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May 8th, 2009, 07:33 PM
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the follow tips are taken from previous members of the potty training board... please feel free to share your own tips!

- put child in underwear all day, rather than using pull-up's
- be positive & don't get upset about accidents
- just start!!
- get them used to sitting on the toilet & potty chair
- don't push it - routines are good, but don't force your child
- don't compare your child's potty training progress to other childrens
- look for patterns - is there a usual time each day they wet? is there a particular amount of time after drinks that they wet?
- until they are going to the potty/toilet without being asked, ask regularly if they need to go
- children are ready to start potty training at different ages
- praise them & show how happy you are when they successfully use the potty/toilet
- when they show interest in potty training, take advantage of it
- if it isn't working, stop & try a few weeks, or even months later

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May 26th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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use treats to help reward children if they go potty
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June 15th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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It really depends on your child. My oldest boy wasn't potty trained until he was about 3.
We tried everything, stickers, skittles, toys, pull-ups, cloth pants, etc. It was SO frustrating!!
Unfortunately, your child gets to decide what really works!

My youngest 2 were much easier. Definitely wait until they start showing signs that they're ready. It will save you the frustration!!
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July 28th, 2009, 12:07 AM
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my son is 21 months old and for the past 3 or 4 months my husband and i have been tring to potty train him. we baught a potty for him and he loved going when his dad went rhen about a month later it was like " potty? yea right" so we let him run around naked then a diaper at night, well he started peeing on my furniture so we started getting more agressive with the potty it got put in our living room. he started to use it more! my nieghbor brought me some under wear down 1 day and he put them on he let me know when he had to pee. i was so happy and it is so cute cause he grabs himself an crosses his legs and does a lil cry,,,, when we go out into public i put pose pads in his under wear for accidents outside the house. he will let us know when he has to pee but when he has to poop that another story he wont go unless he has a diaper on or under wear on.that still needs work,,,, but he is doing great so far....

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October 25th, 2009, 10:34 AM
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We used Disney Princesses tattoos as a reward because she loved them so much. Try to find something that you can use as a reward that your child loves. Also, we used a potty seat that our child was comfortable with not only at home, but while traveling or shopping. We bought her the On-the-Go Inflatable potty seat at onthegoinflatables. It was something that she was very familiar with using at home or away. We bought 2 so she never noticed the difference.
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April 22nd, 2010, 06:05 AM
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don't ask "do you have to go potty?" 9 times out of 10, the answer will be "no"

instead say, "DC, it's time to go potty." reward that they even tried.

1 M&M for trying
2 M&Ms for peeing
3 M&Ms for pooping

do this every half hour.......set a timer if you have to (I did)
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April 29th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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i am waiting for the warmer weather to start potty training with my 2.5 year old...I think i will try to M&M approach since that is her favorite candy....wondering how long it will take...I guess it depends on the child....we start preschool in the fall and she has to be potty trained by then...keeping my fingers crossed....
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August 8th, 2010, 08:29 PM
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We did the naked method. My son is about 17 and a half months old and we have him naked all day at hom with the potty seat in the front room. If he started to pee we would put him on the potty and say "we pee on the potty not on the floor!" but in an encouraging and not angry way. He caught on fairly quickly and eventually started to pee on the potty on his own. He would go and sit on it and go. Sometimes he would go and sit on it and try to go too Any time he would try he would get lots of excited praise, if he produced it got even more excited! When he went we would walk with him to the big toilet to dump out the pee, he would drop some toilet paper in the toilet (he would get his own square to throw in which he loved) and help flush it down. After maybe four or five days he started to have very few misses and although I do remind him sometimes to go he often does it on his own now. After close to a week we have him in underwear and when he goes to sit down I pull them down for him. So far after a day and a half no wet underwear and barely any reminding. No bribery needed so far! He eats up the excitement he starts when he produces and he beams with pride on his own when he goes. So far so good! I know it will take time to really be solid but so far so good!
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September 28th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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hmmm... i just read and learn..
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November 11th, 2010, 09:42 PM
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Hi, I have twins that are turning 2 in December. I want to start potty training them the day after they turn two. They are familiar with the potty and know that they are to pee or poo on it. We encourage them and never scold them if nothing happens. If anyone has advice for training twins pls let me know. Thanks
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November 11th, 2010, 10:50 PM
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With boys I heard about the cherrio trick. When the child goes potty put a couple cherrios in the toilot and have him try to pee on them. My friends used it for their boys and it worked good.
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February 22nd, 2013, 12:25 PM
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The best advice I ever got was to not push them until they show an interest and understanding for it. If you push too early you'll prolong it. I tried to always make a big deal about when I went potty. He started to want to do the same.
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July 5th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Hi everyone. My daughter is 2 and a half and i have another baby on the way! She tells me when she goes to toilet. And hates being wet or dirty. She doesn't mind sitting on the pottys but hates the big toilet. But when i sit her on potty she won't go at all.By the way ,i dowloaded a great app called potty training learning with the animals....my daughter loved it and help her a lot!
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September 2nd, 2013, 11:15 PM
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I think you can try this.I tried the method talked about potty training learning with the animals app... Can really recommend it!
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October 22nd, 2013, 03:32 AM
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My mom-in law taught me the old way...make it a routine after each feeding to burp the child and in the afternoon and evening to encourage baby to pass motion by making "mmph" noise....but its not the most scientific
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October 24th, 2013, 04:35 AM
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We found a children's book called Pip and Posy - The Little Puddle. Its quite a cute story with great pictures and was really helpful with our daughter.
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March 1st, 2016, 06:31 AM
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My advice is:

