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Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

Potty Training should be a fun and exciting experience for both you and your child. Remember, your child should feel in control of the process, not you. Take a slow, casual, matter-of-fact approach, and make it fun.


Potty Training Tips For Toddlers

Potty training is a major step toward independence for your toddler. But as important and rewarding as it is, it can also be frustrating for parents. Sometimes it's hard to determine just when you should start, some children are resistant to it, and setbacks may happen along the way. For these reasons, many parents have lots of questions about the subject.

The more you know going into potty training, the better off you'll be. Here are a few pointers:

The average age for potty training is 2 to 3 years, but it's important to make sure that your child is physically, cognitively, and emotionally ready before you begin. Signs include awareness on your child's part that she is about to urinate or have a bowel movement, a desire to be changed quickly when wet, and curiosity about parents and others using the toilet.

Some parents begin using the elimination communication method when their children are six months old or younger. This involves learning the signs that your child is about to go and taking her to the toilet before she uses her diaper. This often makes potty training easier when they are ready for it, but it does require a certain amount of time and attention.

* If your child is resistant to potty training, figuring out the reason behind it is the key to breaking through. Sometimes it is a power struggle, in which case it may help to reduce the pressure and find ways to encourage your child to use the potty while letting her think it is her idea. Other possible problems include changes such as the birth of a sibling or divorce, fear of the toilet, and medical problems.

* If you are getting nowhere with potty training, it's possible that your child isn't emotionally ready. If she shows no interest in using the potty whatsoever, consider postponing training for a few weeks or months, then trying again.

* Rewards are often helpful for children who are reluctant to use the potty. Sticker charts are a common tactic, but you could also use things such as small toys, special trips, and extra bedtime stories as incentives.

* Some parents claim that using cloth diapers makes potty training go faster. Cloth diapers allow toddlers to feel moisture and discomfort when they have a wet or dirty diaper, giving them a natural incentive to start using the potty.

* Try not to make a big deal out of accidents or setbacks. Keeping a positive outlook will give your child the confidence she needs to succeed. If an accident happens, letting her know that you have faith that she will do better next time will do more to encourage her than scolding.

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