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Monday, April 24, 2006

Let's Use The Potty-Potty Training

Since potty training is often a big topic in our home and many homes with toddlers. I thought this was a good article to get some advice and share with others going through this experience:

Potty training is a major milestone for a toddler. We had
bought a book called "Once Upon a Potty" for his first birthday
and he enjoyed reading about Joshua using the potty. My mother
bought him a DVD called "I Gotta Go!" which he enjoyed watching
and singing along. My mother bought my son a potty when he was
around 1.5 years old and I started sitting him on it from time
to time.

But none of those things got him to use the potty everytime.
The trick with him was M & Ms. I had talked to another mom at
Kindermusik about how she got her son to go to the potty (he
was a year younger than my son). She said she started giving
him M & Ms everytime he went to the potty. When we got home, I
started using her suggestion. You know what, my son started
using the potty everytime the same day. Amazing! Within a
couple of weeks, I stopped using the M & Ms and he kept using
the potty.

Every child is different and they are all ready when they're
ready. Here is a small list of some of the signs they are
ready:

1. 1. Able to understand and follow simple directions.
2. 2. Has bowel movements at regular times every day.
3. 3. Able to remain dry for about two hours at a time.
4. 4. Has a name for urine and bowel movement.

Most articles I read said that most toddlers are ready between
18 and 24 months, but it is not uncommon for some children to
still be in diapers until they are 3 years old. And really,
they don't have to be in diapers. There are training underwear
available for toddlers that are more like underwear, but have
diaper protection. That's what we used with our son until he
would tell us everytime he had to go potty.

Of course, he is no longer using his potty; he has graduated to
the big potty with a potty seat. He feels like such a big kid
using the big potty and no longer wears training underwear at
night. He wakes himself up to go potty. He is always proud of
himself when he doesn't have any accidents at night.

Potty training is not easy, and it takes alot of patience and
understanding from us parents to help our little ones reach
this milestone. Just take it slow and you'll find the magic
trick to help your toddler too.


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