10 Tips to Prepare for Potty Training: Set a Positive Scene!
Potty training can be an intimidating prospect for parents, but with the right preparation, it can be the first step in teaching your child the responsibility of taking care of their own hygiene. Here are 10 tips to encourage a positive potty training experience:
1. Start Early
Potty training is much easier for children on a path of early development. Consider beginning when your child is between 1 ½ and 3 years old.
2. Have Your Child Present During Potty Shopping
Take your child potty shopping with you and allow them to show you their favourite designs and colours.
3. Talk Early and Often
Talk to your child early, and frequently, about potty training and it’s importance. Try to use age-appropriate words, such as “pee” and “poo”
Parents should demonstrate how to use the potty themselves. If the child is comfortable enough, they might even want to assist!
5. Explain Elimination in Different Contexts
When taking your child outside, point out how their pet or other animals take care of their bodily functions. This will help them to make the connection between themselves and the pet.
6. Read Potty Training Books
There are many potty training books available, each with a unique spin. Choose one that resonates with your child, and read it together to spark enthusiasm.
7. Use a Chart
Using a chart can help your child to see the progress they are making, and even get rewards when completing their goals.
8. Have Your Child Go Commando
Allow them to go without any clothing below the waist as often as possible. This will help them to become aware of the feeling of needing to pee faster.
9. Visit the Potty Often
Take your child to the potty every hour and a half to two hours.
10. Schedule Regular Meals and No Snacking
Organise regular meal and snack times for your child and don’t allow them to snack in between. This will help them to understand when their body needs to use the bathroom.
With a bit of patience and the right training approach, you can prepare your child for potty training and help them establish a life-long habit they’re proud of.