Is Baby/Infant Potty Training Right For Me?

Baby or infant potty training can be very effective and many parents have their baby potty trained before they are a year old. This can be a great advantage to many parents that need to go back to work after having a child, since it will cut back on the day care expense and the expense of buying diapers and baby wipes all the time.

The advantages and disadvantages of baby or infant potty training are:

Advantages

  • Your child is potty trained sooner, eliminating the need for diapers and baby wipes and that added expense.
  • It is less expensive if a child is going to day care or a care givers house, since you will not have to pay for the diapers and baby wipes or the sure charge there is for having a child that needs to be changed by the day care or care giver.
  • There are less messes for you to clean up, giving you more time throughout the day to do other things and take care of your child.
  • It is easier to take your child places when they are potty trained this young, since there is less to bring and carrying around with you.
  • They have already mastered a major milestone easily on, which being able to spend more time on other important childhood milestones.

Disadvantages

  • It does take some time and can be very time consuming at first.
  • You will spend a lot of time watching your child to determine when they have to go so you can get them there.
  • You will spend a lot of time in the bathroom, since your child cannot get themselves to the bathroom.
  • There is no way to verbally communicate, so you may be using facial expressions and hand language to communicate with your child.
  • It may be messy at first, especially times when you get your child to the bathroom and just as you are putting them on the toilet, they go, maybe missing the toilet.
  • It takes many more trips to the bathroom to teach them to use the toilet, since they are much younger.
  • You will need to get up at night to take them to the toilet too so they can go.

Depending on your situation, baby or infant potty training will work for you. If they are an only child this may be the perfect solution, since you can fully concentrate on them and getting them potty trained. However, it can work for parents with multiple children too, since having your child potty trained will make taking care of all your children easier.

It will depend on how much time you have and if you have the patient to take your child to the bathroom regularly throughout the day to help teach them to go. You will have to be very consistent and stay very calm when doing baby potty training.

 

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Potty Training Twin Of Different Sexes

If you have twins that are opposite sexes, you can still start the potty training and have them potty trained around the same time. Potty training twins is very similar to potty training individual children, the only difference being that you may be spending a little more time in the bathroom with twins, since you will be taking each of them there.

However, having twins has the advantage of your children being able to learn together and reinforce the potty training with each other. They can learn from each other, especially if one twin is catching on faster than the other, which can happen.

Each child is different, even when it comes to potty training and twins are no different that respect. One may catch on faster, however this does not mean you should become frustrated or upset by this.

Each child will still learn at their own pace, however with another child there learning with them there is a better chance that they will want to go, since their sibling is going too.

  • You want to make sure that each child has their own potty chair and that your son also has a potty urinal too. Making sure that they both can use the potty when they need to is so important. You do not want them fighting over the potty or having to wait for one another to use the potty. You never want them to have to hold their potty, this could discourage them, especially when they need to go and set you back. Instead have a potty chair that is specifically for each of them and that has their name on it too. This lets them know that this is their special place to use the potty and all theirs, that they do not need to share this item.
  • Having a potty urinal for your son will mean being able to get him to stand up to pee much sooner, as well as cause less messes to clean up around the toilet, which a girl may not be happy this.
  • You will also want to make sure that they both have their own potty training dolls, potty charts, potty stickers and potty rewards too.
  • You can have them sharing a potty chart to keep track of their progress and the potty stickers and chart should be something that each child chooses and that they like. There are plenty that comes in styles that are great for boys and girls and these are great reward methods, as well as a great way for children to visually see the progress they are making.

Lastly, make sure that you do create a potty schedule with twins. You do not want to be running back and forth to the bathroom throughout the day. Instead, having a schedule that both children go to the bathroom at the same time will make the potty training much easier, especially in the beginning when they are first learning.

This will also be a way to encourage your children to go and they have each others support while they are in the bathroom. It also eliminates the number of times you will be emptying and cleaning the potty chairs too.

 

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What do you think about these new potty chairs?

Potty Scotty and Potty Patty just released their new colors just in time for Christmas! Their new regular and riding potty chairs comes in 3 new colors: White, Green and Red. These colors are also now available in Potty Seat II. I’m sure these potty chairs and seats will make great Christmas presents for any toddler. Because these colors are unisex, you are able to find the new colors on both sites.

 

Please check out New Potty Training Products for Boys or New Potty Training Products for Girls for more purchasing details.

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How To Set A Potty Training Routine

If you are beginning to potty train or already have been, you may be looking to set up a potty training routine to put your child on a schedule of when to go, so they get used to using the bathroom and to help them remember to go as well.

