Teaching your child how to use the potty will require time and patience on your part, and a reasonable degree of cooperation and motivation from your child. The key to potty training success is starting when your child is interested, willing, and physically able to. While some kids are ready as young as 18 months, others may not be prepared to learn until well past their third birthday.
Potty Training Tips
Let them watch and learn; toddlers learn by imitation and watching you use the bathroom is a natural first step.
- Buy the Right Equipment
Most experts advise buying a child-size potty, which your toddler can claim for their own and which will also feel more secure to them than sitting on a full-size toilet
- Create a Routine
Put your child on the potty seat, after breakfast, before her bath, after eating lunch or whenever she is likely to have a bowel movement. This will help your child to get used to the potty and accept it as a part of their routine. Explain that pulling down their pants before using the potty is a grown-up thing to do.
- Dealing with Setbacks
An accident doesn’t mean that you have failed. In such cases, guidance is much better than scolding. If you find poo behind the couch or under the curtain, try to avoid direct language (why did you do that?) and let your child help you in cleaning up
- Focus on the Praise
You have to pick something that is consistent with your parenting style. What works the most is focusing on positive reinforcement, love, affection and pride when your child was successful.
- Night Training
Even when your child is consistently clean all day, doesn’t mean that they will stay dry all night immediately after they have been trained. At this young age their bodies are still too immature to wake them up in the middle of the night just to go to the bathroom. You can also place a potty next to their bed, so it motivates them to use it.