Are you looking for a blog post that’ll give you all the best potty training tips and tricks that you’ll ever need? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share with you actual potty training tips and tricks that I’ve used to potty train my toddlers.
Every parent will tell you that potty training is one of the hardest things to do. There is no magic formula that you can use to potty train your kids. It takes a lot of hard work and more importantly, patience.
To be honest, I’m very excited to be writing this post because I have a lot of knowledge to share with you. I have been able to successfully potty train both my daughter and my son so this post will be a mixture of potty training tips for boys and potty training tips for girls.
And just as the title suggests, I have included a special bonus which I will be sharing with you later on in this post!
So keep reading!
What age should a child be potty trained by?
Well. I think it differs from one child to another. For example, my daughter was ready for potty training at 18 months but my son took much longer than that and he started potty training at 3 years old.
If your child is not ready, then you don’t need to rush it because you’ll end up feeling very frustrated and your baby will also be stressed.
What are the signs that your toddler is ready to potty train?
- When your toddler tells you that they’re about to go
- When your toddler tells you that they’ve just gone in their diaper
- Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper
- Staying dry for up to 2 hours
- When your toddler is able to sit or walk to a toilet
- When they start showing interest in using the toilet
The Best Potty Training Tips and Tricks For Toddlers
1. Wait Till Your Baby Is Ready
‘Is my child ready?’
This is the biggest question you should ask yourself before you start potty training. One of the biggest mistakes I see parents doing is starting the potty training too early and they end up doing it for months without success.
Believe me, when your child is ready for potty training, you’ll know. She will give you signs that are really hard to miss. For example, you’ll find that whenever she wants to go potty, she’ll come and tell you or when she goes in her diaper, she’ll inform you.
You’ll also notice that her interest in using the toilet starts to grow by the day. Once you spot these signs of excitement, you’ll immediately know that it’s time for potty training. You can start small by teaching bathroom etiquette like how to wash your hands after using the toilet and proceed from there.
2. Don’t make your child feel bad or embarrassed when they have an accident
Once you start your potty training, it’s a given that accidents will happen. However, the way you handle it will make a big difference.
One of the best potty training tips that I can give you is that you need to handle yourself better in case an accident happens. Although you might be disappointed, you don’t need to show it because you’ll make your toddler feel terrible about it.
Instead, try to encourage her so she can do better next time. Acknowledge that the accident has happened and calmly handle it. Explain it to her in a calm tone how she needs to go potty and actually show her the right way to do it.
3. Lower Your Expectations
The best way to avoid disappointments is to lower your expectations in the first place. You need to understand that a toddler is very different from an adult. This means that it will take a toddler much longer to grasp a concept like potty training.
The biggest mistake I see parents, especially new parents, make when they start to potty train their kids is having very high expectations, and when these expectations are not met, they get so disappointed that they easily give up or get frustrated.
You must remember that potty training is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be a lot of repeated accidents before you finally get it right. Therefore, you cannot afford to have too high expectations because you’ll only get disappointed.
4. Stay positive and excited every time your toddler uses their potty
During potty training, you need to understand that your toddler will mirror your emotions. If you show disappointment, your toddler will also be disappointed.
However, if you show her that you’re excited and happy with her success, she’ll also be happy and she’ll work hard every time so she can see you happy again.
Regardless of whether the potty training is going well or not, you need to exude positivity and give your child lots of praise.
5. Never ask “Do you need to potty?”
The most common and obvious answer to this question is ‘no’. At least that has been my experience with my kids. Instead, I suggest that you pose it as a statement i.e “It’s time to go potty” or “Let’s go potty”. This doesn’t give them an option to say “no” and that’s what you want.
6. Give Your Full Attention To Your Child
I know there might be a lot of things that need your attention right now, but when you’re potty training, it’s important that you dedicate your time and attention to what your child is doing.
Potty training is by no means a fun activity but you need to think of it as a bonding exercise for you and your child. Give it your full attention and it will definitely pay off!
7. Use candy as reinforcements
Kids respond better when there is a reward system in place and candy is the best motivator to get your child using the potty. However, you should carefully control their sugar intake because too much sugar is not good for them. Leave the candy where your child can see and only reward them when they successfully use the potty.
8. Use this song helps 😂
Teach your toddler this song and you’ll always be aware when she’s about to go potty!
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Well, that’s it! I hope these potty training tips will help you survive the horror that is potty training 😂. I’d love to hear how you’re helping your little one to use the potty so drop a comment below!