Potty Training – Phase 1
Positive Potty Training: Integrating PoGO.
Start first with PoGO Potty Panda book, followed by PoGO‘s potty stickers!
- About three weeks before you plan to potty train, introduce PoGO Potty Panda Book to your child, read it with your child regularly and get to know the story really well.
- As you’re reading the book, let your child know that when he/she is ready to use the potty, PoGO is going to come to your house! PoGO is going to be his/her special friend to help him/her use the potty, just like in the book! This will start to get your child excited and motivated for potty use.
- About a week before you’re ready to start potty training, have your child decorate his/her potty with PoGO’s potty stickers. Write your child’s name on the potty. Make this a fun, interactive and individualized activity. This will be exciting and fun for your child and encourage a positive connection to his/her potty. It will also link the potty to PoGO‘s book (the stickers match the stickers on the potty in PoGO‘s book) and PoGO‘s arrival very soon in your house, just as soon as he/she is ready to use the potty. Keep building up to PoGO‘s arrival and how exciting and fun that will be.
- Once you have decorated the potty, have your child get really comfortable sitting on it, with no pressure to use it, sitting on it with clothes on, in diapers, reading PoGO‘s book!
- Choose a morning to start and have your supplies ready, potty, underwear or pull-ups, training juice, lots of fun activities to do, PoGO’s book and PoGO himself.
- Make sure you and your child are in a good place mentally, emotionally and physically, to start, i.e., well rested, in a good mood, not feeling off in any way, if not, just wait.
- When you are ready to start intensive training, make sure you have a few days you can devote to the process without any other demands or activities.
- Alternatively, you may choose a distinct shorter period of time (e.g., 2 hours or 4 hours) to designate as potty training time. Keep these potty training times at least 2 hours long and try to do at least some potty training time every day.
- Explain to your child about how “potty time” is different than “diaper time.”
- If it seems like you and your child are in a good place to start, have your child naked or in underwear (or pull-ups) and tell them it’s a very special day, guess who’s coming to our house, PoGO! And why is PoGO coming? Because you are ready to use the potty! And we have lots of fun things to do with PoGO.
- Bring out PoGO Potty Panda Book, read it with your child a couple of times.
- Have your child bring his/her decorated potty to the bathroom, “we getting ready PoGO, he’s coming today because you’re ready to start using the potty!”.
- Say Bye, Bye to diapers and celebrate graduating to underwear (or pull-ups), just like they do in PoGO‘s book.
- Tell your child PoGO has arrived in your house and maybe have hidden PoGO earlier in the morning in an easy to find place for your child to discover.
- Ask your child why PoGO is here. If he/she doesn’t remember, remind him/her that PoGO is his or her special friend and is going to help him/her learn to go potty.
- Get excited when you discover PoGO talks! Press PoGO’s ear button, where PoGO says “Let’s go Potty” / “It’s time to go potty” button and use this as a first opportunity to go sit on the potty with PoGO.
- Let your child know that once they are sitting on the potty you can see what else PoGO says! And so the day starts…
- Give you child “training juice” (see Training Supplies) at regular intervals throughout the day thus increasing their usual fluid intake and increasing their need to go potty.
- Encourage your child to tell PoGO or you if they need to go potty and let them know that PoGO will go along with them.
- Remind your child when it’s time to go potty by using PoGO. When turned on, PoGO will say “Let’s go potty!” and “It’s time to go potty!” at approximately 45 minute intervals.
- Have your child sit on the potty when PoGO makes the announcement that it is potty time, even if your child has gone recently. The most important initial step is getting your child comfortable sitting on potty.
- Reward your child for sitting on the potty regardless of whether he or she pees or poops.
- Just letting PoGO remind your child at these set intervals will probably be sufficient, but, you can also have PoGO say “Let’s go potty!” and “It’s time to go potty!” at any time by pressing his right ear. If need be, encourage your child to go potty by pointing out to them that PoGO has asked them to go. By using PoGO, you are effectively taking yourself out of the loop, thus reducing the chances of power struggles.
- If your child does not independently go to the potty after PoGO reminds them, gently but assertively lead your child there taking PoGO along.
- Encourage your child to look at PoGO’s book or other books while he or she sits. Do not force your child to sit on potty.
- Use PoGO to encourage your child by pressing his paws, have your child press his paws too.
- Praise, praise, praise for any effort including walking to the potty or sitting on the potty (even if it is for a shorter time than you desired).
- EXPECT MANY ACCIDENTS, especially on day one and two, and be very matter-of-fact about them. Do not shame.
- If your child starts to resist, take a break, maybe that’s enough for day 1, return to it on day 2.