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How to Potty Train Your Toddler

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    1: Parents need to be ready

    Parents need to be ready I think it is important that the parents are just as ready, if not more ready, than the child they are trying to train. If you are not “all in,” how can you expect your child to be?! — Theresa Ailes

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    2: Start early — with the concept

    Start early — with the concept I believe potty training starts long before they’re ready. As a mom of 4, I made sure we talked about going potty on the toilet before my kiddos ever had interest. Whenever I’d head to the bathroom, I’d tell them I had to use the potty and explained that’s where we go. I also went through a list of people who they know that use the potty and not diapers. Seeing their friends or older siblings use the potty or talk about using the potty helps too! — Michelle Burtnett

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    3: Every kid is different

    Every kid is different The best training tip I've ever received is every child is different. Wait until you see signs from them and until they show signs of staying dry at night. This way it will be easier to train during the day and night. — Jacqueline Barringer Schramm

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    4: Have them pick a potty

    Have them pick a potty I think having our son pick out his own potty at the store helped a lot. He also picked out a package of stickers to decorate it. Whenever he went on the potty, he got a sticker to put on the potty. It made the potty something special. Oh, and we made a big deal every time he went. — Kristen Woodstuff Levin

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    5: Consistency is key

    Consistency is key Once you start, stick with it! Don't start-stop, or they'll get confused! — Laura Diaz Abellan

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    6: Don't stress

    Don't stress Your kid can tell if you are stressed, which will make him or her stressed and think using the potty is scary. Reward, but don't criticize too much, even if they have an accident. It’s better for you to be relaxed too! — Amorette

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    7: Practice good timing

    Practice good timing Best tip: Ask your tots to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes to an hour for the first three days of training. It works! — Tian Hapsari

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    8: Let them go naked

    Let them go naked Make the whole potty training experience fun. I found that if your child is running around with nothing on their bottom half, and the potty is in a really obvious place, they are more likely to run and go on it. — Rosie C.

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    9: Sing a little

    Sing a little I made up songs to familiar tunes and sang them to my daughter when she was on the potty. I also let her come in the bathroom with me when she wanted to and never acted embarrassed or uncomfortable (even when it was), and we would cheer for me every time I used the potty. That way she was taught to never feel ashamed or embarrassed by her bodily functions. When she was really ready to potty train, we started, and it only took two days. — Janell Huff

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    10: Sink the Os

    Sink the Os I used Cheerios for my little boys — toss a couple in the toilet and tell them to "aim" inside the rings. It's a fun little game, and they want to play it all the time! What better way to teach than to associate fun with something they need to do? — Corey and Tiffany Holtzinger

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    11: Reward

    Reward Best tip I’ve received is to reward! We bought Jilly a book that has stickers, and every time she uses the potty, she gets one. Works like a charm.
    Jennifer Sami

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    12: Chart progress

    Chart progress Create a poop chart and fill it in with stickers every time your kid poops in the toilet and offer a big prize when the chart is filled. The kid gets to track his or her progress, and it gives him or her a tangible record of success (plus he or she will have something to show off). Nothing says family memories like a picture of a proud child displaying a completed poop chart! — Ann Magyar

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    13: Be prepared for accidents

    Be prepared for accidents I find it easier to use the bare-bottom method. That way when the child makes an accident on the floor, he or she will know not to do it again and go straight for the potty seat. — Kristyn Featherston

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    14: Make hand-washing fun!

    Make hand-washing fun! Although I am a first-time mommy and have not gone through a personal potty training experience with my own child just yet, I have worked in many daycare centers dealing with potty training. Almost all of the children I had dealt with just liked to put the soap on their hands and rinse under the water instantly without rubbing the soap. A nice little trick I learned was to show the kids that if they rubbed their hands together fast and long enough, more bubbles would form. All of the kids in my classrooms always loved to wash their hands and would even run to the bathroom just to do it for fun!
    Stephanie Arroyo

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    15: Encourage them

    Encourage them Encourage your little one, but don't pressure him or her. Praise is just as good as a treat or a reward. Praise them for every good effort and don't be too hard on them — they’re going to have accidents. If you’re too stressed, they’ll feel discouraged. Stay positive and when your little one is ready it will all fall together! — Crystal Moffat Banks

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