As an infant becomes a toddler, they start becoming independent in many ways. It is exciting to watch them achieve all the milestones. One of the most important milestones is potty training. This happens when the baby goes from diapers to being potty trained. It might require a fair bit of attention.
Potty training is not an easy process. It can be tricky at times to understand, which is the best approach to train your child as every child learns things differently. Boys may need different training techniques than girls, and honestly, there is no one best and right way to teach this important skill.
Here are some of the potty training tips for boys and girls to help you in your baby’s potty training adventure –
1. Ensure your child is ready
Never rush the process and start giving potty training too early. Look for the signs of readiness before starting the potty training.
Some of the signs of readiness are
- When your child starts using potty related words like my diaper is dirty, I need to go pee-pee.
- When he/she can follow simple instructions given by you.
- When he can go for around 2 3 hours without wetting the diaper
2. Let your child choose the potty training seat
If possible, when you go shopping for a potty seat or potty chair, go with your toddler. They will get excited and will feel more involved and might willingly start using his/her brand new potty seat/chair.
3. Place the potty seat in an accessible spot
The prominent spot to place a potty seat is in the bathroom but you may wanna consider playing the potty chair or potty seat in your kid’s bedroom. This way, your kid can directly use it after his/her nap, or you can even place it in the playroom.
4.Stick to a potty schedule
When you start training your toddler for potty training, implement a simple plan. For instance, encourage him/her to go for a potty break after a nap or before eating lunch.
This way, your child will know that going potty is a routine thing.
You can use a chart to track the progress of your child’s potty training. Make a chart with a column of I pooped, I peeked, I wiped, and I washed.
You can hang this in your bathroom or bedroom and every time your little one does the job let him/her tick the column. To make it more interesting, you can also buy stickers and let them stick it on the chart. They will feel great after each reward.
Shower your baby with praises. Whenever your baby does the excellent job of the potty, praise them! Give a hug or high five or anything that will motivate and encourage them that he/she is doing a good job and should continue doing it.
7. Read them a book
Give you a little one a book. Read them about going to potty while he is actually doing it or let him look at his favorite pictures to pass his time and feel more relaxed.
8.Potty training before sleeping and after waking
It is a good idea for the baby to go for the potty before going to bed and after waking up in the morning. You can also take your child to use the potty during midnight wakings.
Showing them the routine of going to the potty at regular schedules may help him/her build good habits and also help prevent night-time accidents.
Add some color (toilet cleaner) to the toilet bowl. As your child will pee, the color will change to green. You can also use dish soap and add it to the toilet bowl. You kids might enjoy watching the foams and bubbles.
10. Consider using the toilet instead of a potty chair
By using a potty seat instead of a potty chair your child will learn how to use a bathroom. You can also implement the idea in your child’s mind that the bathroom is where the adults go and it is an excellent chance to do grown-up things.
Use a step stool or footstool to help them reach the toilet quickly and maintain the balance.
11. Give boys some extra time
Many times boys require more time than girls to learn the difference between pee and potty. It is good to teach them how to pee while sitting before showing them how to do it while standing.
12. Make pooping less scary
Passing a bowel movement might be scary for your little one. His/her unwillingness may lead to withholding which may cause constipation.
Also, passing hard stool can be painful and your little one might associate pooping with pain. Teach them that pooping is a natural process by making them watch a cartoon on that subject or by reading him book on potty training
We hope you find these tips useful and help you and your child during potty training. It is not easy but do not lose hope if it does not happen seamlessly as you would like.
Your toddler will ultimately get the hang of it with one of the techniques mentioned above.