Potty training; it’s such an exciting thought to have your child out of diapers, but can also be a a daunting task to take on. Is my child ready? Why are friends there age or younger already potty trained and my child isn’t? How do I potty train my child? Will my child ever pee and poop on the potty?! These are all common questions that go through a parents head. Potty training is different for every child. Some potty train at 2 and some at 4. Some might regress back to a lot of accidents after being potty trained for months. It’s all ok and it doesn’t mean you or your child has failed. Take the pressure off yourself and your child with these three simple yet impactful tips.
- Keep it positive: Potty training is a huge change for kids, and can be very frustrating for parents. (Potty training is one of the top reasons why children are abused). Be sure to keep your attitude positive and encouraging throughout the entire process. Your child will have accidents and may even pee on the bathroom floor after sitting on the potty for 5 minutes. Remember that they aren’t doing this on purpose, they are learning. By keeping it a happy experience they will be more excited to continue trying.
- Your child has full control, so don’t make it a battle: If potty training becomes a battle, you will lose every time. Your child is the only one who has control over whether they pee/poop or not. You can force them to sit on the potty for as long as you want, but you can’t make them go potty. Give up control and allow your child to have independence in learning the potty.
- Don’t rush it: There is no perfect age to potty train, and children often show signs of interest in the potty or “being ready” before they are truly ready to tackle this big step. It takes a lot to learn how to gain bladder control, so don’t feel like you need to rush this. Just because a child starts to tell you when they pee or poop or even if your child begins to use the potty a time or two during the day, it doesn’t mean they are ready to ditch the diapers. Allow your child time to practice learning bladder control before adding the pressure of taking the diaper away. Trust me, if you allow them some time to figure it out, it will make it so much easier when you finally do decide to ditch the diapers. Follow your child’s lead in potty training them.
Happy potty training!