Pull-Ups Potty Training A Family Affair
Last month I shared with you my tips on potty training a boy. Now that our little guy is two we have started preparing for the next phase in his life. Luckily we have been through this before, twice. But the one thing I have learned is all kids are different and thinking that potty training will run the same way is most likely not going to happen. I just recently attended a teleconference courtesy of Pull-Ups with Jeannette Kaplun an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized parenting expert and Dr. Alberto Andres Cotton a Miami based pediatrician in a teleconference to discuss potty training.
Pull-Ups Potty Training
I took away so much great advice from these two and after all the note taking I rounded up some of the important tips. The easiest way to get potty training to run smoothly is to get everyone involved. My little guy spends time with my in-laws and parents regularly, to keep him from regressing we have set up a plan that everyone is encouraged to follow.
- Make a plan to keep the flow of potty training running smooth even when mommy and daddy are away.
- Have pull-ups handy with caregivers and don’t resort back to diapers once the transition is in effect.
- If you are using timed potty breaks as reminders, keep the pattern going when your away. We use a timer at home so the timer goes with my little guy and is used with caregivers.
- Never reinforce anything your child does wrong in a negative way. Positive reinforcement is key.
- Regression is okay. Some children need to regress at times and will soon catch up. Don’t pressure them but keep the encouragement and positivity even through the regression.
- There is no age requirement for potty training and pushing them to early is not reccomended. If there is no steady progression by the age of 4 seek your pediatrician’s advice.
- Flushable wipes are great for potty training and learning to wipe.
- Celebrate milestone’s in small effective way. I love Jeannette’s idea to sing or keep a chart as a visual reinforcement.
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