Its that time again where we are looking at potty training. Its kind of a dreaded time but it is fantastic once you child is potty trained. Not only does it save a fortune because your not having to buy nappies it is just all round a better situation than being in nappies.
It can be a hard and testing time but you must preserver and if you start try to carry on with it. so I thought I would put together a few tips to help you and your little precious out!
- Make sure you child is ready and don’t try to push them into it too early. We tried to potty twin Little Man before he was ready and it was just a disaster. We stopped and waited until he was ready, 6 months later he decided he was ready and we didn’t have one accident ever. Bubs is now asking to go to the toilet more and more, when he does go on the toilet he actually goes so these are the signs he is ready to be potty trained.
- Some other signs that your child might be ready are… Asking to be changed, letting you know when they need the toilet, asking to wear pants rather than a nappy, follows simple instructions.
- Make it fun and reward When you child asks to go to the toilet make it fun, take a book, play music or sing some songs anything that the child will think is fun. The child will then associate going to the toilet as fun and will want to do it more. Reward your child with something once they have been to the toilet either on the potty or toilet. Something small it doesn’t need to be something big and expensive. Maybe put their favourite teddy on the potty to show the child it is absolutely fine and nothing to be scared of.
- Go with what your child wants, Some children may want you to put them on the toilet/potty and then leave them to it, so may want you to stay with them. Go with what ever your child is asking and wanting.
- When you are potty training don’t keep your child in a nappy. make sure you buy them big boy/girl pants as this will make them feel big. If you keep them in a nappy this will only confuse everything and mess up all of your hard work.
- Training in the day is a big step but training at night is an even bigger step. Try to master the days before trying to master the nights. Once you do start training at night though try to wake the child before you go to bed to go the toilet. Don’t give them to much to drink before bed. Don’t let the child ruin the mattress use underpads under the sheet. These will soak up any accidents without ruining the mattress.
- We let Little Man choose his own pants. We took him shopping and let him choose what ever pants he wanted, this way if they are ones the child chooses they are ones they will want to wear.
- Use plenty of praise and never force. When you child has finished make sure you praise then and tell them how amazing they are. Never force them to sit on the potty or toilet for more than a few minutes, this will cause upset and they will just not want to do it at all.
So there you have it a few tips that I have picked up along the way. Tips that we are currently putting into use with the potty training 2nd time around.
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