3 Potty Training Methods

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Want to know how to potty train a toddler? You’ll need patience…and a sense of humor. But first, pick a method that works for you both! There’s no single, guaranteed method for success in potty training. You’ve got to choose your strategy based on the kind of kid your child is, and the kind of parent you are, too. Here are six popular approaches to taming the toilet.

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1.     The Wait-and-Pee (or Poop)

the method:

Starting at around age 2, watch for signals that your child is ready, but don’t pressure him. Put a potty seat in the bathroom, for example, but don’t insist that he use it. Just be supportive and praise him when he does.

pros:

Less frustration and fewer accidents because (theoretically, at least) a child succeeds quickly once he’s ready.

cons:

More than likely, your child will be in diapers longer than with other methods (though he won’t be alone—40 percent of kids aren’t trained by age 3).

is it right for you?

This approach is especially good for a kid who’s accomplishment-oriented—“say, if he has a big brother he wants to be like,” explains Peter Stavinoha, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Children’s Medical Center, in Dallas, and the coauthor of Stress-Free Potty Training: A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child. And if you don’t mind diapers, what the heck.

 

2. The Potty Planner

the method:

Set aside some time—say, the month before preschool— and make a focused effort to promote potty use. Stay close to home and gently steer your toddler to the bathroom at predictable intervals (also ask if she needs to go, to help her recognize the sensations). At the end of the allotted time, your child will be at least partly trained. Some parents declare “booty camp,” where a day or even a week is structured entirely around potty use.

pros:

Making a concerted effort helps your little one concentrate on the task at hand.

cons:

You’ll have to structure your time so that you’re home a lot, and your efforts can backfire if you’re too intense.

is it right for you?

Yes, if you’ve got a generally cooperative child who thrives on routine. But if you or your child gets distracted or frustrated easily, pick another strategy.

 

3.     Eyes on the Prize

the method:

Reward your child after her potty triumphs with something small, like a sticker. You’ll combine this method with one of the others above.

pros:

For some kids, the thought of a trip to the toy store or Grandma’s house is motivating.

cons:

You run the risk of having your child demand compensation for every “performance.” “There are many other milestones your child must reach, and this sets a precedent for regular rewards,” warns Stavinoha.

is it right for you?

It can be, if you know when to draw the line. Try eventually switching to rewards related to potty use, like fancy underwear.

 

So by following these methods you can get your child trained well to poo poo and pee pee

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