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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Potty Train with Boon

I just can't get enough of Boon and their sleek, innovative products. I don't know much about potty training (in fact the thought of it seriously frightens me), but I do know that Boon's Potty Bench will be there to help guide me every step of the way.

The modern design is impressive: it features two enclosed side storage spaces for organizing potty training supplies, and a pull-out drawer for easy sanitary clean-up. It even comes with a built-in toilet paper holder and a soft, flexible deflector. I love how it sits low to the ground, making it easy for my son to sit down in it. The best part of all just might be its dual practicality - use it as a potty seat, but close the lid and it becomes a step stool!

Potty-training wise, we're in the beginning stages right now, just trying to get my 20 month old son familiar with the potty bench. He's absolutely fascinated with it - in fact he's examining it right now. Whenever I ask him where his potty is, he happily runs to it, opens the lid and sits down on it. When it's time to wash his hands he adores standing on top of it and washing his hands like a big boy. I think we're off to a great start with the Boon Potty Bench!

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a Boon Potty Bench. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Tuesday, December 16th at Midnight and tell me your best potty training tip (since I'm completely clueless.) Please leave your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.


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97 comments :

  1. I don't know that this would work for everyone, but I just let my daughter go without a diaper and left a potty chair in the living room where she spent most of her time. She had it all figured out in no time! (There were a few accidents, but not nearly as many as I thought there would be.)

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. Four kids worth of experience here: don't push the child. Gentle coaxing, and a small reward works. Don't worry, most of all. It'll happen! cdziuba@aol.com

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  3. Praise...whenever ANY sign shows of going...telling someone, sitting on potty, even with clothes on, taking diaper off...it takes a while to get the hang of it...and 'baby steps' but make it all posititive and never criticise...thanks

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  4. praise is great - also taking off the diaper does too, the fastest I got any of the kids to pottytrain was when I bought cheap diapers and they were uncomfortable in them and pulled them off and went potty- so that may work

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  5. This is going to sound funny, but I let my children go in the bathroom with me when I go. I taught my oldest daughter that way with no difficulties whatsoever. Of course, now I have twins, so we will see. So far it seems to really have let them connect with what is going on. Good luck everyone.

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  6. Dont force it. Let it happen naturally.

    rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

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  7. This chair is insane!! I love it gotta have it for my 2 year old son who let's face it will only potty when he's ready. This is my 3rd time around potty training and I'm still clueless hunny! I think it will happen on his time..not mine. I'm nothing like I was with the 1st or even 2nd..I don't push it or get stressed out. He couldn't possible be in diapers at 15 could he? na!

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  8. I have no tips since we haven't started potty training my daughter yet. But from what I hear you shouldn't push them. Just let them do it at their own pace and when they are ready.

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  9. Oh my Goodness I sooo need this chair! Our bathroom is crazy small and I've been dreading trying to fit the step stool and potty chair both in there but with this wala problem solved. I'm just nearing potty time so I don't really have any 'worked for me' advice but my sister swears by giving the kid a cold rinse off every time they have an accident- BRRRRR! Thanks so much for the AWEsome Give-oh-way!

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  10. My son is gearing up for this milestone. While I don't have any tried and true tips, I did purchase a potty training kids story today that has a really cool flushing noise. I also ordered a DVD that he can watch. I hope these ideas work. I'm hunting for a great little seat and think the Boon is perfect. Thanks for your beautiful blog:o) fun.mom.cheratgmaildotcom

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  11. Our son is only just now turning a year. However, the best tip I've heard from friends with older kids is to give them lots of "nakey" time. It helps them know when they have to go. Gulp.

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  12. Lets see... advice.. I had a VERY easy potty trainer who mostly did it her self. My best advice is DONT PUSH!! He will be ready at his own rate and will let you know. Another one is that if they have more than 3 accidents a day then put on a diaper and explain to them why accidents=diapers. :) GOOD LUCK TRAINING! hermashaw@gmail.com

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  13. just remember their called accidents for a reason. Patience and breath. Believe it or not they will go to Kindergarten in big boy/girl pants! ;)

    ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

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  14. get lots of books while sitting thru potty time

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  15. Keep a cool head and don't get mad when they have accidents...that never helps the training along in may even prolong it!

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  16. Praise, praise, praise. (and a few toys and treats from the dollar store help alot too.)Thats what worked best with our older kids. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I've had two go through potty training and our youngest got a little more time before he'll be ready. Thanks. Would love to win this.

