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This Little Guy Wants You to Floss

He's so cute, he'll make you want to floss every day. Credit: Unica Home
Each time we visit the dentist, we solemnly pledge we'll floss every single day and we usually do ... for about three days. But now that we've found the Otto Dental Floss...

Handy Device Lets You 'Go' Whenever or Wherever

When you gotta go, you gotta go. Credit: GoGirl
Let's face it ... the world is not a pee-friendly place if you're female. Enter the GoGirl female urination device, a clever little thing made from flexible, medical grade silicone that can be...
Let's face it ... the world is not a pee-friendly place if you're female.

D.I.Y. Shower Curtain Draws Kids to the Tub

Draw (on) the (shower) curtain. Credit: Grain
"Draw the curtains" just took on a whole new meaning. The Ty D.I.Y. Edition shower curtain is a blank canvas that just begs for your kids to transform it into their own masterpiece with the...

Dirty School Restrooms Lead to Constipation and Incontinence, Study Says

Do you know what the toilets look like at your child's school? Credit: Mika, Corbis
Poor standards of school toilets -- including smelly facilities, lack of toilet paper and missing locks in stalls -- can lead to chronic constipation and cause...

Bathroom Cameras a Good Thing, Says School

Someone installs cameras in the school bathrooms, hoping to catch teenage girls involved in some "horseplay." Sounds like it's time to call the police, yes? Or Joe Francis. But wait, not only is the school well aware of the situation, it put them...

Poopy principal 'pologizes

What's an elementary school principal to do when he's got a problem with students spreading feces on the floor and toilets in the girls' bathroom? Well, he send a note home to parents asking them to talk to their children about the problem, he could...

Showers versus baths - How are your kids getting clean?

My kid takes showers. He is sixteen months old. I took showers as a kid, but spent most of my time in the bath, surrounded by various toys and lots of suds. When our children are first born we barely bathe them, then move them into the little...

Store refuses to let child go to the bathroom

It's a parental nightmare -- a kid who really has to go and no bathroom in sight. A reader of the Consumerist web site wrote about an experience she and her daughter had: "I explained she had diarrhea and couldn't hold it and told them she was about...

Parents protest potty partner rules at elementary school

Whenever my 7-year-old girl has a friend over, I've noticed that they always want to accompany one another to the bathroom. I can think of no good reason to make potty breaks a group activity and therefore discourage this. I think this must be a girl...

A simple step

Okay, so you've got the kids' menus with the puzzles and coloring pages on the back. You've got plenty of crayons in little boxes. You've got little cups with colorful pictures on them and a whole storeroom full of milk. You've got french fries and...

In the men's room

As a year-end bonus, the company I work for gave all the employees an extra day off -- New Year's Eve. Rachel and I decided to take the kids downtown for the day. Rachel needed some maternity clothes and wanted to check out the big Old Navy store...

Kid needs to pee in the car? Use this

As every parent has undoubtedly experienced, it sucks when you're driving and your kid suddenly has to go to the bathroom. There you are, trapped in traffic on the highway, no where near any place with a toilet, and they're screaming: "I gotta go WEE...

Do you wash your hands?

This just in from Reuters: Americans don't wash their hands as much as they used to, or as much as they should. Gross! As I hope we all know by now, even if we don't practice it as often as we should, washing your hands is one of the best defenses...

Museums and children

Yesterday I took Mercer to the American Museum of Natural History. My friend, a former New Yorker born and raised in the Big Apple said, "You took the baby to the AMNH on A Sunday afternoon???? Meaning, there were about a million other people...

My Pet Fish Soap

If you're like me, and can't seem to keep your kids' goldfish from dying off, this might be the product for you. It looks like (and is probably about as interesting as) a real fish in water, but there's no need to feed it or clean it's...

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