Potty training is not for the weak. We found out we were pregnant with Owen when Charlie was 21 months old, making him two and a half when Owen arrived. My goal was to have Charlie potty-trained by the time his brother showed up, but he had other plans. One day, at almost three and a half, he just decided to do it.
I had been told over and over again how this kid or that kid was potty-trained by the time they were 2. I'd read articles about potty-training and all the tips in the world. As of right now, I have no magic tricks for you, just a few helpful tips. Owen is 22 months old and we're just getting ready to think about potty training this time around.
Charlie and I got into what felt like wars with potty-training. I decided early on that I wasn't going to do that with Owen. I have no idea how Charlie ended up potty-trained, but it's like something magically clicked in him. I know that people say that, but it's absolutely true. We've never had night incidents or really any accidents since then.
You know that commercial where the little boy comes out holding his potty seat to show Mommy that he used it? That's real, folks. So real. Charlie did that more than once and I'm not talking about on hard surfaces, we have carpet where he was bringing it to show off.
My tips for Potty-Training success:
1. Don't Force It
With Charlie, I had a goal in mind: be potty-trained at two and a half, before Owen arrived! This caused me to force it and that didn't make it very pleasant for anyone.
Forcing your child to do something before they're really ready may actually prolong it. The child will become frustrated that they're not being successful and that will only make it harder.
2. Stay Positive
This one is hard for me, but we're doing it this time around. Owen sits on the potty, we cheer! Yay! Owen doesn't want to sit on the potty? We don't freak out.
They're going to have accidents. That's okay. Just clean it up and continue on with your day. If your child is worried about disappointing or upsetting you with their lack of potty-training skills, it's going to make it harder on you.
I'm going to put this here: don't go overboard on rewards. While positive reinforcement is the best thing, putting so much weight on potty-training may only lead to more frustration when they can't accomplish it. Stick with a simple reward system like stickers.
3. Introduce New Things
New items for children who art potty-training might be pull-ups, step stools, a potty seat, or a reward sticker chart. If you start creating buzz around these new things, they're going to be curious.
Next time you're at the store, head to the training pants aisle and show them the many designs available for Pull-Ups® including new Disney designs featuring Doc McStuffins, Ariel, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Lightning McQueen. Pull-Ups products are all about getting kids interested in potty training. Pull-Ups training pants have unique patterns that fade when wet to help your child learn to stay dry. The easy-open sides make it easy to check for potty breaks, plus they’re stretchy to help kids learn how to put them on and take them off like a Big Kid.
If you're interested in a small potty seat, check out your options and let them pick which one they like. This should help reduce the fear of something new and help create excitement because they picked it out just for them!
If you'll be using your regular toilet for potty-training, let them pick out a good step stool to get them there. We have a Cars one for the bathroom upstairs and a blue one for downstairs. You may also want to look into attachments for your toilet seat to make your child feel more comfortable about not falling in.
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