Miscellaneous_: Great Potty Training Tip!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, March 03, 2008 | 3 comments
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time for potty trainingThanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

I used this on both my boys when they were training and it worked perfectly, it was so easy. First is to make sure your child is ready for potty training, shows interest, etc.

Make this a game, make it fun and you will not run into stubborn opposition (after all it is the child's body). Go out and buy or find around the house items you don't normally let your child play with that could fit into this catagory, some kind of toys that can be water toys (3 or 4 things), could be little plastic pitchers, balls, whatever, but make them SPECIAL.

The only real rule to this game, you must be VERY STRICT with or this whole thing won't work. These special "potty" toys can only be played with while the child is sitting on the potty!!!!! Very important, no giving out on this one.

Once the child is sitting on the potty fill a large bowl or small bucket with lukewarm or tepid water, place the new "potty" toys in the bowl and set the bowl of water in front of the child. On the floor if the potty seat is low, or if it's a potty seat that sits on top of the regular toilet, set the bowl of water on a TV tray in front of the child.

When the child places his/her hands in the lukewarm water to play with the toys, if the child needs to pyscially go, they nearly instantly go (it's almost an instinctive type physical reaction), then cheer, cheer, cheer! Give lots of praise, and if you wish to give some type of a treat, go ahead.

Let them play as long as they want, as long as they sit on the potty. When they are done playing, put the toys away for next time. This is really great because it makes it fun for them so they cooperate, it totally ends power struggles, there is NONE, and also no more waiting and waiting for them to go, only to go as soon as the diaper goes back on.

They also feel good because they have immediate success. Potty training NO. 2 was more difficult I found, that just came with some time and patience and them learning in their own time and way, relax, it will happen.

You know how I got this idea? It's kind of a funny thing, my husband used to be in the military and when he was young in boot camp they used to always play jokes on each other in the night by dipping a hand of someone who was sleeping, into a pan of lukewarm water, thus making the person wet the bed.

It just seemed like a natural progression to use this trick for good in the potty training area and it worked great!!!!!

By Valerie Garner (c) VRGEnterprize 1998-1999
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  1. Karen S. says:

    I used potty training rewards to potty train our son. The audio and chocolate treats were powerful incentives to fully potty train him. He loved pushing the button hearing he is a Big Boy. He was peeing in his potty within a week. Have a look and see. www.pottytrainingrewards.com

  2. Danielle says:

    Great Idea. I have to admit that I dipped hands in water at many sleepovers when I was younger. This is one reason I never went to bed when other people were awake!

  3. wtspb2007 says:

    This is a great tip. I will actually add it to my book as an additional technique parents can try. Thanks for sharing!

    Suzanne Riffel, Author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers."

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