Sunday, August 31, 2008

Okay, so we are in the midst of potty training. I have to be honest--I really thought this was something we'd be able to tackle in a couple of days. This has not been the case. I've watched videos, read books, researched online different techniques and nothing has worked! Here are a couple more tips I found this week that we'll be trying-

  • Sit your child's favorite doll or action figure on a pretend toilet, explaining "the baby is going pee-pee in the potty." Put diapers on his favorite stuffed bear. Then graduate the bear to underwear.
  • Have your child sit on the potty for 2 to 4 minutes every hour or so. Schedule these sittings close to times your child usually has a bowel movement or urination, such as just after a meal, snack or nap. Remember that you cannot control when your child urinates. (We haven't been doing it this often).
  • Try the "warm water" trick. Once the child is sitting on the potty, fill a large bowl or small bucket with lukewarm or tepid water. Place some new "potty" toys in the bowl and set the bowl of water in front of the child. When the child places his/her hands in the lukewarm water to play with the toys, they may nearly instantly go.
  • Singing a song for your child will help you pass the time and keep them interested in staying in the bathroom. One parent who successfully trained her child created a potty song to make her son feel more comfortable in the bathroom. It's sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. It goes like this: "Tinkle, tinkle, little pee, in the potty you will be. Poopy, poopy stinky-o, in the potty you will go."