How to Toilet Train Your Toddler

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Toilet training a toddler involves finding a toilet that is the right size for the child, watching for signals when the child needs to use the bathroom and reinforcing the good behavior with special treats. Make toilet training a positive experience for a toddler with parenting advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on child care.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler. I'm the vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University in Salt Lake City. I'm also a clinical psychologist and the topic today, how to toilet train your child. I think one of the first things you need to do is to buy a toilet that is right size for the child. They make the very small ones for the smallest children, that's the best place to start so that they know they can use that, that is theirs. Next you're probably going to want to watch for clues that the child needs to go to the bathroom. If you pay attention there are signals and they will tell you that they need to use the bathroom. As soon as you see those signals you need to move them directly into the bathroom so that they are going to the bathroom in the bathroom. Be sure to reinforce the behavior often and increase that behavior as they go on. Rewarding what they're approximating is a good idea. Keep rewarding them and increasing that reward. Finally be sure and celebrate it. You might reward them with an M&M or something after they wash their hands, but you definitely want to tell the other children in the family or make sure that you tell dad when he comes home, celebrate it with the child so the child knows it's important and expected. Finally don't worry if it takes a long time to toilet train your child, most children will catch on, very few children will end up going to school not potty trained so never to fear parents, you will be able to get your child toilet trained as well. If you would like more information on marriage, family and child topics, you can certainly visit us anytime for more information at


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