If you’re new here, I am a mom of 6 and I have potty-trained 5 kids and am currently potty-training number 6. I have tried lots of methods, lots of ways and read lots of books. These tips will save you stress, but unfortunately not mess…that is a part of potty-training that can’t be avoided.
Naked All Day- Keep those kiddos naked. Trust me on this. No pants, no undies, nothing. This helps them get used to feeling the sensation when they need to use the bathroom. It’s also easier for them to get on the potty without messing with layers. Trust me, it works.
Never Shame or Punish- Shame and punishment don’t work, not with potty-training or anything else. In the short term it will get you compliance, but do you really want your kids having trauma associated with going to the bathroom? Not so much. For 2+ years they’ve worn diapers and gone to the bathroom anytime, anywhere, now they can’t and they’re getting yelled at. It doesn’t make sense. Don’t use it. If they have an accident, acknowledge they went to the bathroom, move them to the toilet and remind them that’s where we go potty.
Full Attention- Now this one may be the hardest, it isn’t easy for me. My toddler plays well alone, so she usually roams around all day while I get things done. But when potty-training you have to give them your full attention until they get the hang of it. If you don’t accidents will increase. By giving them your full attention you are also able to pick up on their potty cues and move them to the toilet. When they start to go to the bathroom and they’re not on the toilet, you can quickly move them.
Potty Chair Everywhere- Yes, I mean everywhere. We take it in the car (short trips only, more on that later), we move it from upstairs to downstairs. I even take it to the kitchen near the table during mealtimes. When that urge hits, you want them to be able to go to the bathroom right away. I know some people hate using them, but give them a quick rinse and a wipe with a disinfectant wipe and you’re good to go.
Bonus Tip- Stick close to home for the first few days, or even the first week. It’s easier to clean up messes at home and they can stay naked. A toddler sudden urge to pee always seems to hit at the back corner of Costco and nobody wants that.
What are your best potty-training tips?