Potty training made easy: 9 mom-tested tips

Your little one seems ready -- both physically and emotionally -- to begin learning to use the potty. But, how do you start toilet teaching? What method will be best for your child? Is there one "magic" method that will teach your toddler overnight, with little disruption of your daily life? AH! You knew there was a catch somewhere. Of course, there is no magic method. There are, however, many time-tested tips to help you navigate the road to successful toilet teaching.

1. Be sure your child is really ready. This is such an important question that you really do need to make sure that you are correctly interpreting your child’s messages. If you start when your toddler isn’t quite ready, there’s a good chance that the road will be more difficult to travel. Learn more.

2. Be certain you are ready. Make absolutely sure you have the time and energy this life lesson requires. You child needs your full attention and love to succeed and be truly happy and proud of his or her accomplishment. Learn more.

3. Have the right "tools" for the job. You might want to try a separate "potty seat" or just use a booster seat for the regular toilet -- the choice is yours. Whatever choice you make, remain flexible and take your cue from your child if a switch is warranted. Easy-to-remove clothes help prevent your child from having last minute mistakes. Avoid any clothes that have snaps, buttons, zippers or other type of clothing that is difficult to take off and then put back on.

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