The Trials of Poop & Potty Training

Life around here right now has a lot to do with poop. Yes, seriously. Poop is a huge point of discussion around our house because it is our biggest potty training challenge.  I’ve talked about a bit before, but I must admit that poop has been my nemesis when it comes to boys and potty training.  Thank goodness for Pull-Ups!  We tried to move immediately into “Big Boy Underwear,” but at the suggestion of a number of early childcare educators and our pediatrician, we quickly returned to Pull-Ups.  And let me tell you, the clean up from a kiddo wearing Pull-Ups versus big boy underwear filled with poop is an entirely different experience– do you know what I’m talking about?  I’m sharing this because I want to be honest– particularly as a person who is supposed to know something about child-rearing.  Dealing with little boys, poop and potty training is NOT EASY and NOT for the faint of heart.  Somehow, it’s easy to get little boys to pee standing up, and much harder to translate that into pooping.  Some days I feel like the poop is winning, and I’m not so great with potty training.  However, I remind myself that I’ve done this before, and that sooner or later, it will work out. And then I think, “Good grief, I hope it’s not too much later!”   Here are a few of the things that we are struggling with in our house, and ways that we are dealing with them.

Are you struggling with Potty Training? Me too-- particularly dealing with Pooping! Here my confessions an things that i'm trying over at My Mom Made That. Pooping and potty training can and are a huge challenge. {Information sponsored by Kimberly Clark}

Constipation and anxiety.  Who knew, but this is a huge issue for potty training tots!  Basically, our sweet Monkey is a pretty constipated dude.  This means that we have to up the fiber intact– did you know that he only eats about 8 foods in the entire world because he’s that kind of kid?!  We’ve also been giving him a stool softener in his Apple Juice.  Do this under the advice and guidance of your pediatrician.  I want families to be aware of this because costipation can make the pooping scary.  Constipation can make pooping hurt.  For us, adding apple juice has helped, but we have to be consistent and make sure he’s drinking it regularly!  He’d rather drink milk and eat dairy and that can plug him up!

Are you struggling with Potty Training? Me too-- particularly dealing with Pooping! Here my confessions an things that i'm trying over at My Mom Made That. Pooping and potty training can and are a huge challenge. {Information sponsored by Kimberly Clark}

Flushable and Portable Wipes.  The thing about potty training, and a kid that is struggling with poop, and is needing the support of Pull-Ups is that he wants to feel like a big kid.  I know the Monkey wants to be my “Big Little Boy,” (his description of himself.)  However, if I use baby wipes and change him like a baby after a poop mishap, he feels discouraged.  Going through the process of wiping and flushing like a “big boy,” helps reinforce what we are supposed to be working on.  I like flushable wipes right now because they work better than toilet paper on little bums.   And they are flushable– so the Monkey gets to use them like toilet paper.

Are you struggling with Potty Training? Me too-- particularly dealing with Pooping! Here my confessions an things that i'm trying over at My Mom Made That. Pooping and potty training can and are a huge challenge. {Information sponsored by Kimberly Clark}

Stay focused.  This is the biggest challenge for me.  It’s easier to go back to diapers.  It may smell more, but when you are already changing one little one, it’s easier to just give up.  Don’t do that!  (I’m chanting this to myself on a daily basis.) The struggle is real, but it will be accomplished with perseverance.  I know because I’ve gone through these Poop Trials before the Big One.  I’m happy to report that he doesn’t poop in his pants anymore!

Are you struggling with Potty Training? Me too-- particularly dealing with Pooping! Here my confessions an things that i'm trying over at My Mom Made That. Pooping and potty training can and are a huge challenge. {Information sponsored by Kimberly Clark}

Be Prepared:  Take your supplies with you wherever you go.  I’ve got wipes and Pull-Ups in my car, and in my bag.  We take the potty with us on the road.  Seriously– it sits in the back of our car.  And the most recent pack of Pull-Ups that we got at Sam’s Club had a cute little backpack— perfect for his potty training supplies!  He loves that it holds his Pull-Ups, Flushable Wipes, a few boy treasures like rocks, and it isn’t too big for him to carry.  In fact, he’s been wearing it wherever he goes with his pottying supplies there and ready for use!  (Don’t worry, there is a cute girls’ option too!)

