Anyone have any ideas or tips on potty training?
This is bringing back nightmares of potty training my oldest.
After potty training my five children, experience has taught that avoiding use of pull-ups is a BIG advantage. Simply bring an extra change of clothes with you on all excursions, and put the trainee on the toilet every 15-20 minutes, and immediately upon waking, whether from a night or nap. Using pull-ups is a deterrent because the child thinks its ok to simply continue soiling their undergarment.
breathe2travel gave the perfect answer, and exactly what I did with my first. He was fully trained (during the day) about 2-3 weeks later. It is an exhausting time, for Mum and child but definetely avoid pull-ups, it will only prolong them being fully trained.
I have to agree, after potty training all three of mine I have to say that my own opinion of "pull ups" is that they are the bain of all evil! That is because they still feel the comfort of the padding around them as they would the nappy and lets just say it took much longer training this way than the other way. I simply put them into a pair of normal pants, and let them run round like that, then reminded them that if they need to wee or do the other to try out the potty. I also got a potty that clapped when they did anything in the bowl as it had sensors on them. It wasnt all that expensive either and it really encouraged them to keep going. The other tip I would give to anyone potty training is to not push it on them, its always better to go at their pace.
Have you tried for boys having them throw some Cheerios in the toilet and have them try to pee on them to drown them? Girls are much easier. Just bring a potty chair out in the playroom and have her sit on it many times through the day. Soon, she will start to make the connection, and there should be lots of rewards. Don't lose your temper!
We used to make a big thing about it whenever they used the potty. Get them to clap when they do something in it. Even now at 21 and 17 they still remember what we said to them. '' Hey u good boy'' ......(( clapping as you say it ))
In other words try to make it fun and don't go off the deep end if they don't pick it up first time. All in good time.
I’d guess if it’s a nightmare then your child probably isn’t ready yet. There’s a huge difference in when children are ready. My children were on the early side, but I know of many people whose children were around 3, and boys generally take longer than girls. I’ve heard that babies in disposables take longer than in cloth nappies, but I don’t know if that’s true.
If you wait till your child is ready it will be easy - or at least easier. My kids never even used a potty - they went straight to the toilet. They probably felt more grown up that way, or perhaps they just didn’t associate the potty with its purpose. We read that you should get a child used to the potty, putting them on before they were ready, still fully clothed, so my husband tried it with our eldest and gave her a magazine to look at. A few days later she asked for her potty, sat down and squealed, “Zine, zine!” (So I wouldn’t recommend that method!)
So my suggestion is a little different to the others: give it a break for a few weeks, let your child see others use the toilet, and then let her or him decide s/he wants to do the same. S/he will.
I took mine with me when I went to the bathroom. All children want to be like grown ups and for anyone who sees sin in this, you can sit on a commode without showing your body parts. I never changed clothes even in front of my children but this I think was recommended by Dr Spock. Having the potty chair by the commode makes them want to be big enough for the real thing soon. Both of mine were trained not much after one year old along with taking their bottle.
Well, certainly, no "fool proof" ones!
Each child is an individual.
My first daughter.............all it took was a walk through the store and the promise of " pretty panties"..................she was there!
My second daughter.......a little more coaxing and pleading.
My last daughter.............I thought she would take her driver's test in diapers! I actually stopped the "training" for about 3 months. Somewhere, in that time, she decided that she was " ready".
It really is about the child and their maturity.
At 18-24 months, babies, do not have a lot of maturity!
What worked for my two boys is buying "big boy" underwear with pictures of their favorite characters on them. I think I used SpongeBob and Power Rangers. They were so excited to wear the underwear that they agreed to go on the toilet. It worked like a charm.
Thank you all for the suggestions. I guess maybe she's not ready yet. *sigh* I just bought a package of pull-ups. I am having plenty of patience but I guess when she is ready she will go.
Here is a link to potty training readiness: http://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/pot … iness.aspx
All of the current trends in Brain Development suggest that little girls do best around age 2 to 2 1/2 and little boys due best around 3 to 3 1/2 years of age.
Other than asking them if they need to use the potty through out the day, there is not much more you can do because they will go when they are ready.
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