1. imagine this is a game for you,,not for your kid...your kid will enjoy if you do have fun, and try to make it fun for him... (game = potty training)

2. find games to play in the batrhoom...do not need to be in the toilet or over the toilett....just to make him feel comfortable in the toilet...

3. games such as taking preferred toys to the toilett... doing a potty dance in the toilett with the toys...

4. Potty training Learning with the Animals APP.. in fact, there is one really the best.. what i love about this app, is that is a game, where children are the responsible to teach the animals to go to the potty.... and also, there is a section with videos and ideas on how the parents can also play games with their childrens!!..

hope you achieve it!

ty training learning with the animals
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July 4th, 2016, 04:05 AM
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I've collected the BEST most creative potty training tips I've found online, and I am sharing it with you to make potty training easy and fun for you! (Yes, it CAN be fun!!) So just read below:
  • Bribery IS everything- Those little tiny treats you give your son/daughter every time they succeed using the toilet are SO helpful and motivating! Just remember to brush their teeth really good afterwards. If you want to cut off the sweets- you can also give them stickers, kids LOVE stickers! If that doesn't work- try different treats and see how your kid responds to them. Pick his favorites ones and you're good to go.
3-5 M&M's will do the job
  • Hit the cheerio (for boys)- put 3-5 cheerios in the potty and tell your kid to aim at them when he pees. You are turning potty training into a game and your child will absolutely ADORE it!
Throw those cheerios inside
  • Music to my ears- Pick a song, or invent one and sing it to your little ones' every time they go to the potty. Sing a different one when they're done and let them know how well they did. It's funny, playful and makes a sort of a routine for potty time.
Sing, clap, dance! Have some fun for goodness sake!
  • Time to be creative- Put your kid backwards on the toilet, give them a water removable marker and let them paint on the cover of the toilet- it gives them a great thing to do while sitting on the toilet.
It comes off! Not to worry...
  • Portable- some kids have a preferred location to do their business. It can be everywhere from the common bathroom to their room, living room, kitchen, balcony etc. Buy a portable potty and place it in your kid's favorite spot.
Location, location, location

Try some of this and let me know how well you kids did!
Best of luck,
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March 9th, 2017, 02:34 PM
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Susan Urban's guide was irreplaceable for me and my family in this subject. It helped me a lot when it came to potty training. The guide tells exactly when and what to do. It gives you step by step instructions and what was very important for me - the guide is short so I've read it in an hour or so.

My almost 4 years old daughter is doing great now (we started training when she was 22 months old) and I am about to start introducing the potty to my 1 and a half year old princess. I am definitely going to follow the guide again. I got the ebook more than a year ago but i can see that it is still available on the same website: www.parental-love.com
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March 11th, 2017, 01:00 AM
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Whether you are a hired child caregiver, a new mother or even an experienced one, you will agree with me that one of the most difficult stages in raising a child is the potty training. This article would show you how to potty train a little baby boy or girl.
Contrary to general opinion, the experience can be easy and even fun for you and the baby; you just need to exercise patience, learn the proper way to go about it and stay positive throughout the training period.
A common mistake caregivers make is the use of force; it usually gives the direct opposite of the expected result as it instills fear in the child who now dreads the potty and sees its use as a form of torture.
Avoid forcing a baby to start learning how to use the potty; they are naturally wired to start showing signs of interest in potty training as they grow.
Because starting at the right time is a crucial step in potty-training your child, I will help you know how to understand these signs before going further.
I stumbled upon this a while ago and it has really changed my perspective about potty training. Click http://www.pottycares.com/potty-train-little-baby-boy-girl-easy-simple-guide/ to see it
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