Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Reality (and a giveaway!)

*the giveaway is closed*

My reality



Life is distinctly NOT glamorous for me these days.  I have been unwittingly caught in the throws of potty training a 2.5 year old.  I'll spare you all the details but I've decided I need to make a real effort at potty training her.  And for anyone who has done this or even imagined doing this, as they say, motherhood isn't for wimps.  (And I really want to be a wimp!!)


I did actually finish my cracker scraps quilt the other day...it came back from Krista and I bound it with a fabulous scrappy binding...blah. blah. blah.  I'll tell you about that another day.  Someday when I have 5 minutes of daylight to take a picture when I'm not out of my mind exhausted.  Because it's PRETTY!



But just in case I'm MIA for a bit...because it's hard to sew with anything while a little one has the ability to "mess" it up and I'm losing my mind trying to maintain an upbeat and calm attitude *insert grumpy mom who's trying to be good*... any who...  I thought we'd do a little giveaway while I'm away enjoying the glamorous life of motherhood (oh yes...I'm mom enough! :p  )



  Heart To Heart Fabrics         

We have a SCRAP BAG giveaway from Heart To Heart Fabrics!!




2!! Winners will win a 1/2 lb assorted Scrap Bag of Moda Fabrics.  You know that there are some yummy treats in there.




Want to be a winner?  Well, you've got a few options...

1.  Leave a comment giving me any advice you have about potty training, a funny story about it, letting me know that this is why you never plan on having kids...whatever!  I could use the help and a laugh these days.

2.  Hop on over to Heart to Heart Fabrics and check them out.  Leave a 2nd comment here letting me know what your favorite item is.

3.  If you are on Facebook, you can "Like" their facebook page as well for a third entry.




Hmm...you can tell I have both a) done a lot of giveaways and b) am deep in my own life when I make this the entry for a giveaway.  Ah well...like I said...this is my reality.  I'm keeping it real people.



428 comments:

  1. my best advice is to let them run around naked outside, on the grass, so they can make that connection to what is happening with their bodies and what that feels like. also, less mess to clean up!

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  2. Oh, I hear you Angela. Penny is about to turn three and I need to get serious because my easy going approach hasn't worked with her yet. I found with my two older kids that until they were ready and willing, it just wasn't any fun or very productive. Good luck!

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  3. I have a 2.5 year old boy and no plans to potty train him. Im thinking of letting him run around outside naked this summer

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  4. Angela....I feel your pain, I have been potty training my 3 y/o since he was 2.5....all I can say is, girls are easier then boys and hang in there!
    oh and moving right to underwear thinking they won't want to feel wet or they will be too scared to poop in them....yeah that doesn't work :-)

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  5. No kids yet... but very much dreading/ looking forward to it! Good luck, hopefully she picks it up quickly.

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  6. I love the Osaka Sakura flowers in the shop. Thanks for the chance!

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  7. my fave item has to be the Ten Little Things Green Owls.. i totally have a "thing" for owls, lol!

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  8. I've never had a scrap bag!!! Anyway, I've trained three girls, and it's not so hard, but you may not like my idea...I made the potty chair part of the furniture, right there in the living room! No stress, just part of our life until they were used to it! Worked like a charm!

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  9. I don't have kids yet, so I will have to tell you about my own potty training story. I actually remember the one and only time I wet my pants - I was gardening with Mum (aged about 4), wearing a sun dress and was busting to go, but kept putting it off. Finally I ran inside, got to the bathroom....and went all over the floor. I was so humiliated, I cried. Poor little me!

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  10. My best advice is be patient with them. And I always made a super big deal when they went to the potty and did good, but I didn't punish them for not going. Always positive reinforcement.

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  11. My favorite item is actually the item you're giving away...the scrap bag!!

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  12. Favourite item is scrap bags because you never know the surprises you will find, and scrappy quilts are my favourite.

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  13. buy the fanciest panties you can find and she might not want "mess" them up!

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  14. Oh boy, potty training. I remember those days (with not very much fondness...). My advice would be to go hard core at it. No diapers, underwear only, etc., even when going out (though maybe I wouldn't even go out at first). I tried all of the gradual approaches out there, and nothing worked until we got really serious about it. I wish you lots of luck, and lots of patience. :) We also bought lots of juice boxes and made sure that they were drinking a lot so that there were lots of chances to practice!

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  15. i already like them on facebook :) Thanks for the chances!

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  16. Well, I'm not sure if this will be helpful or not, but my dad potty trained my sister with Rolling Rock. No joke. I potty trained for green m and ms.

    I have three daughters and my first two were potty trained when I stopped buying diapers anymore. That was it. Easy I guess. I just told them we ran out and didn't have anymore and they'd have to wear panties. My oldest had two accidents, and my second one had none really. I just had a matter-of-fact attitude and didn't give them a choice. Good luck!!!

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  17. I visited their shop, and I really like the Ten Little Things owls/trees prints. So cute.

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  18. I don't miss the potty training! The second child was much easier though. I remember letting my daughter wear underwear, thinking that might work. Then she found out she could make a puddle and splash in it! Don't worry, it will be over soon and it will feel like it never happened :)

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  19. Heart to Heart Fabrics is new to me. Looks like a nice site. I like the free shipping if you spend $30. From their fabrics I especially like the owl prints from the Ten Little Things collection and also the Bella FQ bundle.

