One of the biggest developmental steps a toddler takes and one parents are particularly excited about is potty training! At school, our students are able to go through the process with their friends and teachers' support. The biggest factor to successfully potty train your child is consistency. Know the signs and make sure to follow through once you recognize them.
They become aware of the feeling of being wet and do not like the feeling
They are staying dry for long periods of time
This includes being dry after waking up
Once they are staying dry for long periods of the day, switching to underwear can help start the potty training process
Make a routine so your child knows what to expect
Potty Chart with stickers (example attached below)
Potty schedule~ before and after nap, before and after meals
Frequent reminders~ they should try every 30-45 minutes
Rewards~ stickers, candies, choosing a book for bedtime, choosing PJ’s, verbal cheering and acknowledgment
Let the child flush the toilet, it encourages independence
Since your child is use to being cleaned with baby wipes, using them can help transition from wipes to toilet paper
Make it fun!
Let them choose big kid underwear
Make the child feel relaxed~ For examples read books and singing songs
Get a stuffed animal or doll and reenact going potty to show comfort and support
Using music as a timer~ 2 songs limit
Potty training basket next to the toilet
Bubbles, books, toy animal, toy cars, special toys just for potty time
Potty party~ Celebrate their accomplishment!
2 weeks accident free
Let them decorate a crown to wear during the party
A special treat, their favorite foods and desserts
Expect accidents and keep a positive attitude
Be encouraging after an accident, they need support and will make mistakes
It takes about 3 days-4 days to fully potty train
Regression can happen, but if you are consistent it shouldn’t be a big problem to fix
Easy access clothes, sweatpants, dresses, athletic wear
For boys, sweatpants and for girls dresses or leggings
They can choose their own clothes which helps them be independent
Be ready to do lots of laundry~ accidents will happen, it is what it is.
This is a process that everyone can get through! Do what works best for you and your child. Be patient and consistent! It takes some time and vigilance but you all got this!
Monica B.| Lead Teacher