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Potty Training Tips

Potty training your toddler takes a whole lot of patience and heaps of time.  But how do you know if they are ready yet?  Some signs to look out for include; showing an interest in the potty, sitting on it etc, going somewhere private to do their business, showing an interest in you going to the toilet or having a dry nappy for a few hours.  There are a few other signs as each child is different.

Before deciding to potty train your child you need to establish if they are ready.  This involves looking for the above signs, establishing whether they can follow basic instructions and whether they know what a ‘wee' and ‘poo' are.

There is no right age to potty train your child, each child is unique.  Any age from 18 months to 4 years is acceptable.  Just bear in mind that all schools will require them to be potty trained.

A great time of year to commence the training is in summer.  This is simply because it is easier for your child to run around nappy free and for you to watch and wait for the signs that he needs to sit on the potty.

You can involve your child in the potty shopping if you like.  He is more likely to be open to sitting on a potty he has helped choose than one that just materialises in the lounge.  You could also decide to buy a special potty that fits inside the toilet with steps leading up to the toilet.  This helps the child feel as if they are copying the grown ups and allows them a small amount of independence.

The most important element of potty training is the praise.  A sticker or a hug after a successful potty episode will work wonders.  Also if your child tells you before he goes to the toilet that he needs to go, this should also be celebrated.

Some children pick up potty training very easily and others take a little longer.  However long it takes, don't get despondent.  If your child doesn't take to it straight away and every sitting is a battle, put away the potty for another month and try again.  They will get it in their own time.

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