Potty Training Tools

August 22, 2008

Here are a few tips and potty training tools that will make going to the potty more fun for your child.

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You will also have to start to develop your plan for the training process. There are several different opinions of how to potty train. However, it is important that you choose your method to make sure that it is the method that is most effective for you, your child and your family. There is the potty train in less than a day method that Dr. Phil offers. This can work well but it is very intense and can be overwhelming for parents who are young or for those who do not have the right patience. You have to think of your personality as well as your child’s, and then choose your method. Here are some great tips to making potty training your child much more fun and exciting:

1. Blue & Yellow Make Green method: if you put a few drops of blue food coloring in the toilet water and show your child that the color will turn green when he or she pees in the potty. This method works on many children and can be used with others.

2. Toilet Target Practice: with this method you get to buy or make toilet targets to teach your child to aim. Many parents use cheerios cereal.

3. Musical Potty Chair: Musical potty chairs, such as the Tinkle Toonz, play a song tune when your child uses the potty which can be a blast.

4. Potty Training Doll: these are anatomically correct drink & wet dolls, such as the Aquini dolls, which can be used to help make toilet training fun and easy by demonstration. This method is recommended by Dr. Phil if this is of any interest to you.

5. Potty Training Watch: you can easily make potty time reminders fun and exciting when you use the VibraLite toilet training watch. The VibraLite watch, which comes in two different colors, can be set to vibrate every 30 minutes as a very entertaining way to remind your child that it’s potty time!

6. Books, Videos, & DVDs: you can find things like toilet training bedtime stories, videos and DVDs which are a fun and educational way to introduce toilet training to your child.

7. Charts & Stickers: this toilet training method with charts and stickers are great motivational tools that many children love. You can start this method by giving stickers for sitting on the potty and every other step he does correctly. After a while, give stickers only when your child uses the potty. Finally, you can slow it down by giving a small toy as a reward for 3 accident free days.

8. Toilet Training Pants: toilet training pants and liners come in many different and fantastic colors. You have to let your child choose the color of training pants or underwear to wear if you want him to be behind this method.

9. Phone Call From their favorite Superhero: you can choose to offer a reward to your child for using the potty with a phone call from his or her favorite superhero or idol. You can get your friends or neighbors to play the part.

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Additional Resources:

How to Potty Train Your Child in Five Hours
Discover the steps and secrets to having your own child potty trained in five hours or less.

Potty Secrets
Potty training is now effortless and an enjoyable experience as you watch your baby gain a sense of independence and throw away his costly (and messy) diapers – forever!

Supernanny Secrets
Super Parenting Strategies, based on the Supernanny.

Potty Training Guide

August 22, 2008

Potty training is an exciting process for parents and children. You will
find some great tips on how to make a smooth transition from diapers
to the potty.

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Toilet training (herein referred to as “potty training”) is an exciting time for parents and children, as the child takes the next step to becoming a “big” girl or boy. While parents usually start this adventure filled with the anticipation of being able to cross “diapers” off the shopping list, their toddlers can make them wonder if this will ever happen.

Successful potty training requires a positive attitude and tons of patience on the parent’s part. More importantly, it requires cooperation and readiness on the part of the trainee. Attempting to train a child who is not physically or emotionally mature will not only be unproductive, it will cause unnecessary stress for both parent and toddler.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that between 18 and 24 months, children often begin to show signs of being ready to begin training. Some children may not be ready until 30 months or older. Since children under the age of 18 months have little to no control over their bladder or bowel movements, beginning before this time is not useful.

Some of the signs that indicate a child is ready to be trained are:

* Your child shows interest in using the toilet.
* Your child makes a face, changes her posture or tells you when she is about to urinate or have a bowel movement.
* Your child wants to be changed soon after soiling his diaper.
* Your child can speak well enough to communicate when she needs to use the potty.

How to Start

Once you feel your child is ready to begin potty training, the first step is to purchase a potty chair. A potty chair is smaller than the toilet and helps the child to feel more secure.

Have your child sit on the potty during times she is most likely to urinate or have a bowel movement, such as in the morning, before and after naps or after mealtimes. Reading a book, talking or singing songs will encourage your child to sit on the chair longer. Avoid trying to force your child to sit for long periods of time or against her will.

