Successful Potty Training Tips
Potty training is both an exciting and frustrating time not only for parents but for toddlers as well.
But here are a few tips to help your potty training adventure be more successful.
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Celebrate when they’re successful
Toddlers love celebrating things. So celebrating when they’ve had a successful potty trip to the bathroom, encourages them to continue the action.
Make a big deal about it. Give them high fives and jump around. Sing songs. Or use stickers on a potty chart.
Consistency is KEY to Potty Training. With any method, consistency will be key in getting a child to eventually be Potty Trained.
Make sure your spouse is on the same level as you on this, and understands how important it is to stay consistent. A spouse or family member who doesn’t continue to enforce the same rules when you leave the house, allows the toddler to think that continuing to go in their pull ups is okay.
If possible. Stay home at least the first few days of potty training. Have your toddler wear simple easy clothes that can be taken off easy when going to the potty. Or better yet, let them run around in their undies.
My daughter loves, absolutely loves not wearing pants when we’re at home. It’s very rare that she is wearing pants if we aren’t going to leave the house that day. It’s very helpful for potty training.
Use a Potty Chart and Stickers
The use of a potty chart and stickers was a big turn in potty training Ashlynn. She is highly motivated by stickers and lollipops.
We first tried without the chart, there were some success and some accidents, but once a potty chart was put out, Ashlynn was highly motivated to use the potty more often and on her own.
We use the printable potty chart from Twin Cities Mom Blog Click Here to get the chart from their blog.
Big Kid Undies
Some prefer using Pull Ups for starting. Pull ups are great but for Ashlynn, she still has the mindset that they’re okay to continue to go potty in without using the potty.
Ashlynn now has Paw Patrol and Disney Princess big girl undies that she wears. Two of her favorite things, which made her very excited to wear them.
Now, when she starts to have an accident, she will feel her undies get wet, and know that she needs to go to the potty. She’s even gone to the potty herself, and come to tell us afterwords.
Travel Potty Seat
We have a kids seat step stool combination that we use on our toilet at home for Ashlynn. When we leave the house we have a Mini Mouse seat that can easily fit in a diaper bag or back pack.
Sitting on an adult toilet seat without a kids seat scares Ashlynn. So having a travel seat when we leave the house is really essential for us.
If all else fails. Bribe.
It’s okay to use bribes to get your toddler to use the potty training. It even works.
Ashlynn is extremely motivated by candy or lollipops. On days when she feels like being stubborn and tries to refuse to use the potty, we bribe her. And she happily uses the potty without any argument.
Try Different Methods
There’s no right or wrong way when it comes to potty training little ones. If one method isn’t working, try another method.
Some of the more common methods include: 3 day method, the Gentle Potty Training Method, The Montessori Way, Self-Initiation and Potty Training at 18 months.
Have plenty of the items needed for potty training on hand, so there’s no last minute dashes to the store.
Ashlynn went through an entire pack of undies her first day, I was so happy I had bought two packs.
We also picked up a huge book of stickers at the grocery store, we let her choose which sticker book she wanted.
Rewards. Since Ashlynn is highly motivated by candy, we picked up a huge bag of lollipops.