How to Put the Potty Before the Toddler: Introducing Preschoolers to Toilet Training

Gearing up to say goodbye to diapers? Worried that your toddler wouldn’t take to the potty? Fear not! Help’s at hand and by the time you finish reading this post, you’ll have everything you need to introduce your tot to the toilet without any fuss or muss.

1. Make the Potty Chair a Friend and not a Foe

First, introduce your child to the potty chair in a friendly fashion. Don’t make it into a bugbear and something that he or she ‘has’ to use. Toddlers and preschoolers are in the process of discovering their own independence and so forcing them to do something may backfire badly. Instead, take them potty chair shopping. Let them sit on a few models and choose the one that they like the most.

Make a big deal out of it and tell them that the potty chair is theirs and only they can use it. Make them feel special and chances are they’ll never want to wear diapers again. Also, while you are out shopping with them, use the opportunity to pick out big boy or big girl underwear and again, offer them choices. Let them make guided decisions and you’ll have an excited toddler ready to try on the new underwear and the potty chair as well.

2. Practice Potty Training Dry Runs

Once home, practice potty training basics without pressurizing (pressuring)them to ‘do the deed’. Let them just practice sitting on the chair, wear the underwear, wash their hands and get comfortable with the whole process.

3. Be Ready Yourself

Before plunging into potty training, make sure you’re ready as well as your toddler. Do you have a lot of things going on at home? Are you stressed about work? Then, maybe it would be a wise decision to wait a little. Toilet training requires patience and persistence and if you don’t have the time and energy for these, it would be better to hold back a while.

4. Make it Interactive and Interesting

Use fun books and DVDs to encourage toddlers to get used to the potty. Reading about toilet training or watching an animated movie with songs and music is bound to interest a preschooler and make him more willing to try out toilet training. Here’s a big list of potty training books and other resources to help you get started.

5. Motivate, Praise and Encourage

Finally, when introducing the potty chair to your feisty little toddler, make sure that you reward them for their efforts and motivate them with plenty of praise. Trust me, this is one area where overdoing the ‘proud mommy’ bit will actually help!

Have you started potty training your toddler? Do you have tips to share or questions to ask? Go ahead!

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Post by Prerna Malik, the resident Potty Tots blogger and mama to a Potty Tots Fan.

Photo Credit:Abigail Batchelder

About pottytots

I am a mom of three that was having quite a challenge potty training my third child. I tried everything from books on the market to bribing my little one. As a teacher, I knew that I should have something visual that a little one could understand, so I drew my first little potty chart with the 6 essential steps to potty training. When I made the little girl look just like my daughter, she LOVED it. Believing that learning should be FUN, I added some potty humor and some silly songs and we found a formula for success. When I started sharing this idea and making potty charts for friends and family, I knew we had a great idea for a potty training program that could help others. Potty Tots was born!
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1 Response to How to Put the Potty Before the Toddler: Introducing Preschoolers to Toilet Training

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