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When Should I Start Thinking About Potty Training?

June 30, 2014 | Ideas, kids toilet training, potty training products, potty training tips, toilet seat with handles for toddlers

Potty training demands your toddler develop certain skills along with cognitive and emotional abilities. You should not start training until both you and your child are ready to devote time and energy to learn the techniques.

In this article, we share some comprehensive information about when you should potty train your child, packed with practical tips and advice for true success.

When Should Parents Start Potty Training?

Potty training can be difficult if your child is too young. The right age varies widely. While 11 to 18 months is typical, some children may not be ready until two or even later. Generally, children between the ages of two or three start showing signs because their bladder capacity increases significantly by that time. The age of potty training has nothing to do with his or her intellectuality or development. For instance, if a child was an early eater or walker, it does not mean they should be potty trained early as well.

Signs That Indicate Your Kid Is Ready For Potty Training

Between the ages of two to three years, almost all kids start showing off signs that they can control their bladder movement. The following are some common signs that you may notice in your child’s behavior:

  • Your child stays dry for at least two hours between wet diapers. It usually means that your child is managing to control his or her bowl and bladder. When they want to empty their bladder or bowels, they will show signs like moving somewhere else, or crying, or anything else to grab your attention.
  • Although modern diapers are absorbent, your child may show a new awareness of being wet because he or she may never felt that way. Try to put a non-absorbent diaper or use a cotton pants underneath the diaper to provide the sensation of your child feeling uncomfortable.
  • Some children develop the skills to understand simple requests such as “go and get the potty”. When you say this, they will understand and show signs of readiness.
  • Parents should wait until the child has the right coordination, for instance, managing to pull their own pants up or down with very little help.
  • Showing an interest in getting in when others are using the toilet.


Your Child Is Showing Signs, What Next?

Most parents start giving potty training as soon as their children start giving indication. However, jumping right into it may not be the best idea. Potty training is a process and should be performed gradually. Plan and choose a time when you are ready to potty train your child. Observe your toddler and pick a time when your child is going through a cooperative stage.

Your First Step

Once you start potty training, you need to make sure that everyone taking care of your child uses the same approach to potty training.

Buy potty training products, for example a potty stand and put it in the bathroom, telling your child what it is for. Ask your child to sit on it to see what it is like. You may have to demonstrate it.

Make sure that your child sits on the potty stand daily for some time. Do not expect your child to sit on it for long. He or she will get used to it after practicing daily.

Encourage your child when they pass urine or have a bowel movement. Show appreciation to your child when they tell you about what they are doing. Providing potty training during the summer is highly advisable as children can run around without diapers.

When you notice that your child has a regular time for bowel movements, try to catch it by sitting your child on the potty stand at that time. If they successfully go in the potty stand, show your approval.

Let your child understand that you want them to do this and make your child feel smart and special while emptying their bowels and bladder.

How Many Toilets are there Inside The Empire State Building?

June 12, 2014 | Fun Facts, Healthy Tips, Ideas, Toilet Accessories


"The other day I was looking at the Empire State Building and I wondered... how many toilets do you think are in there?"

It’s a natural thought process for us here at We’re in the toilet business after all. But once you get past the seemingly ridiculousness of this particular line of thought, the answer could be simply mind-boggling.

The Empire State Building, if you know your landmarks, is located in the one of the most popular cities in the world. New York City.

The Big Apple.

The City that Never Sleeps.

The Capital of the World.

Let’s do the Math

Technically, the ESB is often quoted to have 102 floors, but above that floor is the 103rd floor which is used, apparently, as a hotspot for the most exclusive amongst us.

So, being a historical landmark and one of the most visited buildings in all of New York, can you imagine the amount of restrooms they’re going to need for the celebrities (and their entourage), the daily influx of tourists (including their kids and their grandparents), international diplomats, business executives (and their lackeys subordinates).

Now have we got you thinking?


Fun fact: There are four million visitors to the Empire State Building per year! (Source: And that’s just from the 86th to the 102nd floor.

