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4 tips for Potty Training Your Child

Updated on November 23, 2010
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4 tips for Potty Training Your Child

Changing one dirty diaper after another with no end in sight can be depressing and expensive. Luckily, there is a light at the end of the tunnel or, more appropriately, the potty. If your child is ready to potty train, your diaper-changing days may be over. Potty training is a journey and not just a destination, so pay attention to your child. You might be ready to lose the diapers, but ultimately your child has to be completely ready to potty train to be successful.

Tip 1

Observe your child closely to determine if she is ready to be potty trained. Signs that your child is ready to be potty trained include; being able to walk independently, able to pull pants and diaper down, an interest in the potty, and a dislike of wearing a dirty diaper.

Tip 2

Place the potty chair in the bathroom near the toilet. Allow your child to sit on the potty and make sure his feet rest comfortably on the ground. Encourage your child to become comfortable on the potty chair, and explain how it works in simple terms.

Tip 3

Take your child to the potty chair several times throughout the day, and make sure any other caregivers do the same thing. Consistency will help your child learn to use the potty chair every time she needs to use the bathroom.

Tip 4

Throw away the diapers and let your child pick out big boy or big girl underwear after several weeks of successful use of the potty chair. Make a big deal of your child's accomplishment, and be sure to tell her how proud you are. Accidents will still happen from time to time, this is normal. Treat each accident lightly, don't punish or scold your child for accidents. Let them know that accidents happen and it is okay.

Happy Potty Training,



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    • MrsInfertility profile image

      Carisa Blades 7 years ago from Ogden, Utah

      Thanks! Good luck potty training your daughter, just remember to be patient. :) I'm sure you can't wait to be done with dirty diapers!

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      Manutdmumto4 7 years ago

      I am currently potty training my two year old daughter, this hub is very useful! Thank You. x

    • MrsInfertility profile image

      Carisa Blades 7 years ago from Ogden, Utah

      Thanks for reading! :)

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      thanks some good tips here :)