Potty training comes with a variety of emotions, struggles, and accomplishments. It’s one of the first signs of independence as your baby grows and develops into a healthy toddler. That’s what makes potty training bittersweet. Despite the fact that potty training is an exciting time for your child, it can be tough. Some children require a lot of attention to get the hang of potty training and find complete independence from diapers. That’s where potty training tips and tricks become helpful to simplify the process. Let’s take a closer look at some of the secrets of bathroom success.

10 Tricks to Make Potty Training a Breeze

Every child learns differently. When it comes to potty training, girls are known to catch on quicker than boys. That’s why there’s no black and white approach to potty training. The key to potty training is patience and persistence. Different strategies work with different children but maintaining awareness about the strengths and weaknesses of your child in a learning environment will help ease the transition. Check out some of these tricks to help get the job done.

1.   Make Sure Your Child is Ready

The process of potty training can’t be rushed. You shouldn’t start potty training too early or jump into it simply because society says it’s time. In order to help your child achieve success, you need to be sure they’re equipped for success. Look for signs of readiness in your child before you start the process. These include:

  • Interest in wanting to learn about the potty or try themselves
  • Verbalizing a desire to use the potty
  • Trying to copy your behaviors in the bathroom
  • Longer periods of time with keeping their diaper dry

2.   Give Your Child All Your Attention

Helping your child get the hang of potty training requires your full attention. You shouldn’t be multi-tasking while trying to teach them. During the potty training process, keep a close eye on your child throughout the day. You should be able to pick up signs that they need to go throughout the day. When your child is on the potty, you should maintain your patience. Don’t rush them. Creating an anxious environment will make it more difficult for them to become comfortable with the process.

3.   Get Your Child Excited and Involved in the Process

By making potty training fun for your child, they’ll be more willing to initiate potty use on their own. Let your child be involved in the process. You can do this by letting them come with you to shop for a potty chair or potty seat. There are even character-themed seats, so let them pick out their favorite. Another fun way to get your child excited and involved is to go shopping for big kid underwear. Like potty chairs and seats, most children’s underwear comes in fun colors and styles with popular cartoon characters, superheroes, princesses, and more.

4.   Keep Their Potty Chair in a Convenient Spot

Especially at the beginning of the process, children struggle with timing. They might not realize they need to get to a potty until it’s too late. Keeping the potty chair in a convenient spot doesn’t just help with timing but it also gives your child a visual reminder that they might have to go. The bathroom is the most obvious place for a potty, but it might be more beneficial for your child to put it in their bedroom, playroom, or living room.

5.   Get on a Schedule

Schedules are crucial for young children, and potty training schedules are no different. Once your child starts to potty train, create a simple schedule that helps them get in the habit. Encourage them to use the potty around the same time each day, like after eating, when they wake up, or after naptime. This lets your child know that potty is a routine thing and the repetition breeds better results.

6.   Don’t Punish Mistakes

Despite the fact that the process can be frustrating, try not to lose your cool. Getting angry, expressing frustration, or punishing your child can make the process more difficult. In fact, it can draw out the process much longer than anticipated. If your child is having trouble, encourage them that it’s ok and that they can try again at another time. Pressuring your child won’t help them learn any faster. Instead, it will create a negative feeling around the potty training process.

7.   Teach By Example

Toddlers love to mimic adults. They’re no different when it comes to the toilet. Explain the process with your words, but also show your child how to use the bathroom. Demonstrating the process is often very helpful for young children, especially to support the learning process.

8.   Don’t Deny Liquids

One of the biggest problems parents make with potty training is to ration fluids in hopes of reducing the number of accidents your child has. Not only is this unfair to your child, but it’s unhealthy. Instead of denying liquids, you should actually step up your child’s liquid intake to give them more opportunities for practice and success.

9.   Create a Progress Chart

This is a fun and exciting way to encourage potty training progress. Create a chart and make it a game. Use fun stickers to get your child excited. Hang your chart near the potty or in a convenient space in close proximity to the bathroom. Every time your child does a good job, they will be excited to go over to the potty chart and mark their success. Getting a new sticker will make your child feel great. They’ll want to share their excitement with the rest of the family and it will give them the motivation they need to achieve the ultimate goal.

10.               Reward Your Child for Their Success

Shower your baby with praise. When they do a good job, tell them. Seeing your excitement and positive affirmation will give your child the motivation they need to work hard. Go overboard with high-fives, words of encouragement, and hugs. Reinforce the fact that they’re doing well. Even if they don’t make it to the potty in time, give them encouragement for trying! Some parents choose to reward their children with small prizes like lollipops, little toys, books, or other trinkets that provide an incentive to succeed.

There’s no doubt that potty training is an adventure. They’ll be ups and downs throughout the process. You’ll definitely need to be prepared for accidents, and you might even need to deal with regression at some point. Regardless of how fast or slow your child catches on to potty training, they’ll get there eventually. Your job as a parent is to remain patient, stay positive, and give them the encouragement they need to find success. Take advantage of these potty training tips and your child will go from diapers to being fully potty trained before you know it!

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