This first week of potty training has been busy! I find myself asking Jordi over and over again if he needs to go to the potty. On Wednesday, I completely forgot! On Thursday night, he sat on the potty long enough for a little surprise! Bravo!!
A few posts ago, I mentioned that potty training doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s a huge milestone! For my third little boy, I am going to take it easy and will remember what worked for me in the past years. Here are my 5 easy steps for a smooth potty training experience:
Books help. Books for you, books all about the potty for your child, and books to keep in the bathroom are all so important! I read to help me, my boys read to help them understand that everyone uses the potty, and books in the bathroom help kids sit a little longer.
Have your child wear little or no clothes during potty training. This worked for my two older boys and helped me with laundry! Wearing a Pull-Ups training pant is enough. Some kids are just getting the hang of pushing pants down and pulling them back up again. It’s best to have them concentrate on doing only a few things.
Be consistent. Consistently using Pull-Ups Training Pants throughout the entire potty training process, instead of switching back to diapers, will reduce toddler confusion and lead to more success. It also helps to have an idea of your child’s potty schedule. After watching Jordi closely for a few days, I now have an idea of when he has to go.
Communicate with everyone. It’s very important for abuelita, babysitters, daycare, and school to know that your child is learning to use the potty because the consistency must also apply outside the home. Tell the world!
No tears. Just cheers! Be patient. Accidents will happen! There is no need for anyone to get upset after a messy mishap. Regressions are normal too. I have celebrated with my boys even if they only sat on the potty! Using the bathroom is a huge milestone and one that doesn’t happen overnight. Stay positive so your child doesn’t stress about it.
If you have any additional potty training tips, please share!
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