Potty Training Tip: Candy, Dancing and TV

Cynthia Dermody

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Photo by JayGirlsMom

How do I toilet train my toddler? It's one of the most asked questions on CafeMom. There isn't one answer for every toddler, so each week I'll shout out a new success story or quick tip from a real mom.

Tip #2: Use Candy, Dancing and Television

I started by taking my kids to the little toilets as soon as they woke up. Once they started getting the morning pee in the potty, we did a big potty dance and they got jelly beans or M&MS. Eventually I put them in a jar to keep in the bathroom.

They would get two candies just for sitting on the toilet every time I went to the bathroom, five for making a potty, and two handfuls for poop.  And every time they went successfully, we did a big celebration and the potty dance.

After they realized the first potty in the morning, I then started taking them every half-hour to the potty, but I would sit to and we would play a little game while we sat. Sometimes I'd sing or even read stories.

We would also, at times let them bring their little potties out to sit on while they watched TV if we kept missing the potty moment. At times they were a bit more willing at times to go.

This tip courtesy of ncstress, a CafeMom of 3, including a 19 month old.

Be sure to check out these groups:

Potty Training Moms Support Group

Potty Training Just for Boys!!

Potty Training Little Girls!

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