Routines can work great, especially for children that are very routine orientated and like to have a set schedule. To set up a potty training routine, there are a few things you will want to do, which are:

  • Watch to see when your child goes to the bathroom. Most children have to go to the bathroom first thing in the morning when they wake up, however when else do they go? Are they going when they are taking a nap or do they not pee or poop than? Watching your child will give you a better idea of when they need to be taken to the potty to set up the regular schedule for them.
  • Stay on schedule when it comes to eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you eat at the same times everyday, your child will most likely need to use the bathroom afterwards at the same time everyday too. This will help keep them on a routine and keep them consistent also.
  • This includes giving snacks at the same time as well. Again, this will help them to go after the snack has been finished.
  • Have your child change their training pants every morning just like regular underwear to develop good hygiene habits, as well as if they have had an accident, they can help to clean it up. Then have them go to the potty again first thing in the morning.
  • They should use the potty as well right before they go to bed too to help reduce the chances of an accident happening.
  • Make sure that you have potty rewards ready for them when they do go, so they always receive their reward for going and it is a consistent routine to go potty, than receive the reward.
  • If you are using a potty chair that needs to be emptied after each use, than make sure that this happens as well. Have your child help you empty it into the toilet and than wash their hands afterwards. You would never want to leave that sitting anyway and again sticking to the same pattern helps to develop the routine and the habit of using the potty too.

In the beginning of potty training and setting the routine, your child may not remember or may not like it, since they are learning something new. However, you need to continue to follow the same routine everyday that you have set up, regardless of how your child’s attitude or behavior is about it. This ensures that you are staying consistent and this will help them get on the potty training routine as well.

 

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New baby born – How to handle potty training toddler set backs?

What to do after the baby is born?

Depending on the age of your child when you are potty training them, they may go through a period of potty training resistance. This is not that uncommon to have happen with a child. This can be especially true when a child is two when they are potty training and going through the terrible twos as well. At this age, they are more likely to exert control over their environment by not wanting to learn new things or refusing to learn to do things differently. Again, this is normal to have happen in many children, because learning something new can be very scary for them and saying no is their only way of having any control over what is happening to them.

However, potty training resistance can also happen when there is stress in their life too. This can be in the form of changes in the family, such as moving, a separation or divorce or a new baby entering the household. They can also resist if they are sick or not feeling well, a pet or family member has passed away or other stressors that have been happening to them that they can do nothing about. Resisting potty training when a new baby is being born is a pretty common time for children not to want to continue to potty train. Some reasons for their resistance can be:

  • They are scared or nervous about a new family member coming into the home. This is a big change for them and they are used to things how they currently are. A new baby coming home means that everything is changing and they may be too young to understand these changes. This stress can make going to the bathroom more difficult on them, since their own body is still developing all the feelings to let them know when to go.
  • They are the baby currently and no longer will be. Many children go through a period of regression when a new baby is coming home or has come home. They regress because what they are seeing is that a baby is receiving so much attention, so they behave in the same way to receive that same attention. Regression can happen with potty training, as well as other areas that your child has already learned, such as basic communicating, eating, etc.

At this time, instead of becoming upset about the fact that your child is resisting potty training, stay calm and understanding. These are some big changes that are happening to them and it can be difficult for them to take all of this in. You can go back to diapers temporarily if need be during this transition time. There is also going back to using training pants too if your child has been underwear during the day. This does not mean that the potty training has stopped, just that you are allowing your child to take a break from it and than come back to it once things have calmed down again.

 

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How To Teach Toddlers To Wipe Themselves

Don't let your toddler be surprised on how easy it is to wipe themselves

When children are potty training, they may not be able to wipe themselves. This is normal, since they cannot necessarily reach and they do not have the motor skills yet to be able to wipe themselves. You will need to check your child, as well as possibly continue to help them wipe too up until they are 5 to 6 years of age.

Since children do love toilet paper and watching it come of the roll, that doesn’t mean they can wipe themselves with it unfortunately. So to help with the wiping, make sure that your child can actually reach the toilet paper and have alternative wipes on hand as well, that may be easier to use and clean up better as well.

However, making sure that your child understands good habits in the bathroom is still important, even when you are helping them with wiping. These need to be taught from the first day that toilet training begins. Wiping and washing in the bathroom needs to be reinforced from the beginning, so that once they can do these tasks on their own, they will.

