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Tannya Joaquin

Helping A Toddler Get Toilet Trained

There’s a different back-to-school rush playing out around the state. Or perhaps I should say, back-to-school flush?

Right now, parents are racing to potty train their children for preschool, because 90 percent of preschools nationwide require that children be toilet trained.

Turns out getting toddlers to do their business is big business for a couple of mommypreneurs, or to be more precise, pottypreneurs.

Maui mom Rebecca Stapp is the mastermind behind Potty Boot Camp.

“I have parents call me crying, saying, ‘My son starts preschool next week and he’s not potty trained,’” says Stapp.

She saw a need eight years ago and launched the camp out of her Maui home. Now, she holds regular sessions on Oahu, too. The Potty Boot Camp’s mission statement is, “The first day of potty camp is the last day your child will wear a diaper.”

Aunty Becca’s approach? Drink. Potty. Repeat. Praise. Reward. Students proudly display stickers received for staying “clean and dry,” and enjoy special treats like M&M’S for having “potty power.”

You drop off your child early in the morning for all-day training up to five days in a row. At the end of the boot camp, there is a graduation ceremony.

So far, she’s graduated 2,500 students – including children with special needs – with a 100 percent success rate. The cost is $600. She also can help potty train over the phone. You can find her on Facebook as “Potty Trainer” or by calling (623) 764-7478.

Hawaii mommy of two Tammi Umeno knows how hard potty training can be. She says teaching her eldest son became a negotiating war. Umeno’s struggles inspired her to create a handmade instant picture reward called the Wee-NSee.

It’s a small, plain biodegradable square that reveals a pretty picture each time your child … well, pees. “They can take their headaches and flush them down the toilet (just like how you dispose of the Wee-N-See),” says Umeno.

Wee-N-See is sold in more than a dozen stores around Hawaii and online at wee-n-see.com. They retail for $7 for a pack of 10. The teacher-turned-pottypreneur recently pitched her product at a casting call for Shark Tank, and is trying to get it into Walmart. You can help by voting from now until Sept. 2 at getontheshelf.walmart.com.

Luckily, my daughter’s preschool doesn’t require potty training. But it would be awfully nice never to buy another diaper! Hmm, better reserve a space in potty camp now because I get the feeling they’ll fill up fast!

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