Weekend Sports Camp Method

Group of happy children playing with soccer ball in park on nature at summer. Use it for baby and sport concept

The Weekend Sports Camp Method

This method is for parents who like to plunge right into potty training and focus intensively on the potty training process.  This method of potty training is not for all parent-child relationships and is not for a younger child or baby.

It this method will work, will also depend on a child’s personality. Some children do not like to be pushed out of diapers too quickly, while other children welcome the opportunity and train quickly and easily.  This concentrated method is similar to the gradual method, but it is more concentrated and moves at a quicker pace.

Being a teacher for gifted children, who differentiated curriculum for quick learners in the school system, it is refreshing to know that there is differentiated potty training methods as well! It makes perfect sense.  Every child is different and every parent is not the same. Different methods are needed to reach this goal and The Potty Fairy enriches and enhances every method.

BEFORE Potty Training Game Warm-up

Children who are verbal, positive and receptive to pre-potty training warm-up and want to please attitude toward their potty trainers are suitable candidates for this intensive method of potty training.  (Notice the “warm-up” which is much like a game.)

The concentrate is the key. Approach the weekend with a fun-loving attitude that comparable to playing a game, not a competition.  To be successful, you will need to be with your child constantly while they are awake.  You will need to watch your child’s every move and be alert to any bowel or bladder signals. Cancel all other commitments outside of this process as this a private training session not open to the public.

Select the right season of the year for where you live.  Choose a time of year when there is good mood weather and be ready to move into the method when your child is in a good mood time period.  If at any time, the mood gets negative, end the game.

Schedule the potty training camp ahead of time. The day before, announce to your child that tomorrow is a special day: “We are going to play a special game,” and repeat “special game” over and over during that day.

Hold a pre-game warm-up. Continue to emphasize that this is a special day and that you are going to do something special today. Share, “We are going to play the game of no-more-diapers and use the toilet.” Mention people in the family that use the toilet and tell the child they will use the potty chair like their mom, dad, brother or sister, as this will be motivational for your child. Let your child enjoy your excitement. Children get excited about what we get excited about.

Select the right uniform for the potty training game. Best is baby’s birthday suit, weather permitting, otherwise a long, loose shirt. No diapers, please. Show baby the training pants-his “special pants.” Show him or her how to put on the special pants and how to push them down and pull them up. Make it a big deal and lots of fun.

Take pictures, on your phone for instant results, and show them to your child as they wear undies, use the toilet etc. Demonstrate the push-down and pull-up maneuver in front of a mirror. All the while, keep a game-like atmosphere. If baby periodically loses interest or protests, take time out for a snack break.

Hand out the equipment. Share the Potty Fairy story with your child.  Bring out “special prizes” that the Potty Fairies will leave out randomly for the child to find when they stay dry. Like handing out party prizes, one by one unveil the tools of the trade: potty-chair, PF underwear or underwear with stickers, and reward stickers or small snack reward packages.

PRACTICE DRILLS AND TOILET TRAINING AIDS

The sitting drill. Practice sitting on the potty-chair “just like mom, dad, sister, or brother.” Put the potty-chair next to yours and sit together and chat awhile.

Instruction manuals. As you’re sitting on your respective potty- chairs, read The Potty Fairy book about potty training and other potty training books.

Conduct a “getting-on-potty-chair-and-what-to-do-there drill” so that your child knows what to do. Let him watch you or a sibling.  Demonstrate doing pee and poo or pretend while using grunting sound can give him the idea.

Potty Training Game  BEGINS

Meanwhile, you have watched your child carefully you know his/her moves as far as potty needs.  Watch for your child’s signals. At the first squat, immediately say “go potty” as you direct him toward the potty-chair, which is either on the kitchen floor or in the bathroom next to your toilet. Shadow baby all day issuing reminders of “go potty” at each about-to-go signal. Keep potty chair in a central location or close to where you are. Repetition of the association between baby’s about-to-go signals and your “go potty” cues helps baby make the connection: “When I get the urge, I go to the potty.”

