Six potty training tips for toddlers
Its potty time!
Your baby is growing up and has arrived at the stage whereas a toddler he will learn to use the potty. Needless to say, this is a very exciting time in both your lives. For your toddler she will feel confident once she learns to master the toilet. For your part, you will fill a sense of relief that diaper days are behind you. Every child arrives at this stage differently, some begin very young such as one year others as old as four years. It is not a race and your child needs to know this. Do not make your child feel a lot of pressure to learn this new skill quickly.
Toddlers go into learning to use the potty with a variety of emotions. Some as the approach it engage it with much eagerness and excitement. They take right to it without much prompting. Others may be uncomfortable going potty as they have only used their diapers since birth. Some still maybe indifferent and not care if they go in their diaper or in the potty. Finally, some may even be mad about learning to use the potty.
However your toddler reacts know that their emotions are natural. If they reject using the potty do not worry. If they cry and want to run away do not get pushy or frustrated.
Ask, Ask, Ask and keep cool
When your toddler is learning to use the potty above all else please remember to keep asking her if she wants to try. Explain its nothing to be worried about, by going potty you will not have boo boo on your bottom and that it’s fun to go because when you finish you get to flush the toilet. You know your child better than anyone, what are things that motivate him? How can you use those to encourage your child to use the toilet.
If your toddler does not want to use the toilet do not force her to do so. This will only scare your child more. Do you want him to want to go or make the fear worse? Keep your cool as well if you are prone to having little patience. By getting angry, forcing her on the toilet when she tries to get off of it or crying from frustration you will only be making it harder and more unpleasant for both of you.
When the time is right your child will natural want to go use potty. It makes toddlers feel good about themselves. Just keep asking and eventually it will happen.
Break up using the potty into parts
To make it easier for your toddler to learn to use potty and want to do it start by helping them take off and then put back on their pants by the potty. By breaking the stages up into parts it makes it less stressful for them.
Second thing you can show them is how to unroll toilet paper, how to take enough off to use to wipe and how to dispose of it once finished. This though can be omitted depending on whether you feel your child would need more time to learn to wipe. You will be the judge.
Third thing you can show your toddler is how to flush the toilet. Explain in terms your child will understand how big kids get to do this after going potty. Try to encourage your toddler to want to use potty for this reason, to be like his older brother for example. Even if you have a standalone potty as a reward you could allow your daughter to flush the big toilet as a reward.
Purchase books about using potty
In addition to teaching how to use the actually potty with your toddler you can purchase and use books about kids using the potty. You can do this even before your child begins to show interest in using it to help them become familiar with the concept. Your toddler learning about using the potty will expose him in a safe environment that can be made fun and enjoyable with a good book. This can serve to siblings your toddler learning more quickly to use the potty.
Support from siblings, cousins and friends
If your toddler is unsure about using the potty you can ask one of her siblings, cousins or friends to go potty in front of your child. When your child sees how easy it is, how fun it is and enjoyable to not have a mess in their diaper afterwards this can help encourage your child to try the potty out.
Most toddlers do not have many peers putting pressure on them to go potty like older children do when learning new skills. So this may be a method that can help encourage your toddler to try it.
Again if after all your efforts your toddler still refuses to go do not lose it. Keep cool and come back again later that day and the next day. Keep providing the opportunities for your toddler to go potty. You will get through this.
Frequency of potty times
Some parents find it helps their toddler to go potty when they plan ahead times to go potty each day. If your toddler is already in daycare check with them to know the times they take the kids to use potty and use those times at home as well.
Other parents find it best to wait for signs from your child that its times to go potty like not having bowel movements for longer periods of time during the day.
Before potty time let your toddler know that it is coming up and that their favorite toys will be there when they finish using the potty. Help alleviate your toddlers concerns before taking them to use potty.
When potty training it is important that your toddler use underwear. If she uses a diaper she may be tempted to go in the diaper instead of using the potty.
You can purchase superhero underwear for boys and princess ones for girls.
Toddlers will be able to learn to use potty and hold going potty during the day much easier than at night. For this reason it is advisable to allow your toddler the use of diapers at night when they are learning. Some children have trouble controlling at night and the age that this passes is different for each child. Work with your child on this until you feel he no longer requires a diaper.
Feel free to leave comments below about your own experiences that you believe are helpful in toddlers learning to use the potty.