Potty Training Tips

Our expert's top five toilet training tips


 

Potty training can seem overwhelming, but it will be much easier if you ensure that your child is emotionally, cognitively, and socially ready.  This means that your child should be able to communicate effectively with you, follow simple instructions, and be able to take his pants off and put them back on by himself.  Your child should also be able to understand words related to toilet training, such as
“wet”, “dry”, “clean”, and “sit”. Read on to learn discover how Elizabeth Pantley, parenting educator and author of the “The No-Cry Potty Training Solution”, suggests you introduce your child to the toilet.

Do a Dry Run

Pantley stresses the importance of getting your child comfortable with the potty before expecting a “deposit”.  Set up a place for the potty in your bathroom, and show it to your child.  Explain to them how it works, and what it is for.  Then, begin allowing your child to sit on the potty regularly throughout the day.  This will help them become comfortable with the idea of being on the potty, allow them time to adjust to wearing training pants, and learn to wash their hands after being in the bathroom. Don’t worry about buying a high-tech potty; Pantley states that a potty chair, training pants, and a good attitude are all that is necessary for successful toilet training.

Read Books

While there are plenty of books available that teach the parent how to potty train their child, books designed for your child are also very important.  Reading books about using the potty will help your child understand what to do, as well as understand that everybody uses the toilet.  Try to look for books that include pictures, and that feature a character your child knows.

Create a Routine

Add regular visits to the potty to your day, even if your child does not go.  This is all part of getting your child comfortable with and interested in using their potty.  Pantley suggests that you take your child to the toilet after they wake up, after meals, before leaving the house, and before going to bed. If you notice that your child is showing signs of needing to go to the bathroom, take them then as well.  Be sure to also tell your child that it is time to go to the potty rather than asking them if they would like to go, as we all know a toddler’s favorite word is “no”!

Expect Setbacks

Pantley says that more than 80% of children experience setbacks at some point while toilet training, so adjusting to setbacks is a normal part of the potty training process.  The best way to deal with a setback is to go back to what was working.  For example, if your child begins having accidents after transitioning to the “big potty”, move them back to their own potty chair and transition again when you feel your child is ready.  Rest assured that 99% of children are daytime potty trained by age four.

Provide Incentive

A big part of potty training is keeping your child interested and motivated.  Remaining patient and encouraging yourself can play a great role in maintaining motivation.  However, if your child is losing interest, it is not wrong to introduce rewards.  Small prizes, such as stickers or inexpensive toys,  can go a long way in helping your child get excited about potty training.

 

 

 

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