Backyard Potty Training

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Are you interested in potty training your child in nature, but camping out in the woods is a bit too much?  Try camping in your own backyard and potty train your child there!

Bringing your child outdoors to nature brings them that much closer to The Potty Fairies, as they live in the fields and woods near your home!  The Potty Fairy and her helpers, Bud and Blossom, will love leaving incentives all over the yard and in the tent when your child stays dry and uses the potty chair.

The Bare Bottom method might just be the thing in the privacy of your own backyard.  Your child can wear an oversized tee shirt and have a bare bottom beneath the teeshirt for a quick and easy bathroom visit. Camping and potty training go hand and hand. Potty Training Camping is a fun way to train your child. Make it creative and fun.

Things to Think About When Camping with a Toddler

To prepare for a weekend potty training outdoors camping there are a few things to prepare for a successful weekend.  Overall, you will want to set-up a tent for sleeping and arrange your beds.  You will want to plan a menu for meals and snacks.  Think about entertainment and adventure. What will you do? For potty training, you will want to set-up an “outdoor” bathroom. 

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Get Toys Readily Available: Select some toys from the house that your child enjoys and put them in a container to stay outside with you during the duration of your “backyard camping trip”. Familiar toys might help your child feel more safe and secure with the new adventure. A new toy may help with the sense of a new adventure.  Some small camping toys would be fun including tents, children, and fairies! Glow-in-the-dark hula toys sure are fun for night time play.  Plan on using balance bikes or trikes. I made little art bins for each of them with their pencils, pastels, crayons.

Prepare a First Aid Kit:  Prepackaged first aid kits are cheaper than buying everything.  With backyard camping, you may just want to have a few bandaids ready and insect sting lotion. Cleansing wipes are a most and you will want a lot of those. A few containers are nice and portable one if you are taking a hike or a bike ride.

Get a Potty Chair: If you are focusing on potty training you will want to have a portable potty.  It might be fun to set-up a “magical” spot for going to the bathroom.  A sheet hung on the rope could create walls around the potty chair. Balloons, streamers, and decorations could help make going to the bathroom special and exciting. If using diapers at night, an extra large Ziploc bags are helpful to put wet diapers in until you can wash them or put them in a garbage.

Snacks are a Must: Have favorite easy to serve snacks available particularly when it gets close to making meals so that you can tend to cook outside.  Children are very busy and will burn a lot of energy when outside for long periods of time. Be sure to have healthy snacks that will keep them going.

Protect your Child: Sunburns and bug bites can happen even if you are just in your backyard!  Be sure to remember sunscreen and bug spray.  A sunburn and bugs can make a camping experience negative quickly. Choose your products carefully and be sure they are recommended for the sensitive skin of a child. 

Pack and Play or Baby Gate: A “Pack and Play” may also be helpful for times that you need to contain your child.  I have also seen some people place a baby gate all around the tent so that their child stays safe and can play.  If you bring a gate to create a play area, an old rug or mat would help create a cleaner place to play. An outdoor rug is nice as it can be hosed off to keep it clean.

Don’t be restricted to the campsite or the backyard: Toddlers can get bored with if there is nothing to do.  Try and plan an outing each day for a hike, bike ride, swimming or playground.

IMG_5336 (1)Fun in the Yard: A nature scavenger hunt is always fun! Go to the Dollar Store and find some inexpensive toys that can be hidden outside, found and played with!  Pool toys are particularly fun if you have put up a swimming pool set up for your little one to take a dip. Add some bubbles and flowers to create a fairy pool. 

 

Nighttime Fun: Plan on having a campfire. Camp chairs are fun to have and there are little ones made just for little tots. Remember to roast marshmallows. Sing songs and tell stories. Cook your food over the campfire: Campfire pizzas, campfire roasted hotdogs, and sausages cooked on sticks.  Hamburger, potatoes, and carrots cooked in tinfoil, oatmeal, bacon, and eggs, sandwiches. Keep it simple, Have fun.

IMG_5304Practice Sleeping in a Tent: Before actually sleeping in the tent, set it up with sleeping bags and mats etc.  Sleeping in the backyard is certainly good practice for when you do head to campgrounds or the woods.  Getting a small swimming pool with blow-up sides works nicely for toddlers sleeping in a tent for the first time.  Add a sleeping pad to the bottom, pillows, and blankets and you have created a safe and comfortable sleeping spot. A favorite blanket or stuffed animal is also welcome.  Put your potty training child in diapers at night.  Night time bathroom trips are tough.

