How do I begin Toilet Teaching?

"It's time to try now."
• Set a timer to remind your child when it's time to go potty rather than doing all the reminding yourself.
• Use the reminder as a "before" condition: "After you use the potty, we will ..."
• Consolidate success by maintaining the same routine for several weeks.
• Keep in mind that even children who have mastered the bathroom procedure may wet their pants during the day for several weeks or months.
• If you have followed all reasonable steps for some time without success, stop! Try again in a few weeks or months.

Nighttime Control…

Nighttime Control

When we expect children to stay dry at night we are asking them to maintain a newly learned mastery of involuntary muscles -- while they are asleep! This is no easy task. It's best not to make a big deal about nighttime control for a recently daytime-trained child. If you do, the child's anxiety about the problem could delay nighttime dryness for months.

Continue using diapers at night, but praise a child who wakes up dry. Remember that failure to achieve nighttime control is not willful in young children. Developmental readiness for daytime control is not the same as developmental readiness for nighttime dryness.

It should come as no surprise that nighttime bladder control can follow daytime control by anywhere from several months to several years. Maturation is usually what brings it about. There is really very little a parent can do to help a child establish nighttime control, at least until school age is reached.

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