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It’S Potty Time!

  1. 1. It’s Potty Time!<br />How to know if you child is ready to begin potty training.<br />
  2. 2. Explain the process!<br />If your child is just being told what to do, then they don’t understand why they have to begin using a potty, here are some ways to prepare them for the journey.<br />Discuss with your child how the toilet works and how to use the toilet.<br />Talk with them about what “pee” and “poop” are by using both correct language, ie: bowel movement and urinate, and also slang, ie: pee and poop.<br />Explain to them that they will be able to wear big boy/girl underwear when they use toilet and discuss with them that this means no more diapers.<br /> (“Toilet Training,” 2009)<br />
  3. 3. ABC’s of Potty Training<br />Assess readiness<br />Buy equipment<br />Create routine<br />Demonstrate for your child<br />Explain the process<br />Foster the habit<br />Grab some training pants<br />Handle setbacks gracefully<br />Introduce night training<br />Jump for joy!<br />(“The ABC’s,” 2006)<br /><br />
  4. 4. Jump for joy, you did it!<br />
  5. 5. Introduce night training<br />When he/she has managed to stay dry throughout a few consecutive days it’s possibly a good time to start night training.<br />Although, they aren’t quite mature enough to understand the sensation of needing to use the bathroom at night, they will gradually catch on.<br />Setting their toilet next to the bed is an option.<br />Also, it’s best to put them to sleep with plastic under their sheets to protect the mattress.<br />Place them in bed wearing underwear or nothing at all (at first).<br />Be patient!<br />
  6. 6. Grab some training pants<br />This is a step that most people do, but some choose not to use training pants because it could cause their children to prolong training. However, a lot of people find using training pants to be useful, so…<br />Purchase some fun, kid-friendly training pants<br />Allow your child to help pick them out.<br />Purchasing the plastic, over the underwear training pants may be useful when your child begins wearing big-kid underwear.<br />
  7. 7. Handle Setbacks Gracefully<br />As with anything new, we can expect to find ourselves fighting a battle on occasions, but remember, that’s okay!<br />When you see that your child is regressing it’s best to just put the process on hold for a few weeks.<br />If and when your child has an accident, that’s okay too. They are learning to use muscles they haven’t used before this process.<br />Don’t get angry with your little one for having an accident either, they truly are learning a new skill.<br />
  8. 8. Foster the habit<br />Encourage your little one to sit on the potty whenever they feel the urge to go.<br />Allow them to run around with no underpants on, but be sure the potty’s nearby.<br />Praise them for going potty in the potty.<br />Relax them while they patiently wait on the potty for something to happen (this is when a book or song comes in good use).<br />(“The ABC’s,” 2006)<br />
  9. 9. Demonstrate<br />Let your child see their stool from their diaper go into the toilet and be flushed (“Toilet,” 2009).<br />Allow your child to watch you or an older sibling go through the motions of using the bathroom (“The ABC’s,” 2006).<br />
  10. 10. Create a routine<br />A daily routine can be versatile depending on what you have time for or are comfortable with. A few ideas are…<br />Allow your child to sit on the potty chair with his/her clothes on at the same time each morning (usually when they would seemingly need to potty.)<br />Once, they have cooperated with this idea, try having them sit with no pants on.If they resist then possibly wait a few days. When a child feels rushed or pressured they could begin to throw out the whole idea.<br />Reward them by placing stickers on a chart when they embrace the idea.<br />
  11. 11. Assess Readiness…<br />I’m ready to use the potty when…<br />I tell you I need a new diaper<br />I ask to wear big kid underwear<br />My diaper stays dry for about 2-4 hour intervals<br />I can follow instructions<br />I can pull my pants up and down<br />I’m at a cooperative stage<br />I have words for urine and stool<br />I probably need more time if…<br />I’m showing lack of success<br />My lack of success is associated with constipation<br />If I’m resisting using the potty<br />If it doesn’t seem like my idea yet<br />It’s a struggle <br />I’m still working on my motor skills<br />
  12. 12. Now that we have an idea as to when to start potty training, let’s learn what we need to buy.<br />Setting up the environment<br />a. Make the toilet child friendly by getting a potty chair. If your child seems excited about using the big toilet then just get a padded seat.<br />b. Show them how using the potty is a fun and exciting thing by reading them potty books, using a potty training doll, and watching potty training videos.<br />Make the transition fun<br />a. Allow them to decorate their potty chair with stickers etc. , watch TV while sitting on their chair, let using the toilet be their idea, make up a potty song, use picture books, etc.<br />
  13. 13. Tracking success by using some sort of chart!<br />Remember, the more your child is involved and the process seems fun, the more they are willing to give it a try. A good way to track the progress is by making a fun chart for them to visually see what they have done.<br />
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  20. 20. References<br />BabyCenter LLC. (2006). The ABC’s of potty training. Retrieved from<br />WebMD LLC. (2009). Toilet training-topic overview. Retrieved from<br />Iannelli MD, V. Potty training. Retrieved from ex.html<br /> editorial staff (2009). Toilet training your child. Retrieved from ts/toilet/179.html<br />