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Routines and Rituals Continued

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 06-11-2007

Helping your child learn

Later, when your child is ready to use the toilet, you can make learning
easier. Some tips:

  • Talk with your caregiver. Parents and caregivers should agree on
    when a child is ready and what she should be able to do.
  • Always supervise your child as she learns to use the toilet. Make sure
    your child can easily get to the toilet. Put a potty chair in the
    bathroom or place a sturdy step stool by the toilet. Place toilet paper
    within easy reach.
  • Dress the child in clothing that is easy to take off. These might
    include a dress, a skirt or pants with an elastic waist.
  • Use cloth training pants. Your child will think that disposable paper
    training pants are the same as diapers.
  • Help your child overcome any fear of the toilet. The deep hole and
    loud flushing noise can seem scary.
  • Watch for signs that a child may need to go. This might include a
    frown or action such as holding her crotch.
  • When the child urinates or has a bowel movement in the toilet, say,“That’s good.” Avoid making too much of it. Children need to learn to
    use the toilet for themselves, not to satisfy you.
  • Never scold or shame a child for an accident. These are natural body
    functions, and children easily forget and get distracted.
  • If a child has lots of accidents, go back to diapers for a while. Try
    again when the child seems ready.
  • Go slowly. Learning these skills takes time.

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