Potty Training Without Tears

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WAIT TILL YOUR CHILD IS READY.

Don’t put an 8 month old on a potty, just don’t. I’ve heard those stories, and they disturb me. Eight month olds are just not ready, neither are most 18 month olds. Sorry. It’s true. I would recommend that you wait till the child shows an interest, or nears the 3rd birthday, whichever comes first.

PUT A FAVORITE DOLL OR STUFFED ANIMAL ON THE POTTY.

Your child’s favorite doll or teddy bear can be used as an incentive. Place the toy on the potty, and pretend it has used the bathroom. Praise that toy and dance with it, singing a made up potty song. Have your child join in. She’ll want to be next to get all that attention.

MAKE A HUGE DEAL OF ANY SUCCESS.

When your child sits on the potty and has a success, be sure to lavish loud and bountiful praise on him or her. Call Grandma, Aunt Betty, whoever you can think of…Talk about what a big boy or girl your child is now.

BUY UNDERWEAR  THAT SPORTS YOUR CHILD’S FAVORITE CHARACTER.

Favorite characters are a great incentive to make your child want to wear underwear. Tell your child, “You can’t get Dora wet, she’ll be very upset.” Your child will want to please both you and her favorite character.

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