Are your kids ready to potty train? The idea seems exhausting right?
Well after having a house full of boys and going through the motions of potty training it can really be a complicated task. After all kids are ready at different times and then there are always those plaguing questions of, “When is the right time to start?” or “What is the best way to get the job done?”
I know all of you can relate. Whether you have boys or girls the process of potty training really has to be approached delicately. It would be ideal if the process was done overnight but it doesn’t always work out that way. If you want to avoid defeat and set the pace for a positive potty training experience with your little one then check out these 12 Tips To Get Potty Training Right The First Time.
1. Start things off by reading a special book. There are tons of great books out there to peek the interests of your little one. Reading is a great way to talk about using the big potty and sharing in the curiosity.
2. Bring in a potty or potty seat. Even if you don’t use it right away you little one can practice sitting on it and get used to it’s function within the bathroom. Take a trip to the store and let your child pick out what they like the most.
3. Ease the apprehension about the toilet. For my oldest we threw in some Cheerios or Fruit Loops at first to show him that the potty wasn’t a scary thing. Then the next step was using them as target practice! Or if coloring the water works better this is another idea that kids really like!
4. Let them pick out undies of their choosing. A special trip to the store to allow them to pick out big kid undies is a huge step in them feeling bigger and in charge of using the potty. New underwear is a great way to establish your child’s readiness.
5. Use a timer to keep things sane. You can use a fancy one or one that you use in the kitchen. Either way setting up a regular timed routine during the say ensures you child stays focused and in tune with needing to go potty.
6. Display a reward chart or goody basket. Kids love to be rewarded and feel accomplished. A chart with fun stickers displayed for everyone to see is a great way to encourage them to keep up the great job they are doing. If you choose a goody basket then fill it with simple items your kids love to reward them with.
7. Dress for success. With this being said it is good to dress your child in clothes they are not going to struggle with while trying to get to the potty. Easy pull on pants or tights for girls are super easy!
8. No waiting time allowed. This is crucial. If your child says they have to go then be prepared to drop things and run. Making them wait just results in more accidents.
9. Limit liquids before bed. Stopping fluids 30-45 minutes before bed is a great way to avoid accidents and keep a steady pace on potty training.
10. Use nighttime training pants. This is a great way to keep away a wet bed in the middle of the night. Explain to your kiddo that these special pants are for nighttime.
11. Don’t give up! Just because a few accidents occur then don’t become frustrated. Giving it time and being patient is a positive way to build a positive experience.
12. Take a break if needed. If you get into the process and things are just not working out then your child may not be ready. Don’t consider it an epic fail. Take some time away from the pressures of potty training and try again.
Do you have a great tip that works for potty training? Share your best pointers!
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