Monday, March 23, 2009

How to Potty Train a Child

How to Potty Train a Child

You will know when they are ready. I have a neice and nephew that were trained around 1 year, so if you have been putting it off, now is the time.

NEVER ANY NEGATIVITY - Never, no matter how gross the situation, you do not want to mix going to the potty with bad feelings, anger or disappointment.

TAKE OFF THE DIAPER - Your child needs to feel when they are wet or soiled. For many children, especially girls (I don't know why), once they feel wet clothes they never want to feel it again.

HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT - A potty chair is a must, you cannot expect them to climb up and hold on. Your child needs to be able to place their feet flat on the floor as they are going potty. As they get older, a padded seat that fits on top of the toilet and a step stool is a great transition from potty chair to regular toilet.

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE POTTY MULTIPLE TIMES - 9 times in a row is a good place to start. Take them to the potty, have them pull their pants down and sit. Have them pull their pants up, leave the bathroom and repeat.

DO NOT FLUSH THE TOILET WHILE YOUR CHILD IS SITTING ON IT, it scares them! REWARD - Have a favorite treat handy in the bathroom as a reward. Gradually phase out the reward as they become more consistent.

ACCIDENTS - If your child has an accident, go back to step 4. If they have soiled their pants, take it to the bathroom and have them flush it down.

Stick with it and you will be able to potty train your child in no time.

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