Potty training is one of those milestones every parent is simultaneously excited for and apprehensive about. It can be a lot of work and if you are not careful it can become a very negative experience for everyone involved. The good news is it doesn’t have to be frustrating and negative. Just follow our top potty training tips and you’re well on your way to success.
1. Ignore all the age related guides and focus on your child. There is no magic age to potty train. Each child is different and each child will need different amounts of time and different strategies. Potty train when your child is truly ready. It will save you a lot of stress, frustration and clean up time.
2. Kick off potty training with some excitement and let them pick out special big kid underwear.
3. Offer rewards. Some parent give rewards for sitting on the potty, successfully using the potty or for staying dry for the whole day. Figure out what works for you. Sticker charts, single small candies such as chocolate chips are good small rewards.
4. Go naked. Some parents swear by hunkering down at home and letting their little ones go naked. The nakedness is supposed to help heighten you child’s awareness and feelings.
5. Carry extra clothes with you everywhere you go. Never leave home without a small plastic baggie or cloth wet bag with extra underwear and pants. You never know when an accident could happen.
6. Celebrate successes with cheers, dancing clapping or songs. Whatever makes your little one feel great! When my oldest was potty training we developed quite the potty dance ritual.
7. Encourage potty breaks often. When kids are learning it is easy for them to forget and accidents start to mount up. Instead make sure you ask if a potty break is needed often. Also, make sure to work potty breaks into your schedule. It should become second nature to at least try. Before and after sleep, before and after meals and before you leave the house are easy times to remember.
8. Read potty training related books. Kids love relating their life to their favorite characters.
9. Use a simple kid friendly potty. It doesn’t need to make special flushing sounds or have a dozen buttons or drawers.
10. Skip the pull-ups. It might seem like a gateway from diapers to using the toilet, but really they’re just a more expensive diaper that will prolong the whole potty training experience.
And finally as a bonus tip:
Stay patient! Remain calm! Keep your cool! Potty training isn’t easy but if you let yourself get worked up and overly frustrated you won’t make it any easier on you or your child.
What is your favorite potty training tip?