A little extra advice from one parent to another.
Make sure they’re ready
Children between 2 and 3 years old are usually physically and emotionally mature enough to begin potty training.
A few key indicators are:
+ Child is able to stay dry for several hours.
+ Child notices when diapers need to be changed.
+ Child has learned some potty lingo (yours or theirs).
+ Child follows simple instructions.
Set aside time
We highly recommend that you devote a complete day, if not a weekend, to focus entirely on your child. This will increase the likelihood of creating new positive habits. Play alongside (or pretty close to) your child all day and ask them frequently if they have to go to the bathroom.
Begin the day by explaining the new process to your child. Some parents find that using a doll that wets is a helpful way to model behavior. Show your child how “big kids” run to the bathroom, take off their clothes, use the toilet, flush the toilet, then wash their hands. Acting out the steps shows your child what success looks like!
When the time comes...Use the toilet!
When the alarm sounds, get excited! Run together to the toilet and encourage your child to finish there. If you don’t make it in time, place your child on the toilet as soon as possible while there is still memory of the event. Before long, children can make the connection between the feelings in their bodies and the results.
The key to the success of this endeavor is rewarding progress… ALL progress. Rewarding kids for positive behavior will keep them happier and teach them faster. Progress charts can be a great way to track success.
Consult the following websites for additional potty training advice, potty training dolls, or free progress charts: