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Potty Training Without Tears

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Looking at your child and thinking back at how much he's grown and developed can be a bittersweet experience. On one hand, you love how big and independent he's become. On the other, you sometimes miss his younger, more dependent days. But no matter how fondly you recall your child's infancy, there's one part of his childhood that you probably can't wait to put behind you: changing diapers.

Although most kids look forward to being able to use the toilet on their own, they can easily get frustrated by the inevitable accidents. And navigating that gray area between diapers and underwear can be hard on you, too. Here are some tips that will help make potty training as painless and easy as possible —for everyone concerned.


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Wait until your child is ready. (Click here for a complete list of signs of readiness.) Trying to potty train a child who's not ready can actually extend the process. And avoid starting training when there are other big changes in your child's life, such as illness, divorce, a death in the family (even of a pet), and moving to a new home.


Take it one step at a time. Despite all the stories you might have heard about children who jumped from diapers to big-kid underpants in a day, potty training is a process that, for most children, involves several distinct steps that are learned one by one and over time. (For a detailed, step-by-step guide, click here.) To get the process going, you may want to start by leaving a potty seat on the floor of the bathroom for a few days; tell your child that the little toilet is for her, and the big one is for grown-ups. A few days later, have her sit on the seat (fully clothed is fine). After another few days, start asking your child a number of times every day whether you can take off her diaper so she can sit on her special seat.

 

 
 

 
 
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Isabella
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