Potty Training Tips

Quick Points to Practice...

  • Being Supportive is one of the most critical steps in potty training. Potty time can be scary for our little ones using encouraging words can help them feel more comfortable. 
  • Give Praise. Always praise your child for their cooperation no matter how big or small.
  • Be Calm. Your little one may be stressed during this new and overwhelming experience make sure to be calm when you approach toilet training. 
  • Stick to a schedule. Make a plan and establish a time when toileting is practiced inside and outside of the home. 
  • Use the same words when talking about toileting.
  • Make sure everyone is using the same plan and speak with your family or other people who work with your child. Request that they stick to the same routine and language. 

Getting started

  • Set goals for at least six toilet trips a day. At first, the trips to the potty will be short maybe 5 seconds, then try to work on one longer trips each day to work on bowel movements. Over time the toilet sits can be long up to 10 minutes. Setting a visual timer can be a helpful way to let your child know when the toilet sit can end. Your child may get up from the toilet immediately if he or she has a bowel movement. Boys are typically taught to sit on the toilet to urinate until the regularly have a bowel movement on the bathroom. 
  • Don’t ask. Tell. Make these trips to the potty part of your everyday routine. Make it a habit and take your child to sit on the potty even if they don’t need to go.. 
  • Schedules. I like to set a “Potty” timer on my phone every few hours as a reminder to myself to help integrate the potty routine into our daily activities. Our potty routine began first thing in the morning after waking up. Then we began taking our potty breaks after breakfast, snack time, lunch,  and dinner. In hopes to catch the perfect time for a bowel movement.  
  • Communication is key. Use simple words and visuals during each trip. Communicating will help your child learn the toileting language. 
  • Be Persistent. There will be lots of potty accidents. Don’t give up!  Once you have an outline and routine stick with it.  
  •  Visual schedules. Pictures help your child understand what to expect. You can print off visual toileting routines on Pinterest. I printed a few of these and taped them at eye level on the wall in all of our bathrooms. Try to give simple instructions when showing your child the potty routine.
  • Rewards. Make a list of your child’s favorite items, toys, drinks, songs, books. Make sure to their favorite items on hand and as soon as he/she has a bowel movement giving them a small food reward works well. You can also reward them with their favorite song or activity after the toilet trip is over. 

This guideline does not apply to all children since each child is different and has different needs. Please use any of the information above that you feel may be helpful or beneficial to your child. 

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