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  17. make a chart and let the child put a sticker on it when they go in the potty.

    jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

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  18. I really like the nice design of this potty chair. We have a potty chair that my son used. My 1st daughter REFUSED to use but she was completely potty trained at 20 months...she did it herself. Now my second daughter is also in the beginning stages. She tells me occasionally when she needs to go so we're definitely getting there. We got down the potty chair but she would rather use the big potty. Sticker charts worked for my other two kiddos...so we'll probably go for that again :) As well as the "potty dance" (the one time the kids are allowed to jump on the couches :)

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  19. Bribe your child to use the potty by creating a potty chart and giving them a small reward when they use the potty appropriately. Don't push them too much!

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  20. oh my - no tip yet since my little boy is not potty trained but I am petrified of the whole process. Been eyeing this little potty though so fingers crossed!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  21. I don't really have any tips because I'm a new mommy but my aunt always told be when my cousin was done going pee-pee she'd have him "hop like a bunny" so there was no extra pee! lol

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  22. I have to get this for my grandson, it's perfect! when I potty trained my son, I had a few tips from my sister. she suggested tissue paper targets, or a couple of cherrios to help with their aim, so they can be like the big boys! and all three of my kids did well with the added encouragment of stickers, and I agree with most the other mom's here, try not to push it. it WILL happen.

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  23. My tip is to get a copy of Toilet Training in Less Than a Day. I used that book and all 3 of my kids were potty trained at or before 24 months. It's great and has step-by-step tips which helped us a lot.

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  24. just don't get in a tiz,be patient.

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  25. My son is 2 and he still won't go potty. Maybe him getting a new one will work. brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

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  26. be consistent and make it fun give stickers for when they go on the potty and read fun potty books. Talk about it with them so they understand it.

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  27. We have not tips, but since we are going to start soon I would love any help.

    hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. patience and prizes, lol. encouraging a child by giving them a sticker, a small treat, or anything simple that they may view as a "prize" can be helpful.

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  29. best tip is to not stress about it

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  30. All I can say is have patience and reward when it's done correctly. I gave stickers or marshmallows (her favorite treat) when she used the potty. It can be frustrating. Good luck!

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  31. My son was impossible to train. We tried everything when he turned 3 and got so incredibly stressed over it. It ruled our life. We finally gave up and decided we'd be changing his diapers in high school. But one day he woke up and said, "I'm going to wear underwear now". And he really never turned back and we barely have accidents. Maybe 5 in 8 months!!! So my tip is to let them take the lead and don't push. There will always be someone else who is in your boat.

    Lee :)
    leechrista @ gmail dot com

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  32. Just started with the potty training. We are trying to get out little guy to be unafraid of the potty first. Lots of cheering when he hits any toilet paper targets we place in the potty.



    lindakpeters@gmail.com

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  34. Set up a schedule of putting the child on the pot before and after they awake from sleep or a nap and bedtime, then after eating too. Let them sit a few minutes even if they do nothing Don't force the idea Praise when they do sit and praise even more if they do something!

    nanja[at]comcast[dot]net

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  35. I haven't started potty training my son yet, but I have been showing himhow to use the potty. I think he's getting the concept

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  36. Make them go naked. It really works!

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  37. Wearing undies vs. pullups! My son hates to get wet in those, but doesn't care about wetting in his pullup ..We're not 100% done, but he's not really loving his potty chair, so this would be a really cool win!

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  38. I realize that forcing too much is no help. Introduce the child to the potty. Do everything that you think you should, like reading potty books, giving rewards etc. Different things work for different children, you need to figure out what works for your child. I know that mine can never be forced into anything. She decided one fine day that she didn't want diapers anymore and that was that. I wish I hadn't spent all those months fretting.

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  39. Please, please let me win!!!

    I don't have a personal potty training tip yet, as my son isn't trained, by my MIL, who trained her four sons and MANY children in her 30 years of daycare experience, swears by the "sink the cheerio" method for getting little boys to aim when peeing standing up. Her son is a very tidy pee-er, so I think it must have worked ;)

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  40. would love to win this for my daughter. weve created our own little potty song and dance, but we still are potty training, she goes back and forth on doing it! hope you get some good ideas.
    thanks!-moorhouseashley@yahoo.com

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  41. Make sure you let your little boys sit down to pee before you teach them to stand up. Their aim is off and you will be cleaning up a lot of little dribbles! THANKS!!

    newmommyin08@yahoo.com
    http://dexterphilip.blogspot.com

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  42. Well, I have not done it before, but so far it seems that a low key and non-rushed approach is good. Whenever he is into sitting on the potty - go for it. If not, then let is rest. He'll decided it is his time when he is ready. It has worked for other stuff like getting rid of the pacifier and bottle, so I am hoping it will work here as well!

