Diaper Bank & The Potty Fairy

 

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There is a legend that Potty Fairies love to collect clean unused diapers from children who no longer need them.   Consider telling your child that the Potty Fairies are going to collect their diapers and bring them to babies that really need them.  Share that the Potty Fairies will swap their baby diapers with big kid underwear!  Children helping children. 

Learning to help others while they help themselves. 

A win, win message for your little one.

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Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or child clean,dry, and healthy. 

Here are the facts as stated on the National Diaper Bank website:

  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
  • 5.2 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.
  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.
  • Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
  • No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
  • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
  • Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.

 

Ways you can help:

  • Donate diapers to your state or local Diaper Bank Organization,
  • Hold a diaper drive.
  • Volunteer at your local diaper bank.
  • Donate money.

More idea on how to get involved at:

https://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/programs/

The Potty Fairy can deliver big kid undies and collect unused diapers for babies in need.

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5 Easy Ways Dads Can Help Potty Train

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Let’s take a second to think about dad’s role in potty training children. While historically moms have been the primary caregivers to small children in the home, and daycares are typically staffed with female caregivers, we need to make room for dads in this process!

  1. Let’s be honest! On average, boys take a bit longer to potty train, and it makes us wonder if it is because boys are primarily having females teach them how to use the potty chair? Dads can play an important role in potty training for boys because they can show how it’s done. They have the same parts which makes it easier to show them how to go. 
  2. It seems like men talk about going to the bathroom. A LOT. Plain and simple! Let dad connect in this way to lighten the mood, talk about what’s happening and just bring awareness. Share with them that when you drink a lot of water that you need to pee.  Keep it simple and keep it interesting. Kids are sponges and will soak up what you teach them.
  3. Learn your child’s signs together for when they have to go to the bathroom. Having a second set of eyes can help catch those cues and get your child to the bathroom in time. It can be really hard to be there at every second, but knowing and sharing those cues with anyone helping you with your child will appreciate knowing what to look for. Helping them get there will help them feel confident and capable.
  4. Dads tend to bring in a sense of competition. Check out the Sports Camp method or just create a little healthy competition. Racing to the bathroom, counting how long it takes for them to go, or just how many times a day they go successfully can be just the thing they need to make it fun and interesting. Give them a high five (after they wash their hands!) or use a chart to show your child just how many times they were successful.
  5. Last but not least, we all love an independent child. A child has to be ready to be independent with potty training. Dads can encourage this independence by reinforcing what their caregivers do all day long. Bringing the learning home in a consistent, loving, fun way is key to successful potty training. Using the same words, phrases, and how to use the toilet is key to helping a child be successful. Trying to do things differently can cause confusion, so get on the same page. Encouraging your child by reminding them of the things they CAN do can help them see they can do this too.

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The Potty Fairy loves to help dads! Copyright 2019