Is your child ready to potty train? These little signs are the key to getting started. I tell everyone that there is a window where potty training will be easy… finding that window is the key to easy training!
We made up a little song that we sang every time our daughter sat on the potty. She loved it. When she finished, we would sing a different song saying what she had done. It wasn't too long before she used the potty every time! -- Christie
Lucy and I went to the bookstore and she chose three picture books she really liked. We called these the potty books, and she could read them only when she sat on the potty. -- Amy Watson
Use a magical potty
Try a timer
When my son Ben stopped using diapers, we used a timer to help us both remember to use the potty. We started with every 45 minutes and, as I could see he needed to go less, gradually increased the time. Eventually, he would tell me he needed to go before the timer went off, or say he didn't need to when it did. Then we'd set the timer for another half an hour and try again. -- Beth
Set up target practice
We put a flushable item, such as confetti, in the toilet. (You can also use shaving cream or coloured ice cubes.)
The game for our son was to aim and shoot. Rewards were based on accuracy. It was fun and challenging, and did wonders for his precision! With poos, we told him the game was to send in the backup troops (no pun intended) to finish the job with torpedoes. I doubt this would work with girls, but Alex took less than a week to be fully potty-trained. -- Roxanne
Make her feel proud
With my daughter, I tried to give her lots and lots of praise: 'What a big-girl thing to do!', 'You must be very proud of yourself', 'Do you want to call Granny to tell her?', 'Give me a high five!' and so on.
We kept a container of our daughter Morgan's favourite treat (white chocolate buttons) on her chest of drawers. If she successfully used the potty, she would get five buttons. Within a month she was using the potty regularly, with only a few accidents, and by age two and a half she was trained. -- Lisa
Impress the dog
With our son, the best reward was calling in the dog to look at what he'd done in the potty! --
Celebrate with stickers
To encourage our son Alexander to use the potty, we put a drawing of a racetrack on the wall (an approach suggested by his nursery teacher). Every time he used the potty he got to put a sticker on the racetrack. When the racetrack was filled with stickers, he got to pick a small toy as a reward.
Put your child in charge
When my 18-month-old started going into the bathroom and closing the door, I knew she was ready to potty train. I would let her go in and use her potty, dump it into the big toilet, and put it up in the sink for me to rinse out.
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hope that these tips to potty train a toddler were helpful. In the end, it is all about what works best for you and your child! Make it work for your family! Thanks for checking out these tips and sharing them with the moms of toddlers in your life!