄2 years for girls and 3 years for boys. That means that if your baby was wearing disposable diapers, they were being exposed to over 50 chemicals for up to 3 years because of their soft, sensitive skin!

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27.4 billion diapers annually and generate 7.6 billion pounds of trash… that is enough garbage to stretch to the moon and back 9 times! Plastic disposable diapers take over 500 years to biodegrade in landfills which is so long that the diaper you wore as a baby will outlive your great- great- granddaughter!

Plastic disposable diapers should be a major concern for all parents because your baby is wearing them 24/7… during a vital time in their development.

Disposable diapers are made of both polyethylene and polypropylene… or in simple terms: PLASTIC. Polypropylene is actually the same plastic that is used to make grocery bags.

Your baby’s diapers being made of plastic should be a problem to you for a number of reasons:

First, it takes one cup of crude oil to make the polyethylene plastic for one baby: that adds up to 3.4 billion gallons of oil every year to supply diapers to all babies… enough to power 5,222,000 cars!

Second, plastic retains body heat so when the plastic diaper is constantly rubbed against your baby’s skin it creates a rash.

Third, most plastic is made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas which release toxic emissions when extracted from the earth.

Lastly, in order to make your baby’s diapers feel soft, diaper companies use a plastic softener called phthalate. It is concerning to you as a parent because of this chemical acts as an endocrine disruptor which can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and developmental disorders in your precious baby.

The most dangerous chemical found in almost every diaper brand on the market today is dioxin: a carcinogenic chemical that is a toxic byproduct of the paper- bleaching process. In addition to cancer, dioxin has also been known to cause birth defects, skin and liver disease, and genetic damage in lab animals.

We try to protect our babies from as much as we can… but should we really have to worry about their diapers too?

Disposable diapers on the market today are scarier than attempting to potty train your baby! Do we want our children to live in a world stinking of diapers and covered in plastic? Diaper Doom is an advocate for ending the use of plastic disposable diapers because we can’t stand the stench any longer! We feel it’s time to air out the disaster that is the diaper industry! Follow @diaperdoom to keep up with our mission… something has got to change!

 

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The Three Day Method of Potty Training with The Potty Fairy

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Signs that Your Child is Ready for Potty Training: 

  • A child is independent and proud of accomplishments.
  • A child has dry periods.
  • A child does not like a dirty diaper.
  • A child notices others using the toilet.
  • A child can tell you when wetting their diaper
  • Pooping is obvious!
  • A child is interested in trying to use the toilet

 

Preparation for three-day method of potty training:

  • Get oversized tee shirts for your child to wear.
  • Get a potty chair that you can move around the house.
  • Let the Potty Fairies know that you are embarking on potty training.
  • Get The Potty Fairy book and CD.
  • Get relevant rewards that the Potty Fairies can leave.
  • Get awesome undies that can be left on your child’s bed at night to put on in the morning. Potty Fairy stickers are available to place on underwear so your child can know they are from the Potty Fairy.
  • Be ready to spend 3 intense days with your child at home. You will be together.

OK, here’s how to potty train your kid in three days:

  • When your child wakes up in the morning, change his soggy diaper and bid farewell. Have your kid throw the diaper out and say “bye-bye.”
  • Change your kid into one of the oversized T-shirts you got and explain there is no diaper to catch the pee-pee or poop, so he has to put it in the potty.
  • Give your kid breakfast and an extra drink. Afterward, lead your little one to the potty. It should be a successful trip after all those liquids.
  • Go on with the day, but remember, no leaving the house for three days. Play, read, color and watch cartoons.
  • Have a constant sippy cup of water at your kid’s reach. Just like crate-training a puppy, walk your child to the potty every 15 minutes, all day long for three days.
  • Cut off all liquids and snacks after dinner.
  • Complete one final potty mission before bed.
  • Wake your kid up halfway through the night to pee. (Yes, set an alarm.)
  • Repeat for the next two days.
  • Don’t get upset about accidents. They’re not a big deal.

Days Two and Three:

  • Repeat what you did on day one.
  • Don’t get upset about accidents. They’re not a big deal.
  • Don’t react to accidents.
  • Provide praise and rewards for staying dry.
  • Leave surprises for staying dry by the potty fairies throughout the day.
  • Make the day magical and fun.

After 3 days of successful potty training, plan a celebration:

  • Have a celebration!  It will help your child stay focused and remain “trained”.
  • Decorate a Potty Fairy Princess or Princess Crown to wear at the celebration party. (download a free crown template at www.thepottyfairy.com
  • Have your child help prepare the celebration.
  • Make cupcakes or cookies. Kids love to bake.
  • Make some decorations.
  • Have your child tell others at the celebration (family and close friends what they have accomplished!  A public announcement that they will now use underwear.
  • Let them show others their “big girl or boy” underwear.
  • This is a time that you and your child can feel proud of what you have accomplished. A time to celebrate your child as they are no longer a baby with diapers.

         Best wishes on your potty training journey!  Remember The Potty Fairy !

The Potty Fairy book is available in English, Spanish and French. All versions can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. English versions in hardcover and paperback along with eBooks are available on our website at 35% off with promocode MOA35.
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Potty Training Boys!

boy on pottyTeaching a boy to use the potty chair will require lots of patience and love.  Experts have weighed in on a recommended age for potty training. Never before 2 years old.  Prime times are ages 2.5 to 3.5.  Leaning toward a more mature age for boys is desirable.

Your son will need to demonstrate a reasonable amount of motivation and interest.  Motivational aids like cool underwear and awesome potty chair equipment helps.  Sharing with him that Bud, The Potty Fairy’s helper for boys, is there to help and support will also be helpful. 

Read The Potty Fairy story to your son and point out the Bud character. Tell your little guy that Bud will deliver underwear to him at night when he is learning to use the potty chair.  The Potty Fairy website has “Potty Fairy Approved” stickers if you want to add a layer of believability that the fairies delivered the undies at night!

Having a role model is important. Children learn by seeing and doing.  Showing your son how it is done by a male role model is important.  The male role model can also encourage and support your son. This can be an older brother or Dad.  So often women are a child’s primary caregiver in the early years of a child’s life.  A man involved with the potty training process has a lot of impact.  It can be a guy things.

Your personal preference for equipment is the right way to go.  Be cautious of urine protectors for little boys as some can scratch and bother little boys. 

A potty chair that looks cool to a boy will provide some motivation for using it.   Boys typical start potty training by sitting down and as they get bigger and can stand tall enough to the toilet can use the stand up method of going to the bathroom.  This is pretty dependent on height and size and does confirm that starting potty training when the little guy is a bit older and mature as a good idea.

Boys are very, very active and get busy with the activities they enjoy.  Boys will need reminders to use the potty chair.  It is advised to have them try every 2-3 hours.  Tell them it is time to try to potty and do not ask them if they need to go.  They will easily say they do not need to go so that they can continue with their activity.  Even potty trained boys need to be told to go rather than it being an option.  Be consistent and keep at it.  There will be accidents and it will not be a perfect process.  Keep positive and encouraging for your child and yourself.

One of the benefits of being a boy is the ability to pee outside by a tree.  I have seen this be a big motivator for boys.  If there is a private area that your child could try this, and you are comfortable with it, it might be kinda fun.

Bud, The Potty Fairy’s helper, can deliver cool underwear at night when your child has a successful day.  When your child has a successful period of time, 3-7 days, have a celebration.   Download the FREE crown from The Potty Fairy site and decorate it with your child. Have him wear the crown and have a family/friend celebration.  Have some special food and praise you child in front of people he cares about.  If you have friends potty training their child, have a group celebration where caregivers and children can celebrate together. 

