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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Potty time is going high tech.

From apps for your tablet or phone, to training websites, to baby dolls that talk your child through potty time, toddlers have plenty of technical support in helping them reach one of their major milestones.

Some may have a cost. For $2.99, Elmo will help your child learn how to use the potty.

Many apps are free like one from Huggies Pull-ups. It allows you to take a 3D picture of your child with Mickey Mouse.

You can also track your child's progress and for each success, you can unlock games that reward and entertain the little ones. As they sit for what may feel like an eternity to them.

Then, there are websites that promise your child can be diaper free in three days if you pay $24 to download an e-book.

There are many testimonials from parents who swear by it saying, "works like a charm" and "awesome techniques."

But does all this online stuff really make a difference in achieving potty training success?

It may put a new spin on the good-old reward system.

"Making it a big deal when it's successful and we do well, it's a party. Whether it's the potty dance or whatever it may be, it makes the child feel special and important," says Dr. Erin Donley with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Well one thing the apps and the experts all agree on in the information that they give is that consistency is the key in trying to get your child to learn how to use the potty.

"And being really patient ... just a lot of god-given patience," Donley says.

Many apps and sites also offer advice on what to do with the most stubborn potty trainees.

"If it becomes a battle of wills and it turns into 'you're going to go and sit on the potty because I said so,' you're probably going to have more head butting and it's going to lead to a longer course," Donley says.

So whether you're using a tablet, the old-fashioned sticker reward journal, potty books or all of the above, potty training success still boils down to consistency, committment, patience and encouragement.

 

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