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Tons of parents all over the world are stuck trying to train their kids to use the potty properly and constantly. There are natural and “proper” ways to do this but once in a while, you’ll come across a kid who’ll refuse to use the potty for unfathomable reasons. When all else fails, why not try out some of the less practiced techniques which could turn things around in just a couple of days or weeks?

If you’re not too concerned with getting your hands dirty in the process, here are a few extremely effective methods that can make the whole procedure of potty training your kids seem like a breeze. I can already imagine some of the parents here shaking their heads disapprovingly, but here they come..

pennyControversial Tip #1: Bribe Your Kids

As horrible as this might sound, it does work on kids as much as it does on grownups. Promise that you’ll give him a penny or two for every successful potty session that he completes and if he cleans up after himself, double up the reward! Your kids will soon be looking forward to their daily pooping sessions more than you.

Give them a little piggy bank for storing the pennies and once they collect enough, they wouldn’t have to bug you to buy them the latest toys anymore because they’ll have enough money for themselves. This is what I call win-win! If you don’t feel sufficiently comfortable with this, swap out the pennies for a couple of candies instead. That ought to make you feel slightly better.

Controversial Tip #2: Make It Fun

target practiceUnfortunately, this will only work for your little boys. Instead of calling out to your child asking him to use the potty at the same times every day (this will seem like a chore to him), make it seem like a fun-filled activity!

Throw in a couple of bread crumbs or pieces of cereal into the toilet bowl and tell him to shoot at it with his pee. This is effective training for his aim rather than having to clean up the sides of the toilet or worse still, the ground every time after he’s done with his business. You could also bribe reward him with more goodies if he doesn’t wet the sides at all!

Controversial Tip #3: Act Impressed

If you’re easily impressed by such things, then you can probably skip this step. Otherwise, act as if you’re really impressed if your kid’s able to use the potty or toilet without causing any unwanted accidents. Pile on the praises! Kids love the attention and the feeling that they’re special. Tell him he’s doing so much better than you did when you were a kid. This will make him want to stay on top of his groove and continue to perform as best he can.

Controversial Tip #4: Lead By Example

Toddlers love to imitate the actions of grownups. Actually, they’ll emulate anyone at all who’re older than them. This is where trouble stirs up sometimes when you have the younger kid parroting everything that his older brother or sister is saying. Turn this around to your advantage. Go to the toilet constantly and bring your kid along with you. Intervals of 30 minutes to an hour would be a good start. After watching you do this continuously, they’ll automatically want to follow suit and give it a go. Of course, this only works for the quick and easy #1. #2 is a whole other matter.

Controversial Tip #5: Poop In The Open

potty in the openThe bathroom might seem like an intimidating place, especially if your kid has to conduct his business alone in it. Whilst staying in the toilet to accompany him is a feasible way, sooner or later he won’t be able to do it without you by his side. This can turn into a major hassle. A better way to do this would be to buy him a kid’s potty and let him use it in his playroom or the living room.

Your kid will be much more comfortable with his potty sessions and he wouldn’t dread doing it at all. Slowly but surely, try moving the potty closer to the toilet whilst keeping him company as much as you can by walking by constantly even if you’re not heading in that direction. As mentioned earlier though, don’t stay there with your child as he poops away because he’ll learn to depend on you every time he wants to use the potty.

That’s it! That wasn’t so bad, was it? These are all true and tried techniques that have worked for even some of the most stubborn kids out there. If you’re still worried about the viability of these methods, you can stick to the standard techniques on how to potty train a boy but you should also be prepared to see slower results. Good luck with implementing these potty training tips on your son!

As a general rule, you can only begin potty training kids when they are physically and emotionally ready for it. In most cases, kids who are about 22 to 30 months old may be toilet-trained, although others may be a bit more delayed. So, how can you tell the right time to potty-train your kids? What are the different signs of readiness for toilet training? Whether you are a new parent or not, these practical tips on toilet training kids can help you achieve the results you expect with less stress on you and your kids.

the-time-is-nowRight Time to Potty -Train Kids

Kids are considered as potty-trained when they are aware of the right time to use the bathroom and can climb onto the toilet with minimal help. According to psychologists, girls are trained at about 36 months of age while boys may be fully trained when they are 38 months old. Kids who are about 4 or 5 years old may need some help with wiping after using the toilet or when going to public restrooms. However, when they are already 5 or 6, they may be able to use the bathroom and clean themselves independently.

It is important to note that kids undergo a readiness phase to use the toilet, which varies from one child to another. Thus, you must look for physical and emotional signs to determine whether you can start toilet training your little ones. Stress and major changes in the household can have a huge impact on kids during this phase of their life. With this in mind, you may have to postpone your plans of training them when there is a significant change in your family’s usual setup such as a divorce, a move, or similar events.

Physical and Emotional Signs of Readiness

Kids are physically ready to use the potty when they have good muscle control over their bladder and bowel, which usually occurs when they are about 19 or 20 months old. Squatting and certain facial expressions may express their awareness of passing stool or urine. Additionally, you may notice that their diapers stay dry even after they wake up from a nap, and they no longer soil their diapers during the night. Most importantly, an evident sign that your kids are ready for toilet training is when they express verbally that they need to go to the bathroom.

potty-training-timeAlthough your kids may show physical signs of readiness for toilet training, you need to make sure that they are emotionally ready for it. Your kids must have the desire to cooperate with you as you train them to use the potty on their own. Some signs of your kids’ emotional readiness include their desire to stay tidy and neat. They may also seem interested and curious when they see people using the bathroom. Furthermore, your kids may inform you when their diapers are dirty, and they’ll request for cleaner ones to wear. Lastly, they may be vocal about their interest in using the potty, and they may ask you to start making them wear underpants.

Try not to get too excited when your kids show any of these emotional or physical signs. Sometimes, kids may only get excited and curious about using the toilet, yet they may end up losing interest even before they are fully trained.

personalized-pottyImportant Considerations

Before you begin training your kids, buy a potty that they can call their own. This makes it less daunting for them since some toddlers have fears of falling into a full-sized toilet. Such anxieties tend to interfere with toilet training, so you need to reassure them that the entire process is completely safe.

You will also notice that your little ones may not do quite as well when you toilet-train them at the start. In fact, there are some kids who may want to wear their used diapers again or avoid using the toilet. However, this does not indicate that you’ve failed in training them. These situations only mean that you will have to ease up and delay the training process for a while until your kids are fully capable of using the toilet by themselves.