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  20. Buy fancy panties that shw won't want to mess up!

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  21. We potty trained in February, bare bottomed but with awesome socks and she quickly learned she didn't want to get Elmo wet(grin). then for the last month has been pooping in her under wear (despite going to the toilet religiously for pees..grrr). Just remember it takes a little longer for younger kids and keep that happy face!

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  22. I already like Heart to Heart Fabrics on FB!!

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  23. I love MODA ORIGINS REFRESH VANILLA WHITE SUNBURSTS QUILT COTTON FABRIC BY THE YARD!

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  24. When I used to babysit, to improve the aim of the little boys I sat for (and make fewer pee messes for me to clean), we'd put a Cheerio in the toilet and they'd aim for it.

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  25. We're in the middle of potty training our 2.5 year old. We've had a couple false starts but this time has been really easy. My only advice is if you are having to work really hard and feel yourself getting stressed. Just stop. Wait a couple more weeks and give it another try. When she's ready, it should go very smoothly!

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  26. Love the Hydrangea Bou ty words and the free shipping offer!

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  27. Potty training was a pain for my first, and I tried everything from rewards, to stickers... can't remember everything but everyone had ideas which I tried! It was the summer before school was starting when I had to say, "You won't be able to go in a diaper!" It worked!! I like Jamie Lee's plan to simply run out of diapers and now you have to wear diapers!!

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  28. I've been there too! It's crazy how your whole life can revolve around the potty! We did the naked thing too--just stayed home all weekend and let him run around naked. It's nasty, but we don't have any carpet and we rolled up all of the area rugs. It was effective for us. But the turning point for me was the realization that it's all about controll. Where and when a toddler goes to the bathroom is about the only thing they have control over in their little lives! I tried to let my son make a lot of his own choices in other aspects of his life--what to eat, what show to watch, etc. and instead of pushing him to sit on the potty, I tried to make it his choice.

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  29. Hang in there mama! she'll be potty trained before she's off to college! ;)

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  30. The Scrap Bags look mysterious and fun!! I also like "Ten Little Things" too cute!

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  31. I don't have any potty training advice, but potty training brings to mind a poem that always made my son laugh when he was young.

    Snowball by Shel Silverstein

    I made myself a snow ball as perfect as could be.
    I thought I'd keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me.
    I made it some pajamas and a pillow for its head.
    Then, last night it ran away.
    But first -- it wet the bed.

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  32. The thing that ended up working great for us (after a whole Summer of whishy washy accidents and messes) was making a sticker reward sheet. I drew a picture of a toilet (ha! yes, for real) and hung it in the bathroom. Every time he made it to the potty he got a sticker - the really cool stickers were reserved for "big jobs" (number two). Hope that helps!

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  33. My daughter is trying to potty train her 2.5 year old also. She is there except for the poo-poo part. Whenever, where ever she has to go she looks at her mom and says I need a pull up. That happened tonight during bath time and she was snatched out of the tube just in time.

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  34. I have two sons. Advice is start potty training in summer when it is OK to have half naked little men outside for long periods of time. They get the urge, they go, all natural. Now I know that is actually totally useless to you as you are training a little girl....but I promise it passes, and soon you will be looking back realising a new simplicity, without nappies!

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  35. I liked Heart to Heart on Facebook, thanks for the giveaway :)

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  36. I don't have any children yet, but I have a funny potty training story from when my brother was a kid! He had a tough time learning to #2 in the toilet instead of in his diaper and my parents were very frustrated. After one frustrating session that ended in tears on my brother's part, 5 year old me decided to write a letter to my parents telling them that they shouldn't yell at my baby brother bc he didn't know any better! It was a righteously indignant letter. I left it on the kitchen table, and promptly got scolded the next day :)

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  37. What finally worked for us was putting the potty right in the middle of the living room in front of the TV. My little fellow did not want to be away from the action, but would take care of business if he didn't have to leave his favorite places. Not glamorous or savory, but it worked!

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  38. I like Heart to Heart on Facebook.

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  39. My kids are not 42 and 38 so things were different back then. Our day care would start putting them in panties for a part of each day as soon as the babies walked. Both were easy and trained by 1 1/2. Not so with my 4 grandkids. We didn't make a big deal about accidents. By the time my daughter was 1 1/2 she was always pulling off everything. I sat her potty chair right in front of the TV and she would just come and visit and watch a little TV.....grin.

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  40. Ten Little Things is my favorite fabric at Heart to Heart, but I really, really love the Scrap Bags, too!!!! Thanks for the chance to win and fun mystery prize!

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  41. My mom potty trained 8 kids. I used her method on my 3rd child, a boy, and it worked like a charm. Start with a stack of REAL training pants, 10-15 pair. Do not use pullups. Put training pants on child and nothing else. Set the timer for 45 minutes. When the timer goes off, put the child on the potty. Read child a book. When the book is done, hop off the potty. If successful, set timer for 1 hour and repeat. If unsuccessful, set timer for 30 minutes and try again. There will be accidents. Put on dry training pants and try again. If you go through the whole stack of training pants in one day, child probably isn't ready. Break for 2 weeks and try again.

