There are TONS of books on the market aimed at children and adults to help with the potty training time in you and your children’s lives. We recommend getting a few (or going to the public library to check out a few) and trying them out. There is no one size fits all. The best thing you can do is make it fun and exciting. If you are struggling, find a book written for parents about the topic that fits your parenting philosophy and lifestyle.
There are some times that just aren’t the best time to start down the road to potty training. You know your child better than anyone, but here are just a few times to avoid:
Your child is sick (especially if there are any digestive troubles looming around)
You are traveling or going on family vacations
Around the birth of a sibling (you and your child are both going to be stressed already)
When you child is moving from a crib to a bed (keep the changes to one at a time)
Your family is moving to a new home
Change of family (death, divorce, marriage)
Your child just isn’t ready (and that’s ok!)
In general, times of stress or change are not ideal for starting on the potty training adventure. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be a “huge” stressor (it can however be perceived as a large stressor to your child) to cause problems. Try to keep the changes minimal to have the highest chance of success. If you notice that trying to potty train is causing a considerable amount of stress, take a break and try again soon. Consistency is key, but forcing something your child just isn’t ready for can spell disaster!
There is no better time to get creative and really pull out the magic than potty training. It can help keep you and your kiddo calm and light-hearted instead of frustrated.
Make it a science experiment! Add some blue dye (or toilet cleaner) to the bowl and when they pee they can change the color of the dye.
Did anyone order bubbles? If you add a bit (not too much) of dish soap before they go, they can make bubbles in the toilet when they pee. This can be especially fun to challenge them to see if they can make bigger bubble than before!
Not for eating! If you add a Cheerio (or three) to the bowl, you can let your little man work on his target practice.
To kickstart this adventure, we recommend getting your child involved right from the start. Head to the store (or Amazon) and have your child pick out their very own potty chair! When it arrives, talk with your child about what it’s for and how it works. You can even do a little demonstration with a favorite stuffed animal, a diaper, and some play-doh if you are feeling up to it :)
Start using potty words! ...not those kind :) But pee and poop are great starts! When you are using the toilet, changing a diaper, or you notice your child going in their diaper, start to familiarize them with the vocabulary.
Show them where the poop goes! After you change their diaper, show them that poop from their diaper goes in the potty and let them flush it down! Not only will they strengthen the understanding, they get to have the fun of flushing it and watching it go!
When you hear “Potty Training” what comes to mind? Dread? Excitement? Anticipation? Just do it already?
Do you feel this way? Does your child feel this way?
It’s ok! This is just a season of life and we want you and your child to have an easier transition into the “big kid underwear” realm.
There is so much information on the web and posts that boast about having your child potty trained in three days (I even came across one that boasted ONE day). But reality is that to be fully potty trained it can (and will) take several months and is dependent on SEVERAL factors such as: