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Getting a Toddler Ready for Potty Training

Potty training a toddler can be difficult, but is an achievement both for the toddler and the parent. There are some things you can do to help the potty training process along a little bit easier. There are certain methods that work better for some kids and other methods that work better for other children. Work with your child to determine what the right method is for your toddler.

-Special Underwear-
Does your toddler have a certain color or character he or she likes? Perhaps he or she likes Dora, Mickey Mouse or the color blue. Getting him or her special underwear that they love will help them want to learn how to go potty quicker.

-Different Options-
Sometimes kids like to have different option. While some children may be comfortable using the potty chair one way, another may be uncomfortable doing it. You should offer a seat that sits on top of the big toilet and a small potty chair. This will give your toddler an option to use either one.

-Encouragement and Excitement-
If you are excited for your toddler, they will be too. The more excitement you show about them learning how to use the potty chair, the potty. After an accident try to encourage your toddler to try to use the potty chair to see if he has to go more. Don’t yell at them when they have an accident. Instead, you should redirect them to where they are supposed to go. When they do use the potty chair, simply have a positive attitude if your child successfully went where they were supposed to.

-Rewards-
There are special rewards that you can give your child if they use the potty chair. Does your child like stickers or a certain snack? If so, you can reward your toddler with these items for using the toilet. You could also take your toddler to do special activities that only big kids can do.

Potty training is a difficult subject for some and certain kids may be ready sooner than others. If you do not feel your toddler is ready to start potty training, it is important not to force them. Sometimes the potty chair can be a very scary experience and you wouldn’t want to risk having him or her terrified. It is important to remember that potty training takes practice and patience for both the parents and the child.

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