How to Get Your Child to Go on the Potty

Get Your Child to Go on the Potty

Using the potty is one of those big moments in your child’s development. It’s right up there with their first steps and hearing their first word. In the same way you had to repeat the same words before your child said them back to you, just like how you held their hands with each trembling step, using the potty is a learning process. Take the stress out of potty training and enjoy it for what it is, a mile stone.

Most parents are eager to do away with the expense of diapers. No matter how ready you are to potty train, the success of your venture hinges on your child’s maturity. Wait and watch. Your child might start showing interest in potty training around the age of two. Others may take longer. Don’t rush them. Starting too early could draw out the process and make it even harder for them to take on the toilet.
So how do you know your child is ready? Ask yourself this. Does your child seem interested in wearing underwear? Or visiting the bathroom? Are you able to communicate directions clearly to your child and are they able to follow them? Does your child stay dry for hours at a time? Can you tell by the way they hold themselves or their facial expression that they need to go? Can they pull up their own pants? Or sit on the potty chair themselves? Most of all, do they complain about wet diapers? If so, it sounds like your child is just as ready to get this show on the road as you are.

Make The Potty Fun!

Once you decide it is time, set everyone up for success. Create a positive potty environment for your child and maintain that positivity wherever you go and through everyone you're with. Now you can introduce your child to their training potty. Station it in the bathroom (or anywhere your child spends the most time). Let them build a positive relationship with their potty. They can decorate it themselves, they can sit on it themselves (with or without their diaper on) and they can even dump the contents of their diaper into it. This way they can develop a better understanding on what the potty is for. Even though it might be awkward, let your child see members of the family use the toilet. Children learn from example and the best way for them to do it themselves is to see how its done.

Encouragement is Key

At the end of the day, whatever method you chose to take with your child it must be one of encouragement. Praise your child for trying. Praise your child for going. Reassure your child when they don’t. Ultimately they will learn to trust their own instincts and master the potty themselves and you can rest assured that you provided them with a positive experience.

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