Top 10 "Get-Started" Potty Training Tips

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Potty Training

Expert advice makes potty training easier

Most parents eagerly anticipate potty training as a milestone in their child's development, and now that sunny skies, longer days and less layers of clothing are finally here, summer is the perfect time to get potty training.

To help parents prepare for an easy potty training process, try the following tried-and-true tips, created by PULL-UPS Potty Training Partners, a dedicated network of parents, doctors and childcare professionals.

1. Be prepared to begin the process. Potty training takes time and energy, which is why summer is the perfect time of year to get started. The warmer weather means fewer clothes, making it easier for moms and tots.

2. Tailor your approach for potty training success. Understanding your child's learning style can help him or her better understand the difference between wet and dry. Does your child learn best by seeing or feeling? Try taking the Potty Training Personality Profile at pull-ups.com. It will help you choose a training pant that may match your child's learning style, such as PULL-UPS training pants with Learning Designs or with Wetness Liner.

3 Introduce the potty chair when your child is showing signs of readiness-if he or she stays dry for two hours, or is interested in the bathroom. Demonstrate how the chair works and instill a sense of potty ownership by wrapping it as a present or decorating it with stickers together.

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4. Get your child comfortable with the idea by introducing some of the new supplies you'll be using. Practice putting on training pants, washing his or her hands at the bathroom sink and sitting on the potty chair before starting to use it.

5. Always remain positive and patient. Potty training takes time and setbacks will occur. Remember that children thrive on positive reinforcement. Praise and rewards can help tots feel more comfortable with new skills and keep them motivated during each potty training stage.

6. Be consistent. Once tots are out of diapers, it's important they stay out of them. It's proven that toddlers train faster if they don't switch back and forth between diapers and training pants.

7. To sustain a child's interest, use interactive approaches, such as games, videos, songs, books, progress charts and role modeling.

8. Use teamwork. Make sure everyone in the child's life, from grandparents to daycare providers, are on board with a consistent potty training philosophy, encouraging your little one throughout the process.

9. When traveling, pack familiar potty training supplies like a child-size adapter seat or a favorite book, so he or she is comfortable when using the potty in unfamiliar settings.

10. Use motivational rewards for your child. A colourful crown, honour badge or a personalized storybook starring your child is a special reward that says "I am so proud of you." Downloading the perfect token is quick and easy at pull-ups.com.

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