Top Ten Potty Training Tips
Potty training is about awareness first, success second.
So I've noticed tons of parents say they are going to start potty training soon and thought it would be a good idea to post some tips. Hope these help!
1. Be consistent. This means making a plan and sticking to it, whether you're at home, daycare, or on the town. Talk to your caregiver and anyone else who is involved with your children to approach potty training the way you do.
2. Be patient. Just because you know someone whose child was trained quickly doesn't mean your child will. Every child is different and learns at their own pace. Pressuring your child can actually make them regress, causing more problems down the road.
3. No matter what other people say, remember it's your child. No matter what you choose for your child for seating arrangements, you know what works best for your child. Ask people to respect your potty plan.
4. Setbacks are normal. Even if you've gone a while with successful bathroom trips, your child may experience accidents. The important thing is not to embarrass them. Help them clean it up and remind them where poop and pee go.
Setbacks can be caused from many things. Any changes in lifestyle, or routine can cause your child to have problems potty training. In that case, it might be a good idea to go back to pull ups until the routine is back and things are calmer.
5. Make it fun. Children like games. It might be a good idea to read some potty books or maybe start a sticker chart. If your child really likes a certain Disney movie, then maybe look for the characters on the pull ups for motivation.
6. Children need to be mature enough to understand what their bodies are trying to tell them. If they aren't, then all the encouragement in the world isn't going to help with training.
7. So many Dr.'s advise parents to try and get the child on a regular schedule. When the child is eating and sleeping at the same time, other bodily functions will also occur at regular, more predictable times.
8. Keeping a journal for a week or two and noting the times your child pees or poops can help you keep track of their routines.
9. Experts agree that parents should not focus on nighttime training while they are working on daytime potty training. Consider using pull ups night time training pants, or an absorbent training pants.
10. Recognize the clues. Ask them frequently if they have to go. Dancing or wiggling might be a sign they have to use the bathroom. A child will often pass gas before they need to go. This is a great connection for them to learn also.
Praise them for using the potty, not for staying dry. Setbacks are normal and most of the time happen!
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