If you’ve found yourself reading this article, you’re probably a first time parent with no idea how to potty train.
You might be feeling overwhelmed.
You might be asking yourself if your child is even ready yet.
And that’s okay!
You might even be feeling sentimental because your baby seems to be growing up so fast, but let’s be honest.
How nice would it be not to peddle poopy diapers every day?
We will layout some potty training ideas for you to work into your own specialized method.
Don’t worry; we will make sure you go into this next step of parenthood with the resources you need!
You’re Ready To Learn How To Potty Train, But Is Your Child Ready?
According to Intermountain Healthcare, there is an age range when children should start potty training (18 months to three and a half years), but where your child falls in that age range depends on where they are in their development.
But where are they in their development?
What are the signs?
If your toddler is vocalizing their business for all to hear, that’s a good sign that they’re aware of their bowel movements enough to start connecting them with the proper steps to handle them.
If you notice your little one is regular in their bowel movements and can go hours dry, that’s also a good sign.
Complaints of discomfort over a dirty diaper is an even better one.
But it’s also important to consider if your child is physically ready to take on potty training.
Can they walk to and sit on a potty by themselves?
Can they pull their pants down and up without assistance?
These are great indications they can handle the next steps of potty training.
Create A Routine And Structure!
As grownups, we consider being regular in the bathroom a healthy goalpost.
It’s important to set that habit early in your little one as well!
When she first wakes up in the morning and before bed are the obvious ones.
Think about her feeding schedule and when you usually find yourself changing a diaper after that.
Try to get ahead of the game by suggesting potty time before her usual diaper changing time.
If your child isn’t quite ready for potty training yet, but you can sense that day is coming soon, start changing his diaper in the bathroom.
This association will help when building the routine.
Another way to implement structure is through a fun chart!
Every time your little one completes an important step in the bathroom, reward them with a sticker on the chart.
Being able to see their progress will be as helpful to your child as the feeling of accomplishment of getting a sticker.
Make Them Want To Use The Potty!
Get your toddler excited about learning to use the big kid potty!
Letting him help pick one out with you will create a sense of anticipation.
If you buy one online, create a sense of giddiness if you’re waiting for the potty to be delivered.
Let him be the one to open it like it’s a present!
You can show encouragement for your toddler by buying them some big kid undies too.
Just be prepared for accidents.
In fact, if your toddler has an older child, they look up to like a cousin or friend, use that to encourage them to be a big kid, “just like So and So!”
If they start pushing back on the process, use phrases like “Well, So and So uses the big kid potty, you know.”
Kids learn by watching their parents, so let them tag along next time you need to go.
Not only will it show them how to do it, but it will give them a goal to be just like Mommy or Daddy.
If accidents do happen, remember to encourage, so they don’t associate needing to relieve themselves with anxiety.
You can find examples of how to make it a fun experience in any fantastic potty training resource, but it’s up to you to find the best fit for your toddler.
Manage Your Expectations!
Remember, we need to make this a positive experience for both you and your toddler.
It’s too easy to set high standards when your children seem so amazing.
Amazing children need space to make mistakes.
Accidents are going to happen, and regression is normal.
Be careful not to punish the toddler when they make mistakes.
The process can be frustrating, but it’s important to let them know that they have another chance coming to do it correctly soon!
Showing anger won’t help you get the results you want.
In the same vein, you don’t want to nag them about it either.
Little ones sometimes like to be difficult if they feel pressured.
Make potty training feel special, not like a chore.
Find Out What’s Best for You And Your Toddler!
These potty training tips are a great place to start, but every child is different, and you may need to explore to create a more individualized method.
Consider what has incentivized your toddler the best in the past.
Consider what methods of learning have not worked.
If you still feel like your child isn’t progressing normally, trust your gut and consult a pediatrician.
It’s likely a normal set back, but just in case it is due to a developmental issue, you will want to know as early as possible.
What potty training tricks have you used so far?
What has and hasn’t worked for your toddler?
Comment below and let us know!