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Tried and True Potty Training Tips

Potty Training

The parenting journey is full of questions, firsts, and sometimes frustrations. Using the potty training tips below can assist you in avoiding some common frustrations.

As you read our tips, keep in mind some children are ready to potty train between the ages of 18 and 24 months; however, every child is different, and there is not one right way or one right time to start teaching your little one how to use the toilet.

Potty Training Tips

Here are some tips and things to keep in mind while beginning the potty training process.

How will I know when my child is ready to start potty training?

  • When your child stays dry for at least 2 hours at a time or after naps.
  • If your little one starts copying a parent’s toilet behavior, this is a sign they may be ready to start using the toilet.
  • When your child develops the skills that are necessary to start potty training, such as ability to walk, pull pants up and down, and getting on/off the toilet with some assistance.
  • When your child is aware that they are going to the bathroom. For example, they might hide to go poop or pee.
  • Another sign that your child may be ready to potty train is that they are uncomfortable in a dirty or wet diaper.

Potty Training Preparation

Even before your child may be ready to start potty training, you can help to prepare them for the process by doing the following:

  • Introduce your child to the toilet.
  • Determine what kind of toilet you will use to potty train. (A standalone toddler-size toilet or a toddler-size seat that can be placed on top of your toilet seat.)
  • Make sure you have diapers, pull-ups, and underwear for the child, and that the child understands how each one works.
  • Use words that express the act of using the toilet such as “pee,” “poop,” and “potty.”

Potty Training Process

Once you have determined that your child is ready to start potty training, here are some tips to help the process go smoothly:

  • Show your child how you sit on the toilet – your child learns by watching you!
  • Establish a routine of when to use the potty. For example, have your child sit on the toilet after waking up from a nap with a dry diaper or about 30 minutes to an hour after mealtime or drinking lots of fluids, etc.
  • Make sure your child’s wardrobe is adaptable to potty training. Simple clothes are a must at this stage so the child can undress themselves.
  • Make sure that all caregivers follow the same routine and use the same words for your child while toilet training.
  • One thing to avoid while potty training is making the child sit on the toilet against their will. It may take time, but eventually your child will get comfortable with sitting on the toilet.

Potty Training Books

Read child appropriate books about potty training. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • A Potty for Me! by Karent Katz
  • Potty Time with Elmo
  • What Do You DO with A Potty?: An Important Pop-up Book by Marianne Borgardt

Above all, make sure to praise your little one at all attempts to use the toilet, even if nothing happens. Remember, accidents will happen, and it is important not to rush the potty training process. If you are having a hard time determining whether to start the potty training process, let your child be the guide, and don’t let others pressure you in to it.

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