Potty Training Tips for Parents
MISSION, KS, Jan 10, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
(Family Features) Learning to use the potty is a big deal for little
kids -- and their parents. While it's definitely a time-consuming
process with many ups and downs, it's also a process that can be
easier for everyone with a few simple strategies, the right equipment
and new, on-the-go tools that help make potty training fun anytime,
Is Your Child Ready
Many children start showing an interest in
potty training around age 2, but others aren't ready until they're
older -- because successful potty training begins when a child is
physically and emotionally ready, which doesn't always happen at the
same time for everyone. Here are some signs of readiness you can look
-- Ability to stay dry for two or more hours during the day.
-- Interest in the potty chair, toilet or wearing underwear.
-- Communicating with words, body language and facial expressions when
they need to go.
-- Complaints about wet or dirty diapers.
What You Need
Before you start potty training, consider having a few
of these tools ready to help make the transition as smooth as
-- Potty chair - Put a potty chair in the bathroom. Look for a model with
a removable top that can be placed on top of the toilet seat when your
child is ready to start making the transition.
-- A small footstool - Some kids feel a little insecure sitting on the
big potty. Placing a stool under their feet can help stabilize them.
-- Training pants - Training pants are a great way to move on from
diapers, and help toddlers feel like a big kid before making the jump
-- Rewards - In addition to verbal praise for their efforts, consider
small rewards such as stickers or stars on a chart. Every five or 10
stickers equals an extra bedtime story or game.
Don't be afraid to try something new. BabyCenter's 2012 American Media
Mom Report shows that as many as 65 percent of moms now own a
smartphone, and 74 percent of moms let their children use their
smartphones. If your toddler enjoys playing with your smartphone, try
using it as an educational tool, incentive and reward for potty
Brands such as Pull-Ups now offer a wide variety of mobile tools to
ensure you're always ready for potty training success, wherever you
go. The new Pull-Ups Big Kid App includes games to reward your child
after they have accomplished potty training success. Special
identifying markers inside packages of Pull-Ups Training Pants can be
scanned with the app to activate an interactive Pull-Ups Big Kid 3 D
Celebration, bringing your child's favorite Disney characters to
life, and making rewards on the go easy and fun.
You'll probably hit a few roadblocks -- and
encounter stubbornness at its finest -- with your toddler after
you've started the potty training process. Keep in mind these dos and
don'ts in order to get past them:
-- Don't use punishments or threats.
-- Always use positive reinforcement.
-- Let children learn at their own pace.
-- Stay positive when accidents happen.
-- Take training breaks if needed.
-- Boost fruit and veggie intake to help prevent constipation.
Roadblocks aside, potty training successes are always worth sharing and
celebrating. The Pull-Ups(R) Brand encourages you to share your
child's success stories and photos with other parents on the Pull-Ups
Facebook page for the chance to win great prizes. Get more details at
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