Make potty training a fun and exciting adventure. Something to celebrate and enjoy. The rewards of this type of frame of mind will pay off!

One of the benefits of being a boy is the ability to pee outside by a tree.  I have seen this be a big motivator for boys.  If there is a private are that your child could try this, and you are comfortable with it, it might be kinda fun.

Moral support is always good for both parents and children.  The child’s peers are important to your child, and celebrating these big developmental steps can provide a health environment for your child’s growth and self esteem.

The Potty Fairy Enhances All Methods of Potty Training.

 

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New Potty Chair Design: Potty Safe

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When we saw this potty chair we instantly thought, “why didn’t I think of that”! The Potty Safe potty chair has a special feature that every parent will appreciate!

To see if our first impression was “spot on” we asked an expert, a parent in the midst of potty training her little girl!  We fast forwarded a Potty Safe potty chair to this mom and after a few days of using the Potty Safe potty chair she shared her thoughts with us:

 

First of all, mom loved  the lock feature of potty bowl as her daughter loved to play with the bowl of the chair she had and would put it on her head!  (Ugh)  Potty Safe kept her daughter from this favorite activity that mom did not care for.  Other attributes that this mom noticed, is the “bump” on the front of the chair design, as it defines the bowl better than other potty chairs. She believes the design would be great for boys, keeping pee in the bowl and not on the floor. Mom likes the heights of the Potty Safe Potty Chair as it is taller than the other chair she had and seemed sturdier!

 

This is awesome feedback from a mom potty training her daughter. This mom works in the medical field. She is highly aware and concerned about germs and cleanliness. Potty Safe provided a better product option in her opinion.

 The makers of Potty Safe shared some information to some questions we had. Please enjoy reading the Question/Answer section of our blog:

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What was your biggest inspiration for creating Potty Safe?

Our inspiration came when potty training our daughter. She loved being a big helper and try- ing to dump the potty, and she also loved to show off her accomplishments. Since the waste bowls came out so easily, she was able to the get them out in a flash and it usually ended up in a huge mess all over her and the floor. When I searched all over for a “child proof” potty chair that featured a waste bowl that kids couldn’t remove, I was in shock it didn’t exist. So, I went and bought some materials that I thought would get the job done. I told my husband my idea, handed him the materials, and asked him to “fix it”. He is a great fabricator and has patience of steel, so he can figure anything out. And that’s how Potty Safe was born!

What was your biggest challenge for creating Potty Safe?

I would say our biggest challenge for creating Potty Safe was navigating unchartered waters of getting a product to market, and balancing that while holding down full-time jobs. I have my B.S.B.A in Accounting, my husband is a welder, and we live on a farm. So, our backgrounds do not include any knowledge about launching a product to retail. It has been a roller coaster for sure, but a fun adventure! We’ve learned by asking any questions possible and researching all we can. The real work begins after we get the kids down for bed and come together to work on Potty Safe. It’s a lot of work that can be stressful, but something we are very passionate about so it makes it all worthwhile!

How many children have tried your product?

Since we just launched a few months ago, we have about 20 kids using a Potty Safe currently, with the number growing every day.

Are there any other products on the market that are similar to your product?

While there are quite a few potty-training chairs on the market, none of them offer a child proof latch that Potty Safe does.

What makes your product unique to other potty chairs?

Potty Safe is definitely unique because of our latch that secures the waste bowl to the base.

How long have you been selling Potty Safe?

We launched our website on Aug 21, 2018 to start accepting pre-orders. On Oct 26, 2018 we received our first shipment of inventory.

Do you offer your product online or in stores?

Potty Safe is currently offered online at www.PottySafe.com and at a local shop, Forever Yours Embroidery in Cassville, MO that features gifts for all ages also along with personalization services.

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Is Potty Safe available in different colors?

Potty Safe is currently offered in a bold neutral yellow, or a Pink fit for a Princess! We look to expand color options as business starts ramping up more.

Do you have reviews for Potty Safe from parents who have used it?  

We are getting great reviews from customers.

What is the most important feature of your potty chair?

Our most important feature is the child proof latch. It prevents children from taking out the waste bowl and making a mess. This not only eliminates spills, it also helps to eliminate the spread of germs. And of course, one of my favorite things about Potty Safe is that it saves parents some stress while potty training! Let’s face it, potty training is stressful! Parents have little time in the day as it is, and the last thing they need is to be cleaning up unnecessary spills and giving extra baths.

What is your number one piece of advice for parents starting the potty training process?

Of course, my number one piece of advice is get a Potty Safe! All good fun aside, I would say do not underestimate the amount of time and patience it takes. Every child is different, and they complete potty training at different rates. It is important to not compare your child’s progress with other children. This only creates more stress for your toddler, and yourself.

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Anything else you would like to add about your products?

Potty Safe is Made in the USA out of recyclable material. It also features a built-in splash guard, and rubber feet to prevent sliding.

We hope that our story can inspire others to go after their dream. We get messages very often from people asking about how we started this process because they have ideas for products. We divulge all that we know so we can help in anyway possible. It is nice people whom we have encountered on this journey who helped us get to where we are today, and we want to help others as well!

We often run different specials, so keep an eye out for them! www.PottySafe.com

 

 

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Peepeepants Saved The Day! (and Night)

By Blogger, Mary Pap December 27, 2018

Mary Pap, creator of The Potty Fairy, happened upon a cool product called,  Peepeepants, and she wanted to learn more about these special pants so completed a Q/A with the creator, Jeanne Foley.

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Diaper leaks are the worst. As a new parent, we are already sleep deprived and just getting through the day can be an effort, so waking up to a soaking wet baby and having to wash all the sheets is not a welcome task.  Jeanne Foley, creator of Peepeepants, knows this all too well. After realizing that there weren’t really any options out there for preventing diaper leaks, she decided to use her background as a technical designer, to create one.  Peepeepants are a light-weight, washable and reusable diaper cover that completely solves the problem of diaper leaks.

If you are sick of throwing away money on expensive nighttime diapers, booster pads and mattress/sheet protectors, you need Peepeepants. As a fellow “momtrapraneur,” I was happy to connect with her and ask a few questions about her innovative product and what’s next!

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Questions/Answers

Who is/was your biggest inspiration for creating Peepeepants?

My daughter Francesca (we call her Frankie) was the inspiration for creating Peepeepants. I would wake up almost every morning to a soaking wet baby and bed. Her diaper was not holding up through the night. I read about diaper leaks and tried every trick out there from doubling up on the diaper, changing the size, adding booster pads and of course all of the mattress protectors out there.  It just didn’t make sense that there wasn’t something I could put over the diaper to catch the leaks before they got all over the place.

After realizing there wasn’t something simple to solve that problem, I decided to make something. The first few prototypes I sewed myself (I have a fashion design background and love to sew). Slowly but surely the design evolved and after a lot of trial and error, the final design worked! It actually worked so well, I decided to find a manufacturer that could make them for me so that I could share them with other parents! 

How many children have tried your product?

Since this product is brand new, I decided to order only a small quantity of 50 samples in 3 different sizes to have friends and family test out and give feedback. Thankfully word spread about them and I’ve received a ton of positive feedback. It gave me the confidence to place a larger order and get them on Amazon for all the parents out there to benefit from.

Are there any other products on the market that are similar to your product?

Nothing that I could find. There are a ton of products that protect the mattress from getting soaked and some work better than others. I didn’t love the disposable sheet protectors because it felt so wasteful but most of all I hated having to strip the bed every day to wash the sheets and blankets. Peepeepants are the first lightweight, super absorbent, washable diaper cover that has a unique (patent pending) design that prevents diaper leaks at the source. They really do save a lot of hassle, expense and waste compared to all other options that are out there.

Do you make the Peepeepants or do you have them made by someone else?

