While the idea of truly foolproof potty training is a bit of a ruse, getting your tot to use the toilet on his own is certainly easier when you employ a few proven strategies. The most important thing to remember is to do your best to make the experience a positive one. Avoid criticism; instead, offer plenty of encouragement, and soon enough your sweetie will be diaper-free.
1. Assess Readiness Cues
You want to start your kiddo's potty training journey at a good time. According to KidsHealth.org, a little one responds best to beginning toilet training when he has a stable home environment. So you may want to wait until after a big move or the birth of a new baby to push the potty issue. Also, look for signs that your diaper-sporting darling is ready to say hello to underwear. If he (at least sometimes) tells you when he has to go potty, is open to sitting on the potty seat and is capable of understanding the idea of going on the potty, you can go ahead get started.
2. Keep It Consistent
Once you start the potty training process, keeping the routine consistent is key. You may want to have your little one try on the potty at set intervals, like every two hours and shortly after each meal. Some parents like to set a timer as a reminder. When you get to the bathroom, guide your child through the same actions each time. For instance, have him sit on the potty, try for a few minutes, praise him if he goes and then have him wash his hands. When your child knows what to expect from potty training, he won't feel as apprehensive about the experience.
3. Reward Success
The key to guaranteeing potty training success is praise. When your little one successfully uses the toilet, make a big deal out of it. "Yay! You went on the potty!" You can even get a little silly, doing a potty dance and jumping around. Don't worry, no one is watching. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends creating a potty chart and rewarding your toddler with stickers each time he pees or poops on the potty. Another way to reward his success on the seat is to take him shopping for new underwear. Let him pick out the ones he likes, and hopefully he'll get excited about wearing them.
4. Chill Out
Potty training your tyke can feel frustrating at times. Your little one will have accidents; he will take steps backwards. This is part of the process. AskDrSears.com encourages parents to relax when it comes to toilet training. Putting pressure on yourself and your toddler only makes the transition from diapers to underwear more difficult. Instead, realize that your child won't be saying bye-bye to diapers overnight. It takes time to toilet train. So refrain from making potty training a high-pressure situation and keep a sense of humor about the process. In time, you will get there together.
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