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How can I keep my toddler motivated and interested in potty training over an extended period of time?

Hi everyone,

I am a mom of a 2-year-old toddler who I am trying to potty train. Although my child knows when to tell me he needs to go, we are not making much progress. My toddler seems to lose interest and motivation after several days of successful potty training. I am looking for tips on how to keep my toddler motivated and interested in potty training over an extended period of time. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thank you.

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klocko.mervin

Hi everyone,

I have been through potty training with both of my children, and one thing that worked well for me was to make it a team effort. I let my children pick out their own potty seats and encouraged them to choose their own special underwear. We also read books together about the process, which helped to get them excited about it.

Another thing that kept my children motivated was offering small rewards for successful attempts. I would let them choose a small toy or a fun activity as a reward for going to the potty. This helped to reinforce the positive behavior and encouraged them to keep trying.

I also found that being patient and consistent was critical to the process. There were certainly frustrating moments, but I tried to stay calm and supportive throughout. Consistency was key as well. Setting regular times for potty breaks and sticking to them helped establish a routine for my children.

Lastly, I found that celebrating successes, no matter how small, was essential in keeping my children motivated. Praise and high-fives can go a long way in making children feel proud of their accomplishments.

Remember, potty training can be a challenging process, but with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, your child will eventually get the hang of it. Good luck!

trisha.paucek

Hi there,

I can totally relate to the struggle of keeping a toddler motivated during potty training. It can be a frustrating and challenging process. One thing that has worked for me is to make the process as fun as possible. I would sing silly songs or read funny books during potty time to make my child more comfortable and engaged.

Another thing that helped keep my child motivated was to celebrate small successes every step of the way. Even if it was just sitting on the potty for a minute or two, we would praise and give high-fives. This encouraged my child to keep trying and reinforced positive behavior.

I also found that taking breaks every now and then helped to avoid burnout. Sometimes we would take a few days off from potty training and return to it with renewed energy and focus.

In conclusion, I would say that keeping potty training positive and making it fun for the child is key to keeping them motivated. Good luck!

aufderhar.aric

Hi there,

I also went through a similar experience with my toddler during potty training. I found that keeping a consistent routine helped keep my child engaged and motivated. For example, starting the day with sitting on the potty and praising any successful attempts helped set the tone for the rest of the day. Additionally, offering small rewards, such as stickers or a favorite snack, for successful potty trips can also help with motivation.

Another tip that worked for my child was involving him in the process. We picked out special underwear together and decorated a chart to track successful attempts. By making it a fun and collaborative experience, my child felt more invested in the process.

Lastly, patience is key. It can be frustrating when progress is slow, but it's important to remember that every child learns at their own pace. Good luck with your potty training journey!

tmann

Hi,

I struggled with potty training my toddler as well. One thing that worked for me was to choose a specific time to start, preferably a time when both you and your child are calm and relaxed. It can be overwhelming for both the parent and the child if the process is rushed, so patience is key.

Another tip is to be consistent with the routine. If your child knows when it is time to sit on the potty, the process will become much easier. I found that setting a timer for every 45 minutes to an hour helped keep us on schedule until my child was ready to take the initiative herself.

It's also important to avoid getting angry or frustrated if accidents happen. Instead, try to reinforce positive behavior by praising successful attempts and being patient with unsuccessful ones.

Lastly, don't forget to reward your child for any successes, no matter how small they may be. Let them know they're doing a great job and how proud you are of them. This positive reinforcement can go a long way in keeping your child motivated.

Remember, every child is different, and the time it takes to potty train can vary. Be patient and consistent, and your toddler will eventually get the hang of it. Best of luck!

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