Ask A Teacher: How do I Potty Train?

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Here I go again! I am going to lay the foundation for potty training. My goal is to have my little one trained by the time she is 18 months. I am going to start now.

These are the steps that I will take:

  • Buy a doll that pees and poops
  • Place a potty seat in the bathroom for the child but initially use this seat for the doll
  • Feed the baby a bottle.
  • Take the baby to the bathroom. Do this three times a day.
  • Develop a word and a sign for potty. Do both every time you go into the bathroom to go potty (with or without the doll).
  • Teach everyone in the house these signs and ask for them to help (I even asked my son to sit on the potty if his sister follows him in the bathroom).
  • When the baby goes potty clap and cheer for the baby
  • Then start to allow your child to bring the baby doll to the bathroom (my sister suggested setting a timer so when the bell goes off then everyone goes to the bathroom).

These are my goals for the next month.

Then I will start to put the child on the potty after the baby doll.

I will follow the same steps that we did with the doll.

Why do I think this will work? Because I believe my child will learn from modeling and teaching. I think my daughter has a general understanding of using the potty. She says bathroom and squats and pees in her diaper. She also then washes her hands before we leave the bathroom. I think it will take a couple of months to fully train her. By using the doll and practicing, I think my task will be easier and more meaningful. I used the potty training doll with my son and it was the only thing that worked. I hope this is helpful. I will let you know how it goes.


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