Important Rules for Potty Training
Even though you may be eager to start potty training your child, if your child is too young you may find that it can often leave you (the parent) frustrated and the child confused. So how can you tell if your child is ready? It is important to pick up on the following signs from your child:
- Does your child remain ‘dry’ for a couple of hours each day?
- Are they hiding somewhere to pee or poop?
- Do they vocalize that they need to use the bathroom?
- Show signs of pulling at a wet diaper?
It is also important to remember there is no actual ‘right’ age, it always depends only on your child. It is recommended to choose a good time to start potty training. Times of stress for you and your child should be avoided such as during the arrival of a new baby or when moving to a new home.
Here are our top 5 tips for potty training:
- Is your child ready?
Signs of readiness consist of your child staying dry for at least a couple of hours, they show an interest in bathroom activities, they take themselves to a quiet place or tell you when they are doing something.
- Actively involve your child with their potty
You may like to take your child on a shopping trip to choose their potty – which color would they like? is there a character one they particularly like? Tell them it will be their own special potty, they may even like to choose a name for it. Decorating the potty with stickers will help them take ownership of it. You may like to demonstrate their special toy using the potty.
- Don’t rush your child when they use the potty
Let them look at a book, or listen to short story for a few quiet moments when sitting on the potty. Blowing bubbles is another great way to encourage them to sit still. Tell them it is a good try and well done for sitting nicely even if they don’t achieve anything.
- Be patient, positive and consistent
Be patient, potty training does not happen over night. Positive interaction will help your child achieve their new skill, and feel good about their progress. Accidents will happen but continue to keep up the routine, when you choose not to use diapers – stick with it! Going back and forth between diapers and training pants gives your child a confused message.
- Use a reward chart
A reward chart provides a visual tool from which children can monitor progress. Hung in a central place, children have the added advantage of showing friends and family how well they are doing. A reward chart acts as a reminder to both adult and child what they want to accomplish. Our Ultimate Potty Training Chart not only allows parents and care givers focus on potty training but suggests a range of other activities for this toddler development stage. Most importantly, parents and care givers can tailor our reward charts to the individual need of their child.
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