Coping with potty training

For many parents, potty training can feel like mission impossible. Remember your child will get the hang of it, but it takes patience.

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  • Stick to a toilet training routine as much as possible. Children find the whole process much easier when there’s lot of consistency.
  • Try to stay calm. Your child will look to you to know how to feel and react, so show them it’s OK to make mistakes.
  • Praise is the best teacher! Give lots of praise every time they try hard or do something well.
  • Remember your child can only do what you explain. Give short, clear instructions so they know what behaviour you want.
  • Don’t make a fuss about accidents. Everyone makes mistakes – it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
  • Be patient. Encourage your child not to give up (and follow your own advice).
  • Share your potty routine with other carers. Different approaches from grown ups are confusing for your child.
  • Don’t rush the process – potty training can take weeks or months.
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