I made the first few prototypes and then found a great manufacturer to make them with higher quality and more cost effectively.

What do you think makes your product unique to other leaky diaper protection out there?

I think the biggest difference is that my product actually goes on the baby. It’s also made of much more high-tech materials. The old plastic diaper covers that our parent’s generation used, were really the last iteration of a diaper cover that protected from leaks. I think parents just haven’t been given a better option other than the mattress and sheet protectors. Now they don’t have to!

When will your Peepeepants be available to purchase?

They are available to pre-order on www.peepeepants.com and will be shipping in February. I’m also very excited to make them available on Amazon in February for all those Prime Parents out there!

Will you be offering your product online and in stores?

For now I’m offering them online, I’d love to offer them in stores and will work on establishing relationships with retailers. It’s important to me to get them out there as much as possible because I truly believe they make a huge difference and know they will help a lot of other families dealing with this problem.

Have you field tested your product?

Yes, lots of testing! I wanted to make sure there was an actual need for this product before diving in and ordering a larger quantity. I’m excited to be sending out a lot of samples to parents I’ve connected with through social media as well to get more feedback and hope that they will share their stories. There is nothing better to spread the word about a great product than word of mouth!

What sizes are your Peepeepants available in?

They will be available in 3 sizes to start.  12-18months, 18-24months & 3T.  These are the ages that I needed them for my daughter.  I have had a ton of requests for larger sizes since there isn’t a great option for older kids who still have problems with bed-wetting. I’m learning so much from these requests and plan on adding larger sizes to the line soon. I’ve also had requests from special needs parents who think these would be useful for their older children as well. I’m VERY excited to extend the line to be able to cater to all the kids that may find these useful.

Will your pants be available in different colors?

For now we’re keeping it simple with one color, it helps keep the cost down so that I can offer it at a great price. Since they are intended to layer under clothing, it didn’t matter as much to get started. Eventually I’d LOVE to get some fun prints and colors in the works so it’s definitely something I’ll explore as I get more feedback from customers and the business grows.

Do you have recommendations for Peepeepants from Daycare providers? and/or a Pediatrician?

I’m working on getting recommendations from Daycare providers and pediatricians. I’ve had one daycare very interested in having them at their facility because children often have accidents and diaper leaks during nap time which causes a lot of extra clean up. With Peepeepants, if kids are prone to this, they can simply put them on prior to nap time and throw them in the wash right after. No more sanitizing the cot and everything that got soaked!

What is your number one piece of advice for parents starting the potty training process?

I’m not one to typically give advice on potty-training because I’m still learning and going through the process with my daughter, which is why I love blogging about it and learning from experts!  I do think one thing that really helped me is making getting the first pair of underwear an event. I actually did not think of that, my mom did.  She knew I was having a bit of trouble keeping consistent with potty-training and when she came to visit she brought a cute set of undies and had her open them like a big surprise!  I also used to be terrified about Frankie having an accident when we were out of the house (or even in the house).  Once I just went for it and put her in real underwear, the accidents were the moments that she realized what was happening and that she felt wet! I think it was the ah-ha moment she needed to understand that she had to go to the potty to avoid that.

Follow her on Instagram and send her a message if you’re interested in testing a pair out!

Free shipping and returns, there’s really no risk. What’s better than that?

 

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The Potty (Training) Fairy

 

Jeanne Foley, creator of Peepeepants, was curious about The Potty Fairy and did a Q/A with me. Please enjoy this blog post she wrote: 

 

We all love fairies, they make scary things not so scary and add a little bit of magic to any story.  So, it only makes sense that a very special mommy dreamt up “The Potty Fairy”  while going through the potty training phase with her own kids, and now grandkids!

While potty training might be scary (mostly for the parents) at Peepeepants, we are all about finding fun ways to go through that phase and were excited to connect with the author of “The Potty Fairy” Mary Pap (love that her name is Mary because that’s my mom’s name too!)

Thepottyfairy.com has some REALLY fun tools that can help any parent make potty training a fun and rewarding time. We wanted to learn more so we sat down and asked a few hard-hitting questions to get to the bottom of why these products work.

Who is/was your biggest inspiration for writing The Potty Fairy book?

My biggest inspiration for the story about The Potty Fairy is a little girl, Muriel and her mother, Nancy.  Muriel was a resistant potty learner and her mom was so frustrated.  Nancy and I met for coffee and she shared her frustration with Muriel.  That night when I went to sleep, I had a beautiful dream about potty fairies delivering underwear to children.  The dream made such an impact on me, I wrote the story the next day and delivered to Muriel with a pair of cute underwear.  She potty trained that weekend. She loved the concept and it worked. After that, when friends would potty train their children, I gave them a handwritten story and a pair of underwear.

What do you think makes your book unique to other potty training books out there?

The Potty Fairy is similar to the “Tooth Fairy” and “Elf on the Shelf” but is applied to potty training specifically.   The Potty Fairy taps into a child’s developmental period when imaginative play is so important.  The storybook can be combined with our enhancement products that bring the story to life. We have Potty Fairy dolls, Potty Fairy underwear and free crowns for children to make their own Potty Fairy Princess or Prince crown.  The Potty Fairy is for boys and girls!  Our storybook and products are culturally diverse as we depict children of all races and offer different skin tones for the dolls.

 When will your book be available to order?

The Potty Fairy book is available for purchase on our website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Jet, Walmart and a variety of other online stores around the world.  Our publisher has printing sites around the globe so the book is available everywhere!  The book is available in English, Spanish and French.

We have products to bring the story to life i.e.: dolls and underwear that are handmade. We are research manufacturing these products so they are more affordable.

Why is getting a special first pair of underwear so effective for kids?  Should parents make it a point when starting potty training?

I believe that a special first pair of underwear is one of the most effective motivational steps you can take for a child.  By offering special underwear, a child views the potty training process as special. They can be excited to move from diapers to underwear.  Once my children and grandchildren received their special underwear there was no going back to diapers. They were so proud of their “big boy/big girl” underwear and would show people!  In fact, one of my daughters got very sick right after potty training and had a hospital stay. When she woke up after surgery she was so upset that diapers had been put on her.  It was a wonderful sign that she wanted her special underwear back on!

How did you become recommended by early childhood development teachers and a Pediatrician?

 I am a PreK-12 Educator.  My career path ended up in educational research, program development and implementation and teacher training. It was my good fortune to meet wonderful educators at all levels. I have provided online webinar trainings so that people can develop a potty training plan with the products. Feedback from these events have provided recommendations from all areas.  I have a base of support to turn to which we all need.  The book and products have been field tested in Preschools and at home with children and parents.  When the product was first developed, we field tested and made modifications.  The Potty Fairy products have been approved by teachers, parents, pediatricians and children. I continue to seek testimonials and endorsements to provide parents with a level of confidence in the products.

What is your number one piece of advice for parents starting the potty training process?

 Prepare yourself by selecting a time to potty train that works in your schedule; read about different methods and select one that works for you and your child and your life style; sprinkle in motivational pieces and make the process fun. Focus on success and deal with disappointments but don’t make a fuss about it. Don’t bribe! Rather use the Potty Fairies to deliver notes, rewards and stickers. Let the fairies deliver the “goods” and you can partner with your child and be their best cheerleader!

Our story and products also include a song and poem that can help make the process fun!

 

Notice:

The Potty Fairy online store is opening January 2019 so that you can purchase dolls and underwear.

The book is available for purchase now in hardcover, paperback and eBooks thru our publisher.  The Potty Rider is available now on our website.

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Are Potty Training Underwear a Big Deal?

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  How important is Potty Training Underwear?

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Are underwear important when starting potty training?  YES!  Finding the right underwear that excites your child is one of the most important items to get before starting the process.

