Ahhh, the fun days of potty training are here! That means two loads of dirty undies in the washer and following your child around asking them a million times if they need to go- only to have to spot clean your couch seconds after being told no.
Potty Training Can Be Frustrating!
Even for the parents with the most patience, potty training has a way of pushing you to your limits. It takes a lot of hard work on your part. Constantly putting your child on the potty, cleaning them up, and trying to keep up with laundry all at the same time.
The Wrong Way To Potty Train!
There are definitely do’s and don’ts of potty training. Since we are adults, it is easy for us to know when we need to go; and sometimes we feel like it should be just as easy as them. We have to remember that going to the bathroom is a habit for us. Our kids are use to going to the bathroom where ever and whenever they please. It’s hard to break something that you have done for years.
When potty training your little one, here are some things to avoid…
Imagine that you get a new job. They set you up on the computer and tell you what to do. But before you get it down your boss is yelling in your face, making you feel dumb and trying to hit you. You’re going to want to quit and go back to what you know.
I know it’s not the same thing but I think about things like that all the time as a mom. Trying to put myself in my kids’s shoes helps me to understand what they are going through. It helps me to approach the situation accordingly.
The Right Way To Potty Train!
Just like there are things we want to avoid while potty-training, there are also things that we definitely want to do to get our kids on the right track.
- Be Patient
- Utilize Bribery
If you are one of those parents that don’t have to bribe your kids- I envy you. But bribery worked very well for me. My oldest daughter was potty trained by the time that she was three.
The 5 Steps To Potty Training Success!
1. Get a portable potty seat!
We would put it in our room with her at night. Even though she was in a pull-up, she would see her potty and want to use it! It probably sounds gross to some people, but it sounds better than cleaning up bedding to me.
2. Fun undies
We had tons of plain Jane undies since we knew we would go through alot. But we would let her pick out her favorite cartoon panties. She was obsessed with Paw Patrol at the time so we would celebrate every time we got to wear our “Paw Patrows”. And we didn’t want to get Sky wet!
3. Live in the bathroom
For a while it’s going to seem like you only come out of the bathroom for food and sleep. Being consistent and putting your child on the potty at least every thirty minutes can help them get use to being on the potty.
4. Bribery Basket!
Make your child a bribery basket. For every-time they successfully go potty- they get to pick one thing out of the basket. I’m not a huge fan of candy but it is fun to have some variety. You can do little dum-dum suckers, tattoos, stickers, bubbles, mini toys, you name it. Kids are much more willing to do something if they know they get a reward. After they get it down; you can slow down on the rewards but it helps!
Your child is always looking for your approval and praises. Follow each potty up with a clap and a big YAYYYY!! The first #2 on the potty calls for a Poo Poo Party, and lucky for us moms- the Poo Emoji can make that much more fun!
Make Potty Training Fun
When you first start putting your child on the potty they can get bored pretty quickly. Make it fun by adding some small activities. For girls you can put them on the “Big Girl Potty” backwards and let them draw on the lid with a dry erase marker. For boys you can put Fruit-Loops in the toilet and try to pick a color for them to aim at.
Co-Parenting While Potty Training
If your child is going back in forth between homes, it is essential to get on the same page. My ex-husband and I shared what worked and what didn’t and potty training was much easier after we picked a method and stuck to it.
Happy Potty Training!