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Make Potty Training Your Grandchild…Easier Than Ever

We recently introduced the 3-in-1 Potty by Prince Lionheart to our granddaughter, Juniper Grace. She took to it “like a duck to water” as they say.

pottyAt first she wanted her ‘Mew Mew (the plush toy kitty) to use the potty and then her teddy bear. All much to the amusements of the adults in the room. However, we also observed her comfort and delight in trying it out for herself.

When it’s time to help potty train your grandchild, we suggest you give the Prince Lionheart 3-in-1 Potty a try. These folks know how to make a potty that is safe and easy for your little one to learn how to go to the bathroom on an adult toilet. Easily transitions from a potty to a toilet trainer, and then to a durable step-stool for optimum stability and comfort.

Potty Training 101

It may have been some time since you potty trained your kids, so here’s a little refresher from Kids Heath from Nemours.

Many parents are unsure about when to start toilet teaching or “potty training.” Not all kids are ready at the same age, so it’s important to watch your child for signs of readiness, such as stopping an activity for a few seconds or clutching his or her diaper.

Most children begin to show these signs between 18 and 24 months, although some may be ready earlier or later than that. And boys often start later and take longer to learn to use the potty than girls.

Instead of using age as a readiness indicator, look for other signs that your child may be ready to start heading for the potty, such as the ability to:

  • follow simple instructions
  • understand words about the toileting process
  • control the muscles responsible for elimination
  • verbally express a need to go
  • keep a diaper dry for 2 hours or more
  • get to the potty, sit on it, and then get off the potty
  • pull down diapers, disposable training pants, or underpants
  • show an interest in using the potty or wearing underpants

About Timing

There are some stressful or difficult times when you may want to put off starting the toilet-teaching process — when traveling, around the birth of a sibling, changing from the crib to the bed, moving to a new house, or when your child is sick (especially if diarrhea is a factor). It may be better to postpone it until your child’s environment is stable and secure.

Also, while some experts recommend starting the process during summer because kids wear less clothing, but it is not a good idea to wait if your child is ready.

pottyPrince Lionheart pottys are available are most everyplace that sells pottys.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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