Ever wonder why that stinky diaper looks like a leprechaun has been on the loose? Well, there is usually a reason behind the occasional GREEN POOP.
If you’ve found a little green surprise, here are three reasons you might have been so lucky:
It’s just a case of diarrhea. We all know there are things that upset a toddler’s tummy. When poop doesn’t spend enough time in the digestive tract, it can’t reach its healthy brown hue. An upset stomach sends waste flying through the intestines and can lead to a green case of the squirts. Yuck!
It’s a dietary thing. There’s just something about those leafy green vegetables and poop: what goes in green, sometimes comes out green. Is your kiddo chowing on broccoli, kale, green beans, turnips, or collards? If so, then you know what’s up. Foods that contain lots of artificial colors can also be the culprits. From personal experience, we’ve noticed blue sports drinks and slushies can bring on a mad case of green poop. Also, don’t forget that certain medicines and antibiotics can affect stool color.
Colon issues. Rarely, frequent green stools can indicate an underlying health issue like an infection or bacteria in the digestive tract. If your child is battling more than the occasional green poop, it’s worth a trip to the pediatrician.
So, there you have it: THREE reasons your kid’s poop is green. It happens to the best of us and as long as it’s not a daily occurrence, everything’s probably cool 🙂
We all know a kid who hates hugs, kisses, crushes, and all that stupid cupid stuff. So, what’s a parent to do when it’s time to make the dreaded “Valentine Box” and send in love notes and candy for the entire class? Well, sometimes things are easier when we let our kiddos express how they really feel and we’ve put together a few Valentine crafts that get right to the heart of the matter: LOVE STINKS.
For starters, here are some instructions for the easiest–and coolest–Valentine box you’ll ever make. With this toilet-themed box, kids can send those cheesy love notes straight down the drain…
Perhaps you’re wondering what kind of Valentine treats a real hater might send to their buddies–don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in that department, too. All you need to do is download our free Valentine Card Printable and grab some candy. Our cards are the coolest when paired with chocolate chips, candy hearts, and Tootsie Rolls.
CUT THE CRAP: The Only New Year’s Resolution For Real Parents
It’s a new year and it’s time for a new you…yeah, whatever. If you’re anything like me, you know how this is gonna play out:
JANUARY–> you’re killing it –>FEBRUARY–> you’re still rolling –>
MARCH–> your breaks are failing –>APRIL–> your resolutions are DEAD.
I hate to suck the wind out of your sails, but statistics show that we have a 92% chance of letting our resolutions go to crap. So, if you’re one of the 8 lucky folks to succeed out of every 100 people who try to meet their goals, stop reading.
But if you’re a realist like me, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t need some highfalutin resolution that looks good online as pretty hand-lettered quote art or a catchy hashtag. Nope, all you’ve got to do is CUT THE CRAP.
Seriously. Cut it out.
I know, I’m weird and my mind is stuck in the potty, but I think we can all stand to learn a lesson or two in crap cutting. Since I’m in the potty training business, let’s use parenting as an example. We all know that we have no idea what we’re doing, so who are we trying to fool? Sure, we can read books and listen to wiser folks with more experience, but it’s by the grace of God that our kids haven’t held up a gas station with their Nerf guns just to land some Skittles.
Considering that our parenting skills are a work in progress, why are we so hard on ourselves and so quick to judge each other? It’s probably because we’re all full of crap. When we are consumed with being the “perfect” parent, we’re chasing after an impossible goal which drives us into a comparison mindset. We compare ourselves to other parents, but the worst part is, the object of that we’re comparing isn’t our parenting skills, it’s our kids.
Just let that one sink in for a minute.
We divert our own fears and insecurities onto our children because we actually judge our ability to parent by it’s product, which unfortunately, falls on them. It’s a heavy load for little Johnny to bear when Mom and Dad are assessing themselves based on his GPA and batting average. It’s enough pressure to make any one crumble and it leads to the dysfunctionalism that we adults just can’t hack.
