Potty Training Tips for Beginners

July 11, 2014

Potty training can be a frustrating experience for both you and your toddler. Here are some potty training tips that will help ease you both into this new and important stage of your toddler’s life:

Personal Progress

You have probably noticed by now that your little one does everything in their own good time. Potty training has to be timed right or all of your efforts will be for naught. Disregard what the books and other proud moms are saying about their child and their potty training success. Instead pay attention to your own child and let them learn at their own pace.

Rewards

Although you might not believe in rewards or bribes for good behaviour, potty training often requires this tactic. Your child will respond more positively if you respond more positively with rewards and positive reinforcement. Whether it is a gold star, a treat or big cheers and music, rewarding them for their efforts will work very well.

The Underwear Challenge

Some parents find the underwear route works well. Taking away their diapers can sometimes work well once they feel the discomfort of wet underwear. They might be more inclined to use the potty the next time. Some parents even go the nude route letting their little ones run around naked.

Lead by Example

Moms can show their daughters and dads can show their sons how it’s done. Let your little one join you when you use the bathroom to see that everyone does it.

Hit the Target

This is a tried and true way to teach your son to pee standing up. Throw some Cheerios into the toilet and get him to aim at them. It will teach him how to pee standing up and to keep it in the toilet.

Countdown

Putting your little one on the toilet at regular intervals can be very effective as well. You can even set a timer on your phone that plays a favourite song as a cue it’s time to try.

Watch for Cues

When it comes to number two you might notice the signs they are ready to “go”. Watch for cues and even if they have started remove the diaper and sit them on the toilet. Sometimes even sitting them on the toilet in their diaper can help ease them into the number two process.

These tips will help you succeed in the potty training process.

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