Potty training your child is a significant milestone for parents. This rite of passage is a big step toward independence for your child. Before you determine how to embark on this endeavor, you need to find a method that works for you, your child’s temperament, and your schedule. Here are 3 unique methods to consider before you begin this process:
Child-Oriented (Brazelton) Method
Championed by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., this method is built on the premise that the child should be guiding the potty training process. Dr. Brazelton recommends that parents delay the training until the child shows signs of readiness. With no set schedule or timeline to follow, the child is truly in charge. If the child begins to resist the potty, the training should be delayed for at least 1 month before beginning the process again.
While gradual potty training is led by the parents, it does not have the strict parameters of other more formal methods. The premise is that the process should not have strict start and end dates with a lot of rules to follow. Instead, the parent guides the child through the process at a pace that is appropriate for the child’s abilities and readiness. Using the potty at regular intervals throughout the day will support the child as they try to understand the patterns that are involved. Celebrating the success and praising the child for their accomplishments will encourage the process to keep moving along.
3 Day Method
This method is designed to get results quickly. The supplies needed for the 3 day potty training method include books, rewards, many pairs of underwear, a timer, fluids and—of course—a potty. With this method, you will want to clear your schedule and be committed to devoting all 3 days to finish this potty training mission. The cornerstone of this method is that the child should not wear a diaper for the duration of the 3 days so that they do not rely on the safety net of a diaper. Encouraging your child to drink more fluids than usual will give them more teaching opportunities.
Every child and parent has a different potty training experience, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that is perfect for every family. Be sure to consider your own personal needs and preferences as well as the needs of your child when settling on the approach that is right for your family.
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