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5 Things to keep in mind when starting potty training

Timing Is Everything

If your child 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 kid most achieved before starting potty training.

Another time factor you must consider is yourself, as you will be the one potty training!  If you have a trip planned 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, it’s 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 can reach the seat comfortably. Some moms say that the transition to a regular toilet is easier if you adapt it 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 a potty training environment. Some moms suggest having a potty in the car for any emergencies or for traveling. The disadvantage of it is that you will need to clean the potty every time your child is done using it.

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Gaining independence: How to teach my child to use the potty?

If you have noticed that your child is ready to start learning how to use the potty, that’s awesome! Say goodbye to diapers and hello to the toilet. You and your little one will embark on a wonderful adventure and accomplish a major milestone in his development.

Knowing that potty training is not an easy task, we provide you with tips recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • First of all, make sure that if you decide to start, it’s the right time for you and your little one. Avoid training when you are too busy, moving to a new house, welcoming a new baby in the family, etc.
  • Invite your child to choose his own potty. You can even decorate it together so he feels less intimidated and motivated to use it.
  • Place the potty in his bedroom or the bathroom nearest to him.
  • Begin sitting your little one on the potty with his clothes on, so he gets a feel on what it’s like to sit on it. While he’s seated, talk to him about the toilet, its use, and how to sit properly on it.
  • Give your child a chance to sit on the potty when he shows interest, even if it is with his pants on. When he shows confidence try to sit him without a diaper. Remind him to keep his feet on the floor and tell him that what he did in the diaper now must be deposited in the potty.
  • Incorporate sitting on the potty in your child’s daily routine, and gradually increase the times he sits on it.
  • As he masters the potty routine, you can change his diaper near the potty and deposit his depositions in it so that he further understands his use.
  • When your baby understands the process, place the potty where he plays and let him move around without a diaper, motivating him to use the potty if he needs to.
  • As he gets used to the potty let him play near it with clothes and underwear. This way if he has an accident, he’ll realize that it’s uncomfortable.
  • Remember to congratulate him if he uses the toilet successfully, but don’t scold him if he has an accident; that will only stress him.
  • When you see your child is using the potty, change the diaper to underwear but only during the day. Learning to control his bowel movements at night or naptime takes longer. Instead, motivate your little one to use the toilet before going to sleep and after waking up.

Remember not to punish or shame your child if he has an accident, instead use positive reinforcement and encourage him as much as possible. Remind him that this is a natural and necessary process, not something dirty or something to feel ashamed of. You can perform various activities to make the training fun, such as decorating the potty or reading and drawing on it while sitting and waiting.

Fun activities that will help you potty-train your toddler!

Looking for fun ways to teach and encourage your little one to go potty? Here are a few fun activities that will help you teach your toddler to go potty in an exiting and new way!

My potty chart

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Create a chart of the week, like a calendar. Each time your toddler uses the potty successfully let him paste a sticker on the chart. At the end of the day his chart will (hopefully) be filled with stickers and he will see how successful he has been. This simple activity can help you reinforce good potty habits and will encourage your toddler to use the potty.

Some Tips!

Be creative when making your toddler’s chart, you can use some of his favorite TV or book characters to decorate it; remember that the idea is to get him engaged in the activity. You can even go together to the store to buy the stickers and the material to decorate the chart. Don’t forget to place it where your toddler can see it, so he is motivated to use the potty every time he sees it.

 It’s magic!

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This activity is really helpful to teach boys how to go pee-pee. First dye the toilet water with red or blue food coloring. Then when your boy goes pee-pee he will see that the water changes to orange or green. This fun activity will motivate your boy to learn how to aim!

Some Tips!

When dying the toilet water, make sure you use colors that you know will change of color when your toddler uses the bathroom. Red and blue works perfectly!

The road to potty

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Design a fun path that takes your toddler from his room to the potty or to the bathroom. Every time your little one feels like going, he will see the path and remember to go potty!

 Some Tips!

Creating a fun path is key! You can try putting footsteps so that he can follow them or decorating the path with his favorite TV or book characters. Try making the path out of bright colors so that at night he can also follow it.

 

Pimp my Potty!

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Personalize your toddler’s potty with fun stickers and glitter. This can be a fun activity before starting potty training. Since day one your toddler will love his potty and will be very exited to train!

Some Tips!

Personalization is key when decorating his potty! So try using his favorite things to decorate it like stickers from his favorite TV or book characters, colors, or you can even write his name on it.

Read All About It

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Books can motivate your toddler to start potty training. So it’s good to read books like “Toilet Learning” by Alison Mack or “Once Upon a Potty” by Alona Frankel to help him understand the process. Using books can really make the process of potty training go much smoother, plus it’s more entertaining for him!

Some Tips!

Make a trip to the bookstore and have your little one pick out new books, but let him read the special potty books only when going to the bathroom. You can even make a little shelf in the bathroom for his special books!

 

Want more ideas? Check out these activities from Huggies and Parents.com.

How to: Potty train your little one!

Time to say goodbye to diapers? Before you even buy your toddler a potty seat, it’s important to have a plan for the training process. Find out about two methods that may help you decide how to start this important task!

Remember that there’s no single, guaranteed method for success in potty training. The key is to choose the strategy that best adapts to your child and you. We have listed some methods with their pros and cons. Check them out!

 

The child-centered approach or Brazelton’s method

The main focus of this method is that your child sets the pace of training, so the actual age is less important than your child’s developmental readiness. When the child is ready, parents can begin a series of ‘successive approximations’ leading up to successful potty use.

How it works:

Before you start, you must identify if your little one is showing signs of being ready (for a list of signs, see How to: Know if my baby is ready for potty training)

  • Ready? The first step is taking your child to pick out his own potty. He will love picking out his favorite color and will begin to have a sense of ownership over it.
  • The next step is encouraging your child to sit, fully clothed, on the potty. He will begin to connect the potty with going to the bathroom.
  • To encourage your little one to go, you can let him run around the house without diapers and leave the potty chair out in a visible place.
  • The goal is to let him believe that potty training was his idea, not yours.
  • For the next steps, like emptying the potty chair into the toilet, flushing, and hand washing, you have to wait until your child shows interest in them.

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How-to: Know if my baby is ready to start potty training

It is very important to be able to identify if your toddler is ready to take this big step of independence, as toilet training is not only a physical matter but also cognitive and emotional one. Trying to train a child who is not ready can really extend the process.

Generally, parents begin potty training around the age of two, but don’t be surprised if your family pressures you to start earlier. Years ago, families began potty training at an early age, because diapers had to be washed by hand, and even boiled!

Before you start toilet training, the most important thing to know is if your toddler is ready. Experts say that for a child to succeed in learning how to use the bathroom, he needs to feel the need to go, be able to understand what this feeling means, and be able to communicate verbally that he needs help to get to the bathroom. Some toddlers start showing these signs at 24 months, but others do not show the slightest interest until they are three years old or more.

The best way to determine if your baby is ready to begin his potty training is to observe his behavior in general and his responses to any suggestion about using the toilet. Continue reading