Potty Training with Rachel and Signing Time!

Signing Time launched a decade ago and within months we started getting requests to make a potty training DVD. The requests for potty training help have never slowed down. I admit, I resisted it. I kept telling my sister Emilie, “That is not MY job!” and “There are a few signs I won’t be teaching… ever!” Heh heh. Well, the good news is when I resist something it usually only takes about 10 years to break through to my good senses. (That’s for you Rebecca)

On Thursday we launched Potty Time! and we did a good deed by purchasing that domain name because I won’t even say what used to be on it… (not kid friendly, enough said) so if you use WOT or something similar to keep your internet use safe, you might find that our site has a poor reputation there, your positive rating will help. You know me, just cleaning up the internet as I go!

So, yes, we now offer potty training powered by Signing Time! and it’s TOTALLY appropriate, and doesn’t confine potty training to just what happens in the bathroom. I teach your children that their bodies are amazing and that it’s important to listen to their bodies. I mean, when your body tells you that you are hungry you go get something to eat. So, when your body tells you that you need to use the potty, it’s pretty simple you stop what you are doing and go use the potty.

Pick up Potty Time at www.pottytime.com there is an introductory sale that ends tonight, SUNDAY November 6, 2011. So don’t wait!

The signs you will learn are: Grow – Love – I Love You (ILY) – Help – Amazing – Body – Eat – Drink – Sleep – Wake Up – Diaper – Potty – Wipe/Clean – Flush – Wash Hands – All Done/Finished – Water – Soap – Stop – Go – Underwear – Accident – Try – Careful – Celebrate (*there is a special feature for parents where we cover Poop and Pee and I know some of you will buy it just to see me teach that! Though the “PSA” about not using too much toilet paper is pretty classic, just because I know how many takes were needed to say it without getting the giggles.)

Don’t miss the Potty Time app for Android devices. You’ll get a kick out of it, I promise. You have no clue how many of my girl friends have already messaged me to let me know that I keep calling them to congratulate them on their toileting success. (iPod app is coming soon)

We had a lot of fun making Potty Time and I have to say that I get frustrated sometimes because I work really hard on these shows and for some reason, all you see in the end product is the very “zipped up”, Signing Time Rachel in her television box. When the editing process was over I again sat there scratching my head wondering why I did all of that crazy stuff when we were filming… the crazy, fun stuff that no one would ever see. So, I pulled rank;) and said, “I want a special feature!!” It also helps that I am married to one of the editors. Here are the outtakes and some of my “finest” moments~

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About Rachel Coleman

The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Motivated by her child, Liam's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 22 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: American Sign Language Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at www.mydeafchild.org. For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on www.SignItASL.com. Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. They are parents to Liam who lives in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old. Rachel is now Grandma Ray Ray to Laura's daughter Marley.

52 thoughts on “Potty Training with Rachel and Signing Time!

  1. LOVE this!!! I really do love the app thanks for having it out in Android platform. I can’t tell you how much fun we’ve been having with it. And all my kids are potty trained πŸ˜‰

  2. We are super excited in our house. My twins are refusing to potty train, but they love signing time…so we hope this will motivate them! Thanks for “giving in”!

  3. Love the outtakes, Rachel! I just became a BST Instructor & am so excited to start sharing Potty Time! I have a 3 year old who is already asking me for the “potty Signing Time” video & a 4 year old with special needs who loves signing, so I think this video will be big in our house! Thanks so much & thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a BST Instructor!

  4. Loved the outtakes clips; looked like an aerobic class in session….now there’s an idea for another Signing Time series πŸ™‚ I wish this new product great success; I bought it to give to a friend who I first introduced Signing Time to years ago.
    How many of us can say that something we resisted for 10 years we finally gave a try? You are amazing!

  5. hahaha outtakes are so funny! Loved those! We love Signing Time and should receive Potty Time in the mail soon. Didn’t know about the app, going to download it now! Thanks Rachel! πŸ™‚

  6. My hubby is 6’9″ and I am 5’4″, so I’m right there with you ;)! We are eagerly awaiting our potty time video! Thanks, Rachel!

