If you are thinking that it is about time to potty train your toddler, there are a few questions that you should step back and ask yourself. By doing this, you will be fully prepared to make the transition from diapers to potty and your endeavor will be much more successful.
1. Is My Child Ready?
Unfortunately there is no golden time when a child is ready and consequently not every child will be ready at the same time. There are signs that will indicate to you if they are ready. Are they interested in when you go? Do they tell you when their diaper is wet or dirty? Give the potty a try! If they don’t seem ready after you introduce it, then perhaps you should wait a few weeks and try again.
2. Am I Ready?
This is just as important as your child being ready! If you are prepared mentally for such a big transition, you will be more patient and understanding. There are going to be tears, possible resentment, and even the occasional accident. But if you are prepared and ready, you are more apt to stay calm and supportive for you child.
3. Do We Need A Potty Chair?
An adult toilet can be very intimidating for a small child! To avoid falling in, they need to hold on and things that go in can vanish in a flash. This can be scary! To make your child more comfortable, a child sized potty chair will go a long way in easing their mind. After a few weeks of training, you should be able to move onto a potty insert that fits on top of the regular toilet, which will eliminate the potty cleanup.
4. Should We Use A Potty Doll?
This is definitely not necessary, but it can be a great tool if you are having difficulty. A potty doll will pee like an actual child and usually will come with diapers, undies, and a potty. If you are just introducing the idea to your child, the potty dolls are great! When you begin training, set the doll down on their potty right next to your child.
5. Should We Use Potty Training Rewards?
Before you start potty training, you should make the decision on if you are going to use a rewards system as encouragement for your child or if you are just going to be their cheerleader. Simple rewards can be jelly beans or M&M’s. you could also use a tracking chart that will lead to a bigger reward. Using rewards can be a great training tool, but are definitely not necessary. Just make sure that in one way or another, your child knows that you are proud of them.
Take a few minutes to consider these questions for yourself. If there are any others who will be playing a part in the training of your child, make sure that they know of your plan and that you are all on the same page. If you are all working together, your child will have a clear picture of what you are all trying to accomplish and it will cut down on any confusion.