    The timer is to remind the parent to put the child on the potty. It is very easy to forget to do this or wait too long. My child was trained in 3 days. We started increasing the time on the timer, and soon he would go to the bathroom himself before the timer went off.

    Take the money you save on pullups and pay to have your rugs professionally cleaned when the ordeal is over.

    Good luck!

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  42. I potty trained my daughter (now 4 years old) when she was about 2.5. It was so awful. Just prepare for it to be bad, and then at some point it will be over, your child will be pretty much potty trained, and you won't have to change any more diapers. It's awful but it is worth it. With my daughter it was helpful to remind her what a big girl she was being and to give her lots of praise. She was also reassured that princesses use the potty, they don't wear diapers. Good luck!

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  43. I love when you can browse a shop by color! I found Moda Punctuation Ditto Daisy in lime green... I might just have to get some.

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  44. Well, it's been a about 12 years since any potty training went on in this house! I didn't even bother trying until my kids were over 2 1/2, and used M&M's for a treat with success. And NO PRESSURE! :) Just lots of positive reinforcement.

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  45. hum potty training is my life for last christmas!!! I'm a mom of triplets boys and they'll turn 3 next week. One of them is now pretty good but the other two... OMG other story... I have to plan extra pants... and panties for them every day... sometimes 3-4 times in a day... x2 because they are two!!! Well, don't have any advise.. but patience patience and be zen! they'll learn when they are ready (not you... or me!) and most important... they are young and lovely so 2 min after we don't remember! mom's love is that!!!
    by the way thank's for the giveaway

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  46. I have two daughters, one that is 5 & one that is 21 months & I an say that potty training was a breeze with my first!! At 2,she was still wearing her diaper, we were not real serious yet, but she was staying dry so we put her on the potty. One weekend we were staying with a friend & she saw their daughter the same age use the potty & she wanted to too! From that day one she went potty!! I used pull.ups at night to be safe but after awhile she was never wet so we stopped using those & she only ever wet her bed once! So that is my first born over achiever, I have no idea what's it going to be like with my second, who is nothing like the her big sister & doesn't like the potty yet! Hang in there, she will be potty trained before she goes to school!!! lol

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  47. I'd like to order some punctuation yardage to put with my charm packs. Thanks!

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  48. Thanks for introducing me to Heart to Heart Fabrics. I just love the Puppies and Kittens -- too cute!

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  49. Potty training -- oh man. That's been 20 some years ago, and truthfully, I don't remember a thing about it. Except that when the second one was born, the first one "forgot" how to use the potty! So I guess the good news is, it's a big deal now but not something that you'll dwell on in the future!

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  50. Oh lord, I don't know if the thought of potty training or diapers scares me more about becoming a mom. Its just all so gross, if only they weren't all so darn cute!

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  51. My besttie let her daughter run around naked, confined to the tiled spaces of her housee, for a week and swears this worked. She was frazzled, but her daughter IS potty trained. I have no idea if this is good advice, but I would love to win a scrap bag! Thanks!

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  52. I visited Heart to Heart Fabrics and loved the 1 yard bundles called Baby Bear Pink. Great price for 5 yards of fabric. Thanks for the invitation to this nice website.

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  53. patience is the best advice... and planning on not doing any other major events and staying home while you are "in training".. positive reinforcements are key. heavier training underwear worked well with mine... girls are usually much faster at getting it than the boys, for the most part. A friend of mine used a tshirt for her older girl that was having trouble... it said.."I am a big girl now" and it was used as reinforcement... the little girl loved it...
    Cathy B pbprojecthope atyahoodotcom
    palmbreezeliving.blogspot.com
    myblessingsunlimited.net/operationblessingbrigade

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  54. Oh, I remember those days. My girls are 22 and 23 now. I will say: have the potty were they see it and positive reinforcement. And for you: lots of patience.

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  55. I am actually reading this with a smile. You may think I am nuts. :0) There were a few accidents, to be expected. But I rewarded with m&ms and a few little smarties. Not to mention I am one of the moms you see clapping my hands and giving happy hugs when they potty. :0) Oh boy and when the big girl panties with pretty flowers and lady bugs were introduced ... we were golden. :0) My baby is almost 20 now and I still remember the day we drove out of the drive way with panties on. I was a little nervous. But figured everything is washable. That and I asked a million times ... do you have to potty? :0) Hang in there. You are doing a great job. :0) Give her lots of hugs and be patient mom. It will be over before you know it. :0)
    Ps. I like the punctuation fabric.

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  56. my daughter is 10 now and the whole potty training thing still makes me cringe. Let's just say the whole bribing thing didn't work for us, and it was a long time before I got to stop changing her diapers.

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  57. LOVE the aqua and greenish OSAKA MEDALLIONS fabric... so gorgeous!
    Cathy B pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom
    palmbreezeliving.blogspot.com
    myblessingsunlimited.net/operationblessingbrigade

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  58. I used to give my children 5 M & M's each time they used the potty. I would count them out with them and go over the colors. Chocolate isn't the healthiest treat, but it was such a small amount and they only got it if they used the bathroom. I trained 4 children this way and for us it worked. Yes, toilet training is one of the hardest jobs of motherhood. AFter my friend trained her first child she went on vacation to her 2nd home in the Bahamas because she was so exhausted from training her son. Boy, was I jealous.....I never went any where after training 4 children. LOL

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  59. All I have to say is naked booties. It is summertime, as much as she can be outside with a naked booty, do it. I think there is something about the visual cue as well as the feeling. I am right there with you, my last baby is in the midst of potty training as well. You can do it!!!