Nighttime Awake Time:  Make a plan on how you will handle it if your child wakes up during the night and starts crying.  Consider bringing a portable nightlight so that there is a soft light.  My children always liked music so I would have your phone or computer set for some soft comforting music.  If sleeping in the “swimming pool” bed, blankets and stuffed animals should be nearby.  Be sure to watch for the fireflies and night and listen for outside noises.  Shadows on the tent wall with a flashlight and hands make for fun nighttime plays and stories. Giving your toddler a headlamp is also fun so your child can look at books while laying in their bed.

Camp with a Partner: This is must, it will save your sanity. One adult watches the kids while the other cooks or one prepares breakfast with the toddler while the other tears down camp with a baby in the pack n play. Be a team dividing up duties and everything will go a lot smoother.

Work together for a successful and fun camping experience.

 

 

Make Camping Magical: As you hike, walk, explore, try to see things through your child’s eyes. Some children love to look at bugs, other love to collect rocks, some like to look at flowers and some love to find frogs. There are so many things to look at in nature that can fill the day with wonder.

 

Some specific Potty Tips while camping:

Plan lots of potty breaks.   Don’t leave the camp until your child goes to the bathroom.  Demonstrate the need to go before leaving to your child. Once you leave, you don’t know when the next available time will come that you can use the bathroom again.

Offer Incentives: Don’t give treats for going to the bathroom but rather give treats for staying dry. Let the Potty Fairies leave treats when the day is going well and let your child find them here and there.  Let your child know that the Potty Fairies are noticing that your child is doing a great job.  Give lots of praise for what you want your child to be doing.  Catch them being good.  Share positive stories about your child’s potty training success when your child can overhear you! Gummy worms are a fun reward when camping.

Diapers are needed sometimes during potty training: Diapers in the car and at night.  For longer car rides we did opt for the diaper.  When driving in the car, wear the diapers and as soon as you arrive at the campsite, undies go back on.  At night time, have your child do a “before bedtime potty” and then put on diapers. As soon as your child wakes in the morning, have them go potty and put the undies back on.  Invite The Potty Fairies to leave a fresh pair of undies for your child at night to put on the next day. 

 

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Bring The Potty Fairy with you on your camping trip!  Download The Potty Fairy story on your device and share the story with your child while camping. Watch the magic come to life and potty training take off! Enjoy and have fun.

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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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Different Approaches for Different Folks

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One of the beliefs we have at The Potty Fairy is that “one size, fits all” does NOT work for potty training.  We believe that children are unique and families are unique which calls for a unique potty training plan.   Another word used for a unique approach to learning is called “differentiation”.  Differentiation means that the approach to learning is different or individualized for each child, so that individual needs are met and the learning environment is specific and targeted.

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Differentiated potty training could be thought of being like baking a cake.  We all might decide to bake a cake but does that mean we all bake the same flavor?  Do we all back the same shape? Do we all put on the same kind of frosting?  The cake itself could be a symbol of potty training. We are all going to potty train.  The flavor of the cake could be associated with the method we might choose to potty train.  The shape of the cake might be the individualized plan we add to the method for potty training our child based on our child and our families lifestyle.  The frosting on the cake could be thought of like the rewards, motivators, and ways we celebrate our child’s success.  Make sense?

 

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The Potty Fairy products we offer are enrichment and enhancement products or the “frosting” or decorations on the cake.  The Potty Fairy offers books, dolls, tee shirts, underwear, stickers, crowns and The Potty Fairy Potty Rider.  We are planning to add a few more fun treats too! We bring in the imaginative play world that children love to learn in thru our book, song, fun clothing, and toys.  

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The Potty Fairy also shares this blog and we have posted 35 plus posts that target potty training topics to help you decide what your unique potty training plan will be. Our webinar potty training has been popular for larger groups of people who want to learn together. During the webinar, parents are presented lots of information and together we develop individualized plans. After our presentation, we have an open discussion and Q/A time.  Our webinar presentations are followed by email conversations for those parents who are interested in further discussion. 

