Choose your “potty words”
Pick words that your toddler can use when it’s time “to go.” Use words such as pee (urinate), poop (bowel movement), or potty (go to the restroom or use the potty).
Have a potty schedule
Train your toddler to potty at specific times in a day. For example, make your toddler sit in the potty every morning before breakfast and after every nap. This will teach your child to learn when to potty even if you are not around.
In addition, let your child sit on the potty or the toilet for a couple of minutes every day for familiarity.
Show your toddler how to use the toilet
It is awkward and somehow uncomfortable but this will make your toddler learn to potty fast. Young children learn by imitating, so go to the restroom together and explain what you’re doing.
Help your toddler
When you see your toddler crossing their legs or holding and pressing their genital area, this only means they need “to go.” Ask your child if they want to go potty, and lead your child quickly to the toilet. This will help your toddler familiarize the feeling of needing to use the potty.
Teach your child about hygiene
If your toddler is a girl, teach her to wipe her genitals from the front to the back, and to wash and dry the area. If you have a boy, teach him to shake his penis to get rid of excess urine and wipe the area dry.
You also need to teach your toddler how to properly wash their hands after going to the potty.
Do not force your child to potty
Let your child decide when to use the potty or the toilet. Forcing toddlers will just lead to more problems and resistance.
Dress your child comfortably
Clothes that are easy to pull up and down are best when potty training. Avoid clothes that are difficult to take off, such as overalls and onesies that have snaps on the crotch. These clothes are difficult to remove, especially when your child needs to potty.
Try making a potty board where your child can put stickers after successfully going to the potty. This will motivate your child to continue training as well as help them feel that they are doing a great job.
Every child is doing their best to slowly become independent. By simply acknowledging your child’s efforts, it will help them become more willing and open to more learning.
Young children will still have difficulties in potty training during nighttime. Your child will most likely get used to sleeping without wetting the bed by the age of 5 to 7. If you want to try potty training your child during bedtime, use a waterproof bed cover in case of accidents.
Potty Training Difficulties
Potty training is a challenge for both you and your child. Accidents can happen since both of you are just getting used to the process. To help yourself and your child adjust well, and make the transition as smooth as possible, here is what you can do:
Always have spare clothing. Having extra clothes on hand to lessen your worries when potty training.
Let your child help. After an accident, let your child help you clean up. This will teach your toddler to be more aware of their actions. Cleaning up the mess will also teach your child that peeing and pooping must be done in the potty or the toilet.
Stay calm and be patient. When accidents happen, do not reprimand your child. Instead, console and let them know that it is okay to make a mistake. They can do better next time.
Getting rid of the diaper is an important milestone that many parents look forward to. How to start potty training a toddler may be challenging, but all you need to do is be supportive and trust your child throughout the process. Potty training may take time (a few weeks or even months), but eventually, you and your toddler will achieve independence.
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