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How to Make Potty Training Fun for your Kid

If you are about to start potty training with your toddler I am sure you are bit nervous. Specially if you are a first time mommy same as me, you will look for lot of tips and ideas before actually starting potty training. It is true that potty training needs lot of patience and care. I started potty training my kid when he was around 2 years old and it was a really exciting experience for us. We did not try to train our kid so fast. We expected accidents and yes it happened. However, potty training was not a struggle for both my kid and me. Now, at the age of nearly four, we are almost done with potty training. We don’t have night time bed wetting or we don’t use diapers anymore!

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If you really want to potty train your kid without much struggle, then make it fun! If your potty training is fun and interesting to your kid, it will be an exciting adventure for your little one. I used the same idea and our fun and interesting potty training sessions end up making my kid with no more diapers.

Thankfully, nowadays there are lot of interesting products and tools for potty training. These products also make potty training a funful activity for both parents and kids. We used such products too to make our potty time special!

So here are the best ways that you can make potty training fun for your kid!

Also read this Step by Step Potty Training Guide

How to Make Potty Training Fun for your Kid?

Read books about potty training

Toddlers and young kids love reading. So, books are one of the best ways to convey any message. Potty training is another milestone that you can get the help of interesting potty training books. These stories always make the kid as a hero. So, that will easily convey the message.

Buy a cute potty

Potty is the main attraction for the kid. At first potty will be like a new toy. Nowadays there are cute potty designs available in the market which are colourful too. Consider buying such cute potty before you starting potty training. If your kid is a bit grown up toddler or a preschooler, you can ask the kid to select his or her favorite potty. I found beautiful and cute potty designs at My Teeny Weeny which is an online shop for both moms and kids. They ship worldwide. So you don’t have to worry about the location you live.

Use Potty training charts and rewards

Potty Training in 3 Days

Potty Training in 3 Days -Rewards charts and potty training fun

This is another trick I used when I was potty training our kid. Potty training chart is a smart way to encourage the kid to go to the potty when they need to pee or poo. I also used stickers as rewards. Those stickers could make a smile on my child right after a successful potty session till he trained completely.

Use potty training apps and songs

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Potty training apps and songs are another fantastic way to make potty time attractive for kids. We used a potty training song from the YouTube and my kid loved watching it while he was sitting on the potty.

Make it a playful activity

When we started potty training, I created fun activities which my kid could engage. We decorated our potty corner with his arts and crafts. That was so much fun and our potty corner had some personal touch of my kid. So, he loved to spend his time on this space.

Above are some of the tips that you can make potty training fun. Such activities and tools will sure help to make it interesting for the kid. As a result potty training will be much easier!

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Smart Ways to Get Rid Of Your Used Baby Stuff

Like many other moms, I also have the problem of having lot of baby stuffs that are no longer useful for the kid. My kid will be 4 years old in few days. But we still have his baby cot, baby stroller and lot of baby gears. All these baby stuff are in new condition and some stuff we used for really few months only. It is so sweet to see his stuff and remind the memories of my baby. But, actually these baby stuff take a considerable space of home.

I am sure this is same with most of the moms. If you have more than 1 kid in the family, these baby stuff are useful for other kids. But there is a day that we need to de-clutter home with lot of such baby gear.

Finally I started to get rid of these baby stuff  that we no longer use. I am sure these tips are helpful for you too if you are with such collection.

Here are the smart ways to get rid of your used baby stuff!

1. Donation

Smart Ways to Get Rid Of Your Used Baby Stuff

I always like to reuse any stuff giving a new life or new hand. Donation is one of the easiest ways to get rid of excess baby items. If your kids are already grown up, they will also understand the power of giving away.

There are sites that allow posting advertisements about free stuff. These sites are always helpful to find someone who really needs the items you own.

In Singapore there are charity services that collect used clothes and other small stuff for recycling purpose and also to donate to other African and Asian countries. I always use this opportunity to give away some of our outgrown clothes and shoes.

2. Re-purpose or Recycle

Recycle is one of the best ways to dispose some baby stuff which are no longer suitable for a second life. At the same time, it is always easy to re-purpose the existing baby stuff when your kid grows.

