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For some parents, potty training comes easy. For the rest us it is one of the most stressful times of raising our children. The truth is no matter how much we love our children, nothing makes up second guess our decision of having them than having to teach them about using the potty. I am going to guess that is why you are here looking for potty training tips.
I have been there. My son was so stubborn when it came to potty training I thought I was going to pull all my hair out before it was done. I also wasn’t a pleasant person to be around for everyone else. My patience was thin and I was stressed. I even tried the three-day potty training method. Spoiler alert. It didn’t work for me.
After months, and three different attempts to potty train my son I finally figured out all the things I was doing wrong. Let me tell you I was doing a lot wrong. You never realize all the mistakes you are making until you sit back and think about it later.
Allow me to share my tips with you. They are fairly simple and just little things that will make the process easier on you. This is not a fool proof method that is going to teach you how to train your child in a short period of time. Those don’t exist. Take it from someone who has tried them all. If your child doesn’t want to potty train, it will just take longer. But I can promise you these potty training tips will help you get through it with more of your hair.
Invest In Stress Balls
I bought myself a stress ball to prevent myself from losing my patience all the time. It wasn’t my son’s fault that he didn’t understand potty training and it wasn’t fair of me to get upset with him. The little squishy ball actually helped me stay calm.
It also gave me something to do while I waited with him. He didn’t like to be by himself and won’t go without me. Being stuck in a small bathroom with a child who has no interest in the potty can get boring. Just the little motion of playing with the stress ball helped pass the time.
These can be for you and the child. My son did not like how it felt to go on the potty at all. It was a completely different sensation for him and it scared him. After a while, he wanted to squeeze the ball himself. It helped take his mind off of the actual process of pottying as well so he could be more relaxed.
All in all, I would say these stress balls where the best impulse buy I ever made.
Take Deep Breaths
This one seems like a given, but I don’t want you to forget it! Make sure to keep taking those deep breaths. I even told my son to do this as well when he was having a hard time pottying himself. It helped soothe him.
Don’t forget the power of deep breaths.
Don’t Start Too Early
Many parents think kids are ready sooner than they actually are. It is perfectly okay if your child does not start potty training as soon as they turn two. Many kids aren’t ready at two. Most kids aren’t ready until closer to three. If you start too soon you’ll just end up making it harder on the both of you. There are certain factors to look for when deciding if your child is ready for potty training.
First, pay attention to how often you are having to change your child’s diaper. If they are staying dry for a few hours at a time then that is a good sign. Another sign is if they are getting uncomfortable in their diaper. If they are uncomfortable they will be more willing to make the switch. Another good sign is if they are interested in the potty at all. The more interested they are the easier time you’ll have getting them to sit on it.
Make Sure They Know Pottying On The Floor Is Wrong
A lot of parents skip this step. It is usually unintentional. Most parents don’t want to upset their child over an accident. They know it is a learning process and it takes for the child to understand how to use the potty.
Even with that in mind, it is important to make sure your child knows it is not okay to potty on the floor. There is no need for spanking or yelling, but a simple stern ‘we don’t potty on the floor’ is all it takes. That way they know they should try to go into the potty instead, but no one has to cry tears. It is a win win.
Rewards are just as important as making sure they understand they must go in the potty. The reward doesn’t have to be anything new. It can be something they always get but make sure when they are potty training they only get it when they go in the potty. We used m&m’s for my son. This was a treat he got often, but when we started potty training I told him he could only have them when he went on the potty. He understood after the first day.
Don’t Give Up
If you give up, it will only make it harder when you try again later. It can be tough, but if you stick with it they will learn. Make sure you stay home as much as possible during this time too. Taking breaks for unnecessary trips will prolong the learning process.
Remember that all kids learn at their own pace. If you get a certain age that your child is supposed to train in your head, you’ll only be disappointed and stress when it doesn’t happen.
What are your best potty training tips?