No parent has ever said they love cleaning up poop. In fact, most would probably rather sit through a cartoon marathon than tackle potty training. But sooner or later, your toddler will be ready to begin. So keep reading to learn how to recognize the signs they are ready. You’ll get some tips to make the process easier. Before you know if, diapers will be a thing of the past.
Signs It’s Time for Potty Training
If your little one has been curious about the porcelain throne, then it wouldn’t hurt to encourage the idea and let them practice through example. Sometimes toddlers want to be like mommy or daddy, so they want to sit on the potty, too. By having their own potty or a potty seat they might follow you and sit down while you go, too. Just call it a bonding experience. Some other signs that they’re ready for potty training is when your child:
- Tries to pull their diaper up or down on their own.
- Has a dry diaper for longer periods of time.
- Can tell you when they went or are going potty in their diaper.
- Hides when they go pee or poop in their diaper.
- Let you know it’s time to change their diaper.
Why It’s a Bad Idea to Force Potty Training on Your Child
Not all kids are the same and that is real when it comes to potty training. If they aren’t ready, don’t force it. Forcing a child to start potty training before they’re ready could cause the process to become a hassle for both of you. Also, it could lead to complete disinterest and result in a huge step back.
Sometimes routinely going to the potty, even just to sit, can steer your little one into creating a habit. If there’s really not an interest in going on the potty, then they may not be ready. Boys, in general, take a little bit longer to become interested in going potty than girls. Remember, don’t stress over potty training because, in time, it’ll happen.
The Key to Successful Potty Training
Being consistent is the key. Although it is not always easy, it will help in the long run. Start training at the beginning of the day right when your child wakes up. That way, it can start a routine. It’s also ideal to start on a day when you have nowhere to go, so you can focus on training. Take your child to the potty every half hour and after meals.
Also, give your child plenty of fluids throughout the day, so they’ll have to go to the bathroom. There will be times when it’s like a chore for them because it’s still all new to your baby. So, stay consistent. If you choose to go diaper-free all day, then go for it. If not, then that’s okay too.
You’ll have to find whatever works best but keep at it. After they’ve retired from diapers and you’ve introduced underwear, never go back. This could be quite confusing for your little one.
Praise, Praise and Praise Some More
Your little one just went potty for the first time – it’s a huge deal. They may not be as excited as you are, but don’t let that stop you from shouting “yay,” or dancing around the bathroom. Celebrating will usually give your child a sense of accomplishment in their first time going potty.
Some parents find that rewards work well. Of course, what the reward is and how often they’re given are at your discretion. But as long as you use some sort of positive reinforcement, your toddler will be more likely to continue. Plus, it’s a huge milestone. Soon, you’ll say goodbye to diapers forever.
Be Ready for Accidents
Be sure to invest in some bleach or another cleaner. It’ll be a bit messy at first and you might feel like you’re constantly cleaning up accidents, but it gets better. There will always be accidents even after your child is fully trained, so just be prepared. It’s not too much different from regular toddler life in general – just extra underwear and cleaner!
It’ll seem overwhelming at first, but you will both get through it. One day you’ll get to look back on these days and probably have a funny story to tell your grandkids. Remember to be patient and don’t give up. Your child will catch on soon.