(HealthDay News) -- Preparing for the challenges of potty training can make achieving the milestone easier.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions to prepare for potty training:
Offer plenty of praise and be very positive, even for the smallest progress.
Create consistent expectations and communicate them clearly to your child.
Understand that you may need to change tactics as your child's needs, skills and behaviors change. Stay involved and pay attention to techniques that are no longer working.
Enjoy moments with your child that are funny and sweet, rather than feeling frustrated. Take heart knowing that your child will eventually learn to use the potty.