Sunday, May 3, 2009

Potty Training Tips

It’s been a long week at our house. A 2-year-old child plus potty training plus mommy being pregnant with baby number two equals total exhaustion!!!!

I thought I would share some tips with our loyal Pure and Honest Kids blog readers that have helped me this week during potty training boot camp. If you have any tips to share, leave them under the comments section! I know they would be much appreciated. Happy potty training!

-----Pick up some potty books at the local library so your child can have special books to read during potty time. Read with your child while he or she sits on the potty and “tries” to go.

----- Schedule potty breaks. Set a timer or watch for 30 minute to one hour intervals and ask your child when the timer goes off if he or she needs to use the potty. At first, you may want to have your child actually “try” to use the bathroom when the timer goes off because they might not be aware of the signs of when they have to "go" yet. Over time, your child will recognize the signs of having to “go” and will tell you it’s time to use the potty.

----- Once they can tell you they need to go to the potty, get your child to the potty quick! Consider having a special potty that you can take from room-to-room with you for those times that you need to quickly find a toilet.

----- Praise, praise, and more praise! When your child uses the potty, offer them praise! The more excited you get about them using the potty, the more they will understand it’s a big deal and want to do it again! Sing silly songs, come up with a potty dance or offer incentives when your child successfully uses the potty.

----- Accidents are a-okay. Treat accidents lightly, as they are inevitable. When it happens, stay calm. Just simply say, “Uh-oh! You’ve had an accident. Let’s get you changed. Next time you should tell mommy (or daddy) you need to use the potty,” and quickly change them.

----- Remain patient. When you get frustrated, your child will sense it. If potty training has both you and your child in tears, maybe it’s time to take a break from it and come back to it a few days later when both of you can approach potty training with a clear head!

Good luck with this parenting and child milestone! Also, check out Pure and Honest Kids excellent selection of "big girl" and "big boy" underwear here! Special underwear makes kids excited about switching from diapers to big boy and girl undies!

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