Become a Potty-Training Supermodel
Kids learn everything by example. That's why when you potty train (and even before you start!), it's important for children to watch other people use the potty. OK, not just anyone, like strangers in the supermarket ladies' room, or even Grandma. Of course, that means YOU! (After all, you're the potty coach, remember?). Fortunately for most of us, parenthood means that modesty went out the window ages ago. So, it's Monkey See, Monkey Doo-Doo.
Here's how to become a supermodel ... of the pot, that is:
- Nix the privacy. During the potty training phase, you should have an open bathroom-door policy. So today, take your potty trainee to the bathroom every time you go. Don't be embarrassed! The more your child can see you being relaxed on the toilet, the more likely she'll sit on the pot herself.
- Make some noise. You can also let your toddler hear the sound of pee or poop going into the toilet. It may sound gross at first, but your toddler will get a kick out of it, so ham it up. "Count down to splash landing, Ready? 3, 2, 1, SPLASH!"
- Remember gender roles. If you're a mom to a girl, just do what comes naturally. But if have a boy, whenever possible, get Daddy or Grandpa or a close uncle to be a potty model, too. (Older siblings make good potty models, too!) Be sure to use the right potty words to describe your different anatomy.
- Use a doll. Some dolls are designed for potty training to pee (and yes, even poop!) and can serve as a good introduction to potty training. Once they turn their dolly into a pee-pee champ, they'll want to be one, too!
Sharing time: How comfortable were you having your child observe you up close and personal? How do you feel about your new role as Potty Supermodel? Share your answers in the comments below!
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