When I was potty training my two young boys, I discovered this method
of potty training that made it an enjoyable, yet very effective way to
potty train toddlers.
First, make sure your child is ready for potty training, shows interest,
wants "big kids pants" etc. If they show no signs of readiness, it may
be best to let them mature a bit more.
Make this a game, make it fun and you will not run into stubborn opposition
(after all it is the child's body). Go out and buy or find around the house
items you don't normally let your child play with. Some examples might
be toys that can be used in water (3 or 4 things), like little plastic
pitchers, balls, tiny cups, whatever, but make them SPECIAL. The only real
rule to this game is these special "potty" toys can only be played with
while the child is sitting on the potty! This is very important; no breaking
this one rule, or it won't work.
Once the child is sitting on the potty fill a large bowl or small bucket
with lukewarm or tepid water, place the new "potty" toys in the bowl and
set the bowl of water in front of the child. On the floor if the potty
seat is low, or if it's a potty seat that sits on top of the regular toilet,
set the bowl of water on a TV tray or something that provides a step, in
front of the child. When the child places his/her hands in the lukewarm
water to play with the toys, if the child needs to physically go, they
nearly instantly go potty (it's almost an instinctive type of physical
reaction), then cheer, cheer, cheer! Give lots of praise, and if you wish
to give some type of a treat, go ahead.
Let them play as long as they want, as long as they sit on the potty.
When they are done playing, put the toys away for next time. This is really
great because it makes it fun for them so they cooperate, it totally ends
all power struggles, and also no more waiting and waiting for them to go
only to have them go potty as soon as the diaper goes back on. They also
feel good because they have immediate success. Potty training no. 2 was
more difficult I found, that just came with some time and patience and
them learning in their own space and way, relax, it will happen.
Do you want to know how I get this idea? It's kind of a funny thing,
my husband used to be in the military and when he was young in boot camp
they used to always play jokes on each other in the night by dipping the
hand of someone who was sleeping, into a pan of lukewarm water, thus making
the person wet the bed. It just seemed like a natural progression to use
this trick for good use in the potty training area and it worked great!
About The Author
By Valerie Garner, mom and proud grandma, and owner of Joyful Designs
in Soy (Candles) at: http://www.joyfuldesignsinsoy.com.