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Potty Training: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What are 5 tips for successful potty training?

As a mom of two, I’ve been through the potty training process twice. And while I’ve learned a lot along the way, there are still some things that no one ever tells you about potty training.

Here are 5 of those things:

1. It’s not going to happen overnight.

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I know, I know. Everyone says that. But it’s worth repeating because it’s so important to remember. Potty training takes time. It takes patience. And it takes a lot of messes.

Don’t expect your child to be fully potty trained in a few days or even a few weeks. It can take months, or even longer, for some kids.

2. Accidents are going to happen.

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A lot.

Even after your child has been potty trained for a while, there will still be accidents. It’s just part of the process.

The best thing you can do is to be prepared. Keep a change of clothes handy at all times, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Accidents happen.

3. You’re going to have to talk about poop.

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A lot.

In order for your child to learn how to use the potty, they need to understand what’s going on with their bodies. That means talking about poop.

This can be a bit awkward for parents, but it’s important to be open and honest with your child about their bodily functions.

4. Don’t give up.

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Potty training can be frustrating, both for you and your child. But it’s important to not give up.

If your child is having a hard time, take a break and try again in a few weeks. And remember, every child is different. What works for one child may not work for another.

5. It’s a big milestone.

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Potty training is a big milestone in your child’s development. It’s a sign that they’re growing up and becoming more independent.

So celebrate their successes! When your child uses the potty for the first time, give them a big hug and a high-five. And don’t forget to take a picture to remember the moment.

Potty training can be a challenging process, but it’s also a rewarding one. Just remember to be patient, understanding, and supportive. And with a little time and effort, your child will be potty trained in no time.

Additional tips for successful potty training:

* Start potty training when your child is showing signs of readiness, such as being able to stay dry for at least 2 hours, being interested in using the potty, and being able to follow simple instructions.

* Make sure your child is comfortable sitting on the potty. You may want to try different types of potties until you find one that your child likes.

* Take your child to the potty regularly, even if they don’t seem to need to go. This will help them to learn the routine.

* Praise your child when they use the potty, even if it’s just a little bit.

* Be patient and don’t get discouraged if there are accidents. It takes time for children to learn how to use the potty.

* If you’re having trouble potty training your child, talk to your pediatrician. They can offer additional tips and support.

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