Potty training made easy: 9 mom-tested tips

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4. Adjust your attitude. Once you have provided the tools, it is up to the child to decide to use them. It is important that children are never forced, coerced, shamed or manipulated into using the toilet. Having your child sit until he or she has "done something" feels punitive and doesn't help them learn how their bodies work. Learn more.

5. Celebrate! Most children love to be told they are doing things the way big people, or their older siblings are doing them. If your child has been successfully using the potty for a while, it may be just the right time to throw away those old diapers. and celebrate this important transition! Learn more.

6. Keep the stress out. Remember to not expect too much at one time and not to overload your child with any other difficult tasks at this stressful time. This is not the best time to switch day-care providers, start a new school program or take away that blanket or pacifier. Learn more.

7. Allow for mistakes. Many children readily adjust to using the potty during the day, but lose control as they sleep at night. Once your child has mastered the daylight hours, start concentrating on helping your child to stay clean and dry at night. Keep in mind, nighttime wetting is common, even until kindergarten -- and sometimes beyond. Your child's bladder and nervous system are simply not developed sufficiently and he or she is unable to wake from a deep sleep. Learn more.

8. Remember the mantra, two steps forward, one step back.

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