Potty Training: The Child-orientated Approach

When it comes to potty training your tot, just what is the child-oriented approach about?  



Introduced by paediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, this approach involves delaying toilet training until your child clearly shows signs of potty readiness. Once you observe the signs, parents embark on a series of steps but before beginning each new step, your child must show clear interest. If your child shows distress or is not co-operative, then wait. There is only one pace for the Brazelton Child-Oriented Toilet Training Method – your child’s pace. 


Step 1: Introduce the potty-chair, make him comfortable, and help your child associate it with the toilet

  • Ask your child to sit on the potty-chair when fully clothed
  • Your child can sit on the potty-chair when a parent is using the toilet
  • Potty-chair can be used anywhere (e.g. outside, bedroom)
  • Talk or read a story to your child while they are sitting on the potty-chair


Step 2: Sit without diaper on potty-chair (after 1 to 2 weeks at Step 1)

  • Your child needs to only sit and does not need to use the potty-chair
  • When child soils diaper, empty contents into the potty chair (explain this is where it goes)
  • Begin to take your child to the potty-chair two to three times daily


Step 3: Practice using the potty-chair

  • Remove diaper for short periods of time and keep the potty-chair in close proximity
  • Encourage independent use of the potty chair
  • Gently remind your child to use the potty chair


Step 4: Training pants

  • Teach your child to take off and put-on training pants

The ultimate goal is for your child to sit voluntarily on the potty chair and actually pee or poo. This will happen sooner if not later and most importantly, the child must think that potty training is his idea, not yours.


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