Learning How to Pre-Potty Train Your Child
When I first tried to teach my daughter to potty train, I put her in “panties” and thought she would know what to do. Of course, I knew very little about the subject than I eventually learned some time to learn how to teach her to go potty. Then we would start over.
It is important that no matter what, you keep potty training, and like anything else, keep things in perspective. You may make some or many errors but it will eventually work itself out. As a parent it is very important that you try to keep your sense of humor when potty training your child. It is also very helpful that mom, dad and any siblings are in on the process of training. You can keep things upbeat by thinking no more diapers, no more diapers and try to stick to that except at night when it is not an option. By relaxing a bit, you can make potty training a fun time.
There is a lot that can be accomplished in the pre-training time that really helps make the actual potty training time much more effective. First of all, potty training is one thing, but it is often the pre-potty training steps that will decide if it will be successful or not. If you are wondering what pre-potty training is, it is looking for and recognizing the signs that tell you that your child is ready for training and these signs include:
1. Ability to hold urine for long periods of time.
2. Ability to follow 1-2 directions at a time.
3. Knows when urination or bowels movements are about to start.
When your child begins to show these signs, that’s when you know that it is time to begin having practice sessions pulling up their pants whenever they get dressed and undressed. It is going to take a lot of time, but it is important that they learn how to pull up their pants by themselves. You are going to have to try to help build some positive form of excitement in your child. You are going to want to be encouraging about potty training if you want your child to be excited too.
You will also have to start to develop your plan for the training process. There are several different opinions of how to potty train. However, it is important that you choose your method to make sure that it is the method that is most effective for you, your child and your family. There is the potty train in less than a day method that Dr. Phil offers. This can work well but it is very intense and can be overwhelming for parents who are young or for those who do not have the right patience. You have to think of your personality as well as your child’s, and then choose your method.