“People often make decisions about Potty Training based upon a child’s age, but regardless of what grandma says or friends’ kids may have done, there is no magic age when potty training should begin”
As a first-time mom, one of the milestones that I’ve been looking forward to is potty training. It’s so uncertain for me on when and how to start.
I tried to research ideas for this but it just doesn’t register in my head as I don’t know what to expect.
So I thought of connecting with other moms and I’m so happy that our Guest Blogger, Betti, is here with us to share her 5 Potty Training Tips for first-time parents.
5 Potty Training Tips
One of the major toddler transitions is moving from diapers to underwear. Having the right supplies on hand may help you guide your child as they advance through different stages of toilet independence.
You may not need everything at once, but it’s a good idea to get the basics so you’re prepared for whatever pace the process takes.
As a first-time parent, potty training your child can be a challenge. However, with a few tested and proven tips, you can have your kid transition from diapers to going to the toilet in the smoothest way possible.
All you need to do is remain patient, positive, and expect a few setbacks.
It’s natural to start thinking about toilet training your child when they reach a certain age, especially after their first birthday.
Many parents will have opinions on when to potty train a child, but it’s important to remember that each child becomes ready for that at different ages. For instance, some can begin using the toilet at 18 months, while others may do so around the age of 3.
Meanwhile, before your kid can get comfortable with the change, keep a diaper trash can around since you may need it occasionally.
Here are five tips to help you if you’re wondering how to potty train your child:
1. Introduce the Idea to Them
Before you begin taking your little one to the toilet, speak to them about it often. Take advantage of children’s books covering the subject. Such books can help familiarize them with how to use the toilet. And that will make it easier for them to start using the toilet once they reach their potty training age as it’ll not be a foreign concept anymore.
2. Look for Signs of Readiness
If your baby no longer wets themselves during naps or can stay dry for more than two hours, it shows that they’re ready to be potty trained. Other signs include being able to respond to simple instructions, such as going to the bathroom when asked. A child who is ready to stop using diapers will also let you know when they need to go to the toilet, either through postures or verbal and facial expressions.
3. Be Patient
When you finally begin the training, it’s best to start slow. Most kids are afraid of toilets, so buying a potty chair is a great idea.
Also, start changing their diapers in the bathroom, and ask them to flush the toilet or get the toilet paper.
If they’re still reluctant to use the toilet, be patient and keep offering.
According to studies, a child can only begin using the toilet when they’re physiologically and psychologically ready, and trying to force them into doing it may have the opposite effect.
All potty training methods should be child-oriented to be effective.
4. Establish A Routine
It’s natural for children who have begun using the potty to go in their underwear at times, and that shouldn’t be taken as a sign of disobedience. Kids can backtrack due to different situations, such as if the family moves or goes on vacation. It’s, therefore, important to begin potty training at a time when their routine won’t be disrupted.
Make it a habit of taking your little one to the toilet after waking up and every two hours or so. With time, they’ll be able to adapt to the new routine and stop soiling their clothes.
5. Make it a natural process
The secret to successful potty training is doing it when your child is ready. From there, don’t stop so that they get used to it.
Avoid reprimanding your kid when they soil their underwear, as this is just a natural part of the process. With the above potty training tips, you can have your little one using the toilet after just a few months of training.
Please share with us in the comments below what tips you have found helpful when potty training your child.
Betti Wilson is a pediatric nurse who has spent years guiding both new and experienced parents on the best practices for their kids. She constantly makes content that offers tips on parenthood and how to make the best of it. When not attending to children, she loves volunteering at dog shelters.