If you have a sensitive toddler and it is time to potty train, you can still have her potty trained and have an enjoyable experience too. Sensitive children do sometimes take a little more time and understanding, since their emotions are a little stronger than other children.
However, it does not mean that potty training has to be hard or difficult or upsetting either. There are ways to have her potty trained so that she is happy when doing it and having a good time as well.
Some tips on potty training a sensitive girl include:
- Make sure to talk with her about potty training, before actually beginning the potty training process. The more you let her know what is going on and what is happening, the less chance there will be of her becoming upset or confused when you do begin potty training. Watch potty training videos together, so she can see what will be happening and how other children are using the bathroom. Listen to potty training CDs to learn the songs, so she feels secure when using the bathroom and can remember these as well, plus read through the books too so she understands as well what will be happening and can look at the pictures and take it all in.
- Give her more time with the pre-potty training process. Many times children need only a couple of weeks to learn about potty training, however give your daughter extra time to become comfortable with it and do not push the potty training too much. Instead, ask leading questions to get in interested in potty training and watch what her reactions are so that you know that she is comfortable and understanding what will be happening.
- Allow her to be involved in the process of choosing her potty chair and potty step stool, as well as her potty training pants, potty stickers and calendar also. Anything that is being purchased for her and potty training, make sure she is a part of this process to help get her excited, as well as make her comfortable with what will be happening. Most likely she will want to be involved in these decisions and this will make her feel better about what is happening, since she is getting to choose the items.
- Use potty training decals in the bathroom and on the toilet so that it is fun to be in there and so she can see that it is her special place to use the bathroom. The more fun the bathroom is, the more likely she will want to go. Have her comfort items in the bathroom for her, so she feels secure whenever she needs to go.
- Do take it slower with her. If she does start to become upset about using the bathroom talk about why she is and maybe not force her to go right than. Let her take a break from the bathroom and let her know that you two will go back to the bathroom in a little bit.
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