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Potty Training Pointers from Working Parents

Potty Training Pointers from Working Parents

There has been a LOT of bathroom talk among fellow working parents at my office lately. It has been interesting to listen to all of the great tips and advice that my co-workers with potty training-age children have been sharing with each other.  I thought potty training was hard with my daughter two years ago – turns out, I had it pretty easy. We tried early and quickly found that it was going to be a battle. So, despite my desire to get rid of diapers, I listened to friends and backed off, letting her take charge…next thing I knew, she was using the potty and we never looked back.

Potty Training Tips from Working Moms & Dads

Here are a few of my favorite tips from personal experience and the conversations around the office:

  • Keep a pad of post-it notes or a thin magnet to cover the sensor on a public restroom toilet.
  • Use o-shaped cereal to help your son aim – you may even want to keep a small baggie with cereal in your bag/purse.
  • Be prepared for lots of “bathroom” conversation – even in public restrooms – so think ahead about the words you use.
  • Have a special outing to let your child pick out his/her own underwear.  My daughter LOVED walking through Target with her brand new Curious George underwear in hand.
  • Wear clothes that are easy to get on and off – if your child is ready, summer is a great time since the clothes tend to be easier for them to manage.  Keep in mind, if your daughter likes to wear dresses, she may need help holding up her dress while on the potty.  We encouraged skirts rather than dresses for a while at our house.
  • Peer pressure is a good thing.  Plan playdates with children who use the potty – a conversation with peers can go a long way!
  • Sing a “potty” song.  The longer the better – allowing enough time for your child to empty their bladder.
  • Expect accidents.  Keep a change of clothes in a ziplock bag your car, if there is an accident you can put the soiled clothes in the ziplock and the clean clothes on your child.
  • Let your child really drive the process – as much as you want it to happen “today” your child will move through the process faster if you let them set the timeline.  It really is a battle you can’t win…so why fight it?!  After all, I can pretty much promise that your child won’t go to prom in diapers.

Need more suggestions? Check out potty training conversations on the Bright Horizons Online Community for lots of other ideas and to share your experience with other families.

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