By Jodie Lynn
LET'S GET REAL: Potty Training Tips
Identifying if your child is ready for potty training is easy; it's the actual process that is driving parents over the edge. Here are a few "tried and true" tips.
Your child might be ready if:
They know the difference between a wet and dry diaper.
The sensation involved in getting a wet or messy diaper.
Interested in the big potty.
Interested in sitting on the big potty.
Can stay dry during naptime or other two to three hour periods.
Have a bowel movement on a regular schedule.
Can pull down own pants.
Can tell you about the need to go to the potty.
Set out portable potty by the age of two and a half to three.
Do not expect them to use it right away.
Let them get used to seeing it in the bathroom.
Keep in mind that boys are usually a little slower.
Potty training can take up to two to three weeks or longer (especially for bowel movements).
If the child is in any type of outside activity or childcare, ask the teacher or provider to help you to potty train using the same methods.
Use stickers, colorful big boy and big girl training pants, books, music and praise as rewards.
If you are traveling, take the potty with you.
If your child refuses to use the potty, back off as this will create a power struggle and unfortunately the toddler will not only win - but often times will also regress in training.
Patience and positive encouragement is the key.
If all else fails let someone else try to do the training. A new person with a new perspective just might be what is needed for a successful endeavor.
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