When to Start Potty Training
There are three signs of readiness to determine if your child is ready for toilet training.
I'm Dr. Ari Brown. Today, we're talking about the differences in potty training girls and boys. On average, kids learn how to use the potty between ages 2 and 4. Girls usually train before boys. No one really knows why, but I suspect it's because girls care more about being clean earlier than boys do. That's a good thing because girls who spend a lot of time in poopy diapers are prone to bladder infections, so better to get out of them as soon as possible. The biggest question I hear from parents of boys is whether to teach them to urinate sitting down or standing up. Personally, I vote for sitting. It's much easier for boys to master this position and it's less messy for moms and dads. Boys already have to learn how to sit on the potty anyway. For a boy to stand up and pee, he must be able to control his aim which requires some eye-hand coordination. He also must be able to resist the temptation to use his body as a water gun. Boys can practice controlling the stream of urine while sitting on the potty. Instruct the boy to hold himself and aim down into the toilet. Some parents buy disposable toilet targets to make the experience more fun. They can be used to train a boy either sitting down or standing up, but they're not essential so it's totally your call. Happy toilet training!
I'm Dr. Ari Brown. Today, I'm going to tell you about potty training boot camp and how to say goodbye to diapers in just 3 days. Yes, your child can potty train in just 1 weekend. What's the catch? You have to pick the right weekend. The key is to find a time when your child seems ready and you can devote an entire weekend to the process. There's no reason to wait around until summer time when your child can run naked and free. When he's ready, just go for it! There are 3 signs of being toilet ready: body awareness, the desire to be clean and the ability to use the bathroom independently. If your child seems ready, spend a quiet weekend around the house and give it a try. There are 7 easy steps. Step 1: Put your child in training pants. These are specially designed cotton underwear with extra layers of fabric between the legs. I prefer training pants over training diapers because they're washable, reusable and a child will definitely feel wet if he has an accident in them. Step 2: Practice using a potty chair or kid's size toilet insert. Both work equally well. The advantage of the toilet insert is that you don't have to clean up afterwards and you can take it with you when you're out and about. Step 3: Using your own words. Tell your child to listen to his body and sit on the potty when he knows that pee or poop is coming. Step 4: Direct your child to the bathroom after she awakens before and after naps, after meals, before bedtime and every 2 hours if she does not go on her own. Step 5: See what happens. A child who is toilet ready will catch on and go on his own during the day. Some kids learn to pee and poop on the potty at the same time. Others may breeze through peeing on the potty, but resist pooping. In that case, a more gradual approach to help him feel more comfortable is the best way to do it. Start by letting your child wear a diaper while sitting on the potty. Then, cut a hole in the center of the diaper so the poop ends out in the potty. Step 6: Praise success. Your praise is the best reward. A child doesn't need a new toy or a piece of candy every time he uses the bathroom. Step 7: Don't punish your child for accidents. If your child leaves puddles on the kitchen floor, or could care less about having accidents or in training pants, she's not ready. Just go back to diapers on Monday or as soon as you admit defeat and try again another weekend. Toilet training will not happen any faster by keeping your child in training pants. Sometimes, it takes several attempts until the time is right. And some kids need a more gradual approach if they have toileting fears, or body awareness issues. If your child is at least 90 percent accident-free for the weekend, congratulations! He is ready to wear training pants every day and graduate to big kid underwear. When it's clear, he is consistently using the potty. Have fun!
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-Hi, everybody. We're saying goodbye to diapers and hello to potty training today. It's a huge step for your toddler and a really big step for you too. But, it isn't always easy so our friends here at Huggies are helping us out today and they're gonna teach us how to do the potty dance. So, let's go learn how. -Yeah. I'm gonna teach you a little dance. It's called the potty dance. -Learning how to use the potty is a rite of passage for toddlers but it often turns into a huge power struggle. Huggies knows what a challenge it can be for moms and dads so they throw in a big dance party to get toddlers and parents excited. -[unk] these diapers anymore. You're growing up [unk]. -Then they asked a celebrity mom to help out to encourage parents to embrace potty training and who better than a mom who's going through it herself-- actress, author and mother of two, Tori Spelling. -I'm just like everyone else, dealing with poop constantly. -Tori was all geared up to teach the potty dance when she arrived at the New York City event with Liam, who's almost two now, and seven-month-old, Stella. -Put your knees together and then you cross your legs. Then you shake it around, you shake around. Now, you're doing the potty dance. -So Liam wasn't exactly ready to break loose with the potty dance but Tori says he is ready to use the potty. -It was scarier for me than him, I think. It was kind of that expectation of, "Gosh. It's the next big milestone in his life." First was walking and now it's potty training. He gets really excited to go to the bathroom now and we do the potty dance afterwards. -Tori and her husband, Dean McDermott, are hands-on parents but like any other mom, she admits it's tough balancing her acting career and her babies. -My hardest thing is when I have to work and leave them. That's the hardest for me. I'm doing 90210 now and, you know, I got a little spoiled like being on my own reality show 'cause I got to work with my family. I never had to leave my kids. And now, I have to go to set, 17 hours. They come and visit but it's hard and I miss them terribly. -Everybody do the potty dance. All right. We're going to double it up. So we [unk]. Look out. One, two, three, four. -So Tori's really enjoying having both of her little ones by her side today and the moms are having a good time with their toddlers too, taking a little break from what can sometimes be a pretty frustrating experience. -She has her good weeks where she like-- tells me she needs to go. And then she has her bad weeks where she just doesn't care. -She did really well for like a few weeks and then totally regressed. -So hard, isn't it? -It is. It's very difficult. -That's why I came. I was looking for some help and some relief. -And they're getting it in the form of advice and counseling from potty training experts like Jen Singer, while the kids enjoy games, face painting and dancing. -Put your left hand now. Put your right on top. Let them drop and do the hula hoop. Put your knees together. Then you cross your legs, and then you shake it around, you shake it around, you shake it around. You do the potty dance. Put your knees together. -Kids seemed to like the potty dance so much that Huggies put this video online so they can watch at home for a little extra encouragement to head for the potty. Okay. So I've watched the video and Tori and all the kids do the potty dance but I could still use a little help with the moves so that I can show my three-year-old son, Dylan, how it goes. And if anybody can teach me, Jen Singer can 'cause she wrote this great book, Stop Second Guessing Yourself: The Toddler Years. She's gonna show me how to do the dance. Fill me in. -All right [unk]-- -I need to know this so I can teach my son. -Wait, you gotta know how to do the potty dance. I'm surprised you don't do it already. -Show me. -All right. You go-- Yeah. One hand out. -All right. -The other hand now. -Uh huh. -Bring it down. -Okay. -And do the hula hoop. -Yeah. -So now, I know how to do it and Tori has a little advice for me and all parents out there who feel like their kids are never gonna get out of diapers and into pull ups. -I would tell them to just breathe. Relax. I feel like, if you stressed about it, your child is gonna stress about it and then they're not gonna get potty trained. And make it a fun experience. -So hopefully, this has inspired you and your toddler to start potty training, but if you need a little more motivation, you can always do the potty dance. Ready? And the hula.
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