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  43. I haven't tried it yet (my guy is just 13 months), but on Dad Labs they advocate letting your youngster run around outside without pants. I guess to learn cause and effect. I have also heard that it is easier for the parent of the same sex as your child to do the potty training since they learn best by example. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. With my son I used stickers. When he went potty, he got to put a sticker onto a piece of paper which hung inside the closet door in the bathroom. Yes, it was just a plain piece of lined notebook paper and little stickers, but he loved it! Sorry to say this technique didn't work for my daughter though. Good luck!
    tkrusi(at)bepc(dot)com

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  45. We bought a potty for my first son way before we even thought about potty training (it was really cheap). He asked questions about the new item in our bathroom but we never coaxed him to use it. One day he sat down and did use it then he got up and said "okay, now I need a prize" I think you just need to let a kid get used to the idea and lead his own way. (btw he wasn't potty trained until a while after that, he regressed with the new school but he did eventually learn)

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  46. Don't start too early and don't push too hard. As soon as we backed off a bit, my daughter did great!!

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  47. My daughter is turning 2 in a few days this would be fantastic. I have a 7yr old son and the advise I can give is don't push, it'll happen.

    =D melanie
    http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  48. I don't really have a potty training tip...I'm potty training my 15 month old and it's not easy! Probalby being consistant and praising highly! My son, who is now 9 ended up being potty trained by my brother! LOL, yeah, he came home from college on spring break and potty trained him. It was awesome! I think I'm on my own with my little girl though! :)

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  49. Just lots of praise everytime he or she uses the potty. Don't stress her or him out, just relax. They will get the hang of it eventually. Thanks!

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  50. Let some other person potty train your child if you don't have the patience to do so.

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  51. Make sure they are ready, then stick with it!

    Would love to have this at the house for when my nephew spends the night!

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  52. My best potty training tip is to not start until they are really ready, otherwise you are setting both yourself and the child up for a lot of heartache and headache.

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  53. Best tip, have patience! :) My oldest was soooo easy, my 2 1/2 old now is the most difficult child ever and wants nothing to do with it. The more frustrated I get the worse off, so, we've backed off and let him learn at his own pace. He's more eager now...ha, my 7 year old is the one training him now! And it's working, sorta! Hoping a new potty chair will encourage him more!
    THX!
    dana at babyluxedaily dot com

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  54. Get very very excited- make it a game to run to the bathroom, and don't slack off- even if they're just making it up- If they indicate a run to the potty- and then just ended up wanting your attention- make them sit there anyways, I also give a treat every time, and I switch the candies up so they stay exciting!

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  55. Put Cheerios in the toilet and tell him to aim at them...its fun..
    lol.

    Gives them something to hit and hopefully keep the pee in the potty.

    palmersf(at)bellsouth.net

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  56. this is my first child..and we're about to start potty training..but I would say consistency would be the best tip!! AND make it fun!

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  57. Don't stress, don't compete and be patient.

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  58. We're starting with simple techniques like showing him where his pee actually comes from before we delve into full on training.

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  59. We had a potty party with my first DD. We spent the day in the bathroom with water, juice, and brought in cupcakes when she went potty. She was trained in the day. The second one was easier she was trained by her older sister. Now I need help with the third DD.

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  60. Though I haven't done it yet, I hear that you have to leave their diaper off always and stay at home all day and have the potty accessible and in sight. I hear it's pretty messy! They should learn quick if you don't cave!

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  61. I have heard that the best thing that you can do for a child during potty training is to praise them continuously when they use the potty! I am about to start potty training myself, so this potty could REALLY come in handy! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    countrygirl1823@aol.com

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  62. This is a really neat product. My best potty training tip may not seem good, but it worked for us. Give it time. My daughter was late with potty training. I was worried. I even talked to our doctor about it. I encouraged her to go, but let her have the ultimate say. It seems weird, but it was literally like she woke up one morning and decided she was ready to be a big girl and use the potty.

    footejennifer(At)hotmail.com

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  63. I think my best tip would be to let the kiddie go diaperless for a few days (if you can handle it), so they can learn the feeling that is associated with going pee/poo. Best of luck to you!

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  64. potty train in the summer, it's easier - less clothing to deal with

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  65. I've only done this once and it wasn't my kid (I was a nanny and helping), but my best advice is to create "potty time". Schedule times to spend some time on the potty. We did this every 2-3 hours. I'd bring him in, put him on the potty for about 5 minutes, and hope something would happen. It worked for the most part!

    jebuell(at)gmail.com

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  66. When my grandson was being potty trained, they made it fun for him to tinkle. They had a blue container in the tank so each time you flush the toilet, the water in the bowl would be blue. Boy did he love to go tinkle in the blue water. It wasn't long before he knew that everything was in the blue water!