Getting Rid of Baby Gear

We re-purposed our baby cot as a place for reading and spending time for kid.We removed one side of the cot lowering the seating area to the lowest position.so it is easier for him to sit on the cot without help.

Out grown baby clothes can create a beautiful quilt if you are crafty enough. At our home we used our baby cot as a reading place after removing one side. Until recent this baby cot reading area was my kid’s favorite place to spend time reading a book or playing with toys.

3. Sell your baby stuff

Selling your baby stuff is another great idea to pass the items that are in good condition to a new hand. I use this method and usually it is easy to sell the newly bought items for a half rate.

While arranging a garage sale is a fun idea there are also market places that you can easily sell your used items.

AdYoYo is a video only market place which facilitates parents to sell their stuff using their app. Not only sell, you can also buy any stuff that you like using the AdYoYo market place.

AdYoYo Review

Currently this AdYoYo app is available in US and India which is helpful to bring the local community together providing an easy platform to buy and sell with confident.

Unlike other second hand market places that use photos of the items available for sale, AdYoYo is a video based app that users upload a short video of item to sale. You can easily download the app from both apple store and Google play store.

The money you earn by selling can be used for buying any new stuff you need for your kids at this moment. So, selling the unwanted but still in good condition baby stuff can be another great way to de-clutter your home.

Above are the tips I use to get rid of the baby stuff. Do you have any more ideas to add for this list? How do you get rid of your used baby stuff? Please comment below.

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Solve Your Toddler Sleep Problems with These Tips

Parenting is not an easy task.From potty training to teaching social skills,you also need to pay attention on toddler sleep problems and issues when your little baby grows up to an active toddler.

If you have a toddler who doesn’t sleep throughout the night then that is not only your kid. It is common that many parents complain about their toddler sleep problems. Many moms wake up few times during the night as their toddler does not sleep through the night. Last year I was in this same  situation. So I know how painful the life is without a proper night sleep!

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But, finally I am happy to say that my kid sleeps throughout the night giving me too a comfortable sleep. Below are some of the things we did to help our toddler to sleep comfortably throughout the night. I hope these tips are helpful for you too if you look for ideas on getting toddler to sleep!

Night Weaning

If you are a mom who breastfeed at night or even bottle feed at night, then you know how many times your toddler wakes up during the night time. Night weaning is one of the best ways to help your toddler to sleep.

When you wean completely during the night time, your toddler will start to sleep throughout the night giving you some relax. We experienced this. When I stopped breastfeeding him completely, my kid started to develop his night sleeping habit. It took few days for him to adjust. But after the first few days, he started to sleep continuously until the next morning. This was really a relief for me as I was really tired without having a good sleep!

Establish a Bedtime Routine

We established a bedtime routine for our kid when he was just 1 year old. Before that, we had a routine for him, but he was so young to understand the routine though he followed.

Before the bed time, I help the kid to get ready with his night pajamas after brushing teeth. When we started potty training, a potty trip is added to his bedtime routine.

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My kid loves to read a bedtime story book before going to sleep

We established the habit of reading a bedtime story before get into sleep. So after getting ready with night pajama, my kid goes to the bed with few story books which he likes to read before sleeping. Reading a book helps him to calm down forgetting all the toys and activities he did throughout the day.

Buy a good Toddler pillow

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A comfortable pillow is always helpful for a good night sleep. However, if you just use any pillow that is small in size thinking that is the best pillow for your toddler, check the pillow again.

A toddler pillow is designed especially considering the toddler age and sleeping needs. Therefore invest on a good toddler pillow which is specially designed for the right age. A good toddler pillow will ensure your little one a good sleep making him comfortable. You can buy a soothing pillow such as any Organic Toddler Pillow which can help your kid to ensure a good sleep. You can even look for designs of Organic Pillow for Toddler as organic items are always a healthy solution.

Avoid distractions from the bedroom

If you have lot of toys and other distractions including a TV in your bedroom, consider removing those. These items will disturb your toddler’s sleeping pattern and will not help your kid to calm down.I always arrange his bed by removing toys.

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We converted our baby nursery to a toddler room removing all these toys and distractions when the kid was in toddler age.

Having a dim light will also help the toddler to sleep in a better environment forgetting all the distractions.