Here are some tips on teaching your child to wipe and wash themselves after each bathroom use:

  • Always have flushable wipes on hand when potty training. These are so much easier to use and they can clean up better too. Also, children usually love these better than toilet better even since they are wet and cool too. Allow your child to get their own wipe, but help with the actual act of wiping though. However, this reinforces that they need to wipe after each bathroom use.
  • Make sure to show your child that they need to wipe from front to back. This is extremely important for both boys and girls, since bacteria can get into areas when wiping the other way and cause infections. Once they have pulled their own wipe, you want to help them go through the motion of wiping. If you are using a potty training doll, make sure that the doll ”wipes” also. This is important when using model potting training, since you are using a model that you want your child to replicate and copy. So, even a doll needs to be wiped after a bathroom use.
  • Ensure that the sink is in easy reach with a step stool and everything that your child will need to wash their hands after using the bathroom. The easier it is for them to get to the sink, the more likely they will be to want to wash up after going. Also, there needs to be soap and towel there too that your child can reach as well. If they are waiting for items, cannot reach them or cannot find them, they will lose interest in getting the job done.
  • Lastly, make sure that you always wash your hands and wipe properly as well, especially when your child is watching. Again, they are going to do what you do and model their behavior after you, so you want to make sure you follow the same cleanliness rules that you have set forth with your child. If they see you doing it that way, they will be more likely to want to do it the same way also. ​​​

 

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Parenting Advice: Disciplining Toddlers

You should not be yelling or getting angry at your toddler. Calm down and use this action as a teachable moment.

If you have been trying to figure out when to discipline or if you should depending on your child’s age, then you are in the same situation many parents fall into. It can be hard to know when to exact discipline on a child and when the right age is to start, however there is no right time per say. Instead a one year old may not respond to a time out or taking something away, since they are too young to understand cause and effect, as are most toddlers.

However, you can put into place the idea of what is right and what is wrong instead. Discipline does not have to only be about a child receiving a punishment of some sort. Instead it can be about teaching the difference between these two concepts and this can lead to understanding cause and effect better as they get older. Keep these tips in mind when disciplining your child.

  • Use distraction as a way to avert the behavior, especially when they are younger, however it even works as they get older too. Instead of raising your voice at your child because this will either make them wonder about it or make them upset, instead very calmly move them onto something else that interests them. Redirect their attention to something else that they enjoy to do and this ends the inappropriate behavior without causing a seen, as well as teaches that the behavior is incorrect and should not be done.
  • Make sure to always be consistent will rules and behavior. They need to be the same time and time again and giving in even once, will mean that the next time your child may throw a temper tantrum the next time. Instead, make sure that you and the other parent is on the same page and that these rules are followed all the time and never given into ever.
  • Stay positive in the sense of skip saying no too often. Children can become immune to this and will begin using it themselves. Use no for when there is a safety issue and instead use positive reinforcements. For instance, when your child wants to open a new toy in the car, do not say no, instead say wait till we get home, than you can open it and play with it.
  • Ensure that you are setting an example for your children too. Children will watch their parents; so make sure that you are following the same rules and behavior as you expect your child to perform. You can show your child what you want them to do, to be a model for your child and this they are more likely to follow.

Always encourage your child by praising good behavior or when they do what they are supposed. Make sure that your child always knows that you are happy with their behavior and this is a better way to encourage them to continue that behavior. This teaches that good behavior is reinforced with praise and excitement and children typically want to keep this up. ​

 

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Traveling While Toilet Training

Toilet training does need to continue to happen, even when traveling. There has to be consistency when you are potty training. Consistency will be a huge factor in how quickly your child picks up on potty training and the entire experience that you and your child have when they are learning.

The more consistent you are, the easier it will be for your child to learn what they are suppose to do and master potty training. So, even when you are traveling, they have to stick to the same routine as they did before when they were at home and potty training.

This can sound difficult, however it is not as hard as it may seem. Depending on how far you will be driving, you want to make sure that your child uses the bathroom before they leave the home. You do not want them needing to go and this gets your child into the habit of using the potty before leaving the house. Make sure that they use the bathroom and then also bring along a portable potty chair or folding potty seat for them to use too.

A folding potty seat is perfect to use when at restaurants, at friends and families homes, while at the store or anywhere else. The portable potty seat can easily be placed on the toilet so that your child can still go to the bathroom at their scheduled times. These also come in a large variety of patterns and characters, so it can match the potty chair that your child has at home too.

There are also other travel potty chairs are perfect for children that are still using a potty chair at home and are more comfortable on a chair than on the toilet with a potty seat. These also come in different colors and patterns to choose from, so your child can pick one they like best. These portable potties can be used on the road too, since they are similar to the potty chairs that are used when camping even.

However, there is also the option of using a disposable potty chair too, which can make clean up easier. These are very easy to take with and they are made of a sturdy cardboard that can be used when there is no place to stop for a bathroom, such is the case when traveling long distances, from state to state even. These are easy to open and your child can sit on it just like a regular potty chair.

No matter what you choose to use, you need to make sure that your child still uses the bathroom at their scheduled times, even while traveling. So whatever the schedule is to go to the bathroom, the stops need to be made and they need to go. This includes being out too and stopping as well.

