The important thing to remember, as with many milestones for our children, is that toddlers are ready to be potty trained at different times. Please don’t try and do it because a friend is doing it with their child,or you feel pressure to. Potty training should be done only when your child is ready otherwise it will only make both of you miserable and go through unnecessary hurdles. Here are some tips I have put together that will hopefully take the mystery out of Potty training but remember as with all of these things, it’s a process, face it with smiles and enthusiasm, not stress and pressure…who likes to go to the potty after all in a stressful situation!
training often happens sometime before a child’s third birthday although
some do wait a little later than this. In my own personal experience we
potty trained my eldest son literally days before his third birthday.
He was ready, it wasn’t stressful and I am so glad I didn’t try and push
him to do it earlier.
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Buy a toddler toilet seat to attach to your toilet seat or purchase a
free standing potty. You’ll have to work with you toddler to see what
they prefer. Let you toddler be involved if you can in picking out the
new seat or potty so they are excited about it. I got all I needed for
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Also, if you can shop for some fun “big girl”or “big boy”underwear. My
son loved the ones with the days of the week on them but others love
their favorite action hero or color.
4. Figure out a
reward system, be it praise or a sticker chart. All kids are different
so do what works best for your child and your parenting style. Remember
though,never scold them if they have an accident and don’t get to the
potty on time. Just tell them accidents happen and not to worry and next
time we’ll try and get to the potty. Making a big deal about this will
only increase their anxiety and delay the process.
Find a time when you can commit to really focusing on it for at least 2
full days. Put your wee one in underwear and at-shirt. Go to the potty
every 30 minutes or every hour and make sure to ask them between these
times if they need to use the potty. This is great to do on a weekend,
just plan on being home, as outings can make this hard to accomplish
Sometimes children are not completely sure where to stand. We put a box
in front of the toilet to help them to climb up and drew around my
eldest son’s feet so he could see where to place them. This seemed to
take the anxiety out of the preparation for him.
you have a boy and he is having trouble aiming,you can throw a few
cheerios into the toilet bowl and tell him to aim for them.
It is important to remember that toddler’s learn by watching. If you
have boy consider letting Daddy show him how he uses the toilet and
vice-verse if you have a girl. Don’t be embarrassed, we all use the
potty and it is important for them to see how it is done.
Never go back. Once you start down the potty training road, don’t go
back to diapers. Keep your toddler in underpants and be prepared with
back-up clothes in case of a few accidents. The perseverance will pay
10. Lots of parents (including myself) still use
pull-ups for night time and while traveling for many toddlers as night
time training can take longer and traveling can be tricky, especially if
you are stuck in a car between rest stops.
importantly,stay positive and proud,this is a huge milestone for your
wee one and you should be there every step of the way to help them make
this transition. Good luck!
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