Expert Potty Training Tips #EveryFlush
Recently I was able to participate in a conference call with Dr. Alberto Cotton and fellow mom blogger Jeannette Kapluna about potty training our children. As a Huggies Madrina del Baño I am happy to share our own potty training tips with my readers but I’d also like to share the expert tips form Dr. Cotton and Jeannette.
For instance, I didn’t realize that regression can be very much part of the process, or that you should be teaching them to wipe almost at the same time as they potty train. Also, they reinforced what I knew (but still liked hearing it from an expert)… although some believe that children should be trained by the time they are two years old, experts say you shouldn’t start training your little one until you see that they are ready.
The key to this process is to make sure all family members, even extended members who are part of your child’s life like grandparents, are on board with your training method. Also, keep in mind that this process should be a positive one and that each potty training success should be celebrated.
That said, celebrations shouldn’t be excessive. There is a new trend to have potty parties and the reality is that if you start over the top you are never going to be able to keep that excitement up throughout the process. Dr. Cotton reminded us to reinforce every moment in a positive way and to realize that there will always be accidents but that we can’t punish them for that.
Jeannette shared that something as simple singing a song can be a positive reward that can be used. In our case, we are also using the Big Kid app. My 19 month old daughters favorites are both the call from Disney characters and the games she gets to play when she gets stars for going to the potty.
This super cool app wasn’t around when we potty trained our first but we did get everyone in on the tactics we would use with her so we plan to do the same with our second. We’ve made it a point to share with our parents how we want to positively reinforce the process. This time we’ll ask them to accumulate stars for her successes that we will add to the app later but in the meantime they are celebrating in small ways with her also to keep her motivated.
In our previous journey we were first told that potty training should only happen with cloth underwear but the reality of our life style couldn’t endure that for the long term. While we initially started with underwear we quickly realized that if this was just a new learning we needed a little extra protection. Training pants can help make potty training a fun and easy bonding experience between parent and child without the stress of constantly cleaning up messes.
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