Deciding it is time to begin potty training is easy but going through the actual process is not. Try these 10 tips to help you start the activity and make the transition for your child as smooth as possible.
1. Get ready
As much potty training is about your child, it will also take a lot on your part so be ready to begin the process. You will need to invest time and energy so be patient. Pick a season when you have a lot of time on hand but anytime works best as long as you are willing to put the effort in.
2. Determine the best approach
Potty training success turns out different for everyone so tailor your approach and see what works. Test out products to see which makes the transition easier and which fits the learning style of your child.
3. Introduce the potty chair early
Assess readiness and introduce the potty chair when your child stays dry for two hours and shows interest in the bathroom. Show how it works and instill a sense of ownership by wrapping it as a present or letting the child decorate it with stickers.
4. Foster comfort
Before beginning the process, foster comfort in your child by introducing potty training supplies ahead of time. The more comfortable your tot is with the materials, the easier it will be to use them. You can start by practicing wearing training pants, washing hands in the toilet sink, and sitting on the potty chair.
5. Think positive
There will be difficult days but always approach potty training with a positive attitude. Be patient when setbacks occur. This will take time and your child will only learn better if you provide a positive atmosphere and feedback. Praises and rewards go far to make your child more comfortable while learning a new skill.
6. Show consistency
Once your toddler is out of diapers, there should be no going back. They become potty trained faster when they do not go back and forth between diapers and training pants. All it takes is consistency on your part to make the process easier for you and your kid.
7. Adopt interactive methods
Keep the activity interesting for your child and use interactive approaches to keep it fun. Come up with interesting games, songs, videos, progress charts, books, and role modeling to sustain the interest of the child.
8. Go through it as a team
Communicate your goals with everyone in the life of your child so that the potty training is consistent, following a single philosophy that motivates and encourages your child to continue learning the process. Speak with everyone in your family from the grandparents, siblings, and daycare providers and make sure they are on board with what you are trying to do.
9.Bring familiar potty training supplies when on the go
To avoid any stress when traveling, bring familiar potty training supplies to increase the comfort in your child. Pack a child-size adapter seat, familiar songs, or a book that your child enjoys so going potty becomes a familiar experience even in a new and different setting.
10. Reward your child’s efforts
Nothing motivates children than rewards so when progress is being made or cooperation is being shown during potty training, make sure you tell your child how proud you are for the efforts given. You can give him stickers, stamps, or token present like bubbles, food, or other inexpensive kid items.