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Huggies (R) Pull-Ups (R), the potty training experts, are here to help parents through this often challenging stage in their child’s development by bringing them top tips and advice from expert Emma Kenny.
Child psychologist Emma says: ‘Start as you mean to go on, offering your little one encouragement throughout the process.’
How do parents know when their little one is ready to start potty training?
Children will be able to communicate verbally or sign when they need the toilet. They are likely to be able to stay dry for hours at a time, and will show discomfort when they are wet. These are some clear indicators that children are ready to start potty training. For those children who appear disinterested, unable to notice when they are wet, or fear the idea, potty training should be left until they are more ready.
Visit the Huggies(R) Pull-Ups(R) potty training website where parents will find the 8 Signs of Readiness. If a child is demonstrating three or more of these signs then they are ready to embark on their potty training journey.
What tips can parents offer their child to give them a little encouragement?
Huggies(R) Pull-Ups(R) are a great way to show a child that they are growing up and making the transition to becoming a big boy or girl. The easy up and down nature enables little ones to become more independent through this important developmental stage, learning how to use the potty without the worry of accidents. And should there be any little accidents, Huggies(R) Pull-Ups(R) learning graphics that fade when wet can help little ones to understand the difference between wet and dry.
Children love words of encouragement as much as stickers and small treats. Remember to gently praise and notice achievements no matter how small. Positive reinforcement leads to greater self-esteem. Give kids well done stickers and remind them how wonderful they are.
The key for parents is to be patient, encouraging and above all, stick with it!
For further potty training advice and free downloadable potty training tools visit the Pull-Ups website.
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Dr. Heather Wittenberg is the producer of BabyShrink and a mom of four.
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read the full chat on potty training on our Facebook page.
Earlier this afternoon we held a Facebook chat with
Dr. Heather Wittenberg, Pull-Ups and some of our
readers. Dr. Heather is a licensed psychologist, producer of Baby Shrink, author of
“Let’s Get This Potty Started” and a mom of four. We’ve put
together the questions and answers here to hopefully help some of
our readers with their own potty training struggles.
Chicago Parent: Hi Dr. Heather!
Our first question is from Sarah Thorogood: My little one did
really well potty training, and was dry and clean within a week.
Now, about two months later (she is 2.5 years) she has had a few
accidents that I reacted calmly to and she was ok. Then she started
spotting in her pants with a tiny wee before saying she needed to
go and this has escalated to her now not telling me at all that she
needs to do and she often has wet pants and won’t tell me. What
should i do?!
Dr. Heather Wittenberg: Hi Sarah! Be sure to
mention this to her pediatrician, since urinary tract infections
are common complications of little girls this age. If she’s healthy
and ready to roll, watch her for signs of readiness – and be sure
not to put too much pressure on her for progress. Often, children
take a “one step forward, two steps back” track to potty success.
Don’t panic! Temporary backtracking is a normal, common part of
potty training. Let your daughter be in charge of the pace. Offer
her Pull-Ups, and tell her she can decide if she’s ready to use the
potty. Hang in there! Her own natural desire to be a Big Kid will
kick in soon.
Ready to start?
CP: Our second question comes from
Islandgirl Bella: My 23 month old tells me when she makes poopy and
won’t sit on her butt until she is changed but I don’t think she
knows how to say when she is wet. Is this the beginning stages of
getting ready? I bought a potty and keep it in the bathroom but she
only sits on it dressed. I would like to start but afraid to scare
her if she’s not ready.
Dr. Heather: Aloha, Islandgirl! It sounds like
your daughter is getting started on the potty-readiness path! Talk
to her about the signs you’re seeing. Say, “Sweetie, it looks like
you don’t like the feeling of that poopy on your bum. It feels
yucky, huh. When you’re ready, I can show you how to make it in the
potty so that it won’t get all on you like that.” Using a casual,
non-pressuring tone is the way to go because you’re right – too
much intensity from parents can turn off an otherwise potty-ready
toddler. Let her take the lead, but when you see a sign from her,
go ahead and offer her the next step!
Potty training twins
Nancy Kuzniar: I have B/G twins,
just turned 2. They are both showing signs of being ready to train,
taking diapers off when they go, sticking their hands in their
diapers to see what’s there, or just telling me to change them. I
was told to train the girl first, then the boy. Would this be the
way to go? I’m a little nervous training 2 at the same time.