Don’t be surprised if, after sitting on the potty without result, your child stands up and begins to urinate. This is often perceived as stubbornness. The fact is, your child may not have mastered the skill of relaxing his bladder muscles. If this happens frequently, it may be a sign that he is not yet ready.

Training Pants

When your child begins to successfully use the potty, you may want to consider purchasing training pants for daytime use. Disposable training pants are convenient for outings, but cotton training pants will allow your child to be more aware of when they are urinating, encouraging them to use the potty instead. Plastic diaper covers will help protect your home from accidents.

Nighttime

Some children simultaneously learn to stay dry during the day and at night. For others, it can take several months, even a few years. Allowing your child to wear a diaper at night until she begins to consistently wake up dry will prevent feelings of shame and failure.

Regression

A new baby, changes in routine, family crisis or putting too much pressure on your child, can cause him to regress in the potty department. Avoid making your child feel bad during this time and encourage him to keep trying.

Relax

Every child’s body is different. Some catch on quickly, while others take much longer to recognize the signals their body is sending them. Lavish praise on your child when she is successful and reassurance when she has an accident.

Avoid comparing your child’s potty training progress to that of an another child’s. Mastering the use of the toilet is not an indication of a child’s intelligence. It is dependent on their physical, physiological and emotional maturity. Have patience and eventually, your child will be a “big” boy or girl.

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Additional Resources:

The Potty Trainer
I can highly recommend the Potty Trainer Ebook. Johanne Cesar has done such a great job in putting a tremendous amount of hands on potty training information and advice in this ebook. You will get a step by step guide to potty training your child.

Karen Bianchi is a freelance writer and the editor of AwesomeMomsNetwork. She is also the mother of 4 potty-trained kids. You can contact her at kbianchi@AwesomeMomsNetwork.com

Potty Training At Night

August 22, 2008

After your child has mastered the potty during the day time, it is time to move on to potty training at night.

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Once your child has the daytime potty training routine down, it’s time to start working towards staying dry during the night. This is a process that can happen quickly for some children and more slowly for others. Don’t worry and don’t push them if it is hard at first because that is a common problem. Chances are that everyone in the family has been working hard at potty training with your child, so it may be a good idea to take a break at night.

At first, it helps for you to put your child in a diaper or pull-up for the night-time so that there will not be any wet sheets in the morning. You will have to be sure to encourage them that they are doing great staying dry during the day and that you are so proud of them and not to mention that they should not be self conscious of wearing them. You will want to reassure them that it’s okay to wear a diaper or pull-up at night. If your child is having difficulty staying dry at night you can try to follow these tips:

* Limit the amount of fluid intake that your child has after 6:00 p.m.
* Have them go potty just before going to bed at night.
* Wake them up when you go to bed and have them go potty again. Your child might be very tired but you can help them into the bathroom anyway. Sometimes, just a few weeks of doing this will be the thing that gets your child on the road to success, and they’ll start getting through the whole night dry.

Sometimes if your potty-training child is having nightmares, it can be a sign that they need to go potty. One of our children, who had been having a hard time staying dry through the night dry, came walking in, crying about the big fish that was after him. My husband said “Go to the bathroom and then come back and talk with us.” He did and then just went back to bed. The bad dream was gone because he had taken care of the problem. We had a good laugh in the morning.

For some children, night-time training may take months, and in some cases even years to master. Sometimes children can be 8-10 years old and still be having the same problems but they didn’t condemn him for it, rather they chose to love him through it, and the problem resolved itself. The key to helping your child to potty train is standing with your child through the training process. You do not want to make your child feel bad if he wets the bed. When you walk through the steps and just keep moving ahead. Have him help you change the bed, carry the linen to the laundry room and put it in the washer.

This is a great way for you to let your child know what it is like to do the laundry, Also have him help you put new sheets on so he learns how to make the bed. You may need to use some protection for your mattresses for a while like plastic covers or rubber mats. Eventually, he will get the hang of it. You should not hesitate to consult your child’s doctor for advice and support if you think there may be a physical problem that is the cause. Otherwise, the best method of helping to ease nighttime training is to be positive.

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Additional Resources:

The Potty Trainer
I can highly recommend the Potty Trainer Ebook. Johanne Cesar has done such a great job in putting a tremendous amount of hands on potty training information and advice in this ebook. You will get a step by step guide to potty training your child.

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