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My toddler is afraid of the potty, how can I help them overcome this fear?

Hi everyone,

I'm a mom to a two-year-old toddler who is currently going through potty-training. Unfortunately, my child seems to be developing a fear of the potty which is making it difficult for them to progress. Every time I try to encourage them to sit on the potty, they cry and run away. I'm at a loss as to how to help them overcome this fear and would appreciate any advice you have to offer.

Thanks in advance!

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wendy65

Hey!

I can totally understand your situation. My daughter was also afraid of the potty when we started her potty training. It was definitely a frustrating experience as it seemed like we weren't making any progress.

Eventually, I found that patience was key. We didn't force her to sit on the potty, and instead, we let her take her time to get used to the idea of it. We also talked to her about using the potty and what to expect.

What helped her the most was sticker charts. She enjoyed receiving stickers as rewards for her progress, and it motivated her to use the potty more. It was a fun way to track her progress and keep her engaged in the process.

Another thing that worked for us was using a step stool to help her feel more secure on the potty. Having her feet on the ground made her feel less like she was going to fall in, and more like she was in control.

Overall, it's important to have patience and understanding during potty training. Every child is different, and it's okay if they need more time to get comfortable with the process. With some encouragement and positivity, your child will eventually overcome their fear of the potty.

Good luck!

nicolette31

Hi there!

I went through a similar experience with my toddler when they were going through potty training. They seemed to develop a fear of the potty, and it made it challenging for them to progress. I found that the best way to help them overcome their fear was to make the potty seem less scary.

I started by getting them comfortable with the idea of sitting on the potty by letting them sit on it when they were fully clothed or by putting toys on the potty for them to play with. We also made a game out of it by singing songs or reading books while they sat on the potty.

Another thing that helped was getting a potty that had fun designs or colors on it. My child was more excited about using the potty when they were able to sit on a fun looking one.

Lastly, I encouraged my child with positive reinforcement and praised them for any progress they made, no matter how small. It's essential to remain patient and understanding during this process because every child is different and will progress at their own pace.

Good luck!

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