Let’s try something new in 2017. Instead of setting a self-centered goal and facing a 92% chance of failing, maybe we’re more likely to succeed if we make a resolution for our children’s sakes. It’s easy to let ourselves down, but when it comes to our kids, I think the odds are in our favor.
This year, just keep it simple and CUT THE CRAP. You’re not perfect, your kids aren’t perfect, and in case you haven’t noticed, neither is any one else. When you smell the parenting stress sneaking up on you, just flush it and keep rolling.
If we can stick with this one simple resolution, I think our kids will thank us.
If there’s one thing about potty training that will make or break the experience, it’s making sure that your toddler is ready. According to Dr. Joseph Barone, a pediatric urologist who analyzed years potty training research going back to the 1930’s, there is no “magic” age for potty training. Instead, he explains that the ideal time to potty train is better described as a window. Based on his analysis, parents have the highest probability of success when they potty train their children between the ages of 27-36 months.
This doesn’t mean you’re forbidden from potty training at 22 months, but don’t feel like you have to force it if your child isn’t showing interest on their own. If they want to use the potty, by all means, let the kid GO! By the time most children are 27 months old, they have developed the physical and mental skills they need to start potty training. Dr. Barone says it is important for children to show interest in the potty before parents introduce the concept, but if a child doesn’t show interest by 36 months, it’s a good idea to start the process.
The reason he suggests 36 months is because around age three, toddlers start to enter a new developmental phase where they become more headstrong and realize they can beat you in a battle for control over their body. If this sounds familiar, you know it ain’t fun.
We love Dr. Barone’s advice because he knows every child develops at their own pace, so it’s hard to tell parents the exact age to potty train. His findings bring us to The Potty Rocker’s rule of thumb:
If your child shows interest at any time (even before 27 months), put that kid on the potty and give it a shot! Just don’t freak if they regress or struggle with consistency. If your child still wants nothing to do with the toilet by their third birthday, whip out those potty books and get the party rolling!
Lucky for you, The Potty Rocker is ready to rock at any time. Just break open his book, drop some Rainbow Poop in the bowl, and potty like a rockstar!
This Rainbow Poop Will End Your Potty Training Stress
If you’ve ever gone nose-to-nose with a headstrong toddler, you know what it’s like to throw in the towel. No one plans to surrender to a tot-sized opponent weighing in at 27 pounds, but crap happens. Lucky for you, potty training doesn’t have to be a loosing battle because we know a dude who’s undefeated in bathroom.
With his mad potty skills, The Potty Rocker shows kids that diapers are bad and the bathroom is RAD. His secret weapon is his Rainbow Poop and the diapers don’t stand a chance when toddlers spot some in their potty. So, if you’re fighting an uphill battle in the bathroom, here’s how The Potty Rocker will save your day:
Your toddler reads The Potty Rocker’s book and giggles at his bathroom stunts.
You sneak into the bathroom and leave a Rainbow Poop surprise in the potty.
Your toddler finds it and can’t believe The Potty Rocker has come to visit!
Now, you say The Potty Rocker can’t come back until they try using the potty themselves.
Here’s a handy infographic that shows you how to trick your toddler out of diapers with The Potty Rocker and his Rainbow Poop:
Your kid’s got places to go and things to see, Mom. If you’ve ever spent more than five minutes watching them play, you know they have the attention span of a fly and they can empty a toy basket faster than your wine bottle on a Friday night. Of course, there’s no time in their busy schedules for the potty and the few times they can fit it in, they ain’t sticking around long enough to land anything worth a flush.
When toddlers are learning to recognize what it “feels” like when their body needs to go, frequenting the potty is a MUST. When you can catch them early and they can release it in the potty instead of in their pants, you’re making serious progress. The problem is if you don’t keep it fun, they’ll find more important things to do.
