Any suggestions on potty training...the nightmare has begun:)

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Katherine - posted on 06/12/2009

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I agree with the naked thing - I stay at home full time so I'm able to let my son run around without his pull-ups, and that has been a big help. Also, consistency and frequency are key. I started potty training my daughter when she was 7 months and she caught on right away. Put them on the potty immediately after waking up, 15 minutes after eating or drinking, after playing a lot, etc. Lots of praise! I also think it's important to make it fun for the child. If he or she is kicking or screaming about going on the potty, try again later, so they don't have a negative association with the potty. Reading books, playing with special puzzles -- dedicate special 'potty toys' or 'potty treats' that the child can only have while seated on the potty. Hope this helps.

Colette - posted on 06/12/2009

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Basically, make sure your child knows what is happening. i.e peeing and pooping, can tell you when it is happening. My advice to you forget the pull-ups and go straight into underwear. If you are home then let them run naked. I have been a nanny for the past 16 years and the youngest I have trained is 17 months. Star charts are good and lots of praise. PATIENCE!!! is a good thing on your behalf...... Good Luck!!

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Kara - posted on 06/15/2009

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thanks...we do try and pratice both. he seems more into it when he just wkaes up. So at least 2 times a day i get him on his potty chair, we will see how it goes!

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We tried potty training at 2 1/2 and it was a no good. But the day he turned 3 he was ready to go. I don't know if you have a boy or girl. I would make my son sit on the potty to pee and he would never do it. So one day he wanted to pee standing up and I was so frusterated I was just like whatever. And he peed standing up and has done it ever since. My advice for a boy it try it both ways. Maybe he prefers standing up over sitting. My son would also want to be alone with the door shut. I always rewarded him too with stickers and M&M's (1 for peeing, 2 for pooping). My parents actually go him potty toys too. I was a potty and sink that made noise then a hippo and you pushed his button and he said encouraging phrases. He could only play with it after he went potty. That seemed to work really good. Plus, I made up a potty song that he loved hearing while he was sitting on the potty trying to go. Whatever you do don't yell or get angry that only discourages them. If it doesn't work now try in a month. Hope some of these suggestions helped. Good luck!!!!! Just remember they will potty train at some time as there own time. Do you know an adult that still wears diapers? Probably not.

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