7 Days to Potty Train Your Kid! How to Get Your Child Out of Diapers -- For Good

Teaching your child to use the potty is as much a milestone for your kid as it is for you. We worked with the experts to develop a weeklong plan to help you get the job done (13 Photos)

Holly Pevzner on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:23PM

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DAY 1: Stay In, Pants-free

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a Holly Pevzner on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:36PM

Today's Goal: Aim for a whole day focused on trying to go pee and poop the potty while your child is awake.

How to Do It: Block off an entire day that you can devote to being in the house with a tiny, pants-free person. Then excitedly declare it Underpants Day or Naked Day and roll up the rugs and have a potty party! Here, for a whole day your kid plays, eats, watches cartoons and runs sans pants. You: Plop that potty down close to where your child is spending his or her time. (No need to keep it in the bathroom!) The proximity will bolster his or her chances of getting there on time. Return to diapers for sleep and nap time.

Be sure to have rewards on hand. "Praise, of course, is the number one reward," says Jill Leech, creator of the Potty Tots Potty Training Program. "But it doesn't hurt to have other incentives for rewarding effort and success in potty training." Stock up on gummy bears, stickers or mini M&Ms or whatever treat motivates your child. If your child responds well to praise (some kids don't relish the attention), pile it on.


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