If you’ve determined that your child is ready for potty
training, it’s time to take the plunge. It’s not easy, but don’t despair,
your child will master potty training some time before kindergarten. It’s
important to make sure you’re ready, too, because potty training requires
a lot of commitment on the part of the Mom.
First, you need to make potty training a project. If your
child is really ready, and you make the commitment to focus on it, many
children can be trained in about a week. But, you’ve got to stay on top
of it to make it go quickly. Here are some tips to help you out.
Use the timer
Tell your child that when the bell rings, it’s time to
race to the potty. Then set the timer for 20 minutes. When the timer goes
off, race to the potty with the child and see if she can go. If not, set
the timer for another 20 minutes and try again. As you determine the right
interval, you can wait longer between alarms, but 20 minute intervals is
a good place to start. Not only does this make a game for you and your
toddler, it ensures that you won’t forget to ask if she needs to potty.
Success breeds success here. If she can go for a long time without wetting
her diaper, it will encourage her to remember. But, at first, you’ve got
Offer some sort of reward every time your child goes in
the potty. Double it if she tells you she needs to go and then actually
goes. Every success should be wildly celebrated. We do our happy dance,
sing our song and get stickers, each and every time.
Let the little one go naked
This tactic works best for those without carpet. Your
child will really get the picture about how potty training works if he
has an accident while wearing nothing on his bottom. It can be messy, but
you’ll probably find that it really speeds up the process. It seems to
work especially well with girls, as they really don’t like the feeling
The most important aspect of potty training is diligence.
There are lots of tools that can help you, like books and dolls with their
own potty. But the number one factor in succeeding quickly is simply making
potty training a priority, so get prepared. Plan ahead of time to make
this week “potty training week” and then stick to the plan. Stay home as
much as possible to make training easier. Before you know it, you’ll be
kissing those diapers goodbye!
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys
and one girl. She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world,
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