We understand that potty training isn’t an easy process and with it can come a lot of accidents and stress. Potty training is a huge milestone in your child’s development and we hope these tips help make you and your child’s experience a little less daunting!
Tips to help you
Now you’ve decided that both you and your child are ready, you can begin training! The following tips can really help you through this milestone and will hopefully make it a fun one for your little one.
- Wait until your child is ready
The average age that parents start thinking about potty training is around 18-24 months, but that doesn’t mean you have to. It’ll be a lot less stressful and more productive if you wait patiently until both of you are ready.
It’s easy to compare your child’s milestones to others, but we advise you to relax and take into account that every child develops at different paces.
- Make it fun!
Your child has been used to nappies for a long time, so starting potty training can be scary! Your little one will be way more responsive if you make potty training fun.
Whenever your child uses the potty successfully, give them lots of praise and support. Congratulate your child with cuddles, clapping or stickers, to encourage them! Reward charts are also beneficial, giving them something to work towards and achieve.
- Keep calm and relax
Before you start potty training you must prepare yourself for accidents and setbacks, as well as the triumphs. Your child recognises your attitude and feelings, so when your little one inevitably has an accident, try not to make a fuss or show your frustration.
We understand that it can be testing, but your behaviour will affect your child and we don’t want them to be discouraged! Reassure them that it’s okay and that they’ll get there next time.
- Prepare yourself for the journey ahead
Potty training will affect your whole routine, but don’t worry, with lots of preparation you can reduce the impact it can have. Try and keep the potty near by at all times so your little one can get there quickly to avoid accidents. When out and about, you may not know where the nearest toilets are. Invest in a travel potty so you can take that worry off of your shoulders.
Prepare yourself for a bigger wash load, as well as those inevitable accidents and have a mop at the ready! Don’t forget those big girl/boy pants either, make an afternoon of it and buy a few packs with their favourite animal or character on.
- Keep persevering
It will be testing and at some points frustrating, but try not to let that affect you too much. This is a big change for your little one to get through and you have the chance to go through it with them, together.
Don’t give in and take a step back, take it day-by-day and go by your child’s pace. Give them the encouragement they need and they will get there and once they do, you’ll be so happy that you battled through!
You and your children are important to us, so if you’re potty training your child we can support you whilst your child is at nursery. Please feel free to contact us and let us know of any particular routines and we’ll do our best to help. Keep an eye out for more informative posts on the blog!