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Potty training girls - success tips.
Potty training for girls is mostly the same as for boys (I've toilet trained four children, two of which were girls) but there are some subtle differences that you can take advantage of to help train your little girl more smoothly.
Potty training for girls can be about the little things.
You probably already know that small prizes can be useful during potty training to encourage the development of healthy toilet habits. Potty training for girls means that you take this idea a step further.
When you choose a reward system for potty training girls; make sure you choose a group of rewards you are happy with.
Then give your little darling her choice from among two or three potty training items of your group of rewards. By doing this you are giving her the power of choice. Most girls (and women) love that! Do make sure you keep secret your full range of rewards so that you can continue to offer your daughter small choices that will keep her satisfied and interested in coming back for more.
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A word of caution here. Praise is a wonderful thing and should be sprinkled liberally on your potty training girl, but it IS possible to over do when it comes to praising a child.
- appeal to her natural desire to please you by explaining how sweet it is when she cooperates with you.
- Tell her how proud you are of her to watch her growing up like this.
- Let her hear you talk glowingly of her potty training efforts to other adults.
- She will want to please all of you and this is one area where you can take full advantage of this natural tendency in a girl.
The result can be a potty training girl who ignores the praise, knowing that she didn't earn it. And if a child knows she didn't EARN all that praise, then the praise loses it's value.
And gets ignored.
You don't want that.
Appeal to her natural mothering instincts when potty training girls.
Does your toddler have a favorite doll or stuffed animal? Now is the time to use this natural habit to your advantage.
(By the way, this is why potty training aids like potty Elmo work so well.)
Explain to your potty trainee that it's time to learn an exciting and grown up habit.
Be sure and let your daughter watch you use the toilet. This will give her instant understanding that may or may not be able to be communicated through words.
Introduce her to her brand new potty training seats (you'll probably want more than one - different rooms, traveling, etc.) and big girl undies.
With a potty training girl, I'd even take her shopping for these items, to give her more choice (remember our conversation above), but again, make sure you engineer her choices so that she only gets to choose from what YOU want.
And then, when potty training girls, you'll want to get her friends in on the game.
Use potty training underwear for her favorite doll or stuffed animal. Talk about how you and she will help her doll learn to use the potty chair.
Take the doll to the potty regularly and encourage your daughter to show the doll how it's done.
Praise both. You can even have a free potty training chart for both of them. Believe me, it can be helpful to have the potty training doll still earning rewards when the toddler has gotten tired of cooperating. Sometimes a potty training girl needs to "catch up" with her friend; especially if she's tired of Mom telling her what to do!
If you want to take this toilet training tool a step further then check into potty training dolls. These are dolls you and your child can give water to and then the doll will "potty". Your job is to show the doll using the potty chair.
This can be a powerful training tool; especially for potty training girls who don't seem to be connecting the dots in understanding that the pee and poop goes in the potty chair. There are several kinds of potty training dolls, such as the Little Mommy Training Doll. I would suggest, Mom, that you shop first, make your selections, then take your little pottier with you and let her choose from a couple of your choices.
Potty training for girls requires good habits from the start.
Teach healthy potty habits from the get-go. Make sure you show your little girl the proper way to wipe her bottom - always front to back - right from the beginning. That way the habit will become second nature to her and she will possibly avoid urinary tract infections and other such problems.
This is so important! I can tell you that one of my girls, who is now an adult, has shared with me that even in high school and beyond, many of her friends had never heard they should wipe correctly and that it could make a difference for them in preventing urinary and vaginal problems.
There's enough misinformation out there. As moms, we have a powerful opportunity to get the correct info into our kids heads and hearts early on. Take advantage of this and teach your little girl correct toilet habits.
Like hand washing each and every time she uses the potty. Wash her dolls hands, too.
Potty training girls - wrapping it up.
Potty training girls can mean appealing to their unique natures as females. Obviously, not all little girls are the same, but since you know your toddler, Mom, you are in a position to help her move along a bit easier by working with her natural bent and not against it.
Do make sure your daughter is ready - both physically and emotionally - to be potty trained before you begin. I made this mistake with one of my daughters and she fought the toilet training process for months.
Stay calm, positive and matter-of-fact in your own attitude. This is crucial! Your little girl will take her cues from you and the last thing you want or need is a power struggle!
Recognize that while your little girl may (or may not) potty train rather quickly, all potty training girls will need to practice their new potty skills for many weeks or months to become pros. Give her that space and remain confident in her when she makes mistakes, as she almost certainly will.
Remember potty training for girls is a really a season in each individual girl's life; not an event. Keep those unlimited hugs coming and both of you will be celebrating success before you know it!
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Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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