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Potty training tips

As soon as G turned three, I laid down the law with potty training. She has been terrified of the potty! I think the flushing noise from public restrooms when she is out with me did it.

But we finally got her excited about it and were able to ditch diapers.

Here are my top tips for potty training:

1. Wait until your toddler is ready.

2. Make it fun. Let them mark down each time they go on a chalkboard.

3. Offer candy as a reward each time they go.

4. If they go all day, make a big deal and bring home a toy.

5. Buy lots of cute panties with their favorite characters to excite them.

6. Start with a kid potty instead of a seat that goes into a big toilet. Less scary.

7. Let them sit on the little potty while watching TV. They will go and not even know it!

8. Use pull-ups at bedtime for accidents.

9. Show lots of praise and excitement each time they go.

10. Don’t pressure them or make them feel bad if they have an accident.

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Navigating life as a wife, mommy of two babies (Genevieve-3, Luca-infant) and two rescued fur-babies (Lulu and Gracey), and full-time public relations maven. I got divorced in my 20s and wrote a book about it (www.trashthedressonline.com), have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets, taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds before she turned one, call soap operas as my guilty pleasure, and have a little rainbow baby boy who adores his sister. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at gmail.com

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