Potty training is an
individual process for each child. There are
many methods to help a child graduate from
diapers to the big toilet and the ages that
a child will be ready to do so vary as well.
Most children are potty trained somewhere
between 18 months and 4 years of age. Your
child may seem like they will "never" get
there, but unless they have a developmental
delay, you need not worry.
So how exactly do you potty train a kid?
Well, there are certainly some things that
you should not do, so letís start with
1. Donít punish your child for going to the
bathroom in their diaper. This is something
that they have been doing all of their life.
That may not have been a long time, but itís
a habit that they are used to. It will hurt
and confuse them to be suddenly punished for
something they have always been allowed to
2. Donít compare your child to everyone
elseís children. As state above, all
children are different and this will only
cause you stress. I love the saying, ďYour
child will not be wearing diapers in
college.Ē Toilet training WILL happen.
3. Donít obsess over one day. This is a
situation in which you need to see the
forest, not the trees. Donít worry if your
child has more accidents one day than they
do the next. This probably doesnít mean that
they are regressing, itís just one day out
of many. The overall pattern will keep
moving forward to normal toileting.
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Letís talk about
what you should do.
encourage, encourage; you canít do this
enough. Children, like other age people,
thrive on being told that they are doing
something right. Even if your child is
younger than two, if they are showing
interest in the toilet, other than flushing
things down it, praise them for it. If they
want to flush it just to hear the sound, let
them do it!
2. Talk it up, not down. Use terms Big Boy
or Big Girl. Keeping the vibe positive is
always a plus. Kids are drawn to pleasing
their parents naturally when they are not
3. Reward them. This can be controversial as
some parents think that you shouldnít bribe
a kid, but a new Hot Wheels car for each
successful toilet poo made my first little
4. Let them go without diapers. This is also
a controversial method. It has worked well
for many people, but hardwood floors and
baby gates may be necessary. Some have had
success with this method in just a few days.
I believe it depends on the kid. Some are
grossed out by bodily functions and will run
to their little potty easily. Some will play
in their poo.
5. Use the buddy system. Keep an open door
policy for a while. Let your child see that
his family uses the toilet too. If your
child is old enough, talk to them about
their friends, siblings, or cousins who are
As with other childhood phases, this one is
sure to be short-lived, so laugh over the
funny stories that are sure to happen and
donít wish away these precious moments.
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mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. Our childrenís
welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the
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