Dr. Heather: Nancy, lots of
parents of multiples out there have the same questions. It’s great
they’re both interested in potty training at this relatively young
age! Don’t assume your daughter will be the first (or easiest) to
train — sometimes that’s the case, but often it’s not. Your best
best is to follow THEIR leads, and let them set the pace — even if
it’s different for each. Often, parents of multiples find that it’s
easier to train one at a time, but if they’re both ready — they’re
both ready! Expect starts and stops along the way and let them pick
whether to use the potty or Pull-Ups as they go. One more thing
about multiples: usually we recommend you DON’T use rewards like
stickers or candy for one (and not the other), since your toddlers
can’t yet understand why one might get something and not the other.
Your support along the way is enough reward!
Amy Ledding: Hi, I also have B/G
twins now 2 1/2 and the only way they will go on the potty is if I
have them naked! Otherwise they go in the diaper. I feel like I
have tried everything (treats, etc). Maybe they are not ready?!
Dr. Heather: Hi Amy! Have you tried just a
Pull-Up? If that’s still too much for them, naked potty training is
a time-tested success strategy! Clothing can be really frustrating
for a toddler to get on and off repeatedly. Give them time to try
every day without clothes when it makes sense at home. Eventually,
when they get the hang of it, you can try keeping on just a t-shirt
or other small item of clothing to get them used to using the potty
when they’re dressed. But it sounds to me like they’re well on
CP: Dr. Heather, how do you feel
about using rewards for potty training in general?
Dr. Heather: Rewards can help or
hinder the process, depending on your child. So what’s important is
deciding what kind of child you have and how they respond to
rewards. Will it be felt as pressure? Or will it be felt to be
adding an element of fun and celebration to this Big Kid moment?
Rewarding success with small and fun items can make this process a
lot of fun for everyone.
Dana Kidney Hall: Any tips for
parents that have kids with special needs?
Dr Heather: Hi Dana! Every child
has his or her own developmental path. Simply because “special
needs” have been found doesn’t mean potty training will (or won’t)
be a challenge. So observing your child and their own unique potty
readiness signals is always key. From there, you also want to
consult your child’s treatment team, including the pediatrician, to
incorporate special strategies for the potty training adventure.
Folks who work with special needs’ kids have GREAT strategies in
Jennifer Wohn Steinhagen: Hi Dr.
Heather! I have a 3-year-old who is pretty adamant against going on
the potty. We tried the 3 day at home, only underwear and it never
clicked (ie I had a puppy). We have a special treat bucket for when
she goes and that’s worked a few times but she’s just *so* against
it most of the time. Is it getting time for me to force the issue
or should I wait for more interest?
Dr. Heather: Hi Jennifer. I know
it’s tempting to start to push the process, but it truly is
counterproductive. Following your child’s readiness and signs of
interest is really the best way to go. Let her know that she is in
charge of her body. Perhaps give her a few weeks off from potty
training. Then let her own signs of interest emerge — this should
be a fun process for everyone. When it’s truly HER accomplishment,
she will really feel like a Big Kid!
Shavonne Gillette: I’ve tried
everything and my daughter who will be turning 3 in July doesn’t
want to potty train fully just urinate on the toilet but not unless
we sit her down. Should I be worried?
Dr. Heather: Hi Shavonne! It’s not
time to worry. As long as her doctor says she’s healthy, take your
time and let your daughter drive the process. Toddlers naturally
develop their own interest in using the potty — perhaps they want
to be just like their cousins, or they get a kick out of watching
the kitty use her litter box — or they just really want to be a
Big Kid! This process, like all of development, happens on it’s
own, with love and support from us parents. Watch your daughter for
her own signs of readiness, and have fun with it!
Being ready for school
CP: Dr. Heather, we know a lot of
families take their children to daycares, preschools or other
programs that won’t admit children unless they are already potty
trained. What advice do you have for parents that aren’t able to
Dr. Heather: Many preschools find
ways to work with potty-training kiddos. So you should do some
digging and ask around – what is the schools’ definition of “potty
trained”? If your child is mostly trained in the day, but has an
occasional “oopsie”, does that count? Check with the pre-school, as
using Pull-Ups may be an acceptable solution for little ones who
are still not quite potty-trained. All of these rules can vary on a
classroom-by classroom basis, so get out your detective hat and
make some inquiries. Don’t settle until you find one that’s a good
match for your family!
Thanks to Dr. Heather Wittenberg, Pull-Ups and all our readers
who participated in the chat. We learned a lot about potty training
and loved having a conversation about a topic that can be tough for
a lot of kids (and parents). You can read more potty training
advice from Dr. Heather on her website, Baby Shrink, or in her new book,
“Let’s Get This Party Started”.
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(RNN) – The woes of potty training are well known, but technology is helping kids who can’t master the toilet. It’s called the iPotty.
The child’s toilet training potty with a built-in iPad stand was first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The base of the iPotty looks like a traditional potty with a removable bowl, seat and a pee-guard.
