Potty Training like a professional

Potty Training like a professional

  1. Let your child run around naked – This obviously will only really work on warm days or in a heated home but if you can, reduce the amount of clothing your kids wear to a minimum. If accidents do happen (and they will) the amount of washing is reduced. It also reduces the time taken for the child to undress to use the potty, reducing the chances of failure.
  2. Create a reward system – Kids love stickers so create a potty training chart where kids can put their reward stickers and show their successes to other family members or friends. Failures should never be punished but success should always be rewarded.
  3. Practice whenever and wherever you go – Don’t just practice at home. Thanks to super handy travel potties you can make sure to continue to practice wherever you go and not just at home. Travel potties will help you to stay consistent which means positive results will begin to show much quicker.
  4. Keep Calm and Carry On: Accidents will happen so stay calm and positive, it’s not a big deal. Include your kids in the cleaning up of any accidents and explain why it happened, while encouraging them to try again next time.
  5. Pick the right time: Pick a time where you are not too busy with other things. Usually kids are ready to potty train between 18 Months and 3 Years. If you are not sure if your child is ready yet have a look at one of our previous posts where we talk about how to find out if your child is ready to be potty trained.
  6. Consistency: Remember to involve your child’s minders and support group and explain to them the rules. It’s important that they all use the same techniques and messages to avoid confusing the child.
  7. Watch & Learn: Children learn a lot by copying others – so let them watch Mummy and Daddy – it’s a good opportunity to explain why boys stand and girls sit, although let boys start off by sitting and then progress to standing when they are ready.
  8. Comfortable: Make sure that the child is comfortable with the potty. There are many types available and so choose one that they can enjoy using.
  9. The right equipment: It’s also important to ensure that you choose a potty that fits your child. They need to be able to have their feet on the floor or a platform and be able to lean slightly forward. Remember that a full size toilet is quite a scary thing for a child – the size, water and noise can be quite daunting.
  10. Sit then stand (Boys): In the early stages, bowel movements and urine will happen at the same time – so it’s best to get the child used to sitting and then progress onto standing when they are ready and able to control things better. When they do start to stand then try putting a piece of cereal in the bowl and encourage target practice 🙂
  11. Concentrate: Avoid the child sitting on the potty for too long and ensure that they are concentrating on the task in hand. Try not to make them feel pressured to perform and if it’s not going to happen then let them go away and come back a few minutes later.

Helpful potty training products can be found on our web site here

  • Reward Potty – a special reward for each success
  • Training Pants
  • Training Seats
  • Travel Potty
  • Waterproof Seat Protectors
  • Disposable Seat Protectors (Ideal for on the go)
  • Step stool
  • Waterproof Mattress Pad

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