How do I begin Toilet Teaching?


• Keep the house warm enough so the child won't avoid getting up because it's too cold. You can return to energy savings later.

• Consider keeping a potty chair near your child's bed if that will make things easier.

• Practice "positive imagining” as you put your child to sleep. Help a child imagine staying dry all night and waking up dry in the morning. Talk about the pleasure of feeling dry, in control and grown-up.

• Whisper "dry" ideas into the ear of a sleeping child. (Some psychologists say children are often receptive to such “idea planting" during certain periods of sleep.)

• Let your child know that you know that he or she will stay dry at night II soon," like other big kids. It is important to set up the expectation, but don't subject your child to heavy pressure.

• Remove diapers and replace them with training pants, cloth soakers, or disposable Pull-Ups only after a week or so of dry nights.

Excerpted from Toilet Training: A Practical Guide to Daytime and Nighttime Training by Vicki Lansky

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