Potting training is one event that everyone must go through at some point in their life, often sooner than later. First time parents may feel pressured when facing this obstacle with their child but it really does not have to be a negative experience. Don't approach it with that frame of mind or you will be bound to fail. There are many important things to keep in mind as you go through this process.
Use some kind of system to reward your child for doing a good job on the potty. Something like stickers is a good idea since it does not use treats or toys as a bribe. Make sure to always praise your child too. When they see how excited you get they will be encouraged to do such a great job every time. It's important to maintain a positive outlook throughout this entire learning process. Children learn much quicker when supported by loving parents.
Try not to force your child into something if they just are not ready. Many parents make the mistake of pressuring their young toddler to use the toilet. However, too much pressure can have an adverse effect and you may wind up with a bed wetter. Take care to prod gently but don't keep pushing if your child just doesn't seem ready yet.
In most cases there will be clear signs that your child is ready to use the potty. Often they will begin to show an interest in learning how it works. Be sure to explain everything clearly so they understand as best as possible. Things like sleeping all night without wetting their diaper or Pull Up is a good sign that they are ready to start on the toilet. Make sure your little one understands that the sound of the toilet flushing isn't scary; it's just part of cleaning up.
Ease into potty training slowly rather than rushing it all at once. Start off by having your child sit on the potty once or twice a day rather than every single time or several times a time. Use things like Pull Ups to encourage them to get out of their diapers. Sometimes it's enough of a novelty to make them want to go on the potty and wear big kid underwear. When it's time to go into cloth underwear only, it should be pretty clear to parents.
It's incredibly important to keep your patience during this journey through potty training. It won't be easy and there will be accidents but don't make the big mistake of getting mad. Your child will not understand what they are doing wrong and by getting mad you risk traumatizing them. A traumatized child is much harder to potty train. Exhibit patience and understanding so that your child feels encouraged instead of bullied.
Once you go through the joys of potty training with your first child, it's easier to handle with your second. Of course no two kids are the same but you will have gained some insight to the problems and solutions.
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