If the potty is currently on your toddler’s waiting list, you’ve got to step up your game to grab their attention long enough to remind them that it’s time to go! The Potty Rocker has a few tricks up his sleeve to move toilet time to the top of your kiddo’s to-do list:
1. Dance to the Potty
Break out the stopwatch on your cell-phone and set a timer for every 15-20 minutes. When it goes off, dance your way to the potty and let your toddler follow. If you hold back, they will too, so you better be ready to bust a move.
2. Help The Potty Rocker Flush.
Try leaving some Rainbow Poop in the toilet and tell them The Potty Rocker needs help flushing. While they’re in the bathroom, sit them on the potty and let them read the book. That should keep them still for at least a minute or two.
3. Play Hide & Seek.
Try some simple games like hide and seek in the bathroom. No, you don’t have to hide behind the toilet–just let your Potty Rocker figurine do the hiding. Then, your kiddo can use an empty toilet paper roll to spot their crazy blue friend.
Haven’t you heard? There’s a monster in your potty—or so says your toddler. It’s hard to empathize with a little dude who thinks the toilet is going to suck him down the drain, but the struggle is real, yo. As parents, our instincts tell us to show them how it’s no big deal when we use the potty, but that doesn’t always ease their irrational fears. Sometimes, we need to call for reinforcements.
Here’s how we use The Potty Rocker to calm those fears and conquer the potty monsters:
Put The Potty Rocker On Guard
Help your little stinkers mark their territory by letting The Potty Rocker stand guard over the toilet. Just sit him on top of the tank and let him keep all those monsters away!
Decorate the Potty
Transform the potty into something awesome by breaking out those dry erase markers. Leave love notes, jokes, or turn the seat into silly cartoon faces. You can’t mess it up because porcelain is washable and anything is better than a boring white tank of water.
Make Diaper Ghosts
Get really creative and show them diapers are scary, not potties. Add some creepy ghost faces and let the diapers do the haunting–BOO!
Maybe your kiddo isn’t the only one horrified of the potty–we all know what it’s like to think about potty training, and then chicken out after the first accident. Potty training stinks, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare when you do it with The Potty Rocker. Our play kits make it easier…and dare we say, FUN!!
Now, stop shaking in your britches and get the potty ROCKING!!
The Potty Training Secret Every New Mom Needs To Know
Every smart mom knows potty training is stinky business–that’s why they don’t do it.
But when you’re on child number one, that’s easier said than done. You need them to rock those undies–heaven knows all your friends’ kids are, and your little stinker is going to get the boot from preschool if they aren’t potty trained by their third birthday.
When it’s time to potty train our beloved first-borns, we try everything in the books: boot camps, going commando, and we better get it done in three days or the world’s gonna end. And despite our sweat and tears, the diapers prevail. What’s up with that?
After we battle our way to the potty, things are different the second time around. We live and we learn, huh?
Here’s the secret: moms who’ve been around the block know that playing in the bathroom is the only way to get toddlers out of diapers without losing their minds.
So, how do they do it? Well, it’s simple: they call on The Potty Rocker.
One of the most common reasons our toddlers cling to their diapers is because they know we want them to use the potty. Yes, your sweet little sugar boo is smart enough to beat you in a battle for control over their body. In fact, they know this is probably the only power struggle they can win every time. That’s why they can never find out that you want them to use the potty–if they do, you’ll lose every time.
This is why The Potty Rocker wins every time: he asks your toddler to potty, not you.
When your kiddo sees him step out the restroom sign in his washable children’s book, they can’t stop giggling at his silly bathroom stunts–especially his Rainbow Poop! Then, when you sneak into the bathroom and bring him to life, they’re hooked.
Of course, The Potty Rocker’s non-toxic, flushable Rainbow Poop is the key. Even grown-ups can’t help but laugh when they see it, and when toddlers find a piece in their toilet, they’re racing to the bathroom to see what he’ll do next.
Will he roll the bathroom? Doodle on the toilet lid? Fill the sink with bubbles? Leave his Rainbow Poop in the potty? Oh, the suspense!!
