A potty is a great option because of its mobility. A potty is also more child-friendly because of its height and structure if compared to the real toilet.
Using the toilet, on the other hand, is a more advanced way of potty training a toddler. Toilets are bigger than your toddler, that is why they may find it intimidating and scary at first.
To use the toilet, make sure you have the right equipment, such as a stepping stool and a smaller toilet seat that can help ensure your child’s safety when using the toilet.
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.