Potty Training-Keeping It Clean

Potty training is one of those important mile stones for your child. You have many questions in your mind. Is he ready? Which potty to use? What type of training pants to use? should you use pull-ups? Is using positive incentives a way to go or negative reinforcement? With all these questions floating around in your brain, you also have the issue of “keeping it clean” while you are conducting potty training with your child.
Keeping it clean
Keeping your home environment clean is important for your child as well as others in your household.  Giving up diapers is healthy for your child as well as helping with keeping your home more tidy and holding germs at bay with taking away one of the germs’ growing environment—the dirty diaper.

Given that your child is ready for potty training, one has to strategically plan the potty training area in the bathroom. Place the potty training seat, training pants, wipes and tissues in the bathroom,too. If there is more than one bathroom, place the necessary materials and another potty training seat in all bathrooms. Here are some steps to help with  “keeping it clean.”

Steps to Take

 1. Purchase a potty chair that is made of solid hard surface that is easy to wipe off and keep clean. Potty seats that adapt or fit into the adult toilet seat are easy to take up and wipe down with a non-toxic cleanser that also kills germs. check in your grocery store for baby cleansing products that are nontoxic.
You can also use vinegar to wipe off your potty seat. You don’t have to empty urine or feces and clean out the potty container if you let your child go right into the toilet when you use the adapter type potty seat that fits into the adult toilet. If you opt to use the potty seat with the receptacle to catch the urine and feces, you will have to cleanse it well right after each use, especially after a bowel movement. If you use a potty chair, remember to clean the whole potty chair along with the receptacle itself.
Some parents opt to use potty chair liners. These are usually plastic and are thrown away after a couple of uses with the absorbent pads for urine. If your child has a bowel movement, the potty liner’s contents can be emptied into the toilet and then dispose the plastic liner.
Liners are usually removed and placed in the trash much like when you empty your trash can’s liner by pulling the drawstring and then disposing of the bag and all. Although many will see this as a neater way to handle the cleaning up after the elimination issue, it does not show your child how to clean up after himself or help the environment by adding more soiled plastics to the landfills which you are trying to lessen by getting him potty trained and save on buying diapers disposable and cloth. Buying potty liners is lessening your savings by putting in an expense which is really not necessary.
2. Clean all potty training materials in the bathroom sink or tub, not in the kitchen sink where food is prepared. Remember to clean the sink and tub used to clean potty training materials with a non toxic cleanser.
3. Wash your hands thoroughly and make sure your child does too after each toilet visit.
4. If you use cloth training pants, make sure to wash them right away
after an accident. Empty the feces into the toilet and rinse the
training pants and place in the washer on hot water setting and wash
with a hydrogen peroxide type bleach which kills mold and mildew,
If you use a disposable training pant such as “pull-ups,” roll them and
place them in a small bag. If there is fecal material, make sure to
empty it into the toilet before placing the soiled disposable in the
bag and then putting into the trash.
5. While your child learns to stay dry at night, it’s a good idea to
keep a plastic sheet on the bed in case of bed-wetting.
Potty training your child takes time, patience and letting him see you
as a role model. If he sees you “keeping it clean” by washing your
hands, keeping the bathroom area clean, disposing of soiled potty
training materials in a responsible manner, washing soiled clothes and
using good hygiene, he will model you and participate in keeping it
clean while potty training and grow up learning good hygiene, too.
P.S. What do you do to maintain a clean environment while potty training?  Let us know in the comments.
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Delois McKay

Potty Training Motivational Tips

We are back in America with out potty training motivational tips today.  Our potty trainee is usually a toddler with his own mind, likes and dislikes. With toddlers, one has to guide them with positive motivation. One way of doing this is with incentives or rewards that boost their willingness to learn new things while also building up their self esteem.

Motivational Tips

Here are some “motivational encouragements” that may help your child down the road of potty independence.

1. Sticker chart: After each successful trip to the potty, he can put his favorite colorful sticker on it.

2. Artwork tablet or sketchpad: Let your child draw a picture of his successful trip to the potty or make his favorite picture and you can write words on it like “good job” ‘great” “wow”.etc.

3. Scrapbook: Make a story about his potty training adventure and let him glue his pictures or decorative awards for potty success in it.

4. Goodie bag: Put some of your child’s favorite things, inexpensive little toys,books,and let him pick out a surprise gift when he does well the whole day with his potty training.

5.”Big kid’s pants”: Let him pick out his own training underwear to use during his potty training adventure. If he likes them, he will try to do what he needs to do to wear them.

Remember letting your child participate in his potty training plan by giving him choices and encouragement, makes potty training something he wants to accomplish, too.  These “motivational encouragements” give him something to measure his progress with on his way to being potty independent.

What do you use to motivate your toddler during potty training? Let us know in the comments.

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Delois McKay

When to Potty Train?



Watch this WebMd video about when to potty train by Dr. Brazelton. He proposes that children are concerned with their BM (bowel movement, poop) up until their later ages. When I was a child, I don’t think I wondered where my BM went. I know that definitely by the age of thirteen, “where my BM went” was not the top question on my mind.  What about you?

Cultural Differences for Potty Training

Dr. Brazelton addresses cultural differences in potty training techniques and how they are influenced by differences in cultural lifestyles. According to Dr. Brazelton, how parents potty train depend on their daily contact with their children. Some cultures have constant physical closeness while other cultures are not as present with their children due separation because of industrialized working environments. When do you feel the time is best for children—early potty training before one year of age or later potty training after one year of age? Please leave your thoughts in our comments. Click on the image below to watch Dr. Brazelton’s video interview.

Potty Training 101

Reviewed By: Kathy Empen, July 2012
SOURCES: T.Berry Brazelton, MD Developmental Pediatrician
© 2007 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved.
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When do you feel is the time to potty train? Hmmmm?   😉

Delois McKay

How to Potty Train Your Child Humor

As we enter into the life of parenting, we face many challenges. Potty training is one of the mile stones in your journey as a parent. Even though, potty training is a serious event, it is good to take a break and see the humor in it all. The Dadlab video about potty training does just that—sees the humor in potty training.

Among all the humor, the dads, Daddy Clay and Daddy Brad offer advice to other dads and moms on how to potty train children. They go over some of the different types of potty seats and humorous ways to clean up the accidents that happen during the potty training process. All in all when you have had a full day of potty training exercise, kick back and watch this video and LOL.  😉

Check out this great resource for potty training tips.

Delois McKay

P.S. What do you find humorous about potty training? Share with us something funny that happened while you were on potty training duty…

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Baby Potty Training- Japanese Style.

It is so interesting learning about all the different techniques to potty train our children, but what is really interesting is discovering all the different ways cultures from all over the world handle this subject. We saw in my last post how children in Malaysia are potty trained very early compared to the ages most people start potty training here in the United States. As we are discovering, children can learn things much earlier than we believed possible because much of learning depends upon your environment and observation, patience and learning techniques known to parents to teach their children with.

Here in this video from Japan, animation and children’s television watching is used to reinforce and teach children about using the potty . Colorful animated characters, catchy little songs, visual aids and games are incorporated into potty training. Whereas in America, one would not readily see a potty training segment on Sesame Street or an animated video about potty training in the video section of Best Buy, it is used in Japan to reinforce the concepts for potty training success. There is a strong emphasis placed on washing hands afterward. From what I have observed in the adult public bathrooms when I am out at times, some have forgotten this important part of “going to the potty”.


Enjoy the video.

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P.S. Would you use a video like this to help with potty training? Would you want a segment about potty training on children’s television?

Here is an English potty training video from Pocket PreSchool. What do you think? Please share with us in the comments…

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Delois McKay