One thing many parents look forward to, for whatever reason, is potty training.
I get it, they become a little more self-sufficient and you get to save some money by not buying diapers every month.
Y’all… potty training is HARD.
But it doesn’t have to be!!!!!
I’m certainly no expert on the topic, but I want to share with you some tips that I have learned in my two potty training journeys.
Know when they’re READY (really ready)
One of the most common reasons I hear parents say their child is ready to potty train is that they took their diaper off…
Just being real, my kids all started doing that around 6 months. I can promise you they were not ready. It could be an indication they’re getting close, but to save yourself a lot of frustration, I wouldn’t break out the potty just yet.
With my oldest, once she hit a year old I started putting her on the potty to “get used to it”. It took me a total of a year and a half to potty train her.
WE may be ready, but it certainly doesn’t mean they are.
So with my son, I took a different approach. (I never even bought a toddler potty this go around!) I never pushed him. I never told him it was time. I waited. About one month before his second birthday I was walking past the bathroom and there he was, sitting on the potty, pooping.
When I tell you my heart was doing a happy dance! That was a “Hallelujah!” moment if I’ve ever seen one.
Again, not an expert, but I would DEFINITELY recommend letting your toddler choose when they are ready!
Skip the Pull-Ups
A few years back, when I was pregnant with my son, I worked at a daycare. A good number of the parents told me that pull-ups are a waste of money. It’s basically a more convenient, glorified diaper IF your little will even choose to use the bathroom.
Personal recommendation is to go straight to underwear! Make a big deal out of buying some and let them choose! I’ve learned that they are less likely to have accidents in underwear that they truly like.
Whenever we get frustrated with anything, we typically take a break and come back to something. Potty training CANNOT be included in this cycle! We have to stay consistent with our littles, or otherwise get stuck in the 18 month cycle I experienced my first go around. This is literally the MOST important tip!
The best advice I have for this is to set timers. Set your phone alarms in 30 minute intervals, and whenever one goes off take your toddler to the bathroom. After the first day, my kids learned what the alarms meant and started yelling, “It’s potty time!”
This is something new and exciting for our babies! They should enjoy growing up and learning to do things on their own! SO GET EXCITED!
Our post-potty routine typically includes a potty party dance, a high-five, singing our potty song (pretty hilarious), and lastly we tell our pee or poop bye-bye as we flush it.
If doesn’t work, in the past we have given candy, stickers, and checked off a potty chart until they earned a prize.
Don’t be too hard on them
Just when you think they have gotten this whole potty-training thing down pat, they have an accident. Don’t shame them for it. Again, this is NEW territory for them!
I always explain to my kids that accidents happen all through life, whether it be a potty accident as a toddler or spilling milk as an adult. It happens. Some people don’t agree with me on this next part, but I also make my kiddos clean up their own accidents. My personal opinion is that you can never learn responsibility too soon.
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These days will be over before you know it, and just like everything else they learn to do in life, you will feel like you blinked and it was done. So make it an enjoyable experience for you AND them!