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Sunday, December 9, 2012

What I Learned From Potty Training {Review}

There are so many important life lessons that I learned from potty training a toddler: never push someone into something they don't want to do, wait until they're ready, have lots and lots and lots of paper towels on hand at all times and bribery works!

Well, at least it did for us.  When I found the right things to entice her.  See, we don't do candy in our household.  We rarely do sugary treats.  For us, fruit is our after diner dessert.  Isla June has gotten 2 lollipops in her whole life and those were from the tellers at the bank (she thinks that's why I give them my money). 
When it came to this huge milestone in her life, I knew I was going to need a little bit extra incentive to keep this potty ball rolling but, I didn't want to just throw out all my hesitations about high sugar candy.......

Enter the Fruit Sparx Xlear Candy.  It's made with natural color and flavoring and is sweetened with xylitol which has been shown to not promote tooth decay (which sugar can do).  And thanks to Mom's Meet we were able to sample the product during this pivotal time in my toddler's life. I have to say, for us, it worked!

It was the perfect sweet treat that reinforced what a great job Isla June was doing and how proud of her I was for working hard at something that isn't always easy.  She only received 2 candy pellets after each potty success, but those special treats were so savored by my little lady.  And I wasn't fretting over the impact the candy would be having on her beautiful teeth!

About Xlear
Xlear, Inc. is committed to providing consumers with the health benefits of xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener, by manufacturing all-natural, health-enhancing products. Xlear® Nasal Spray is an award-winning, patented saline and xylitol solution; a complete line of dental health products under the Spry Dental Defense System® brand; XyloSweet®, raw xylitol crystals used as a sugar substitute in cooking, baking and general consumption; and SparX® Candy, a growing line of healthy, xylitol based candies. ®, SM, © 2012 May Media Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
  •  Xlear SparX is sweetened naturally with xylitol, a plant-based, dentist-recommended sweetener that’s been proven to improve dental health and strengthen tooth enamel.
  •  Xylitol doesn’t interfere with the body’s blood sugar levels or insulin production, making it safe for kids and adults on a sugar-controlled diet.
  •  Xlear SparX Candy is available in Berry, Citrus, and Fruit varieties; all are free of artificial colors and flavors.
  •  Xlear SparX Candy retails for $1.49 for one tube.

Xlear has also saved our toothbrushing routine.  Thanks to the samples we recieved of Kid's Spry Tooth Gel with Xylitol.  Isla June and I are no longer battling multiple times a day in order to get her teeth brushed. She loves both the flavors and actually asks me to brush her teeth.  It's a miracle if you ask me! This toothpaste will now be a regular part of our toothbrushing routine. And I love that it's floride free.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it
directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions
do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


  1. Is the toothpaste avail in stores? Why are you opposed to fluoride? Thanks for sharing, as always!!

    1. Hi Amy! After some googling, I found this toothpaste on and our local healthfood store carries it as well (check and see maybe your's does too!)
      As far as fluoride goes, after doing a lot of research on the topic, I discovered that it's essentially a toxin that we are using to prevent something (tooth decay) that a healthy diet can fix. Flouride has been linked to all sorts of terrible things like Cancer, alzheimer's and ADHD. If effects the bones, the brain, the thyroid and the immune system. We're choosing to avoid it at home and refusing flouride treatments at the dentist office for that reason.
      We take preventative measure instead. More info here

      Thanks, as always for reading along! I always appreciate your questions and opinions!


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