how to start potty training

Lorna - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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What's the best way to potty train a toddler? How did you get started?

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Betsy - posted on 09/15/2009

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The best way that I have found is to use a reward system and a timer. Sit them down and explain what they are going to be doing. Then just start taking them every 15 min. and make them sit there for 15 min. It is easier if you use a book or have something for them to color while they sit there. Talk to them and tell them what a big boy/girl they are. Get really excited when they try and praise them when they do go and let them flush the potty. The rewards can be as simple as 1 skittle for peeing and 3 for pooping. Oh and if they are still in diapers just talk them out and put them strait into underwear, they wont like how it feels to go in them so they wont do it much. I have also found that when the do go in them put them in the shower/bath and make them clean it up. (I mean dont let them make a mess of them selfs you can help just let them know how yucky it is, dont be mean just keep encouraging them.) Good luck I hope that this helps.

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Tenesia - posted on 09/18/2009

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I started potty training Jazzmine (soon 4 October 11) At the age of 2. During the day I let her wear her character panties and I would take her to the bathroom every..15 or sometimes 30min. throughout the day. At night I put her pull ups on and I would get her up every 30min. and sat her on the grown~up toilet. Rewards are important during this time too. Stickers,gummy treats, yogurts, toys, etc. She also slept on a waterproof covering on her bed. She begin getin up on her own in the middle of the night (I cried extremly heavy. I was so proud of her) She had her Dora room light and bathroom light to guide her on every night.it's ALOT of work,time and patients..but trust me it's worth it!!! Wish you the best Blessings!

Danielle - posted on 09/17/2009

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Wait until they are ready. If you try too soon it just makes a bad situation for everyone. My oldest son was very easy, 2 or 3 days at 2 years old. We did cheerio's in the potty. Worked great. He got a new pair of underwear each day he wnet accident free. Now, my youngest was completely the opposite. It took weeks at almost 4 years! He wanted no part of the cheerios or a reward. He started to use the potty on his own and refused any help. Needless to say, there was a few small messes, but he is so pround of himself every time he goes potty. Good luck!

Kerry - posted on 09/16/2009

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My 2 year old had no problem sitting on the potty it was the getting him to go in it that was the problem at first, what i did was buy 2 potties and sit ted on one, while my son wasn't looking i put alittle water in teds potty then took ted off saying " well done ted you're a big teddy now what a clever boy ! " my son soon seen how much attention ted was getting and started weeing to get the attention too ! Good Luck !

Nataley - posted on 09/16/2009

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i statrted my boy in summer by taking his nappy off so he was aware that he was going to the toilet i also encourged him by rewarding him with a present that he picked out try not to geet upset just carry spare pants everywhere and ask do u need to go 2 the toilet alot good luck

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If you don't already have one, take your toddler to the store and have them pick out a potty chair. Then practice sitting on it when they wake up from naps or in the morning and again before bed. Once they are receptive to sitting on it then you can get serious about it. I finally wised up and got rid of the pull ups. I put my son in big boy underwear and we patiently cleaned up the messes as they happened. I put him on the potty every 30 minutes or every 15 minutes if he had just had something to drink. I would wait an hour if he peed. He got a sticker for his potty chart and some m&m's if he went in the potty. He started telling me when he had to potty on day 3! This happened after an entire summer of trying. Good luck!

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