Dr. Jazmine McCoy, ‘The Mom Psychologist,’ offer potty-training tips

The social media influencer offers some expert tips to tackle one of parenting’s messy challenges.
3:46 | 07/28/20

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We are back now with our insta-parent series where we hear from social media influencers and experts about taking on the challenges of parenting and this morning, the mom psychologist is going to help you tackle another messy challenge with some expert tips, erielle reshef is joining us with more on that. Hey, erielle. Hey, good morning to you, Amy. It's no secret that potty training can be a stressful process. We have been through it once already in our household and let's be honest, it can stink and enter the mom psychologist Dr. Jasmine coaching her 110,000 Instagram followers through the trials, the tribulations and tantrums and now she's literally written the book on how to ditch the diapers for good. For some parents there's nothing scarier than this messy milestone. Potty training. But have no fear, Dr. Jasmine Mccoy, also known as the mom psychologist on Instagram has secrets to success in her new book "The first time parents' guide to potty training." I have my knowledge as a clinical psychologist and mom myself to help moms learn the tools that they need, become positive parents, but to feel less alone in this journey. Reporter: She says one of the most common questions parents ask is what age they should start the potty process. Here in the U.S., we're seeing mos parents start this process at around 27 months, but instead of focusing on age, I recommend that you focus on paying attention to the subtle developmental cues of readiness. Being able to follow really simple directions, having the ability to understand that certain items go in certain places. Showing interest in the potty. Reporter: After some initial success, Danielle says her 26-month-old son Barrett had some recent setbacks. Let's go potty. No. He did well through the first week. And then the weekend came and he just doesn't want to have anything to do with the potty now. It's really good to hear that you had much success in the early couple weeks of potty training. That says that he is ready. Reporter: To get Barrett back on track, Dr. Jasmine recommends going back to the basics, loading up on liquids prompting him to use the potty every 30 to 60 minutes. You can use a timer to have a visual cue for him and you as well. That way it's time to sit on the potty. Gradual long work towards less prompting. She represents potty training children's books and videos to master the skill. Role play with figurines or stuffed animals or dolls, different potty scenarios and mimic the scenarios going on at home. Reporter: Treats as rewards can be controversial but Dr. Jasmine says they can be a great tool as long as they're small. After they have shown consistent signs you taper down the rewards. Reporter: After a couple days of putting tips to the test. Bye. What do we get for pee-pee on the potty. You get a treat? We are super excited to keep following her tips and we're on track to potty training Barrett. Reporter: A lot goes into this. Dr. Jasmine says children like to feel in control of this process and that can be as simple as letting them choose a toy or book to bring with them. Yes, there are potty props and you can let them pick out their underwear. She also is more than just an expert on potty training. She teaches about parental exhaustion, teaches how to have kids share and other important life skills as well but rest assured I am buying that book, Amy. I'm sure you'll do just fine. With two teenagers, eventually they learn. That's the big takeaway. Eventually everybody learn, right? Thank you very much.

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