REWARDS WHEN TOILET TRAINING

A reward for success.  A reward for staying dry. New “big boy” or “big girl” underwear placed on the bed at night by the potty fairies to use in the morning is exciting for a child.  Some parents like to put stickers on the potty chair when the child uses it.  The child enjoys putting the stickers on the chair to decorate it and you can count up the times the child uses the potty chair.  Random rewards during the day to celebrate staying dry is motivational. Catch them doing good!

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Don’t expect nights free of diapering. It may be several months or even years after a child is potty trained during the day.   Have the Potty Fairies leave fresh new underwear on the bed at night to change into in the morning when the child wakes up and uses the potty chair right away. Children are so excited to find the new undies in the morning and it is an excellent reminder to use the toilet right away and start the day with dry underwear.  If the underwear is new, and look wonderful to a child, they will not want to wet them or dirty them.

Not Working?

If this intensive and fast-paced game style isn’t working, don’t feel that you’re a failure as a teacher or that your child has failed. You may have a casual kid who needs a casual approach. Each child is unique and finding the right method that works for them might take a few tries. The need for diapers does pass and your child will train eventually.

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Fast Track Method of Potty Training

Adorable little boy, running in yellow oilseed rape fieldFast Track Potty Training or Toilet Training in Less Than a Day

The Fast Track Method was developed in the 1970s by two psychologists, Dr. Nathan Azrin and Dr. Richard Foxx.  The two psychologists were researching how learning could happen more rapidly in general, which was later used for potty training children.

The concepts that came from their research regarding rapid learning was used first with special needs people.  They learned that their rapid learning methods did help special needs people to learn how to self-care.  The psychologists then decided to try out the rapid learning method to toilet train children. First, they tried the strategies with special needs children and they discovered that with their method, special needs people could learn to potty train 95% of the time in an average of 3 days. They believed average children could learn even faster.

After developing the additional training procedures the psychologist tried the enhanced method with normal children and the results well exceeded their positive expectations. They found that an average child of average intelligence potty trained in 1/2 day.  Within 4 hours of training with this method, the child learned to potty on the potty chair and was motivated to do so. Results have reported success from 75%-95% of the children learning with this method.

Due to the fact that the rapid learning method worked so well, the psychologists devised additional new training procedures that emphasized language ability, imagination, imitation, verbal rehearsal and verbal instruction as well as learning by reward for normal children.

The main idea of the Fast Track Method (rapid learning) to teach potty training are:

1. teaching through pretend play (dolls) 

2. positive reinforcement (rewards)

3. practice drills

4. overcorrecting for accidents

5. Prerequisites are necessary

Azrin and Foxx emphasize the importance of timing.  In their book, Azrin and Foxx specify that kids should be 20 months or older, and they should meet several developmental criteria. In particular, kids should be able to do the following:

  • sit up by themselves
  • walk
  • stay dry for a couple of hours at a time
  • imitate
  • recognize a full bladder
  • point to body parts that you name
  • retrieve objects for you
  • follow simple instructions
  • Kids should also be able to pull a pair of loose-fitting underpants up and down by themselves

Key components of the Fast Track Method are:

  • The Potty Training experience must be pleasant for your child.
  • The Fast Track Method is only introduced to children that are ready for potty training.
  • The child has to be relaxed on the potty chair.
  • Provide the child reinforcement or reward for desired behavior
  • Imitation and social influence by the use of a doll that wets or a sibling demonstration
  • Read the book – “Toilet Training in Less Than a Day”  Dr. Azrin and Dr. Foxx.

