Potty training! Yay! It’s one of the most monumental milestones of parenting as well as in your little one’s life. Sometimes it may take time though. It’s okay to feel a little stressed out at times. However, at the end of the day, you can find fun in anything you do. We’re here to help with that.
Here are 5 tips and tricks that’ll make your potty training sessions easier and maybe more effective.
One thing that helps with self-esteem and getting the job done is praises. Praise your child for what he/she does. Even if he/she doesn’t get it right the first time, praise the effort. Show your little one how proud you are and make them feel happy about themselves.
Another clever trick is to give them incentives. Kids love to receive new toys or any little goody that amuses them. Parents have often spoken about how giving their kids some incentive every time they’ve done something right has helped speed up the potty training process. Your little one will want the goody so badly, that he/she will make sure to put in their best effort.
2. Fun Fun Fun
Make potty training fun. Make it something your kid enjoys so that your little one will be more motivated to engage in it. You can try stuff like funky toilet decor. Maybe try using toilet seat covers that have pictures of something your kid loves, like a superhero, astronauts, or cartoon characters. This will provide some kind of reinforcement. Other ways of making toilet time fun are by turning it into a game. If you’re teaching your kid how to aim, maybe you could put something inside the toilet to make it target practice. Things like this will make it fun for all parties involved, helping your little one learn quicker.
3. Baby Steps
You don’t have to start off the first toilet training session with the end goal in mind. Kids take the time to learn and they do it in steps or stages. Reinforcing behaviour and actions that are a step closer to the end goal than the previous action will also help. Remember to take baby steps. Teaching your kid step by step will prove to be more effective than trying to teach him/her everything in one go.
4. Patience Is Key
As mentioned before, kids take a time to learn things. They will take their own time and each child learns at his/her own pace. Remember that your child needs to be ready for toilet training in order for the training to work. Don’t rush the process and don’t get flustered. Getting stressed out may slow you both down. If your child feels like you’re disappointed or upset, he/she may feel embarrassed and avoid engaging in the activity that put you in that state. This would be counterproductive to the task at hand. Relax and give your little one space and time that may be required.
Some parents have found that setting a timer to go off periodically has been helpful in the accomplishment of the challenge that is potty training. Set a timer for every half an hour or every 60 minutes. When it goes off, take your child to the toilet. Eventually, your child will learn to go to the loo according to that timing. He/she will also become familiar with knowing whether or not they need to go at a particular point in time.
Potty training can be fun if you’re open to it. Don’t lose hope and stay positive, and everything will turn out just right.