Wait Until Your Child Is Ready
Most parents make the mistake of deciding it is time to start potty training their child after a specific amount of time, instead of watching their child and realizing when they are ready. Here are a few things to watch out for that may indicate your child is ready to learn to use the potty: Can verbally communicate, understands simple commands, knows when he/she needs a new diaper, can start to take off his/her own clothes, can go hours without needing a new diaper. These are the signs that your child is ready to start potty training. Now, you need to find a time that works with your schedule so that you can dedicate the time to start toilet training your child. Also, just a recommendation—spring and summer time is best because they are wearing less layers and wont struggle to take off clothes to use the bathroom.
Show Your Child the Process
Many people will have their child watch them use the potty so that the child can watch and learn. Also, another method is to use a doll that actually wets so that the toddler can see the process of what they are currently doing, wetting or soiling a diaper, and show them what they should do instead, put the doll on the potty.
Giving the Toilet a Name
You are going to have to choose where they child is going to learn to use the potty. Are you going to get a chair or just an extension for your current toilet? If you are choosing a chair, you are going to want to make sure that your toddler has a say in the chair you pick out. Have them sit on it and see how confortable it is, in their clothes. See how easy it is going to be to clean so that you are prepared and know what you are in for. Also, you should make sure there are no hinges that are going to potentially harm your child. Check to make sure the chair is stable and isn’t going to tilt or flip while your child is using it.
You will also have to decide what you are going to call these bathroom movements. “Pee-pee” and “poo-poo” are commonly used. When you see that your toddler is making movements indicating that they need to go to the body, say “go potty” so that they start associating how they feel with what they need to do.
Once you feel that your child has an understanding, you can upgrade to training pants. These are just like extra padded underwear that are there to help if your child has an accident yet they are not as absorbent as diapers.
Teaching your child to flush and wash hands
One of the biggest scares for kids during the potty training process is flushing the toilet. Once they get comfortable going to the bathroom, then have them start flushing and remind them to wash their hands.