Be prepared for accidents
When you begin tell your child accidents will happen. Your child has been wearing nappies their whole life, so remembering to use the toilet will take practice. Be prepared with extra clothes and cleaning supplies.
Make dressing and undressing easy
As part of the training, let them practice dressing and undressing. Avoid overalls, and don't dress your child in clothes or pants with many buttons, zippers, tight clothing, or oversized clothing.
These can hinder the child’s progress in getting onto the toilet or potty seat. What they wear during this stage contributes to how confident and comfortable they will be with their potty training.
Practise with them
The best way for your children to learn is by practice. Train them through each step of going potty. To prepare your child get books and materials to read to your kids. Most parents who get their toddlers ready to begin toilet training do it through regular practice. Continuous practice indeed makes them perfect.
Praise and reward successes
Some find success with potty training by rewarding their children.
Make potty training fun
Don't punish your child. Use positive reinforcement, such as stickers or small rewards, to encourage your child to use the toilet or potty. Make sitting on the potty more enjoyable. Put their dolls or stuffed animals next to their potty chair.
Telling potty time stories, giving stickers, or reading books can also make it more exciting. Sing a song together during potty time. These are all ways of reducing stress and making it more exciting for your toddler. Positive reinforcement is essential when your child is toilet training.
It is important to repeat the same process again and again. It helps your children focus and learn to do it on their own. Make a routine for potty training and follow it strictly.
Some parents use a potty “alarm”, which goes off at specific time intervals to remind them of taking their kids to the potty.
Just be sure that you don’t push your children too much to stay on a schedule. Let them learn at their own pace. Every child is unique and will do things differently. Know your child’s pace and go along with it.
Seek help if needed
Talk to your doctor If your child is struggling or shows signs of resistance, or alternatively seek advice from a pediatrician or a potty training specialist if you have any questions about toilet training.
Potty training is certainly not an easy task. Teaching your children all the different steps involved can be challenging. But with a positive attitude, consistency, and patience, you will succeed.
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