A Brief History of Potty Training

Since people have been having babies, parents have been trying to figure out a way to deal with the waste...
Since people have been having babies, parents have been trying to figure out a way to deal with the waste that the babies produce. As people have grown and developed their understanding of the human experience, the pendulum has swung back and forth several times on the “right” way to potty train. (Pixabay / huncoder) In today’s article, we’re going to look back at some of those historical ideas, practices and movements. In the process, you can see what did and...
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Diapering Developments Throughout History

For as long as there have been people, there has been the need to clean up after babies and toddlers...
For as long as there have been people, there has been the need to clean up after babies and toddlers after they go about their, uh, business. While it’s relatively easy to keep your baby’s bum clean and dry in today’s world, it hasn’t always been that way. Diapering has evolved for the better over the last few thousand years of people caring for children. If you’re interested in a little diaper history (and want to feel profoundly grateful for...
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Should You Use Training Pants for Your Kids? Why and...

So, you’re about to take the plunge and dive right into the world of potty training. We salute you! You...
So, you’re about to take the plunge and dive right into the world of potty training. We salute you! You may be on your first kid, you may be on your seventh, and if you’re looking at this blog, it means you’re looking for some new ideas and techniques. (Pixabay / RachelBostwick) There are a lot of different methods for getting your toddler to use the potty – elimination communication, going au naturale, using pull-ups, sticking-him-on-the-potty-chair-with-seventeen-cups-of-juice-in-a-row, waterproof diaper covers, or skipping...
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Potty Training for Kids with Special Needs (Part 2)

Last time we posted, we gave you a bunch of different ideas for how to adapt your potty training experience...
Last time we posted, we gave you a bunch of different ideas for how to adapt your potty training experience to help accommodate your child’s disability. This week, we are going to cover how to start the training process and give you some extra tools that might help make things a little easier. (Pixabay / Seaq68) What to Do There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every child, but there are some things that can help keep your potty training experience a...
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What Are The Most Common Reasons Children Wet The Bed?

If you’re so sick of washing soiled sheets that you could scream, this article is for you. Some kids seem...
If you’re so sick of washing soiled sheets that you could scream, this article is for you. Some kids seem to night-time potty train with great ease—but others take several years to master this skill. If your child is in the latter category, you may look around wondering why everyone else’s child is night-trained and what could possibly be wrong with yours. The truth is, bedwetting is common, and the reasons can be quite predictable. Read on to learn about...
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Potty Training for Kids with Special Needs (Part 1)

Potty training can be a challenge on the best of days. I mean, think about it: you are intentionally trying...
Potty training can be a challenge on the best of days. I mean, think about it: you are intentionally trying to break a child’s lifelong habit of doing his business wherever he pleases! Going with the flow (and, no, that’s not a metaphor) is something that he has done multiple times a day literally every single day of his life, so breaking that habit can be tough to get right. (Pixabay / StockSnap) When your child has a disability, being toilet...
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Neat Potty Training Gadgets


The days when you were potty trained and the days when you are doing the training are two completely different animals. Back then, there were potty chairs, toilet seats, and step stools, and that was it. While doing things the “old-fashioned way” is still a viable option, why make things harder than they need to be if there’s a product out there that can solve a problem? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite potty training tools.  (Pixabay...
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Different Ways to Strip Cloth Diapers

Your baby’s bum has some of the most sensitive skin of her entire body, and taking care of it goes...
Your baby’s bum has some of the most sensitive skin of her entire body, and taking care of it goes beyond changing it when a diaper is soiled or wet. You also have to decide which diapers, diaper creams, wipes, and soap to use down there, too! (Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures) There are pros and cons to each method, and you’ll need to decide which route(s) is the best fit for your family. If you choose to go the cloth diaper method,...
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What To Do If Potty Training is Not Working?

So you finally work up the courage to start potty training. You buy a potty chair and rewards for your...
So you finally work up the courage to start potty training. You buy a potty chair and rewards for your child’s successes. You even make a potty training chart to hang on the wall. Then the worst happens—your child wants nothing to do with it. What now? If your child’s potty training progress is high-centered, here are some ideas from people who have been there. Katy Huie Harrison Katy Huie Harrison, PhD is an author, mom, and owner of Undefining...
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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers vs. Peejamas

It seems like for every proponent of disposable diapers, there’s an equally adamant one for cloth diapers. With the environmental,...
It seems like for every proponent of disposable diapers, there’s an equally adamant one for cloth diapers. With the environmental, health, financial, and ease-of-use factors to consider, you might be at a bit of a loss as to what direction you should go. Once your child hits the potty training phase, you have yet another option to consider when it comes to night training products: Peejamas. Now, each method may not work for everyone, so it’s important that you research...
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Is My Child Ready to Potty Train?

You may know someone with kids right around your kids’ same age, and have watched as their child and your...
You may know someone with kids right around your kids’ same age, and have watched as their child and your child hit all the important milestones within a few days or weeks of each other. Now, you know that you’re not supposed to compare children because all kids develop at different rates, but it can be challenging not to feel a twinge of competition when their son starts potty training just shy of his second birthday and your son still...
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Potty Training: From a Toddler's Perspective

Sure, potty training can be extremely stressful for parents preparing to help their child on their next step towards being a...
Sure, potty training can be extremely stressful for parents preparing to help their child on their next step towards being a big kid. But as parents, do we ever stop to consider how this new challenge may affect our child? Indeed, potty training can be a very challenging and even scary experience for a child. Being sure to have empathy for your child as you begin down this path can help you, and your child, be successful in their new task! ...
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