We tried all above tips when our kid was a toddler. All these ideas helped him to sleep continuously throughout the night. When he has a good sleep during the night time, he wakes up fresh in the next morning. So, a good night sleep always makes the next day beautiful for the toddler.

As a preschooler now my kid sleeps throughout the night.I am glad we followed all above tips at the right age to establish him a good sleeping pattern.

Do you have any experience with toddler sleeping issues? Please share your ideas below.

 

 

3 Best Activities for Toddlers to Keep them Entertained

Toddlers are always with curiosity. They love to learn new things and they can grab the basic concepts easily. I remember last year when my son was a toddler. He was so active and energetic. He could easily grab concepts such as colours, numbers and letter when I used simple methods to introduce him such concepts.

Below are 3 activities which I did with my toddler. He loved those activities, so I know these are easy and fun activities to do with any toddler.

 

1. Colour sorting game

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For this game, you don’t want to spend hours with crafty items. Instead find colourful cups and building blocks. Mix it up and ask your toddler to sort out the clours into the matching cup. This activity will keep him busy while giving the opportunity to learn colours.At the same time this is a good way to improve motor skills of any toddler.

Read more about Colour sorting game

2. Bowling with empty bottles

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Not only for toddlers, this is even a fun game for a preschooler too. We used empty milk bottles from our recycling bin for this game. Once the game is over put back the empty bottles in recycling box and send for recycling.

Other than an activity that keeps kids engaging and active, this is a good way to teach them the concepts such as recycling and upcycling.

Read our post about Bowling with empty bottles!

 

3. Simple Science experiments

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Science for toddlers?  Don’t worry! I am not going to talk about lab experiments. But do you know toddlers are the best age for teaching the basic concepts? Do some fun activities which shows them the science around home. These will be fun and interesting. They will love to do it again and again.

Make some ice cubes from water to explain the concept of liquid stage to ice stage. Add some colour to water and experience the change of colour. There are many ideas!

Check this post on Simple Science experiments with toddlers

You will find many ideas to do with your kid!

 

Above are 3 activities which we did at our home. Even now, I do these activities with my preschooler. Best thing is that these are really easy activities which mommy doesn’t need much time to prepare!

Complete Step by Step Potty Training Guide

A potty training guide can be really helpful when you are into the challenge with your little kid. Specially, if you are a new mom potty training may sound like a challenge. But, it is not. I was in the same doubt, but with easy and simple steps we could potty train our kid completely when he was 3 years old.

Although I have shared posts before for each of our potty training steps, in this post I want to gather all the posts. Check each post starting from the first post. All these are with our experiences and tips on potty training.

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Step by Step Potty Training Guide

Step 1:

Know the right time to potty train your kid! When the kid is ready, you are ready to start potty training.

Check this post for how to start potty training.

Step 2:

Now you know how to start potty training.The next step is to collect all the essentials for potty training.

Check this post for detailed descriptions and list on essentials for potty training.

Step 3:

Once you are with all essentials,plan your potty training.I potty trained my kid in 3 days and it is possible.Consider starting your potty training during a weekend or on a long holiday.So you can fully attend with potty training.

Check how to potty train in 3 days.

However don’t forget to make potty training a fun activity for the kid!

Step 4:

Continue potty training for a period of time till he or she is completely trained and no more accidents.During the potty training period,you will experience accidents.However,encourage your kid.Don’t blame or discourage the kid from sitting on the potty.Once they are used to the routine,they will start going to the potty.When you reach this step,you are almost done.

Step 5:

Special Training for boys 

Actually,nothing special.But,boys will still on the potty when they need to pee.Start teaching the boys on how to go to the potty time like a boy.

Check these tips on how to potty train a boy.

Step 6:

Once the kid is trained for potty during day time,it is time to start night time potty training.In my case I still used diapers during the night time till my kid was completely trained during day time.

Check how to potty train at night.This post will give you all the necessary steps to potty train your kid during night time.

Once the kid is fully trained for night time,you will not need any more diapers!

Hope this complete guide for potty training is helpful for you.Read each post for detailed steps.With this potty training guide,you will sure have wonderful time with your kid!

