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August 19th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Potty Training Tips

We all reach that point with our child where it is time to potty train. Potty Training can be an exhausting and frustrating time for everyone involved, so here are some tips to help make it go easier.

Timing is everything

As parents there are so many things that we are ready to help our child accomplish, but as I have learned it is all in our child’s time. You have to watch for your child to be sure they are physically and mentally ready. Some reach this point at 18 months and some need to be closer to age 4. If you try to teach them to potty train before they are ready, it will be filled with anxiousness on both sides and most likely will take a lot longer. Trust me when I say… your child won’t be going to school without bathroom skills, it will happen all in due time!

Watch to make sure your child isn’t facing life changes around the time you potty train, such as a new sibling, start of school or a trip. Wait to start trying when you have a week or two of no big plans so there are no pressures on you or your child. Kids aren’t like adults where deadlines work in their favor!

Know there will be accidents

Most likely, there will be a lot of accidents. The key is to not make a big deal about it! He’ll get the hang of the process so just clean up the accident and remind him that we have to try to use the potty!

Make it Fun

If potty time is fun, your child will be excited to sit on the potty! Check out some of these tips to help “speed” the process along.

  • Get a special potty chair
  • Have target practice, for boys. Put a couple Cheerios or Fruit Loops in the potty to aim for.
  • Sing a tune. By the time the song is finished they should be done!
  • Read together.
  • Have a celebration. When the magic happens, have a special dance, sing a fun song, or even call Grandma to tell her the good news!
  • Reward with a special treat. Use your child’s favorite candy to have a piece after they finish or fill a box with inexpensive toys. Think of what your child really likes or wants. One mom I knew used painting her childs nails as a reward. Everytime they went a new nail got polished!
  • Celebrate with stickers. Check out Pinterest for some cute ideas. Then reward with a bigger item like lunch out or a new book or toy.

Most Importantly

Know that every child is different! My first born potty trained in less then a week at the age of 2. My youngest didn’t show any interest until he was 3 and took around 6 months. The methods I had to use were different to make the magic happen! It’s frustrating, but sooner or later they will get it! I promise you that they won’t be married and still in diapers!

Stay strong and remember, as important as this is, it is just a small step in growing up!


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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