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Jumpstart Your Kid's Potty Training Today!

Updated on August 29, 2013

Many young parents who just have their first kid normally have the opinion that potty training a child is kind a hard thing to do. Well, that’s true if you know nothing about potty training but once you are done with your first kid, it would come easy on your next child. Below are 7 potty training tips that you can use to get your toddler potty trained in no time and most importantly, you don’t have to do it the wrong way.

Kiddo on a potty training chair
Kiddo on a potty training chair

These tips come from parents who have successfully potty trained their kids without much problem. Learn from other people’s experience will undoubtedly, cut short your learning curve.

#Tips 1: Always be Patient with Your Kid

It takes time for your child to learn about this new life process and there may be many setbacks along the way. So be patient during setbacks as if you don’t, you might ruin your child’s confidence. Always be open to new potty training ideas; go to forum, read blogs, talk to your neighbors and read magazines. Try new method if the old one does not seem to work well.

#Tips 2: When You Should Start Potty Train Your Child?

The best time to start potty train your child is at the age of 18 months up until to 4 years old. It would be a waste of time and effort if you start earlier than that as your child has no or little control over the bladder and bowel movements. As the child gets older (18 months onwards), he or she will have a larger bladder capacity and a better control over it. Potty training during this time can be achieved much faster and easier.

#Tips 3: Monitor Your Child for Signs of Readiness

You can read the signs of your child if he or she is ready for potty training. These include the ability to stay dry for at least 2 to 3 hours, feeling uncomfortable with soiled diapers, can understand and perform simple instructions, telling you that he or she is about to urinate or bowel movement with facial expression, posture ad words.

#Tips 4: Get the Necessary Items Needed for Potty Training

Get ready the following items before training starts:

  • Is best that you get at least 2 identical potty chairs so that there is always one close at hand
  • A doll, which is best to select the same gender as your toddler
  • Training pants which are easily pulled up or down
  • Tracking Chart to keep track of your child progress

#Tips 5: Use The Doll As An Example of Potty Training

The doll or a teddy bear is a great teaching tool for your kid. Run through the motion of feeding water to it and make sure that you child pay attention when you doing that. Then communicate to your child that the doll needs the potty and rush it to the potty. Repeat this couple of times and explain the concepts to your child so that he or she understands that the same thing happens to them.

#Tips 6: Encourage Your Child to Get Used to the Potty

Encourage your child to sit down on the potty training chair each time he or she going through the same routines of removing the underpants, sitting down and releasing bladder, wiping up, flushing and finally washing his or her hands. Just get your kid gets used of it and sooner or later he or she will eventually do it automatically.

#Tips 7: Plenty of Fluids for Your Child

To ensure that your child is having a good experience when undergoing potty training, make sure that he or she has plenty of fluid like water and fruits on the day. It will be very hard to train your child when he or she is facing constipation, which could result in a painful experience, this might put him/her off the potty entirely.

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Potty Training Chair Buying Guide and Tips

Looking to buy a potty training chair to start toilet train your child? If you are, you should then continue reading. Unknown to many young parents, there are actually quite a number of different types of potty training chair available in the market. There are those with fancy design, plain, one piece, two piece, multi-use, gender specific and/ or portable type.

So before heading to the store or ordering one online, it is best that you should know how to decide on which one to go for. This is essential so that your child will have a happy potty training journey!

1. Making up Your Mind on A Potty Training Chair
Now let’s us have a look at several types of potty training chair that are available in the market and find out what are the main benefits that each has to offer.

2. Going with potty training chair or potty training seat?
The very first thing that you need to decide upon on is whether to go with a potty training chair or a potty training seat. A potty training chair is a standalone plastic child-sized toilet that sits firmly on the floor. The potty training seat, on the other hand, is just a piece of child sized toilet seat that has to be fitted on top of an adult sized toilet. The smaller opening on the potty seat enables the child to sit safely and comfortably on an adult sized toilet. Stool might need to be fitted as well to enable the child to get onto the toilet.

A potty training seat means that you never have to clean out the bowl as the waste will go directly into the toilet. However, take note that NOT all toddlers are comfortable climbing up onto the adult sized toilet from the get-go. So it might be a good choice to go with a potty training chair instead, particular when the child is just starting for potty training.

3. How about multi-use potties?
Multi-use potties are potty training chairs that can be taken apart and used as potty seats too. This is quite an innovative design as you get the best of both. You can start training your child with the chair before moving onto the adult sized toilet. However, it is important that you pay attention on the seat when placed over the normal toilet. Make sure that it is tight fit, so that accident won’t happen.

4. It is gender specific or not?
Basically most potty chairs that can be found in the market cater for both the genders though there are few which specifically designed to be used only by one gender. Thing that you need to watch out for are splash guards that are high enough to perform their job for little boys but easy to straddle for both genders. Some potty chairs have removable splash guards so that it could be made convenient when the girls are using them.

5. Should it be one piece or removable bowl?
The simplest potty training chair is the one piece type which are easy to clean; they are sleek and rounded and no edges to pinch little thighs. Removable potty bowls, on the other hand, means there are more cleaning jobs to do but it’s definitely worth it when you are dumping out the potty several times a day; the task is easier compares to the one piece potty training chair.

6. Thought about portable potties for traveling?
You should also consider getting a portable potting training chair to go in your car. It makes everything easier when your kids need to go to the toilet during when being far away from home. In the market there are potty training chairs that could be folded up, have disposable liners or even the entire potty training chair is disposable. However, foldable potty seats are the best choice; it’s small and easy to bring along whenever you go. Just place it on an adult toilet and your kid is ready to do its stuff. This is particular useful when your child needs to use the public toilet. Moreover, a foldable potty training seat does not cost very much compares to a potty training chair.

7. Consider specialty potty training chair
These are potties with special feature designs and features such as the musical potties where it will makes sound when your kid sits on it or simply press a button to play a song. Special designs included character potties and potties with cartoon paintings. These potty training chairs normally will cost higher dues to the special effects and designs. The best thing about this kind of potty training chair is that the child will be amused when sitting on it and thus, making potting training a whole lot easier.

Potty Training is GREAT!
Potty Training is GREAT!

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  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Devika!

  • DDE profile image

    Devika Primić 

    5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Jumpstart Your Kid's Potty Training Today! Great hub and such helpful ways

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks mariasial for your valuable comment!

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    maria sial 

    5 years ago from united kingdom

    You have done a good job for most of us. However my 2.5 year old darling is special case she don't want to do anything ; if i remove her diaper she hold every thing don't pass anything until i give her diaper again . Anyway good hub

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Neil, hope that would be helpful to you.

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    5 years ago from England

    You explained it so well ken, and yes I do remember very well! lol!

  • stephaniedas profile image

    Stephanie Das 

    5 years ago from Miami, US

    Well, I must say that I do not have children, but I found this hug very interesting nonetheless. I never thought about potty training a child, but I'm voting it up!


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