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There has been a space in our outreach that has not been filled. There have been requests for individual consultation which we have not been able to provide for parents other than email correspondence.  Then we met, Allison Jandu, who is a Potty Training Consultant and specializes in Custom Potty Training Plans to fit any family’s needs!  She also has a blog. We reached out to Allison and asked her co-author the blog post this month so you could meet her.  We are so very excited to introduce you to Allison!

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As a professional consultant having worked with countless families to potty train their children, including my own two, I can tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all potty training method. Every child is different. My son, who is older, took a very casual approach to potty training. He was willing to follow direction and was eager to learn. My daughter, on the other hand, is very independent and headstrong, so I had to take an entirely different approach when potty training her. This is a perfect example of what works for one child, might not work for the next. So many factors contribute to how your child will learn including age, personality, your family’s lifestyle, and medical or developmental issues.

Not only is every child different, but every parenting style is different. Chances are you won’t always agree with every single aspect of one particular potty training plan. Then what? How do you change it to match your lifestyle? If you change one thing, will everything else still work? Getting your own individual plan avoids all of these questions and allows the potty training process to blend seamlessly into your lives with minimal disruption.

We all want the process to go as smoothly and quickly as possible, not just for our child’s sake, but for our own! This is why being prepared with a customized potty training plan is so important. When you are armed with the proper plan and STICK WITH IT, potty training is almost always a success.  It is also very important to have a strong support system in place for you during the process and for your child after the process. When you work with a consultant, you have a wealth of knowledge about potty training at your disposal for any questions or roadblocks you encounter as you go.

So, maybe you have no idea where to start. Maybe you tried potty training before without success and went back to diapers. Maybe after potty training your first child, you are dreading attempting it again. Working with a consultant and having an individualized plan going in really sets your child up for success. It also makes the process a lot easier on you – and who doesn’t want that!

Contact me today to find out how to get a custom potty training plan in the works for your child.

Allison Jandu

Potty Training Consultant

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Nighttime Potty Training

The Last Step: Nighttime Potty Training

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It is nighttime and your child is sleeping and you are going to go to bed. How will your child remember to use the potty chair during the night? You are not there to remind them. They are on their own.  Before deciding it is time to prepare your child for nighttime potty training let’s look at some information to consider before making your decision to start.

Most likely you have daytime potty trained your child sometime between the 2 years old and 3 years old time period.  Now that your child has the daytime potty training in place when is it time to consider nighttime potty training?   It is very common for the nighttime bladder control to not fully mature until ages 3-6 years.  It is recommended to wait for signs of your child staying dry at naps and overnight before considering nighttime potty training.

It is also not recommended to wake your child during the night to use the bathroom unless your pediatrician recommends doing so or if your child is older (5-7 years). A Dr. Chang adds, ”waking a child to use the bathroom is not very effective because once the parents stop waking up the children, they will go back to wetting the bed.”

A child’s nighttime sleep is extremely important and using a pull-up at night until they are developmentally ready for nighttime potty training is an easy solution realizing that they may be older before they are ready to stay dry all night or get up to use the bathroom. Be patient for their readiness and don’t sweat it!

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If you believe you and your child is ready for night time potty training you will want to follow the following steps.

As mentioned earlier, a child typically develops the ability to stay dry all night between the ages of 3-5.  Be watchful during this time period for signs of readiness, such as staying dry during naps and overnight.  If the ability to stay dry during these times doesn’t occur between 3-5, check with your pediatrician.  Some children have sensory issues and the ability to stay dry may be delayed and use of pull-ups at night may be extended.

When you see multiple dry diapers this is your window of opportunity to begin nighttime potty training. You will want to stop using diapers or pull-ups at this time because if they are available your child will choose to use them rather than staying dry. You don’t want that bad habit to start.

Some of you may have used the “bare-bottom” method for daytime potty training. If you did, continue this method into the nighttime potty training. Put your child to bed with a bare bottom with an oversized teeshirt.  The feeling of having something on may trigger your child to pee at night, even if underwear.  Remember, they are sleeping and the feeling of something there to catch their pee may cause them to pee. Bare bottom is best.

