There are few things parents look forward to more than being able to say goodbye to diaper changes for good. Potty training typically occurs after age 2, but you need to be aware of signs that your child is ready. Should your toddler be ready for potty training, you should follow these tips for success.
Make it Entertaining
Potty training takes time, and your toddler is likely to become restless in the process. To help keep them focused, look for ways to entertain them during the process. Think of what they enjoy and try to incorporate it in the process. For instance, if they love music, play some of their favorite songs. You can also use things like books and pictures to keep their attention. Children can sometimes feel intimidated by the bathroom and won’t want to stop their playtime in order to take a potty break. Fortunately, you can make the bathroom a fun and entertaining place for kids! KBD recommends incorporating colorful paints, fun character designs, and kid-sized furniture to get kids excited about using the bathroom. Take note of whatever tickles their fancy the most and how it can be used in the potty-training process.
Use Unique Rewards
Children are incredibly receptive to rewards. Sticker charts are a popular option, but sometimes, they just won’t work with your child. Potty Genius suggests that you look to things that your child enjoys, instead. They can be rewarded with a favorite food or being able to watch their favorite show. You should tie these rewards to specific accomplishments. Connecting rewards to achievements will help give the child further incentive to excel in potty training. What kind of reward you choose can be difficult to decide. It depends on your child’s personality and how big of a deal potty training is for them. The biggest reward of all will be not having to use diapers anymore.
Set Reasonable Goals
If you tell yourself that you’re going to have your child fully potty-trained in a single day, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. This is new terrain for your toddler, and you can’t expect them to master it in a single day. Work with mastering one goal at a time, from having them alert you when they need to use the bathroom to being able to do so all by themselves. There’s likely to be some accidents along the way, but that doesn’t mean you have to reset the clock each time. When things go awry, think about how you can adjust them for better results in the future. Potty training means being a teacher, and teaching requires ingenuity.
If potty training were easy, there wouldn’t be a need for diapers in the first place. All children need to go at their own pace when it comes to potty training. Be as patient as possible and focus on how far your children have come rather than how far they have to go. This is one of their most significant accomplishments to date, and they deserve to have you cheering for them.