Nanny to Mommy: 5 Tips for Potty Training



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Monday, September 16, 2013

5 Tips for Potty Training

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Tips for Potty Trainging

My daughter is completely potty trained during the day. We are currently working on night time potty training. I was also a Nanny for five years before I became a Mommy. I am going to share what worked for us and if you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below so we can all benefit. ;D
1. Don't yell, get mad, or punish. My friend's husband wanted to yell at their daughter whenever she had an accident on the floor and put her in time out. When you have been allowing them to go in their diapers for two years, it can be an alarming sensation to go in a pot. We have to teach them because they don't know any different and need to learn to listen to their little bodies.

2. Make them help clean up messes. If they pee in their panties/undies, then they can take them off. This was a big deal breaker for my daughter. She didn't want to touch the mess, so I think it really helped with association. And as long as you don't get mad, you are teaching them that cleaning up after their mistakes is just a part of life. You won't always be there to do it for them, so best to teach them early.

3. Routine. Being pregnant I have to go more often, so anytime I have to go - I just take my daughter with me. I could never find a good app I liked that would regularly remind us, and I will admit, I was bad about remembering. But now her little body tells her when she has to go because she got use to going on the potty.

4. Ditch the Diapers. You will have to clean up some accidents, but they will feel less comfortable, so they end up paying attention to their body better.
5. Be prepared to clean up a lot of messes and be prepared to not fully ditch the diapers at night for a while. Everyone I have talked to said night time potty training was the hardest. And beside the fact that your little one's bladder may not be ready (like my daughter), sometimes accidents just happen.

 
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24 comments:

  1. Thanks for this girl! I won't need this advice for a few years but it's never to late to educated myself! ;) Much love!

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  2. I need to work on having mine help clean up. Sometimes it's less stress to do it yourself than to listen to the protests!

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    1. I agree but once we did it every time, she knew it was routine. She hardly has accidents now, but when she does she knows she has to help clean up.

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  3. No longer have to deal with this - but shared for those who do!! :)

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  4. The cleaning up messes was the one that got my boys to be potty trained. Also they make a watch that reminds them every 15- 30 minutes to use the potty.

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    1. I wish I knew about this watch before. Once my daughter started going regularly, it just clicked.

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  5. Terrific tips! This was a hard time in our family but it is now over!

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  6. Gotta agree not to get mad and routine is soooo important!

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  7. I was lucky with my first daughter she potty trained herself but i just had a baby boy and we will see how that goes when hes older!

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  8. I'm starting to think that my almost 3 year old will never potty train. He isn't really showing any signs of readiness yet. Over the past few days he's started saying "pee pee potty" but freaks out when you bring him near it. One of these days :) My oldest was pretty easy. Right around this age he trained himself in a few days so maybe that will happen with the second one, too

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    1. When I was a Nanny, this is how I felt the little boy. He was 3 before he became potty trained during the day. It just all of the sudden clicked for him. He would still have accidents sometimes and he wasn't potty trained at night for a while yet. But it will happen. The important thing to remember is not to rush them and let them go at their own pace. :)

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  9. I had a horrible time potty training my daughter a few years ago! Now it's time to start with my son..so far, it seems a little easier :)

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  10. Thank you for the tips. We are just getting ready to start potty training my son. I like the tip of having them help clean up messes. jj250@aol.com

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  11. Thanks for the tips. I have a very defiant 2 year old who wants to go potty in the big girl potty, but is too stubborn. Hopefully we can get here there soon.

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  12. great its. thank you!

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  13. My middle daughter was the easiest. She saw her big sister going potty and didn't want to wear diapers anymore. Never an accident. The youngest well she is so no the easy one. Good tips.

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  14. Great tips, Diana! I just finished daytime potty training my 3 year old and she has had a dry night time diaper for 3 weeks! Yay! I am happy to say she's my last child to potty train. :-) I have a 17 year old and a 6 year old too. All girls! Yikes!

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  15. My 18 month old is starting to show some signs of readiness (waking up dry, staying dry for hours at a time). We've gotten a few pees in the potty and even more on the floor. Thanks for the tips!

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  16. my daughter has been using the potty since 11 months, but only when i remember or feel like messing with it... shes 25 months and she shows all the signs shes ready, but every time i tried she would look at me and pee in the floor. hopefully these tips help! thanks!

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  17. These are good tips! We are probably about a year away from the PT journey, but I'm trying to soak up everything that I can on the subject now so that I'm ready when the time comes.

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  18. thanks for the tips! we are currently still working on potty training! i never realized how hard it would be (first time mommy)

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  19. Thanks for these tips. We are starting to potty train our boy and I need all the help. I'm definitely going to use these!

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  20. I'm glad I don't have to worry about this, but the advice I got from my mom was just to let kids run around pantsless. She said we all learned pretty quickly that way. (She had 6 kids)

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  21. I completely agree with not getting rid of nighttime diapers for a while. My oldest kids just could not get up on their own when they had the urge to go to the bathroom, which resulted in a lot of wet nights.. Eventually they grew out of that and can go all night without accidents.

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Thanks!
♥,
Diana