There comes a stage in a toddler’s life that can be one of the most frustrating stages for every parent.
Let me share some tried and true tips and tricks to relieve the frustration of potty training!
My number 1 tip is to let them lead. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to potty training a child who has zero desire to do it or isn’t ready. Believe me, they will show interest when they are ready.
Let your child go potty with you. I was lucky, I got a reprieve between B and A, but now, I don’t remember the last time I got to go potty alone! The positive though, is that she sees us all use the bathroom which makes her more intrigued.
Praise them when they go potty on the big kid potty. Some parents find that a sticker chart or reward system works well with their kids. It didn’t work with my older kids, but with A, we make a big deal, high fives, etc.
Don’t punish when there are accidents. They are exactly that – accidents.
Make the big kid potty accessible. We brought A’s potty chair into the living room in the beginning. Now she can open doors so she walks into the bathroom. We have a little potty seat that goes on the big potty that she places on top and seats herself.
Pulls ups. I cannot begin to count the number of diapers we have wasted with A and her random desires to go potty.
She isn’t potty training, but she gets this desire to use the potty and will pull down her diaper and toss it – usually ruining the diaper while trying to pull it down.
With Pull-Ups, she can pull them down and we can pull them back up. Plus the sides velcro all the way up and down the sides so she isn’t tearing the tabs.
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Read books, watch movies that involve potty time. It makes the child excited to go potty like their favorite character.
Naked time! Let them run around naked and encourage them to use the potty. (Many parents will tell you that they let their son learn to pee outside “watering” the trees. Whatever works! Just be sure it’s in a private place where neighbors can’t be offended!)
With little boys, make it a game. Put a cheerio in the toilet and have them aim (although we taught our son to sit first and as he got older, he stood.)
Set a timer to remind them (and yourself) to try going potty ever 30-45 minutes.
Let them bring a book or magazine on the potty to encourage them to sit there and try (and not sit down and get back up!)
Do it cold turkey. With K, she got too big for diapers so we got her underwear. She put them on, asked to wear them to bed, and that was that. She has worn them ever since.
Don’t get frustrated! Be patient. My mother in law always said, “Have you ever seen a kindergartener in diapers?” It’s true. My oldest two weren’t potty trained until 3 1/2 years old. A is 2 1/2 right now so if she follows in her siblings foot steps, it could be another year, but she already shows a lot of interest and goes on the potty quite often (on her own self led training.) It will happen!
Do you have any other tried and true tips or tricks for potty training? Be sure to let us know what they are in the comments!