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Potty Training

No one ever said parenting is easy, and potty training often is the first challenge that drives many parents over the edge. But toilet training doesn’t have to be a terrible experience, for you or your child. Using the following tips can help prepare your child for this major milestone and head off some of the more daunting potty problems:

  • Wait until your child is at least 2 years old.
  • Make sure both you and your child are ready before you start toilet training.
  • Prepare to be patient, encouraging and able to handle the inevitable setbacks.
  • Seeing is believing. Having your child watch you go to the bathroom may be one of the best ways to prepare him or her for the real thing.
  • Have your child set in the potty chair for a “dry run” so he or she can get used to using it.
  • Relax and take the attitude that you’ll let your child proceed at his or her own pace.
  • Praise your child every time he or she correctly practices any part of toilet behavior.
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