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How to Potty Train Fast

by Remy Lo
  • Overview

    Embarking on the mission of potty training with enthusiasm and a plan can mean the difference between frustration and success. This applies to both you and your child, as potty training is indeed a partnership between the two of you. Give your child the confidence and guidance needed to put the days of wearing diapers behind him--and the days of changing diapers behind you.
  • Step 1

    Assess individual readiness for potty training. Ensure that your child can ask questions and follow simple directions. Notice the frequency of bowel and bladder movement, including if she dislikes staying in wet diapers or if she stays dry during nap times. Avoid letting issues, including your desire to stop spending money on diapers, dictate your decision. Understand that starting before your child is ready can create a tense atmosphere, which can prolong the entire process.
  • Step 2

    Let your child in on your plans. Use age-appropriate terms to explain that it's time to begin potty training. This may include telling your child that "big boys and girls" use the potty. Know that you are both on the same team and that teamwork is required for you to be successful. Show him all of his potty training supplies along with demonstrating use of his potty and training pants.
  • Step 3

    Create a comfortable potty training environment. Place equipment, including the potty, reading material or special toilet paper, in the bathroom for easy access. Including these "toddler-friendly" aids can also make the bathroom a less scary place. Allow your child to choose some of the decorations or training materials to promote independence and pride.
  • Step 4

    Commit to a regular potty training schedule. This includes putting your child to sleep on time every night and waking her up at the same time each day. Place her on the potty at scheduled intervals throughout the day to make using the potty a normal part of daily life. These proactive methods will ease frustration while helping with bladder and bowel control.
  • Step 5

    Watch for signs of impending bowel or bladder movements. This is especially helpful when your child is engrossed in interesting activities, as the desire to play can easily overshadow the need to use the potty. Signs include squirming, becoming irritable or retreating into a private place. Some children may even verbalize the need to use the potty. Staying alert can help your child avoid accidents from waiting too long.
  • Step 6

    Find ways to keep yourself and your child motivated. Realize that decreased enthusiasm can lead to training setbacks. Actions such as implementing a rewards system for potty training consistency or mastery can promote excitement and cooperation. While day or nighttime "accidents" may be frustrating to deal with, letting your child see this can create negative feelings. Learn to look at the big picture instead of focusing on inevitable mishaps.
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  • Potty Training pants Training aids
  • Potty
  • Training pants
  • Training aids
  • Realize that young children readily model the behaviors and attitudes of caregivers, so keeping a pleasant demeanor is essential.
  • Realize that young children readily model the behaviors and attitudes of caregivers, so keeping a pleasant demeanor is essential.

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