Changing Colors: The Blog of Spectrum Pediatrics

January 3, 2018

Trick of the Trade from Tracy Magee, MS, CCC-SLP

Potty Training

Every parent gets a little nervous, but also excited, when it is time to potty train their toddler. No more diapers! Woo hoo! It’s definitely a daunting task that can be accomplished many different ways based on the child’s personality and the dynamics of the family. When potty training my own child and with the help of this book, I learned some great tips when potty training. Here are just a few:

1. Public Restrooms: They can be terrifying for a little one (and let’s face it, the parents, too ☺). Keep a stack of post-it notes in your purse/bag to put over the toilet self-flushing sensor. The last thing you want is the loud noise and the swishing of the water as your child is doing his/her “business.”

2. On the Go: When the child let’s you know he/she has to go, that usually means NOW. Keep a travel potty in the car for those emergencies. You can also try a red solo cup or mason jar. It’s gross, but good in a pinch!

3. Bowel Movements: Most kids have an easier time learning how to urinate in the potty than using it for bowel movements. Make sure that your child’s knees are above their pelvis when they are sitting. This will physically make the act much easier for the child, and that makes learning that part of toilet training a little less intimidating for everyone.

Hope these tips help a few moms and dads with this big step! I know they helped me!

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