Let’s break it down a little further...

Each floor is roughly one hundred thousand square feet. That’s quite a lot of space for business offices, dining rooms, lounges, boardrooms, retail and banking services, as well as other amenities occupying the remaining floors from 86th downwards.

So, with so many persons trafficking throughout the building on a daily basis, the inevitable question quickly arises amongst its patrons:

Is there a restroom nearby that I can use?

Of course the contractors all those years ago would have so aptly made provisions for the inevitable, and extra bathroom fixtures would have been installed with the Empire State Building’s 2010 $550 million renovation project (Source: Wikipedia).

So here’s the math breakdown:

  • 4,000,000 visitors per year = avg. 300,000 + visitors per month, 10,000 per day.
  • Let’s say the average human pees 3-4 times per day. Each visit is typically 2 hours or more, and chances are that one in four people, (more if children are present) will want to use the restroom at least once per tour.
  • That’s 2500 trips to the can per day. If there was only one bathroom, and the average visit was 2.5 minutes – it would take 4.35 days for each visitor to use the toilet. That’s an epic wait.
  • If we wanted to reduce that wait time to 1 minute we’d need to so some really complicated math.

Calculations aside, for those of you who want a more accurate figure, then you’ll just have to be boring and go right to the actual amount. According to Homework Helper by Cha Cha, the Empire State Building contains roughly 2,500 toilets and sinks (Source: Homework Helper). For anyone who’s in the toilet business like we are, that’s a whole lot of ‘porcelain thrones’ for one kingdom…

So the next time you’re in the Big City and you happen to look up at the Empire State Building, you don’t have to wonder, like I did, how many toilets are in there, because you know that you’ll be totally covered…unless they run out of toilet paper… 

Every mother deserves a dry toilet seat.

October 29, 2013 | Healthy Habits, Ideas

Over the last few months the Shandle team has been busy spreading the word about our creation. As more people see it in action, more people want one for themselves and they love to tell us why!  

“My husband never puts the seat back down!”  or “I have to share the bathroom at work with 2 guys! – YUCK!”

As we’ve heard from more people it’s become clear that families really love having the Shandle in their home.

It’s always been part of our story that the Shandle is a great potty training tool. It makes it easier for little boys to lift and lower the seat and reinforces the importance of putting the seat up and down as a cultural courtesy.

The families we speak to say the Shandle does even more than that. 

Several moms have said that the Shandle stopped their sons from slamming the seat down. Homes are more peaceful and the worry of smashed fingers is gone.  

Others tell us that the Shandle makes the toilet more user-friendly.  And by friendly we mean friendly.  Let’s face it. The toilet makes things disappear – that’s a scary thought for some kids. The Shandle makes it a bit more comfortable.

The biggest news though is that the seat is going up more often, and is dry when it comes back down.  From what the moms are telling me… that’s something you can’t put a price on. Every mother deserves a dry toilet seat! 

Please leave us a comment telling us what you think a handle on a toilet seat might be good for! We'd love to hear from you! 

The Shandle and the Beauty of “A Little Better”

September 09, 2013 | Ideas

Big is overrated.

Our families, our jobs, our house, our cars: all big, all very important. But usually, the things that regulate our happiness are actually small and incremental. Think of latte foam, crisp sheets, lime in a beer, and the perfect shoelace knot. It's the beauty of these little things inspired the The Shandle, the world’s simplest toilet seat handle.

We often say that The Shandle makes life a little better in a room where “a little better” can move mountains. It’s a little hokey, but there’s truth behind it: The Shandle makes the bathroom experience—one of life’s great levelers and something we can can all relate to—a little easier, a little cleaner, and a little more interesting. And we think that’s pretty cool.

Lennon once said that “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”, which is more poignant than we could ever be, but it's a sentiment we embrace. So by all means, go after the big things. Push for the promotion, spoil your children, spring for the sports car. In between, we invite you to add The Shandle to your list of little things, and hope it makes every day just a shade happier: for your children, for yourself, or as a small token for someone else.