When the time comes for your little one to start using the toilet, it can be a messy experience. Even though you may be ready to stop changing diapers, that doesn’t mean your toddler necessarily is.
There will likely be some resistance and plenty of accidents. It’s going to be work for everyone involved; however, with a little patience and a lot of baby wipes, you can successfully potty train your toddler.
Here are some of the best tips for ensuring success.
Time It At The Right Time
There is no one correct age for all kids when they are magically ready to start using the toilet. Therefore, start looking for signs that your toddler is ready. Usually, they are about two years old and start showing an interest in the toilet.
In addition to making sure you choose the right timing for them, you should also choose the right timing for you. For example, doing it while on vacation is probably not a great idea. If you co-sleep, you want to make sure that you prepare yourself for potential messes. Your adored bed doesn’t need to be ruined by nighttime accidents. Even if you don’t co-sleep, you want to make sure that you get mattress covers for every bed in the house.
Schedule Potty Breaks
The whole process is a lot easier if you schedule times to go to the potty. Ask your little one frequently if they would like to go to the bathroom. Since it’s easy to get distracted and you may forget to ask occasionally, it’s helpful to set a timer.
Every 30-45 minutes is usually a good rhythm for getting them to sit on the potty.
Make It Fun
To ease your kid’s resistance to using the potty, you should try to make it as fun as you can. It helps to use colorful potties and even a song that you associate with going to the bathroom.
Some parents choose to use a reward system to get their little ones to use the toilet. You may find that they’re more likely to give going on the toilet a try if they know that there’s a treat promised to them at the end.
Always Be Prepared For Accidents
It’s important to always stay equipped with whatever you need if there’s an accident. Always have an extra pair of pants and underwear packed with you, and of course baby wipes,
Even though you may be frustrated when they have an accident when you least anticipate it, you shouldn’t lose your patience. Encourage them to keep trying, and eventually, they’ll get better at it. Instead of pressuring them or getting angry, stay positive, and they’ll be more likely to cooperate!