Potty training can be a daunting process for you and your young child, but IKO Community Management is here to take the guesswork out of this monumental life phase. Here is our guide to teaching your child how to use the potty:
There are a few tools you should include in your artillery before heading into the land of potty training:
- Prizes – When your child does a good job, you should reward them. Choose from a variety of items, such as candy, extra time with the television or video games, stickers on the reward chart, or money in their piggy bank. When your kid feels accomplished, they will continue to do well, so do not skip out on the prizes!
- (The Right) Seat – Depending on where your child is during the potty training phase, you should use diapers and upgrade their seat according to their comfortability level. Consider the difference between using the regular toilet and a step stool or a personal throne with a removable seat for your little one. You should also be aware of when it is time to talk to your child about switching from Huggies to some new “big girl underwear” or “big boy underpants.”
- Schedule – Developing a schedule establishes a routine, so try to commit to a time when you and your child can be home for an extended period of time, such as the summer months. To make potty training more fun, create or print your own chart with your child’s favorite theme, or download Pull-ups “Time to Potty” app. You can track your child’s progress, earn rewards and automatically adjust the timer for easy scheduling.
- How-to books – It may sound silly, but there are expert potty trainers out there. The authors of these how-to books range from moms and dads to doctors and nurses. Check out a few of our favorites here.
- The Tips: To make regularly going potty a little easier on everyone involved, here are a few tried-and-trued tricks.
- Use child-friendly words when teaching your child how to use the toilet. Instead of “dirty” or more vulgar words, try “poop,” “pee,” and “potty.”
- For the first few experiences, stay in the bathroom with your child. It will make them more comfortable, allowing an easy to-go.
- Learn your child’s “I need to go now” signals. This can include fidgeting, grasping their pants, squatting, grunting, or turning red in the face.
- Do not scold your child for having an accident. Remember that they are still learning, so as a parent, you should be patient. Every child is different, so do not set a timeline of when yours should hit certain milestones. They will get there on their own time!
- Privately let your child’s teachers and babysitters know that they have begun or are in the middle of potty training. This will make it easier for your child to experiment with using public restrooms.
Potty training is a huge step in your child’s life, so take it in stride. Buy the right seat, purchase some self-help books, and start a schedule. Learn about your child’s need-to-go signals, be patient and present, talk to teachers and babysitters, and use child-friendly words. Your child will be good to go in no time.
From all of us at IKO Community Management, we wish you and your child the best of luck!