  7. This is what I was begging for back in the day! So glad you made it! Can I get it even though my kids are big kids now? Love the outtakes! My 3.5 yr old Kieran still watches Signing Time and Jayden is now 6 and still knows all the signs. We love you, Rachel! xo

  8. LOVE IT!!! I can’t wait to receive my order. I ordered a set for my grandaughter because they want to start potty training her, and after seeing all that is included in the volume, I’m so glad I ordered an extra set to have at home so I can watch… and William too πŸ™‚
    The outtakes cracked me up… nice dancing, Aaron πŸ˜‰

  9. Love, love, loved the outtakes! Pretty amusing and entertaining to watch you dancing around with the green screen behind you πŸ˜‰ haha, my sis will be picking up my Potty Time from Two Little Hands in a few days πŸ˜‰

  10. LOVE IT!! That was fun to watch! I can’t wait to get it for myself – especially since we are still having issues potty training my 4-yr-old. πŸ™‚

  11. As a mom of a 3 yr old with Down Syndrome, I am totally thankful. Potty training seems like it will be a little easier now. Our Jillie loves your dvds! She even took them to the hospital recently when she had two types of pneumonia. Thanks for reconsidering “Potty Time”

  12. Super Stoked!!! We’ll see what effect Potty Time has with our 17 month old daughter. And I hope it will encourage my almost 4 year old to “Stop and Go!” Thanks again for taking one for the team and all your fans!!

  13. ok, after watching that.. I have to get it. πŸ™‚ I love someone else’s idea of an aerobics video!! My kids all want to do mine with me..

  14. Rachel, your story, strength and talent are all inspiring! I just ordered my potty time video (along with some others!). My son is 23 Months and we’ve been signing with your DVDs for over a year now…. His vocabulary is phenomenal, and when his pronunciation isn’t working for me, I ask him to ‘sign it’. You have helped us create an incredible bond, and a very smart child…. Thanks to BST, I’m not afraid of the ‘terrible twos’ – because we can COMMUNICATE! Thank you so much! And, we look forward to “potty time”!! THANK YOU! Keep up the GREAT work!

  15. So Funny! Can’t wait to get my copies so that I can see the actual “body is amazing” part. Looks like you got a pretty good work-out filming that day! This is going to be one amazing product. So glad you finally gave in and made this one…I imagine it is going to be a HUGE success. πŸ™‚

  16. Thank you Rachel! I loved the outtakes! I ordered the Potty Time set for my almost 3 year old who is mostly potty trained. I don’t know who is more excited to have a new Signing Time to watch….me or him! =)

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  18. Rachel,

    I’m not sure how I should go about this but I can’t figure out another way to contact you. I am an interpreting student at SLCC and am doing a paper on mainstream education for deaf students. I was wondering if it were possible for me to ask you a few questions about your experience sending your daughter to a mainstream school. Please let me know if you would be willing to help me out and how you’d prefer we do that. (email is just fine for me). Thanks!

  19. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My eight year old with significant delays won’t potty train for me, but I think he just might do it for Rachel and Hopkins. He does everything else for you!

  20. Hello Rachel,

    I wanted to stop by to let you know that on November 30th, 2011 at 7pm Dr. Marc Levitt, Director of The Cincinnati Colorectal Center for Children, will be holding an online Q & A relating to fecal incontinence due to Spina Bifida, as well as, explaining the Bowel Management Program he has designed to battle this difficult problem. The RSVP page is posted below if you are interested in logging on and attending and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have concerning the event. Hope all is well and I hope you find this resource helpful on your journey!

    RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/event/2504065728


    John Martin
    Partner’s Hub

  21. YAHOO!!! So grateful that you gave in and decided to make this product! My daughter has been refusing to use the potty but if you say jump – she says how high?! I can’t wait to see what magic you can work on her, Rachel!!! Thanks so much!!! πŸ™‚

  22. This is wonderful!!! I only wish that you really would have done it ten years ago. I just finally finished potty training my little girl. It was a 6 year struggle. She has loved all your videos. This will be so good for so many people. I’m going to purchase this video still to add to her collection. I can’t wait to see it and I know that my daughter will love it! Thanks for your videos they have changed our life!! Your videos is how my daughter has learned to sign as it is her only way to communicate. You ans your staff are the best!!!

  23. Yahoo! My daughter needed an “impartial 3rd party” (the Potty Watch) and a friendly nudge (the video) to get started with potty training… now she is super excited and doing fantastic! Thanks!

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  25. We just bought your PottyTime DVD on BabySteals on 11/18 since I was planning on potty training our 3-yr old son over his Thanksgiving break from preschool this past week. (I was sad we missed the potty watch package, but was glad I didn’t miss out on the DVD at least!) We started on Monday the 21st and the DVD came on Tuesday. It was the perfect tool to help with potty training. He LOVES the DVD – we have watched it so many times already and have so much fun singing the songs and signing. His 11-month old sister enjoys it too – she’s always dancing along to the music.