Because your child is in bed with a bare bottom, you will want to put a mattress protector on your child’s bed as there may be accidents.  In addition, you may want to place washable towels, blankets or waterproof pad underneath them.  There are pads that are soft and comfortable on one side and plastic and waterproof on the opposite side and easy to wash. These are ideal.  Due to the plastic waterproof side, these pads tend to stay in place. If there is an accident during the night, you can remove the wet pad, replace with another and the bed will still be dry.

At the time of nighttime potty training, you will want your child in a bed that your child can get in and out of easily.  You do not want your child in a crib where they are confined to the crib.  In addition, you may want to set-up a potty chair next to the bed for easy and quick access.

During daytime potty training it is recommended to pay attention to diet and fluids so that your child pees and poops easily.  When nighttime potty training you will want to limit the amount of fluid that your child drinks right before bedtime. Be sure after drinking fluids your child pees before crawling into bed.

Talk to your child about going bare bottom at night and not using pull-ups or diapers at night anymore because they are ready and staying dry.  Explain to them that they will pee right before going to bed to get rid of fluids so they can sleep.  Discuss what to do if they feel the need to pee at night and show them that their potty chair is nearby.  It would include a nightlight near their potty chair so that they can easily see.  It is not recommended to wake your child to pee at night but rather let them manage their own needs and let them sleep.

Be patient, celebrate dry nights, and don’t make a big deal of nighttime accidents.  Just clean up the accident and move on. Try again.  In time, there will be more dry nights than nights with accidents.  If the signs are there for developmental readiness the process should go well!

Remember that children are unique and one plan does not work for all.  Design the plan that works for you and your child. 

 

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Note: Yes, You Can!, manual written by Megan Pierson M.A. at Toddler Shop was used as a resource in this blog post. This manual will be available for purchase on The Potty Fairy website.  Please read further if you are interested in information regarding potty training and toddler sleep from Megan.

“Yes, You Can! “Potty Training / ToddlerSleep Manual

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“Yes, You Can”  manual is a Pediatrician and Urologist backed, easy-to-follow 3-4 day complete potty training guide, covering signs of readiness, how to prepare your home, days 1-3 of potty training, potty training charts, follow up recommendations, and certificates of achievement for your child.

I believe that sleep should never be compromised during the potty training process, so I have created a customizable visual nighttime chart as a fun and effective tool for you to implement with your toddler.

Contact me today at for all your toddler needs (potty, sleep, behavior). www.sleepshopoc.com/TODDLERSHOP or email me at megansleepshopoc@gmail.com and let’s get your little one potty trained and sleeping.

The Potty Fairy 2nd edition book is available in hardcover, softcover, and all e-book formats.  Available in English and coming soon in French and Spanish versions too!

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Watch for release in May 8  2018!

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Potty Training Anxiety Is Real

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A couple months ago, my webinar partner Elsa and I presented a webinar to a group of parents.  The parents learned a lot from our presentation and question and answer session. Following the webinar, some of the parents continued to communicate with us by email.  The overwhelming question and struggle with the parents that continued to communicate with us was Potty Training Anxiety.

The level of urgency to figure out how to deal with Potty Training Anxiety created a need for us to do some research and dig more deeply and add some information to our webinar to include this topic. We have some helpful information to share regarding this topic. 

It is true that going potty brings up some scary thoughts for toddlers.   Many of these tykes are afraid of the toilet, the bathroom, going poop and using public bathrooms.   Addressing the fear surrounding the toilet, the bathroom, going poop and using public bathrooms seem to be the four main areas that potty training anxiety seems to pop up.

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Fear of the toilet because when it is flushed it makes a lot of noise.  The questions about what all is going to go down when that toilet has flushed come to mind!  Some children fear the toilet being flushed when they are still sitting up there.  They may be afraid that they could be sucked down the toilet with everything else!  Not only is the noise of the flushing toilet scary some children are afraid because they are sitting so high up with nothing around them!  Dangling feet can also make a child feel out of control. Believe it or not, some children have fears of snakes, fish, bugs and other creatures coming up out of the toilet and visiting them in this vulnerable position.   A child’s imagination can see that happening right before their eyes and seem very real.

