potty-training-tips

Potty training can often be exhausting for parents. Factor in a child who refuses to use the potty — you are guaranteed to get a headache. 

So how can you tackle this problem?

We have seven potty training tips that are sure to make your experience a breeze:

1. Start only when your little one is ready

Research suggests that starting potty training too early may mean prolonged struggles for parents. We therefore encourage you to begin potty training only when your child has been doing the following:

  • Follows simple directions easily 
  • Stays dry for at least 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Shows interest in using the toilet
  • Shows awareness of his/her own potty needs 
  • Shows skills in walking and balancing on a potty

2. Be patient during sudden changes

Children can get stressed out as a result of sudden changes in their surroundings. This stress can cause them to return to using diapers.

Therefore, try to avoid starting potty training when you: 

  • Move to a new house
  • Hire a new babysitter
  • Go on a trip
  • Enrol your child into a new school 

If your child is struggling during these changes, be calm and give them more time to adjust to the changes.

3. Monitor your little one’s schedule

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Be aware of the times your child requires the restroom. This way, you can remind them to go to the potty in advance.

If they refuse to listen, be patient. Wait for a time when they are ready.

4. Choose easy-to-remove clothing

When potty training your child, make sure to choose easily removable clothes. This way, even if they rush to the potty, there won’t be any embarrassing accidents!

You may want to:

  • Avoid using one-piece clothing 
  • Stay clear of buttons, zippers and other fasteners
  • Choose bottoms that have stretchable waistbands

5. Beware of rewards

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As tempting as it may be to bribe your little one into getting on the potty, try to limit such rewards. Also, keep praises to a minimum because if they face hiccups, there will be more disappointment.

Avoid phrases like: “If you do this, then you’ll get a present.”

6. Expect accidents

There will be embarrassing accidents along the way. The best thing to do is to:

  • Praise them for trying
  • Encourage them to try again later
  • Treat accidents as casually as possible

7. Make it a routine to look forward to

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Potty time doesn’t have to be a dreaded event. Try to add some fun to encourage regular potty use. 

You may want to:

  • Keep potty time short 
  • Read a book, play a game or turn on some music while your little one sits on the potty 

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We hope you found these potty training tips useful! Good luck!

References:

  1. Blum, N. J., Taubman, B., & Nemeth, N. (2003). Relationship Between Age at Initiation of Toilet Training and Duration of Training: A Prospective Study. PEDIATRICS, 111(4), 810–814. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.111.4.810
  2. Amy, O. (2018, December 18). How to Dress a Toddler Who’s Potty Training. What to Expect. https://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/potty-training-clothes.aspx
  3. Mayo Clinic. (2019, October 5). Potty training: How to get the job done. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/potty-training/art-20045230
  4. Potty Training: Learning to the Use the Toilet. (n.d.). Zero to Three. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/266-potty-training-learning-to-the-use-the-toilet