When you decide to finally start potty training, you’ll be inundated with top tips from fellow mums. To save you sifting through, we’ve chosen some of our favorite mum tips to help you through this much talked about parenting stage. Good luck!
Wait until your child is ready
Lots of mums say that the most important thing is to wait until your child is ready before you start potty training. If you wait then the whole process is quicker and less stressful for everyone. Don’t be pressured into starting training just because it feels like everyone else’s child has already started.
Pick the right time
It’s a good idea to start potty training when there is not too much else going on in your lives. Avoid times when you are very busy or big changes are afoot such as starting a new nursery, the arrival of a new baby, pet or starting a new job. Choose the right time for you, as well as for your child.
Make it fun
Turn potty sessions or trips to the toilet into something fun. Some mums sing or read to their children while they sit on the potty or toilet. And whenever there is success, pile on the praise – clap, show how proud you are, perhaps even phone Grandma to share the good news!
Try to stay relaxed and calm when you are potty training. Don’t make a big deal about accidents or get cross. A bit of extra washing and cleaning up is an inevitable part of the potty training process. So many of you said that being calm and patient is the key. If your child picks up on any stress or frustration, it can make them stressed and lead to more accidents.
Remember potty training is not a competition and there is no race to get your child to the finish line first. Lots of mums swear by not rushing the process and going at your child’s own pace. Remember, they will get there in the end and as the saying goes ‘no-one walks down the aisle in nappies’!
Have the potty nearby at all times and within easy reach. If you have a house, have one on each floor to help. When you go out, take a travel potty or figure out where the nearest toilets are in case you need them in a rush. Have some ‘big girl/boy’ pants (plenty of them) to hand so you can swap wet pants over without to much fuss.
Stick with it
Starting is the hardest part – so once you’ve begun toilet training, don’t confuse your child by switching back to pull-ups or nappies. Your child will soon get there and you will be pleased that you persevered. Really!
Reward with stickers
This is the time that reward and sticker charts come into their own! Invest in a load of stickers (dinosaurs, Paw Patrol, Peppa etc) and let them choose their favorite each time they do a wee in the potty.
When they get five stickers, they can get a treat like TV, biscuits, trip to the park. Start small as potty training can be a long journey and it may get pricey if you buy toys as a regular reward at the beginning!