But … wait for it … it also holds an iPad.
It was designed to help children learn to use the potty by keeping them entertained when nature calls.
The stand can be rotated between vertical and horizontal views and adjusted to three positions.
The iPotty is marketed for children from 6 months to 3 years. There’s also a removable screen guard cover to protect it from any “accidents.”
It can also convert to a child activity seat with the included seat cover so they can safely play apps, read and watch videos at any time.
“We’ve been delighted and overwhelmed at the response we’ve had; apparently we hit upon something that could be quite useful for many frustrated parents,” said Steve Stern, CTA Digital’s VP of sales, in a news release.
While Stern speaks highly of this techno-training potty, many user reviews on Amazon beg to differ.
“So I bought this potty trainer with every intention of teaching my toddler the joys of pottying while fully distracted by technological media,” K. W. McCade wrote.
“Everything was going just wonderfully until, in a fit of excitement and hand-waving over the wonderfully detailed graphics on my pads HD screen – my 2-year-old sprayed the walls, the floor, me – and my iPad!
“It was too late to return the iPad and unfortunately my insurance does not cover urination-by-toddler, but I am most DEFINITELY returning this pee magnet.”
Other buyers jokingly say it’s good for contingencies ranging from airplane travel to increased productivity.
Maker CTA Digital said the iPotty is compatible with the iPad 2 and the third or fourth generation iPad.
There are dozens of helpful potty training apps and interactive books already available in the app store that will work well in conjunction with the iPotty, according to CTA Digital.
This potty training seat is now for sale on Amazon for $39.99. Sadly, the iPad is sold separately.
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I’m wholeheartedly against anything that resembles toilet training.
For me there are no arguments in favour of it, only against.
I believe the attitudes that advocate “training” a child’s bowel and bladder function should be erased from child care and child development.
Toilet teaching tips
Do let your child develop at their own pace. There’s no way that you can speed up the process, you can only be there to help your child along.
Let your child decide whether or not to sit on the potty. You can suggest it but you should never force the issue.
Do treat your child’s faeces sensibly, and never show any disgust. They’re a natural part of your child and initially they’ll be very proud of them.
Don’t delay once your child has signalled they want the potty – control is only possible for a short time.
Praise your child and treat their control as an accomplishment.
Whenever you travel, make sure that you have a potty with you so that your child can go under any circumstances without having to wait.
Tell your child quite firmly and sympathetically that accidents will always be ignored and forgiven and they’re not to worry about them.
Some children acquire bowel and bladder control much later than others and in nearly all cases it’s wrong to blame the child.
Most doctors feel there’s no need to investigate before they turn three, and if they’re only wet at night they may feel that these investigations can be put off until they’re five.
My 3yo has been potty learning for a looong time. Too long. Several months of encouraging using the potty and trying to get him to “get it”. He has been in undies all day except naps and night for 2 months now. Yet he never initiates a potty trip, generally refuses to go when we ask him if he wants/needs to, and wets his pants often. He doesnt’ usually say he wet, I have to figure it out by behavior or wet clothes. I’m really frustrated with the lack of progress. He does sometimes agree to go and has a tiny wet spot, or says “am I wearing underwear?” which makes me think he knows when he needs to go. Yet he almost never wants to go and kicks and screams if I try to force it. Once there, he will sit and pee/poo til he’s done.
He usually lies if I ask him if he’s wet when he is. We have never punished accidents or shamed him or anything so I don’t know why.
He can go 4-5 hours without peeing on a good day, or sometimes has a couple of accidents in a 2 hour period. I have tried regular trips, but he screams and won’t sit on the potty.
We have tried tons of praise, rewarding successful trips with treats.. I don’t know what else to do. It’s too cold here in the winter to go naked.
Is it possible at 3 and 4 months old to NOT know when he needs to go? Does he jsut not care enough about being wet to bother going?
Any ideas to help him along? I’m stuck between risking accidents in the car/out/at friends, or using dipes which would be undoing progress.
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Functional constipation (encopresis) is an increasingly common condition that can cause children aged 2 to 12 years to soil their underwear and have full-blown poop accidents without any awareness that they have to use the toilet. There are approximately 4.5 m children in the US with this problem. The good news is that the warning signs of functional constipation can be recognized and dealt with before it becomes a source of pain and shame for children and their parents.
This is a first-of-its-kind book about childhood constipation. It is a how-to book for parents and a treatment guide for pediatric healthcare specialists. Occasional or mild constipation is very common in children. However, more than 20% of children who have occasional constipation go on to develop a more severe type of constipation known as functional constipation or encopresis.
