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Potty Training

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  • Children learn from copying adults and other children. It may help if your child sits on their potty while you are using the toilet.

  • Potty chairs used on the floor are more secure since most children can reach the floor and this reduces their fear of falling off... or in.

  • Children should be allowed to play with the potty; sit on it with clothes on and later without diapers.

  • Never strap your child to the potty chair. Children should be free to get off the potty when they want.

  • Your child should not sit on the potty for more than five minutes. Some children will have a bowel movement just after their diaper is put back on because the diaper feels normal.

  • If your child has a usual time for bowel movements you can take your child to the potty at that time of day.

  • If your child wants to side on the potty, you may stay next to your child and talk or read a book to them.

  • It is good to use words for what your child is doing (“potty,â€� “pee,â€� or “poop). Then your child learns the words to tell you.

  • If you child gets off the potty before urinating or passing a bowel movement, be calm; do not scold. Try again later.

  • Initially, teach boys to sit down for passing urine, as, at first, it is difficult to control starting and stopping while standing.

  • Some children learn by pretending to teach a doll to go potty.

  • Make going to the potty part of your child’s daily routine, such as first thing in the morning, after meals and naps, and before going to bed.