Potty Training Pointers
Potty training can be a very stressful time for you and your child. Generally, kids are ready to potty train around age two, but for some children, it may take them until they are three or older. If your child is really struggling with the concept of potty training, it probably means they are not ready yet. It’s important to remember not to push your child before they are ready and to be patient.
When your child is ready to start potty training, use the ideas below to help ease the process.
Use a Potty Chair
Go out and buy a potty chair. Children often feel more secure starting with a potty that is on the floor rather than one that goes top of the toilet because they are able to balance better with their feet on the floor.
The potty chair does not have to be in the bathroom. Put it in a place that is convenient to where your child spends most of their time, like their bedroom or playroom. You want it to be easily accessible.
Focus on Your Child
Watch your child very closely for the first couple of days of potty training to see when they are ready to go. You will hopefully be able to pick up cues on when they get the urge to go. It is best to start potty training when you have a couple of days off or over the weekend so you have time to focus on their training.
Create a reward system that motivates your child, but make sure that it realistic for you to sustain. Use small rewards such as stickers or a special snack. When your child goes on the potty, they get the reward. It is important that you only give a reward when they have earned it, even if they get upset.
Create a Chart
Make a chart and hang it on the wall. Use check marks or stickers to mark down when they have made progress like using the potty or letting you know that they have to go. Don’t make it too difficult to receive a check mark or a sticker, you want to make the goals easily attainable.
It is important that you give your child lots of praise throughout the potty training process. Tell them how proud you are of them and how they are doing a great job. A little positive reinforcement goes a long way.