Here's the question from a newsanchormom.com reader:
"I was hoping to have my son potty-trained before our second child arrives this summer. Evan will be 3 in June and will go pee once-in-awhile on the potty chair... But nothing consistent. Any advice?"
There is a lot of advice about potty training out there. I took the "take off the diaper and let the child run around the house naked approach." I put the potty seat in the living room in front of the t.v. with a towel underneath it. I would ask him frequently if he had to go and he would run and sit on the potty when I said that. Sometimes he would sit there and watch t.v. and eventually go.
If you are really worried about your child soiling your carpet or furniture, this probably isn't your best bet. I just tried it and my son ended up not going anywhere but in the toilet.
Well, sometimes he would run to the bathroom and pee on the bathroom floor. But that was easy to clean-up, so I didn't mind.
Eventually, we moved his potty seat into the bathroom and it was all okay from there. We did do pull-ups when we left the house for awhile because I wasn't sure if he would go on a public toilet. Oh, and we brought the potty seat with us everywhere. I took it into restaurant bathrooms with me when we were traveling. It took a few months before I was confidence enough to put him in underwear all the time.
It's probably a good idea to make sure your child is ready to be potty trained. Here's the checklist from the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Greene has some tips for potty training like reading to your child about it, getting some big kid underwear and putting dirty diapers in the potty chair. I also found a list of five potty training methods.
Family doctor.org has some advice for parents:
"It may take up to 3 months to get potty trained. It is important for you to be patient and supportive. Do not punish your child when he or she has an accident.If your child is not toilet trained within 3 months, consult your family doctor. The most likely reason your child has not learned to use the potty is that your child is not yet ready for toilet training."
How about you? What worked for your kids?