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Many parents are intimidated at the thought of potty training their children. Children are often just as overwhelmed as parents. Potty training doesn't have to be a disaster, and there are plenty of ways you can make the process go a little smoother for both yourself and your child. Here are a few tips that will help you potty train your child quickly and with fewer tears.
When children have to go, they really have to go. They often wait until the last minute to tell their parents. If the child is wearing tight clothing or clothing with a lot of buttons, snaps, or strings that tie, it can take a while to remove the clothes so that the child can use the potty. When potty training, make sure your child is wearing clothes that are easy to remove. Dress your child in loose and elastic waist pants while potty training, allowing for quick and easy removal. This will result in fewer accidents and help your child learn to go on their own. Just in case of an accident, be sure to bring extra clothes when you go out.
Children can be stubborn, and even when they know that they have to go to the bathroom, they may put it off to watch a cartoon or finish playing. Giving your child a reward will give them a reason to want to use the potty. It will also give them something to show for their effort. Consider using candy, small toys, books, or even special outings as rewards for successful potty-training days. If your child doesn't do well, withhold the reward, but don't make them feel bad about it. Remind them that they can try again and have another chance to earn the prize.
Sticking to a potty-training routine is important. Encourage your child to go to the potty after eating or drinking. If you are traveling, have people visiting, or experiencing a change in your work schedule, it is still important to stick to the potty-training schedule. Children thrive on a routine and disrupting that routine can set you back weeks. Once you are serious about potty training your child, stick with it until they are successful.
And if you are a parent of an autistic child, potty training may pose other challenges. For more on how to overcome these challenges check out this article "Potty Training for Autism: The Ultimate Guide."
Potty training isn't something you can do in a day or two, but it also doesn't have to be difficult. If you are ready to potty train your child, keep these tips in mind. It will make the process easier for both you and your child.
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