22 September 2008

Pop-up facial tissues keep potty training toddlers from unrolling the toilet paper

Monique no longer has to re-roll the toilet paper several times per day:

I taught my 18 month-old to use the potty pretty successfully. I used the three-day method and it only took two weeks! But what I've never seen addressed is how to teach them about toilet paper. I tried and tried but whenever I'd let her try to pee on her own, she thought I had left a spiffy toy for her to play with. No more! I bought face tissues with a cool Nemo theme and told her "Just one Nemo!" So every time she's done with her business, I hear in the bathroom, "Just one Nemo! Dry dry dry!" And then flush. I don't know why she doesn't grab 30 Nemos, but it seems to work for her.

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I understand the reasoning behind this, but it's not good to flush kleenex in most toilets as it doesn't break down the same as toilet paper does, and can clog up your system...

however, i think you can get flushable wipes, maybe from kandoo, that popup. I like the idea. Still might not want to flush if you have septic. We cannot even flush charmin unless we want to see the plumber every 6 months.

what's the 3-day method? we seem to be on the 6-month method at my house.

Hm, maybe I'll try this idea for my husband. I'm guessing that the more expensive brand of tissue is too much for flushing; but I bet a cheaper brand/thinner tissue would work out just fine.

you can flip the roll the other way.....kids can spin them all they want, and it will not unravel

p.s. only works for those of us that don't live with a tp roll "nazi"

My son is 18 months and we've been working on potty training very gently since 12 months. Any tips that worked for you with your 18 month old would be helpful! Maybe a second post about how you did it? I'd like to stop dragging this out and just be done with the daytime process but don't want to push too hard and turn him off. He does both pee & poop on the potty but won't tell me in advance that he has to go - I have to watch the clock, ask him, or notice him squatting. Usually he tells me after he's already gone.

My son is 18 months and we've been working on potty training very gently since 12 months. Any tips that worked for you with your 18 month old would be helpful! Maybe a second post about how you did it? I'd like to stop dragging this out and just be done with the daytime process but don't want to push too hard and turn him off. He does both pee & poop on the potty but won't tell me in advance that he has to go - I have to watch the clock, ask him, or notice him squatting. Usually he tells me after he's already gone.

Beware the kandoo flushable wipes. We've used them just fine, but another neighbor in an older house had a plumber say that those were definitely the source of a very bad clog (and they were only using one at a time, it's not like the kid tossed in handfuls).

We have my daughter reach out her arm and put one hand on the rolled up roll, use the other hand to pull a length that reaches to her elbow (she has short arms, so this comes out to a few squares), and then use the hand on the roll to hold said roll while ripping off her selection. Works so far, but she's also generally meticulous and into following such bizarre and specific directions.

Kleenex is awful for your septic system. The "flushable wipes" are almost as bad.

I told my daughter to count out 6 squares (which is really more than enough). She loves being in control like this. It's a definite improvement over finding an unspooled roll on the floor or worse, soaking in the sink.

My grandson was over two when we left him alone in the bathroom for the first time, with predictable results.

That was both the first and the last time he did it, though: I made him roll it all back on the roll. "You did it, you fix it."

"I want you to fix it."

"You did it, you fix it."

It was a long ten minutes. :-p

Was I the only one who laughed at the irony of this statement: "I used the three-day method and it only took two weeks"?

I'm sure it actually makes sense to someone who knows what the 3-day method is. I found a link for it, but it's an e-book to purchase rather than just providing it online. (So don't expect to have it explained here.) http://www.3daypottytraining.com/start.htm

I've got a 21 month old that I'd like to start training soon (she's showed vague interest), but I'm not sure how to get started, so any help I can find (online or otherwise) is appreciated.

Can anyone give me hints as to how to teach the child to get clean enough after a poop? I'm embarrassed to say that we have not mastered this, and he's almost 9! If I leave it to him, there is invariably a rash-- but I have scary visions of my helping him indefinitely. Anyone?

We use this hack and it really saves paper, especially if you start early or have a messy toddler.

All hacks on the 3day/2week method are appreciated.

On cleaner pooping, I just learned yesterday from my DH that my DD will learn to "spread her cheeks" when she poos so it will be less messy. I never learned that.

i can't believe there is actually something out there called the 3 day method! I have lived by that theory of parenting for years. When my oldest was around 2 1/2 i realized that most habits are created in three days, and for the most part, can be broken in as many. I have had much success by nipping potential habits in the bud on day two!

In the TODDLER 411 book, they say you can potty train in one day, you just have to choose the right day. Sounds like a joke, but their explanation makes sense. It is in line with the idea of not trying potty training before you kid shows you he or she is ready. I have also read those early potting training books and those make sense, too. My daughter is 13.5 months and I have no idea which way we'll go.

Ahem:
The 3 day/2 week method: Step 1: Buy the ebook. Step 2: Follow the directions explicitly. Step 3: Rationalize that your genius child is being expressive and independent and magically the 3 days turns into 2 weeks!

I think the best thing I did was to wait to do the potty training during my husbands business trip. It was just me and my daughter and the 4 walls. Lots of water, lots of M&M's. I didn't wait for her to give me "clues" that she was ready. I don't go in for that, ahem, different way of thinking.I decided she was ready. As a matter of fact, for the first month, I was pulling down/pulling up panties. She learned this trick pleased Mommy and made for a lot less mess. Once she knew what was expected I held her accountable for the slip-ups. She helped clean messes at 2 AM and she LOVED calling herself a big girl and wearing panties like Mommy.
This method doesn't work for everything. I recently decided she was ready to learn embroidery. (She's 28 months now.) Nope. She learned that Ben moves too much to be a pin cushion. Yes, that's our dog. Next week I'll see if she's ready for crocheting but I'm not too hopeful. :)

Ah, the joys of contemplating that most personal of duties.

For switching the way the TP unrolls, I always thought that it made perfect practice to determine whether you are ready to get married or not: Your future spouse wants it the other way and will never change. Childhood trauma, etc. If you want to get/stay married, change all rolls and never speak of it again. Are you ready now? ;)

Spreading the cheeks, good idea. I'll have to pass that along to the little one. One of the things you never think to mention to the kidlets.

one more tidbit akin to spreading the cheeks...."drop" your shoulder for longer reach.....sounds silly, but it males a difference!

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Christina asks: how do you make the toilet accessible for a toddler to use while potty training but not for water play?

Looking for a hack as an alternative to a toilet lock. Our 18-month-old has been (passively) potty learning and now is putting things in the toilet and playing with the water... We've tried keeping the bathroom door closed, but we don't want her to feel like she can never go in there (once she's ready to sit on the potty consistently).

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