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  60. Those owl fabrics are pretty cute. And here I thought I was over owl fabrics...

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  61. Don't stress, when they are 16 no one cares when they were potty trained. And they seem to figure it out sooner than later!

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  62. Don't stress, when they are 16 no one cares when they were potty trained. And they seem to figure it out sooner than later!

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  63. Naked from the waist down - that was the only thing that worked for us! We tried just changing panties each time she had an accident, but that became a game. Being naked made her realize what was happening! She was potty trained pretty well (occasional accidents when not reminded) in about 48 hours! We used m&ms to bribe her to poop on the potty - she would hold it until she was in a diaper at nap time or bed time.

    Good luck! As with all stages, this too will pass!

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  64. I absolutely love owls and so the ten little things in aqua is yummy!

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  65. As far as potty training...my fiend gave me an ebook on potty training in a weekend., great book! Worked for us!

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  66. Uggh - so glad the potty training is over, but it was a long time!! My son was not interested and the daycare he went o to was very pushy. Then, when he had accidents we had to go back to pull-ups, such a long drawn out experience. FInally, he did it, gradually. You'll get there!

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  67. The ebook is Potty Training Basics. My daughter was a little less than 2.5 and 4 of my friends tried it all about the same time! Totally worked!

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  68. I like the Moda neutral batiks - very pretty.

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  69. I liked Heart to Heart Fabric on FB.

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  70. It is much easier when they are three. That is my advice.

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  71. my best advice is when they are ready they are ready!
    good luck

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  72. Potty training - a battle of wills. I won with my daughter at 18 months and my son at 3+. Good luck. I don't consider my way worth giving advice.

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  73. I've potty trained two kids so far: my daughter at 23 months and just recently my son at 2 years 4 months. Both were pretty much trained in 3 days, with the occasional accident after that.

    I'm with the other poster who said to go hardcore. We went straight to underwear (pull-ups at night and nap), used treats to reward for success on the potty and marched them in every 15 minutes to try to go until they were trained. And once you catch that first poop on the potty, it's a lot easier.

    Also, I don't know if this makes a dIfferenc, but we didn't use a little potty. Both kids learned on a tiny potty seat that you put on top of the regular toilet seat. They can't run away that way! Haha! ;)

    We also spent a lot of time hanging out in the bathroom those first few days and we didn't leave the house.

    Good luck! Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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  74. I love the three lil owls fabric on heart to heart!

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  75. What cute little shop. I love that they have Meadow Friends!

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  76. Bella fat quarter bundle would be my first choice.

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  77. I liked the FB heart to heart page

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  78. I liked them on FB. Thanks!

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  79. My best advice is the child needs to be ready. Rewards can be helpful. An M&M every time you tinkle. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  81. With my daughter we took her to check out a pre-school. She was really too young (not yet 2.5) to attend but they said if she was potty trained they would take her - she was very social and verbal and well behaved. Potty training completed when she heard that news! My son...totally different matter. We bribed him with candy, we threatened him with loss of fun things. He didn't care about either. FINALLY we bribed him with a puppy and that worked (although, honestly the kid was over 3 years old at that time). He got the puppy once the deed was done. The dog's registered name was Mookie's Liberation (my son's nickname was Mookie and he was now liberated from diapers). We called the dog Libby. ;)

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  82. My oldest son potty trained himself at about 15 months or so. Piece of cake. My youngest son did it himself at about 3. I just let them try it when they wanted to do so. I didn't push. If they actually went, they got a "good boy" and we went about our business. I never potty trained a girl, have no idea how to do it! Sorry! Would sure love to win some Moda scraps though!

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  83. I've always wanted one of those Moda scrap bags!
    I really like this print at Heart to Heart:
    Moda Etchings Roses Botanical Floral Slate Grey.

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  84. Ugh, I feel your pain! Training my third right now and what worked for the other two is not working for him! I will say, life gets so much easier when they can go themselves -I'm so looking forward to the day I don't even have to think if I have supplies in the car, etc. hang in there -it will happen!

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  85. It gets better but taking them to the potty is more work than diapers. I trained two boys both between 2 and 2 1/2. My advice is try imse vimse training pants. It is a cloth pull up but they feel the wetness yet it holds in one accident. For my youngest, after he had used and was familiar with the potty, I used those and just underwear for a weekend and cleaned up the messes. I kept thinking "this isn't working" but come Monday he actually asked to use the bathroom thru out the day and the accidents got less and less. Good Luck.

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  86. I like that bunny ears blue flannel

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  87. I just finished potty training my 22 month old and I have to admit I was really not looking forward to it. We have another baby coming in just 2 months and I could not imagine changing 2 diapers! Anyways I did this 3 day method and it worked amazing, I'm so proud of her and it really wasn't bad at all. If you want more info let me know:)

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  88. I like the Moda Chrysalis Green Butterfly fabric. :)

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  89. My funny potty training story is actually my own. When my mom first tried to potty train me, I just wouldn't cooperate no matter what she tried. Eventually after lots of fits she gave up and I went back to diapers. Apparently, one day I just got up from playing, completely on my own, and decided to go to use the bathroom. From that point on I was trained! I guess I have always had to do things in my own time. :) Good luck with your daughter!

