Author: Jasmine Vanstone Date Posted:1 April 2017
Potty training is one of those activities we as parents love and hate at the same time. We welcome the thought of not having to buy expensive nappies anymore, but the extra washing, late night changes and little accidents? Well they can be hard work!
To help you hold onto your sanity, here are some tips and tricks to help you and your toddler on your potty training journey.
It will make your job easier if you start getting your little one used to sitting on the potty as soon as they can sit up comfortably. The younger you do it the less resistance you get to the potty later.
Wherever possible start potty training in the warmer weather because they will be wearing fewer clothes – so less washing winning! It is also easier to pull down a pair of undies then it is taking off overalls, long pants or leggings when they feel the need right at the last minute.
When you need ‘to go’ encourage your toddler to sit on the potty at the same time. Let's face it, most toddlers follow us into the bathroom anyway, so take advantage of the opportunity. It doesn’t matter if they don’t go yet, just getting them into the habit of sitting on the potty is good enough. Also let them use toilet paper ‘just like mummy’ too.
Give them plenty of nappy-free time, so they get used to wearing pants. If they wet their pants, they will soon feel the discomfort and want to change. Sit them on the potty soon after so they begin to associate wet pants and the potty.
We all know it’s near impossible to get a toddler to sit still for more than a minute or two, so sitting on a potty for more than five minutes is a huge ask. However, you can make it fun by reading a book, singing a song, watching a favourite TV show or even a DVD.
The time will come when you will want (or need!) to venture out into the world with a toddler in undies – as much as you may try to avoid it! The last thing you want is an accident happening in the car seat or pram. In times like these having a car seat protector or pram liner can be an all time sanity saver. Simply place it on the car seat or the pram and if an accident does happen, take it off and throw it in the wash. Easy!
If you find your child is not responding to any of these tips yet, try pouring some cool water between their legs when they are sitting on the potty.
A small reward and big song and dance can be a great help too!