Welcome to Project Potty Training, your #1 resource for proven to work potty training tips and advice. It doesn’t matter how you got here, but if you’re here then you’ve probably asked yourself one or all of the following questions:
When is the right age to start potty training?
Should I use potty training rewards? If so, what kind of rewards and when?
Is it really possible to potty train my child in 3 days?
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- Why you should start potty training your child today?
- Potty Training 101
- Potty Training in 3 Days
Why you should start potty training your child today?
It turns out that the biggest factor in why parents would want to have their children potty trained is and was the diaper material. When diapers were made out of linen or cotton flanel, getting your kid out of them was indeed a top priority. Most children were trained to use the potty at the age of 18 months.
Slowly but steadily disposable diapers were turning from alternative to mainstream, thus potty training wasn’t such a big deal anymore.
There are many reasons why you should begin teaching your little boy or girl how to pee and poop in the potty, here are the most important ones.
Reduces potential health problems
The fact is that timely potty training can significantly reduce the development of urinary tract infections by helping your toddler learn how to completely empty their bladder.
Clean and Hygienic
Parents who think it’s common sense to start teaching their children how to use the potty earlier, around 2 years of age find it more cleaner and definitely more cheaper.
In fact in makes perfect sense to invest a little bit of time and energy in potty training when it means no more cleaning up after your little boy or girl. And it’s also more comfortable for the child to start potty training as soon as the readiness signs begin to appear.
Avoid unnecessary embarrassment growing up
When children reach school age and are still wearing diapers they’re more likely to suffer unwanted humiliation due to the fact that they are struggling with something so basic while all the other kids can do it without any messy accidents.
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Potty Training 101
Before you start potty training your toddler you must realize that what might work exceptionally well for one child might not work at all for another. Probably one of the most pressing matters for us parents is figuring out when exactly is the right time to start toilet training our child.
When is the right age to start potty training?
The actual truth is that there is no such thing as a specific age for potty training. The recommended age is between 18 and 24 months of age. What you have to realize is that learning how to use the potty is a very important step in your child’s development, just like learning to walk or to talk.
The right age to start potty training your child is determined by physical and emotional readiness. All children are different, some will show readiness signs before or after the average age. If you can clearly see that your toddler is not ready to start learning how to poop or pee in the potty, then don’t force him to.
Waiting to see potty training readiness signs from your child makes not only perfect sense, but it also helps to reduce any resistance from him/her which in turn would turn potty training into more of a problem then a parent/child bonding experience.
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Signs that your child is ready to start potty training
- Shows an interest in the toilet when someone else is using it.
- Able to walk and sit on his own for short periods of time.
- Keeps himself dry for more than 2 hours(ability to store pee).
- Communicates when he/she does a pooped or peed in his or her diaper, or is about to.
- Starts to complain about wet or dirty diapers.
As a parent you should try to make toilet training a pleasant experience for your child and for your self. Taking a relaxed aproach to teaching your child how to use the potty will allow you to eliminate most potty training problems that can develop.
In order to be relax you’ll have to, first of all let go of expectations, let go of comparing the trainee with other children, even his own siblings, know how your child’s body and mind works.
Potty training concepts
Different people will give you different advice regarding potty training, but in spite of this there are some basic potty training concepts and methods that can be applied to almost any situation.
Before starting any potty training activities it can really help a lot if you’ve already established daily or weekly learning activities with your child. This way, teaching him or her about the potty can be easily introduced into your normal routines without being a strange sudden phase that could scare your child.
A potty training vocabulary should be used by anyone who comes in contact with your child to describe body parts and bathroom acts, helping to reduce the toddler’s confusion about all the new information made available to him.
DO NOT go back to diapers no matter how tough it gets. Messy accidents are bound to happen, all you have to do is move forward, potty training is more like a marathon than a sprint. Besides, reverting to diapers or using training pants instead of regular underwear at this point will only confuse your child, actually making potty training seem more difficult than it really needs to be.
Before you begin to teach your kid how to use the potty for peeing and pooping, since you’ll have to watch him non stop to be ready for when he needs to go, it is a good idea to create some kind of schedule, designating activities you and your child can do together, preferably indoors.
There is also the matter of rewarding him for when he poops or pees in the potty. Potty training rewards can take many shapes and forms, from sweets like M&Ms, mini marshmallows or jelly beans, to stickers, or if you’re the type of person who can invent potty training dances or songs even better.
Potty Training in 3 Days
This method is a healthy way of introducing your child to the potty. As long as he or she shows clear signs of readiness, this method of toilet training is a relaxing and pleasant experience for your child and for your aswell.
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Always remember that every child, boy or girl is different, even among brothers and sisters, each will respond to the training in his or her own way. Just because your child might take longer to master using the potty does not mean the three day method does not work.
The 3 day method to teach your child how to use the potty is based on simple but yet very effective principles, which if applied correctly will make potty training seem like “child’s play”.