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5 Tips for Toilet Training Success

by Noriko Rothberg, CPNP

As a pediatric nurse practitioner and mom, I’ve seen it all when it comes to potty training. At the time, it may seem more like a battle, but I’m here to tell you that I and countless others have been through the toilet training trenches and lived to tell about it. As a matter of fact, my youngest daughter, Mika, is working on potty training right now. Here are a few tips that may help you survive the battle, and come out victorious!

#1 When to Start Training
Children tend to be ready for toilet training around 18 to 24 months, though some kids are closer to 36 months before they begin. There are several cues to watch out for to know if your child is ready for training. If your child’s diaper is dry for more than two hours at a time and/or dry after naps, they may be ready. Some children may simply verbalize their desire to use the toilet. It’s important to act on these signs, but don’t be surprised if you have some false starts. Often kids and parents think the time for training has arrived but quickly learn that it’s too early. You also don’t want to embark upon training if your family is going through any major changes like a new baby, a big move or change in childcare providers.

#2 Getting the Gear
You’ll need to choose a potty chair for your child. You can also use an insert to fit over the adult toilet seat. Make sure your child’s feet can touch the ground or a stool when sitting. Having a small portable potty is nice so you can put it in the room where you spend the most time. It’s a good idea to keep toys and books near the potty. There will definitely be a lot of waiting involved, so you’ll want to keep kids occupied!

#3 Creating a Routine
As with most aspects of raising children, routine is your friend! Make sure you build potty breaks into your child’s day. Of course, you’ll need to be flexible, since there is no way to control when your child will need the bathroom; however, frequent and consistent reminders and visits to the potty can lead to more successful training.

#4 Be Positive!
Perhaps the most important key to successful potty training is to reward your child positively. Praise your child when he/she tells you it’s time to visit the toilet, even if it’s a false alarm! Never punish your child if they have an accident or don’t actually have to go.

#5 Relapse? Don’t Panic!
So just when you think you’re in the clear, you’re not. Don’t worry. Potty training is a process that can take anywhere from several days to several months. If you feel like your child is not making progress, take a break from it and start over when your child starts to show more signs of readiness (see Tip #1). So, take any accidents in stride and remember Tip #4 – be positive!

If at anytime during the toilet training process, you are concerned about your child’s progress or have any questions, please contact us! This is a major stage in your child’s development, and we’re here to help you through it. Good luck, stay strong, and try to enjoy the process!

Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
 
Posted: 11/29/2014 9:57:12 PM by | with 0 comments
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