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Time to Ditch the Diapers! 10 Parent-Approved Potty Training Techniques

by Lindsay Hutton

See ya, diapers! If your child is ready to foray into the world of big kid underwear, it's helpful to have a few potty training secrets up your sleeve. Try some of these parent-suggested tips to help make your experience as easy as possible. From realistic to funny to imaginative, all of these tricks are tried-and-true from our own readers, so don't forget to add your own in the comment section!

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Young boy reading on training toilet

Turn it Into a Game


All you need for this method are some cheerios or food coloring — whichever you have on hand. If you've got a little boy, put Cheerios in the toilet and tell him to aim at them. He'll likely think it's a great game to play, and will want to pee in the toilet every time he has to go (assuming you've got a constant supply of cereal!)

Another good trick that boys, as well as girls, will love is to put some food coloring in the toilet water. Your child's "deposit" will be an interesting lesson in science and art: He'll get a kick out of seeing the water turn colors!

Says one parent, "At the preschool I work at we put food coloring or bathtub colors in the toilet so when the child pees it changes color. The child gets very excited and often likes to show other children who are training." Hey, whatever works, right?

Next: Skip the Disposable Underwear

August 28, 2014



Variety is the spice of life! Swap out boring sandwiches for simple and healthy alternatives, like crackers and cheese, veggie or fruit kebabs, pasta salad, or breakfast for lunch (such as yogurt and granola, or whole wheat waffles).


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