All the signs are there. Your child is ready to start potty training. Finally! right?
Well I have good news and bad news for you.
I'll start with the bad. Potty training is a parents worst nightmare, but the good news is that it doesn't have to be.
According to Carol who's written a very detailed guide on toilet training children says that one of the most important things is to have everything planned out to the smallest detail.
Set a date to start. As soon as possible. Maybe this weekend?
Take your child shopping for underwear, potty training reward charts, sweets or whatever you think would make a great reward or bribe you can use.
For me one of the thoughest decisions was whether I should get a potty chair or a potty seat. Luckily my daughter already decided for me and we bought the best potty training seat in the store.
The hardest day of potty training is the first. But you get through it. Just make sure you keep a positive attitude and encourage your child whenever he or she makes an improvement.
The second and third day are easier to handle. Either your toddler gets it and goes by himself to the potty or you'll have to help him do it. It's important that you realize this is just the transition from diapers to potty. Potty training is not finished after these initial 3 days.
Accidents will keep happening and your child will still need a bit of encouragement but what's important is that you'll get rid of diapers once and for all.
Never go back to diapers. This always confuses your child and he won't know what you actually would like him to do.
I made this mistake before I started to look for more information on toilet training children. My favorite and probably the best potty training website is www.ProjectPottyTraining.com. If you want to make potty training as stress free and easy as possible the information you find on Jennifer Morgan's website is priceless.
And if you're thinking about night-time potty training, just make sure you get throught these 3 first days. Potty training during night-time is a bit different and it's more up to your child if his body is ready to hold it during the night.
One more thing, don't start toilet training if your son or daughter doesn't show any signs he or she is ready. You'll just torture both yourself and your child.
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