The Fast Track concepts, ideas, and method are research-based and tested. The Potty Fairy products align with and enhance the Fast Track Method in many ways:

  • Make the potty training experience pleasant for your child by using The Potty Fairy story, song, and poem.
  • The use of imagination and play by including The Potty Fairy as part of your child’s potty training experience.
  • Bud and Blossom, The Potty Fairy helpers, are a part of the potty training process and leave underwear and food rewards for positive behavior.
  • The use of verbal language by reading the book and listening to the song and poem.
  • The fairies leave rewards when a child stays dry, reinforcing or rewarding desired behavior.
  • The Potty Fairy recommends a celebration when your child is successful with a party or special dinner with family and friends which aligns with the use of food for rewards.
  • Have your child decorate a Potty Fairy crown to encourage creativity and imaginative play.
  • Imitation of going to the bathroom can be provided by a parent, sibling or friend.  A real person role modeling the process can also be used instead of or in addition to a doll. 
  • The Potty Fairy enhances all Methods of Potty Training and aligns beautifully with the Fast Track Method.

The Fast Track Method requires preparation ahead of time for the parents to be successful.  Read the book, make sure you and your child are ready. Have your supplies and equipment ready to go before starting the process. Remember to include The Potty Fairy products to enhance this method or any method you choose to use!

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Recommended Book and Resources if attempting this method:

Azrin NH and Foxx RM. 1974. Toilet training in less than a day. New York: Pocket Books. – See more at http://www.parentingscience.com/toilet-training-techniques.html#sthash.pVpaH6Pn.dpuf

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Infant Potty Training

Infant Potty Training

Child on potty

Some parents who use the Infant Potty Training Method, avoid diapers completely by racing their baby to the nearest bathroom whenever they anticipate a poop or pee. Some parents use diapers on and off. Typical children who have been introduced to Infant Potty Training know when they have to use the toilet and get themselves there successfully by 18 months.

IMG_4669While Infant Potty Training seems to be a unique idea and radical idea for American parents. Infant Potty Training is not a new idea. Before 1950, most children in the United States were toilet trained by 18 months.  In other countries around the world, most babies are potty trained by 18 months. It is considered a viable method for many families around the world.  It also has value environmentally, financially, parent bonding, child independence and it is very sanitary.

Why are North America babies trained later than most children around the world today? It is speculated that the changing views of experts about toilet training, as well as the invention of disposable diapers, has pushed potty training to 2 to 3-year-olds being potty trained. Little scientific assessment has been done to evaluate the different method of potty training.

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and other experts began advocating a more relaxed approach to toilet training in the 1950s. In the 1960s, pediatrician and parenting expert T. Berry Brazelton advocated an even gentler, more “child-centered” philosophy: He encouraged parents to allow children to follow their own timetable when it came to giving up diapers.

Brazelton’s view caught on around the same time as disposable diapers, which tend to be more comfortable for babies (they’re so absorbent that babies don’t feel wet) and easier for parents to deal with. Against this backdrop, it’s no surprise that the average age of toilet training crept up to an older age.

Are there advantages to use the Infant Potty Training Method

 

This method is not widely used in the United States today but has been used in the past in the United States up until the last 35 or so years. The Infant Potty Training Method is used widely throughout the world. Although the advantages are not based on scientific evidence, parents who believe in this method share the following advantages:

  • It promotes parent-baby bonding. Parents develop a very close and responsive relationship with their baby.
  • Parents who use the technique are also likely to embrace attachment-style parenting – an approach to childrearing that encourages practices like the family bed, prolonged breastfeeding, and carrying your baby close in a sling.
  • Advocates of this method believe that your baby will be more comfortable. Wet and dirty diapers are not comfortable for babies. Fussing babies are typically responding to a wet and dirty diaper. 
  • It allows your baby to exert his growing independence. The baby can be taught to go to the potty on their own and potty when needed. Rather than struggling with diapers.
  • It reduces diaper waste and is better for the environment. It is also helpful to a family budget.
  • It’s normal and natural. Caregivers can learn to read a baby’s signal similar to signals of when a baby is hungry or tired.
  • In the United States, proponents of the method aim to get their baby quickly to a potty. The method is considered very hygienic and sanitary.

Can The Potty Fairy Be Used with the Infant Potty Training Method? 

