Productive and Positive Potty Training

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Your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. That’s great! But now where do you start?

Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the big kids. Tell him how the potty works and let him try flushing himself. Explain that they will be wearing underwear and not diapers. Find some educational and entertaining videos of their favorite characters learning to go potty. Be sure to involve other family members in the process and emphasize the importance of consistency during this process.

Make a special trip to the store and purchase new underwear with your toddler. Let them have a voice in what you get. The underwear will have much more significance if your toddler helped choose them.

Overalls, pants with lots of buttons, snaps or zips, tight or restrictive clothing and oversized shirts will all be an obstacle to your child during this process. Put these kinds of clothes away for the time being.

Decide whether or not you’re going to use pull-ups, training pants or regular underwear and try to stick with this decision so your child has consistency and isn’t confused. Think about whether or not you want to use rewards or not. Figure out a strategy on how to handle potty issues when you’re away from home.

If your child is in child care, ask your provider for their advice and make sure there aren’t any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue. Let them know that you’re going to start and enlist their help with the process.
Praise your child for each successful trip to the potty, and comfort them when accidents happen and try to remain patient and calm when they do. Avoid using candy or other treats as reinforcement. Let them know that it will take a while to get the hang of using the potty, and encourage and praise each attempt they make. With consistency, encouragement and praise, they’ll soon be completely trained.

Suggested Resources for You

Follow this link for Potty Training Articles from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Toilet Training in Less Than a DayToilet Training in Less Than a Day  From two noted learning specialists, here is the amazing, scientifically proved Azrin-Foxx method that teaches potty training quickly—in less than four hours for the average child.  The classic guide used by millions of parents!  Make potty training a total success—in only a few hours!  After that rewarding learning period, he or she will willingly use the toilet without assistance or a reminder!

Also inside is a wealth of information on related topics, including:

  • Unexpected benefits—your child’s newfound pride and independence can increase eagerness to feed and dress him- or herself, and improve responsiveness to parental instruction
  • Pre-training techniques every parent should know
  • Bed-wetting problems—and how this method can help end them
  • Happy children, happy parents—how mastering potty training benefits the whole family, increasing parents’ personal time and deepening the parent-child connection.

With more than 2 million copies sold, Toilet Training in Less Than a Day is the one guide you’ll need to make this significant transition a rewarding and pleasurable experience—for both you and your toddler!

The Happiest Toddler on the BlockThe Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old  Perfect for expecting parents who want to prepare themselves for the challenging toddler years (which starts around eight months of age), this essential guide, a national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, not only helps reduce tantrums but makes happy kids even happier by boosting patience, cooperation, and self-confidence.

This streamlined revision of the breakthrough bestseller by renowned child-development expert Dr. Harvey Karp will do even more to help busy parents survive the “terrible twos” and beyond….

In one of the most revolutionary advances in parenting of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp revealed that toddlers often act like uncivilized little cavemen, with a primitive way of thinking and communicating that is all their own. In this revised edition of his parenting classic, Dr. Karp has made his innovative approach easier to learn—and put into action—than ever before.

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  • Trisha Roberts

    Excellent suggestions! I would also add that when your child is showing all the readiness signs and you have determined that it is time to start, don’t give up!! I know families that will start “Potty Training” and then get discouraged after a week and put their child back in diapers. They start again a while later, give it a few days and then stop. Or they start training and then need to go on a trip and “suspend” training for a few days or a week. This is extremely confusing to children! Pick a time when you know that you can concentrate on potty training for several weeks without interruptions and STICK WITH IT! It takes time; with some kids it takes more time! But parents need to be consistent along with any additional care providers–everyone needs to be on the same page and working together. Make sure that if a child visits an estranged/divorced parent or grandparent, that they are prepared to continue the routine that you have established!! Trisha at http://www.proeducationaltoys.com

  • Anusmita Dutta

    Wonderful pointers indeed! Potty training is indeed a big milestone for toddlers. I never knew one should choose a certain type of clothing during the period. The tips are great and I am glad I read it.
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