Potty Training: 3 Great Tips
As a Mom or Dad, potty training your little one can be a very exciting time. Unfortunately, also a very frustrating one. I have three kids; 14, 7, and 3. I'm still working on my 7yr. old....I'm just kidding! But seriously, if there's one thing I've learned with potty training at all, it is consistency.
Every child is different of course as to what techniques they respond to best, and that's just trial and error to work through. This is what worked best for me, and if the consistency is there you should be able to have your big boy/big girl diaper free and potty trained, honestly in a week or so!
First and foremost, it helps to build the anticipation for your child to want to be potty trained. Once I noticed my son was waking up more often with dry diapers, and finding hiding spots for making a poopy diaper, I decided it was time!
Familiarize- Get him/her comfortable with the toilet and being in the bathroom. Everytime I went to use the bathroom, I'd tell my little guy excitedly, "Okay it's your turn!", and pull his pants down leaving his diaper on and sitting him on the toilet. At this point especially the first few times, I'd make it as playful and enthusiastic as possible by saying to him while he sits, " Wow, look at you- you're being a big boy now!" Basically get him on that toilet every time you go yourself. If you have other kids at home, it helps because he'll see his siblings going and you can utilize them as an example. Eventually, instead of leaving the diaper on, take it off before he/she sits on the toilet, and put it back on once they're done. Even though your child may not be very productive with his/her visits to the toilet, going often- and eventually sitting with no diaper becomes a familiar feeling for them.
Consistency- Once your child's comfortable with the toilet, it's time to drop the diaper during the day and replace it with underwear. Scary, I know- especially when we become so dependent on that diaper! This is where the consistency really comes into play. Take your child to the bathroom just as before, but this time LITERALLY every 10-15 minutes. Now that he/she is wearing underwear instead of a diaper, there is potential for accidents to occur. Sticking to the every 10-15 minute schedule not only greatly reduces your number of accidents to clean, but reinforces your childs familiarity with the toilet and the reason why he/she's there. You can purchase vinyl underwear from Amazon online to place over their regular underwear, that way if there is an accident, it's not too bad. You can increas the amount of minutes between potty times once he/she is understanding the concept of keeping dry. But deinitely keep the consisteny regardless. Keep the diapers for bedtime, and resume the daily schedule with underwear only.
Praise and Encouragement- Don't foget that as much as potty training can be frustrating as a parent, your child has his/her share of frustration too. They are only going to be half as enthusiatic as you are at becoming potty trained, so be patient while taking every opportunity to praise and encourage him/her relating specifically to this subject.
I did these things exactly with my son who is now 3. He was fully potty trained within a week and a half, a few months after he turned 2. Timing is everything, and all babies are different. With my older son, it was harder. I wasn't a stay at home mom at that time, so I had set backs with grandma falling back a lot on diapers during the day. So in that case, it just took more time. Fortunately i'm home now everyday so the consistency was easy to keep up. If you're dealing with someone who cares for your child during the day, try to explain your potty training goal for you child and at least find out if they're willing to help you out with it. Potty training is a huge milestone as a parent and for your child. The hardest part sometimes is making the desicion to just do it already! Hopefully through my experiences, your potty training accomplishment is right aroung the corner. Here's to you becoming diaper free! =)
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