How to Potty Train your Toddler

Potty training your toddler may seem like the most difficult task in the world.  There are steps you can take in order to make this easier, however, and different people have different methods for this necessary activity.  The following are tips to consider.

Introduce your child to potty training

First you want your child to understand the basics of potty training.  If you look at your local bookstore or online you will find many books on potty training.  Some popular ones include Upon a Potty – Girl by Frankel, You Seen My Potty? by Mij Kelly and Mary McQuillan, and Potty for Me!: A Lift-the-Flap Instruction Manual by Katz.  You can read these books with your child.  There are also videos that you might find useful.  These include Street – Elmo’s Potty Time, Power – For Boys & Girls (2009), and Potty Go!: Potty Training For Tiny Toddlers   Watch these with your children and talk to them about using potty.

You want your child to become comfortable with the actual potty.  You will have two choices.  You could get a little potty seat  to put on the regular potty so that he or she will fit on it.  These are inexpensive and some come with designs of kids’ characters.   You can even buy an adult seat that has the kids’ potty seat built in.  Alternatively you can get a tiny potty.  Some of these have special gimmicks such that they play music.  You want to show your child the potty.  You may pretend that their doll is going “pee pee” on the potty.  Talk about how it is a “big girl” or “big boy” thing to do. 

Get your child used to being on the potty

You should just put your child on the potty.  When your child is on it, you might want to turn on the faucet to a drip because this may encourage some children to go.

Reward the child for going

When the child goes, make a big deal of it.  Clap and get excited.  You may want to try some reward.  Some people use a little sweet.  Others use some little prize.  Others might just give them a stamp on their hands.

Decide what you want them to wear

Some people just let their toddlers go naked.  This may cause accidents, but it may help them learn quicker.  Others will switch them right to regular underwear.  Again, they may have accidents, but they may not like it getting all over them.  Pull-ups are another option.  You don’t have the spilling and the children can pull them up and down.  Some kids just go in them like diapers, however, so you need to evaluate whether your child is treating it as such.

Keep trying these methods and your child will usually start to go on their own.  You will soon be a graduate of the rigors of potty training.