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Other Articles in Robyn's Nest Potty Training Series:
Getting Started
Common Problems
Is my child ready to potty train Is My Child Ready?
Best time to potty train The Best Time to Potty Train
Bedwetting Information Potty Training Bedwetting
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Once you have determined that your child is ready for potty training (see "Is My Child Ready?"), and that you, the parent, are ready the process can begin.

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Purchase a child's potty training chair.

We recommend buying a child's sized seat, separate from the adaptable ones used on adult toilets. Seats come in a variety of styles and colors and some are multi-purpose (like a step stool feature).

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Let your child watch and imitate.

Young children become interested in things you do. Let your toddler watch same sex parents use the bathroom. By simply providing your child with her own seat and someone to imitate, the seed is planted.

Then do the following:

For the first few weeks, let your child sit on the potty fully clothed. Talk to him about what the potty is for and when to use it.

Once he begins to show interest, let him try with his diaper off. Help him plant his feet firmly on the floor. When you go to the bathroom, let him come in too. Make it part of the routine.

Start with the same times every day. Then gradually increase the frequency.

Praise, Praise, Praise. Be sure to give praise when he succeeds. Never show disappointment when he misses, forgets or has accidents.

After he has mastered the basics on a regular basis, switch to training pants. Robyn's Nest does not recommend that diaper-like trainers be used. They feel too much like a diaper which could confuse your child.

Keep it positive. Never pressure your child. Remember that night time and nap time training usually comes last. Be sure to tell your child that it is okay to wake you for help or go to the bathroom on his own during these times.

Many parents debate the rewards issue. Personally, I have found the
M & M method quite helpful. (One candy for pee pee and two for poopy). Most experts will agree that rewards are fine, if kept small and appropriate. The last thing a parent wants is a child who expects big rewards for each potty use.


Other Articles in Robyn's Nest Potty Training Series:
Getting Started
Common Problems
Is my child ready to potty train Is My Child Ready?
Best time to potty train The Best Time to Potty Train
Bedwetting Information Potty Training Bedwetting
Encopresis  potty training Encopresis


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