MASTER POTTY TRAINING WITH THESE 4 EASY TIPS
Potty training is a big deal for both children and parents and a huge milestone in a child’s development. If you are finding potty training stressful and difficult then here are some really helpful tried and tested tips to help you out..
1. BE SURE THEY ARE READY.
The key to successful potty training is really catching your child at the right time, which is when they are ready. If you are finding it a struggle to potty train your child, then it is possible that they are just not ready.
SIGNS CHILDREN ARE READY FOR POTTY TRAINING:
- They notice that they are making a bowel movement or wetting their nappy, by telling you or squatting down.
- They are ready to follow simple instructions, such as “Pass me the cup”.
- They are showing signs of not liking being wet or having a soiled nappy.
- They are having extended dry periods in their nappy.
- They are showing an interest in the bathroom or older children using the toilet or potty.
- They are starting to say words associated with using the potty.
2. BE SURE YOU ARE READY..
Like everything in life, if we are well prepared we set our self up for success and we are much more likely to succeed. See that you have everything ready before you start with the following list.
- A PORTABLE POTTY: Be sure to take it with you everywhere and have it within easy reach.
- REWARDS: Encourage your child with stickers and small rewards for effort and achievements and see them grow in confidence.
- INTRODUCE THE POTTY: Give your child lots of time to understand what is about to happen by reading books about potty training, talking to them and showing them what to expect.
- PULL UP PANTS : Choose wisely between pull up pants and real pants, as pull ups make it harder for your children to notice if they are wet, however they are great for some occasions when accidents are really difficult to manage.
- CHILD SEAT OR STEP: To encourage independence and to make it easier for them, use a child sized toilet seat cover and/ or a little step.
3. BE POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING
Successful potty training is all about making it a happy and positive time. Praise them often and for any attempt they make because they are far more likely to do it again.
Remember to praise exactly what they have done well, for example:
“Good girl you sat on the potty”.
“What a good boy, you pulled up your own pants”.
4. SET YOUR SELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Set yourself up for success by putting yourself in your child’s shoes and thinking about how they may feel and approach it with calmness and patience by:
- BE NICE: It is never helpful to be harsh and critical, you will make faster progress by being nice, warm and responsive.
- TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE POTTY REGULARLY: This may be as often as every half an hour and before and after activities such as meal times and outings.
- ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT: Sometimes we get stuck in the routine of asking our children what we don’t want them to do and then wonder why they keep doing it. This is really because they will do more of what they hear. The key to seeing more of the behaviours that we want, is to ask for it.
“Sit on the potty”. Instead of “Stop running around the bathroom”.
“Try to get to the potty next time.” Instead of “You have wet your pants that’s very naughty”.
If at first you don’t succeed, don’t push too hard, simply leave it for a week or two and try again…it will happen!
Try these tips and see what an amazing difference they make….
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