Best Selling Potty Training Books in 2023
P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) (Lift-the-Flap)
Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books)
- Age Range: 1 - 3 years Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
- Board book: 28 pages Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English ISBN-10: 0763644765
- ISBN-13: 978-0763644765 Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
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Super-Mom's Mission: Potty Training
We're potty training this week. I wanted to give out my potty training method for any of you who want to start training, but don't know where to start. My Mom and I have both used it with very good results.
Forget all of the potty training articles that tell you that there is a set age when you should start training your child. Age really has nothing to do with it -- it's understanding that is important. When the child is old enough to understand and complete two instructions at a time without being told as they go, they are old enough to start training. For example: "Obie, go get your shoes (instruction 1) and put them away (instruction 2). Good job!" But not - "Obie, here are your shoes on the floor, pick them up. Good job! Now let's go put them away, come on, put them right here in your drawer. Good job!" If your child is still in the latter stage, you may not want to try yet, wait a month or two. But keep training them to learn how to complete instructions on their own.
They also need to know the difference between wet and dry. My daughter Debby pretty much already knew what wet was before training, but my Obie didn't. So about a week before I started potty training, I worked with him on what "wet" was by letting him touch a warm, wet washcloth and a dry washcloth or whenever he took a bath. You may get to skip this part if your child was like Debby.
If your child can understand both of these, then they are ready to start. Here are some things you will need:
The morning that you are going to start, put all the candy in the bathroom where the child can see it, but cannot reach, arrange some salty snacks on a tray or large plate, and fill their cup with whatever they want. Set the potty in the bathroom and let the child know how excited you are about them being so big that they can use the potty. Enthusiasm and encouragement are very important. Take off their diaper, put on the underwear, and let the child throw away the diaper, all the while telling them how big they are and how proud you are of them.
Practice sitting on the potty. Your child probably will not be able to pull their underwear down on their own, but practice helping them so they know what will happen. Don't practice so long that they get tired of it, just long enough to still be excited. Then let the child go play, and set the timer for 3 minutes. I use the timer on my phone so the child doesn't really know I'm keeping tabs on him. After three minutes, ask if they have dry underwear. If they do, praise them immensely and reward them with a salty snack and offer them a drink. If their underwear is wet, do not scold them. Simply take their hand and happily say, "When we need to make wet, we go to the potty!" And practice going to the potty from the spot where they wet their pants about three times. Set the timer again, clean up the mess, and start over.
The goal is to teach them to go in the potty. But the focus for the child should be keeping the underwear dry/clean. Reward them with a good job!" and a salty snack every 3-5 minutes if their underwear is dry. Practice every time their underwear isn't. And sooner or later you'll catch them at just the right time and they'll go in the potty. When this happens, shower them with so much praise you feel ridiculous, (singing, clapping, jumping up and down) and offer them some candy. They'll figure it out in a few days.
I hope this helps! Always remember three things: Any progress is still progress. They will relapse occasionally, don't take it too hard. And last - there's no such thing as too much encouragement!