When I first started the The Potty Fairy, I made “special” homemade Potty Fairy underwear for friends who were potty training their child, thinking this would be a motivational and fun thing for toddlers when potty training.  It did seem to help! Some people even go so far and tell their children that their underwear are magical!

Later on, I purchased training pants” type underwear and placed a PF on them.  I just assumed one should use potty training underwear when potty training. But, recently I have learned that it is advised that children who are potty training should wear regular underwear. So we have made regular underwear for girls and a boys that have a PF stamped on the rear of the underwear to align with the story.  ( as pictured in this blog post)

I have learned that children love to pick out their very own special potty training underwear and often times pick-out a pair that have a special design or character that they can relates to.   Besides a potty chair, potty training underwear is the most important things to purchase prior to beginning the potty training process. 

We all like choices and this fact includes little children.  Choices make us feel motivated and positive about anything that we are getting involved with.  When we are preparing to do something challenging, choices helps us feel in control and in charge.  Giving your child the choice on what potty training underwear to select will provide that opportunity for your child and will give them some “buy-in” to start the potty training journey.  Bring them shopping and it makes it a special day,  as together you get what you need for potty training including special underwear. This will be motivating for your child. 

Of course, you will want to have your child select underwear that you believe is a quality and a type of underwear that you believe will work best for your child.  Let them select from the ones that you approve prior to shopping and guide them through the process. 

Avoid diaper like training pants as a child will think they can continue to use them as a diaper! Pull-ups are not helpful in potty training as if the child has an accident, the pull-up does not make the child feel wet and your child will not feel the consequences of having an accident.  For people who prefer the training pant style underwear,  there are training pants that are designed so that the child will feel wet and uncomfortable but will guard the child’s clothing from getting wet.

In the beginning stages of potty training you will want to let your child wear their new underwear when at home.   When your child wears their underwear, they will see that when they have have an accident, their underwear will get wet,  and their clothing will need to be changed.  It is a process that helps them to understand, if they want to stay dry, they need to get to the bathroom before an accident occurs.  When just beginning to potty train, some suggest putting on a diaper or thick training pants when leaving home, until your child is staying drying and using the bathroom regularly.  Shorter trips out, helps them practice staying dry when not at home. 

Training pants are different from regular underwear as they are a bit thicker and will help in case of an accident. If you decide you want to use training pants, the cloth cotton training pants are thicker than regular underwear or panties and there is extra padding in the crotch area where an accident may occur.  They come in:

  • a variety of colors and designs for boys and girls.
  • a variety of sizes. 
  • very easy to pull up and down for potty training.

In addition, waterproof pull-on pants can be purchased to put over the cloth underwear in case of an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will help protect your furniture and floors from getting wet when they do have an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will protect should the child have an accident while on an outing, as well as during the daytime.

boy underwearThere are also training pants with a “pocket” opening so that you can add additional material to add additional absorbency for overnight or if traveling.  Parents have told me that they believe that their child was more apt to wet their pants as they felt like diapers when using this type of underpants.

One mom even told me that her child did not train using “tighty whities” underwear and she felt that this style was too much like a diaper for her child.  She struggled potty training her son when using “tighty whities”  and when she put him in boxer underwear he trained quickly as there was no room for error.

Many people have concluded that training pants need to be much like real underwear in order for proper potty training to happen.  This means your child should be able to pull them up and down easily.  Get the cutest underwear that you can find with your child so they will want to wear them and will not want to mess them up.  Consider getting a pair that is one size up from your child’s typical size is very helpful when potty training very easy of pulling up and down.

Many daycares are recommending to parents to go straight to regular underwear when you are ready to potty train.  Just remember that underwear is a BIG deal to a child and you want to let them pick them out.

In “The Potty Fairy” story, the potty fairies deliver the underwear at night, underwear that the Potty Fairy has stamped in the rear and leave them on the bed for the child to find in the morning.  This concept adds some imaginative play to the process and excitement! We all love special deliveries!IMG_7157- front cover of bookThe Potty Fairy

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Potty Training and the Holidays

 

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Potty Training Holiday Tips

You may not be actually potty training during the holidays, but you might be in that 3- month period after potty training when extra support is needed to keep your little one on track with using the potty chair.

Here are some helpful reminders with the holiday season upon us:

Organize the right supplies be ready to go when heading out.  You may want some disposable diapers available should you be traveling, or if you are attending holiday events in places that are not familiar to you and your child.  Think about packing a “toddler bag” with extra underwear, outfits, and disposable diapers.

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Bathrooms can be an issue when not at home.  I found this particularly true with going poop for my children.  They were going to save it for home!  Well, if you are going to be gone during the holidays for a few days that could be a problem.  Talk to your child before leaving home to give them advance warning regarding using a different bathroom when away from home.  For some children, bringing you potty chair from home can help.  Or even a smaller add-on toilet seat that is familiar to them.   Having one of these items available will be worthwhile when visiting relatives or friends for a few days.  Shopping or theater events are yet another issue.  Public bathrooms can really bring on the anxiety.  I found family bathrooms helpful for a little-added privacy. Bringing that small add-on seat for a public bathroom toilet can also help.  If it is all too much for your child, you may find yourself resorting to disposable pull-ups for a brief time.

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Holiday apparel is so adorable and fun.  Before you decide what to put on your child for the holidays, think about your child managing the clothing during potty time.  Lacy, fluffy dresses maybe a bit too much for your newly potty trained daughter to deal with on the potty chair.  Fancy outfits for boys with belts and suspenders could take time to undo and create an accident ready to happen.  If your child is newly potty trained select an outfit that will be easy for your child to deal with this year.  Easy on and easy off.  Fancy outfits may need to wait for another year.

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All of our diets change during the holidays.  We all eat a little more and drink a little more during socializing with others.  More to eat and drink could lead to tummy aches and could also create a situation where your child may need to visit the potty chair more often. Many parents will limit the number of liquids their child drinks before naps and bedtime.  Try to manage how much your child is eating and drinking. Be aware of the extra sugar in the food. Consider bringing some familiar foods for your child to eat and drink so that there is some regularity during this time.

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When you are home, there is a typical schedule that you follow with your child. When the holidays arrive with more travel and added events and parties, your schedule is challenging to follow. It may be impossible to follow your child’s typical schedule. Realizing your child schedule is not being followed, as usual, try and include extra chances to rest and go to the bathroom.  Be sensitive to your child’s needs and try not to get stressed out. Anticipating these things ahead of time and being prepared is helpful and could save the day. 

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 There will be lots of distractions and it will be easy to lose track of time.  Try and stay as consistent as possible with ALL the distractions that will be occurring all around you.  Timers can help you keep on track with going to the bathroom.  There are a variety of AP’s available for your phone so that you can set a timer to remind you of potty time, snacks and naps. This could be helpful for staying on schedule with distractions.

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Knowing that the holidays can be stressful at home or on the road, try and keep your cool and remain patient.  Realizing that the holidays are stressful for you, recognize that holidays are also stressful for your child.  Your child may regress during this time.  Regression is common during transitional times,  and holiday schedules can sure make life busy and in constant transition.  Be patient with yourself and be patient with your child.  Your child may go regress with potty training during this time, even during the best of circumstances. Don’t panic.  Just know when the holidays are over, you can get back on track. You may need a short period of time revisiting potty training with rewards, reminders, and praise when the holidays are over.  If you realize this is a possibility and you have a plan in place, you will likely ride the tide a little easier. Bringing a few items that help to calm your child as these items will be helpful for calming your child when not at home too.  Special toys, blankets, and books can help ease anxiety and help in a tense situation. 

