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How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 18-month-old?
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Signs of readiness
are being able to walk from room to room, pull diaper, pull-ups & pants up & down, be dry for 2 hours, say "potty" or other word to indicate he senses the urge to go.
Till then, let him sit on a potty, clothed, while you model using the toilet. Pushing it creates behavior problems. Buy a Little Looster stool. Read http://m.kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/toilet_teaching.html

In brief: Signs of readiness
are being able to walk from room to room, pull diaper, pull-ups & pants up & down, be dry for 2 hours, say "potty" or other word to indicate he senses the urge to go.
Till then, let him sit on a potty, clothed, while you model using the toilet. Pushing it creates behavior problems. Buy a Little Looster stool. Read http://m.kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/toilet_teaching.html
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Terri Graham
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: + reinforcement
Kids repeat activity if rewarded in a positive way.
If strictly using pavlovian training you can make the behavior repeatable by means of a positive association, such as smiles, claps, new undies, or playing a game. Any negativity or disapproval associated with the opposite behavior can affect the result. Keep it low key and positive!

In brief: + reinforcement
Kids repeat activity if rewarded in a positive way.
If strictly using pavlovian training you can make the behavior repeatable by means of a positive association, such as smiles, claps, new undies, or playing a game. Any negativity or disapproval associated with the opposite behavior can affect the result. Keep it low key and positive!
Dr. Terri Graham
Dr. Terri Graham
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Relax
In normal kids, everyone eventually is potty trained.
This is a normal milestone of development.Thus it will always happen. Do not pressure your child. The average little girl trains at 26 mos/age and the little boy trains at 32 mos.Train by example until the child is ready.

In brief: Relax
In normal kids, everyone eventually is potty trained.
This is a normal milestone of development.Thus it will always happen. Do not pressure your child. The average little girl trains at 26 mos/age and the little boy trains at 32 mos.Train by example until the child is ready.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics
In brief: Show them.
Toddlers are naturally curious about the use of the bathroom by other people.
Let them watch you or other family members use the toilet. It is important not to put too many demands on a child or shame the child during toilet training.

In brief: Show them.
Toddlers are naturally curious about the use of the bathroom by other people.
Let them watch you or other family members use the toilet. It is important not to put too many demands on a child or shame the child during toilet training.
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
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