Top Tips for potty training your kid
Time to potty train your little one? Relax! You’ll be fine, we promise. But just in case, here are some tried and tested tips and tricks to help you along the way. Do let us know in the comments if you try them!
Make sure your little one is ready.
It can be quite frustrating- for you, and for them!- if you start the potty training process too soon. Look for signs that your child is ready- if their nappy is regularly dry after an hour or two (or overnight); if they’re aware of having a soiled nappy (and unhappy about it!); if they tell you they are going to wee before they do it; if they are aware of what a potty is, and how to use it. If your child is truly ready, it will make the whole thing so much easier, and quicker to- so don’t rush it.
Get the timing right.
It’s a good idea to start potty training when there isn’t much else going on at home. Not always easy, we know- but as a general rule, you might want to delay if it’s Christmas, or if you’ve just brought a new baby home. These are potential disruptions that can affect potty training, so it might make more sense to wait until things calm down a little before you start.
Let your child lead the way and try to stay relaxed as much as you can. Let your toddler help to choose the potty, keep it in an easily accessible place and gently encourage them to use it regularly throughout the day. You might want to have more than one around the house so they can be reached in time, wherever you are. Be prepared for the odd ‘accident’ here and there- this can be frustrating, but this is where you need to keep your cool. If your child does have an accident, stay calm, grab your Sticky Stopper antibacterial spray- and move on.
Praise your child
You don’t need to invest in sticker charts and prizes during potty training- unless you really want to, of course. Praise your child for using the potty, but keep it low key so it doesn’t become a big deal. The aim is for using the bathroom to be a normal thing as your child grows older, not a cause for celebration for evermore.
Dress your child appropriately
Clothes with easy access for a swift potty visit are a must. Keep the dinosaur costumes for another time!
Help your little one to relax
Using a potty is a huge step and some children can find it a little scary sometimes. If you stay calm, it will hugely help your child- but there are other things you can do too. Give your child a picture book to look at while they sit, or a favourite toy to hold.
Lead by example
Say goodbye to those precious moments of peace for a while…. But seriously, taking your child to the loo with you can have a great impact on them during potty training. By seeing you go regularly and understanding that it really isn’t a big deal, you help to further normalise the whole process for them.
Be prepared for set-backs
All children have the occasional ‘accident’ and sometimes have a little set-back too. Major changes can often trigger a little regression- such as going on holiday, or moving house for example. This is normal, so don’t worry. If you are concerned, always speak to your GP or health visitor.