Tips to Potty Train Your Toddler
As your baby grows into a toddler and beyond, there are so many ways she becomes more and more independent. You'll love seeing all of these exciting development milestones come and go, but one in particular might require a fair bit of your attention. That's when your child goes from diapers to being fully potty trained.
To help you in your little one's potty training adventure, we've compiled a list of tips to help your toddler get the hang of potty training:
1. Make sure your child is ready
Try not to rush the process and start potty training too early, before your little one is actually capable of achieving success. Look for the signs of readiness in your child before starting to potty train your little one.
2. Get your child involved in choosing the potty
If possible, go shopping for the potty chair or potty seat together with your child. It will make him feel more included and more excited about using his brand-new potty.
Baby Boys Pee Toilet
3. Consider encouraging the toilet instead of the potty
You may prefer to start your child out on an toilet with a child seat instead of a freestanding potty. If so, reinforce the idea that the toilet is where the adults go, and that this is a great chance to do “grown-up” things. A stepstool or footstool will help him reach the toilet more easily and help him maintain his balance, too.
Kid Toilet Seat With Adjustable Ladder
4. Buy big kid underwear as a sign of encouragement
Purchase fun underwear, like ones with a favorite cartoon character or superhero graphic. Explain to your child that once he learns how to use the potty, he can wear this fun big kid underwear. You can also let him wear this underwear as a treat while potty training, too. Just be prepared for some potty accidents.
3 pcs Cotton Boxer Underwear for Boys ages 2-15y/o
5. Shower your baby with praise. When your little one does a good job on the potty, tell him! You could also give him a high-five or a hug, or do whatever works to keep his motivation high and to reinforce that he's doing a great job.
6. Give your baby a book
Read your little one a book about going to the potty while he's actually on the potty, or let him look at one of his favorite picture books to make him pass the time and feel more relaxed.
7. Show and tell
Another tactic is to act out a “going to the bathroom” scene. Use a favorite doll or teddy bear to act out how the doll goes about using the toilet or potty. You can even ask your child to show you how the doll goes potty to reinforce the lesson.
Crochet Knit Toy Cute Little Bear
8. Don’t expect miracles in a few days. Some parents swear by 3-day potty training. Although this might work well for some, but it’s not for every parent or child. Your child might have a hard time getting used to the idea of using the potty, or may refuse to do so. This is a normal and natural part of the learning process. Don’t be discouraged if this happens. Be patient. Just try another technique and give it time.