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What are your tips and tricks for successful potty training?
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Welcome! I’m Julie over at Naptime Review. I am a mom of two wild, crazy and beautiful girls. My oldest just turned 4 and my baby is 18 months old. Here are my tips and tricks for potty training:
Well, so far, I only successfully potty trained one child. My youngest is showing interest but I am not pushing it since she is only 18 months old. Averie showed interested at about 20 months. I was so excited, I went for it! However, it was a LONG road to success. I feel like she was interested but maybe not developmentally ready. So Alice might be in diapers, a little longer. I don’t mind though. She is my last baby and all
For Averie, I purchased the 3 Day Potty Training. It is an ebook, so I printed it off and read it instantly. At that point, I had tried everything and we were successful only 50% of the time which made things more stressful. The 3 day Potty Training Method, is where you spend 3 days at home with your child in big girl or big boy pants. Lots of mess and some tears, but after the 3 days you have a fully trained child. The method uses love and dedication to get the job done. It really did work! A few of my friends tried it the same time and had the same results. The guide has tips and strategies for every situation, even daycare. I saved this book and I will be using it again when Alice is 5. Just kidding! I will be using this method on Alice. I am hoping by using the 3 day method sooner and waiting for Alice to be more developmentally mature, potty training will be more succesful this time around.
When it comes to advice on potty training it is kind of like breastfeeding. Lots of information available and everyone has their own method or opinion. You just have to remember that every child is different and to be patient. Find a method that offers love, dedication, support and it will happen.
Hi! I’m Cassie from Two In Diapers, and I’m a mommy to three sweet babies, ages 4, 3, and 20 months. Here are my tips and tricks for potty training:
I am so glad you asked! I have successfully potty trained two very different
children in two very different manners. My son, the oldest, had no real
interest in potty training. But, in order to move up to the 3s room, (I was
working full time then) he had to do it. I give much credit to his teachers who
worked with him at school, but at home, I give the credit to Elmo, Toy Story
Stickers, and M&Ms. You got it. Positive reinforcement all the way. We
put up the Elmo calendar/potty training chart, and every time he went on the
potty, we celebrated! He got an M&M and a sticker of his choice. My child is
motivated by celebration and chocolate! He didn’t potty train over night, but
it didn’t take him that long either, and luckily, once he got it, he got it. A
few months in pull ups at night, and then he was good to go.
My daughter was way easier. She was ready to start trying to sit on the little
potty from about 18 months, but she didn’t really do anything. With her, I
decided to try the 3 day boot camp when I thought she was old enough. If you
haven’t heard of this concept, you take 3 days and let them run around with no
clothes on (or just underwear) and let their body teach itself what it feels
like before you have to go. For 3 days I chased her around, cleaning up
accidents, and I thought for sure it was not working. Then, voila! At about 5pm
on the 3rd day, she looked at me and said” Mommy I need to pee pee!” I grabbed
her and we RAN to the potty and she did it! We celebrated big time! After that,
I made sure to remind her often, but she’s had very few accidents since then.
The key to this method is they HAVE to be ready. She was already trying to go on
the potty. If you try it and it doesn’t kick in, give it another month or so and
My name is Fotini! I blog over at Glamorous Affordable Life. I am the mom of (Isabella 21 months and Christian 6 years). Here are my tips and tricks for potty training:
My name is Kristen from The Mrs. & The Momma. I’m the momma of three girls (ages 7, 5, & 3) and a little boy (18 months). Here are my tips and tricks for potty training:
So far, I’ve potty trained three girls, so my advice can only go so far when applied to boys. (Check back with me in a few months and I might have some boy pointers for ya!) Potty training is something that’s necessary, but certainly not fun. It is, however, manageable. Here are 3 tricks and tips I’ve learned about potty training:
1. Your kid won’t go to kindergarten wearing a diaper. My pediatrician lives by this statement in reference to deciding when to potty train, however, I’m not a fan a waiting (as she implies). I prefer to potty train my kids as soon as I think their bladder and their other potty-related abilities are ready. (Reminder: I haven’t yet potty trained a boy, so I might eat my words later.) This statement does ring true for me in terms of patience and not stressing over potty training. What it comes down to is this—it’s going to happen. Eventually. Try and make the best of it for your children.
2. Use food coloring for incentives. With our first daughter, I had a little stash of M&Ms to reward going potty. After that didn’t do the trick, I tried stickers. Nope. Then we took a break from potty training. But before round 2 started, I spoke with a grandmother who had potty trained all of her children and grandchildren. She told me the her secret to success was letting the kids put a drop or two of their choice of food coloring in the toilet bowl AFTER they did their business. Then they had the pleasure of flushing and watching the water turn the color THEY picked out. Well let me tell ya….I’m so glad I learned this technique with my first child (and not my third), because it worked like a charm. And has worked 3 times now!!!
3. Don’t use pull-ups unless you have to. Okay, besides the obvious exorbitant price of those suckers, let me explain. I think in the beginning of potty training, pull-ups at nighttime or if you have to go on a road trip are okay, and definitely better than a big mess. However! I think that kids who are ready and able to potty train are capable of staying dry throughout the night….or in the other case, until the next potty break. One thing I definitely recommend is getting a plastic cover for the child’s mattress. I promise this will make your life much easier. Avoiding the dependency a child can quickly learn from using pull-ups is essential in expediting the success of your potty training. I know all kids are different, but in our family, once we took that option out of the equation…it just worked.
Potty training can be frustrating and trying, but just remember….some one had to do it with you.
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