Easing Allergies for Kids

Americans spend a lot of time inside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency believes that people spend 90 percent of the time indoors. That’s a problem because pollutants are up to five times higher inside. You’re breathing dirty air, which is bad for you and even worse for your children. Kids don’t have fully mature lungs. That’s why they’re more vulnerable to nanoparticles. When the air in your home is unclean, your kids are more susceptible to allergies and asthma attacks. You need to become an allergy warrior and fight back against air pollution.

The most important aspect of your home is the indoor air quality (IAQ). Your HVAC system will circulate air no matter how clean it is. You need to make sure that your vents are clear of dust mites and other allergens. Fortunately, you have plenty of options to improve your IAQ. One smart strategy is to buy allergy-proof bedding for your mattress. Several brands of comforters, bed sheets, and pillows have smaller holes in the fabric. It’s a design choice to reduce the gaps where dust mites would otherwise fit. You can even buy mattresses that reduce the spread of allergens.

You should also hire a professional HVAC worker to do maintenance on your vents. This person will clean your HVAC unit and its outlets and also replace the filter. You should also ask for suggestions about other ways to improve IAQ. For example, a filter with a higher MERV rating will spread cleaner air throughout your home. You should contact an HVAC professional from Freedom Heating and Air to discuss the situation. It’s the best way to combat air pollution

Easing Allergies for Kids

Remote Control Ride On Cars for Toddlers – Is it Worth Buying?

Little kids love ride on vehicles. It is same with my kid too. He loves ride on vehicles and every time he sees a kid playing on a ride on car, he gets excited. He shows me the car and asks me for a similar one. Now his birthday is around the corner, I am thinking of a perfect gift for him that he would love.

Remote Control Ride On Cars for toddlers

My kid loves to ride this remote control ride on car at my friend’s home 🙂

I am sure he will really appreciate a beautiful remote control ride on car which is especially for toddlers and small kids. That is why I started to search for tips and things to know before we buy a Remote Control Ride on Cars or a Remote Control Power Wheels for kids.

Remote Control Ride On Cars for toddlers

Before looking for things to know when buying a remote control ride on car, I wanted to check whether it is a unique gift idea or not. When I check the available designs for Remote Control Ride on Cars and Remote Control Power Wheels I was really impressed. Nowadays there are beautiful and exciting ride on cars available with great features that can make any kid get excited. But, what are the advantages of buying such a car for my kid? I want to know to make an informed decision before I buy.

Benefits of Remote Control Ride On Cars for kids

Here are the benefits that you can expect for your kids by using ride on cars or Remote Control Power Wheels.

Help to develop balance and coordination

Although a ride on car is powered using a remote control, kids pay attention on its track. They will focus on their ride and try to avoid any obstacle they see. This can be a great way to enhance the concentration and focusing skills of little kids from their young age.

Remote Control Ride On Cars for toddlers

Help to develop Role Playing Activities

Pretend playing or role playing is necessary for kids’ growth. Usually toddlers and preschoolers start role playing when they reach 2-3 years of age. This is a great way to enhance cognitive skills of kids. But how a remote control ride on car can help a kid to enhance role playing? Kids will find lot of role playing ideas around their ride on car before we mention such ideas to them! It can be a safari trip by a Remote Control Power Wheels or trip to the super market from his Remote Control Ride on Car. There will be many new ideas which help the kid to think, analyze and create a role play activity around the new car.

Improve family bonding time

It is true that a kid needs to play his remote control ride on car with the supervision of an adult. This is a great way to spend family time together. Around the ride on car, you will create lot of fantastic moments. With curious kid who loves role playing with his ride on vehicle, definitely it will be a family fun time.

So, finally I found the reasons to buy such a great gift for my kid. After all benefits of Remote Control Ride on Cars for kids, I find that the most important benefit is that my kid will be really excited with his new toy.

Isn’t this a perfect gift idea for his birthday?

Essential Items for Potty Training

If you plan for potty training your toddler or preschooler, then be sure to start it right. When you start potty training at right age with right products, it is not a struggle anymore. We actually started our potty training when the kid was just above 2 years old. However with right products, tips and tricks we could pass the initial phase of potty training without much hard moments. This is my trick. To make potty training a fun and interesting milestone, you need to have right products around you. It is not a list of fancy items. Instead this is the basic and Essential Items for successful Potty Training which any mom should consider.

