Being successful in potty training your toddler
There is no right or wrong way to being successful in potty training. There are of course do's and don't. But in the end it's about your child.
Don't listen to everyone
I can remember way back in the day with my first child I was so scared at thought of having to potty train him. That time came and went and we got through it. Did I make mistakes? Of course I did everyone does even with child number 5 being in the potty training stage I still don't know everything there is to no but I can I have learned along the way and more comfortable with the concept by now. The one thing I can say is don't listen to everything you hear especially when it comes to children have to be potty training by 2 that's just ridiscouls. Of course it's a good idea and I've had about 3 out of 5 trained by the time they were 2. However sometimes that's just not going to happen, for one thing every child develops differently and if you try an push them into potty training too soon more than likely it wont work they will either relasp or take a lot longer time getting trained.
Another bit of advice I could give is when your child has accidents do not yell or scream at him or her. Accidents are apart of the learning process and when you yell or scream at them the child becomes frighten an unsure of him or her self.
potty training tools and aids
Since children are visual learners it's not surprise that having some kind of an aide will help most children become successful in potty training. For most of my children they responded extremely well with a chart and stickers. The chart that I made was a simple, generic chart it had the child's name on it and several spaces each labeled with the day of the week. Each they successfully went I made a big deal about it praising them for their efforts and then would let them pick out their own sticker and let them proudly display it. Now I have to admit with my 2 year old I've had to get a little creative with her she wasnt satisfied with the sticker chart. So I saw this commerical for this potty training doll, it's a doll that has a little toy potty chair and her own sippy cup that you can fill up with water when she drinks it she pee (which is actually water) and poops (which is plastic) so far we've had much success with this option. We keep the dolls potty chair in the bathroom and when Noel takes her doll to potty I encourage her to try an go on the real potty. She seems to do really well with this.
That comes to the next item on my list the potty chair. I have my own take on this and Im not going to say that it's right or wrong to use them. You have to make that choice. My personal take on potty chairs is I don't do them because once you do get the child trained they can become dependant on the potty chair and it may be difficult to transition them. But again that's just my personal take if you choose to use them that's fine it's not my say if there right or wrong.