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Create a Potty-Training Plan in Three Steps

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On your marks, get set, go potty!

Too bad potty training doesn’t quite happen like that. It’s a process that requires patience on the part of Mom and Dad and some thought adjustment on the part of your child. It takes time for her to figure out what’s required, get used to the idea, and eventually perform her first big duty on the throne.

As you know, there’s no one right way to potty train. Feel free to try out different approaches, improvise a bit, and stick with what works for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a plan in place to help ease the transition. Here are some starting points for creating your own plan.

Set up a routine

Come up with a simple potty-training routine that you can follow without too much trouble. It’s a good idea to keep your child’s potty in the same spot and have her follow the same instructions to “go potty” each time. If you allow her to just sit for a while, keep the length of time she is expected to sit there the same with each visit. Try to include the same steps each time: sitting on the potty, cleaning up and wiping (whether anything actually happened or not), and washing hands. Pretty soon, your child will know what to expect.

Observe potty time

The idea is not to be on helicopter potty patrol, but to casually and positively observe what is going on in there.



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