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Being prepared for the holidays when it comes to potty training can help you enjoy the holidays and be ready for what might come up. Being prepared and aware is half of the battle. Compassion for your child and yourself will help ease the anxiety.  Enjoy the holidays and realize the holidays will pass too.  Your regular schedule will return and your child will get back on track with potty training too.

 

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The New Year will bring so much to celebrate and enjoy with your child.  Why some of your experiences could help you figure out some New Year’s Resolutions!  Keep your sense of humor. Cheers!

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Potty Training Regression

 

Potty trainingAs a young mom, expecting a baby and having a 2-year-old at home, I was anxious to potty train my eldest daughter before my new baby came home.  We potty trained together when my daughter was 23 months, almost 2 years old.  She seemed ready and everything went smoothly until I brought home the new baby and when my 2-year-old became a big sister to a new baby sister.  It seemed almost instantly she was having accidents and my response at the time was to put her back into diapers.  At the time I was so busy with the new baby I was challenged to also give attention to my daughter who was regressing in her potty training. 

 

Cute Happy toddler sitting on potty outdoorIt was hard for me to understand why my daughter had regressed and what had happened. She seemed to be well on her way to successfully using the potty chair! Why did she suddenly reverse direction? I felt like a failure but learned that all our efforts were not a failure, but that I needed to understand why regression happened and get to the bottom of the problem and get back on track. Once things settled in with the new baby and we were able to get a reasonable schedule again, my eldest daughter returned to being potty trained. Although it did take a little effort and focus, we did not start back to the very beginning of potty training which is what I feared.

 

girl with new babyI learned that there is not usually one reason why kids regress when it comes to potty training. Often times, during times of transition that may cause some stress at home, like welcoming a new sibling or starting a new school, regression can occur and a potty trained child returns to needing diapers.   When this happens, you need to address the problem that caused the regression to be able to move beyond the setback. Chances are, once the transition takes place and things settle down, your child will master potty training again and be back into underwear. Patience during this time will be critical in getting thru the bumps and moving forward again. I found this to be true and that my daughter actually enjoyed the attention to get back into underwear, using the potty chair and the benefits of being the “older” sister.

If in time things do not resume to normal, you may want to check in with your child’s doctor as medical issues can also cause regression. Sometimes difficulty with pooping can cause a child to avoid using the potty chair altogether.  Accessing if this can be an issue is important and be sure to offer plenty of water and a fiber-rich diet that promotes easy pooping.

boy on potty riderIf your child is expressing fear of using the toilet, play games, read books and provide aids to make using the toilet more fun.  The Potty Fairy Potty Rider, available on our website.  has been so helpful in alleviating fears about the toilet. Children who have expressed fear of falling into the toilet feel secure on the Potty Fairy Potty Rider.  The Potty Fairy book and enrichment products can also be helpful in bringing imaginative fun to the process with books, music and other enrichment products.  Bringing imaginative fun and adventure to potty training motivates children to use the potty chair.  The little guy in the picture was fearful of the toilet but with Bolt the horse to keep him secure he is all smiles. 

 

Getting back on track with potty training will require some consistent reminders to use the potty chair. Make a commitment to schedule your child’s visit to the potty chair as a part of your routine. Your child should use the toilet at least every two hours to get them back on track. To help with the transition from regression to using the potty chair again begin to give gentle reminders and encouragement to use the potty chair. Often time accidents happen because a child is busy in an activity and they do not want to stop to go and use the bathroom. 

step stoolsExplain to your child they are a big boy or girl and that they need to use the bathroom rather than use a diaper.  Remind them every hour or two and walk them to the bathroom before meals, before bedtime and before leaving the home.  In between times when needed. Have them use the bathroom right away in the morning, before m

Your response to your child when they use the potty chair successfully or have an accident can have a strong impact on their progress. You will want to give lots of positive attention to success and calm attention to accidents. If an accident occurs, quickly and quietly assist your child to clean-up and do not make a big deal.  Make big deals about success!

 

Hockey Stick or BudIncentives to stay dry are helpful. It is worth your while to brainstorm rewards that will truly be a reward for your child. The Potty Fairies love leaving incentives or rewards for your child and this helps keep the rewards, rewards and not bribes. Give rewards for staying dry not using the potty chair. After a few successful days, provide a special treat to an ice cream store or toy store with just you. A special treat with their parent all to themselves.  Praise can be a huge reward too that they are your special big boy or girl, not a baby that needs diapers can be the best reward.

 

 

If you can, keep your child in underwear, even if they are in a period of regression.  You want your child to feel discomfort when they have an accident. You don’t want revert to diapers so that your child regresses back into diapers when they have been successful at wearing underwear. Keep them moving forward as an independent potty user! Best wishes. 

 

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The Potty Training Consultant recently wrote a blog post called “Potty Training Products I Love”, which is a lovely post about her 6 favorite potty training products. “The Potty Fairy” book was included in these favorite potty training products!  Please check out this blog post and see the other products recommended by Potty Training Consultant!

 

She shares that “working with many different families with children of all ages and abilities, I am always on the lookout for products to make the potty training process easier and more fun. I wanted to share with you what I feel are the best potty training products on the market right now. Get one, or get them all for the ultimate potty training experience!”

One of her favorite products is our “The Potty Fairy” book!

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She also shares: “The Potty Fairy is a brand new potty training book that brings a fun new approach to learning how to use the potty. It features the Potty Fairy and her helpers, Bud and Blossom, who visit children during their potty training process bringing rewards and encouragement. I love that this book is a different concept than what we’ve seen in potty training books in the past and will really speak to your child’s imagination.”

 

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Potty Training Multiples

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When we first started the AskThePottyFairy.blog, we wondered how many potty training topics there would be to write about and share on our blog.  We are amazed at the number of topics associated with potty training and look forward to another year of providing blog posts as there is always more to learn.  The questions and topics keep rolling in! Consider following the AskThePottyFairy.blog so that you are alerted when new blogs are posted!

Coming up in November, The Potty Fairy has been asked to provide a potty training session for a group of parents in Toronto, Canada (TROMBA)   The Potty Fairy will be offering a webinar conference for the Toronto Parents of Multiple Births Association. Registrations are coming in and we are expecting a large group who will login in to participate in this session! In preparation for this specific webinar training, we are offering a blog post this month focusing on “Potty Training Multiples”. 

Note: If you are interested in offering a webinar training on potty training for your association, please send us an email and we would be happy to accommodate your specific interests and ideas.

Potty Training Multiples

So the big questions for parents of multiples are how do I potty train twins, triplets or more?  How do I differentiate typical training for one child to accommodate more than one child?  What if one of the children I am training is succeeding and the other is not? How do I keep both on track and feeling positive?  How do I organize for potty training and accommodate for more than one?

Parents of twins, triplets or more typically feel very overwhelmed when it comes to potty training their children. I would say that parents of one are also overwhelmed, but potentially double that for parents of twins and triplets.  Parents of multiple children are capable of this task as everything they do requires more organization and the ability to handle more chaos. So with a bit more preparation, support, and solid understanding, parents of multiples will conquer potty training! ( Kinda superhuman parents)

Parents of multiple children, please read on…

First, as with all parents potty training your children, you will want to make sure you are ready for the task and schedule potty training at a time with the least amount of distraction and stress. You will want to schedule potty training when you get another adult to commit to the training session alongside of you. Two people are needed when training multiple children. Prepare for success.

Secondly, you will want to be sure your children are developmentally ready for potty training. Typically, 2 1/2 to 3 years old. As with everything, this is an average, and some children potty train earlier and some later. With multiples, I would consider observing when both or all children demonstrate readiness for better odds for success and streamlining the process for you and your family.

