National Geographic studied the amount of diapers used by a child from birth until potty training (which usually occurs around age 2.5 years) and discovered the average American uses approximately 3796 diapers. If you do the math, that works out to roughly 4 diaper changes a day. I don’t know how full those mothers are letting their children’s diapers get, but I average closer to 6 diaper changes (more when they are newborns and less as they age) a day which means I will use roughly 5, 500 diapers per child per year! That is a lot of diapers!
TIME TO POTTY TRAIN!
I hate potty training. Being the neat freak that I am, even a spotless bathroom makes me cringe! I hate thinking about all the germs that hide out in places you don’t think to clean, knowing my children love to touch EVERYTHING. My DD is starting to show signs of potty training; she brings me a diaper when she is wet, she has fewer wet diapers (which means she is able to hold her pee) and she becoming fascinated with the properties and activities that occur in the bathroom. The thought of potty training for a third time is exciting for the fact that we will finally be saying good bye to diapers, but the thought of being out in public and having to assist my DD on a public potty is terrifying.
My first two children were boys so I taught them how to point and shoot while remaining away from the toilet. If they did have to engage in #2 (which rarely happened in public), I would cover the seat in layers and layers of toilet paper trying to cover every exposed surface. Regardless, they always seemed to grasp some aspect of the toilet while trying to steady themselves. My DD, the other hand, is going to use public potty seats more often then her brothers. Until we work up to the point where she can ‘comfortably’ and ‘sturdily’ hover over the toilet seat, I’m going to need another option
Luckily, there is a company who recognizes the public potty fears of all moms and created a product to help us. Recently, I was introduced to this product, the PottyCover, and I am glad I have found it as I begin potty training my DD. The Potty Cover is a traveling, disposable toilet seat cover for children. This amazing product is the MUST HAVE for all parents with children. When you begin potty training, consistency is important. When a child, who is potty training, needs to use the potty, it is usually immediate, emergency situation. At home it is easy! You can run to the toilet and achieve success, in public it might mean you are forced to use a public restroom, no matter what its condition is. The PottyCover allows you to continue the potty training process in public without worrying about your child coming into contact with the dirt and germs found in a public washroom.
I was very impressed with the PottyCover at first glance. In comparison to the paper ones offered in restrooms, the PottyCover appeared thicker, stronger and larger. After thoroughly reviewing the PottyCover, I found that it excelled on three main areas:
The PottyCover is constructed of a dual lined pad to protect your child against germs and wetness. The top layers is a soft a non-woven fabric that is decorated in a fun, unisex pattern. The bottom layer consists of a tough, waterproof plastic lining, designed to grip the toilet to prevent shifting when your child moves.
I love how simple the PottyCover was to use. Each PottyCover is wrapped in its individual compact bag that can easily be carried in your purse or car for emergency situations. When you need the PottyCover , all you do is open the package, unfold it and place it on the toilet. It doesn’t need any special adhesive to stick it to the toilet, but rather the plastic under pad holds is in place. It didn’t move or budge when my child sat on it and the tough, durable material held its own against rips and tears.
My favourite part of the PottyCover was the design. Most potty seats consist of a donut like ring that child sits upon. The rest of the toilet is exposed and as a result I’m constantly reminding my children not to touch the seat or side of the toilet. The PottyCover has taken my fear of germs in to account when designing their toilet cover. Not only is the ENTIRE seat cover, but they included flaps on the sides and an extra large front flap too. This not only stops tiny wandering hands from reaching germ infested places but it also keeps legs and clothing from touch the toilet as well.