Potty Training is Easier with a Little Help From Your Friends

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One of the secrets to potty training isn't really a secret at all. Just like most things you try to do with a toddler, the success of your potty training ventures can be determined by asking yourself one question — is this a positive experience for them? As you know, toddlers aren't interested in doing anything that they don't like. And in many cases they don't want to do anything that isn't their own idea. Luckily there's a way to make potty training something your toddler will want to do with positive reinforcement and a little help from some good friends. And who might these friends be? None other than the most beloved Disney characters of all time, Mickey Mouse or Minnie!

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How can you and your trainee get started, with a little help from your friends? Well, in order to get your little one on board with the excitement of the potty, they need exposure. A great way to introduce the potty is to take them shopping with you. Head into your local Walmart and pick up The First Years Disney 3-in-1 Potty System! Talk about what you'll be buying and how a new potty and big kid underwear are a pretty special thing. Or, you can surprise them with a gift of underpants and this brand new potty of their own. Either way, keep the focus on the positive excitement of this new potty. That should be easy, as there is plenty to love about this potty.

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The First Years Disney 3-in-1 Potty System is a unisex design that starts as a standalone potty with a pretend flush handle that delivers a rewarding (read: positive reinforcement!) sound. When you're ready to move up to the big potty (or if you ever want to leave the house but want to continue training) the detachable ring can offer support and added character encouragement while the base turns into a stepstool. Talk about a multi-purpose potty! The stepstool is a great tool to encourage independence, self-care, and cleanliness by giving tots a boost to wash their hands on their own, post-potty. If your little (like most) would find a visual step-by-step guide to potty time helpful, here is a great, free printable.

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When you bring the Disney potty home, give your toddler time to check it out on their own terms. If they want to sit on the potty while reading a book, watching Mickey Mouse and Minnie on TV, or during playtime it is not a bad thing. Allow them to get comfortable with the potty as something that belongs to them. At the same time, talk about what the potty is for, and help them to see examples of successful potty training through books, songs, and videos. You can even get an encouraging phone call from Mickey Mouse and Minnie themselves to help them get started. 

When you decide that it's time to give it a go, make sure that you will be able to spend some time at home to allow them a chance to practice their skills in a familiar environment. Encourage them to sit on the potty frequently, whether you opt to use special food treats, books they can read while on the potty, or other rewards for every time they give it a try. When in doubt, try these three potty training tips that work. Celebrate their wins with positive words and plenty of hugs. If there are accidents, keep your cool. Remind them of the process, but don't punish them. Keep the focus positive. 

And try not to get frustrated if there are setbacks or if you need to stop the training process altogether for a while. Learning how to use the toilet is a big process and something that can take some time. The good news is it’s a process with an end, and it will happen in due time!

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