Potty Training Your Tot

Potty training your tot is no easy feat, with some toddlers putting up a big fight against this necessary childhood development. If you get well prepared and know what to expect, your child will be using the toilet like a big boy in no time.

 

When are they ready?

  • Pulling pants up by themselves regularly without help
  • Shows interest and willingness in the bathroom
  • Shows a wish for independence
  • Gets fussy and irritated when nappy is wet
  • Can express words and respond to questions about needing to use the toilet
  • Wakes with dry nappy after nap (shows that there is some element of bladder control)
  • Generally between 18 months and 3 years old

Potty training tips

  • Have a plan in place for how you want to go about it, if you’ll use rewards, and how you’ll handle accidents and setbacks.
  • Be patient. Potty training can take longer for some children than for others, if you stick with it, you’ll get there eventually.
  • Use positive reinforcement to encourage development: tell him you’re proud of him.
  • If there’s an accident, try to avoid punishments and shouting, as this will probably only lead to further accidents, anxiety and worry in your child.
  • Make sure that any other caregivers involved, including your partner, are aware of the game plan for potty training and employing the same tactics as you so that the guidance is consistent.
  • If you’ve begun attempting potty training fairly early and things aren’t moving quickly, it may be that your child is just too young and isn’t yet physically or emotionally mature enough for the challenge. In this case, it may be best to wait a few months and try again.

Are there any times not to begin potty training?

  • If there’s a major change going on in your child’s life at the time, avoid adding further stress with potty training if they’re struggling with the developments. Toddlers thrive on routine.

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