How to Potty Training Your Little Girl

How to Potty Training Your Little Girl

The five potty training methods

I think the hardest part of any task (including potty training) is figuring out HOW you are going to do. Once you have figured it out, then it is a matter of getting everything together and just doing it. Not only does this article presents the 5 different ways on HOW to potty train your child, it also presents the pros and cons of each potty training method.

There are many different ways to potty train your toddler. At last count, I had found 35 different books for parents on potty training and I own most of those books. Based on my research and understanding, I break HOW to potty train down into the following five methods:

  1. Infant Potty Training Method
  2. It's potty time!! - practice until you get it right Potty training Method
  3. The Potty Training in One Day Method (aka Dr Phil's Potty Training Method)
  4. He will go potty when the time is right Potty Training Method
  5. The Naked & $75 method

 

The Infant Method:

Pros

Cons

Promotes parent child bonding

Time consuming; nearly impossible for working mothers.

Start early, finish early

Have to stay on top of it and stick with it until child can potty independently.

Wetting and soiling are not likely to become entrenched habits

Accidents and accident clean up

Limited use of diapers results in:

  • Cost effective

  • Prevents diaper rash

  • Better for the environment

  • More hygienic

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    It's potty time!! -Practice until you get it right potty training method:

  • Introduce the potty to your child

  • Have potty be accessible

  • And then gradually teach him/her to use it.

  • This will include:

  • holding regular practice sessions

  • rewarding child with things such as stickers or candy or whatever works for you child

  • charting progress

  • Gradually transitioning from diapers to potty to underwear.

    Pros

    Cons

    This method can easily fit into a today's family's busy schedules

    Sticking to the structure and schedule until the toddler is potty trained

    With some planning, some structure can be created around the practice sessions i.e. in the morning and in the evening.

    Could take anywhere from a weekend to a few months depending on the child's maturity level, temperament and readiness.

    Is done gradually over time.

    May not learn to initiate him/herself, because parent always initiates.

    Very limited accidents, if any.

    Keeping the curios toddler interested long enough to sit on the potty and relax, so s/he is able to eliminate.

     

    The Potty Training in One Day Method:

    Based on two simple concepts:

    1) Best way to learn something is to teach it.

  • Use a potty training doll to model the appropriate potty training behavior for your child

    2) Behavior is shaped by consequence

  • Use consequences for action - logical and natural.

    Read an excerpt from the Potty Training in One Day: A Guide for Today's Parents.

    Pros

    Cons

    Quick - can be done in less than one day to a maximum of 2 weeks

    Takes planning and preparation

    Is a structured method.

    Is a structured method.

    Tools are now available.

    Requires follow through by parents

    Made popular by Dr. Phil.

    Made to look easier than it is.

     

    He will go potty when the time is right method:

  • This method is recommended by Dr Terry Brazelton and is also adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • This is probably the most used method in North America .

  • The premise of the method is that since potty training is a developmental milestone in your child's life (such as walking, talking, eating etc), your task as the parent is to introduce the potty and all the related tasks to your child.

  • Then when your child is ready, s/he will decide to use the potty and in effect will train themselves.

    Pros

    Cons

    Very easy to fit into our busy lifestyle

    Could take anywhere between 1-6 months or longer in many cases.

    Very little preparation required on the part of the parent.

    Child may quite old before s/he is ready. The average age for potty training is going up every year.

    Does not require a large time commitment or consistency from parent; therefore ideal for working parents

    Wetting and soiling can become entrenched habits for children.

    Great in concept, but not working well in reality - especially in a society where we are so dependent on the disposable diaper.

     

     

    The Naked & $75 method

  • Children 24 to 30 months of age

  • Parents spend three to five consecutive days on the training.

  • The child is allowed to be naked all day, with a potty available at all times.

  • It is important to note that experts disagree with Rosemond's approach.

  • By the way, the $75 is for the inevitable carpet cleaning.

    Pros

    Cons

    Simple, easy and inexpensive

    Not supported by experts

    Quick - 3-5 days

    Messy

    Need more potty training tips and advice on potty training problems or just general advice, check out all of our Potty Training Articles!

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