Potty Training Tips
Potty training has to be one of the most stressful things that a parent has to go through with their child. Especially if you have a stubborn, strong willed, or fearful child. To make things easier I have compiled some of my best potty training tips. Potty training is rarely a walk in the park. You have to know what you’re doing, have a good plan in place, and stay committed to the potty training process. These potty training tips will definitely help get you started.
7 Potty Training Tips for Success
Potty Training Tip #1
Start potty training early
There is a very broad age range for when a child is ready for potty training. This can be anywhere from 15 months up to 36 months. For some reason 22 months is the magic age. By 22 months most children are biologically, physically, and cognitively ready to be potty trained.
And sometimes, it’s hard to tell when your child is actually ready. He may like the potty, enjoy sitting on it, but just can’t hold in the pee. So start early and if he’s not ready, then try again in a couple of months. Many times parents are surprised at how young a child is capable of holding in their pee and poop. Another advantage of starting early is that you will get less resistance from your child. The older he gets, the more strong willed or stubborn he may become. Typically it gets more difficult to train a child over 2 years old. Have you heard of terrible two’s? Yup, combine that with potty training and your in for a doozy. Also, as children get closer to 3 years old, they tend to develop new fears, and potty training a child that has a fear of the potty is NOT FUN. Trust me, I have been there. You can read my article on Potty Fears here.
Potty Training Tip #2
Potty train over the weekend
There’s nothing more stressful than trying to potty train during the week when you have to work, run errands, do school runs etc. Commit to potty training over a long weekend, or when you know you will have time to stay home and focus on it. Don’t make an already stressful situation, even more stressful by potty training in between a busy schedule.
Have fun with it
Some parents make potty training so stressful, have fun with it! Your little one can sense your stress and tension. Which makes them more stressed out. Have fun, relax, and just go with it.
Potty Training Tip #4
Buy some great potty training visuals
Kids LOVE doing what other kids are doing. They also like to mimic their favorite cartoon characters So show your child some great videos on your smartphone or iPad. Get some fun dolls, or toys to explain. Talk about potty training. Again, have fun with it. Let this be a pleasurable experience for your child.
Potty Training Tip #5
Ditch the training pants and pull-ups
Let’s be serious, training pants and pull-ups are just going to be another place for your child to pee or poop in. It’s that simple. Even though they are marketed wonderfully, pull-ups and training pants are horrible for potty training. Save yourself some major frustration, and just avoid the pull-ups.
Potty Training Tip #6
Get a good book or guide to help you
What’s the big deal with needing a little help? There’s nothing wrong with that. Some of these Potty Training in 3 days methods are great. Of course none of these programs are rocket science, but because they are laid out simply, and give you a step by step process of what to do, is exactly why so many parents are successful with these programs. My favorite is Start Potty Training.com. It literally lays out a step by step plan for you from day 1 to day 3. You know exactly what to do. It’s my favorite potty training program of all because it’s the only one that comes with a “bumps in the road section” that you refer to with all of your questions. Seriously, there isn’t a topic that this section doesn’t cover. You won’t have to google anything else (even though I enjoy you visiting my site), you will have everything in a short and simple, step by step guide. For me, it’s a no brainer, for $20-30 bucks you will have everything you need to potty train in 3 days.
Potty Training Tip #7
This is one my most important potty training tips. I think this goes without saying, that if you are not 100% committed to potty training, it’s not going to work. You have to be committed, and be able to deal with a few rough days. So there you have it, some of my best potty training tips. What are some of your favorite potty training tips?