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Are you about to embark upon the adventures of potty training? Don’t fret!! It’s easy peasy with these tips.
Be sure they are ready for potty training
Every child’s development is different. There is no magic age to start potty training. The magic is in knowing when your child is ready. A few ways of gauging readiness are watching for signs. Here are a few indications your child may be ready for the next milestone.
Include them in the process
Make them feel like a part of the process by letting them pick out some big kid underwear. If you are planning on using a child’s portable potty, let them choose which one. Maybe your plan is to use the toilet in your bathroom. That is fine too! They can choose the stool. Make it fun!
Have a potty training schedule
A good schedule to start with is going after meals, when they wake up, and before bed. Then, throughout the day at intervals of 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Make it a part of the routine. Instead of asking them if they need to potty, tell them it’s time to potty.
Make Potty Training fun
The more fun you make it; the easier potty time will be. Consider adding dye to the toilet or dish soap so bubbles form. Maybe you could give them a target by adding Froot Loops or Cheerios.
Provide a basket of special toys and books that are only available at potty time. Encourage them to pretend they are taking their doll or stuffed toy to the potty. Set aside one-on-one time by reading books and watching YouTube videos about potty training.
Give your child your undivided attention during this time by singing songs or having conversations that are all about what your little one wants to hear. They will associate this time as special time or fun time just for you and them.
Celebrate their accomplishments
Praise! Praise! Praise! Even for the small things. If nothing came out this time, tell them what a great job they did sitting or how proud you are of them for trying.
Be an example
Take them with you when you use the potty, or be elaborate when you go to the toilet by announcing it. Do whatever works for your family to be an example. Children are big imitators. They tend to follow.
Dress them in loose clothes or let them go naked
There is no right or wrong when deciding how to approach potty training. Making it simple is the goal. Some families feel the naked approach gives the child incentive to use the potty since there is no diaper to go into. Loose clothes make it easier for the child to use the potty independently by pulling their own clothes up and down. You do what works for you and your child.
Ditch the diapers
As soon as your child starts showing signs of success ditch those diapers. As with going naked, underwear encourages them to use the potty just for the pure comfort of it. Of course, you may need to stay close to home for a bit, or at the very least, be prepared for mishaps when out by bringing plenty of wipes, underwear, and extra clothes.
There will be times when you are busy or away from home and times potty training will be just plain hard. Stay the course! Stay on schedule! Persevere! Consistency is key to success!
If your child has a regression period, don’t worry! This can be a natural part of the process. Be patient and give it time. Remember, accidents happen and it’s okay. There will be times when you or your child become frustrated, so mentally prepare yourself for the journey. You got this!
There is no time line for potty training. Every child is different and requires different tactics and motivations. It’s the same with the parents. Stay positive with yourself and your little one. Good vibes and a positive attitude go a long way.