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“Uh oh…..gotta go!!”

Yes, we are trying……maybe not as hard as we ought to….but we are on our way.

We got this new potty training magnetic chart on which we stick reward tokens if we demonstrate any interest in using the potty or are actually able to do our business there :)

I think its a pretty effective tool; its just amazing how such little kids understand the meaning behind rewards.

Based on what I read and learnt so far about Potty Training, I want to capture that:

Let’s go, Choose a Potty !!!

Take your child to the store with you and let him pick. That way, they are already friends :). Demonstrate to them various parts of the potty, such as the seat and the flusher; show them the works. Your child can even sit on the potty a few times with his pants on, so he knows he won’t fall in. To make him feel even more comfortable during this time, read him a book about using the potty or sing songs together.

Listening to the body

Help your child listen to his body and recognize the feeling he gets right before he has to go to the bathroom. When he gets that feeling, emphasize that he should stop doing whatever he is doing and say, “Uh-oh, gotta go!”. I think this is the hardest part of all. Praise him for even the small accomplishments, such as recognizing the feeling that he has to go.

Wipe, Flush, and Wash

Keep a potty routine as your child is getting started. Help him learn and follow the steps of using the potty. Remind him that after going pee pee or poo poo, he needs to wipe with a little bit of toilet paper. Then he needs to flush. At first, he can help you press the flusher down. Over time, encourage him to press the flusher on his own. Finally, after using or even touching the potty, remind him to wash his hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing the ABC song twice.

Keep Trying

Never scold or punish your child while he is learning to use his potty. All children have accidents, so remember to stay patient and use gentle reminders to encourage success. Help your child regain confidence by saying, “That’s okay. Next time, you’ll remember to use your potty!” The most important thing is for your child to feel proud of himself and keep trying.

Great Job: Rewarding

Cheerfully praise your child not only for succeeding but also for trying! Continue to reward him with hugs and encouraging words. Let your child know you support him as he learns. Have your child keep track of his own progress by using reward stickers to decorate a blank notebook or a poster chart. Keep this near the potty. Each time he successfully goes, he can place a sticker in his notebook or chart!

When you feel that your child has learned to use the potty on his own, present him with a reward certificate and let him know just how proud you are of his big accomplishment!

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