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What should I avoid while I am potty training my child?

So many articles give you advice about what you should be doing when you’re potty training, but very few tell you what you shouldn’t. Here are a few things to avoid when you start potty training your child.

Rushing things. If you try to start potty training before your child is ready, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Not only that, but it may even set back his or her progress, and make things take longer! Bear in mind that potty training can also take up to three or four months.

Choosing the wrong time. You want to choose a time when everything in your home is stable and you have a regular routine. Choosing a time that’s a week before your child starts a new school, or before you bring home your new baby, is a recipe for disaster!

Putting too much pressure on your child. The more you try to force your child to potty train, the more he or she is likely to rebel. Rather take it easy, and you should have better results.

Not putting enough pressure on your child. By the same token, expecting your preschooler to spontaneously decide to use the potty is unreasonable. Remember to remind your child that he or she can use the potty now, and making visits to the toilet, or use of the potty a regular event throughout the day, are important.

Punishing your child. If you start to punish your child for accidents, then you’re associating potty training with a negative experience. Once that happens, your child will no longer want to be involved. Celebrate and reward successes, but take mishaps in your stride, and don’t punish your child for them.

More questions

Even three year olds who are mostly potty trained still have the occasional night time accident.
When a child had diarrhoea, sugary drinks can aggravate the problem. It is better to provide your child a drink that replaces electrolytes.
It is not bribery to offer your child a few rewards for successfully using the potty. In fact, it is a great way to motivate your child to stay focused on potty training.
Potty training is quite a procedure! Whether it’s your first or your fifth time potty training a child, these tips can help.
If you want to know what you should be avoiding when potty training, then read on!
There are a few things you can buy to make potty training your preschooler a little easier on everyone.
When to start potty training is completely dependent on when your toddler feels ready
If you think your child is ready for potty training, then there are three basic steps you need to take to be sure it’s as simple as possible.
There are, believe it or not, several books on the subject of potty training in a few days – rather than weeks or months.
It’s normal for parents to feel that they’ve failed when their child won’t poo in the toilet – rest assured however that you have not. It’ll just take a little more time and practice.

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