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Potty training is one of the many rites of passage that your daughter will go through that can be challenging for both her and you. During the potty training process, there will be setbacks, but with patience and time, she will learn it. If you believe that your daughter is ready for potty training, here is what you need to know.
Is It Time?
Each child is different, but there are some common signs that children exhibit when they are ready for potty training. For instance, if your daughter is not having any bowel movements through the night and is able to stay dry at least two hours, she is likely ready for potty training.
Vocabulary plays a big role in potty training. If your child is unable to communicate needs with simple words, she might not be ready. However, she might be ready if she has mastered basic motor skills, including being able to take off her clothes, you can try potty training.
How Should You Start?
Before starting potty training, it is important that you get the right equipment for it. A child-size potty can not only be more comfortable for your daughter, but she will be encouraged to take ownership of it. Buying her a special potty can also help avoid feelings of anxiety about getting on the full-size toilet in your bathroom.
Although it might seem logical to place your child on the potty on day one, use the first week to help her understand what it is used for. Use your daughter's favorite dolls to demonstrate potty training. Encourage her to sit them on the potty and talk about what happens when they do.
Once you feel she is ready, buy her some special training pants. If possible, look for pants that have her favorite characters on them. Emphasize to her that they are big girl panties and explain why she is wearing them.
How Do You Involve Her Preschool?
If your daughter attends preschool, let her teacher know that you are potty training now. Due to the teacher's experience, he or she might be able to provide tips that are specific to your child about how to proceed with the process.
You also need to create a training schedule and share it with the teacher. For instance, you and the teacher could agree to sit your child on the potty every two hours to encourage usage.