ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Teach Your Kid To "Take The Browns to The Super Bowl"

Updated on August 29, 2012

Relax

First, potty training should never be a chore or difficult on the child. That is why I am having a little fun with this article. Perhaps it will help those reading to loosen up, in more way than one!

Toddler Potty next to Toilet
Toddler Potty next to Toilet

What is your favorite bathroom funny?

See results

When Do I Start?

We have all probably heard, "All children are different. You will know when they are ready." My first thought when I was told that by my child's nurse was, "Really? I will know when they are ready? That's your idea of a helpful start?" Well, no need to fret, here are some signs to let you know your toddler is ready. He or she will:

Little Man or Little Lady is Ready to Potty!

First, my suggestion, is to have a mild celebration for getting one step closer to no longer paying $45 for a box of diapers and having to lug them to your car! Then, remember, potty training has to be fun for your toddler. Of all the sites I have researched on this topic, all of them express the need NOT to punish your child for a mistake. You will have better results when potty time is fun time.

The next step is to help your toddler become familiar with the toilet you intend to train him or her on. Most children love their own little potty from the store with a character or special design placed on it. My youngest, Matthew, is now potty training but he prefers to get up on the toilet like a big boy! In this case, we have bought a toilet training seat that can convert into a step stool and a seat for the toilet. This decision is up to you and your toddler. In the beginning it is perfectly normal to allow your toddler to sit on the preferred seat with their clothes and/or diaper on. Remember, your child is just getting use to the seat.

Now you are ready for your toddler to make an actual "number 1" and "number 2" in the toilet. Begin scheduling time for the toilet. If you are a stay at home Mom or Dad, that is a little easier than for working parents. For working parents, "that's a little easier said than done." Working parents, communicate with your day care provider about scheduling time for the bathroom and ask them for specific times. This will help you continue the training on the weekends or your days off. It is very important to schedule a routine for your baby or toilet training can become an arduous task.

In the beginning, toddlers may do absolutely nothing when they sit on the toilet. Do not be discouraged! Try to watch for signs that your child needs to go. Look for the unmistakable "poopy face" or watch for them to tug at their diaper. Talk to your child about what is going on. When you are using the bathroom, explain what you are doing. Say things like, "Big boys go pee-pee in the potty." When they finally, and this is usually by accident, do anything in the toilet, praise your baby for a job well done. When my daughter, Isabella, was potty training, she really began to make the effort when we started giving a single M&M when she used the potty. For Matthew, a simple hand clap and a hearty, "You're such a good boy!" works beautifully.


A Couple of Thinkers to Think About

Let me go over a few things that were never brought to me when Isabella first started potty training. These are things I learned through research and experience.

  • Try emptying the contents of the diaper into your toddler's toilet. I know this sounds disgusting but it works.
  • If your toddler isn't doing anything in 2 weeks, they are probably not ready yet. Wait a few weeks to a month and try again. We had to do this with Matthew.
  • Accidents will happen. Kids will tend to play and forget about the need to get up and go to a bathroom. This will happen even when they are in "big boy or girl" underwear.
  • Toddlers will usually master daytime toilet training in a few months but night time toilet training will take longer.

Well, that's it! I hope this article is helpful to you; I definitely enjoyed writing it!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • chrismurphy profile imageAUTHOR

      Christipher Murphy 

      6 years ago from Clute, Texas

      Thank you for the comment. I have to keep things light. I work from home so I am around the terrible 2's all day. My wife gets a break from it at work, or so she says. ;)

    • Mari Koeck profile image

      Mari Koeck 

      6 years ago

      I'm potty training my two-year-old right now. This is a great reminder to keep it fun and that will make it better for both of us.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)