Now I know it seems like you have been slogging through the Season of Many Diapers forever but finally, your child’s showing all the signs of being ready to potty train. Happy dance! But where do you start?
My son Ace is 2 now but soon (very soon) will be the big 3. Allstar (my husband) and I have been working very hard to get him use to use the potty consistently but it has been a major challenge. I will say this when it comes to #2 Ace will yell out loud and clear that he is ready to go on the potty, but when its pee and I ask him to sit on the potty and he simply turns up his nose and states “You want me to do what!?” Now lately Allstar and I have come up with a few great tips that are working for us, we hope you try them out and hey drop us a line if you have any tips of your own or stories to share on how they worked for you!
Have A Toddler-Sized Chat: Now is a great time to explain to your wee one that going potty is a normal process of life and everyone does it, even animals. Talk with them about the toilet, a special place where they can potty just like the big kids. Tell him how the potty works and let him try flushing himself. Explain that they will be wearing underwear and not diapers. There are some great books for kids that cover this topic and even videos like Elmo’s Potty time or Bear in the Big Blue House – Potty Time with Bear can be great visual learning tools that can encourage and comfort your child during this new phase of development. Be sure to involve other family members in the process and emphasize the importance of consistency during this process.
Make it Special (and this is what has been working for me) Make a special trip to the store and purchase new underwear with your toddler and let them have a say in what they get. The underwear will have much more significance if your toddler helped to choose them and many young potty trainers will try very hard to not soil their “big kid pants.”
Avoid Wardrobe Malfunctions: This is a good time to make a shift in clothing for your child as well. Overalls, pants with lots of buttons, snaps or zips, tight or restrictive clothing and oversized shirts will all be an obstacle to your child during this process. Nothing is more frustrating than a jammed zipper or a stuck strap when you have to “go bad.” Put these kinds of clothes away for the time being.
Reinforce with Praise: Be sure and praise your child for each successful trip to the potty, and comfort them when accidents happen and try to remain patient and calm when they do. Let them know that it will take a while to get the hang of using the potty and encourage and praise each attempt they make. With consistency, encouragement and praise, they’ll soon be completely trained.
Final Note: If your child is in daycare, ask your provider for their advice and make sure there aren’t any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue. Let them know that you’re going to start and enlist their help with the process.