 

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The bathroom can be a scary place for a child.  The things in the bathroom are like no other room in the house.  Not all that cozy either.  The bathroom can be dark and can only add to the scariness levels.  Think about adding a light to the bathroom that will always be on.  Add a basket of books and favorite comforting toys in a basket to add some comfort and coziness.  Some people like to make an iPad or kindle available so that their child might play some games and distract them from their fears.  Maybe a cute poster or picture that your child loves. Think about what equipment you might add to the toilet so that your child can feel safe and secure getting up to the toilet,  getting their feet secure and hanging on tightly.  A few small steps, with a place to set your feet and a handle to hang on to while you are on the throne will add safety and comfort. Being lonely or away from mom and dad can be a scary thing for a child, particularly if they are trying something new.  Do your best to be there for your little one when first learning to use the bathroom.  Parents are busy, but if you set the time aside for potty training and make it a priority, everything else needs to be set aside during this time period. You might need some support from another adult during this time to take care of things you would normally be taking care of so you can be there for your child when nature calls.

 

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Pooping can be anxiety provoking for some children, particularly if they have struggled with constipation and going poop hurts. If it hurt to poop once or twice, they may decide they never want to poop again. Be sure your child is not constipated and be sure they have a diet with fiber or provide them fiber supplements.  Plenty of fluids will help as well.  Keep track if they are pooping daily as that will be important to know so that they are not impacted.  See your doctor if diet, fluids, and supplements are not enough. Also, some children do not like to get dirty and going poop can create a mess.  Although pooping in the toilet sure beats going in your diaper or pants as far as a mess is concerned.  Be sure to talk them thru how you and your child will work together to clean up after a poop.

 

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Going to the bathroom in public bathrooms can be really tough on some children. Some will choose to hold whatever wants to come out until they get home.  This can be extremely uncomfortable for your child as well as cutting scheduled outings short.   Your child may need you to go into the stall with them and help them and comfort them.  Bringing familiar items with and taking your time so they do not feel rushed.  A book, toy or game to distract could help a lot.  This is a tough one as I have left many fun events as we couldn’t get past the anxiety of public bathrooms.  This happened to me with boys, who didn’t want to go to the woman’s bathroom! Thank goodness for family bathrooms that are available in most places today. 

Finally, for some children going poop can be a sensory issue. These children happily go poop in the diaper, knowing they are pooping and knowing when they are done. The diaper provides them a sense of security and familiarity.  When first potty training children with sensory issues and they are learning to poop in the potty chair, you may want to leave a diaper on, but a modified diaper with a hole cut in the back or rear so that poop can fall through.  Gradually cut away the diaper until there is little left.  Your child will learn that pooping in the potty chair is ok in time.

Talk to your child about these fears and find out what they are thinking.  Address their fears before their fears grow bigger and bigger.  Find solutions that address their fears and talk with them about what can be done so they feel better. Be creative!

 

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The Potty Fairy will be adding some Potty Fairy custom dolls to our line of products. There is a doll for girls, called Blossom and a doll for boys called Bud.  The dolls can help provide comfort and companionship during potty training to help relieve anxiety. Your child can carry the doll with them or have the doll set in the bathroom or living space to always be there during potty training.  The potty fairies can leave surprise rewards for your child when they are potty training successful so your child will never feel alone.  The fairies leave fresh undies during the night and your child can sleep with their doll and get support 24 hours a day.

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Our guest blogger from “UnderBearz” is another product that we believe could be very helpful to children potty training and would help alleviate any potty training anxiety.

Potty Training Fun

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Who doesn’t love to look forward to something fun? A long-needed vacation; a relaxing day off work; getting lost in a good book; spending time with the ones we love; really, the list is endless. Equally long is the list of things we dread.  At the top of the list for many parents is the task of potty training.  It seems especially daunting for those parents who are “first-timers.”  “I’m looking forward to starting potty training.” said no one ever!  Until that is, the idea of UnderBearz was born.

UnderBearz’ focus is on “turning potty time into playtime.”  That is what we do!  Studies on play have shown children learn by imagining and doing.   Play shapes our brains, develops skill, and gives stability to our emotions.  In an article entitled “Reflections on Pretend Play, Imagination, and Child Development,” Dorothy Singer, an expert in the field of children’s play points out that “Research has shown that children can begin playing imaginatively as early as 18 months…through play, a child begins to experience the world around him.  Pretend play is consistently associated with smiling, laughing and satisfaction in children.” So, at UnderBearz, we set out to create a toy, that capitalizes on the benefits of play and helps turn the sometimes-unpleasant task of potty training into a time of imaginative play that parent and child can engage in and look forward to. 

