Monday, July 05, 2010

A simple training tool

A smiling baby lying in a soft cot (furniture).Image via Wikipedia
By Dr Bill Maier

You say it’s time to move your child from a crib to a bed? That’s not always as easy as it sounds.

Not all kids adjust easily to a toddler bed when they’re used to a crib.

One mother remembers her child showing up next to her bed every night at two in the morning. She’d take him back to his room, but the next night, he’d be back again.

She finally solved the problem by taping a sticker chart to the fridge and giving her son a gold star for every night that he stayed in his own bed.

For every five stickers he could pick out a small toy. It took him two weeks to earn his first little car, but after that he became more consistent.

Eventually, the nightly visits stopped completely. Now she’s using the same chart to potty train him.

It’s a simple approach, but an effective one.

From TODAY, Voices - Monday, 28-June-2010

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