The journey of potty training is a big step for your little one! It's a time filled with so much hope and, well, let's admit it, a fair share of challenges too.
As parents, this is a time when we go through a mix of emotions that come with this milestone: we are excited to not have to change diapers or buy them anymore, while at the same time moved to see our little ones grow up so fast.
It's a moment we eagerly await, yet it often brings a flurry of worries and occasional frustration for everyone involved. And for our little adventurers, it's a whole new world they're trying to navigate.
Accidents and uncertainty are part of the journey, and it's okay. This phase requires us to be patient, offer heaps of understanding, and cheer our tiny champs as they bravely tackle this new skill.
To help you along the way, we've gathered a set of mom-approved potty training tips to make this journey smoother for you!
Get Your Toddler Involved
Getting the right gear for potty training is like setting the stage for success! Get your toddler involved in the shopping process, take them along when you're picking out their potty gear. Let them explore the options, maybe even pick out their favorite color or design for their potty chair or toilet seat.
Their involvement will give them a sense of ownership and importance in this whole potty training journey.
Designate a Potty Area
Designating a special potty area can be such a game-changer in potty training. It's like their secret little place!
It creates a routine and helps them understand when it's time to go. It's such a simple yet super effective way to get them in the groove of potty training!
Start When They Are Ready
Waiting for the appropriate signs of readiness in your child is essential before starting potty training. When your child shows interest in the bathroom or tugging at their wet or dirty diaper this is a sign they’re ready for this milestone. It's all about recognizing these moments and being patient.
Make It Fun and Exciting
Making potty training a positive and fun experience is key. One fantastic way to do this is by using little rewards like stickers, charts, or even small treats to motivate your little one. Get really creative with these incentives—think of what would make them super excited! Consider adding playful activities, like fun games or catchy songs during potty time, which can turn it into a happy and enjoyable moment. By using these incentives and making potty time playful, we're not just tackling a task; we're turning it into a delightful adventure that they'll love being a part of every step of the way.
Timing Absolutely Matters
It's really important to pick the perfect time for potty training and that means steering clear of busy or super stressful periods. Life can get overwhelming and trying to start potty training during those moments can add another layer of chaos! Pausing during those extra busy times can be a lifesaver. It's about giving ourselves a breather, making sure you've got the time and focus to help your little one through this big step without all the extra stress.
Never ask "Do you need to potty?"
Instead of asking, "Do you need to potty?" try gently letting your little one know it's time to go. Direct communication without the question leaves no room for negotiation or confusion. This way, they feel guided without feeling pressured to decide on their own. It's all about making it a natural part of the routine and giving them that gentle nudge in the right direction. This approach helps create a comforting and predictable pattern, making potty time feel more like a natural and stress-free experience for both of you.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Giving lots of praise when your little one uses the potty is super important. Whether you're giving out physical rewards or not, cheering and celebrating each success—every time they go or recognize the need to go—is such a big deal! Anything from high-fives, hugs, and heaps of encouragement. Their confidence grows, and it makes them feel awesome about this new step they’re taking.
Avoid Dependence on Pull-Ups
It can be tempting to use pull-ups or training pants during the day for the sake of convenience, but guess what? It might slow down your progress. Feeling accidents in underwear helps our little ones tune in to their body's signals. Pull-ups are great for naps and bedtime, giving that extra reassurance while they're still getting the hang of things. Consistency with regular undies helps them understand their body's cues, making potty training smoother in the long run.
Spotting Their Tell
Here's a secret that can make potty training a breeze: every child has a tell. It might be a certain wiggle, a pause in their play, or maybe even a particular facial expression. Paying attention to these little signs can make all the difference. Once you've cracked their unique signal, potty training becomes a whole lot simpler.
Go Out On Short Trips
Here's a step-by-step plan for easing into outside trips while potty training:
On the first day of potty training, consider staying home all day with your little one to establish the routine. On day 2 it’s all about getting comfy in pants without a diaper, take a little trip around the house—no need for car rides just yet. Then, on Day 3, try a quick car trip and pop into a store, but keep it short, around 15-30 minutes. Gradually increase your outing time day by day. This will help them adjust to this new journey at their own pace.
Celebrate Milestones and Move Forward
As you go through this journey, celebrate every little win along the way! As your little one progresses, consider transitioning gradually from potty training to independent bathroom habits. It's all about taking small steps, like allowing them to take the lead in using the bathroom and gradually reducing reminders, nurturing their confidence and independence. Keep cheering them on, celebrating their achievements, and embracing each milestone with your little one.