Potty training your little is a big and important step. It is one hell of a task to accomplish but it will help your child to be independent and will save you so much on diapers and wipes and whatnot. Plus, the proud feeling of accomplishment that comes with it is utterly amazing.
Potty training your little is a big and important step. It is one hell of a task to accomplish but it will help your child to be independent and will save you so much on diapers and wipes and whatnot. Plus, the proud feeling of accomplishment that comes with it is utterly amazing. Once your child will be potty trained, all the hard work and mess you and your child made, will all be worth it.
I like to call it patience training because patience is the key. Don’t rush yourself and your child into potty training when either of you isn’t ready. I started to potty train my firstborn when he was just 4 months old. He wasn’t completely potty trained until he was one-and-a-half years old. I pretty much wasted a full year on potty training my child.
I didn’t repeat the same mistake and I suggest the same to you. Don’t rush into potty training.
Some people believe that “a child will use the potty seat when the time is right, whether at 12 months or 4 years”. I disagree completely.
As parents, it’s our job to train our children in the best way possible. I think that children can’t decide what’s good and bad for them on their own. They always need parental guidance, especially at an early age. I suggest following the cues of your child. If your instinct tells you that your child is ready, your child may be ready for this task. Yeah! Keeping your child in diapers is easy but once your child is potty trained and independent, that’s a feeling of much higher gratitude.
Signs that your child is ready for potty training – The When
Now, don’t just depend on when exactly your child is going to show you the signs. The basics of any training are repetition and being consistent with it. A child learns through repetition. That is 100 percent true.
What Do You Need To Potty Train?
Here’s what you need to do even before you get started with the training:
- Talk to your child about potty training and how amazing it is to use the potty seat. Basically, what you are trying here to do is letting them know about the potty seat whilst making it interesting to understand for the child.
- Notice their cues. Almost every child has some kind of a pattern. Usually, they pee every 2 hours and poop after a meal or after a nap.
- Teach them sounds, hand gestures, or words like pee and poo
- Get a potty seat and place it next to your toilet. And let your child explore it. Don’t move the placement and when they try to move it, tell your kid it’s for them to use when they want to pee or poo.
- Make a routine and FOLLOW it.
- Get some extra pair of easy trainer pants
- Get an extra portable potty seat to keep in your car
- Stack up on some home cleaning wipes because there will be accidents
- Get yourself mentally prepared
- Get on board with your partner as an extra helping hand would make the process easier for you
How to train your child – All age formula
Even before starting to officially start the training follow these steps:
- Get a potty seat and place it near your toilet for 1 and 2-year-olds. You can keep the potty seat inside your toilet or use toilet lid covers for older children to keep on your adult toilet.
- Set – up a routine. If you already have a bedtime and morning routine then try to incorporate sitting on the potty every morning, after a nap, and before bedtime. Even if your child doesn’t pee right away, wait for a while, make your child sit on the potty seat for a minimum of 5 mins every time.
Tip: You can pour some lukewarm water on the genitals as it stimulates the feeling they get while peeing. Most certainly they will pee after that.
- Teach your kid words or actions that the kid can use to communicate with you when he/she has to go to the potty seat. VERY IMPORTANT
- Set-up a reward system for kids older than 2 years as they like getting rewarded. I would not recommend treating your child with something sweet every time they complete the mission on the potty seat. Try to put up a chart and give them stars or hearts as they complete the task and then encourage them.
- Be consistent with the routines. When you think your child is getting a better understanding of the potty-training jingle-jangle then put them in the training pants and try to note down the pattern.
- Once you have the pattern, all you have to do is take them to the potty seat at the expected time they can pee or poo.
Tip: A timer would really come in handy when you have to take your kid to the potty seat every two hours
- When your kid is well-trained at home and knows that he/she has to pee in the potty seat. Go on a drive with your kid. Take an extra pair of training pants in case any poopy accident happens and the portable potty seat with you. Help your kid, if he needs to pee during the ride.
- Don’t freak out when accidents happen and the accident will happen. Try to stay calm and take it as a part of the training.
You have all corners covered now. You are in control of the routines and then the time in between. All you have to do is be consistent, patient, and don’t stress out.
You can also read how I did it with one of my kids to get a better understanding of the plan in action. It took me a month to potty train my 11-month old but the older the baby is the lesser time it will take to train them. You can easily train 3- and 4-year olds within a week using this method.
When I was potty training my 11-month old, I placed the potty seat which I ordered off of amazon, right outside our toilet. I would take him to pee right after he uses to wake up from his naps. At first, he was a little confused as to what’s going on but slowly, he understood that he is safe in the potty seat. I would always sit with him on the floor and encouraged him. I used the word poo and pee a lot whenever he was peeing or pooping in the potty seat. After he was done, I would like to show him what he did. Yes! his poop too. Yukh! I know. But it made him so happy looking at it.
I kept it consistent for the morning routine and the nap times for almost a week. Then I added the potty-time with our bedtime routine as well and kept it super consistent for another 2 weeks. I just followed the morning, nap, and bedtime routine for the potty training.
By the last week of the month, I took his diapers off and I would take him to the potty seat every 2-hour for the time he was awake. The first 3 days were a little terrible because we had some major accidents. The first day I was noting down his pattern in which he peed and pooped. The second day, I was coping up with his pattern. On the third day, I was almost in rhythm with my kid and took him to the potty seat as soon as I saw the look on his face.
What helped me in the potty training
My husband’s support was most essential to me, especially during these three days. He took care of everything else whilst I was busy with our youngest. In just a month, my 1-year old was diaper-free even at night. His night diapers were completely dry during the night and he was sleeping really well too.
He uses to often walk up to the potty seat and started to jump there and use to say “pooo” and that’s when I understood that he has to go. The reality is that it’s not all paradise. We still did have mini accidents. I never freaked out because it’s all part of the deal. Accidents will happen. It’s okay. Accept it, clean it, move forward. I talked to my kid about what happened and why he didn’t tell me.
Obviously, I wasn’t expecting an explanation. I was trying to make him understand that he needs to tell me when he feels like pooping or peeing otherwise it’s always going to be this messy. Trust me… he understood and the accident decreased to a point where one day when he started going to the potty seat on his own completely. He would only call me to pull his pants down so that he can do his business.
We have always had a portable potty seat in our minivan. We used it with our youngest one too. whenever it was time, he would make the “pooo” sound and we would help him by parking the car nearby and getting the potty-seat so he could easily do the business. I kept wipes and water in the car to clean-up.
Later, when he turned 1.5 years old, we upgraded his potty seat to the lid ones that you can put over the lid of the adult ones. We got a kids’ stool too and I would always help him whenever he needed me to wash, to help him sit on the potty, or just to be there.
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