Potty Training Dolls: Are They Useful?
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If you have been doing some research about how to potty train your child, chances are that you may have heard about a potty training doll which is supposed to be a wonderful tool that can help your child understand what potty training is all about. However, before you rush out and buy a potty training doll, it would be advisable to pause and think about whether using a potty training doll will indeed prove to be worthwhile and whether it is in fact a necessary tool or not.
It is certainly a good idea to first of all look closely at what a potty training doll is and see how it can benefit your child so that you can decide whether to use it or not. Essentially, a potty training doll is a special kind of tool that is able to pee and which also comes with its own potty chair along with training pants. It also has a bottle from which the doll drinks water that is then expelled, usually when the doll is sitting on the potty chair.
Find Out More About Possible Benefits
So, now that you are acquainted with what a potty training doll is and what it does, it is time to find out how it will benefit your child in learning potty training. To begin with, once the child starts to get interested in using the toilet, it would be the right time to introduce your child to the doll and encourage them to feed the doll with some liquids and then put the doll on the potty chair.
Next, you need to inform the child about how grown-ups use their potty and that they do not pee into their diapers and at the same time you and your child should watch the doll pee into the potty chair. This should help establish a connection of sorts in the mind of your little one. And if you then ask the child to imitate what the doll does, it may result in desirable action on the part of your child.
The fact of the matter is that many children will show interest in copying what their potty training doll does and will thus become more amenable to also doing the same when it is time for them to pee. However, often children may even have an opposite reaction and may actually develop a fear or may not show much interest in doing what the doll does, In such cases, it may not prove to be a very useful tool.
Thus, the jury is out whether using a potty training doll will indeed prove to be a big help in teaching your child how to potty in the appropriate manner.
If you do indeed decide that a doll might be helpful, I recommend that you DON'T spend a lot of money on a doll. Below is a link to one on Amazon.com that is reasonably priced (Under $20 - unbelievably, some potty training dolls are 80 bucks!) Plus...who doesn't remember having a Baby Alive when they were a little girl???
Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers"
- a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.