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Potty Training (cont.)

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What products do I need to begin potty training my child?

Several items will facilitate potty training for both the child and the parents. First and foremost is a potty chair (see the information above). A good supply of "training pants" and cotton underwear are also important for two reasons. They serve as a "carrot" to motivate the child during the toilet-training process; they also have a utilitarian value of what to wear in lieu of diapers. Many parents will encourage their child to help pick out underwear as part of this ritual. Many will choose those with a theme (Disney princesses, Sesame Street characters, etc.).

While the above ideas are worthwhile, the number one "product" to invest in during toilet training is patience. Like walking, toilet training is a natural process - and your child will succeed at an individualized pace.

How can I encourage my child to use the potty?

Besides their new underwear, many parents will employ a reward system to encourage their children during the toilet-training time period. A kiss, "high five," clapping, stamps, stickers, or a reward chart all work well. For the child attending day care, moving up to the "big kid" (toilet trained) room provides a strong motivational factor.

Listed below are several children's books that may be helpful during the toilet training process:

  1. No More Diapers for Me! by Katherine Sully and Claire Tindall
  2. Your New Potty by Joanna Cole
  3. Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
  4. All By Myself by Anna Grossnickle Hines
  5. Going to the Potty by Fred Rogers ("Mr. Rogers")
  6. Koko Bear's New Potty by Vicki Lansky


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