Whether your child is ready at 18 months or 3 years of age, the time will come when you have to potty train him. While there is no single foolproof, one-size-fits-all approach to potty training, your child may respond better to the experience if it is made fun or entertaining. Sticker charts, candy rewards and promises of "big boy underpants" are often successful motivators for the potty-training progress, so imagine how much fun a "magic" motivator would be: Your child's successful use of the potty results in the water mysteriously changing color.
Things You'll Need
- Blue food coloring
Use the eyedropper to squeeze two to three drops of blue food coloring into the toilet bowl just before your little one tries to go potty.
Explain to your child that when he "goes potty" in the toilet like a big boy, the water will change color. If your child seems reluctant or unsure, consider showing him yourself how this happens.
Encourage your child to try it himself, then get excited with him when his efforts turn the tinted water to green. Having done "magic" by himself and made the water change colors just by going potty like big people, he may be excited about doing it again.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use red food coloring for a change; it will turn orange when urine is added.
- Keep the food coloring out of reach of your child. It can stain surfaces, clothing and skin.
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