Potty training tips

The idea of potty training can bring feelings of dread, and is a milestone that can bring anxiety to many parents. Children should ideally be potty trained before preschool starts, and it should be a task that is met with success and positivity. If you are armed with knowledge and know the time is right, potty training can go much smoother. Your confidence allows your toddler to sense a feeling of confidence and self-assurance.

Tips for potty training your toddler:

Time it right

It is essential to time it right to make sure it is a good time for you and your child to start potty training. Ensure that there are no other events that are taking place so that the focus can solely be on potty training. Your child needs to show signs of readiness in order to proceed with potty training. If you try before she shows readiness, it could hamper her success as well as cause her to lose confidence. When you know she is ready to be potty trained, you can start the process.

Is my child ready to be potty trained?

Your toddler will shows signs when she is ready to be potty trained, and this is when you need to take action and start the process. When she starts showing an interest in the toilet, and becomes aware of its function, she is starting to gain an understanding. In addition, she may start telling you when she needs to go potty, or when she needs to be changed. Being aware of her toileting habits is essential for potty training. Your child also needs to be able to follow instructions.

Get ready for potty training

Bring the subject up with your child that she is ready for potty training and how exciting this is. Be enthusiastic and let her know she can choose the necessary supplies. Plan a trip to go out and get what is needed for potty training. Allow your child to pick out a potty, pants, toilet paper and hand wash, as this will encourage her and make her feel important. Having all the supplies ready and instilling a good feeling in your child while doing so is a great start.

Be positive

Your toddler needs to know that she can achieve great things, and that she is capable. In addition, your positivity is what allows your child to feel self-assured and confident. From the offset, you need to show belief in your child and praise any successes, no matter how small. Avoid any criticisms and refrain from showing frustrations. Any negative responses can hamper her success and lower her self-esteem, and possibly prevent her from wanting to continue trying. Be a positive force and give praise where it is due.

Practice makes perfect

Explain the function of the potty and get your child to tell you when she needs to go potty. However, don’t just rely on her to remember, as she may sometimes forget when engaged in play. Offer gentle reminders throughout the day and let her know when you are going potty. This can be encouraging, and gives her a gentle reminder. The more she gets into the habit of sitting on the potty, the more likely she is to come to use it. Put pants on her for daytime only, and every time she goes potty, give acknowledgment and express your approval.

Accidents will happen

All children will have accidents when potty training, even when you feel they have mastered the skill. This is commonplace and nothing to worry about. It takes a long time for a child to become fully potty trained. Any accidents must be treated in a matter-of-fact way. Get your child to clean up the mess and wash and change, as this allows her to understand the implications of having an accident. Never show disapproval or scorn you child, as this can be very discouraging and could result in her fearing to go potty.

Potty training with patient

Patience is needed to allow your toddler to become potty trained. It may become stressful at times, and it may seem like it isn’t going to happen. However, a little patience and a lot of time is needed, along with a positive force. This is a learning curve for your child and it takes time for her to master the skills needed to become fully potty trained. The effort will be worth it in the end, and you will be proud when she gets there. In the meantime, hang in there and guide and praise her efforts.

Potty training is often met with anxieties from many parents, as it can seem daunting. However, being sure you are ready and, more importantly, your child is ready for this, can ensure success. Start the process on the right note, and be upbeat and positive about potty training. Your guidance, understanding, patience and encouragement are essential to enable your child to find success. Be patient and be proud when she masters how to go potty.