One of the biggest hurdles a parent goes through is potty training. It can be a battle and can make you want to throw your hands up and give up. I mean they will be potty trained eventually right? It’s not like they will graduate from high school wearing diapers.
I understand the frustration as I am in the middle of it right now with Little Brother. I have done my research but he has done his studying of stubbornness. I hope these tips will help us all get our children out of diapers before they graduate high school.
Look for the signs: Make sure you watch for signs that your child is ready. Some of these signs may be: telling you when they are going potty in their diaper, the ability to pull their pants up and down, can communicate their needs to you, wakes up dry at night, asks to go potty etc. Once your child is showing several of these signs it may be time to potty train. If you start and find that your child is not interested remember timing is EVERYTHING. They may just not be ready…there is no shame is stopping and trying again later.
Positive Reinforcement: Rewards and bribery have proved to be the absolute best way to get kids interested in going potty. Reward successful potty time with fruit snacks or M&M’s. Once they get better at going potty allow them to pick out a toy that they REALLY want from the toy aisle, put it somewhere in the house where they can see it and be reminded that they can earn it. Set a goal for your child to earn that toy – for instance 1 whole day with no accidents or for a larger reward 1 whole week accident free!
Download this handy sticker chart.
(Click to open in it’s own window then right click and select save as to save it to your computer)
Praise, Praise and Praise Some More: Kids love praise. Start with a sticker chart. Every time they go potty let them put a sticker on their chart. Once they fill up a column reward them with a prize. Don’t stop there! When your child goes potty for those first few times make it in ordeal – jump up and down, dance a little jig – make them feel your excitement!
Schedule and Frequency: When you initially start potty training plan on being home A LOT! Get a potty seat out and easily accessible in your home. Start out with a schedule, for instance -wake up sit on the potty, after they eat sit on the potty, before nap sit on the potty, when they wake up again sit on the potty…and so on. After a few days of that add more potty time. Set a timer for every 20 minutes and have your child sit on the potty seat every time the timer goes off.
Make it convenient and fun: Potty training can be so tedious and boring. Make it fun. Fill baskets full of books to read or sing songs while sitting on the potty. Make sitting on the potty convenient, perhaps put the potty seat in the living room near the TV or toys where they hang out. Little boys do not typically learn to potty standing up until they are fully potty trained. However when you are ready to teach them to stand up make it fun. Throw in a few cheerios and have your little guy play a little target practice!
Go panties and don’t go back: The process of potty training can be quite stressful for your little one. Add in constantly switching between pull ups and panties…and they just can’t get it right! Once you start potty training try to only wear panties (except when sleeping), even when you are out and about. I know it sounds miserable. But it is so hard for toddlers to remember when they are wearing panties and when they are in a diaper.