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The ABC’s of Potty Training. Assess your child’s Readiness skills. A. Most people begin toilet training when their child is about 2 ½ years old Some may be ready earlier Some may not be ready until later

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the abc s of potty training

The ABC’s of Potty Training

assess your child s readiness skills
Assess your child’s Readiness skills


  • Most people begin toilet training when their child is about 2 ½ years old
    • Some may be ready earlier
    • Some may not be ready until later
    • Girls are usually potty trained before boys
  • Signs to watch for:
    • Imitating others’ bathroom habits
    • Holding themselves
    • Dancing around
    • Unable to focus on task at hand
buy the right equipment
Buy the right Equipment


  • Invest in a child-sized potty or a special seat that attaches to your regular toilet
    • Make sure the child is secure and stable
  • Before beginning . . . pick up an explanatory video or picture book to get the child interested
create a routine
Create a routine


  • Set the child on the potty Fully Clothed once a day
    • After breakfast
    • Before a bath
  • This will allow the child to get used to the potty and accept it as part of a daily routine
  • If child doesn’t want to sit on it:
    • Don’t force the issue
    • Don’t restrain the child or pressure the child to sit
ditch the diaper
Ditch the Diaper


  • Now set the child on the potty seat without a diaper and pants
    • Explain that this is how BIG people go potty (undressing before you sit down)
  • Some choose to put their child in under ware for a day and closely monitor them
  • Some choose to let the child walk around without anything on (no diaper/pull-up/under ware)
    • This allows the child to feel the sensation of actually having to go

explain the process
Explain the process


  • Show the child where the bowel movements go
  • If they go potty in a diaper or under ware . . .
    • Bring to the potty
    • Empty into potty
    • Sit them down and explain this is where we go potty
  • After you have done this, have the child flush the toilet to let the child see where it goes
  • Show the child that they then should pull up pants and ALWAYS wash their hands when done
foster independence
Foster Independence


  • Encourage the child to use the potty whenever he feels the urge to go
  • Assure the child that he can tell you when he needs to go and you’ll help him
  • If possible, allow the child to run around without clothing on from the waist down and keep the potty nearby
  • Remind the child occasionally that the potty is there if he needs it
    • The child may forget!
grab some training pants
Grab some training pants


  • Once training is underway, you should consider using some kind of training pants to the routine
    • Extra thick cloth
    • Disposable
    • Plastic
  • Many prefer the extra thick cloth ones because the child will actually feel it when he pees or poops in them

handle setbacks gracefully
Handle setbacks gracefully


  • Almost every child will have several accidents before becoming completely potty trained
  • Don’t get angry or punish your child . . . the child is in a learning stage and needs more time and guidance
introduce night training
Introduce night training


  • Even though a child may be clean and dry all day long, it might take longer to master night training
  • Use diapers or pull-ups for overnight use, and you may need a plastic mattress cover to minimize clean-up from overnight messes
  • You can help cut down on wet nights by not letting the child drink too much before bedtime
  • Ask the child to call you if he/she wakes up and needs to go potty
  • You may also leave the potty close to his/her room or bed
jump for joy
Jump for Joy!


  • Believe it or not, it is truly up to the child to master this skill . . . with the parents guidance!
  • Don’t force the issue
  • Wait until the child is interested in and wanting to actually GO on the potty . . . it will make your job a lot easier!
  • When you are done, you are done and won’t have to worry about it - - - until the next child