Although integrating The Potty Fairy into this method may not be as straightforward as when the child is older. even very young children show intense interest in books and pictures.  Infants love music and dance.  The Potty Fairy can be a part of the Infant Potty Training Method as general enrichment that you provide for your infant. Have fun with your child no matter the age when potty training. 

Please leave a comment regarding this method on AskThePottyFairy.blog  It would be so interesting to hear from you!  We are getting a nice number of followers who are interested in the blog. It would be great fun to hear your opinions and thoughts. It would benefit all followers to hear from each other.

Remember: The Potty Fairy enhances ALL Methods of Potty Training.

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Poop, There It Is!

Child on potty play with father. Photo in old image style.

Training your child to poop in the potty can be a little more challenging than just peeing, or “going with the flow”. When they poop, “Poop, There It Is” can be very exciting to see for you and your child.

When your toddler has trouble pooping there are some things you might want to consider.

Why Going Poop Can Sometimes Be a Problem

Going poop in the potty chair takes more time. Toddlers are very busy people. Taking time to poop can get in their way of all the fun things they want to do.  Plus it takes some effort!  Do what you can to make the time sitting on the potty chair more fun by providing some activities to do while your toddler sits there.  Many parents are using devices like I-pads and Kindles to provide activities while on the potty and offer their children picture books, short films, and activity APs for their toddler.  A good preschool readiness or kindergarten readiness activities AP could be meeting two goals at one time.  Books or small activities that your child can do while sitting on the potty chair also work. 

Sometimes it’s a matter of your child wanting control — the more you push him to poop, the more your tot enjoys his power to hold it in. Stay clear of power struggles! No one wins.  Fear might also be a factor — some kids have trouble pooping because they’re afraid they will fall in the toilet.  When first learning to poop, separate potty chairs from the “main” potty chair might want to be considered.  A squatting position or knees to tummy level also aids the bodies natural pooping functions as well. Dangling feet on a large potty chair do not enhance the bodies natural process of pooping.

Some attitude filters you may want to think about

This potty training problem can test a parent’s patience like none of the other developmental milestones — but remember that your child will learn to poop on the potty chair and it may take a little time and it is not a race or competition. Let your toddler set the pace.

Take a break when your child is resisting. Tell your child that when he’s ready to try and take a poop again, you’ll be there to help. Never try and force a toddler who has trouble pooping on the potty to sit there when he doesn’t want to.

Help him feel secure. If your tot is having trouble pooping because he’s afraid of falling in make sure you have a seat that is sturdy and safe. A step stool for your child’s feet to rest on if on a big toilet also provides a feeling of security. Or offer your child the option of using a potty chair near the floor.

Hold off on flushing.  Possibly come back later to flush the toilet. The noise of the toilet flushing can scare some children.

Reward your child for staying dry and not messing their pants.  Reward them for what you want them to accomplish.   Sometimes parent like to do reward charts.  I would reserve this for the last step to help motivate a child.  Some parents like to do charts with stickers for each time they poop will allow them to pick a prize.  It is best if a child can perform without expecting a prize as some children can develop an attitude of not wanting to perform unless they get a prize.  Unexpected random prizes for staying dry and clean is preferred.  Rewards charts can work for some.

Words of encouragement for learning to pee and poop on the potty chair can be helpful.  Have grandma, a friend or daycare provider provide a few words of encouragement.

Having your child “overhear” you sharing their success with another person is another way to provide encouraging words.  Share the good news with another adult when you know your child can hear you.  They will feel proud.

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When your child has accomplished staying dry and clean and wearing underwear, plan a little celebration.  Let them decorate a Potty Fairy prince or princess crown.  Let them make the crown theirs and encourage their creativity. 

Bake some cookies or cupcakes together and share with some friends.  Let them know why you are celebrating.

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Moving from diapers that babies wear to Big Kid Underwear is a big developmental step that should be celebrated!  Help them feel good about what they have learned and that you are proud of them.

Just remember to reward yourself for all your good work helping your child!

Wishing you “Poop, There It Is” for you and your child.

 

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