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