A question that will eventually be asked by parents is how to potty train a toddler? The answer to that depends on several factors like baby gender, age and other things. Will you be training your son or teaching your daughter? What age? Are they showing signs of readiness? These are some questions that need to be answered before you can start.
The whole process can be hard, especially for first time parents. But you need to get over that and see this as an opportunity to bond with your baby while having fun. Don’t set your expectations too high because you might become disappointed and frustrated later on. There will be problems along the way. Just stay calm and stick with the process, eventually, your child will learn. It takes a lot of perseverance and discipline in order to make the toilet training successful. If you are more of a visual learner, then we recommend that you click here to watch a free presentation on potty training.
How to Start Potty Training?
Once you know when to start, the next question is “how to start potty training?”First, you need to monitor your child and see if he shows some signs that he knows when he is about to go pee. If there are signals, then chances are high that he is ready so you should start with the training. One thing you should never do is to force your child. This will never work.
You should talk to your child and tell him about the toilet training process and what you two are about to do, it helps that you take him to the bathroom and let him feel comfortable there. After that, you should buy some equipment that are essential to the training and let him personalize it. You can go out with your child and buy them at stores or you can shop online. Either way is fine as long as you let your child have a say on what to buy.
Buying the proper equipment can be very beneficial for toddler potty training. You should get the most essential products for your child such as potty chairs or potty training seats. Also, it’s time to throw out the diapers and go for pull ups or training pants. A step stool for reaching the toilet or the sink can help them develop independence. It provides steady footing when they use the toilet. Additionally, you can buy some accessories to make the whole activity more enjoyable for your toddler. Accessories are not necessary, they are only there to make the process easier if your child is reluctant.
First thing you should do is to let him be familiar with the equipment that you bought. Explain to him what each products’ purpose are and let him play near them. You should place the chair in the bathroom and make the bathroom a comfortable place for your child. This can be done by letting your child play near the bathroom and make sure that he notices the potty by leaving the door open.
When he notices it and shows curiosity, try sitting him even with clothes on just so that he knows what the potty is there for and how to use it. When he understands what the potty’s purpose is, you can then proceed. It is also important that he sees how grownups use the toilet so that he will have a better understanding of what you’re trying to teach him.
Make a rough schedule of times when your child usually urinates or move bowel. When you have the times recorded, make a schedule. Explain to your child that these are the times that they need to go. Of course, your child won’t understand you completely. At first, you need to accompany them to establish a routine.
This is usually the time where you transition them from diapers to training pants.
Once your child realizes the routine and gets used to it, you can either continue accompanying them or just remind them. A helpful accessory during this phase of the toddler potty training is a watch. The watch can remind them of the times when they need to use the toilet.
Just continue with this routine and slowly, he will learn. It will take time so it’s important that you stay patient with your child. You can also try motivating him by giving praises or rewards when he is successful at something.
There will be problems or accidents along the way and the right thing to do is to never scold them or show them that you are disappointed because this can cause a major setback. Just calmly clean the mess and let him know that it’s okay and that they can just try again next time. Just stick with the toilet training and eventually, he will learn to use the potty correctly and consistently.
This is the basic outline of how to potty train a toddler but not every child is the same so you might need some more personal guidance, especially if this is your first time. We strongly recommend that you watch this presentation so that you will be well prepared and you react when you encounter unexpected problems.