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Potty Training Devices for Older Children

by Victoria Georgoff, studioD

Potty training is one of the biggest -- and often the final -- milestones that transitions a child out of toddlerhood. Some children have no problems with toilet training, while others persist with daytime or nighttime wetting, which can be frustrating for parent and child alike. Potty training aids may get your child back on track. If your child continues to have regular problems -- particularly if he is 4 or older -- speak to your doctor to rule out a medical issue.

Potty Training Watch

A problem many children run into is simply being unaware they need to use the restroom; kids often become engaged in a task and do not head for the potty until it is too late. A potty watch may help solve this problem by reminding a child on a regular interval that it is time to try to potty. On a predetermined interval, the watch plays music and lights up, reminder the child to go to the bathroom. It also plays a song to ensure a child stays on the potty long enough to relax and fully empty her bladder. Scheduling regular potty breaks can help train a child to recognize the feeling of a full bladder.

Potty Training Targets

Many parents find themselves constantly having to clean up the bathroom after a failed attempt to hit the toilet. A potty training target may help eliminate this issue. A variety of dissolvable, flushable targets are available to help little boys learn to aim. The target is placed in the toilet so he can attempt to hit it with his urine stream. Parents may choose to provide small rewards such as stickers when the target is hit.

Charts and Rewards

Setting up a system of positive rewards can make potty training more enjoyable for a child. A charting system uses stickers to track a child’s progress and can become a source of pride and accomplishment, as she can visually see the progress she is making. Adding the reward of a small prize at the end of a good week or month may further increase a child’s motivation. Helping her set small goals -- that she can accomplish -- fosters feelings of self-esteem. Reinforcing a child with praise, even if she is not successful, is important to keep positive associations with the potty, notes MayoClinic.com.

Bed-Wetting Alarm

An older child may have mastered staying dry during the day but still be suffering from the occasional nighttime bed-wetting incident. A bed-wetting alarm can help train him to wake up and empty his bladder. The alarm has a moisture-sensing device that is worn under, or attaches to, his underwear. At the first drops of urine, the sensor triggers an alarm that wakes the child up before his bladder is completely emptied. Over time, his body will learn to wake up naturally at the urge to urinate, without wetting the bed.

About the Author

Victoria Georgoff has been writing professionally since 2007. Her articles have appeared in "The Journal of Sexual Medicine" and "The Encyclopedia of Sex & Society." A dually-licensed mental health counselor, with additional EMDR certification, Georgoff specializes in writing about parenting, education, sexual health and psychology, but also writes prolifically on many other topics. Georgoff holds an Master of Arts in counseling from Valparaiso University.

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