Third, review the Methods of Potty Training on the AskThePottyFairy.blog site.  There are a variety of methods and approaches. You may want to look elsewhere for a review of methods as well. Read, reflect, consider and decide which method makes the best sense for you to use.  Just make a decision about your “game plan” and go from there.  You will add some unique differentiation for your children but have a base plan.

Next, prepare your environment and when getting your equipment purchase more than one potty chair.  Some people suggest letting your children have their own special potty chair, and some say no. You will have to make a decision on that one! (Personally, I would let them have their own and let them make it uniquely theirs.) Have multiple potty chairs and perhaps in more than one location.  Don’t forget to make accommodations for your home such as covering furniture, removing rugs and such.

Download a free Top Twelve Potty Training Tips sheet on the website and hang on the refrigerator for a reminder and reference. Add these “Potty Training Multiples Tips”:

DON’T compare

DON’T pressure

DO be patient

Do individualize for differences

Unique for training multiples, you will want to individualize your method for learning styles, motivational rewards and gender differences of your twins, or triplets. Think about how you would like to differentiate for these differences for your multiple children.  Learning styles and motivational rewards can be different for boys and girls along with anatomy differences.  Accommodate for these differences.  The method you proceed with will have unique differences for each of your children.

There is always the notion that the twins could be a positive influence on each other and be using the potty chair.  Keep it fun, positive and individualized you will be sure to be successful.  It has been said that twins can motivate each other in the process.

Unique “Potty Training Multiples” Issues:

What to do if one twin is making progress and the other is not?  To hold one back because the other is not making progress does not make sense.  I would move forward with the twin that is making progress and let them potty in the potty chair.  I would diaper up the uninterested child and not make a big deal of it.  Typically, the second or third child will catch-up pretty quickly.

DON’T feel you have to potty train your twins at the same time. Some twins, especially boy/girl sets, learn to use the toilet as much as a year apart — and that’s okay. All kids are different (even if yours look a lot alike). Still, lots of parents decide to tandem toilet train as soon as one seems ready so as not to prolong the process. And if things go well, the less eager twin will show more interest when she sees her sib using a potty.

How to manage Reward and praise as to not compare? Try to manage each of the children individually and not comparatively. Look for positives in both. Minimize accidents and setbacks.

DON’T use charts when you potty train twins. Charts show an obvious comparison between your children. One or two stickers are a great reward — with any luck, both kids will be getting their share — but putting them on a chart can be a constant visual reminder to one twin that she’s “behind” the other. Let them use their stickers in a different way so comparisons are lessened or eliminated.

DON’T use one twin’s potty success to encourage the other. The twin who’s taking his time with potty training will be able to figure out the progress of his sibling without you pointing it out. Instead of being motivating, comparisons might intensify feelings of jealousy or competition. Learning quickly doesn’t have to be the “better” way to learn to use the potty chair.  Praising your children for different attributes can make both of them feel successful and good about themselves.

I share this post with all due respect for parents of twins and triplets or more.  I look forward to the conversation we will have at the end of the webinar and realize there is always more to consider and learn.  I am hoping to learn together with you that evening. After the webinar and our discussion, I am visualizing adding more to this particular post as I learn from you. Please feel free to leave comments on the blog too and we can start the conversation early!

And “The Potty Fairy” Enhances All Methods of Potty Training, Even for Multiples!!!

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Potty Training Around the World

Kids around EarthAround the world, 50% of children are potty trained by 12 months.  This is not typical in the United States where we wait for the child to get much older before potty training. Typical ages in the United States are 2 and 1/2 for girls and 3 years for boys. So is potty training a child development issue or is it more of a cultural issue?  Let’s take a look.

Parents the world over share the challenge of potty training and look forward to having a clean and dry baby who goes to the potty in an appropriate manner. Different cultures, as well as different families, have diverse expectations of what an infant or a toddler should be doing at any given stage of development, and potty training is no exception.

In the United States, since the late 1950s, when the washing machine was found in most homes,  and the disposable diapers became available, potty training children were most often started later in a child’s early childhood years.  The convenience of the washing machine and disposable diapers and child psychologist, Dr. Brazelton, who changed the age of a child potty training from 12 months to 3 years, modified potty training in the United States. Since the 1950s potty training, a child later and later in childhood has grown.  Companies that make disposable diapers produce larger and larger diapers to support the idea of potty training a child later in childhood.  We are getting more and more comfortable waiting a long time before potty training U.S. children.

However, the United States also has a diverse population, who embraces several different approaches to potty training. Different methods are available and the parent decides what works best for their child and family. Although the majority of U.S. parents watch for signs of readiness and then let their toddler set the pace. Parents often use special children’s books, games, and potty chairs to encourage their child’s cooperation and progress with potty training. They may also use positive reinforcement techniques such as rewards to get results. Most children are completely potty-trained between the ages of 2 to 3 years old.

Some unique ideas from around the world regarding potty training:

Kids in China wear a onesie-style outfit with a split crotch. If a kid indicates that they need to go to the bathroom, the parents open up the slit and hold the child away from themselves and the kids go on the ground. It doesn’t seem to matter where they are or what they were doing.

In Germany, kids are potty trained by age 3 because it is a requirement for starting school. Germans emphasize cleanliness in the potty training process and boys and girls are taught to sit down on the potty as it is considered cleaner.

In the Netherlands children are potty trained between 2-3 years old in groups at daycare. There are little toilets and pots that all the kids use together, then they fill out sticker charts. Parents and daycare providers work together when the kids are ready and the process goes smoothly. Kids must be trained by age four before they start school full time.

In rural Indonesia, potty training isn’t even a word. Diapers are expensive and babies are free to urinate wherever they are standing or placed. Mothers and grandmothers just do a swift clean-up after.

In Pakistan, kids are free to run around and pee wherever they want. Moms give them a bath at night to clean them up, the children wear diapers at night when they sleep and in the morning, the diapers are taken off and the children are ready for the day. Eventually, they learn to recognize the urge and use the toilet.

In Sudan, potty training is done early. It helps that these mothers carry their babies on their backs often, so they either must figure out how to read their baby’s signals. By age 2, most kids are potty trained, except those who can afford diapers.

In Kenya and Tanzania, parents start potty training infants when they are a few weeks old. Since there is nearly always someone tending babies, they are able to immediately respond to the signs of discomfort. Babies who need to eliminate are taken outside and held over the ground in an appropriate place. By the time children in Kenya and Tanzania are 5 or 6 months old, they stay dry throughout the day and night.

In India, potty training starts when a child is about 6 months old. At frequent intervals, caregivers hold babies above the latrine and toddlers are left to walk around diaperless and only wearing a shirt.  The children are praised for remaining clean and dry. The children are usually completely potty trained by the time they are 14 months old.

In Finland and many other Northern European countries, kids are routinely held over the potty after every meal from infancy onward.  Many European countries tend to leave potty training completion until about 2 years old. The older European generation believes children should be potty trained by 6 months.

Overall, it appears that culture certainly has an impact on the potty training process around the world.  In the United States, there is more diversity in the approach and method for potty training.  There also appears to be more products available for potty training.  Multiple methods provide for differentiated approaches for parents to choose from according to the family lifestyle and a child’s personality and temperament.   Ideas from around the globe are incorporated into many of the potty training methods used by United States parents.

The Potty Fairy enhances and enriches all methods of potty training.  Including the Potty Fairy in your potty training program adds a fun and imaginative approach to any method you to choose to use. The Potty Fairy 

The Potty Fairy Book is available in French, Spanish and English.  The book can be purchased on our website. You can also find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online stores.

 

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Potty Training for Preschool

 

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Your child is starting preschool. Hopefully, your child is potty trained by now, but it might be that your child might not be quite ready yet. It’s natural, and not unusual, to feel a sense of panic if your child isn’t completely potty trained yet. Give yourself plenty of time to potty train your child prior to your child attending preschool. Feeling rushed is not a good way to start! Figure out a schedule to train your child before that first day of preschool. Plan for success. 