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  90. I like Heart to Heart fabrics on FB.

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  91. I like the aqua owls fabric!

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  92. Wow, potty training was a LONG time ago for my children. Don't know that I have any good advise. I was giving my daughter a bath one time, and she just said she needed to use the potty. That was it!! No more diapers and no accidents :-)

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  93. Loving the Claire Bella range! Very Spring like!

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  94. And is has been so long since I potty trained my two sons, I can't even remember! Good luck!

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  95. Stopped by Heart to Heart. Nice selection of fabrics. I really like Paisley Daisy and all of the solids.

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  96. My daughter was 3 when we got serious with potty training. We offered rewards some worked and others didn't. If there is anything like m&ms that motivates her you can try that path. Good luck!

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  97. Potty training my daughter inside was stressful and frustrating. Outside was less stressful for me and probably for her because I didn't have to clean the messes and didn't have to force her to go sit down at regular intervals. We did have to force her to stay outside the first few times when it was obvious she couldn't hold it much longer.

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  98. All i can say about potting training is "good Luck". sorry

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  99. I don't have any advice, sorry. I have a story, I didn't think was funny at the time. Since he was born, my son and I regularly went to the library. When I thought that we had spent enough time at home potty training (about a week and a half) we took a short trip to the library. My son played on the computer for a short time, I asked a few times if he had to go to the bathroom, his answer was no. We were there a total of about 15 mins. When I said it was time to go home, he got off the chair and was wet. So was the fabric covered chair :0. I was sooo embarrassed , they new us, we are there all the time. I quickly asked the librarian for a bucket and a brush and started cleaning. They were sooo understanding. We still go there all the time, they are the nicest people. They said I was the only person that ever offered to clean up after their child. The few times they had a child that had an accident, the parent grabed the child and left very quickly. My son is almost 13, he doesn't remember but, I'm sure the librarian does. ;-> Just smile now, in a few years you'll laugh about this. Toni Anne

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  100. We tried pull ups with my daughter for a long time and they were not helpful. We finally went for it and just switched her to undies. She did great. She had a few accidents the first two days and then she got the hang of it. My son is 19 months and I just know it won't go as smoothly with him since we had such a great experience the first time. :-)

    Many blessings!

    Caryn
    sweetpeacaryn at gmail dot com

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  101. I loved the Sweet Sixteen Batiks. Thanks for the generous giveaway. ;-> Toni Anne

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  102. I created a sticker paper for my daughter and let her use really sparkly stickers every time she sat. Then I gave her 1 mini marshmallow or tiny chocolate chip every time she went tinkle. Yup, I used a bribe and it worked.

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  103. My son is 9+ months now. I'm getting a scare feeling when he is ready for potty training. I dunno how to train him :( help!!

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  104. I have potty trained two kiddos, my son when he turned 3...it was a nightmare. He would hide in the corner of his room and poop on the floor, terrible. My daughter potty trained herself when she was 14 months old, I kid you not, 14 months! My sister was potty training her 2 1/2 year old and and my daughter just picked it up from watching her cousin! That being said...all kids are different, but patience and persistence is key! (and then complain to any other Moms that will listen)! :)

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  105. I have three daughters and the youngest is 14 and the oldest is 23 and married nd none wear diapers so I guess we were successful. Mine all went to preschool and there is nothing like peer pressure. I think I remember bribes and going to the potty on a regular schedule, don't ask, just go. Good luck. Maybe you should both get rewards.

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  106. I visited Heart to Heart and I have to say that I just love the scrap bags.

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  107. Eu tenho três filhas com etapas diferentes.1)foi muito fácil,com 10 meses ela acordava seca.Então rapidinho para o mini-vaso,daí foi fácil ir cocô. Filha 2)Já tinha quase 2 e nada,era uma guerra,chorava e não fazia,daí a pouco ...chão sujo.Duas semanas depois eu já tinha desistido,quando ela me disse que queria igual a irmã.Meu Deus,como não pensei nisso?Foi uma festa.Filha 3)Foi demais ,toda vez que uma das irmãs ia ao banheiro ela queria também,ora fazia,ora não.Quando ela fez o primeiro cocô no vaso...Ela me perguntou:e agora mamãe?Eu expliquei e tudo bem.Tenho um neto de 20 meses que ainda usa fraldas,mas sempre que o pai vai xixi leva ele junto,vendo também se aprende.Homem é fácil ver...kkkk.Tenha paciência,e tudo se arranja,não é?um beijo.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  108. I don't have kids, so I've never been quite so up close and personal to potty training, but I did once start babysitting a kid right when he was ready to start potty training. The only story I've got about it was one day he wanted to do it alllllll by himself, so he only let me get his stool to put in front of the toilet to help him climb up, and then wanted me to leave the room until it was time to wash his hands. So I did that, but moments later he screamed and started crying, so I went back into the bathroom, and he'd flipped up the lid and the seat by mistake and had fallen in. He was too small to pull himself out of the toilet so he was stuck in there, bum in the water, with arms and legs kicking out around the edges. Most hilarious thing ever, but I wouldn't let myself laugh because I didn't want him to get a complex about it or to backtrack on all the progress he'd made.

