Potty training may be one of the most frustrating exercises in parenting, well next to getting your child to sleep through the night. We asked four Douglasville moms to share their tips on what worked for them and how they survived potty training.
Anna Breton, Douglasville mom to daughter, Evie
Rewards work...1 for #1 and 2 for #2! M&Ms, Skittles, or dried fruit, organic fruit snacks, etc. Patience and positivity are key. Remember when your kid took their first step? Try to use the same level of positive encouragement about their potty progress as you did about learning to walk. Just like you wouldn't have yelled at your kid for falling when they tried to walk; avoid showing your frustration when they have "accidents.” I really do believe in positive reinforcement.
Mikki Russel, Douglasville mom to daughter, Hayden
I let our daughter pick out her undies and made it a big deal. I told her if she went potty in them then we would have to throw them away. It worked, we only tossed two pairs. Her daycare teacher also enforced this rule. It seems a little harsh, but we were playing the pull-ups game for months and I was over it. A bottle of wine always helps mom!
Holly Sterling, Douglasville mother of three-year-old daughter, Julia and one-year-old son, Charlie.
As for potty training, I'm a big fan of letting them lead. We didn't push the issue much, and Julia decided on her own one day before her third birthday that she wanted to use the potty. Almost four months later and no accidents.
Lisa Kwon Brooks, Douglasville mom to three-year-old son, Jack
We made up “The Poo-Poo Potty Fairy”– think Tooth Fairy, but instead of money in exchange for teeth, this magical fairy lived in our toilet and would give our son a car (Hot Wheels and Matchbox Cars for $0.99) for every poop he made. We really built up the legend of the Poo-Poo Potty Fairy (PPPF) and he totally bought into it! Immediately, he started trying to poop in the potty, usually when he didn’t really have to go. Regardless, he got a car. We made a BIG deal of this each time. He understood and we never looked back. It worked so well, I’m thinking of writing a children’s book about the PPPF!
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