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Potty training

by Nikki Montgomery

Our family is going through big changes right now with the twins coming any day now so we're not pushing Mia into potty training at this point, but we are introducing her to the potty.

There is a great video  on babycenter.com sharing 10 steps in potty training.  

If you think your child is ready for potty training talk to your child's pediatrician. You don't want to start your child too early. Typically children show readiness sometime between 18 months and 3 years old. The process is a lot harder if you are getting frustrated because your child isn't ready yet.

We have a potty chair in each bathroom and she comes in the bathroom with me and will sit on her potty at the same time I do with all her clothes on. We occasionally ask her if she wants to sit on the potty if she's had a dry diaper for a long time and she usually will, but she won't go. She still cheers for herself though for at least sitting there. We always ask her to sit on the potty before baths too though she's usually so excited for the bath she sits for a second and jumps up. 

Mia wakes up dry almost every morning so pretty soon we'll start having her sit on the potty when she gets up in the morning.

We have been told by lots of other parents that we shouldn't push potty training until after the twins come. The new babies will be a big change for her and will likely cause regression. I don't want to have her all potty trained then have her go right back into diapers and have to start all over again.

I'm hoping that once the babies come she'll see that she's a big girl and she'll want to wear big girl underwear, but we'll have to wait and see.

She has her two year check up coming up at the beginning of November after the twins arrive so we'll talk to Dr. Locher about potty training then.

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