Potty train your child in a weekend. 5 tips to help you reach success!

by Catherine Griffin

1) Make sure you are Ready

Be sure to start potty training when you can devote an entire weekend to the process. Children are typically ready if they have a desire to be clean and if they are physically able to use a potty chair or toilet insert.

2) Patience Is a Virtue
When you think your child is ready, start taking them to the toilet every 10 minutes even if you are at the school or out running errands. Then you can slowly work up to 15 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes and after a day, or two your child will be able to use the bathroom on their own. Also, continue to direct your child to the bathroom before and after nap if they are still not going on their own.

3) Tell your child to Listen to their Body
Tell your child to listen to his body and sit on potty when they think pee or poop is coming

4) The Naked Truth
Let your child run around naked before bath time and encouraged them to use the potty if they feel like they have to go to the bathroom.

5) Positive Reinforcement
Each time your child successfully goes to the bathroom on their own, PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE their Success! Give them high fives, stickers, sing a song or a special treat. Express to them that they are such a big boy and girl and continue to provide positive reinforcement throughout the process.


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Written by Cathy Griffin.