Essential Items for Potty Training

Make potty training an interesting activity for your kid!

Here is our list of Essential Items for Potty Training

A Cute potty

Yes, to start potty training you need a potty. However consider spending time to select an attractive potty for your kid. Invest some money on a cute design and your kid will love it. This will make it easier to make your kid keep sitting on the potty. I found beautiful and cute potty designs at My Teeny Weeny which is an online shop for both moms and kids. They ship worldwide. So you don’t have to worry about the location you live.

I really love the below cute potty from My Teeny Weeny.They have different cute designs which can make your kid happy.My kid loves animals,so I know he will love such a cute potty! Which kid doesn’t love animals! So,I am sure a cute animal potty will be their favourite item for potty training.

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Who doesn’t love to sit on such cute potty! With a cute potty,you can easily keep your kid sitting on it for sometime.

Toilet Paper and Flushable Wipes

Toilet paper must be an item that is already you use in your toilet area. However consider buying flushable wipes too that is easier to wipe and clean your kid. With such wet wipes you will feel it is easier to clean the kid than using toilet paper.

A good hand wash for kids

Together with potty training, you also need to teach the kid about basic hygiene practice. Therefore it is essential to train him to wash hands after the potty session. A safe and good hand wash is essential in such reason. Therefore look for a kid friendly hand wash before you start potty train your kid.

Potty training tools and other products to entertain the kid

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A potty training song is a great way to keep the kid entertained for few minutes.

Other than the above essentials for potty training, consider items which make potty training a fun activity. Rewards charts, stickers, potty training videos, songs, potty training apps and books for potty training are other items that you can consider before you start. With all these items, products and tools, it will be easier to train your kid to the potty!

Do you have any other ideas to add to this list of essential items for potty training?Please share as comments.

 

 

Thinking about Taking Your Baby to an Audition – Here’s What You Need to Know

Everyone thinks their baby is the most special, beautiful, and wonderful child in the world, but what if your baby gets more than its fair share of attention? Could it be that your child is actually cut out for show business? If you’ve been thinking about taking your baby out to some auditions and see it where it goes, there are a few things you’ll want to know in advance.

Thinking about Taking Your Baby to an Audition

Understand What Show Business is Truly Like

Before even going to the first audition, you may want to take a little time and look into what show business is like for children and their families. It can be a real eye-opener that can make the process much smoother and more enjoyable.

A good way of doing this is to check out the new TV show “My Hollywood” from actor and producer Michael Palance. My Hollywood documents the lives of various families around the world who are trying to break into show business. Of course, you can also learn more about Michael David Palance on his various social networks.

Don’t Go All Out Where the Outfit is Concerned

All too often, parents assume they need to dress their baby up in fancy dresses or even a full suit. In the majority of cases, this will end up backfiring. Casting directors want to be able to see your baby looking simple, cute, and like an infant. This means keeping their clothing very basic.

Make Sure Baby is Fed and Alert

A baby’s schedule can be a bit of a guessing game, but ideally, you want to pick an audition time that will allow your baby to be well-rested, alert, fed, and changed. When all of these things have been taken care of then you’re more likely to have a happy, sociable baby on your hands. Your baby should also be okay with being held by strangers. There is a good chance the casting director will want to hold him or her.

Bring Photos with You

While most auditions involve taking a few digital pictures, it’s still a good idea to bring some professional photos with you. Because babies grow and change so fast, you’ll need the photo to have been taken within the last month, so they are current.

There are also some photo tips you can use if you choose to take them yourself. First, make sure that the background is plain and simple, don’t place a hat or sunglasses on your baby, don’t dress them in crazy outfits or costumes, and make sure that baby is looking directly into the camera and smiling. Casting directors also appreciate when you write their age, size, weight, and height on the back of the photo.

Let the Fun Begin

By using these tips you’ll be better prepared to handle the audition process with your baby. Just remember that some auditions will go better than others, so always approach each situation fresh and with a positive frame of mind.

How to Potty Train a Boy? Here is how we did!

Potty training is another milestone in parenting which most parents struggle with their kids. How to potty train a boy is a doubt for many parents.Potty training can be tough with boys as they sometimes try to be stubborn or more active during this stage of age. Although some parents assume that potty training a boy is difficult than potty training a girl, I never found it as a difficult milestone. We happily potty trained our kid although there were accidents during the period.

