Potty training a child is a big step. It ranks right up there with his or her first words and first steps. Doctors and development psychologists usually all have their favorite methods and advise parents based on this personal preference. It is generally accepted that there are three best methods, and each of these methods has its pros and cons.
The One Day Method
This is the method espoused by Dr. Phil. It is a 6-step program that uses a doll that can drink and pee. Use the doll to illustrate the proper method of using the toilet. Use the excitement of being a “big” boy or girl to motivate them. When the child uses the toilet, throw a big party like a birthday party, with cake and hats and everything. Drink lots of liquids at the party and give your child a present of new “big kid” underwear. Have them put on the underwear immediately. Ask several times if they need to use the toilet again. Gifts and special presents should accompany each proper use throughout the day.
The Two-Step Method
This is the most widely used method in the U.S. It involves using toilet practice and breeding familiarity with the toilet before actually using it. After introductions, let the child walk around naked and watch for signs of when they have to go. Encourage them to use the toilet when it looks like they need to.
This method is the most used throughout the world and involves tracking the child’s urinations and bowel movements and helping them do their business in the toilet each time they have to go. In time, the child will associate the toilet with the bowel movement or urination.
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