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How to Successfully Toilet Train Your Toddler

Apr 15, 2008
Potty training or toilet training a toddler poses a challenge to parents. In some situations it the process is smooth and in others it turns into a battle of wills.

The key to successful potty training is that both the child and the parent need to be ready to give it a go. Often a child will show readiness but the parents are not prepared to deal with the unpleasantness that comes along with the training period. The potty training period is never convenient and always involves some degree of mess.

But the good news is that with a consistent approach - training can happen quickly and then families can return to their normal routine.

Before beginning the toilet training process you must make sure that your child shows some interest in the potty. He or she will give you some cues like sitting on the potty and talking about using the potty. They may even have a few "successes". A parent can encourage these successes by seating the child on the potty in the morning, before bath, and at any other opportune time.

Once both parent and child are ready to embark on toilet training, a parent must be steadfast in their decision. Potty training doesn't happen overnight, a week or two is a reasonable expectation. Given this timeframe, the first few days can be difficult - with several "accidents" occurring. This is ok and parents should remain positive and supportive of their children. If you stop the process early on your toddler will experience confusion.

Diapers and diaper-type toddler underwear are a no-no! Resist the temptation to switch back and forth between regular underwear and diapers. If a child knows that they have a choice they will choose the easier road. Only use diapers at naptime and bedtime. The rest of the day is regular underpants. Try to clear your schedule for a week so you can stay home or have your child stay home with a patient caregiver during this time. This will make it easier on both you and the child. Sometimes you just can't stay home, so try to make your trips short and make use of the plastic type of training underwear that go over the cloth underpants. Also take a potty along in the car for convenience.

Patience is important. Be patient and supportive of your child. This is a big milestone for him or her. And lots of positive encouragement will pay off.

Sometimes a child really isn't ready - but don't abandon the process immediately. Give it at least one to two weeks of consistent process and carefully evaluate your decision. "Accidents" will occur more frequently during the first week and then miraculously taper off.

Although your child may train quickly for daytime - it may take much longer for success during the night.

Keep your child's emotional well-being in mind at all times. Frustration and stress on your part will hamper the toilet training process. Always show love and understanding to your toddler as take this big step in life.
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