Still Stuck

Still no poop. We decided to go with another prune juice bolus. We’re desperate.

So is Parker.


It’s been a bit of a tense day here.

If we don’t have a blow out, and soon, we’ll be taking another trip back up to see Parker’s surgeon.

Have you heard of the CPSIA law that passed last year?

“In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public’s trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.

The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.”

This law will put hundreds of small toy makers, clothing makers, etc. out of business.


I was broken hearted today to read that Parker’s Holztiger wooden toys will no longer be supplying US stores due to this law.


They simply won’t be able to bear the cost of the new testing. And their EN71 certify certification won’t hold up to the new law.


We use these wooden animals each and every day. From imaginative play, to learning colors, to signing, to a host of other things, Holtztiger simply rocks Parker’s boat.

A lot of families are stocking up. But that simply isn’t in the cards for us. Instead, I’ve been researching and adding my voice to the thousands of others who are trying to save handmade.


It’s giving us something to do while we are waiting for the poop to come.

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Oh, that last picture is breaking my heart. Poop, Parker, Poop! Prayers and hugs.

  2. Oh Parker! You poor baby. Constipation is so miserable :( My little Gibson is going through that right now too. I think it is time to get some prune juice. I hope Parky can get som relief soon!

    I am so upset to hear this about the Holtziger animals!!! It seems they take away all the good things! Parker looks so cute with the giraffe :)

    The last picture breaks my heart too :(

    I am praying and sending lots of love!

  3. Steph says:

    Oh the “NO POOP” nightmare…I can’t tell you how many years I’ve aged from worry and stress over no poop! Now with over 2 years under my belt after the colostomy take down I’ve let that go because I feel I’ve got a handle on it now. It sure sucks in the beginning though. I feel for you. Have you been given the “OK” to try a Babylax mini enema (a small amount of glycerin)? In the beginning I bought those by the boxes for Joey. Good Luck! And Parker…try to give your mama a BIG HUGE up-the-backer today! I promise..she won’t mind! :)

  4. Trying to save handmade toys is a very worthy way to spend the waiting time. Thank you for sharing the cause.

    Praying for Parker & Tammy

  5. I will be praying for POOP!!!

  6. Poor Parker! Hmmmmmm, I know you have tried this, vegetables always make me poop. Lettuce always cleans me out real good too. :)

  7. Chris says:

    I second the Babylax, if it’s OK w/ your MD. A certain DD of mine used them nearly daily before Miralax. There’s something called Malt Supex that is really good and safe too- but hard to find. Maybe you have it locally??

  8. Lots of prayers for Parker. I am with everyone on the babylax we used them for years. Junior uses a daily dose of Mirilax and that has been a huge help.

  9. Poor Parker. Lots of thoughts and well wishes for some poop.

    Thanks for those links. I just passed them on to several friends of mine who are also very upset about what this law is doing to so many companies.

  10. I am praying that the prune juice does what it is supposed to do!

  11. I know you’ve probably been offered just about everything. With Esther-Faith we use enemas and OTC laxatives (dissolvable pedia-lax strips).

  12. hi sorry to hear Parker is backed up. We used to use brown sugar in my lil ones formula & it worked well, also flat ginger ale works nicely, both suggestions from our Dr. poop soon Parker!

  13. Isn’t it funny what we moms spend our day worrying about? I, too, have spent days wondering when the poop will come.

    This new law scares me. With the new testing prices, it seems to me that the toys will be made cheaper – therefore more dangerous to the kids.

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