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Potty training is one of the milestones that every toddler should reach, though it can be quite a daunting experience for both parents and kids. What follows are some potty training tips from us at Stone Brook Academy to help you and your toddler ease through the transition from diapers to using the toilet.
Find Out If Your Child Is Ready
First things first, you don’t want to force your child to do something that they are not ready for yet. Just because your friend’s child has started the potty-training process or some kids in daycare have started, doesn’t necessarily mean your child should be ready to do the same. Don’t gauge by age alone, rather try to establish if your child is:
- Ready to follow some easy instructions
- Ready to control muscles used for elimination purposes
- Beginning to want to wear underpants
- Wants to start using the “grown up” toilet
- Can express their need to go to the bathroom, and so on.
Potty Training Process
Now that preliminaries are out of the way, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the potty training process:
- Get your child and your house ready for the potty training. Tell your child at least a week before the time that you will start potty training with them and make sure to sound excited – its not a scary chore but something new and fun. In the same breath, ensure that your house is ready for training too. Buy a potty that your child picked out and get enough training pants. Make sure you remove any rugs close to the bathroom and replace these with plastic throws instead.
- When the big day arrives, try to make almost everything evolve around the potty. This means encouraging your little one to express when they want to use the potty, like after every meal and drink. Also, make sure you put your child on the toilet often to avoid accidents and get them used to the process.
- Find out what would motivate your child for using the potty, but don’t lose control by letting it become a bargaining chip for them. If they like certain toys, or books, buy it with them and tell them it is for their potty training. When they use the toilet, let them pick out an item they like so that they can play with it. You can also try healthy snacks like fruit.
- Make sure to reward your child. When your toddler uses the toilet, be sure to make them feel proud about the fact that they have used their potty and encourage it in the future, by giving them praise and being visibly proud of them. Try to limit your rewards to verbal and expressive praise rather than giving snacks or toys – this will make it seem like you’re bribing your child, which won’t foster healthy encouragement in the long run.
- Don’t make a big deal about accidents! This will only create fear and a sense of failure in your child, which might limit the progress made in their potty training. Acknowledge that accidents may happen and move on.
- Another way to encourage training for the infamous number two is to dispose the poop from your child’s diaper in the toilet or their potty. Explain to them that this is where poop belongs, and the toilet is happiest when you poop in it.
- Let your child use the bathroom often, about thirty minutes to an hour after a meal. Also, watch for cues if it seems like they need to use the toilet – their face may turn red, and they may squat in a way akin to sitting on the toilet.
There are many other things that you can do to encourage a smooth transition from diapers to potty training, the key is to not let your toddler become fearful and resentful of the process. At Stone Brook Academy we happily help you and your little one with potty training journey when they are at school with us by keeping you up to date on progress as we know what an essential stage of child development this is.