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Welcome to my first official blog party! I hope you find the series informative. I definitely welcome your comments and advice. Feel free to agree or even disagree (gasp!)! Most of all, have fun! Potty training can be difficult, messy, and frustrating for both you and your child. I hope that with some of the resources I give you throughout the series, you’ll find it just a little easier to embark or continue down this “journey.” For inspiration, read Stephanie’s potty training story…
And for a more serious look at potty training from a dad’s perspective, check out this video…
To start with, let’s talk about the basics. One of my very first questions (besides how in the world do I do this?) was, “Do I REALLY need a potty?” So I did a little “test.” A few months ago my husband and I started bringing our son into the bathroom with us. We’d even let him “flush” the toilet (although that behavior had to be curbed when he started flushing the toilet over and over!). One day we decided to “try” to put him on the big potty. His protests were loud and clear. He shook his head…he clung to us for dear life….he said NO! He was definitely afraid of the toilet. And rightly so…it’s big and loud and things disappear when they go in. So we decided that a toddler-sized potty was necessary if we were going to start potty training before he went to junior high school.
Any potty on the market is perfectly capable of being utilized for the purpose of…well…going potty. You’ve got your potties with all the bells and whistles, your simple, no-frills potty, your royal potty, and your eco-friendly potty. But my favorite potty is Boon’s Potty Bench.
There are so many reasons why I like this potty. It’s modern and vibrant enough to keep my son interested, yet not too much of a distraction. While we want potty training to be fun, it should be separate from play time (in our opinion). It’s also very sturdy. Some of the potties I’ve seen at Target or Walmart feel so light and unstable. The Potty Bench functions as both a step stool (one less thing to crowd the bathroom purchase), capable of holding up to 300 pounds, and a potty. And I can close the lid to keep out those potty odors! It has two side storage spaces to hold toilet paper, wipes, training pants/pull-ups, antibacterial hand gel, and anything else your child may need to go potty. The Potty Bench also comes with a soft, removable deflector shield to keep everything that needs to be in the potty…in the potty! Cleaning ANY potty is never the highlight of my day, however, the Potty Bench features a pull-out drawer to make cleaning up easier. The Potty Bench retails for $34.99 but I’ve seen it on Amazon.com for $29.99.
Remember to stop by every day this week and next (we’ll take a potty break over the weekend) for more potty tips and product picks.
Win It! One of you will win a Potty Bench of your own, courtesy of Boon. Head on over to the site and take a look around. Come back here and leave me a comment with ANOTHER Boon product you’d love to have. For fun, leave your best potty training tip! Comments will close on February 16, 2009 at 10 pm PST. One comment per person, please. US residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.
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