Ugh I can hear you say when thinking about potty training. I myself am lucky as my kids are now out of the potty training phase and I still have all my hair and those poop stains on the carpet have cleaned up nicely! But I know what a stressful and tough time potty training can be, not only for you, but your kids as well. I want to share with you guys some of the things that helped me survive potty training.
Start Potty Training When You Think Your Kid Is Ready
It can be so tempting to speed track your own kid, just because Sheila down the streets kid has started potty training, even if deep down you know they are not ready. No one knows your child better than you do. So use your judgment and be honest with yourself if you think they are ready to be potty trained. There is no need to rush it. All kids develop at their own pace and far too many parents get stressed over how other peoples kids are developing and get weirdly competitive.
Keep Calm, Potty Training Takes A While
Once you have been peed on or cleaned poop up off the floor for the 387th time, potty training can really start to test your patience. The best advice I can give here is to be as calm as possible. You want to make potty training as positive an experience as it possible can be. And if you are getting mad each time they have an accident then to the child, potty training seems like a chore and something that is very stressful. Give them a high five when they make it to the potty. And when they do have an accident stay cool and just remind them to try and get to the potty a little earlier next time.
Sit Them On Potty
One tactic that I used that seemed to work was every hour or so I would put my son on the potty. Now I am not saying I grabbed some duct tape and stuck him there. I would just sit him on it for a minute and get him to try and go. Sometimes he would, sometimes he would not, but it reinforced the idea in his mind that the potty was the place you go to “tinkle”.
The Two Potties System
In my house I had two potties. The reason for this was that on a couple of occasions my son would say “I need to use the potty” and it would be upstairs I would go get it, but by the time I brought it down it would be too late. Sometimes when kids say they need to go, they need to go right away. So I made sure to have one potty up stairs and one down. Potty’s cost next to nothing so pick a couple up.
Let Them Decorate The Potty
One way to make using the potty fun is to let your child put some stickers on it. This makes them seem more involved in the whole potty training thing and makes the potty a thing that they actually like. My son for example had a love of Pokemon at the time when we were potty training him. So I got some cheap Pokemon stickers off the internet and let him stick them on there… although I did have to explain to him why they could not go on the inside of the potty.