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  109. I like the Pure Ampersand Symbols by Sweetwater. :-)

    Caryn
    sweetpeacaryn at gmail dot com

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  110. É tão difícil escolher...Como o prêmio é sacola de sucatas eu vou também escolher igual.Até porque eu só trabalho com sucatas.Muito obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  111. Potty training is not for the faint at heart! What worked wonders for us is the Elmo's Potty DVD. It was my daughter's first and only DVD. She was 2 and a half at the time. All it took was watching the video one time! Good luck!

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  112. I have three little girls...two are potty trained. I always tell me husband that he lucked out since I'm the one that does bathroom duty when we're out and about. When we went out for lunch on Valentine's Day just the two of us, I stopped in the middle of the meal and said, "I'm sorry, but I have to go do something that I never get to do -- go to the bathroom by myself!"

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  113. I'm potty-training my fourth kid, but my first boy. Not going so great right now. But pull-ups seem to help. And keeping the potty in the kitchen. Good luck!

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  114. LOVE the Claire Bella line :)

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  115. I'm deep in the midst of this exact same process with my 2.5 year old, too. You'd think it would help to know that so many people are going through/have gone through this same thing, but I'm not finding much solace in it. Sigh. Right now the only thing keeping me with it is that he HAS to be potty trained to go to preschool this fall. Mama wants this tiny bit of free time to herself, so I'm persevering! Good luck!!

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  116. I like Heart to Heart on Facebook. Thanks!

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  117. I like Moda Chrysalis from the shop - cute!

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  118. My best advice - this too will pass. In a few weeks you'll be on to the next thing.

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  119. I potty trained my then just barely 2 year old in January. It wasn't fun, but after the first day, I went to the dollar store and bought $25 worth of presents, brought them home and wrapped each one. When Abby went in the potty, she got a present. The next day, she only got a present for #2. It took 4 days total, but then (Aside from night time) it was all done. But, I am with you, being a mom isn't for the faint of heart!

    I also found NOT wearing panties helped Abby a ton. Just loose fitting cotton pants. When she wore panties, she had accidents, but when we went without, she did great! (I read that on another site :) )

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  120. I love the Ten Little Things lime green Owls.

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  121. My 3 yo went in the potty the first time when she was just 18 mo old. We thought, "Oh, this will be a cinch." She is now 3 and just the last few weeks has been serious about using the potty more than wearing diapers. She gets to be a flower girl in a wedding tomorrow. We shall see how successful THAT is. Good luck!

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  122. Ok...got to say this. I have 4 kids, three teenager boys & an 11 yr old daughter. This worked for us, tried a few other options first. Anyway have your child help clean up the mess. That includes taking them to the wash tub in the dirtie undies, and have your child help take off the old, and then they wash them in a bucket. Especially this works for BM. Only have to do this one or two times...they catch on quick this way. My kids turned out great! :)

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  123. Just an aunt here.... but I agree: let them run naked!

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  124. Totally agree with getting them to clean up and change wet stuff. And bribery works! Popsicles an salty foods. You want her to drink lots of cold stuff to pee lots and get lots of practice running to the potty. Salty stuff to make her extra thirsty.

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  125. I like the layer cakes and the lovely owls

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  126. reward progress with stickers on a chart or candy pieces and lots of trips to the potty to try and get those first few successes. Good Luck!

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  127. I love the lime owl print... Where were they when I needed owls a few months back?

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  128. Go out and buy Gina Ford (I hate all her other books) potty training in 5 days, it worked with both my kids and alot of my friends kids too... however it was the worst first 3 days of my life both times, I remember sitting on the floor surrounded by pants thinking, my god what a nightmare, their never going to be clean LOLOL... good luck :O)

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  129. I must buy myself some of the 10 little things fabric, its adorable

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  130. As a teacher of young children, thank you for making the effort to toilet train your child. It's not cool when kids come to school and are not able to be independent with this. Thanks!

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  131. Oh the joys of potty training. I have to say I'm glad those days have been done a long time ago. But keep it up, she'll get it. And when you want to scream because it's so frustrating, don't! Try to stay positive, it's better for you and the child. pfh04@msn.com

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  132. It's spring and you have a girl - put her in a dress with nothing under it. My DD was super-stubborn - so I, the anti-TV mom, checked out every video the library had on using the potty - they were on constantly for a few weeks. I figured a little reinforcement from Elmo couldn't hurt.

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  133. I like the Moda punctuation marks - seeing all those amersands made me smile!

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  134. At the beginning I had a really hard time being consistent with my daughter. There were some many other things going on it was hard but the one day she decided to do it on her own and we haven't looked back. Nights are still a work in progress.

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  135. My son made it easy in some ways, he self trained on the lawn during summer; the main problem was redirecting him to depositing his logs in the toilet rather than leaving bombs on the lawn!

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  136. I love the Ten Little Things Lime Green Owls; gorgeous.

