No more diaper changes is a big incentive to start potty training, but it can be a frustrating and lengthy experience. This article provides you tips to make the process easier for you.
While you as a parent might be ready with the training potty seat, pants, books, DVDs and potty rewards, you need make sure that you have prepared your child for the big event. This will help to make your kids aware of the changes that are coming and gives them the confidence that you will be with them to guide them along the way.
First, establish the potty training lingo your family will use during the training. It could be formal terminology or something easy, such as "poop" or "pee pee”. Whatever it is, ensure everybody including grandma and grandpa and any relatives understand the words so that they can assist with the training process.
Start the training by showing your child how to use the toilet. Showing them how it's done is better than describing the process. Kids learn by observation and imitation. To potty train boys, let dad or elder brother show them how to pee in the toilet.
Take your kid to the potty whenever they show signs that they need to pee or poop. Watch their facial expressions and their actions to figure out if they need to go. You might also need to set a reminder to take them to potty at regular intervals as toddlers tend to get absorbed in whatever they're doing.
Refrain from expressing frustration if your child fails to use the potty. Never punish your child for potty accidents or for refusing to sit on the potty. It will put your child at risk for regression. Try working on positive reinforcement instead.
Follow these tips to have a successful potty training journey.