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Video:Potty Training Success

with Kathy Moore

When it comes to potty training children, it seems everyone has an opinion or advice. But as a parent of a toddler in diapers, how do you know which method is right for you and your child?See Transcript

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Transcript:Potty Training Success

Hi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. When it comes to potty training children, it seems everyone has an opinion or advice. But as a parent of a toddler in diapers, how do you know which method is right for you and your child? This program is about achieving toilet training success.

Potty Train According to Your Child's Needs

There are plenty of books available on the subject of toilet training. I've read a bunch of them and gotten some good suggestions. However, one thing I know for sure is that every child and every situation is unique. So, if you want to develop a successful plan for potty training, you'll have to start with your child's individual needs and quirks. After all, you know your child better than anyone.

RISER Potty Training

I have developed what I call the RISER system to use as a guide for toilet training. It works like this:

R is for Routine
Try starting your training efforts by having your child sit on the potty each day as part of your evening bath and morning dressing routines. This will begin to instill a sense of regularity to toilet functions. Gradually increase the practice potty sittings to include times after meals.

I is for Instruction
Teach your child the steps of the toileting process from removing clothes through to washing hands.

S stands for Supportive
Don't expect your child to be a potty expert right away. Even when there are setbacks or accidents you need to keep potty training positive and fun.

E is for Empowerment
It helps to realize that your child is in control. Learning to potty on his own is a big step on the long road toward personal independence. As a parent you need to empower your child to manage his own bodily functions.

R is for Rewards
Our kids really respond to rewards like stickers or treats. We work the empowerment angle with the reward too by allowing the child to choose their own reward after they have used the potty successfully.

Keeping a positive attitude is essential to successful potty training and not having to change those dirty diapers any more is a wonderful reward for you!
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