Functional constipation occurs when children do not sense the need to defecate. Some of these children accidentally soil in their underwear, which causes them embarrassment. Functional constipation is not a disease but it does cause serious physical and emotional problems which can be prevented by knowing what to do when a child develops occasional constipation. Because functional constipation can persist for months or years, treatment can be stressful for everyone involved, including healthcare providers.
To treat functional constipation, parents and providers work together as a treatment team over an extended period of time to manage and resolve the problem. There are six steps required to effectively treat functional constipation:
1. Educate the family
2. Empty the rectum
3. End withholding
4. Shrink the rectum
5. Withdraw laxatives
6. Remain vigilant
Each step is explained in detail along with the tools needed for successful implementation, such as forms for data collection and instruction in the use of laxatives and incentives. There are many stories written by parents describing specific aspects of their child’s treatment.
The book is written in a practical fashion and uses cartoon-like illustrations to highlight key points. It emphasizes the very good news that with comprehensive care, functional constipation can be dramatically improved.
“A significant number (approximately one third to one half) of adults with functional gastrointestinal disorders report having abdominal pain and bowel problems as children. This book will be very useful to parents and children in learning strategies early in life that may reduce or prevent the long term impact of functional constipation in their adult years.”
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Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
University of Washington School of Nursing
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Hello mothering folk, here’s my situation DS is nearly 3 (his birthday is next week), and he has used cloth diapers and cloth training pants from the beginning. Even a couple of summers ago when we travelled to DC for 5 weeks and to Prague for 10 days, I hauled a bunch of cloth diapers and a wet bag along and spent far too much of my time in Prague tracking down laundrymats. That was the one time that I regretted cloth diapers and thought that if I were to do it again I would just use disposables for that time.
Well, here we go again. We will be travelling to the Caribbean for a month on a research trip (I’m a professor on sabbatical). DS is in the process of potty training, but there are still a lot of accidents. I don’t know that there will be laundrymats available, and I don’t want to spend my precious research time doing laundry, so I’m considering doing disposable training pants, but have several questions. 1. are there any brands that are less environmentally harmful and safer for my son? 2. Any estimates of how many I might need? I usually have him go potty in the morning, then get him into training pants and take him to preschool. He often comes home with a wet bag filled with one or two wet training pants (though sometimes not), and some times that’s it but then some times there are one or two more accidents before bed. Wow, now that I write that down it doesn’t sound so good, but really I think he’s doing pretty well.
anyway, my other concern is that I still put him in a diaper at night, but I’m not sure how to do that on our trip. I suppose I’ll bring some cloth diapers and some cloth training pants and a bunch of disposable training pants and wet bags galore, and somehow make it work.
To be totaly honest, I am losing patience with the potty training process this time. I welcome any ideas here — even “go back to diapers,” which would probably be a relief vs status quo.
Background: this post concerns DS3 and DS4, who are fraternal twins. DS1 (8.5) and DS2 (7) managed to be potty trained by 3 or so with minimal struggle (NO struggle with DS1). DS3 and DS4 are almost 3.5 yo (3y2m if you adjust for prematurity).
We are four weeks from EDD for baby #5, which is a factor for me (I *really* wanted them out of diapers before baby’s birth!!!!!!! And I am really, really exhausted with twin stinky toddler diapers 2-3x a day per kid) but I don’t THINK it is a factor for them (they don’t seem to associate potty training w new baby, at least not yet).
We started PT in earnest in mid-September. Tinkle came along reasonably quickly, maybe 4-6 weeks until 85-90% success on that. The hardest part was the fact that there were TWO of them wanting to go simultaneously — that was the majority of accidents at that phase.
Poop, however, is totally an epic failure. Like next to zero traction in six months with either kid. We are all about incentives — they like cholate covered berries, and get FIVE for poop in toilet, but it doesn’t seem to be effective in modifying behavior. At all.
DS3 just waits for a diaper or pull up at nap or bedtime. He has occasionally done it in the toilet, but less than ten times ever. He never soils his underwear, period. This is similar to DS2, and I keep hoping he will just “get it” one day, like DS2 did. Any ideas on speeding this along?
DS4 is a piece of work in MANY ways, but especially this way. I think maybe he is resistant to the sensation of pushing poop out of his body. He saves up and ends up w softball-sized torpedoes (that frequently clog the toilet when flipped from diaper to flush) but almost always in a diaper/pull-up overnight. However, I wouldn’t call him constipated, as he rarely goes more than 36 hours MAX between poops. More commonly, he poops 2-3x a day.