You never want them to have to hold their potty; since this could result in an accident, as well as this will frustrate your child that the rules are changing. It will teach them that when they leave their home, they do not need to potty like they do at home. This is not want you want; instead you want them to go, no matter where they are at.

 

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Tips On Helping Toddlers Get Interested In Potty Training

Some children have no interest in potty training. Many children will choose to hold their pee or poo, never say anything when they have to go or have gone and completely resist using the potty chair. This is not an uncommon problem for many parents to face. However, you do not want to continue to buy diapers forever and have the potty chair you bought continue to go on unused.

However, there are ways to get a child interested in using the potty. Potty training later on may be completely normal for your child, since they may have walked later too or spoke later and this is just how they develop. There is nothing wrong with this, since many times the muscles and nerves in the body that tell a child that they need to use the potty may have not completely developed yet. This means that they do not have the feelings there to go to the bathroom or to feel like they need to go to the bathroom. The average age for potty training is 3 years old and if you are still struggling at this point, you may want to talk with your child’s doctor, as well as:

Take into consideration that there could be a medical reason, such as constipation. This can be painful and your child may not want to go if that is what is happening. There is also the fact that eating certain foods can make the bowl movements painful, since they can burn when coming out too. There will an area that is raw and ring around the anus if they are allergic to certain foods.

Look into what else if happening in your child’s life that they may not want to potty train. Such as, are they resistant to doing anything new? Is there added stress in the family that is happening? Have them been angry or upset about anything that would inhibit them from using the potty? It may be necessary to take a step back or back off for a bit until some of these issues have passed.

Make sure to be using a reward system when potty training. Every time your child is successful and goes potty on the toilet, they receive the reward. Stickers work very well for a child to collect and then after they have X number of stickers, they receive a special treat. Other rewards can be used too, such as treasure boxes or places coins in a jar when your child goes potty on the toilet.

If you still have diapers, get rid of them. This could be inhibiting your child from going on the potty since they are going to do what they know and what they are used to, as well as what is easiest. Get rid of the diapers and switch to cloth training pants that are waterproof or have plastic covers to go over them. This can also include allowing your child to run around with no bottoms on outside or even in the house too. This helps to teach responsibility for their body.

Ensure their is also a routine in the house when toilet training. Make sure there is a set schedule for when your child should be going to the bathroom, as well as allowing your child to help clean up any accidents that occur too. This can include cleaning themselves and any messes that were made when they did not make it to the bathroom in time. This may be enough to get them to go on the potty since they will get tired of doing this. ​​

 

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Ideas On How To Model Potty Train

Model potty training is the idea of using a model of some sort to teach your child how to potty train. Modeling behavior is commonly used in school for instance, when teachers show an example of the behavior they want the children in the classroom to replicate. Essentially it is teaching a child by first starting with having them mimic the behavior they are seeing. This can be a very good technique to use when potty training, especially with children that are a little over a year old that are beginning to learn. Using a role model to teach potty training can be very effective, since they can visually see what is suppose to happen and then they need to do that themselves.

There are three methods of model potty training that can be used. These can be used individually or together, depending on your child and how they learn and what they respond too. There is using a physical model to teach your child, using potty training books and videos to teach your child to potty train and there is also using a doll to model potty train too. Again, it does not hurt to use all three models, since they are than being reinforced to learn the behavior in multiple fun ways that keeps the potty training interesting too. ​​​​

When it comes to physical potty training, it will not make any difference if a child is a boy or girl, they can still watch their mommy and daddy use the potty or even their siblings and other children use the potty too. This is the most effective use of model potty training to use, by allowing your child to be in the bathroom when someone else or yourself is going, means they can see what happens. This is also a great way for them to see that there is nothing to be scared of when going potty too and may get them interested in using the potty themselves, since using the sink and flushing the toilet are activities that children do enjoy doing.

There is also using books and videos to teach potty training too. These are wonderful tools, since they can be taken everywhere with the child and it is a good reference for them to go back to regularly too. You can use it as a way to show what potty training is, what is suppose to happen and it opens the door to discussing with your child their body and their bodily functions as well. Books and videos work very well, since they have images and pictures that show each step of the potty training process and the process of using the potty from beginning to end. Also, many books and videos have songs and rhythms in them that children remember and it is a way for them to visually understand potty training, as well as relate the potty training to songs that they remember too, that can remind them of what to do while on the potty.

Lastly, there is the method of using potty training dolls to model potty train. A doll can help a child to practice potty training on the doll’s potty seat, as well as understanding how liquids turn into pee. The dolls are comfort items as well, that show a child what to do and they can help the doll to go pee on the potty. ​

 

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