Potty training your toddler can be a very challenging process to go through, but it’s an absolute necessary part of life.
We’re not going to sugarcoat the fact that you may get a little frustrated from time to time, but it’ll be worth it when you child master potty training and move one step closer to becoming more independent, which means one less task you’ll have to perform.
If this is your first time potty training your child, you may be asking yourself, “where do I start?”
The good news is that we’ve provided you with four tips that can help you during the process…
Let’s get started…
TIP #1: Educate Your Toddler About Potty Training
Explain to your toddler that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk to them about the toilet, and it being a special place where they can potty just like the big kids. Tell your child how the potty works and let he or she try flushing for themselves. Explain that they will be wearing underwear and not diapers. Find some educational and entertaining videos of their favorite characters learning to go potty. Be sure to involve other family members in the process and emphasize the importance of consistency during this process.
TIP #2: Have Your Toddler Help Choose Their Underwear
Make a special trip to the store and purchase new underwear with your toddler. Let your child have a voice in what you buy. The underwear will have much more significance if your toddler helped choose them.
Keep in mind, that overalls, pants with lots of buttons, snaps or zips, tight or restrictive clothing and over-sized shirts will all be an obstacle to your child during this process. Put these kinds of clothes away for the time being.
Decide whether or not you're going to use pull-ups, training pants or regular underwear and try to stick with this decision so your child has consistency and isn't confused. Think about whether or not you want to use rewards or not. Figure out a strategy on how to handle potty issues when you're away from home.
TIP #3: Ask Your Childcare Provider For Potty Training Advice
If your kid is in child care, ask your provider for their advice and make sure there aren't any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue. Let them know that you're going to start and enlist their help with the process.
TIP #4: Provide Your Little One Support Regardless Of The Outcome
Praise your child for each successful trip to the potty, and comfort them when accidents happen. Try to remain patient and calm when they do. Avoid using candy or other treats as reinforcement. Let them know that it will take a while to get the hang of using the potty, and encourage and praise each attempt they make. With consistency, encouragement and praise, they'll soon be completely trained.
Great, you just discovered 4 Tips On How To Potty Train Your Toddler to make the process easier and less stressful.
While taking your little one through the potty training process, one thing that could reduce your level of frustration is to remember that your two main objectives are to teach your toddler to become independent and to create positive memories. These are the memories you can think about that will put a smile on your face. Of course, negative incidents that happens during the potty training process will not seem as they will end up being happy memories, which is why you much train your mind to treat them as such right on the spot.
Your bundle of joy will only be small for so many years, so try your best not to get frustrated during their learning process (we know it can be easier said than done at times), because these are moments you can never get back, so make the most of them.
Good luck with the potty training process!