The exciting times of potty training!
It can seem daunting when beginning this major transition, but with a few tips you can give yourself the edge you are going to need to help your child take this important step in their life.
1) Let Them Lead
Letting your child lead the way and allowing them to signal you when it’s time for potty training, will give the whole process a less stressful approach. Telling you when they need their nappy changing is one of the main signs they are ready to start using the toilet.
2) Read Books On Potty Training
There are a lot of potty training books out there but one or two should be enough. The books will be engaging, involve a story and give the child a positive message around potty training.
3) Introduce Your Toddler To The Potty Early On
Let your child play with the potty, role playing using dolls will help your child understand what the potty is used for. When your child is then ready for potty training they will have a better understanding and may not be as frightened if they have been around it for a while beforehand.
4) Take Them To The Toilet With You
This may be difficult for some but if you can, let your child see you using the toilet. This will encourage them to use it more if they see mummy or daddy using. Let them flush the toilet for you. It will give them some responsibility and help get them interested.
Keep reminding them to go to the toilet. They are not used to asking to go so they may need reminding at first. Even if they don’t go every visit will get them a little more used to the toilet.
Congratulate their success. It will encourage them to carry on what they are doing.
Remember potty training doesn’t need to be scary. Keep it positive!
Share with me some of your tips below, or what worked best for you during your potty training days.