Anyone have any great tips on potty training?

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Maureen - posted on 01/23/2009

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Wait till they show signs of readiness. Like telling you when they go in thier diaper and not wanting to wear diapers. Then let them pick out underwear and a potty they like and take the diapers away and start the underpants. Make a HUGE deal out the underwear so they enjoy them. Then start the longest about 3 days ever! Ask every 15 mins. or so if they have to potty. Explain they can't go in their underwaer they have to go on the potty. They will mostly go at first simply because they are being asked so often but by day two most start telling you by themselves. But keep asking every hour or when you think they have to go. Most important don't give in to the diapers!!! There will be accidents but calmly tell child to not go in thier underwear and place them on the potty then change them. Good Luck! I'm a mom of a pottytrained 3 1/2 year old boy and a 19month olg potty trained girl. This was a method told to by a friend just wanted to pass it along, worked for me! :) Oh, I almost forgot no diapers at night, Just be prepared for an accident and be calm about it and take them to the potty sleepy, so they understand.

Wendy - posted on 01/23/2009

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I agree with the no pull-ups suggestion.  We used them at first and they just became another diaper.  We made a game out of it, racing to the bathroom and praising them for winning each time ;)  Also, bring them in the bathroom with you and praise yourself in front of them, allowing them to praise you also.  And give yourself a reward.  This makes it fun.  We had a stcker chart with her name and each of our names and she got to put a sticker on for whomever went potty in the toilet.  After two months we started rewarding her with varrying levels of rewards based on how long she went without an accident.  That seemed to work as well.

Amanda - posted on 01/23/2009

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I found that bribery worked... We had some small 'potty presents' wrapped and in a bowl in the bathroom.  The first couple times, we let our daughter pick out one when she sat on the potty just to get her wanting to sit (which was the big issue for us).  Then we sarted a chart with stickers... she would get stickers for sucess in the potty.  Slowly we increased the number of stickers she needed to pick out a present, until the habit was formed.  She has never had an accident since.  (And we used big kid underwear too-- pull-ups are too much like diapers).

Danielle - posted on 01/23/2009

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Don't use pull-ups. Just put them in underwear. Also have them sit on the potty until they pee. Once they do make a HUGE deal about it, praise them, clap, yell (good yell) and reward them with something like stickers or one M&M. Put the Underwear on and then remind them about every 45 min to an hour its time to go potty. As time goes on they will learn to hold it better and go less frequently and also slowly start eliminating the stickers or M&Ms. I put my boys in underwear and a shirt no pants around the house until i felt like they got the hang of it. This is how i potty trained both boys, and how i plan to do my little girl.

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