Woo hoo, how exciting! There are many approaches to potty training. The main thing to keep in mind is establish a firm routine. I started on a weekend where i knew we did not have any commitments away from home. I went cold turkey to underwear from diaper and set a timer. At first it was set to go off every 15 minutes. Once we had a successful trip to the potty, we could extend the time. When the boys started to tell me they had the urge I knew we had achieved success. Eventually we were able to venture away from the house. In the beginning I tried to make sure we were never too far from the potty, just in case. In time they were able to “hold it” longer and we all become more and more confident. Good luck!
We did the same way as Dr. Raquel- cold turkey from diapers to underwear, with frequent trips to the potty. It only took one mess for my daughter to understand she had to use the potty! We started when we had a three day weekend with nothing to do. I think the key is to plan how you want to do it. Decide which way (cold turkey or not) and what type of reward system you’ll use (stickers, small candies like Skittles or marshmellows, or just praise) before you get started. The other thing to consider is whether your child is ready. Is he showing interest?
Also- here’s a great article on how to know if your son is ready: http://www.bundoo.com/articles/how-will-i-know-my-toddler-is-ready-for-potty-training/
Ashlee – My name is Adriana Vermillion and I am The Potty Whisperer™ 🙂
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As a first time parent I suggest two things:
-be sure you are ready to start and finish before you start
-be committed to show him where to do it and not get hung up on how or what to do. Children tend to learn and figure out things on their own, besides your child is being doing the what since he was in your womb.