    Thank you so much for making such a helpful potty training aide! We’ve always loved your DVD’s and I’ve already made a request to the grandparents for more of them as Christmas gifts and my daughter’s b-day coming up! πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work!

    I’m always telling my friends about BST! We’re some of your biggest fans!!!

    • I’m glad you found us there. If you are planning on getting more Signing Time, today is the day! We are offering 40% off your $40 order for Cyber Monday. So, get those grandparents ordering ASAP!

  26. I am so glad that you did this! We had a lot of stress in the family when DS was 1-2 years old, so we didn’t worry about potty training right away. But now he’s 4 and still resisting. He loves Rachel and Signing Time, so I hope this might help. We’ve already tried Elmo…

  27. Hi, I was not sure where to write. but just wanted to let you know that my family and I absolutely love the show. We are bilangual at home. and I was noticing that my son by 2 yrs old was not speaking as much, or making as many sounds as the other kids. Anyway. when he watchers your show besides doing the sign language he also repeats all the words you say. I am not sure if its because your voice is clear. but it really has been a blessing. the show come on everyday at 8:30 PM he watches it before he goes to sleep. and I have noticed a HUGE improvement on him specially in his talking. You are very talented and blessed in what you do. Thanks for all.

  28. I can’t tell you how excited I am or how grateful. THANK YOU! Signing time has been there for my now 5 year old, and now my littlest guys are enjoying it too. My 17 month old is ready to start potty training and he LOVES signing time, so this is wonderful news. We’ve purchased about 6 DVDs and I’m going to purchase a set for the preschool I oversee. Thanks again Rachel. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  29. We LOVE signing time. My 3 year old Adaria is almost completely potty trained and we’re getting your dvd about going potty for both her and our 16 month old Dorian. He LOVES signing time. He is SUPER verbal and asks for “baby!” all the time, pointing to your dvd’s! The other day he grabbed a cup off the counter, looked inside, said, “all gone” and then brought it to me to put in the dishwasher. SO smart! It helps that he has learned so many signs and increased his vocabulary so that he can communicate any time he wants. FABULOUS! keep up the GREAT work~! God bless you!

    • Yes, we are not only teaching sign language, but we are cleaning up the internet as we go. You wouldn’t believe what was on the site before we purchased it and made it kid friendly. Thank you for putting in a request that is really helpful.

  30. Rachel and the Signing Time Staff!

    This is a long overdue thank you, but better late than never! Our daughter, Addie, who is 5 and a half and born with CP, is now potty trained and we owe so much to you! We bought the DVD and potty watch in December, and vowed to start the new year off by giving potty training another try with her and I’m happy to report we have been accident free since the end of the first week of January! She LOVES watching the DVD and the watch helped her and us stay on track with friendly reminders! She was a signing time fan already, we’ve done signing times since she was 6 months old, so when she was able to be encouraged by you Rachel with all of the creative ways on the DVD, she made the choice to listen to her body! Thanks again for all that you all do, you are truly life changers and are a true inspiration to so many!! THANK YOU!

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  32. Thank you so much for making this video. I have heard of parents here and there teaching their children ASL but we never knew where to start. We picked this up for our then 20 month old daughter for Christmas where we knew that potty training would be around the corner.

    Lily’s language has since exploded, and she’s even started to sign. We brought the video to a rainy playdate and the two little ones there watched it until they were told to do something else, and the next time I saw them they met me at the door asking if I’d brought the “Potty Movie”. Now the kids are starting to sign and when we watch the tutorial my now 26 month old can state what some of the signs are and it floors us. We’ve since started building our library to give our child the best possible exposure. Thank you so very much!!

  33. Hello .. I just purchased the Arnova Childpad it is an adroid device .. my hope was to be able to load my sons favorite apps (currently on my Motorola Atrix) so that he can leave my phone alone.. I am totally dissapointed that the Appslib applications store used by the ARNOVA ChildPad isn’t showing this as an option.. is there any other way for me to get this app on that device… Seriously considering returning the tablet.. but all the kid tablets run on this store as far as I have found so I don’t think that is really a good option.

  34. Hi, just a question on the app:
    We love the Signing Time DVD series (especially the Spanish features).
    When we saw that there was an app for potty time we were very excited. However….
    When I went to download it the accept and download screen shows the permissions that you need to sign off on to download it.
    The app is requiring users to allow ” …. An application with these permissions can determine the phone number and serial number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that the call is connected to and the like”
    It’s seems a little excessive for what looks like an otherwise great app. Why do you find this sort of thing necessary?

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