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Potty Training Checklist

re you ready to start potty training your little one? Here is a checklist of items you will need if you are going to begin the process.

1. Potty Chair – since your child is too small to use a regular toilet, this chair will allow him or her to be more comfortable while learning the ins and outs of toilet training.

2. Toilet Trainer – this device is for kids that want to try and go to the bathroom like big people. Just put the insert over the rim of the seat and it will make the toilet opening a smaller.

3. Flushable wipes – These wipes are pre-moistened and help keep soiled areas clean. You can buy them at most supermarkets and drug stores.

4. Training Pants – trainers are like the minor leagues of potty training. Not quite regular underwear but a step up from diapers.

5. Potty Training Chart – Many school teachers use charts to show improvements in academic performance. This chart works the same way but it is used to measure strides in potty training.

6. Rewards – If you want to reinforce a positive behavior, rewards are one of the best ways to go about it. When someone is rewarded for performing a task they are more likely to perform it again.

7. Time – make sure you have the time to dedicate to potty training. Arrange to have time at home for a week or two, so that you can make a concerted effort to get potty training off a good start.
Don’t confuse your child by making them use strange bathrooms at the start of the training period.

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Looking for more potty training tips? Check out the Healthy Moms new Guide to Potty Training.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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  1. david December 31, 2010

    Hello there. This may be a bit off topic however it affects many families. We have a four year old with autism we are trying to potty train and a soon to be 3 year old with ADHD who isn’t trained yet. They both disrobe and play in their diapers. We actually invented some special needs autism clothing that helps the situation. It is an escape proof pajama called The Wonder Jumper and it is a romper sleeper that zips in the back. Our company is called iKids Fashion http://www.ikidsfashion.com thanks a lot!