Most preschools expect that children attending the preschool will be potty trained. 70 percent of parents believe that children should be potty trained prior to going to preschool. Before selecting a preschool, ask about the potty training policy. If your child is not ready for potty training and you desire a preschool setting for your child look around as not all preschools require potty trained students. 

If being potty trained is required for the preschool that you want your child to attend, carefully consider if your child is developmentally ready to be potty trained. If your child is able to keep her diaper dry for an hour, then she’s likely ready to begin training. Another sign that your child is ready to potty train is a desire to wear underwear.  In addition, your child may be bothered by wet or soiled diapers. A desire to use the potty chair is extremely helpful!

Fully potty trained means that the child knows when he or she has to use the bathroom and does not need any assistance in the bathroom. However, preschool staff will be prepared for the occasional accident and don’t expect children to ask every time they need the toilet. Most preschools have a policy of offering gentle reminders. They will encourage children to use the toilet after meals or half an hour after having a drink. Children tend to learn by example and encourage each other. If your child consistently sees friends use a potty or toilet, most likely your child will want to join in.

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Most kids will be ready between 2 and 4  — so at 3 your child could go either way. If your child is not showing signs of readiness, potty training is likely to be frustrating. If that’s the case, or if he just isn’t getting the hang of it or is feeling upset, back off. Wait at least a couple of weeks before you try again. But don’t lose hope. It’s not uncommon for a child who wasn’t using the toilet in one month, maybe potty trained the following month. You just never know what’ll do the trick. The Potty Fairy visiting is a great motivator!

If your child goes to a daycare prior to attending preschool, many daycares provide potty training assistance. It is important to work together towards the goal of potty training your child. Find out what strategies your daycare is using and provide a transition home that supports the same strategies.

Common Daycare Potty Training Approach:

Persuading a toddler to first sit on the potty. Some children are scared, and others are just not interested.  Often times daycare providers will have children who are already trained come into the bathroom and demonstrate going to the bathroom for the child that is learning.  This can be a powerful motivator, especially if they are friends.  After the friend shows how they use the bathroom, the untrained child will give it a try. Consistency is important.

Daycares also teach a child how to pull down their pants and pull them back up when they have gone to the bathroom.  They learn to flush the toilet and wash their hands.  The daycare providers work at making the child as independent as possible and help them take control of the process. This helps children feel less fearful about using the bathroom.

Potty training books are important at daycares. The Potty Fairy has been used in the daycare setting successfully. Because The Potty Fairy is an e-book and a kindle or i-pad device is used to read it, provides a sanitary situation as the device can be disinfected more easily than a regular book.

If potty training at home, or supporting the daycares strategies, try this at home: Teach your child the steps of going to the bathroom, 1. Pulling pants down before using the potty chair, 2. Pulling pants up when done using the bathroom. 3. Flushing the toilet. 4. Washing your hands.  If your child is resistant, ask an older sibling or cousin or friend if they can show the potty training child how to use the potty chair.

Types of potty chairs

Typically daycares use the toilets that are installed in the school.  They make adjustments for the child necessary to use the toilet. Daycares rarely use toilet chair inserts or small potty chairs because they are hard to keep clean.

At home you can bring in some nurturing additions to enhance the potty training process by adding a toilet seat insert or a small potty chair. These can be individualized with stickers and decorated by your child to help make it their own.

Accidents will happen

In most daycares, a child’s accident is not a big deal. A quick cleanup is completed and the child is changed into clean clothes and they move on.

Daycare providers see occasional accidents as part of the potty training process.

At home try not to make a big deal of accidents either. Clean up your child up and do not punish them or get upset when an accident occurs.  You can take more individual time to talk to your child regarding how you might make things better for them.

Positive Reward and Praise

Daycares often keep a sticker chart in the bathroom. They often times make it a part of the child’s routine when using the bathroom by letting them place the sticker on the chart. 

At home, your praise, a hug and sharing with other family members goes a long way.  Giving your child rewards or stickers is best when you “catch them being dry”. 

Scheduling

Daycares typically have a potty schedule and this usually includes a routine of 4 times per day.  Set your potty schedule at home according to the one at your child’s daycare. 

What to wear

Daycares recommend that potty training children go straight to underwear and do not recommend training diapers or pull-ups.

At home buy your child special underwear.  Have The Potty Fairy deliver them at night so that your child finds them in the morning.  Purchase underwear with your child’s favorite character on them.  Your child will not want to wet them!

Looking out for poop

Daycare staff knows that a child learns how to poop after they learn to pee in the potty chair.  As well, often times children will wait until they get home to go poop.  Most daycare staff wait and watch for a child to show signs of needing to go poop and encourage them to go on the potty chair. If they do go poop, lots of praise is given and celebration.

Because most children wait to go poop when they get home, try and figure out what your child’s natural pooping routine is.  When is within the timeframe offer them a book or an i-pad/kindle to read books or play games so that they can relax and sit on the potty chair for a while.  Make sure their legs don’t dangle and give them a stool or bench to place their feet during the process. Celebrate and provide lots of praise when a child poops.  Your child will show signs of being ready to poop in the toilet when they require privacy when they poop in their diaper.

The next AskThePottyFairy.blog post will focus on using the Potty at Preschool.

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Potty Training Around the World

Kids around EarthAround the world, 50% of children are potty trained by 12 months.  This is not typical in the United States where we wait for the child to get much older before potty training. Typical ages in the United States are 2 and 1/2 for girls and 3 years for boys. So is potty training a child development issue or is it more of a cultural issue?  Let’s take a look.

Parents the world over share the challenge of potty training and look forward to having a clean and dry baby who goes to the potty in an appropriate manner. Different cultures, as well as different families, have diverse expectations of what an infant or a toddler should be doing at any given stage of development, and potty training is no exception.

In the United States, since the late 1950s, when the washing machine was found in most homes,  and the disposable diapers became available, potty training children were most often started later in a child’s early childhood years.  The convenience of the washing machine and disposable diapers and child psychologist, Dr. Brazelton, who changed the age of a child potty training from 12 months to 3 years, modified potty training in the United States. Since the 1950s potty training, a child later and later in childhood has grown.  Companies that make disposable diapers produce larger and larger diapers to support the idea of potty training a child later in childhood.  We are getting more and more comfortable waiting a long time before potty training U.S. children.

However, the United States also has a diverse population, who embraces several different approaches to potty training. Different methods are available and the parent decides what works best for their child and family. Although the majority of U.S. parents watch for signs of readiness and then let their toddler set the pace. Parents often use special children’s books, games, and potty chairs to encourage their child’s cooperation and progress with potty training. They may also use positive reinforcement techniques such as rewards to get results. Most children are completely potty-trained between the ages of 2 to 3 years old.

Some unique ideas from around the world regarding potty training:

Kids in China wear a onesie-style outfit with a split crotch. If a kid indicates that they need to go to the bathroom, the parents open up the slit and hold the child away from themselves and the kids go on the ground. It doesn’t seem to matter where they are or what they were doing.

In Germany, kids are potty trained by age 3 because it is a requirement for starting school. Germans emphasize cleanliness in the potty training process and boys and girls are taught to sit down on the potty as it is considered cleaner.

In the Netherlands children are potty trained between 2-3 years old in groups at daycare. There are little toilets and pots that all the kids use together, then they fill out sticker charts. Parents and daycare providers work together when the kids are ready and the process goes smoothly. Kids must be trained by age four before they start school full time.

In rural Indonesia, potty training isn’t even a word. Diapers are expensive and babies are free to urinate wherever they are standing or placed. Mothers and grandmothers just do a swift clean-up after.

