Getting your kid out of diapers can be totally intimidating. Easy Potty Training
Here are useful tips to help you get your kid into underpants.
Model good behavior. You’re already used to that not-going-pee-alone thing—so turn the lack of privacy into a teachable moment! Or, enlist a (probably eager) older sibling for demonstrations.
Don’t make it traumatic. More important than the method you use to potty train is the message you send while doing it. Plan on giving your kid plenty of positive reinforcement, keep your temper in check and be prepared for lots of accidents.
Try a Bribe. We say potty training is the perfect time to bust out a prize. Whatever gets your kids excited – be it Little Mermaid big-girl underpants, Matchbox cars, stickers or candy—can be doled out when your child goes pee or poop in the potty.
Throw a party. If the whole “Binky Fairy” thing worked for your kid, then throwing a “Bye-Bye Diapers” party might be motivating, too.
Schedule it. We’re not talking “Tuesday at 10:00 am” scheduling, but “we didn’t just bring home a new baby” scheduling. Make sure you initiate potty training at a time when you’re not stressed out or overly busy.
Don’t Ask. Asking your child if she needs to use the potty will more likely than not get you a “no” answer. Instead, lead your child to the bathroom throughout the day for potty practice.
What is your best way to motivate your child? Please tell us.
Oliver & Kim
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