Once they’re eagerly awaiting his next visit, you’ve won! Now you can let The Potty Rocker ask your kiddo to give it a try–and trust us, they’re much more likely to do it for him, than for you.
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We smell ya, Mama: your kiddo isn’t potty trained and that STINKS. You’re up to your ears in diapers and beginning to think you’ll be wiping butts for eternity. Maybe your toddler has decided that peeing in the potty is cool, but they’re still clinging to those diapers when it’s time to poop. What’s up with that?!?! Nothing is more frustrating than changing dirty diapers, especially when the culprit is perfectly capable of dropping that load in the toilet. Ugh.
But to solve this dilemma, you’ve got to dig to the root of the problem, because if you don’t know what’s causing the battle, it’s impossible to find a solution.
Here are five of the most common reasons that toddlers refuse to potty train and some symptoms to help diagnose your little stinker:
1. They’re taking control of the situation.
If you’ve ever tried to interrupt a toddler at his train table, then you’ve experienced a tot-sized power struggle (there ain’t nothing tiny about it). The closer kids get to 36 months, the more they will seek to control their environment. Developmentally speaking, three can be a heck of a lot worse than those terrible two’s. If you know your toddler has the motor skills to control their bowels, the mental capacity to recognize what it feels like when they need to go, and the language skills to let you know it’s time, then you might be dueling with Sir Smarty Pants.
Caught in a tot-sized power struggle? Click HERE for some potty training tips.
2. They’re scared of the potty.
Imagine being two-and-a-half feet tall and staring through a cold white “seat” into a pool of water with a hole at the bottom that leads to who knows where. And what about that loud swishing sound it makes as the water sucks anything in it’s reach into a deep, dark, dungeon? Or the possibility of getting sucked in yourself? Give the kid a break–that’s some scary crap.
No matter how many times they watch you take care of business, it’s perfectly normal for toddlers to think there’s a scary monster hiding under the toilet seat. If your kiddo starts climbing you like a tree when go to sit her on the potty, then you’re probably dealing with a scaredy cat.
Looking for some tips on potty training a scared toddler? Click HERE.
3. They’re too busy to poop.
Your kiddo has got crap to do, Mom. There are dolls to dress, villains to battle, cars to race, and pots to drag out of the cabinets–who has time for the potty? Having better things to do is the most common reason your little stinker won’t poop.
It’s easy to fear the worst when you’re facing poop problems, but most likely, you’re battling a busy body and it’s only a matter of time until you redirect their attention to the potty.
Is your toddler too busy for the potty? Click HERE for potty training tips.
4. Things are “stuck.”
We all know what it feels like when our pipes are clogged–yikes. Constipation is common in potty training toddlers for several reasons: they’re either afraid or too busy to potty, so they hold it; they’re picky eaters and don’t get enough fiber; or they might have felt discomfort from prior bouts with constipation, so they are afraid to go again. When things are “stuck,” things definitely get tricky so you have to be super proactive with their fluid intake and diet. Also, it’s worth hanging on to those diapers for a bit if it helps get things moving. Don’t worry, the more comfortable they get with the potty, the less this will happen.
5. They’re not quite ready to potty train.
Sometimes kids resist potty training because they’re stubborn, scared, or preoccupied. But sometimes, they’re just not developmentally ready to potty train. Toddlers need a particular set of physical, mental, and social skills to use the toilet successfully. For example, when a child can’t recognize the physical sensation to pee or poop and make the connection that the physical sensation is an indicator to use the potty, they’re not ready to train. Also, if I child can’t communicate their needs or wants through verbal language or signs, they’re going to have a hard time making it to the potty. When we decide to potty train before our children are ready, we have no one but ourselves to blame for our misery.
Wondering if your toddler is ready to potty? Click HERE to learn more.
So, there you have it: the five most common reasons your toddler won’t potty train. The only thing you have left to do is to diagnose which of these issues you’re battling. Check out our handy infographic for a list of symptoms for each of these potty problems. Once you understand what you’re up against, you’ll be ready to face the problem head on with solutions that ROCK!