Potty Chair

Invest in a child-sized potty chair or a special adapter seat that attaches to your regular toilet.

This eases the anxiety some children feel about the grown-up toilet – some fear falling into it, others dislike the loud noise of the flush.

From: babycenter.com.

Potty tip

Some parents have found letting tot run around naked reminds them that they have to use potty, leading to fewer accidents source

Potty Training

When potty training only keep your toddler seated for a few minutes at a time, be prepared to delay training if he shows resistance.
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The down side of potty training

If your toddler becomes resistant to potty training, she may refuse to sit on the potty or even have a bowel movement in the bathroom.

From: Epigee Women’s Health

How to judge being ready for potty training

Your toddler’s ability to be ready to potty train is based on his overall development.

For example, your toddler will have mastered gross motor skills (sitting, walking), fine motor skills (holding a spoon) before being ready for potty training.

From: Epigee Women’s Health

The time to start potty training

Do not start potty training at a stressful time; for example, during a move or when a baby is on the way or if you have just given birth.

From: Epigee Women’s Health

How to handle accidents while potty training

When potty training, if they have a little accident you must not let your child see you are angry or disappointed. Just tell them they’ll do better next time.

From: ezinearticles.com

Training time

If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.

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Early potty training

If you start potty training too early, it might take longer to train your child.

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Putting training in it’s proper place

Don’t equate toilet-training with good mothering. The idea that the earlier baby is eating three squares a day, weaned, toilet trained, and independent, the "better" the mother is nonsense.

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Potty training games

Turn potty training into a game! Put five Cheerios in the potty and tell boys to aim when peeing.

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Potty-training readiness

Potty-training success hinges on physical and emotional readiness, not a specific age.

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“Holding on” during potty training

If your child tells you before he does a wee or poo, thank him for telling you and take him to the toilet or potty straight away. Toddlers cannot ‘hold on’ for more than a few seconds.

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The partnership of toilet-training

Toilet-training is a partnership, with proper roles assigned to each person. You can lead a baby to the bathroom, but you can’t make him go.

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Potty training and accidents

Don’t reprimand or punish in events of "accidents". It will take them some time to master this whole toilet-training business.

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M&M bribes

Use Mini M&Ms ad bribes – Promise that each time your kid goes potty, she gets two or three, but if she wipes herself then she gets four or five.

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Bringing swim diaper backup

Even if your wee one is potty trained, if you’re going somewhere warm and wonderful, be sure to bring a washable swim diaper. Nobody wants pee pee in the pool.

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Averages for potty training

In the 1940s, the average age for potty training was 18 months. Averages today, according to a 2001 study, show baby boys in the United States give up diapers at 39 months and girls at 35 months.

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Potty Training in the media

Despite all the articles on toilet training in the popular media, very few scientific studies have addressed the issue of how best to potty train a child.

"Most of what parents read in the lay literature — whether it’s about the right age to potty train or the right approach to use — isn’t backed up by scientific evidence."

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Reinforce Toilet Training before school

Depending on the program, some preschools require three-year-olds to be potty trained by the first day of school, some don’t. Check with your school and then move ahead with your plan.

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