When it comes to potty training success, timing and preparation are key! If you think your little one is ready for the task it’s time to get started! Erin, from our iFamily Mom Squad is here to help with her 6 easy potty training tips!
6 Super Easy Potty Training Tips!
I am excited to share with you guys that my youngest son, who is 2 1/2, is fully potty trained!! No more diapers in this house! Yes!!! Still wiping bottoms? Yes, BUT we are going to be saving quite a bit of money by not using diapers AND the overflowing landfills will thank us! I wanted to share with you a few things I learned along the way that will hopefully help you when it comes time to train your little one.
Wait until they show signs of readiness
If there is one thing you take away from this post, THIS is it. Trust me, it will be much easier and faster to potty train a little guy or gal who wants to do it! So, how do you know they are ready? If they stay dry for 2 hours or longer, show interest in you going to the bathroom or start talking about going in their diaper or letting you know they have to go.
You may want to skip pull ups and go straight to underwear unless they are in the swimming pool. In my opinion, underwear worked better for us because when he has an accident, he feels that “yucky” feeling and hopefully doesn’t want to feel that again. With pull ups, they might just want to keep going potty as if they were wearing a diaper. Also, you take into account the cost of pull ups versus underwear. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
Pro tip:Get them EXCITED about potty training by taking them to pick out their favorite character underwear or color/design! Little Joey won’t want to pee or poop on Thomas the Train!!
Set your child up for success! Small rewards such as stickers or small candies right after they go in the potty is an excellent motivator for 2 and 3 year olds. We made a sticker chart and if he went potty a certain number of times with few accidents, at the end of the week we took him to the toy store to pick out something special.
Don’t expect perfection
They are still young and learning. There WILL still be accidents. Don’t make a huge deal or punish your kid if he has an accident. Focus on rewarding the times he makes it to the potty.
Preparation is key
When your child gets up in the morning or a nap, take them straight to the potty. Don’t ask them if they need to go just take them to the potty every 2 hours or so. The asking part can come later. Before you leave the house, pack an extra change of clothes, underwear, socks, wipes, and a plastic bag to put wet clothes in. Also, right before you leave, sit your child on the potty.
Pro tip:If you have an area outside your main bathroom that you hang out such as your living room or family room, place a little potty chair in that room so that when he has to go, he doesn’t have to go running upstairs or down a long hall.
It’s going to be ok. It’s only going to make it more stressful on you and your child if you try to rush into potty training and stress over it. I promise you, this too shall pass. Your child won’t be 22 and pooping in his pants!
From iFamily to Yours,