In Pakistan, kids are free to run around and pee wherever they want. Moms give them a bath at night to clean them up, the children wear diapers at night when they sleep and in the morning, the diapers are taken off and the children are ready for the day. Eventually, they learn to recognize the urge and use the toilet.

In Sudan, potty training is done early. It helps that these mothers carry their babies on their backs often, so they either must figure out how to read their baby’s signals. By age 2, most kids are potty trained, except those who can afford diapers.

In Kenya and Tanzania, parents start potty training infants when they are a few weeks old. Since there is nearly always someone tending babies, they are able to immediately respond to the signs of discomfort. Babies who need to eliminate are taken outside and held over the ground in an appropriate place. By the time children in Kenya and Tanzania are 5 or 6 months old, they stay dry throughout the day and night.

In India, potty training starts when a child is about 6 months old. At frequent intervals, caregivers hold babies above the latrine and toddlers are left to walk around diaperless and only wearing a shirt.  The children are praised for remaining clean and dry. The children are usually completely potty trained by the time they are 14 months old.

In Finland and many other Northern European countries, kids are routinely held over the potty after every meal from infancy onward.  Many European countries tend to leave potty training completion until about 2 years old. The older European generation believes children should be potty trained by 6 months.

Overall, it appears that culture certainly has an impact on the potty training process around the world.  In the United States, there is more diversity in the approach and method for potty training.  There also appears to be more products available for potty training.  Multiple methods provide for differentiated approaches for parents to choose from according to the family lifestyle and a child’s personality and temperament.   Ideas from around the globe are incorporated into many of the potty training methods used by United States parents.

The Potty Fairy enhances and enriches all methods of potty training.  Including the Potty Fairy in your potty training program adds a fun and imaginative approach to any method you to choose to use. The Potty Fairy

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The Three Day Method of Potty Training with The Potty Fairy

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Signs that Your Child is Ready for Potty Training: 

  • A child is independent and proud of accomplishments.
  • A child has dry periods.
  • A child does not like a dirty diaper.
  • A child notices others using the toilet.
  • A child can tell you when wetting their diaper
  • Pooping is obvious!
  • A child is interested in trying to use the toilet

 

Preparation for three-day method of potty training:

  • Get oversized tee shirts for your child to wear.
  • Get a potty chair that you can move around the house.
  • Let the Potty Fairies know that you are embarking on potty training.
  • Get The Potty Fairy book and CD.
  • Get relevant rewards that the Potty Fairies can leave.
  • Get awesome undies that can be left on your child’s bed at night to put on in the morning. Potty Fairy stickers are available to place on underwear so your child can know they are from the Potty Fairy.
  • Be ready to spend 3 intense days with your child at home. You will be together.

OK, here’s how to potty train your kid in three days:

  • When your child wakes up in the morning, change his soggy diaper and bid farewell. Have your kid throw the diaper out and say “bye-bye.”
  • Change your kid into one of the oversized T-shirts you got and explain there is no diaper to catch the pee-pee or poop, so he has to put it in the potty.
  • Give your kid breakfast and an extra drink. Afterward, lead your little one to the potty. It should be a successful trip after all those liquids.
  • Go on with the day, but remember, no leaving the house for three days. Play, read, color and watch cartoons.
  • Have a constant sippy cup of water at your kid’s reach. Just like crate-training a puppy, walk your child to the potty every 15 minutes, all day long for three days.
  • Cut off all liquids and snacks after dinner.
  • Complete one final potty mission before bed.
  • Wake your kid up halfway through the night to pee. (Yes, set an alarm.)
  • Repeat for the next two days.
  • Don’t get upset about accidents. They’re not a big deal.

Days Two and Three:

  • Repeat what you did on day one.
  • Don’t get upset about accidents. They’re not a big deal.
  • Don’t react to accidents.
  • Provide praise and rewards for staying dry.
  • Leave surprises for staying dry by the potty fairies throughout the day.
  • Make the day magical and fun.

After 3 days of successful potty training, plan a celebration:

  • Have a celebration!  It will help your child stay focused and remain “trained”.
  • Decorate a Potty Fairy Princess or Princess Crown to wear at the celebration party. (download a free crown template at www.thepottyfairy.com
  • Have your child help prepare the celebration.
  • Make cupcakes or cookies. Kids love to bake.
  • Make some decorations.
  • Have your child tell others at the celebration (family and close friends what they have accomplished!  A public announcement that they will now use underwear.
  • Let them show others their “big girl or boy” underwear.
  • This is a time that you and your child can feel proud of what you have accomplished. A time to celebrate your child as they are no longer a baby with diapers.

         Best wishes on your potty training journey!  Remember The Potty Fairy !

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Potty Training Boys!

img_2215Teaching a boy to use the potty chair will require lots of patience and love.  Experts have weighed in on a recommended age for potty training. Never before 2 years old.  Prime times are ages 2.5 to 3.5.  Leaning toward a more mature age for boys is desirable.

Your son will need to demonstrate a reasonable amount of motivation and interest.  Motivational aids like cool underwear and awesome potty chair equipment helps.  Sharing with him that Bud, The Potty Fairy’s helper for boys, is there to help and support will also be helpful. 

Read The Potty Fairy story to your son and point out the Bud character. Tell your little guy that Bud will deliver underwear to him at night when he is learning to use the potty chair.  The Potty Fairy website has “Potty Fairy Approved” stickers if you want to add a layer of believability that the fairies delivered the undies at night!

Having a role model is important. Children learn by seeing and doing.  Showing your son how it is done by a male role model is important.  The male role model can also encourage and support your son. This can be an older brother or Dad.  So often women are a child’s primary caregiver in the early years of a child’s life.  A man involved with the potty training process has a lot of impact.  It can be a guy things.

Your personal preference for equipment is the right way to go.  Be cautious of urine protectors for little boys as some can scratch and bother little boys. 

A potty chair that looks cool to a boy will provide some motivation for using it.   Boys typical start potty training by sitting down and as they get bigger and can stand tall enough to the toilet can use the stand up method of going to the bathroom.  This is pretty dependent on height and size and does confirm that starting potty training when the little guy is a bit older and mature as a good idea.

Boys are very, very active and get busy with the activities they enjoy.  Boys will need reminders to use the potty chair.  It is advised to have them try every 2-3 hours.  Tell them it is time to try to potty and do not ask them if they need to go.  They will easily say they do not need to go so that they can continue with their activity.  Even potty trained boys need to be told to go rather than it being an option.  Be consistent and keep at it.  There will be accidents and it will not be a perfect process.  Keep positive and encouraging for your child and yourself.

One of the benefits of being a boy is the ability to pee outside by a tree.  I have seen this be a big motivator for boys.  If there is a private area that your child could try this, and you are comfortable with it, it might be kinda fun.

Bud, The Potty Fairy’s helper, can deliver cool underwear at night when your child has a successful day.  When your child has a successful period of time, 3-7 days, have a celebration.   Download the FREE crown from The Potty Fairy site and decorate it with your child. Have him wear the crown and have a family/friend celebration.  Have some special food and praise you child in front of people he cares about.  If you have friends potty training their child, have a group celebration where caregivers and children can celebrate together. 

Make potty training a fun and exciting adventure. Something to celebrate and enjoy. The rewards of this type of frame of mind will pay off!

One of the benefits of being a boy is the ability to pee outside by a tree.  I have seen this be a big motivator for boys.  If there is a private are that your child could try this, and you are comfortable with it, it might be kinda fun.

Moral support is always good for both parents and children.  The child’s peers are important to your child, and celebrating these big developmental steps can provide a health environment for your child’s growth and self esteem.

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