I remember the first time I attempted to teach my daughter how to use the potty. For some reason, I thought that if I just switched her from diapers to underwear that should be automatically know how to use the potty. Ha! What was I thinking? She ended up going everywhere but the potty!
Potty training isn’t easy. As a new parent, you are going to be clueless as to how to teach this very important skill to your child. Your children depend on you to teach them how to do everything and I would be doing my daughter a major disservice if I didn’t teach her how to use the potty.
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I wasn’t sure of the right steps, so what I decided to do is turn to my trusted series of books. I have discussed Babywise before but they also have a book called Pottywise. In a nutshell, this book laid out necessary steps that I should take to yield potty-training success. It’s all about reward.
Every time my daughter used the potty correctly, I would reward her with M&M’s. First, we used the potty training seat then moved to the regular toilet seat. There were definite times where we didn’t make it to the potty in time and we had many accidents!
After a couple of weeks though we finally reached potty training success. No more diapers! It wasn’t has hard as what I thought. Just like with everything in parenting. It’s new to you and it’s new to your child. But you will make it through together. I definitely recommend the book! Good Luck.
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