Sunday, May 31, 2009

Distractions

Distraction can be a good or a bad thing when it comes to IPT. On the good side, distraction can help your baby to relax, which means they can "go" more quickly. If your baby is crying or fussing, you don't necessarily need to take them off right away. It could be the reason she is fussing is that she needs to go potty. There are many good ways to distract your baby in order to get them to calm down. Here are some things that work for us:
-letting baby look at herself in the mirror
-running some tap water
-talking to the baby
-shaking a rattle
-knocking on the wall
-singing to the baby
-reading a story (usually when they're older)
-letting them hold a toy

However, used too often, distraction can become your worst enemy. If your baby is too distracted by what you're doing, she won't concentrate on the business at hand, and this can lead to frustration. Only use distraction when necessary. Remember, it's potty time, not storytime. Besides preventing your baby from concentrating on what she needs to be doing on the potty, it can also lose its effectiveness when you actually do need the distraction to work. It's easy to fall into the habit of distracting your baby as soon as you put them on the potty, but resist the urge! Only use it when necessary, and you'll find your potty trips to be quick and pleasant.

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