Potty training: Does your child show interest?

Your child is key in the decision-making process! Emotionally, it is important that he or she feel ready to begin using the potty.

Perhaps your child has started showing an interest in your bathroom habits or those of other family members. This is a good sign! Allowing your child to watch you, or a sibling, use the potty will encourage him or her to give it a try.

You may also find that your child wants to read about other kids using the potty. You may even want to make up stories of your own about children's potty training adventures. Some parents even bring a doll or toy into the mix, encouraging their child to have dolly sit on the potty to pee or poop.

Remember that it is common for little ones to hold on to their diapers because they offer the security and familiarity of babyhood. If your child is pushing for independence in other realms, he or she may be reluctant to move out of their diapers -- at least for a while.

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