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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Time to Potty Learn?

Your child is 2.5 years old and you are just a little tired of changing diapers. You're starting to think about potty learning. But is it really the right time for your child, or just for you?

Take it from me, as a mom of four-three of whom are successful in potty useage at this point-you do NOT want to push a child who isn't ready to BE ready. Does that make sense?

You can read about one of my potty learning mis-adventures here but come back!

Before you ever start the actual process of potty learning, I'd suggest trying several things to help the potty become normal for your little one.

1. Let them see you or your husband or even your older kids use the potty so they can learn that it's normal and how it's done.

2. Have them sit on the potty regularly. You may catch a few good pees or even a poop. If you do, be sure to praise, praise, praise! If not, don't make it a big deal; offer praise for the effort.

3. If you can tell your little one is about to poop, suggest a trip to the potty. I can't tell you the number of times my youngest has ended up pooping on the potty because I realized he was getting ready to do it.

4. Talk about getting to wear underwear a lot so they get excited about learning! My daughter couldn't wait to get Princess Panties for knowing how to use the potty. She was just shy of 2 years old when she told ME that she was ready. And believe it or not, she actually was and had very few accidents!

Signs your child may be ready to start learning:

1. They tell you as soon as they are wet or poopy.

2. They can pull their own pants up and down.

3. They actually WANT to sit on the potty as often as possible.

4. They have a word or words they use regularly for the potty and/or pee and poop (or the like).

5. They have periods of 2-3 hours where they are dry.

**For more signs of readiness, check out this checklist from Babycenter: http://www.babycenter.com/0_potty-training-readiness-checklist_4384.bc

***The pictured trainer is called Bumble Pants and is available from Wee Little Changes. Click the "shop our store" button to the right and then "potty learning" to find them in the store!

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