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2. Watch for cues

If your child isn’t aware of her bodily functions at all, you may have a hard time teaching her to use the potty. When you catch her in the act, let her know kindly that she is pooping, and bring up the word “potty.” She may be ready when she asks to be changed immediately after going, when she lets you know before/during, or when she shows interest in the potty. Be sure your child is ready. You don’t want to enter into a power struggle and force her to sit on the potty against her will. Hype her up about it, and turn it into a positive experience.

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