Toilet Training Your Child? 3 Tips Parents Should Use To Make The Process Go Smoother
When you’re toilet training your child, do you often get advice and tips on how to make the process go easier? Many times, relatives and friends will offer their two cents worth about how to potty train a child. You may feel overwhelmed by the plethora of information you are given; more so, if the information you are given contradicts one another.
Here’s my 3 Tips
1 – Be Consistent In Every Environment
It’s so important that you stay consistent in every environment he/she is in. The environments include home (both homes if the parents are no longer together), school, daycare, church, etc. If the same attention is not applied consistently throughout the process, the child will be slower in being potty trained due to the confusion he/she feels. Make sure everybody is on the same wavelength during this time.
Be sure that you have a consistent toilet training schedule – every 30 minutes usually works best. If you notice they are doing the potty dance or holding themselves, encourage them to get to the bathroom now. If you give them something to drink, have them go to the bathroom 30 minutes after they have finished the glass.
2 – Give Them Encouragement
You really need to encourage your child in the toilet training process. Encouragement fosters their sense of achievement. So, provide them with lots of cheering, high-fives and praise so they are proud of themselves and want to continue in the toilet training process.
Many parents confuse incentives with encouragement. Incentives can assist them in sitting on the toilet. But, do not use them to bribe them into sitting on the toilet. Keep a sticker chart so they can track their progress. A sticker chart will last longer than their being rewarded with a cookie or ice cream.
3 – Do You Have High Expectations
The last thing you need to do is compare other children to yours. Every child is different, which means every child will learn at his/her own pace. Don’t listen to your relatives who say children should be potty trained by a certain age.
If you notice they are drier more often than not in the diaper, and shows a continuous interest in sitting down on the potty, it’s possible he/she is ready for the toilet training process. Be aware though, you don’t want to pressure them into it. Pressuring will only cause them to regress and does not effectively help then in potty training. When your son/daughter has an accident, don’t make them feel bad about it. Accidents will happen!
There you go! If you’re tired of all the advice you are getting and reading inconsistent information about the potty training process, just remember the three above tips to help you and your child during this trying time. Good luck!