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- The routine is the KEY. I can not stress that enough! At four months I don’t expect much. After every time she wakes I take her to the potty. We have a potty seat on our toilet.
This method of corse is optional. My daughter likes the princess seat in her bathroom and we use the transistional potty seat in the half bath so adults can still use it easily. I use it only because I don’t want to clean poop out of a “potty”. This goes back to the whole “smelly poop” conversation. lol Plus it isn’t solid until they start solids too. I hold her there for about 2-3 mins ( this is a great bonding time too so make it fun. I sing silly songs, make silly faces, make peeing noise or pooping noises) If it looks like they want to poop encourage them. HINT: Put a stool in front of the toilet. 3 mins is a LONG time to squat by or bend over the toilet. lol
- Gestures are to eliminate frustration on BOTH ends. I do an “all done” gesture and a “potty”
- Reward system. It doesn’t matter how you reward them to me just as long as it works. I have a friend that used pez candy. Every time they went they got one. Us, we use Reece’s Pieces. She gets one for pee and two for poop. We had to do the poop seprately because it hurt one time when she got constipated so she stopped wanting to go. If you are against candy you can use a star chart. I know someone who had a chart and would get a sticker when they said they had to go, and when they went. He added the “when they went” because his kid got to smart and kept saying he needed to go just to get a star but wouldnt go. When they got to a certain number or star they got a prize or something special. After giving my daughter the candy for a few months I would only give it when SHE remembered it and asked. Now its only 50% of the time.
- Lastly, for potty training at night, first take away liquids 1-2 hours before bed until she learns not to pee at night. When she had dry diapers for a couple of weeks we put a Lil’ Loo potty in her room with Kleenex for wipes (she knows to only grab one). She now can drink all the water she wants anytime because she has learned to get out of bed, pull her panties down, go pee, wipe, pull up her panties and get back in bed.
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