Another Potty Training Method for Au Pairs and Nannies
The timer method of potty training involves keeping the child out of diapers entirely during training. It is the training technique endorsed by Dr. John Rosemond. He believes that toilet training should be simple and no-nonsense.
The child is empowered to basically train themselves. Training begins with an explanation of how and what is expected of the child. Parents show by example and explanation, and then tell their children, "Now it's your turn. Mommy and Daddy expect you to use the potty from now on."
The child is left naked for three to seven days while they learn how to use the toilet. When a child is naked it helps to teach awareness of bodily function. It is much easier for a child to realize they are pooping and peeing when it is running down their leg rather than having it land in an absorbent diaper. The parent or caregiver provides assistance if needed, but remains hands-off during the training process.
The caregiver sets a timer for specific time intervals, and when the timer goes off the child is brought to the toilet for a potty session. Small rewards, praises, and hugs are given if the toddler is successful. The only negative reinforcement for accidents is an expression of disappointment. As toileting skills become more reliable, the interval between timer setting becomes longer and longer.
Although this method can be accomplished in three to seven days, it is slower than the "train in a day" methods and difficult if you are working with a particularly stubborn child. Motivation needs to be kept high for the entire training process. Often, a child loses interest in the novelty of "potty time!"
before they actually catch on to the pottying process.