The UnderBearz kit includes: an adorable bear with underwear; a toy potty; an “I Can” laminated potty chart, where you can chart the progress and reward your child for all of the simple tasks your child can do as it relates to potty training; a sheet of UnderBearz stickers; a Pottyology how to Brochure, with tips on how to best use the kit; and a roll of specialty UnderBearz toilet paper just for your child and your child’s UnderBearz.  UnderBearz can be found on ETSY and on Amazon. So, go add potty time with UnderBearz to your list of the fun cause at UnderBearz we love…  “turning potty time into playtime.”  Happy Potty Training!

Potty Training Equipment and Inventions

 

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Wow! There is a tremendous amount of equipment out there to consider when you decide to potty train your child!  As you know The Potty Fairy believes that children and their parents are unique individuals and because of that fact, a wide selection of options is a bonus!  It important to device a potty training plan that you are comfortable with.  You may want to do some homework or research regarding potty training equipment before diving into potty training so that you can make an informed decision on what your child needs and what you are comfortable using before potty training begins.

So what equipment is out there to think about? 

  1. Potty Chairs that sit on the floor- many styles and versions to meet every need.
  2. Potty Seats for the toilet- a wide variety of seats with different features.
  3. Ladders to the toilet seat so that your child can safely navigate their way to the top!
  4. Stools for your child to rest their feet on so their feet don’t dangle, especially with pooping!
  5. Special urinals for boys so they can learn to potty standing up.
  6. Portable urinals again for boys on the go.
  7. Portable potty chairs that are lightweight and fold-up.
  8. Portable potty liners for easy disposal of deposits.
  9. Seat liners for sitting on public potty chairs.
  10. Potty chairs that entertain.
  11. Special wipes.
  12. Decorative items to drop in the toilet water to make going potty more fun.
  13. Lights on the toilet seat to light up your potty chair at night.

The Choices Can Be Overwhelming!

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The thing is there really is equipment that is worth the research.  I was so surprised to find the portable urinal for boys!  How helpful would that be?  And a portable potty chair for girls!  These portable pieces of potty equipment could be so helpful in our busy world.  Plus, you find that they are not that expensive.

So the gist of this post is to take a look at what equipment is available and consider what would be helpful in your lifestyle and your mode of operation.  Get yourself equipped before starting the potty training process to help make the process as smooth and efficient as possible for your unique needs.  As an added note, it helps to include your child when selected particular equipment as it helps with their “buy-in” and enhances their confidence about the whole thing.

To add to the equipment theme this month, we are highlighting a new potty training invention that has recently been made available that makes sitting on the potty chair a lot more fun for your child!

Read on:

“The Wild RIDE from a “Good Laugh” to the BEST #PottyTraining Stool for Kids & Parents!”  which was submitted to The Potty Fairy by Fred and Elna. Read on!

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Sometimes the best ideas come from a good laugh! This is exactly how the Potty Rider® potty training stool, the brain-child of Fred & Elna Mulford, began.  Originally an idea for a gag gift for a motorcycle lover, the Potty Rider® prototype instantly gave Fred & Elna the idea of the perfect tool for parents potty training their children.  The Potty Rider’s design evolved from the PVC original to a beautiful Baltic Birch plywood that is sturdy, safe and long lasting potty stool.

image002When Potty Rider® launched in June of 2017, the Mulford’s expected a measure of success because there was no other product like it on the market.  But they were unprepared for the overwhelming, positive response from parents (over 13M views of the Potty Rider® introduction YouTube Video); and the tidal wave of orders.  The success of the patented Potty Rider® comes from the commitment to quality that Fred & Elna have established in its’ design.  Every Potty Rider is handcrafted here in the U.S. and absolutely focused on the safety.  The built-in step platform is outfitted with non-slip treads, cool grip handlebars, and a sturdy stool platform – all of which helps your child feel safe, supported & encourages them to use the “Big Potty”.  And the small footprint design is light & easy to store in the shower or bathtub when not in use.

