10 tops tips to ensure Potty training is a success
- Be prepared to start the process
Potty training takes a lot of time and effort so be prepared! Often people think that the summer is the best season to begin potty training as you have more time to give to it and itâ€™s quicker to clean up accidents when your child is wearing lighter clothing! But, the truth is, when child begins to shows an interest, as long as you have the time and patience, you can begin to potty training your child at any time of year!
- Tailor your approach to find what works for you and your toddler
This may be a case of trial and error as not all children are the same, but once you find a technique that works for you, stick to it! This could be dressing your child in pants, sitting them on the potty or toilet, using different words for toilet use and spotting the signs that they need to go to the toilet, then asking them if they need to go.
- Introduce the potty early
Introduce having the potty in the bathroom early so as your child becomes familiar with it. Â You may want to wrap the potty up as a present to encourage the child to have ownership over it, or take your child shopping to pick their own. Â
- Get your child comfortable with the idea of potty training.
Get your child comfortable with the idea of potty training, introduce the potty training supplies you’ll be using before getting started. Practice putting on training pants, washing his or her hands at the bathroom sink and sitting on the potty chair before they start using it. Itâ€™s great to do this as part of the nappy changing routine.
- Remain positive and patient
Always remain positive during potty training. All children will have set backs but remember to always reinforce the good. Praise and rewards can really help children to thrive and accomplish a goal.
- Be consistent
Once your child is out of nappies they need to stay out of them, however tempting it is to put them back into nappies! Otherwise you risk of your child becoming confused and the training being set back.
- Use interactive approaches.
To gain a child’s interest in the potty use interactive approaches. These could include games, songs, sticker charts or books.
- Use teamwork.
Ensure everyone in your child’s life is using the same approach. This will enable a smooth transition for your child.
- Pack familiar supplies when you’re out
This could be as simple as a book that you read while you’re child is on the toilet, but this will ensure that the child feels comfortable using a potty in unfamiliar setting.
- Use motivation rewards.
Use motivational rewards for your child, such as listening to a fun, potty training song, giving stickers or stamps that will encourage them to use the potty more.