Blue moon potty

Susan - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son was just starting to get interested in pottying before my daughter was born. Now, eight months later, he seems to have taken a few steps back. I thought that he would follow is peers at daycare but he is now showing little interest in the potty. Any suggestions?

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Susan - posted on 01/13/2009

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thanks so much for the advice. I love the web site you showed me...it is wonderful! It makes my potty training for dummies book look very dim.

Jill - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hi Susan,



My first thought is that he may be regressing due to the new baby.  Or he may not have been ready and still may not be.  Every child is different and boys generally take a little longer than girls.



A great book on Potty Training is put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It talks about every aspect of potty training and many different issues.



The most important thing I have learned is that your child has to be ready.  There is a list of "signs of readiness" that include: if your child is curious about the bathroom or going potty, when they remain dry for a few hours, when their bowel movements become consistent, when they are aware they are about to go to the bathroom etc...  They also need to be "ready on many levels".  Physically (developed to be able to control their bladders and bowels, Emotionally (motivated and willing), Cognitively (understanding what is going on and making the connection between the feeling that they have to go and being able to get to the bathroom.



Potty training is one of the first times a child does something for themselves.  If it is a positive experience, they will feel good about themselves.  So you both have to be ready and make this a team effort and a fun and positive experience. (lots of praise and rewards)  Remember to be consistent  in your methods and if you find one thing doesn't work, try something else or take a break from potty training until he is ready.



If it is motivation he needs,Try going to www.pottytots.com and go to the Just for Tots page.  There he can meet the Potty Tots and play with them.  If he likes them, he may want to try the Potty Tots program (a kit with a story book, animated DVD with music videos, an illustrated step by  step potty chart-to show him what to do and a reward/progress chart called the Toilet Bowl--fashioned after the super Bowl--so he can keep tack of his progress) 



Let me know if I can be of any further help! Good Luck!



 



 

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