It’s POTTY TIME!!!! — 5 Minutes for Special Needs


A few years ago, I fell in love with Signing Time. Jack was struggling to do much more than scream and I was increasingly frustrated. In a last ditch effort, I bought some DVDs and prayed that he would communicate with me. Slowly, he began to sign (things like more and done) and I felt like maybe I could communicate with him.

That’s when I decided that I was going to stalk Rachel Coleman (co-Founder and general all-around awesome human being). I followed her on Twitter and began to join the weekly Signing Time chat (sadly, they’re no longer doing it–because it was SUPER fun!).

Over the years, Signing Time has become more than just a cute DVD to help my child learn how communicate with me–it’s become part of our family. For that, I am forever grateful.

So, imagine my surprise when I heard that:

A) There was a POTTY TIME DVD coming out!

B) I was going to get to review it!

Truly, this is fantastic! It’s 30 minutes of fun–with some valuable potty training lessons (My personal favorite song is “I Wash My Hands!”)!

The target audience is aged 1-5, but I figure that’s not relevant in our special situations! It’s really quite adorable. Rachel approaches potty training as such a positive thing–nothing to be worried about! The video focuses on listening to your body and doing what you need to do, when you need to do it! They speak of celebrating such amazing potty goodness—which I can appreciate (we celebrate every tiny milestone here!)!

If the DVD isn’t enough for you…the Potty Time website has numerous ways in which you can get even more support on your Potty Journey!

* There’s an app for that!

* You can purchase the Potty Watch—it’s a watch that sings and lights up to remind your child to go “try!”

* Print of this handy chart to help everyone celebrate success!

* Or…just read articles and tips for all parents.

If that’s not enough for you (or you’re a groupie like me), follow Signing Time on Twitter or Facebook—and also do the same for Potty Time! (TwitterFacebook)


But wait…there’s more!

I want YOU to have a copy to help you on your Potty Training Expedition! Leave a comment telling me why you would love this–simple, right? I will use the random generator (Jack picks a name out of a hat) to draw a number, and that person will get their very own copy of Potty Time! Yippee! Entries must be in by Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12 noon (my time–East coast).

Good Luck! And thank you Signing Time for enriching my life in so many beautiful ways! Love you!



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1 Mindy February 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Whoa, we LOVE Signing Time and we are struggling with Potty Training but our little man has so developmental delays so we are not stressing out too much yet. This sounds like a great DVD to try, and I love the idea of the app to remind us to “try!”


2 Heather P February 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Signing Time has an app themselves that has a few videos and some other signs. It’s fantastic!

3 Ginny Johnson February 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I can well attest to the power of signing, as I have been using it for years, both within my family and in my professional life! I would love to add this DVD to the collection at the Tufts Public Library (Weymouth, MA) where I work as the Head of Technical Services!! Hope jack picks me! ;->

4 Heather P February 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Fingers crossed!!!

5 Valerie February 20, 2012 at 6:27 am

I would love to have this! I am just starting to work on potty training my son (3 years old with down syndrome) and this would be great. I’ve heard so many good things about signing time and it has been on my wish list too.

6 Heather P February 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

oooh! You’ll LOVE Signing Time! It’s fantastic! (cross fingers!)

7 Chriss February 20, 2012 at 8:42 am

We are just starting Signing Time. This would be great to add to the collection!

8 Heather P February 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

Oh…it quickly becomes everyone’s favorite and then you can’t stop buying them! 🙂 It’s fantastic! Nick Jr. runs short song/videos a few times a day from ST and then some PBS stations show ST as well…just a head’s up!;)

9 Kate J February 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

We were “almost there” with potty training until kindergarten started. Now it’s a couple of years later, and no progress. Rachel has reached her before, maybe she can again, for this!

10 Heather P February 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

We can only hope!!! 🙂

11 Heather P February 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 5 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

According to my calculations, YOU WIN!!!
Please email me your address so I can sent this to you at heathersebi at gmail dot com

12 Nancy P February 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

We love Signing Time, and I have been frustrated with myself for not purchasing this dvd when it first came out. Our little sweetie pie is 3 with Down syndrome and she LOVES Signing Time. I did download the Potty Time app and that has been a fun trick to have since she is tickled to use the Ipad. We use Signing Time as a second language for our elementary kiddos (5 of them). The kids have been great about reinforcing so many things with sign language. We would love to win this DVD!

13 Heather P February 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

OOOH! YOU are one busy Momma! Sign language is such an awesome 2nd language to have… kudos to you!

14 KDL February 21, 2012 at 2:16 am

We love signing time, too. You don’t need to enter me in the contest as we are all potty-trained up around here – finally – little girl got past her anxiety a couple of weeks ago after a few torturous days. I was on the verge of getting this video if the latest attempt hadn’t worked. I still might need that watch for my little man…Anyway – just had to say we are big Rachel fans!

15 Heather P February 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

We love her too! 🙂

16 Jo February 22, 2012 at 3:57 am

Just would like to add that just because the child might not be able to do the signs doesn’t mean it isn’t helpful. My little guy had grosss and fine motor delay and some concern about speech. I did similar signing classes and had the DVDS. He wasn’t able to do the signs at the time but later when you asked him what they meant he knew them. I am certain it helped develop. No concerns about speech now, amazing vocabulary for his age.
We don’t need the DVD but I think it is a fabulous idea so good luck to everyone.

17 Heather P February 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

Good Point Jo!!! (Thank you!)

18 Gone Bananas February 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

Awww love Jingle! Very cute!

19 Heather P February 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

It really is!!!
Good Luck!

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