Are you struggling with Potty Training? Me too-- particularly dealing with Pooping! Here my confessions an things that i'm trying over at My Mom Made That. Pooping and potty training can and are a huge challenge. {Information sponsored by Kimberly Clark}

I’d encourage you to stop by Sam’s Club, enjoy your favorite samples (like my Peanut!), and pick up Pull-Ups for your own Little along with a pack of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes.  Right now (until June 30, 2016), you can purchase any two Pull-Ups® Training Pants and/or Cottonelle® Fresh Care® Flushable Cleansing Cloths and receive a $10 Sam’s Club e-Gift Card.

Are you struggling with Potty Training? Me too-- particularly dealing with Pooping! Here my confessions an things that i'm trying over at My Mom Made That. Pooping and potty training can and are a huge challenge. {Information sponsored by Kimberly Clark}

See you on the other side of the Poop Trials!

Potty Training Reward Game Printable

We are in the midst of potty training right now at my house, and using a Potty Training Reward Game to reinforce success.  And it’s hard.  I mean, really hard.  The Monkey, who is three and a half, was nearly perfectly trained, and telling us when he had to go.  Then we got off schedule for several weeks, and we had a lot of regression.  And it’s so frustrating.  I know that I’m not alone.   It’s hard to know the best way to potty train or what tips and tricks really work.  Some people recommend potty training prior to a child’s second birthday.  Some recommend until a child demonstrates readiness.  Some believe in offering candy as rewards.  Some believe in going cold turkey into underwear.  Some believe in a slower transition from diapers with Pull-Ups.  While I believe that I know a decent amount about parenting, this particularly milestone is a huge challenge for me.  I know that games and rewards work well with children, and I’ve found that encouragement and a fun potty training reward game are a good way to keep the Monkey’s motivation up.  Today I’m sharing with you a free printable for a Potty Training Reward Game– Potty Training Bingo.

Are you looking for a fun way to promote potty training. In this post, you'll read about our family's struggles and challenges with Potty training, and get a few tips that we are using. You'll also find a great Free Printable for a Potty Training Bingo, a Potty Training Reward Game. This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups with our kids use for potty training.
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Keeping Half Siblings Connected

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HomeTeam for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Right after my divorce, and long before either of my Little Boys were born, I asked one of my dearest what is was like to have half siblings. I really wanted to know if having “real” brothers and sisters felt different from having half brothers and sisters. She promised me that she loved her brothers and sister no differently. It didn’t matter at all if they were her “whole” siblings or her “half” siblings. That made me feel so much better. Now, as I watch my three boys together, I know that the Big One loves his two little brothers a lot, more than I expected that “whole” brothers would love each other. I can’t even express how wonderful it is to watch how tenderly and lovingly my teenager takes care of his two little brothers.  One of the things that my friend talked about, and what I have learned about subsequently in discussions with “blended” families is about the unfortunate, but necessary separation of half-siblings. The Big One goes off to be with the other half of his family throughout the month, and my Little Boys pine for him. The Monkey asks me to make his big brother come home. I can’t do that, and he doesn’t understand that it’s important for his brother to spend time with all of his family.

My Mom Made That: Keeping Half Siblings Connected {Sponsored by HomeAgain}

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Protecting Your Kiddos From Injuries

When the Big One was about 15-months-old, he ran into a table with a rounded corner at his wonderful daycare. (I say this because I don’t want anyone to think that it was the fault of the daycare.) He was a new walker who stumbled, and he ended up hitting this table at just the right spot. He bumped his head and fractured his skull. He was fine, but had an enormous blue egg in the center of his forehead for about 8 weeks. I used to tease him that when he was one, he grew a unicorn horn for a period of time. I joke now, but that experience was really scary, and it’s made me hypervigilent about the Big One’s head protection. (He also had another concussion when he was 4 years old, so head injuries are a huge fear of mine.)

My Mom Made That: Protecting Your Kiddos From Sports Injuries #InjuriesSuck (Sponsored by Storelli)
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The Joy of Movement: Coping with Mobile Infants

My favorite stage of early childhood is from approximately 6 months until 18 months.  It’s the stage where my sweet little babies are curious and developing their distinct personalities, but still very much sweet little babies.  You see, I love babies.  You know how some people are toddler people, and some people are kid people, well, I’m a baby person.  I love all of my guys equally, but babies make my heart melt.  However, one of the biggest challenges of this phase of infancy is coping with an extremely mobile infant, who has no awareness of the dangers of his world.  I tend to be a somewhat laid back parent, but I’ve found that there are a few tricks to allow my babies to enjoy the freedom and joy of movement, while creating a safe (without going overboard) environment for exploration.

My Mom Made that: The Joy of Movement-- Dealing with the mobile infant
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