As you know, I took on the task of potty training my tot in February (21months). She declared she was ready, picked a potty and set of panties.
Since the pageant, we continue to use the Elmo Travel Potty. Ours is padded and folds discretely into a drawstring bag. I also purchased the disposable Potty Toppers. These items are used for the public potty exception. Prior to leaving the house I take note of her liquid consumption and I make sure she uses the potty right before we leave.
She is doing a superb job! She has not returned to diapers. She has had few accidents. We are able to maneuver throughout the day freely-which was my goal.
Yesterday, we were out for seven hours. She used her potty (in my SUV trunk) and a public potty. Accident free! She is now training her dolls to potty. I had to hear about Dora having to potty, as we traveled. Evidently, the cup-holders in her car seat have a dual purpose as Dora's potty.
Tools for success:
1. Just Relax - if the child is ready this will be an easy transition.
2. Remain Flexible - if the child isn't ready, stop the process.
3. Give Praise - we continue to praise each trip to the potty. She must know we value her accomplishments.
4. Be Ready - buy the proper supplies to enure you are prepared. Don't be caught off-guard!
My husband and I tackled this transition because our daughter expressed interest. Saving money is great; but not nearly as satisfying as watching her grow into an independent little lady.
How old were your kids when you began training?
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