Monica Yagele of Fort Worth has three daughters and it’s just about time for her youngest, two year old Isabella, to start potty training. "She has gone on the potty a few times already and she is showing readiness signs."
Yagele says she made a few mistakes with her first two girls, so she wanted to learn some new techniques. "I was looking for some sort of method, some literature that I could read about."
She came to an event sponsored by Metroplex Baby and Kids featuring Houston mother and entrepreneur Narmin Parpia.
Parpia took the concept "potty training in one day," which has been around for decades, and created a series of products that help parents through the process. "The first phase is the planning and preparation and this is the planning and preparation of the parent."
To get ready for the "one big day" where your child will learn to go in the potty, mom and dad will introduce a doll. Potty Patty for girls, Potty Scotty for boys.
Yagele says "Isabella was very excited when she saw the doll, so they pulled the potty patty doll out immediately."
The Potty Patty doll also comes with training pants and a potty chair. You give the doll water and it goes potty in the potty chair. The potty training products will help teach the child that behaviors have consequences.
Parpia explains, "If your child goes on the potty what is the consequence of that and the logical consequence is that you the parent are thrilled that they did that, so you reward that."
Once your child understands the correct behavior, mom and dad should start building excitement for the big day where the child will stop wearing diapers. And on that day Yagele explains "You don’t want any outside distractions, you want to minimize that and just completely focus on your child and try not to distract your child in other ways too from the potty training process."
After the big day comes, the next step is follow up. Parpia says "That is when you the parent has to be really patient, you have to be calm and you have to persistent through it."
Parpia says most children are accident free within a week, some will take a little longer. She says "It doesn’t work for everybody, but for the people that it works for, it is a great method."
It’s been about a week for the Yagele’s and things are going well for Isabella. "I took her diaper off and said this is it, we’re done no more diapers from now on, you’re a big girl now."
The training products also come with a book and DVD that will take parents about an hour to review. The whole package costs $50 dollars.