But as important as the safety features are, what makes Potty Rider such an excellent potty training (s)tool 😊 is the child-friendly designs (motorcycles, ponies & more, Oh My!) and the cool accessories (sound boxes, iPad holder, etc.) that turn potty training from trauma to FUN!  For parents & children (including children with special needs); Potty Rider® is the perfect #PottyTraining solution; ensuring No Tears – No Fears – Just Cheers!  Learn more about Potty Rider:  www.PottyRider.com; or follow on Twitter @potty_rider & Facebook @pottyrider.

Thank you for reading our blog post this month.  Next month we will be looking at Potty Training Anxiety and have a special product to share that just might help.

As always, The Potty Fairy enhances all methods of potty training.  We are excited to share that The Potty Fairy book is being expanded to include ALL ebook versions and the book will be available in hardcover and softcover this spring. The books will be available on our website as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The hope is that they will all be ready just in time for Easter!  To go along with our new books, we are also adding a customized doll where you can choose the gender and the skin tone. More information to come.

 

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The Potty Fairy Potty Training Webinar

  

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The Potty Fairy is happy to offer a Potty Training Webinar to help parents learn about potty training and to help each parent design a personal potty training plan for their child.

We believe every child is different and unique in a variety of ways and this calls for an individualized potty training approach that fits your child and their parent.  You design the potty training program that you want to provide for your child during the webinar.

Our webinar presentation guides a parent through a number of steps so that a unique potty training plan can be designed by you.  We dive into these following topics:

  • Parent and Child Readiness
  • Environment and Equipment
  • Basic Potty Training
  • A Review of Methods
  • Differentiating the Methods for your Child
  • Potty Training Multiples
  • Rewards/Praise and Celebrations

The webinar overview takes about 60 minutes. During the webinar,  information is presented to the parents and notes are jotted down.  By the end of the presentation, you will have an idea of how you want to proceed and what you need to do to put your plan into action. The presentation concludes with a 30 minute Q and A so that you can clarify any questions you may have regarding your plan. The total time of webinar is 90 minutes or an hour and a half.

A portion of the webinar presentation is reserved to briefly discuss the use of The Potty Fairy in your potty training plan.  Many people use charts and rewards during potty training.  These strategies can turn into power struggles and bribes.  The Potty Fairy, who is similar to “Elf on the Shelf” or ” The Tooth Fairy”, delivers underwear and rewards when they catch your child doing well using the potty chair and using underwear.  You can be excited and happy along with your child when they receive their rewards and it takes you off the “hook” of being the one handing out the rewards or stickers based on performance or non-performance.  You are now your child’s cheerleader and support. 

The webinar takes place in the comfort of your home.  Registrants simple login to the webinar and we share some time together.   We are flexible regarding day and time of the webinar and can fit your requirements for your group.

 Our webinars have a maximum enrollment of 100 and a minimum enrollment of 25.  the cost per person is a little more for small groups and lower for larger groups. We can discuss your unique needs via email.  We provide follow-up consultation to all interested participants. In addition, we give each webinar participant a “The Potty Fairy” e-book and mp3 music download for your device.

If you are interested in organizing a Potty Training Webinar for a group of parents or for your organization, please complete the contact form and we will email you back.

We are happy to provide bios of presenters for your planned event so that parents have information regarding the presenters of the webinar.

If you are interested, please go to The Potty Fairy website, Webinar page for the contact form to complete and send in.

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Parent Webinar Comments:

“So helpful”

“Very informative”

“Thank you so much for the webinar tonight.  I think it was very informative for our members.”

“ Appreciate the follow- up support you gave me”

“Thank you so much.  It makes sense.”

“It’s so reassuring talking to someone who’s an expert on the subject.”

“I was feeling at a loss.  Now I have a plan.”

“Thank you for keeping the conversation going.”

“I wish I had the Potty Fairy a long time ago!”

 

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Ask The Potty Fairy: Top Ten 2017 Blog Posts and Upcoming 2018 Blog Topics

It’s our pleasure to share the 2018 New Year Potty Training Blog Topic List for the upcoming year!  We are also happy to share the Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017 based on the number of readers per blog post.

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Top Ten 2017 Blog Posts

  1.  Diapers and Mother Earth
  2.  Potty Training Around The World
  3.  Potty Training for Preschool
  4.  Brightside Method
  5.  Three Day Method
  6.  Poop, There It Is
  7.  Potty Training In Nature
  8.  Dad Can Do It
  9.  Child-Led Method
  10.  Fast Track Method

Note: Out of 32 Blog Posts

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We are excited to unveil our 2018 list! 

