Potty training is a big milestone in a toddler’s life. There are many school of thoughts when it comes to potty training and it can be overwhelming for parents to decide how and when to start the process. One of the most important aspects of this phase is to ensure your child is ready to embark on this journey. Remember that each child is unique and that the age range for potty training varies greatly.
The following 7 tips will help you go through a streamline, stress-free, and successful potty training transition.
1. Pre-Potty Your Child
Let your child become familiar with the potty or using a seat adapter on the toilet before starting the potty training process. This will make your child much more comfortable once the transition starts.
2. Time It Right
Many parents are concerned that their child is 3 years of age or more and not yet potty trained. The key ingredient to successful potty training has to do with your child knowing when he or she has to go. Until that physiological connection is established, potty training will be next to impossible.
3. Prepare With Books And DVDs
There are many books and DVDs geared towards children that explain in age-appropriate terms what potty training is all about. Help you child understand what the process is like by learning in a fun way.
4. Praise Your Child
Children typically respond well to positive reinforcement. While over-praising can be detrimental, praising the small successful steps towards being diaper-free can work wonders on your child’s attitude and willingness to learn.
5. Consider Rewards
Many parents use rewards as a positive incentive to potty training. Rewards may include small toys, candy, a fun outing, or anything else that your child likes which would be a motivating factor in getting potty trained.
6. Prepare For And Accept Setbacks
Potty training is a mixed bag of steps forward and setbacks. A child rarely becomes potty trained without any accidents. By educating yourself on what to expect and by being open and accepting of accidents, you will create a much more positive environment for your child to succeed.
7. Be Consistent
Potty training requires much perseverance and since most children function better when a routine is established, consistency should be prioritized. This will help your child know when to expect to go potty and reduce stress, which is often associated with new experiences.
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