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  67. When potty training my daughter (Im just starting with my son) we would make a BIG production of potty time. When I had to go I would dance all silly and say "ooo I have to pee" and I would go down the hallway with her in tow and after I did my deed we would celebrate by singing and clapping and cheering. Soon she was the one on the potty and we were cheering her on. Being a mommy takes all "shame" away, lol

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  68. what a cool chair.

    I don't have a great tip, just always used lots of praise and a happy dance for success!

    pestkaj at yahoo.com

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  69. I am teaching my son to use the restroom now but I let him watch me use the restroom and stick his little chair in there with us but he still hasn't gotten the hang of it. I am still in the process of learning so I have no real tips. I guess be patient and don't rush your child it will happen sooner or later

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  70. I love reading all these amazing comments! Not quite there yet with my sweet'um but soon! : )))

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

    leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

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  71. The #1 thing I can say is to use real underpants, not pull ups. It's the thing that worked best with all three of mine.

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  72. The thing we found that worked best for us was to put our little guy in underwear - real underwear. We tried pull ups, but they felt too much like a diaper. He realized he didn't like the feeling of wet undies, so that was incentive enough for him to tell us when he had to go. Still working on poopie, but at least we've got #1 down!!

    libby_design at yahoo dot com

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  73. We just waited until my son started asking to go on his own. He just decided one day that he wanted to use the potty. We went through about 1 week of transition with a few accidents, but then after that it was great!

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  74. I'm JUST about to potty train number 2. What I learned from 1 is that if you see signs of them struggling to poop, it's likely that they're holding it in instead. That's a BIG sign that you need to stop in your tracks, forget about mentioning anything about poop, and wait til they stop.

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  75. my best tips are dont force they will do it when they are ready my kids were all between 2 and 4 when they potty trained also under works 100 times better then pull ups my kids thought when pull ups were on it was a diaper so under lets them feel wet see they are wet good luck!!

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  76. my son loved a dvd we took out of the library and watched it over and over unfortunately he copied everything but actually using the potty...

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  77. My daughter just turned two so we haven't gotten too into the potty training yet, but the best advice I've received is to not push and to have small rewards like m&m's or stickers as encouragement.

    Thanks!
    xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  78. Since I still have a few potty training issues with my son and have yet to start my daughter, I don't have a heck of a lot advice other than "Have Patience". It will click eventually.

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  79. you have to be consistent with bringing the child to the potty :)

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  80. i have hoping to help my nephew in his potty training adventures.

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  81. Oh my, was I ever confident my son would have no problems since I would do *everything* correct. He certainly humbles me and keeps me good humored. He is 29 months old now, and I think he still isn't quite ready to train. Maybe the bench will help!

    kujoko at att dot net

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  82. I thought this was disgusting but my mother said keep the potty in the kitchen where you are. I didn't do that with my first son and it took forever. Then with the 2nd I put it right there and he was trained in no time. Good luck
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  83. Let it be the kid's idea.

    Thanks!

    carissaad (at) aol (dot) com

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  84. Don't think of it as potty training-think of it as helping your child reach a developmental milestone. It's just like when you held his hand when he was learning to walk. Patience and encouragement are key. I had my daughters potty trained at 26 and 22 months.

    Oh, and use underwear, not pullups. Pullups are diapers.

    reg8w@aol.com

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  85. dont be too pushy... it will happen.

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  86. I haven't had to start this yet, but I'd imagine, like everything else, consistency is important.

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  87. My best suggestion is to relax. As a grandma of 6, I have seen sad results when parents tried too early or too hard.

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  88. First off, potty training is not easy. It took about a year and a half for my son and my daughter, well it feels like it is never going to happen. My best tip is a potty chart. We fill it with stickers everytime she goes and when it's full we go somewhere of her choice. Good Luck!

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  89. I did not pick a specific time to start training, but as soon as they began walking we had the training potty available for them and of course praised for any effort or interest, and by age 3 both girls were potty trained and now at 6 and 4 accident-free.ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

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  90. My best tip is lots of patience

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  91. This potty looks sleek and easy for little ones to use. I love how it "closes up" and becomes a stool. If I won, I think I'd keep this potty in our car. I can't stand having my daughter use public restrooms (yuck!) and having a little potty with us would be so convenient.

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  92. Oops! I forgot to leave my best potty training tip. Mine would be to be as laid-back as possible about the whole thing. I think little ones quickly pick up on their parents' attitudes and "stresses" so the more carefree you can be, the better. :)

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  93. Just as each child walks and talks in their own time, so are they ready for potty training. Take your cue from your kid. PabaV(at)aol(dot)com

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  94. Yikes

    I'm clueless too.... and we're about to start.

    My BF told me to wait until the child shows interest. Get them a potty and let them sit in it for fun (haha!)

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

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  95. I don't have a tip since I haven't started yet.. Please enter me :)

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