Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Potty Training

Yahoo! At last, my 4th child, Janel - 2 yrs 9 months old, is now potty trained. YES!

Janel has not been wearing any diaper during the daytime since 2 years old (she doesn't want to) and even at night time since 2 1/2 years old. What a great savings on money paid to diapers.

The problem is she can pass urine in the potty but she always poops in her underwear. We've been encouraging her to sit down on the potty, when she feels like poops ready. But she always messes up.

About 3 weeks ago, she had very loose bowel movement and made a lot of mess on the bed. She cried that time. But that was a turning point for her. Since then, she has been pooping in the potty. We always praise her for her big accomplishment. Even she praises herself for a job well done.

After having potty trained 4 children, here are some tips on how to potty train your child:
1. Start by giving your child his own potty chair.
2. Let your child see you or his father using the toilet. It was easier for my younger children to be potty trained because they see their older brother or sister doing it.
3. Let him sit on the potty chair fully clothed just to have a feel of it.
4. Gradually, let him sit without a nappy.
5. When he soils or wets his nappy, sit him gently on the chair after cleaning him while you get fresh things.
6. Once he is interested, let him sit 2 or 3 times a day.
7. When I have a hint that he is about to pee or poop, I ask him and sit him on the potty.
8. Lastly, don't pressure or scold the child. Children who are pressured into early training tend to be bedwetters and soiling than those children who develop at their own pace. Praise every success.

Just keep doing these tips and you'll have success at potty training your child.

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