What to Do If You Have a Stubborn Child?
I felt that my youngest was pretty stubborn when it came to use the bathroom on the toilet unless he was bribed with goodies. I put an end to that pretty quickly since he was running to the potty every few minutes so that he could get a treat. Each time that he soiled his diaper we would ask him where he was supposed to go potty. Of course, he would say in the potty. I have read all sorts of potty training articles since I was at my wits end and wanted to get him out of diapers. Just remember that you don’t want going to the potty to be traumatizing or for them to thing of it as punishment so it is important that you do your best to encourage your child and be patient with them. If they don’t want to do it, don’t force it and try again another time.
3 Day Potty Training Method
So one afternoon I decided I had enough and I was tried of paying for diapers. When he woke up one morning, I took off his diaper and clothes so that he could run around the house naked. I was kinda scared that he would have an accident but he surprised me. The first few times he would ask me for a diaper when he needed to use the restroom. I told him no and told him to go potty. He would run off to the bathroom and go potty. He did great all day and didn’t have any accidents in the floor.
If you have to leave to run errands, I suggest making your child go to the restroom before you leave the house and put a diaper or pull up on them for the duration of the errand only. Once you get back home, take your child’s clothes off and let them continue running around naked. By day three he was going number 2 on the potty and having fewer accidents. At the end of the first week, my son was able to wear underwear including sleeping in them. So far, he is doing great and has only had one accident in the car.
I think that I was successfully using this method since my son was older and could tell me when he needed to use the restroom. If your child is a bit younger, you will have to devote more time and help them more. Some people even suggest giving them liquid frequently to get them to go to the bathroom more often during the day.
Also, my youngest also woke up dry each morning 99% of the time so I knew that he was ready to wear big boy underwear at night and be perfectly fine with it.
6 Ways to Encourage Your Child While Potty Training
- Just remember that when you are trying this approach, remember to be patient with them and expect them to have accidents.
- Encourage and praise them often.
- Make it easy for them to get to the potty and use it without assistance.
- Use a plastic mattress pad or waterproof mat on their bed in case they have night time accidents.
- Ask them often during the first several weeks to use the potty.
- Remind them to use the potty before leaving home or going to bed.
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