Once you notice you are changing fewer diapers and your toddler starts showing interest in using the toilet on their own, it might be time to start potty training. We have compiled some tips to successfully potty train, while not putting pressure on your little one.
It is important to remember not to put pressure on your toddler. Let them do it in their own time, with some encouraging assistance from you.
Potty training can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Remember that it is all still new to them, so some patience and encouragement is what they need from you.
As you start potty training, you should switch to pull-ups. Your child will be able to pull them up and down like underwear, but the pull-ups will still help maintain any accidents if they happen. As your little one becomes more successful on the potty, you can switch to cotton underwear.
Look For Potty Signs
You should become familiar with your toddler’s signs that he needs to go to the bathroom. Tell-tale signs include straining or fidgeting. When you notice these signs, ask if they need to go to the potty. If you have missed the signs and they have had an accident, get them to sit on the potty to form the connection anyways.
Let Them Run Bare
Sometimes it’s a good idea to let your toddler run around bare. It might help your child to be more aware of when they need to go, as there is no nappy to hold the urine in. Keep the potty close by to ensure they are aware of it, and to help them react to their body signals quickly.
Keep Up The Motivation
Your toddler will be more excited to use the potty if you keep up with positive reinforcement. Small incentives can help as well. Use a reward chart for each time they use their potty successfully, but only do this for a few weeks. Once they get comfortable with the potty you can phase the rewards out.
Remember To Be Patient
Some toddlers can take weeks to master potty training. Sometimes they take a few steps back before moving forward. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for your child, and don’t act in a way that could diminish their self-confidence. No parent enjoys cleaning up pee, but don’t scold or punish. This could discourage them from potty training in the future.
Don’t Ration Fluids
Many parents try to ration fluids to help reduce their toddler’s accidents. This really isn’t a great idea. It is unfair and even unhealthy. It is actually better to give them more fluids to give them more opportunities to practice using the potty.
Don’t Force It
If you find that your child is putting up a brick wall when it comes to potty training, rather just leave it. Don’t force it through total resistance. Leave the potty training for another few weeks. Just be patient, your toddler will learn in their own time.