how to start potty training

Potty training can be a doozy for your little ones. By ensuring your child is ready and teaching them some things beforehand, they’ll be a big kid in no time! Check our tips to start potty training.

There’s no doubt that potty training can seem like quite a challenge before you get started. But there are little ways to familiarize your child with the habit so it doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s just important that they’re ready to learn so they can do it on their own. Let us help you get your toddler started on the process of potty training! Be sure to share your tips with other parents on your favorite family app.

How Do You Start Potty Training?

It’s tempting to think that there’s a specific time your child will be ready, but there’s no real potty training age. It’s just important that they’re open to learning. So watch out for signs that they may be on their way. If your child can follow instructions and understand the words associated with the bathroom, there’s a chance they may be close. Toddlers should also be able to keep their diaper dry for 2 or more hours and remove their pants. You can even bring the potty chair into their playroom so they can get accustomed to it! While toddlers may begin to show these signs at 18-24 months, it’s important that they’re ready to learn.

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How Do You Introduce Potty Training?

Potty training for toddlers isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. If you’re looking to get started, here are a few things you’ll need to do. Share your own toilet training tips with others on FamilyApp!

  • Get the Equipment – When it comes to get started, the only potty training essentials are a potty chair. You can choose to set it in the bathroom or, at the beginning, where your child spends the most time.
  • Plan Potty Breaks – Your child might be a little bit confused at first, but have them test out the potty. They can do it with their clothes or without a diaper to get a sense of things. It’s a good idea to do it at regular intervals so they get used to a schedule!
  • Offer Encouragement – One of the best potty training methods is keeping an eye on your toddler so you know when they’re going to pee. By doing this, you can get them to their potty so they can try it for themselves. Ensure they know why they’re there and be encouraging without pushing them.
  • Lose the Diapers – Once your child is feeling comfortable with their bathroom schedule, you may want to switch their diaper in for training pants. If your child has trouble with their newly developed potty trained habits, you can always go back to diapers. Get helpful advice from other parents on your favorite family app!

What Do You Do When Potty Training Is Not Working?

If your child is having potty training accidents or not showing readiness, it’s important to give them more time. In order to be successful and not get discouraged, they’ll need to want to do it on their own. Fortunately, there are things that you can do in the interim to get them prepared. It’s important to familiarize your child with words related to toilet training, like pee, poop and potty. Engage with your child about when they’re ready to go, as this will get them to recognize the timing. There’s no doubt that it can be a frustrating process, but being patient will enable them to succeed.

It can be hard to know exactly when your child is ready to potty train. However, it’s important to realize that it’s different for every child and there are ways they’ll tell you it’s time! With some learning and a little patience, your child might be feeling like a big kid soon. Do you have any potty training tips? Share them with other parents in our comments! It’s OK to get frustrated, but keeping giving your child encouragement and have patience. You’ll get there!

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