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  137. oh, the joys of potty training. I feel your pain. It's genuinely a major factor in my decision to not have more kids! That, and the fact that more than three kids equals massive car/bigger house/nervous breakdown ;-)
    One thing I always used to do was put one of those giant absorbent bed mat things in the car seat and on the couch. Anything else can be cleaned easily, but you can't get the couch in the washing machine! Good luck. These things too shall pass.

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  138. My nephew is 16mos and we're hoping it'll be a quick process but I have zero experience with it. In fact, I tend to avoid the diaper part. I have changed them, sure, but honestly, the great part of auntdom is being able to say, "What do I smell? Smells like we should find grandma..." :-) Sorry, I'm no help but I'm sending you moral support!

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  139. I'm also a fan of Ten Little Things. Too cute.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  140. Hi! Great to discover a new store! But after looking through it I think I would choose the scrap bag from moda, it is always fun with a surprise, and I've been really eager to get my hands on one of theese! Thanks!

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  141. Potty traiing... I'd let her runaround, bottos bare in the summer!

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  142. The oldest daughter (at the ripe age of 4)was blackmailed "Get clean, or no kindergarten!". She was desperate, so it worked. The youngest declared on her second birthday she didn't need diapers anylonger. It was true - she never needed them again. This is not helping, is it?

    The Chinese have an open backseam on toddler trousers for obvious reasons. Looks funny all these naked behinds. The parents must have very good reflexes carrying their children around:-)

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  143. awww! it is frustrating... but WHAT an achievement ( for you both) when it does happen, and SO liberating xx Just stick with it xx

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  144. Absolutely no useful advice for you, but you sure scared me :) With only a month to go before I become a parent, this is one step of parenting that I'm choosing not to think about for a while!! Let us know your tips once you get through it... Good luck!

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  145. I love the Osaka collection in the shop. Great colours!

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  146. Ah, my little boy needed some extra time - it was never a problem with the "pooh" as he didn't like the yucky feeling on his bottom, but it wasn't until he was 4 that he was "dry".....disposable bedmats where our best friends in this time :o) When I knew he could do it, I let him change his wet clothes and shower by himself. He didn't like touching the wet clothes so it didn't take long from there :o)
    Wishing you patience!

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  147. I def. love the Scrapbags - though I am always short at good quality solids....

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  148. I have done the "training" with naked bottom, when it happends they soon learn what to do when the potty standing where they playing, easy outside. My oldest daughter did blaim the tractor she was playing with when she did the big thing, one can wonder where they get all their ideas from.

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  149. Good luck with the training!

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  150. Above all don't stress about it! I've been through it four times!

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  151. I like Moda's Meadow Friends

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  152. Love to tell you a good advice but I am in the same boat for potty train my 3 years twin boys. I would say not rush if she is not ready. We had them run naked for the last week and there were a couple accidents on the ground, followed by "Oops sorry Mommy, I forgot". One of my boys just told his brother when he went #2 in diaper that "You have to do it in the potty" while he did it in his diaper as well. Today, he just said to his brother that "sometimes we peed on the grass" this happened because I let him did one while we played water in backyard. Thanks for giveaway

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  153. liked heart to heart on FB

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  154. like "little engine that could

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  155. Sesame Street has a video "Elmo's Potty Time". You can get it used on amazon for around $5.00. My two year old would watch it two or three times a day for a couple of weeks. I learned if Elmo does it, it's cool. :) It was easy after that.

    My funny story comes from just a couple of weeks ago. (Penelope is now two and a half) He father took her to the bathroom while at dinner as soon as she was done she announced to all of the men in the toilet. "That was alot of pee pee daddy, my vagina feels better!" My husband is still embarrassed. :)

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  156. Oh my. If it helps your are not the only one deep into potty training. Hope it will be smoother for you two. Big J was scared to hell to poop into the potty for unknown reaso. Additionally, he desperately needed to go for himself. No saying for us or anyone else. Bribery helps a lot (gummibears. tons of gummibears). The little munchkin started to get interested some month ago, we'll see how it goes. As everyone said: patience, patience and not stressing too much. It will be over some day - that's what I keep telling myself.

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  157. My kids are grown; the youngest is 26. I can barely remember. Ido know my daughter. Was difficult. We even tried bribing one and he was smart enough, or stubborn enough, to ignore it and say he didn't want it. Sorry I can't be much help except to say hang in there. I always did lots of reading and would try any current method.

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  158. A tough one! I'm going to get through it this summer and I'm a little afraid of it, too. My friends just advice to put on the little panties and promise it would work in a week or so. Hope they are right.

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  159. I actually like the scrap bags the most :) And appreciate the David Textiles selection :)

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  160. Back when I was in college, my older sister was married with 2 diaper wearing toddlers (a boy & a girl, 1 year apart). Her Air Force husband was overseas, she was living with our parents & when I was home during college winter break, I ended up doing the baby-sitting and trying to potty train. I loved being with them but not the potty-training part. I never did have kids, but not because of this experience. And the diaper-wearing boy's son is graduating from high school next week. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  161. What worked for me was sitting my daughter on the potty with a picture book. To this day she still enjoys a read while in the bathroom!