But the real kicker is that he does a “pre-poop” in his underwear 1-2x a day. More than a skid mark — actual poop is in there — but nowhere close to full volume. This is (a) stinky and (b) messy, and highly frustrating to me. He will do this regardless of how recently he has been on the toilet — sometimes immediately afterward!!! We always immediately put him on he yoilet to “finish,” but he rarely produces anything. Then we have a major, gross cleanup prcess that makes his poor booty red fom the dried-on residue…ick.
I think I could more easily go back to diapers full time than constant clothing cahnges, poopy underwear, and baths. Starting to lose it. However, two issues are (a) how to manage one twin in diapers/one in underwear; and (b) how to ever get to potty trained “for real” by August so he can go to preschool??
I know others will say “let it go, he’ll do it eventualy,” but they will be almost FOUR in August and we are a large, busy family…I need them to come along sooner rather than later, KWIM?
Anyone BTDT?? Ideas? Not sure if this post captures my desperation…
TIA for suggestions. Much appreciated.
Now that I’ve sufficiently amped myself up, there has been one last thing on my list of things to prepare for our big 4 day weekend of potty-training. Not that I expect our little guy to be fully graduated into undies without accidents in 4 short days. Alas we don’t have more than a 4 day opening wherein we can both give him our undivided attention. (Tag-team styles).
I wanted to make my own potty rewards sticker chart. A short gander around the internets gave me just what I was looking for, with lots of options to share. We’re printing and laminating our choice in the morning and Wyndham can help washi tape – I know, I’m hopeless – it up to the wall next to the toilet.
We might make another one (as in Wyndham and I) on bristol board that we can hang up in the hallway where he often sits on his potty. Like I’ve said before, this won’t be our first try with potty-training. So yes, he’s at least sitting on the potty right now.
Cute, easy and customizable. You can use whatever coloured materials you like, obviously.
Get the instructions via Prudent Baby
Simple enough that you can customize with choice of bristol board, craft paper and your child’s name.
Get the tutorial and free printable via DIY Inspired
I had no idea about this Potty Patty and Scotty business. Now, I know entirely too much.
Choose from a number of free printables via Potty Patty
Lots of choices to be found here, and all are free!
Check them out via Potty Scotty
For those with little boys who have a preference for all things Disney Cars.
Choose from a selection of Disney potty training charts via Potty Training Concepts
These simple charts lay it all out simply. 1 listing the days of the week with a box for #1′s and a box for #2′s. (Does anyone know why they were ever nicknamed as such?) The other one lists the different times of day your little one goes to the potty, if you think that sort of thing is necessary.
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Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) November 26, 2012
November 19, 2012. St. Louis, MO. Myself Belts, the only one-handed belt on the market, debuted a new potty training focus on its website this holiday season. Myself Belts was created when the owner’s son was potty training; without the bulk of a diaper, his pants wouldn’t stay up. Quickly discovering there weren’t any easy-to-fasten belts for young children, Talia Bahr Goldfarb and her sister Danielle Bahr Eason invented a belt closure young children could use easily. The new potty training focus was created to help customers maneuver this challenging time while offering helpful potty training tips and tools through the website, myselfbelts.com.
During the toddler years, young children love to be independent and do things “all by themselves”. Myself Belts tap into this need, by giving toddlers a chance to show off their independence. As her son was potty training, Talia stated, “he had just mastered this huge milestone of becoming potty trained and I wanted to reinforce this feeling of pride.” By inventing Myself Belts, Talia and her sister extended her son’s pride to thousands of children. The patented closure makes potty training easy and gives children a moment of mastery when they can fasten and unfasten their belt independently.
The Myself Belts line comes in a variety of likeable styles for toddlers. Best selling kids belt designs include Trucks, Bugs, Sports, Hearts, Flowers, and ABC’s. The fun and appealing designs were created so children would want to wear their new belts and would no longer have ‘droopy drawers’. Myself Belts has heard from many customers their potty training belt is a must have during the toddler and preschool years. Parents feel reassured their children won’t have accidents, since they can open and close their belt easily and on their own. Often, children wait to the last minute to use the bathroom until it’s too late; with the one-handed closure, opening the belt becomes a cinch for toddlers and young children.
The new Potty Training section on myselfbelts.com has information about both Potty Training Tips and Potty Training Tools. Tips about signs to look for in children regarding when they are ready to begin the potty training process are very informative. The Myself Belts team also has included their favorite products such as Kandoo wipes, rewards charts, and potty seats that complement their Potty Training Belt line. Potty training can be a very challenging time for families and Myself Belts has helped to make this transition easier for everyone.
Myself Belts sells their line of belts for toddlers, children and adults at http://www.myselfbelts.com, where they offer a variety of styles, colors, and sizes.