Potty Duck potty training hints and tips
TIPS TO GET STARTED
Start by letting your child play with Potty Duck in the tub during bath times to begin learning the concepts of potty training and using a toilet.
Using the toy as an example, teach your child the words pee, toilet, flush, and "go potty." Continue to teach words as your child takes over control of making the duck pee in its toy toilet.
When your child seems ready, provide a potty seat and set the duck on its potty beside your child on a real potty, so your child can imitate the toy and "go like the duck."
See signs of readiness
- Let your child hold and play with their little duck "buddy" while they are sitting, to make it more fun.
- When your child seems ready, make sitting on a potty seat a daily routine at the same times each day. Children like routines but not sudden changes.
- Never force your child to sit. If your child starts to resist, take a break for several weeks before trying again.
Shelly Mann, MD: "Helping children to learn gradually is the approach preferred by pediatricians. The relaxed bathtime setting allows children to build their understanding one step at a time."
Why wait? It's never too early to begin learning that pee belongs in a toilet. See when to potty train and 5 signs of readiness.
Encourage your child to try to go like Potty Duck, but first wait to see if your child is self-motivated. If it is their idea, their motivation may increase.
When your child consistently begins to go potty on the toilet, give a gift of some “big boy” or “big girl” underwear.
If your child opposes sitting on the potty, have him/her sit with clothes on first to become comfortable.
For truly reluctant children, the privilege of playing with Potty Duck might be used as a reward for sitting on the potty seat.
For sensitive children who may be “stuck” mid-way through toilet training, parents can take a month off from training while still using the toy and praising the duck for peeing in the potty while avoiding the subject with the child.
MORE WAYS TO USE POTTY DUCK
- Let your child hold Potty Duck and carry it around, then go back to the bathroom to make it pee.
- Have your child demonstrate Potty Duck to a friend
- Create a reward chart for Potty Duck and your child.
- Say the words "I need to go like Potty Duck" when anyone in the family needs to use the bathroom. This teaches your child that the urge to go happens at random times.
Learning to use the potty is no different than learning to eat or walk. Every child must learn at his or her own pace, and accidents always happen. Even Potty Duck misses the bowl sometimes!