How to Potty Train a Boy?

Before you potty train your son you need to know the things such as potty training age, when to potty train and how to start potty training. When you have a good start on potty training, it won’t be difficult even for a stubborn boy. Make the potty training a happier incident, so you will do it fast same as we did it in 3 days.Check how we potty trained in 3 days with fun activities!

how to potty train a boy

how to potty train a boy

I am happy that we are almost potty trained our boy before he is 4 years old. Now he is 3.5 years old and he doesn’t wear diapers or pull ups for his preschool. He is a big boy now who wears underwear for his preschool and even for other outside visits. 🙂 Now we are in the final step of potty training which is night time potty training. However, our night time potty training is also almost success as we could stop using the diapers at night. It is a big win!

So, here are some of our tips on how to potty train a boy! Although Potty training can be tough when it comes to boys with these few tips the whole process can be made easy for both parents and the kids! Read on!

Milestones for potty train a boy

Although there are many steps in potty training a boy,here are my main concerns of potty training with our kid.If your concern is how to potty train a boy,then below steps can be helpful for you too.

1.No more diapers at home during the day

2.Use of training pants for the day time

3.Completely use the potty at home.

4.Start wearing underwear when we go out (no more diapers)

5.Night time potty training

Potty Training Tips for Boys

Start at the right age

You need to know when to potty train before start the whole process. Although you can start potty training as early as age of 18 months, most parents are successful on potty training during the age of 2-3 years old. Usually kids during the age 2-3 years like to imitate or pretend others. This is where parents can get the benefit.

Actually we were success in our day time potty training of our son when he was at 28 months old.(he was just 2 years plus).Our potty training was really fun and that made him excited to sit on the potty and flush after passing pee.

Check how we did potty training in 3 days!

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How to Potty Train a Boy?

Let your son decide his position

Kids show that they are ready for potty training by around 2 to 2 1/2 years. However most parents are in doubt of the position when they potty train a boy.

You may in doubt thinking whether he will sit or stand while using potty. Don’t worry and don’t force your son to use the potty with stand position for pee and sitting position for poo. This will make him confuse and stressful.

It is better to relax and leave him to decide and use the method that he is comfortable with. First let him get comfortable in one position and then later switch on. Most of the moms train their boys in sitting position. We also did the same. Once he is familiar with the potty and when he understand the time to go to potty and when there are no more accidents with no diapers, you can start teaching how boys use the potty in standing position.

Buy the best potty and other accessories

Buy a potty that your son can use for his own use. This will make the whole process easier for him than using the toilet. He will have the ease of hoping on and off the potty and to shift from one place to another.

how to potty train a boy

At first we bought both potty and a seat cover for the toilet. However, we found it is wise to train him to the potty before we train him to use the toilet. So, we started potty training our boy with the potty. We also visited the store with him to buy the potty. So, he could select his favorite potty and he likes it.

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Potty training songs,apps and books are great to keep kids on the potty!

Other than a potty, you also need other accessories such as potty training books, games, potty training rewards charts and don’t forget the beautiful underwear and training pants. All these new items will make him happy with his new milestone which will lead to a successful potty training of a boy!

Show him the way

Sometimes it is much easy for father to show his son what needs to be done. This can be perfect at the end of potty training a boy. Mom can start potty train a boy in sitting position until he is ready to use the potty without making accidents. And the father can start training him on how to use the toilet as a boy.

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Reward charts can be a great way to encourage the use of the potty!

Get him trained

Don’t get panic in potty training your son in the quickest way. Yes, it is possible to potty train a toddler in 3 days. However, all boys are not the same. Some kids take more time than you think. So, let them learn the way to use the potty under your guidance.

how to potty train a boy

As little guys learn more from their parents a male model at home can help them to learn the correct way. Usually little ones like to follow his daddy. The difference in the use of the toilet by both the parents can pile up questions in the mind which can be cleared by fathers.

Make your kids comfortable as they learn a new phase of life by getting trained to potty. Let your son to use his own methods and positions until he find the correct way. This will allow them to grow up happily.

 

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