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The 2018 list was developed over the course of this past year experiences which include; travels, webinar events, processing customer comments, reading emails, and shared discussions.  Parents with children have come up with the topics that they want to know more about.  We will learn more about potty training practices around the globe due to the high interest in the article regarding “Potty Training Around the World”, as well as our own curiosity. Let’s make 2018 the best year yet. Happy New Year!

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2018 Ask The Potty Fairy Blog Topics:

  1. Potty Fairy Potty Training Webinar
  2. Unique Inventions for Potty Training
  3. Night-time Potty Training
  4. The History of Potty Training
  5. Potty Training Regression
  6. Potty Training thru Play
  7. Potty Training Anxiety
  8. Montessori Potty Training
  9. The Importance of a Positive Potty Training Experiences
  10. Potty Training Dolls
  11. Potty Training in France
  12. Potty Training in the Caribbean

We will post a monthly blog post in 2018 and add these posts to our posts.  Over the course of the upcoming year we will develop a list of topics for 2019 when we receive your feedback and comments! We love hearing about your ideas.

We appreciate your interest as we dive deeper into potty training and hope you enjoy the information. Happy New Year.

The Potty Fairy storybook enhances and enriches all potty training methods. The current versions are available in iPad ebook format and Kindle ebook format.

Our website has free downloads to bring the story to life for your child.

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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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Visit The Potty Fairy for more potty training information and ideas this holiday season.

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Friend of The Potty Fairy/Smartypotty

 

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It’s Thanksgiving time and The Potty Fairy is thankful for all the parents who have listened to webinars, visited and picked up tips on her blog, or connected thru social media.  Our friends in Potty Training is growing all the time.  So at this time of year where we reflect on what we are thankful for we are sharing a blog post from one of our moms who are expecting a baby soon,  potty training her son and creating a business on Amazon.   Please enjoy our guest blogger, Odelia Castillo, who shares her adventure in potty training and her potty chair business.
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Adventures of Potty training at its finest! 

 So I hear it’s harder to potty train boys? You don’t say! Since I have nothing to compare it too as this is my first time ever having to do this, let’s just say I believe it.
Although I’m a bit confused why it would be harder since a boys’ anatomy seems easier to deal with. Any-who, our son Kingston is 2 years and 10 months old and is going to be a big brother any day now. So as you can imagine getting him potty trained is a huge deal in our household right now since NO ONE wants to change two diapers all day, no one!
We started potty training him by just having him sit on a potty before bath every night until we said you’re not going in the tub until you go pee pee! So that is how he started getting familiar with a smaller, floor sitting potty.
Then more recently, we started leaving him at home bottomless. Literally, the minute he got home from school we had to take off his bottoms and get him to roam around the house with his cute little tush out, and it worked!! He feels like there’s nothing there so he runs to the potty as soon as he feels it coming which is great! BUT where do we go from here??? Once we put on his underwear there’s a 50/50 chance he will go in them and on the floor. Then when he goes to school he still wears a diaper and they do take him to the toilet to pee but not poop. We have also used the reward system and got through about 15 hot wheels so far. For every time he poops on the potty he gets one.
So now we are 5 days away from our baby boys due date and our toddler is still back and forth on his potty training progress, man this is taking longer than I thought. But we have to stay consistent that is the key, I guess!
About me-
Through my toddler raising and potty training journey, I became a SAHM and I myself created a brand of, yup, you guessed it- Potties! The brand is called “Smarty Potty” (TM pending) and they are awesome colorful BPA free potties for the floor (for beginner and smaller babies) and toilet (for toilet sitting and transitioning or trained kiddos) they are available on Amazon prime now please check the link to see them for yourself! Trust me they help me a lot I’m not just selling them we use them every day in all 3 of our bathrooms!
Thanks for reading and good luck with all potty training parents! We all need a drink, Cheers! 
The Potty Fairy is providing Potty Training Webinar Events.  We are offering a Potty Training Webinar Monday, November 27 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The Potty Training presentation runs 70-75 minutes which is followed by a 15-20 minute question and discussion period.  All participants will receive a free The Potty Fairy book with their registration.  Click on the Potty Training Webinar Form and sign-up. It is easy.
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