How to Introduce Potty Training: 6 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Easy removal of clothing enables fuss-free toilet training.

Signs of potty training readiness occur on average between the ages of 18 months and 3 years, according to the Better Health Channel. One of the most reliable signs that your little one is ready for potty training is when she tells you that she needs to "go" before wetting or soiling her diaper. She might also become curious about the toilet habits of other family members, such as older siblings, and increasingly aware of the sensations of urination and bowel movements while wearing a diaper. Further signs that your child is ready for potty training include a diaper that remains dry for up to 2 hours, refusal to wear a diaper and attempts to remove a diaper, either wet or dry.


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    Decide upon the type of vocabulary that you will use with your child to describe toileting procedures. Words like "wee," "pee," "poo" or "poop" are easy for young children to remember and pronounce. If your kid can announce her toilet needs quickly and easily, there is greater likelihood that she will reach her potty in good time.
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    Encourage independent toileting by dressing your child in clothing that she can quickly remove or lift out of the way when she needs to sit on the potty. Trousers or jeans that have elasticated waistbands are easily pulled down and back up again, thus avoiding lengthy tussles with buttons and zips.
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    Dress your child in underpants during the daytime and place her in diapers only at night. Training pants are useful at the beginning of potty training to avoid excessively wet floors. As your child learns to use a potty, restrict the use of training pants for occasions such as journeys when there is greater risk of toileting delays. Continue to reduce the need for training pants until your child no longer wears them. In warm weather, let your child play bare-bottomed to enable even faster access to her potty and an immediate sit-down.
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    Show your child a potty and say, "This is a special place for your wee and poop." Let your child watch as you empty the contents of a soiled diaper into the potty to demonstrate its use.
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    Place your child's potty next to the toilet and encourage her to sit on the potty when you use the toilet. If she urinates or has a bowel movement, smile and say "Well done!" in an upbeat tone of voice. If the potty remains dry, smile and then say in a pleasant and matter-of-fact tone, "No problem! You didn't need to go that time, did you?"
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    Remind your child gently and frequently during the day to use the potty when needed. You can expect frequent accidents during the early stages of potty training, so keep a pack of wet wipes on hand in every room in the house and adopt a carefree attitude toward toileting mishaps.


  • Praise every effort your child makes to use a potty and every success, no matter how small it might seem. Give her credit for efforts such as telling you that she needs to use the potty or trying to get her underpants down in time to sit on the potty.


  • Avoid prompting your child to remain seated on her potty for lengthy time periods. If your child begins to feel punished or threatened by potty training, she might refuse to sit on the potty and revert to wetting and soiling instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Potty
  • Training pants
  • Wet wipes

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