How do I begin Toilet Teaching?

Daytime Bladder Control

Some parents prefer to begin toilet training in the winter or rainy months when it's hard to get out of the house, but it might be easiest to begin toilet training in the summer, if this fits your schedule. Summer clothes are light and can be removed quickly. And when accidents do occur, you'll have fewer layers of clothes to launder.

If possible, plan to devote at least three days in a row to begin bladder training and give your child your complete concentration. During those days you must be able to drop everything when a child has to go.

• Tell your child that you expect to be told if there is a need to go.
• Let your child be in charge of as much of the toilet training process as possible.
• Put a child on the toilet first thing in the morning, before naps, after naps, after meals, after being dry for two hours, and before bedtime. Initially a regular schedule can help with this process.
• Keep your child company - un-strapped -- on a potty-chair or adapter. Use the time for reading. Books about potties are appropriate selections to keep in the bathroom!
• Praise all progress. For some, sitting more than 10 seconds may be progress.
• Turn the water on and let it run for "inspiration," or sprinkle warm water over a child's genitals.
• Offer more fluids when you are actively involved in training. The more a child drinks, the more a child will need to urinate and respond to body signals.
• Say occasionally,

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