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  162. I like the Baby Bear Hugs Pink Girl Nursery Quilt Cotton Fabric 5 Yard Bundle the best at Heart to Heart. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  163. I've liked Heart to Heart on facebook. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  164. My advise is wait until she is ready, and often it is best in school holidays when there is less of a schedule to the day. If they are't ready it is about the most stressful thing to teach them. If they are, it usually is sorted in a matter of a couple of days.

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  166. I'm about to start potty training our youngest. Keep putting it off though! You'd think I could do this no problem. She's our 9th! But....until they are ready, it's a battle. Our last son put up such a fight that I gave up. And one day he just started going on the potty by himself! Go figure! haha

    carenmckinney@centurylink.net

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  167. Best advice wait until they are ready. Our five were all different - one boy aged 2, one 3.5 and lots of accidents, the girls were aged 2-3. Our youngest told us aged about 2.5 she was ready and this time (5 lucky) it went well. Ignore all the books and advice and do what you feel right and when it suits you and your child. Being a parent is about surviving and loving and being grumpy and not winning prizes.

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  168. I love those scrap bags! Love a surprise!

    carenmckinney@centurylink.net

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  169. I also liked their facebook page!

    carenmckinney@centurylink.net

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  170. HOney, potty training children and house training puppies are both the same job. It's all about the schedule. Heck, even old folks in the nursing home get put on a bladder training schedule. Go first thing in the morning, and then every 1-2 hours especially after meals and before naps and bedtime. And remind youself how temporary the hassle of it is. Have lots of "drawers" available, bue they pullups or the real thing. Good luck!

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  171. 2nd comment. I visited Heart to Heart and gotta say I like the mystery of the scrap bag. Plus it's so cutely packaged.

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  172. I liked their Facebook page too. Seriously, good luck with the potty training. Don't worry about how long it may take. You can never tell.

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  173. My two sons both took about a year to be fully trained, and my best, best advice is just to have a sense of humour and try to laugh about it. With my first son I got way too intense and serious and frustrated with him, and it totally back fired. My second son was in and out of underwear for months, because he just didn't care about being wet.

    My other piece of advice is thick training underwear (the stuff made out of thermal long underwear fabric) and pants when you can't do naked. The combination absorbs enough pee that you don't have to clean that much off the floor, and they really feel wet.

    And for a funny story (I have sooo many), my middle son went through a stage where he would refuse to poop, because he realized that if he held it in, he couldn't fall asleep and then he could keep up enough energy to miss his nap. One day, he was totally beyond unreasonable - tired, uncomfortable, cranky - and so I decided that I had had it and I just ignored him. All of a sudden, everything was quiet, so I went to look for him. I found him asleep, crashed out on a big pillow in a corner of the room behind the end table and, you guessed it, his underwear were full . .. sigh. Do you let them sleep or wake them up and clean them up? Oh the dillemas of the potty training mom.

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  174. The only thing that worked when I was doing potty training with my twins was to make them go and sit on the potty every 30 minutes for a week, after that every 45 minutes for a week, then every hour the next week.
    They always got some sweets before dinner when they did not cause a mess for the whole day. That's the only thing I did - it took a while though, but it worked.

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  175. Best advice for potting training is to remember that by the age of 16 they will be potting trained. So relax and take your time. Let them go at their own speed.

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  176. Oh my, I have no kids, but after reading all that it might stay that way lol My mum says the only thing I did that ever baffled her, was when I didn't make it to the loo one time and pooped on the bathroom floor (thankfully lino). Funnily enough, I can actually remember this, and I think I did it just to see what she'd do... No, I've never told her that!

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  177. Can't help you there as I have no kids, but that isn't going to stop me having a chance at a scrap bag! LOL...

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  178. I guess the thing I love most at the heart to heart fabrics online shop is the spcrap bag that you have as a giveaway as well. I loooooove scrap bags! They are always full of inspiration, ideas and the fabrics make scrapquilts look vivid.

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  179. I now like Heart To Heart Fabrics on faebook as well.

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  180. Potty training must be one of the hardest things ever! Some days it can go well but others are just exercises in frustration. I think the only thing you can do is be prepared for lots of accidents and give as much praise as possible when they use the potty...sing a silly song, do a silly dance, whatever makes it fun for them.

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  181. Ahhh, potty training! My daughter was 2.5 and not potty trained yet. Of course I had tried everyting, anything. My daughter would be unhappy as a bedwetter and unable to go to a toilet, because she didn't know how to do it.
    Which of course meant that I was stupid and not fit to be a mom!
    We moved, had a new babysitter.
    And she (the daughter) did not want the sitter to change her nappies: she just didn't want to wear them any longer!
    And she never wetted herself after that!
    I thought it was a miracle.
    (she, the daughter, might just have been a tad lazy?)

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  182. We had a terrible time potty training my first. Finally, we just put him out in the backyard with no diaper on. He was playing in the sandbox when he started screaming "Pooooop! Poooop!" My husband explained that the poo came from his bottom. After that, he was all about the toilet. :)

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  183. Bribing helps and so does watching the clock, making suggestions that they "try" and having the little one wear clothes that are easy to deal with. However, each one learns when he/she is ready, so don't stress over it!

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  184. Potty training my son was difficult, we finally just put him in underwear, said no more pullups and cleaned up some messes for about 2 weeks. It finally clicked. Those thick underwear do help (found some at JCPenneys). Good luck.

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