Potty training plan in 5 steps

Since every adult and older child in your child’s life uses a toilet, learning this process is something your child will look forward to. He or she may even be looking forward to it! However, without a consistent routine and lots of instruction, potty training can be a very difficult thing for your child to master. It’s important to be firm, but understanding, as your child goes through this time in life.

The first step should always be to talk to your child about potty training. When he shows strong signs of being ready to start potty training, ask your child to tell you when he has a wet diaper. Surprisingly, your child may already be able to tell you when it’s time to go – many parents underestimate their young children! Don’t worry about forcing your child to use the bathroom at first. Get him used to the idea with books, videos, games, and other fun activities on the subject.

Many parents find it helpful to make a chart showing their child’s progress with potty training. Your child can help you make this colorful and display it in the family bathroom or bedroom. Set simple goals at the beginning. For example, mark each time your child tells you that she needs to go to the bathroom with a star on the chart, and when your child gets 10 stars, reward her with a small toy, a trip to the park, etc. Set more goals as your child becomes potty trained: stars for staying dry at night, stars for successful potty training, stars for staying clean all day, etc.

It is very important to be consistent, even when it is difficult (during a shopping spree, for example). At first, take your child to the bathroom often and have him sit on the potty for at least 2 minutes. If he or she doesn’t have to go, try again later. It may be a good idea to buy a potty chair at home for your toddler, as the bathroom can be intimidating.

You might even consider moving this chair into your room or taking it with you when you travel. Also be consistent with your praise. Your child needs to know that he has accomplished something every time he successfully uses the toilet, even if it is becoming routine. However, don’t get used to rewarding your child for things he already knows how to do. This will not encourage progress. For example, at first reward and praise your child for telling you that he has a dirty diaper. Later, when she has demonstrated potty skills, reward this behavior, but be sure to let your child know that soiling her diaper, even if he or she tells you, is no longer tolerated.

Following a routine is important. There are many educational tools on the market to help you learn potty training techniques, as well as many for your child. Remember that accidents are a part of life and your child may go through the toilet training process very slowly. Establish a routine and reward your child for helping him learn to use the toilet.

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