Toilet training can be one of the most frustrating events in a child’s/parent’s lives. There are several things you can do to make this a more relaxed process and help your child become successful. If you have any other tips that might help other parents, or you want to share your toilet training stories please feel free to do so:
- Stay on a routine
- Remain with the child (take them to the bathroom, even if it is just to try)
- Wait until the child is physically and emotionally ready.
- Don’t be upset if your child regresses during the process, this is normal.
- Teach your child the words to use
- Be there to help. Listen. Put them on the potty. Help with clothing and wiping.
- Have your child wear character underwear – they don’t want to dirty their favorite character.
- Create a consistent routine which can be followed at home and at school.
- Take your child to the bathroom before nap and bedtime or before any long periods where the bathroom will not be available.
- Talk to your child about how proud you are that they tried to use the potty, whether they were successful or not.
- Have a “no more diaper party” after they are trained. Use extra diapers as hats and celebrate that special day for the child.
- Let the child tell you when he or she is ready. Generally they will begin asking to use the toilet.
- Do not dress your child in restricted clothing such as overalls, bodysuits, etc.
- Make sure you are ready when your child is ready. This is a big step and you need to be ready to let go when they are ready to try.
- Do not shame or get angry with your child when an accident occurs. Reassure them that it is alright and then clean it up.
- Use Cheerios/Fruit Loops in the toilet for your child to aim at (boys)
- Use a blue liquid in the toilet so that your child can turn it green.
Most importantly, make sure that you are being supportive of your child and their efforts. Your support will go a long way in making this a positive experience for your child.