5 Things to keep in mind when starting potty training

Timing Is Everything

If your baby is around 18 months or older maybe you’re anxious to start potty training or maybe you’ve already tried in a few less-than-successful attempts. However, you must remember that timing is everything, not only you have to be ready but so does your child. You can check out our Kinedu blog to know what are the developmental milestones your baby most achieved before starting potty training.

Another time factor you must consider is you, as you will be the one potty training!  If you have a trip planned for the next few weeks or if you’re planning to move to a new city, it’s better to postpone potty training until your child’s environment is stable and secure.

Choose a potty

Once you have decided you and your baby are ready for potty training, is time to decide on a method and a potty. The two basic potty options are a Standalone, and a toddler-size potty chair with a bowl. If you choose to modify your toilet seat, consider getting a stepping stool for your little one so that he or she can reach the seat comfortably. Some moms say that the transition between a regular toilet is easier if you adapted in the first place during potty training.

The other option for potty is a toddler-size potty chair with a bowl that can be emptied into the toilet. The advantage of using this potty is that you can turn any space into potty training, some moms suggest having a potty in the car for any emergencies or for traveling. The disadvantage of using this potty is that you will need to clean the potty every time your child is done using it.

Don’t have expectations

If you’re thinking of starting to potty train, you have probably found lots of pages saying that they will help you teach your little one to potty in 3 days and some even in a day! Don’t fixate on a timeline for how long your child must take to learn, some kids will take days and others a few weeks, remember your little one must be ready before anything else and that every kid has its own process. Some will take a few days and others a few weeks. What every method will agree on is that PRACTICE is key, you must be consistent.

Accidents will happen

It’s a great feeling once your baby has figured how to use the toilet, but even if you think your little one is an expert, accidents are bound to happen and if you have a boy he will probably miss more than once. Here are 3 things that can help you:

– Offer reminders Most accidents happen because toddlers are distracted in their activities, playing is more interesting than going to the toilet. So, suggest your little one to go to the bathroom during playtime or before getting in the car.

-Stay calm If your little one just had an accident, breathe, don’t discipline or shame your child. It’s better to say, “You forgot this time, next time you’ll get to the bathroom sooner, don’t worry.”

– Be prepared If your little one has frequent accidents, you might want to try absorbent underwear or keep a change of underwear and clothes in handy.

Know when to call it quits

If your little one is resisting the potty chair or toilet or if he doesn’t get the hang of it in a few weeks then maybe it’s better to stop and postpone potty training. He or she probably isn’t ready yet. Here are some other signs that your little one isn’t ready:

  • If he or she says “NO”. Respect your child’s wishes. No means no.
  • If he or she is holding it in or is constipated.
  • If he or she has a lot of accidents and never even tries to hold it or get to the toilet.
  • If he or she hides to avoid going.

Don’t get discouraged, you can try again in a few months, just make sure to read the signs if your baby is ready for this big step!


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